INFERTILITY FYI/ SUGGESTIONS According to many references, there could be many causes of the inability to conceive. Among them: for women, cervical mucus may be wrong consistency, pH of vagina may be too acidic, one or both fallopian tubes could be blocked, could have uterine fibroids, may be having anovulatory cycles, ovaries may not balance the hormones correctly, illness, stress, loss of weight or being overweight could affect hormonal balance and inhibit ovulation, birth control pill affects natural hormonal balance and could take several months to correct, smoking can inhibit the reproductive system, caffeine taken regularly, has been shown to reduce fertility by about 4 times, low thyroid function affects fertility by upsetting hormonal balance, nutrient deficiency can cause infertility. For men, diet, lifestyle, X-rays, drugs, toxic chemicals, and stress all lower sperm count. Over-hot baths/hot tubs or tight underwear can reduce sperm production. Hormonal imbalance or exposure to lead can lead to poor quality sperm (can’t swim straight or strong). Research has shown that excessive alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking can cause decreased testosterone production and/or testicular atrophy. Alcohol is also known to reduce sperm count in men and implantation in women. Some men produce antibodies to their own sperm - forming clumps, which stop them from being able to swim. Stress affects the hormonal balance and also the blood supply to the reproductive system. The best way to try and over come all or any of these is by adjusting your diet, stress levels, exposure to toxins, and hormonal levels. There are many ways to do this naturally. In most cases, when everything natural has been tried, then, it may be a physiological problem. That is usually rare. Clinical studies have shown that there could also be a possibility of antigen/antibody incompatibility between a blood type O mother and either the blood cells of the fetus, if it is blood type A or B (which could result in miscarriage), or the sperm of the father if he is a blood type A or B (which could result in the inability to conceive). In a study of 102 infertile couples – 87% were found to be blood group incompatible. The children that were conceived were blood type 0, which made them compatible with the mother. This suggests that the infertility was due to the presence of antibodies in the secretions of the mother’s genital tract, or incompatible sperm from the father. Eating according to your blood type may help keep opposing blood group antibodies from forming. There have been many case histories where previously infertile women conceived and produced healthy children by eating correctly. Studies have shown that if antibodies are developed against the sperm, it may be a good idea to use a condom for one month – allowing the woman’s antibodies to decrease. Then at the time of ovulation, have intercourse without the condom. Vegetables and fruits are very beneficial in changing the pH… they are alkaline. Meats, fish, whole grains, cheese, eggs, and seeds are more acidic. Tea, coffee and alcohol are very acidic. Diet is very important, and your blood type is a very good tool for choosing the right foods. The essential fatty acids (preferably Omega 3), a very good balanced multi (heavy in the B complex), and a good balance of minerals are all necessary to improve fertility. A good diet is essential when trying to conceive and also afterwards. (The above information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat illness) Just remember - once you’re pregnant, it’s important that you balance your diet well, since your baby needs everything. However, insulin imbalances from the wrong kind of or too many carbs can also affect your baby. You need to prepare your body for conception long before you find out that you are pregnant. Eat nutrient dense foods - no processed, packaged, frozen, or instant meals. Eat plenty of veges, but protein with every meal. Best to try to eat 3 small meals and 2 snacks (veges and nuts, or fruit and nuts or some mozzarella cheese) a day. This will avoid hypoglycemic episodes. Greens are good sources of calcium. Veges are very good - just be careful of the cruciferous veges. Eat them lightly steamed to alleviate their goitrogenic properties which will lower thyroid activity. Also avoid the starchy veges - and especially potatoes, turnips and radishes. Research has shown that those particular veges contain a toxin called bafilomycin that has been found to induce type I diabetes by affecting the pancreas in utero in susceptible people. The starchy veges in general affect the insulin metabolism. Try to eliminate ALL fluoride from you diet and your home. Research has found without a doubt that fluoride causes infertility in both men and women. Best water to drink is reverse osmosis. DON’T drink tea at all. The tea leaves accumulate more fluoride from pollution of soil and air than any other edible plant. Tea has been the primary cause of dental fluorosis in many international studies. Use toothpaste with no fluoride. Get a water filter for your shower. Showerwise is a good brand, I use it. Your whole body absorbs horrific amounts of fluoride while taking a shower. Fluoride also greatly affects the thyroid and can cause osteoporosis and cancer. Try to lower stress levels (just worrying about trying to conceive is stressful). It’s somewhat like a vicious circle – being unable to conceive causes stress and the stress can cause anovulatory cycles which can cause the inability to conceive. When you have an anovulatory cycle, there is no progesterone made. If there is no progesterone, then there will be estrogen dominance. The combination of low or no progesterone and estrogen dominance has been found to cause symptoms such as fibrocystic breasts, PMS, fibroids, endometriosis, or irregular periods. Hormones need to be BALANCED for conception and subsequent delivery. Try yoga, meditation, or visualization. Learning to do deep, diaphragmatic breathing is very beneficial. Practice it whenever you think about it, then, it will soon become natural for you. The deep abdominal breathing is the correct way for humans to breath - not through the chest. Practice sitting or laying down with your hand on your abdomen. As you inhale, DO NOT raise your shoulders or chest. Instead, push out your abdomen, raising your hand. Inhale as deeply as you can extending your stomach, then fill