"I am 1 in 6" Infertility Awareness Week 2015: May 19th - 28th

Next week kicks off infertility awareness week. It will be the third year that Yinstill has been a part of this great cause. This year’s national campaign is entitled: “I am 1 in 6” The Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC) has launched this campaign for this year to really highlight just how many couples struggle with fertility challenges. The goal of the campaign is to empower more people to speak out about their fertility challenges and the experiences they have endured during their journey.

Jani White at the Integrated Fertility Symposium

This past weekend a collection of experts, practitioners, students, and observers from around the world descended on SFU downtown for the inaugural Integrative Fertility Symposium. There were many excellent talks from Chinese doctors and acupuncturists, MDs and naturopathic doctors covering a range of topics including “Key Concepts in Embryo Implantation”, “ Chinese Medicine’s View of ImmunoIogical infertility” and much in between. The practitioners from Yinstill were there attending lectures to learn and share their newfound knowledge with each other.


この週末は4日間に渡るIntegrative Fertility Synposiumに参加し、トップクラスのドクターや中医師のレクチャーをみっちり受講してきました。そこで学んだこと、書きたいことは山盛りなのですが、実は帰り道にたまたま目撃したことが私のアテンションをつかんだまま離さないので、今日はそれを書きたいと思います。

Acupuncture can reduce Cholesterol

Keeping an eye on our cholesterol levels is essential for heart health and overall blood flow. While cholesterol is essential for bodily functions, too much of the wrong kind is bad. It comes in different forms in our body: low-density lipoproteins (LDL), which are sticky and clog our arteries, and high-density lipoproteins (HDL) which are not sticky and actually help to reduce cholesterol levels. For more information, you can explore this page.

Not Your Ordinary Vegetarian Burgers

Guest Post by Nikki Hurst

This burger recipe is loaded with antioxidants, particularly Vitamins E & A (beta-carotene). Both are skin-supporting nutrients and immune-system support. Packed with fibre and plant protein, these patties can be served on buns, in wraps, or with a salad. This recipe serves: 2

Nutrition to Support Conception and Pregnancy

Guest post by Sharon Pendlington, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

When I became pregnant with my first child, 12 years ago, I knew very little about nutrition. I really believed that I was ‘eating for two’ and that I had an excuse to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. It wasn’t until almost a decade later that I understood that what I ate while pregnant affected the health of my child.

Creamy Tahini Veggie Sauté

The Harvard Nurses Health Study is the largest, most comprehensive, long-term study of diet and fertility ever conducted. It found that adding one serving per day of red meat, chicken, or turkey increased the risk of ovulatory infertility by nearly one-third.

Maple Walnut Granola

Guest post by Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

Granola is such a great breakfast because it’s quick and convenient while also providing so much more nutrition than boxed cereal. Even many store-bought granolas can taste overly sweet and be loaded with sugar and fillers. Luckily, making your own granola is super simple! This Maple Walnut Granola is full of goodies to nourish fertility and start your day off right. In fact, every ingredient features some kind of benefit to your health and fertility. But let’s just discuss the headliners:

Coconut Curried Chicken

Guest post by Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

While we’ve been lucky enough to have a lovely taste of Spring weather here in Vancouver lately, I haven’t been fully ready to give up the warm comfort of winter soups and stews just yet. Comfort food of all kinds can be an important part of a fertility diet in that it can be grounding during times of stress and uncertainty.

This is the growth of great medicine

Women and couples come to me at various stages of their journey to conception. Sometimes they have been trying for years and others they are just starting out. While conceiving naturally is everyone’s first choice, alternatives that garner the same results, a baby, should not be overlooked.


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