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PCOS Exercise Program

To properly and successfully treat PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome you MUST exercise. OK, this may sound simplistic, everyone needs to exercise to maintain health and wellness. But, when done properly, women with PCOS can expect many benefits from simply committing to a diet and exercise plan. Also, it should be noted, when exercise is done incorrectly, it can actually cause a great deal of stress in the body and contribute to irregular cycles and premature aging.

Avoid these things to Optimize fertility...

There are many toxins in our environment that are known to disrupt hormonal balance and are contributing factors in conditions such as infertility, PMS, irregular menstrual cycles, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, premature ovarian failure, recurrent pregnancy loss, and anxiety.

A Call to the Slight of Slumbered

“Get enough sleep!”
How many times have we heard this phrase in lecture from our health care practitioners, friends and loved ones, or the health expert on our news hour break? We hear it so much, it almost gets tuned out, perhaps falling into the pit of “I’ve heard it before” with all the other healthy living phrases like: “reduce stress”, “eat right”, and so on.

Tell me about your bowel movements…

Well, as my wife says, when you marry a doctor of TCM, you get used to talking about bowel movements, it even may pop up at the dinner table, as food, digestion, and bowel movements are intimately related ! As with any holistic thinking, your bowels are an expression of health, mainly digestive, but also may be great indicators of other underlying problems that should be investigated.

Measuring Patient Experience

Despite medical literature still claiming there is no definitive link between stress and infertility, it has concluded that it can interfere with hormone balance and ovulation, as well as libido in both sexes (see In my practice I see the massive effects that psychological stress (emotional discomfort) can have on a client, and the various ways it impedes desired outcomes such as achieving pregnancy and carrying to term.

Vegan Applesauce Muffins

I cook these muffins for my family at least once a week. They are easy, tasty, quick, and I know what is in them! They are great on the run and if there is finicky family members, I promise they will love them! Chantal Pentland

Minutes to Cook: 15
Number of Servings: 12


1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp oil
1/3 cup maple sauce
1 cup applesauce
3/4 cup raisins
I add some dried cherries as well!

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.

The other side of the ART equation

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As of a 2009 CDC survey, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) births represented 1.4%of total US births, or 60,190 infants. It is now estimated that over 5 million births worldwide have been the result of medical reproductive intervention, a long way to come after the birth of the very first “test tube baby” in 1978. However, these advances have not come without their own concerns. In the same 2009 survey, it was also stated that 33.4% of ART births were born preterm, compared to a 12.2% rate found in natural births, and 47% were multiple births, compared to a general rate of 3%.

Understanding Fall: how to live and eat

Autumn follows on the tail of the harvest, signaling that it is time to prepare for winter. The sap of trees settles into the interior, sinking down toward the roots. With fall comes a sense of gathering in, stocking up, mingled with a sense of loss as the light begins to fade and the air chills. It is a time to eliminate what is unnecessary and become aware of what is essential. In our human body we find that our "Qi" dives deeper; for preservation of cold weather ahead. We are more likely to want to "toast" in our beds each morning rather than jump out of bed to start our day.

Dr. Oz - Hormone Balance 101

Both mine and my wife's favorite magazines (Success & Oprah, you guess which is who's!) always feature an article by the famous Dr. Oz. Below are the pearls of one of his recent columns on Hormone balance. He likens the hormones that run a women's body to an orchestra: '...each plays its own part in creating a perfect concert - until the day one is out of tune and throws off the entire melody.'

Accessible mindfullness: some tools for exploring yourself

A friend sent me the following link earlier this week and I have been absolutely engrossed in it. I wanted to share one of the most accessible summaries of Buddhism that I have experienced. I hope that you also find it to be a great introduction into the experience of a different perspective on how to approach the world.

Immune Boosting Tips for Cold and Flu season - by Dr. Jennifer Schmidt-White

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During the winter season people experience frequent colds and flus. The most common preventative measure is the flu vaccine which is effective against three specific strains of viruses, but bolstering your immune system on a daily basis results in fewer and shorter colds and flus overall and improves defense against a variety of viruses and bacteria. A healthy immune system is the result of a healthy lifestyle that includes:

Lifestyle Changes to Decrease Estrogen Excess

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Excess estrogen or ‘estrogen dominance’ refers to a state of hormone imbalance that may be due to stress, toxins, or poor detoxification. Excess estrogen causes uncomfortable symptoms in women including:

6 Lessons We Can Learn From Eastern Chinese Medicine

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Written by Leana Wen, M.D. - We should recognize there is much to learn from Eastern medicine, including what it means to be a physician to really care for our patients.

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