Why More Than Acupuncture In Needed for Increased Fertility
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help regulate your hormones and support increased fertility outcomes, but these therapies must include healthy lifestyle choices. One of the most important lifestyle choices you can make is to reduce endocrine disruptors in your household and personal care products.
The video above was created by the Environmental Working Group–you may remember them because they put together the fantastic resource for us called the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15,” a shoppers guide to pesticides in produce.
What the Science Says:
Endocrine disuptors interfere with the body’s endocrine system by producing adverse developmental, reproductive (especially if you have been diagnosed with PCOS), neurological, and immune effects in humans, abnormal growth patterns and neurodevelopmental delays in children.
Here is the research (click on the highlighted links) showing the potential harm endocrine disruptors are creating in our health. These scientific studies strongly correlate endocrine disruptors with the rise in infertility in males, and infertility in females, cancer, and neurological disorders, to name a few.
Here are 12 of the worst hormone disruptors. Click on this pdf file to find out how they do their dirty deeds, and for some tips on how to avoid them. Here is the quick reference list of the endocrine disruptors we all need to avoid:
- PHTHALATES PERCHLORATE
- FIRE RETARDANTS
- PERFLUORINATED CHEMICALS
- GLYCOL ETHERS
3 Things Can We Do:
Is there anything we can do to help protect ourselves, our children, and our loved ones? YES! The first and most important step we can take is to inform ourselves, but here are a few more steps to empower you to take action.
- Read the research articles on the links above, and watch the video above too.
- Clean out your toxic household cleaning products, including your personal beauty products.
- Buy only safe, non-toxic natural products and avoid the toxic ones. Click here, or on the link above.
Yours In Good Health~
Learn How to Improve your Fertility
You do not have to go it alone on your journey of creating or growing your family. Here are some of my favorite books for supporting you to learn all you can about improving your fertility naturally.
These books are great resources for recovering from recurrent miscarriage, overcoming PCOS, improving egg quality, what is available to you for IVF support, and addressing male factor infertility. Most of all, these authors offer a compassionate voice reminding you how important self care is.
Chinese Medicine and Fertility
- The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis, Ph.D
- Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility by Smi S. David, MD, and Jill Blakeway, LAc
- Fertility and Conception – The Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant by Zita West
Improving Egg Quality
- Conquering InFertility by Alice Domar
- It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF, by Rebecca Fette
- Be Fertile with Your Infertility Christine Bannan and Winnie Duggan
For Overcoming PCOS:
- 8 Steps To Reverse Your PCOS: A Proven Program to Reset Your Hormones, Repair Your Metabolism, and Restore Your Fertility, by Fiona McCullough, ND
For Coping with Miscarriage
- Miscarriage After Infertility: A Woman’s Guide to Coping by Margaret Comerford Freda and Carrie Semelsberger
- Is Your Body Baby Friendly? Unexplained Infertility, Miscarriage and IVF Failure by Alan E. Beer
For Male Factor Fertility
- The Male Biological Clock: The Startling News About Aging, Sexuality and Fertility In Men by Harry Fisch
- Fertile Fathers by Ruth Sharkey
Yoga For Fertility
- Yoga for Fertility by Jill Mahrlig Petigara, E-RYT, MA and Lynn Jensen, E-RYT, MBA
The Lotus Effect
Have you ever seen a lotus leaf after a rainstorm? Often it will look like jewels of water are resting on the leaves. These “jewels”, or droplets of water, pick-up particles of dirt as they roll over the surface of the leaf, cleansing the leaf so that it can maintain its powerful process of photosynthesis, converting the sunlight into the energy it needs to thrive.
This is known as the Lotus Effect, and is how we envision our work with our patients, helping each person to turn obstacles into opportunities and nourish their destiny.
“I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong. They do not touch enough on what is not wrong. . . . Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and to see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
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