your chest. Exhale by contracting your abdomen as flat as possible. This technique draws air into your lungs fully. It makes the diaphragm pull all of the air all the way into the lower lobes of the lungs. This will not only de-stress you, it will fully oxygenate the system. There are also many useful de-stressing herbs to use. third trimester when the placenta is making plenty of it’s own. (The above information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat illness) Please read Dr. John R. Lee, MD’s book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause. It has a very good section on infertility and endometriosis. He is very, very good and I have used his information for many years. His research on natural hormones is outstanding. Very few women I’ve counseled have not had positive results by using natural hormones in a natural way. Another way to lower stress - and at the same time get your metabolism and your whole body working effectively - is by exercising. It’s very beneficial to exercise in moderation. Excessive exercise has been shown to disrupt hormonal balances in both sexes (it can cause anovulatory cycles in women). It also causes a lot of free radical damage from the oxygenation. Oxygen is good, but, it causes free radical damage. That is not something that you need when you’re trying to create new life. Very brisk walking or jogging for a half an hour -3-4 times a week are very good. It is also very beneficial to get in the practice of doing resistance training with light weights. This creates good lean muscle and keeps the metabolism going long after exercising. It is also a fantastic stress reducer, and keeps the bones strong. Pulsed magnetic therapy has been found very beneficial in cases of infertility. After years of studies in Europe, it was found that it counters the toxic electromagnetic fields while increasing sperm motility and oxygenation of the pelvic area. Using the whole mat unblocks the energy meridians and increases cellular metabolism allowing proper circulation. Using the pillow concentrates the PMT on the pelvic region. Combining this with nutrition, relaxation, supplementation and herbs enhances their benefits. In most cases, the best time to conceive is around the time of ovulation. During that week, it may be best to have intercourse only 2 times - any more than that, and you could reduce the sperm count. By abstaining for the week prior to this, you may allow sperm and energy to build up and increase fertility. It has been found that sperm are more active after 2-3 days of abstinence. It’s best for men to wear boxers and avoid hot tubs now, too. Women should keep a temperature chart and determine ovulation. It’s best to do this for a few months. If cycle is not regular, there are several herbs to help with this. Diet can also help. It’s a very good idea to detox every month or so. If the liver becomes sluggish due to a high amount of toxicity in the body, the hormones may become imbalanced. This can be done with herbal combinations to help detoxify the whole system. Some very good herbs to look for might be: milkthistle, dandelion leaf and dandelion root, uva ursi, yellow dock, Oregon grape root, artichoke, licorice, burdock, yarrow, red clover. Combinations are good. (The above information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat illness). If you have any of the many symptoms associated with hypothyroid, it would be a good idea to take your morning temperature for a week or so to see what your basal temp is. It has been found that the best days for this would be days 1-7 of your cycle, with day one being the first day of your period. This is done by shaking down a, preferably basal but not digital, thermometer at night and putting it on your night stand. Set your alarm 10 minutes early - then without moving too much put the thermometer under your armpit. Hold it there for 10 minutes and read. If the temp is 97.6 or below , chances are very good that you are hypothyroid. Check this for a week. The best time in premenopausal women has been found to be days 1-7 of the cycle. If you have any doubt, have your physician order a TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies tests for you to have done. If you do, please let me see the results. Too many physicians declare them normal, when, in fact, they are not conducive to fertility in neither men nor women. HYPOTHYROIDISM AND INFERTILITY -- keep track of cycles (chart basal temp. and test for ovulation- can buy over the counter test kit) --can cause anovulation or irregular ovulation-(still have periods, just don’t ovulate) --may also have a short luteal phase (time between ovulation and when period starts) normal is 13-15 days --OPTIMAL TSH RANGE to get pregnant and maintain pregnancy is 1-2 --also good to check for presence of anti-thyroid antibodies --can be factor in infertility or early miscarriage. --risk of miscarriage can be twice as high in women with antithyroid antibodies --have thyroid checked during each trimester. Need for thyroid hormone can increase in early part of pregnancy due to increased estrogen levels.(estrogen blocks thyroid hormone) --high TSH later can cause stillbirth or premature delivery or low IQ eat according to your blood type --- It’s important to keep the inside of your body and all your various systems as free of toxins as possible. Over 50 years of research have shown that there is a chemical reaction between the food you eat and your blood type antigen. If you eat foods that contain foreign antigens, your immune system will create anti-blood type antibodies to it. These reactions can disrupt your immune system, increase inflammation, disturb your digestive processes, and also be a factor in infertility or miscarriage when a mother and father have opposing blood types or when the mother is carrying a fetus of an opposing blood type. Eating foods containing foreign antigens may sensitize your system to constantly put out anti-blood type antibodies. When sperm or possibly a fetus with opposing antigens is involved, your antibodies will search out and destroy them. The lectins in foods can also cause autoimmune problems. They cause agglutination in the body which result in toxins. These toxins settle in organs or joints and an over active immune system attacks not only the toxins, but, the organs where they are. Again, this is NOT something you want to be going on inside you while trying to conceive. Your body