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The Thyroid And Fertility: What You Need To Know

Oct 03, 2013

One of the most frustrating things for a fertility patient to hear is that they are clinically sub-fertile, but there is nothing wrong with their blood work – in other words, you’re perfectly healthy! But you’re not getting pregnant and we don’t know why. At Acubalance, we’re always striving to figure out the “why” – and since thyroid problems are extremely common and difficult to diagnose based on lab results, it’s a topic that often comes up with our fertility patients.

Want to Increase Pregnancy Rates when Undergoing an IUI? Try Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine.

Oct 01, 2013

 A study from 2012 completed by Dr Shahar Levi-Ari from Tel Aviv University compared successful  IUI cycles with the combination of Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

Special treat for patients today Two sets of doctor eyes

Oct 01, 2013

Today, October 1st, 2013, I have Dr. Kali MacIsaac joining on my initial consults.  This is a special treat for our patients as they are getting two sets of eyes looking into some of the reasons why they are not conceiving and what action steps can be taken to increase their chances of conceiving and delivering a healthy baby.

Reduce Childhood Allergies and Cavities With This Pacifier 'Cleaning' Method

Sep 30, 2013

Recently, I came across an interesting article with the following title: Pacifier Cleaning Practices and Risk of Allergy Development. Health authorities in the past have told Mums that cleaning their babe’s pacifier under running water or by boiling is the best way to avoid transferring harmful bacteria from her mouth to her little one (bacteria like Strep mutans, the one that causes cavities, in particular). This article challenges previous recommendations..

Leptin and Your Fertility - A New Hormone

Sep 27, 2013
Leptin is a very interesting hormone that I have been reading about recently.  It plays major roles in weight management, fertility and a persons energy.  Leptin's relatively recent discovery makes it not entirely understood but more research is underway.

Gluten Intolerance, Celiac Disease, and Fertility

Sep 26, 2013

Numerous studies in the recent literature have shown a link between celiac disease (the autoimmune disease) and infertility for both men and women. It is not necessarily clear from the research why this link exists yet, but it isn’t hard to postulate some of the reasons gluten could be interfering with conception.

Why IVF is like being kicked in the balls for girls!

Sep 26, 2013

IVF patients often ask me if it is “normal” to feel sore and even tender to touch in the lower abdomen after egg retrieval and the days leading up to embryo transfer. 

Laser Acupuncture to reduce pain, reduce inflammation and increase tissue healing

Sep 25, 2013

Many of our patinets are aware of Acubalance's laser for use on IVF transfer days to increase implantation and pregnancy rates.  We also use it for pain and injuries with great results.  We can use the Laser therapy alone or with combination of acupuncture to reduce pain and accelerate healing.  

Plastic Nation

Sep 23, 2013

I’m Dr. Kali MacIsaac, Naturopathic Doctor at Acubalance Wellness Centre. I have just relocated to Vancouver and will be taking patients at Acubalance starting in October, 2013. I look forward to sharing interesting articles and thoughts on natural medicine and the health topics that are close to my heart on this blog!

Poor Ovarian Reserve, How to Know!

Sep 16, 2013
Poor ovarian reserve is a devastating diagnosis when trying to conceive.  It comes as a surprise to most, as they still have regular, healthy cycles and don't feel "old".  I have seen this diagnosis many times in women who are very young (in their early 30's).  This comes as a definite shock and limits a couple's treatment options when trying to conceive.