Bronwyn's Blog

Top 5 Dietary Recommendations to Simplify your Life

Jul 08, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
I was asked recently to share my top nutritional recommendations. My initial response was the classic “eat food; not too much; mostly plants”. After all, I loath the idea of a life co-opted by menu planning. However, trying to distill endless reams of nutritional information into a cohesive whole is no small task. Asked to name my favourites, these 5 come to mind.

Whole Foods Hack Cashew Cheese Recipe

Jun 23, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
One of my favourite ways to “invent” new recipes is to walk through the mountain of over-priced “healthy junk-food” at Whole Foods and read labels. In the last few weeks I’ve come across a few bombshells, so I bought the ingredients and got busy.

Born this way? Nature vs Nurture in the Age of Epigenetics

Jun 16, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
We’ve been having this nature vs nurture argument since time immemorial: are we born a certain way, or does our environment inform who and what we are? And what does this have to do with fertility and preconception care?

Bike to Work Week

May 30, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
This sunny, breezy Monday is the perfect day to gear-up for bike-to-work-week!

Use IVF Clinic Waitlist Time to Your Advantage - Preparing for IVF

May 13, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
When patients book in to see me at the clinic, the initial appointment takes a little extra time. We go over labs results, talk about symptoms, and draw up a treatment plan together. Often I find that their doctors have referred them to a fertility clinic, but they’re waiting to hear back. When they do finally get the phone call, their initial appointment is months away, leaving couples feeling helpless and frustrated, wanting to know what they... Read more

Miscarriage

Apr 08, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Earlier this month, the Human Rights Tribunal in Ontario made a significant ruling. Winnie Muo, after suffering a miscarriage followed by all the subsequent physical and emotional pain, was fired from her job. In the aftermath of the traumatic experience, she was unable to perform all the tasks necessary of her job, say the employer. It is hoped, however, that this ruling by the Tribunal may bring miscarriage out of the realm of silence and... Read more

How To Identify an Acupuncturist at a Restaurant

Apr 01, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
I read a blog the other day that made me laugh. It was about the neurotic things acupuncturists do to keep healthy. So painfully accurate, it was like laughing into a fun-house mirror, and it inspired me to create my own list. Here are a few of the silly, batty, and weird things I do to stay healthy.

Staring Contest

Mar 15, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
"Even though a human being is part of the whole, most human beings experience themselves, their thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest. This is what Einstein called “a kind of optical delusion of consciousness” in which most human beings live." (Einstein, 1950, from Siegel, 2010, p. 255)

My Top 3 Supplements for Fertility

Mar 08, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Every time I see a new patient I recommend a handful of supplements. I’ve been doing this routinely for so long now that I have stopped thinking about the “why”. And that’s what I like so much about new patients; they ask the questions that remind me to remember why I recommend things. Here’s the Cole’s notes on why I recommend coenzyme Q10, vitamin D3 and Fish oils.

Unexplained

Mar 01, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
When you have tried to conceive for a year and you find that all of your hormone levels are normal; when you have an ultrasound, pelvic exam, blood work, pap and semen analysis; when you have tested for ovulation and timed your intercourse appropriately, and yet still have not fallen pregnant, that is unexplained infertility, and it is the most frustrating diagnosis of all. Most couples feel they have done everything right and cannot understand... Read more

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