could be mounting attacks against itself in addition to the sperm or the fetus. It is VERY important for the father to follow the blood type diet also – in order to make adequate motile sperm. The above information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat illness Basically – ---O’s should eat good free-range organic beef or buffalo, chicken, turkey, and fish. Actually, most fish is very high in mercury, lead, and toxins. It is not recommended that pregnant women eat fish. Research has found that wild Alaskan red salmon contains the least amount of toxins. Do not get farmed salmon, it is NOT free of toxins at all. Publix carries a brand of canned wild Alaskan red salmon. All vegetables are good with the exception of potatoes, corn, cabbage, and carrots. O’s are not genetically able to digest a lot of carbs, and the starchy veges also have bad lectins in them. If you focus on protein and non- starchy veges, you’ll do very good. In moderation, Ezekial bread is OK(eat no other breads). It is made from sprouted grains, and the sprouting gets rid of the lectins. Buckwheat flakes are OK for breakfast if need be. Arrowhead Mills makes Maple Buckwheat flakes that are good in moderation. If you do feel a need for an occasional grain, spelt pasta or brown rice is acceptable. The best policy is to stay away from sugars, starches and grains. The better your compliance, the better your chances of conception. The dark fruits are OK in moderation. Never eat fruits with meat or veges. It’s best to have them as a snack, with a handful of walnuts or almonds. This way you’re not eating them on an empty stomach - which will cause that imbalance in insulin - but you’re not eating them in a meal with protein. Eggs are good, but, be sure to get free-range, organic. This is very important, in all that you eat - at least while you’re trying to get pregnant and until you deliver. The environmental hormones, pesticides, and steroids are not something you need to be eating at this time. Your baby doesn’t need them either. Dairy is something you do NOT want to ingest. This has very bad lectins in it for someone who is a blood type O. This means all cheese (mozz and feta are OK in moderation), milk, ice cream. Eat no SOY. Pumpkin seeds, almonds and walnuts are good, but, no peanuts or cashews. Fish oil, flax oil and olive oil are also beneficial. Drink plenty of water, no green or black tea or coffee. Even by avoiding most grains, starches, and sugars, you’ll still be getting an adequate amount of carbohydrates by eating moderate amounts of dark fruit and nuts. It takes some discipline, but I know of many people who have done it and had wonderful results with what ever their health problem was. The best way to look at it is – if a food is considered bad for you, it’s poison to your system and can be causing your immune system to put out excess amounts of antibodies against foreign antigens. According to the studies, this could play a big part in whether you conceive, or not. If a food is considered good for you, it’s like medicine and may help heal and calm your system (The above information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose of treat illness) ---A’s should try to stay away from beef, but, the organic chicken, turkey, and fish are good. (see above note on fish) Most dried beans (except kidney, navy and pinto) are OK, however, a lot of A’s (non-secretors) find that they just do not feel well on the complex carbs. That’s OK. Just follow what your body tells you. Veges are good, again, except the starchy ones. You can digest them OK, but, they turn immediately into sugar and can cause a blood sugar and insulin imbalance. That is not something that you want right now. Really, that is not something that you ever want! Fruits are the same as with O’s. The darker the better, and in moderation. Never eat fruits with meat or veges. It’s best to have them as a snack, with a handful of walnuts or almonds. This way you’re not eating them on an empty stomach - which will cause that imbalance in insulin - but you’re not eating them in a meal with protein. Peanuts are usually good for A’s, but, for now I might stay away from them or at least be very careful of the source and don’t eat raw ones unless you roast them first. They carry the risk of aflatoxin, and that is not something you want to deal with now. Stay away from all dairy (except organic mozz and feta) and most grains, especially wheat. In most instances, grains are just a very bad thing to eat. That means no bread (except Ezekial), pasta, desserts. If you do feel a need to have pastas – you can find spelt pasta in health food stores. Brown rice is also OK in moderation. Pizza is pretty much out. Watch the sugars, try stevia or xylitol. The others are something I can’t recommend. Don’t even think about aspartame. It is one of the most toxic substances you can put in your body. And, NO SOY. Drink plenty of water. I would stay away from green and black tea and coffee. Use herb tea. Green and black tea contain a VERY high amount of natural fluoride. Too high. This can lower thyroid hormone production – which can cause infertility. THAT is not good when you’re trying to get make a baby or carry a baby ---Highly recommend that you buy the book Eat Right 4 Your Baby. It has lists of herbs, teas, and all the foods to avoid. Also very good suggestions for things that may come up during pregnancy --I don’t agree 100% with all of the suggestions mentioned. One very important discrepancy I have is his recommendations for soy. --I do not EVER recommend soy in any way. This is from personal and professional experiences over many years. --soy is an endocrine disrupter and can influence steroidal hormones as well as thyroid hormones ---it’s very important to have a very good diet prior to attempting to conceive. ---alleviates hormonal imbalances, insulin imbalances, toxicities, or autoimmune problems. Has the body functioning at an optimum level. (The above information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose of treat illness) ---have saliva hormone levels done if need be. (female) --in many instances, estrogen dominance is the reason for inability to conceive. --there are many herbs that can be used to help balance the hormones. It has been recommended in several alternative references to use the herb vitex every day for at least 3 months – even during your period. This has been found to help balance both