Kathleen's Blog

You Are Not Broken

Jan 10, 2019 | Kathleen Lee R.TCM.P, L.Ac, FABORM, MTCM, B.Sc
As an acupuncturist who works in women’s health, I encounter a question almost daily: ”Am I broken? Is there something WRONG with me?” Sometimes it is spoken. Most of the time though, women suffer with this feeling of inadequacy and suffering silently. 

Kimcheat Your Way to a Healthy Microbiome

Dec 01, 2018 | Kathleen Lee R.TCM.P, L.Ac, FABORM, MTCM, B.Sc
Korean food has been getting a lot of attention in the culinary world lately, much to my delight. Growing up in a Korean-American family, kimchi was a staple of my mother’s kitchen table and I can’t ever recall a meal where it was not incorporated into the cooking in some form or another.

Vitamin Sunshine: Not Just for Plants

Nov 09, 2018 | Kathleen Lee R.TCM.P, L.Ac, FABORM, MTCM, B.Sc
As a native Californian, I get quite distraught when the sun goes away. Combine that with the time change this week and, watch out world! The sun is literally setting tonight at 4:43 PM. That’s just not right, y’all!

5 Myths About Miscarriages

Oct 23, 2018 | Kathleen Lee R.TCM.P, L.Ac, FABORM, MTCM, B.Sc
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. If you are someone who is grieving the loss of an embryo, pregnancy, infant or child, my sincerest condolences go out to you. There is no wrong way to grieve this. Some people are able to bounce back and get back to feeling like themselves again shortly afterwards; others will take their time.

One Thing You Can Do To Increase Your Chance of a Successful Transfer by 15%

Oct 02, 2018 | Kathleen Lee R.TCM.P, L.Ac, FABORM, MTCM, B.Sc
You’re almost there! You’ve gone through all the tests, the injections and the nail-biting suspense of waiting for the phone call to see how your embryos are. You are finally at the top of the proverbial IVF mountain. As a fertility acupuncturist, one of my favourite ways to support couples going through the fertility journey is to meet you at the top of the mountain for a treatment on the day of embryo transfer.

Composting: Tips from your Acupuncturist to Stay Healthy in Autumn

Sep 22, 2018 | Kathleen Lee R.TCM.P, L.Ac, FABORM, MTCM, B.Sc
Are you feeling the shift in the air? Here in Vancouver, we had a beautiful hot flash of summer and we are now sinking into the cooler temperatures that come with the autumn season. This morning, I woke up to a beautiful autumn equinox. Leaves are falling to the earth to be broken down into rich humus. In the garden, we have been busily tending to our compost pile.

Quick, Easy and Tasty Tomato Zucchini Soup Recipe

Sep 04, 2018 | Kathleen Lee R.TCM.P, L.Ac, FABORM, MTCM, B.Sc
We are always trying to eat with the seasons here at Acubalance to stay healthy. Here is a quick, easy and tasty late summer soup recipe that will help you transition into this beautiful fall weather we’ve been having.
 
1 large zucchini or 2 medium sized zucchinis
1 large tomato
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg

Case Study: 0% to 13% Increase in Sperm Morphology in 4 Months

Aug 22, 2018 | Kathleen Lee R.TCM.P, L.Ac, FABORM, MTCM, B.Sc
SC and his wife had been trying to conceive for 3 years when they came to Acubalance for support. They had both been assessed by their reproductive endocrinologist and determined to fall under the frustrating category that many couples find themselves in (**cue ominous music**).... the dreaded world of “unexplained infertility”.

Top 5 Tips for Improving Egg Quality

Aug 13, 2018 | Kathleen Lee R.TCM.P, L.Ac, FABORM, MTCM, B.Sc
 
“My fertility doctor says I have poor egg quality, what does this mean and is there anything I can do about it?” 
 

Top 5 Foundational Supplements for Prenatal Care

Jul 31, 2018 | Kathleen Lee R.TCM.P, L.Ac, FABORM, MTCM, B.Sc
Eggs are particularly rich when it comes to mitochondria boasting 200-500,000 in each egg. This means there are at least 100x more mitochondria in eggs than there are in any other cell in the body. Why is this important? Embryos need healthy mitochondria because

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