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Undersleeping Is An Epidemic: The Anatomy of Sleep

Aug 24, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
Undersleeping: everybody’s doing it.  Pushing their limits, watching another episode before bed, waking up too early to cram more into the day.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has labeled insufficient sleep a public health epidemic (the same initial warning they gave

N-Acetyl Cysteine: The Master Nutrient No One Knows

Aug 12, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) isn’t just a nutrient with a catchy name. I use it commonly in practice in my PCOS patients and as an antioxidant to improve sperm and oocyte quality.

Magnesium: The Invisible Deficiency

Jul 03, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
A while back, I wrote an article on some of the important roles that magnesium plays in our bodies, and its importance especially for women trying to conceive. I’m constantly reminded of the importance of this mineral for overall health, not just for fertility but also for many other acute and chronic health complaints. Literally every organ in your body uses magnesium – and it has been estimated that up to 80% of Americans (likely similar... Read more

Popular Pain Medications Inhibit Ovulation

Jun 17, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
Some pretty big headlines made the news this week, based off of a brand new study presented at a European Rheumatism Congress (EULAR 2015) that suggested that certain anti-inflammatory medications can significantly impact a woman’s fertility.

The Male Biological Clock

Jun 09, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
There is extensive literature that clearly defines the impact of increased maternal (mother’s) age on a couple’s likelihood of conceiving and reproductive outcomes. However, there has been fairly limited research done on advanced age of the father and how this may affect the offspring.

Resistance Training Improves Sexual Function in PCOS

May 26, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
Sexual function and quality of life scores are commonly diminished in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Several strategies employed at once including dietary and lifestyle changes, acupuncture, emotional work, and aerobic physical exercise have all been shown to have positive effects on the metabolic and hormonal profiles of women with PCOS. And although aerobic (cardiovascular) exercise programs have been well proven to benefit,... Read more

Pregnancy May Be The New Fountain Of Youth

May 13, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
A really interesting article in Fertility and Sterility this month suggests that pregnancy may have a rejuvenating effect on the mother. That is, pregnancy may cause the cells and tissues in women to regenerate and perform as they did in their youth!

Irregular Cycles? Check Your Vitamin D

Apr 23, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
A new review released in March 2015, from the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, has shown that low vitamin D levels are related to a number of gynecological problems – PMS, uterine fibroids, painful or irregular periods and early menopause, to name a few.

Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier

Mar 27, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
It isn’t hard to find evidence that the world is pretty messed up: daily newspaper headlines describe homicides and natural disasters, TV anchors investigate pilots gone rogue – from the grumpy lady in front of you at the grocery store to late night television hosts, everyone’s got a negative story to highlight. There is certainly no shortage of disappointment, destruction and depression.
Have you ever wondered if these negative attitudes... Read more

The Dark Side of Misused Antibiotics

Mar 03, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
It isn’t hard to understand the idea that antibiotics alter the population of healthy bacteria that normally inhabit the human body. When you take something that kills bacteria, it’ll take care of an unwanted infection quite effectively (think urinary tract infections or infected injury or surgery sites) but also damages populations of commensal bacteria that are helpful to the functioning of the human body.