hormones. Plus, progesterone cream has often been found to get hormones balanced after a few months by countering the estrogen dominance. --men can also have an estrogen imbalance- thereby affecting the amount of free testosterone in his system. If he is overweight, estrogen is converted from testosterone in the fat cell, - which , in turn, creates more fat cells. It’s a vicious circle. Important to get your weight under control if having problems conceiving - both male and female. --beneficial to take a good multi vitamin. --contains all of the basic nutrient for both male and female fertility. --Liquids and capsules are the best utilized. --find one that preferably has 800mcg of folic acid. If not, best to supplement with enough to equal 800mcg. --men need to take a multi with NO IRON unless diagnosed anemic --also very beneficial to take a good calcium/magnesium supplement. --try to get at least 1000mg elemental calcium citrate or hydroxy apatite with at least 500mg elemental magnesium. Country Life has a good powder that you can mix in a smoothie and I believe Jarrow has one in capsule form with that plus trace minerals. There is also a good liquid by Lifetime that is good. ---Carlson fish oil is a very good brand to take for the Omega 3 fatty acids. Take at least a tablespoon a day. Good for conception and the development of the child. ---take a good digestive enzyme with each meal. Enzymes are the catalyst for every metabolic process in the body. They are also very important to insure proper digestion and assimilation of the food you eat. Unless you are a type O, get one that has some HCL in it. People with blood type O don’t need HCL- they have enough genetically. Hence, their need for high protein. ---most multi vitamins don’t have enough vitamin C in them. Vitamin C has been found to be beneficial in infertility with both men and women. If you feel you need to supplement for that (don’t eat enough colorful veges and green stuff) Emergen-C is an effervescent vit. C that gives you 1000mg.plus trace minerals and 200mg of potassium. ---Zinc is important in every aspect of male reproduction. Found to increase the motility of sperm. Beneficial to take about 50mg/day. No more than 100mg total combined. Nuts and pumpkin seeds are good sources. ---1000mg. of L-carnitine 3 times a day for men has shown dramatic increase in sperm concentration and motility ---Co-enzymated B-Complex – 50-100mg. 2X a day. Studies show that this is very beneficial to the functions of the reproductive glands. (The above information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose of treat illness) ---Vitamin E and selenium have been found to benefit both men and women. In men, shown to improve the sperms’ impregnating ability. Best doses – 400iu-mixed tocopherols of E, and 200mcg of selenium. DON’T USE CARB BLOCKERS!! They are one of the worst “magic bullets” to come out. Granted, the carbs go undigested, but, they sit in the stomach and ROT. This can cause a myriad of immune problems as with lectins, and also eventually digestive problems. The toxins have to go somewhere, so they permeate the intestinal wall - causing leaky gut syndrome. There are a lot of autoimmune disorders caused by “leaky gut”. --The drugs Zantac and tagamet are known to decrease sperm count and cause impotence. There are many herbs for both men and women that are good tonics, adaptogens, and hormonal balancers. These are some that you can choose from: He Sho Wu - strengthens heart, purifies blood, strengthens glands, lowers blood pressure, tonic, promotes hair growth and color. Nurtures liver and kidneys, reduces signs of aging, good for high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries, affects thyroid production and conversion of T4 to T3. Found to restore energy, maintain strength, vitality, and fertility. Chaste tree berries – shown to regulate hormone balance affects pituitary hormone activity, good for irregular periods, relaxing, calming, helps switch estrogen production from ovaries to adrenals during menopause, beneficial in supporting production of hormones in second half of menstrual cycle. Appears to have more progestogenic than estrogenic action making it effective during PMS. May normalize the activity of progesterone and estrogen.and stimulate the hypothalamus gland to produce leutenizing hormone. This is often enough to encourage the ovaries to release an egg. Many sources recommend women taking this 3 times a day every day for about 3 months or until conception occurs. Wild yam - glandular balance- balancing female hormones, used for any type of cramps, anti-spasmodic, good for constipation, arthritis, inflammation of bowels, calms nerves, restores tone to the bladder. Sarsaparilla - blood purifier, glandular balance, increases metabolism, promotes production of progesterone, alterative herb, beneficial for hot flashes and vaginal or uterine infections. Found to aid in testosterone activity in the body. Dong Quai - improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, uterine tonic, regulates hormones- bringing on delayed or suppressed menstrual periods, relaxes heart muscle, stabilizes blood sugar, detoxifying, anti-spasmodic, enhances immune system, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal. Strengthens female reproductive organs, eases effects of menopause, analgesic. Best to take before conception to balance hormones - don’t take during pregnancy. (The above information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat illness). Saw palmetto - regulates menstrual cycle, mild sedative, helps hot flashes, relieves urinary infections, fluid retention, soothes tension and anxiety, may be beneficial in polycystic ovarian disease where there may be too much androgen hormone. Increases sexual energy and fertility in women. Also increases milk production.Beneficial for women in small amounts. In men, increases production of testosterone, and blocks conversion of testosterone to the inactive metabolite - DHT. Increases the breakdown and excretion of DHT. Also found to increase sperm count and motility when combined with Ho Sho Wu. Tones and strengthens the male reproductive system, enhancing the male hormones when required. Well-known remedy for atrophy of the testicles, low libido and impotence. False unicorn - stabilizes the menstrual cycle, hormone balancer, improves ovarian function, tones the uterus, liver tonic, good for depression, encourages fertility and treats impotence. May prevent threatened miscarriages. Promotes pelvic circulation and relieves pelvic congestion. Found beneficial with sterility. Dandelion root - liver tonic, blood purifier, digestive tonic, laxative, good for problems associated with sluggish liver---tiredness,irritibility,skin problems, headaches. Increases elimination of toxins, wastes, and pollutants through the liver. Cornsilk - for general health, using herbal medicines, it is best to tone all systems so the body works effectively as a whole. This is a very good urinary tract tonic. Clears toxins, deposits, and irritants out of the kidneys and bladder and has an antiseptic and healing action. Reduces fluid retention. Red Raspberry - strengthens and tones both male and female reproductive systems.May quell nauaea in pregnancy. Encourages safe, easy and speedy childbirth. Reduces pain of uterine contractions. Black Haw - uterine anti-spasmodic,nerve sedative, good for asthma, cramps, tonic to reproductive system, good for dysmenorrhea with cramping pelvic pains, beneficial for nocturnal cramping of the legs,improves circulation to the uterus and ovaries and whole pelvic area, strengthens reproductive system in women who have had previous miscarriages. Recommended for uterine cramping during pregnancy. Panax ginseng - boosts energy, immunity and sexuality, strengthens adrenal glands, improves body’s ability to handle stress (adaptogen), good for weak pulse, energy deficiency, lack of appetite.Acts on the pituitary to stimulate the adrenal glands. Increases mental performance and concentration.Best to try to get wild-cultivated 7 year old ginseng grown in unsprayed woods if you want to use it. Cultivated ginseng is the most heavily sprayed herb on the commercial market due to susceptibility to hosting fungal growth. Has a more stimulant activity than Siberian ginseng. Best to take for only 2 weeks at a time. (The above information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat illness). Maca - found to be beneficial in balancing the thyroid, aiding in libido problems, helping to balance hormones in both men and women. Damiana - builds underlying vitality and low adrenal energy. Both are,at times, lacking in infertility. Is a nerve tonic with a strong affinity to the sexual organs. Useful in treating anxiety and/or depression that has a predominant sexual factor. Beneficial for both men and women. Found that an effective way to take this is to simply have a couple of cups of the hot tea an hour or so before bed. Epimedium sagittatum (horny goat weed) - liver and kidney tonic, nurtures kidneys, balances blood pressure, good for chronic fatigue, rheumatic conditions, aphrodisiac, beneficial with lumbago, cold hands and feet, spasms, numbness, dilates capillaries and large blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, beneficial in men for premature ejaculation and erectile disfunction. Used in Chinese herbal medicine ( also goes by the names Yin Yang Huo, and Herba Epimedii) traditionally for disorders of the kidneys, joints, liver, back and knees, and as an aphrodisiac. Found to have testosterone-like effects. Stimulates sexual activity in both men and women, stimulates the sensory nerves and increases sexual desire.Has demonstrated a sexual potentiation effect and improves quality of life in patients with chronic renal failure. Research has shown epimedium is capable of inhibiting acetylcholinesterase which inactivates cholinergic neurotransmitters which are associated with sexual arousal. Anti-fatigue effects of epimedium found to help prevent adrenal exhaustion. Studies have found that this herb increases sperm count and density. Best to take cyclical. Siberian Ginseng - adaptogen- helps deal with all forms of stress and anxiety. Immunostimulant activity. Increases resistance to flu, acute and chronic respiratory infections and hypertension. Is a circulatory stimulant, and vasodilator. Found to reduce cholesterol. Used to help treat impotence. Best to take cyclical. Ashwagandha - Indian ginseng. Known to enhance thyroid activity - balancing the thyroid hormones, effective for treating male impotence and infertility, strengthens the mind- enhancing learning and memory retention, good for anti-stress and immune response. Take cyclical. Milk thistle - premier liver tonic herb. In herbal medicine, you must treat all systems of the body, not just one. They all work together. The liver detoxifies the whole body, recycling and excreting the hormones. Very beneficial to use this in conjunction with any other herbal preparation. The liver is also very instrumental in regulating estrogen balance. When the liver is sluggish, estrogen ends up getting recycled into the system and estrogen dominance results. (The above information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat illness). Tribulus Terrestris- has been found to be a very beneficial herb for increasing testosterone levels in both men and women. Known to also increase the quality and quantity of sperm and circulation to the genitals. It is very rich in plant steroids, saponins, flavanoids, alkaloids (which cleanse the body diuretically) oils, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and protein. Has been found to have no adverse effects. Tests have shown that the herb helps to maintain normal cholesterol and blood pressure, inhibits stress-induced clumping of blood platelets, and strengthens contractions of the heart muscle while improving blood cell profile – including the immune cells. All of the above information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat illness. There are many sources for this information, among them: Eat Right 4 Your Type and Live Right 4 Your Type – D’Adamo Eat Right 4 Your Baby – D’Adamo The Woman’s Herbal – McIntyre PDR of Herbal Medicine PDR of Nutritional Supplements Nutritional Healing – Balch and Balch Holistic Herbal – Hoffman Disease Prevention and Treatment – Life Extension Foundation Nutritional Influences on Illness – Werbach Herbal Medicine – Mills Living Well With Hypothyroidism – Shoman Hormone Deception - Berkson CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs German Commission E Monograph Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine – Pizzorno Know Your Fats – Enig Wisdome of Menopause – Northrup - What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause – Lee Overcoming Thyroid Disorders – Brownstein The Thyroid Solution – Arem Thriving with your Autoimmune Disorder - Ravicz mercola.com - realhealth.com – wrightnewsletter.com – hsibaltimore.com redflagsdaily.com Health Science Institute Real Health Newsletter Nutrition and Health Newsletter Herb Research Foundation I ALSO HAVE A LIST OF HERBS THAT YOU SHOULD NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY. It might be very beneficial for you to learn a technique called EFT (emotional freedom technique). It is very helpful in alleviating numerous problems, such as - phobias, traumatic memories, pain, allergies, insomnia, depression, anger, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). It goes by the theory that all negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system. You can get rid of the negative emotions and - in 50%-80% of the cases, the physical disorders attached to them - by tapping on the energy meridians located in the body. This is just a synopsis I have typed up to help in learning… I can help you as needed. The whole technique is centered around the fact that most people have self defeating, negative thinking and are, in most cases, psychologically reversed. This is somewhat like having your batteries put in backwards. You say you want to do something, like lose weight or quit smoking, or get rid of a stress but, subconsciously you don't, or your body doesn't recognize that you want to. The other premise of EFT is – “all negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body's energy system.” If you rebalance or correct the energy system, then the negative emotions go away and the problems that those negative emotions caused in most cases also leave. It is felt, by practitioners who have used EFT extensively, that the underlying cause of addictions is anxiety - an uncomfortable feeling - tension, stress - that the addictive substance masks or tranquilizes. You need to relax, take a break, chill - if you get rid of the anxiety, then you shouldn’t have the craving. Anxiety is a negative emotion. A lot of times after one round of the tapping, the negative emotion is gone, however, in some cases, one round gets rid of the emotion, but, another one surfaces. This does not mean that EFT doesn’t work. It just means that you have different aspects of the same problem. In other words, many causes of the same problem that you may not even be aware of until you get rid of one aspect, and then either the symptom changes, or you feel a different emotion. Some people have lots of aspects, but, if you keep doing more rounds of the tapping, they all pretty much fall away. That's when you notice improvement or that the problem is gone. Persistence is very important. Just -try, try again. It's not that the EFT doesn't work, it's just that all these emotional aspects come up and you have to get rid of each one. With addictions, you're supposed to do the tapping 15-25 times a day. That way, you don't have cravings. When and if you do have a craving, you tap on it right then until the craving is gone. It is suggested that you rate cravings or pain or anything, on a scale of 1-10. After tapping, re-rate it. Usually it goes down. When it gets to 0, then the craving or pain or fear or phobia is gone. The addictions are hard to get rid of. They aren’t often eliminated after only one tapping. Sometimes it takes 2-3 weeks, but, the tapping takes care not only of the physical craving, but the emotional part of it too. Once you get to the point where you don't crave anymore, then it's good. But, as with cigarette smoking, you can always get the addiction back, so you have to be vigilant and just tap on things that could trigger you to start smoking again. Now that I think I've explained it -- I'll tell you about the tapping. It's pretty easy to memorize, it goes from top to bottom. But, first, the most important part is the SETUP. This is what is used to undo the psychological reversal. If you're psychologically reversed, then no amount of tapping or psychological therapy or – actually – any other healing modality will work. So, for this, you can do one of two things--- about 4 inches down your sternum and about 2 inches left or right, find a spot that if you press with 2 fingers hurts. This is called your sore spot. Supposedly, it's a spot of lymphatic congestion. You rub on this spot in a circular motion while saying an affirmation. If the psychological reversal is caused by self defeating, negative thinking, then you correct it by neutralizing it by an affirmation. So, you rub, and say - "Even though I have this...(problem, pain, addiction,feeling, etc), I deeply and completely accept myself" Say this 3 times while rubbing the sore spot OR - tapping on a point on either hand between the top of the wrist and the bottom of the little finger. a place where you would do a karate chop. So, either rub the sore spot or tap the karate chop spot with 2-3 fingers while saying your affirmation. After that - you say a reminder phrase - if the affirmation was about a cigarette craving, then the reminder phrase might be "this cig. craving". Say that phrase while tapping on each of these spots - the inner corner of the eyebrow, where it begins - the outer corner of the eye, on that bone - under the eye, on that bone - under the nose - between the chin and lower lip - a spot that is about 1 inch down from that little notch in your neck and over 1 inch to the left or right, it is the junction of the sternum,collarbone, and first rib - a spot about 4 inches down under the armpit, usually in the middle of the bra on women or even with the nipple for men. Those spots are the MAIN SPOTS , those are the ones that HAVE to be done every time you tap. However, if you feel you need a little extra help, then after you get done tapping under the arm, you can proceed to the fingers. You would tap on the outside part of the thumb even with the base of the thumbnail - the outside of the pointer,facing the thumb, even with the base of the nail - the outside of the middle finger, facing the pointer, even with the base of the nail - the outside of the little finger, facing the middle, even with the base of the nail, the outside of the little finger, even with the nail,- then, tap on the karate chop spot again. You can also add this to it - and this is a really weird part of the whole thing, but, it's purpose is to rebalance or reintegrate the right and left sides of the brain. Anyhow, on either hand, and you can use either side of the body for any of the tappings, find the spot one half inch down from between the knuckles of the ring and little fingers. Tap on that spot while saying your reminder phrase AND - close your eyes, open your eyes, keeping your head straight - look hard down right, then look hard down left, then make your eyes go around in a circle clockwise, then circle counter clockwise, then HUM first line of Happy Birthday (actually you can hum whatever you like, he just used that all the time) count - 1,2,3,4,5,then HUM another line of Happy Birthday - all the while tapping on your hand and saying your reminder phrase THEN - do the original sequence all over again - eyebrow, corner of eye, under eye, under nose, under lip, collarbone, under arm. It sounds like a lot or very confusing, but, REALLY, it's not. I learned it really fast. It goes from top to bottom. At first I used everything, cause I figured I needed to use all the spots. But, I realized I forgot to go back and redo the first sequence. I guess it's not bad. In fact, the shortcut of just doing the setup and the first sequence is used for most things. If it takes a while for peoples’ numbers to come down, the fingers and the eye stuff might be used. There's no set way to do it. Except that for the most part the first sequence needs to be done in the descending order. I already mentioned to you how they say that persistence is very important… even if you don’t think it’s working. I think there’s also a difference between tapping for cravings and any thing else. With cravings, like cigarettes, or chocolate or coffee – whatever, when you tap, you’re in the throes of a craving. With other things, you may want to tap for - say - fatigue, or a headache, or depression, or osteoporosis, or a fear, or phobia, or traumatic memory , or cramps, or even foggy thinking,- but you may not really be tuned in to the emotions or reason for what you’re tapping on. You need to- as painlessly as possible- get yourself really into the emotions or feelings of what you’re tapping for. Using that scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst, before you tap on a problem, think about it, and see how you’re feeling, and WHAT you’re feeling - then give it a number, and tap on it. After tapping on that specific thing, ( that feeling, or emotion) re-evaluate it, and see if the number has dropped. As you’re tapping, be aware of different aspects of the same problem coming up. - Say, a pain turning to stiffness, or anger turning to sadness or fear, anxiety turning to depression, or headache pain going to neck pain. When you’re tapping on one feeling or emotion, it doesn’t always take away all the aspects of the problem. That’s why it may take more than one tapping to get anywhere. It could sometimes take 15-20 minutes. I know when I first started doing it on myself, when I first started the course, it must have brought out a lot of aspects about totally different things. All I know is that I felt awful, and got terribly depressed. I just kept on tapping on everything that was coming up and how I felt, and my awful feelings finally went away. It took about a week, and I tapped whenever I thought about it for whatever I was feeling. Maybe I just needed a lot of baggage cleaned out!! I am 52 years old!!!! I guess you can carry around stuff that long. Anyhow, try just tapping whenever you think about it for whatever you’re feeling. For osteoporosis, you could maybe just tap on the osteoporosis in general, but, think about - if you could attach an emotion or a feeling to the osteoporosis right now, what would that be? Fear, anger, depression pain….. tap on those also - each separately. And each time, rate it 1-10, then see if you can tap on it until the number gets to zero. Then go on to the next emotion or feeling. Sometimes it helps when you’re tapping on an emotion or traumatic event and it doesn’t seem to be working, to picture that feeling or trauma as a movie, and give the movie a name. Then, run the movie in slow motion by telling it – either in front of a mirror or into a tape recorder… any way that can let you recall it slowly. As you’re telling it, as soon as you start to have any type of reaction (increase heart beat, sweaty hands, shallow breathing) stop and tap on that particular aspect. Then, proceed with the movie. In this way, you may be able to focus on every aspect of the event. The more aspects you get rid of, the better results you’ll have.Until all aspects of a problem are brought up and gotten rid of, you may not notice total relief. If possible, be as specific as possible when tapping on something. That usually gives the quickest results. Also, in some cases, a person just can’t put a finger on exactly what it is that’s making them feel bad, they just know that they aren’t happy, or are stressed, or just have a bad feeling…. Just tapping on “even though I have this bad feeling, I deeply and completely accept myself” is going to rebalance the energy system, and could have positive results that you don’t even expect. Just tap during the day whenever you think about it. Sometimes if you tap for generalities, like thyroid, or something, you won’t be able to tell anything about that immediately. So, just do it. It doesn’t hurt, and it doesn’t cost anything. Just be aware of any other feelings that come up as you tap, then tap on those, too. It’s that “cutting down trees in the forest” theory. For trying to get pregnant, you can try to just tap on “even though I haven’t been able to get pregnant, and I’ve tried real hard, I deeply and completely accept myself. “ That might be the set up phrase. Then, tap on the points with “this pregnancy problem”. You really can’t judge on a 1-10 scale how well you’re doing or how it’s working, but, in a lot of cases, it’s just good to tap like that as often as you think of it during the day. (To trigger yourself to think of it, it has been recommended that you try – as soon as you get up in the morning, before you go to bed, before every meal, and every time you go to the bathroom). You just may find as you tap, you get “feelings” that come up. They may be of sadness, depression, anger, anxiety, stress, even incompetence, or anything. Ask yourself - “if I put an emotion to not being able to get pregnant, what would it be”? I can’t begin to attach emotions to what you’re going through. Only the two of you can decide what feelings you have about the situation. Just remember to tap on absolutely everything. It might be a good idea if you each independently tapped in private. I’m sure you each may have your own feelings apart from your combined feelings. We can get together to discuss things, or I can even help you perhaps narrow the tapping down a little more. It’s called “brainstorming”! Again, I have no idea of what your feelings are, I can only help you uncover them so that you can tap on them. I hope this helps. I think this is a very good tool for people to use, it’s just getting the whole concept across. A very good source of information for EFT is the website – emofree.com Please email me if you have any questions.
(The above information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat illness).

GOOD AND BAD HERBS IN PREGNANCY AND LACTATION The basic good rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t use anything at all for the first three months unless absolutely necessary. HERBS TO BE USED CAUTIOUSLY Aloe –not recommended during pregnancy – especially in large amounts. Fennel – best not to use except as a spice or condiment. Good for gas, flatulence, indigestion, heart burn, constipation. Promotes milk secretion, good for breast feeding – benefits pass on to baby. Also regulates cycle, so not recommended using in large amounts Fenugreek – use only as a spice. Fount to be oxytocic and may stimulate uterine contractions Ginger – use in small amounts, if necessary, for nausea. May cause uterine activity. Rosemary - use in small amounts. May influence cycle and be an abortifacient. Sage – use as a culinary herb. The oil or extract contain toxic components. Black Cohosh – uterine tonic, hypotensive, anti-spasmodic. The anti-spasmodic effects are good in childbirth. It regulates uterine contractions – produces natural intermittent contractions. Should be used several weeks prior to birth only… never in early pregnancy. Blue Cohosh – best used a few weeks before giving birth – facilitates childbirth- ease and speed of labor. Improves sluggish labor pains. Good when tension causes uterine irritation with spasmodic pains and false labor pains. Chaste tree berry – hormone regulator. Balances and normalizes pituitary gland. Is more progestogenic than estrogenic. Progesterone is the hormone that is responsible for maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Re-establishes hormone balance after stopping birth control pills. Stimulates milk production. Relaxing. Best used prior to conception and in small doses for the first 3 months to insure adequate progesterone to continue pregnancy. False Unicorn – uterine tonic. Assists in uterine weakness and over-relaxation. Encourages fertility, improves secretory responses and cyclical functions of ovaries. Prevents threatened miscarriages. Stimulates milk production. Best used before conception and after birth. Red Raspberry leaves – strengthens and tones uterus and pelvic muscles. Quells nausea in pregnancy. Encourages safe, easy, speedy childbirth. Reduces pain of contractions during childbirth. From the third month onward, can take a cup a day. From the sixth month on – take 3 times a day. Once contractions begin, take as often as possible. Use 3 times a day after birth to strengthen pelvis and increase milk. Wild Yam – balances female hormones, beneficial in threatened miscarriages. Used to alleviate any kind of cramping in pregnancy particularly when it is related to stress and tension. Good for post-partum hemorrhage, pain after childbirth. Best used before conception, or after third month if necessary. Cramp Bark – used after birth for pain Black Haw – strengthens reproductive system in women who have had miscarriages. Promotes circulation to uterus and ovaries. Relieves cramping pains (leg muscles, also). Used to stop miscarriages. Taken in latter part of pregnancy to promote normal contractions. Relieves morning sickness. St. John’s Wort – reduces blood pressure. Benefits uterus. Diuretic. Good for any kind of nerve pain. Don’t take with other anti-depressants or with hard cheeses or smoked meats. No known risks. Echinacea – pyrolizidine alkaloids in Echinacea are found to be non-toxic. Don’t use excessively – 7-10 days max. HERBS NOT BE USED DURING PREGNANCY Sage - estrogenic – tonic for female reproductive tract. Food for lack of periods or cramps or infertility. Good during childbirth, stimulates uterus and expels placenta. STOPS lactation. Yarrow – reduces blood pressure. Hormone-like activity, helps regulate cycle. Yellow Dock – could cause uterine contractions Red Clover – blood purifier, estrogenic. Don’t use during lactation. Isoflavones affect thyroid hormone Siberian Ginseng – possible hormonal activity. Best used before conception, not during pregnancy or lactation. Alfalfa – do not recommend even eating as a food during pregnancy or lactation. Possibility of contamination with molds. Known to induce a systemic lupus erythema-like syndrome due to canavanine. Estrogenic activity. Angelica – may be abortifacient. Do not use in breastfeeding. Aniseed – estrogenic, may be abortifacient. Use only as a spice. Celery – known to affect cycle. Possible abortifacient if consumed in excess. German and Roman chamomile – affects cycle and is uterine tonic. May use before conception. Devils Claw – may stimulate contractions Dong Quai – stimulates uterine contractions and regulates hormones Motherwort – possible hormonal effects Parsley – do not exceed normal amounts in food. Toxicity of 2 components. Uteroactivity noted. May affect periods. Rhubarb – stimulant laxative- possibly stimulate contractions Skullcap – promotes menstruation. Best used – if at all – to eliminate afterbirth Uva Ursi-large amounts said to be oxytocic. White Willow – contains salicylates Yellow Dock – stimulant laxative containing anthraquinones. Pleurisy Root – uterine stimulant, estrogenic Pennyroyal – abortifacient, reflexive uterine stimulation from urinary tract Myrrh – abortifacient, excessive uterine bleeding Ephedra/MaHuang – uterine stimulant, toxic alkaloids Lobelia – potential toxicity, relaxes uterine os and perineal musculature. Caffeine – crosses placenta and is excreted in breast milk. Should avoid all coffee, black and green tea, mate, and caffeinated beverages Goldenseal – Major components found to be uterine stimulants. Should not use during lactation, alkaloids may be excreted in milk. Horse Chestnut – components of questionable toxicity. External use only Horseradish- may depress thyroid hormones. Toxic component Juniper- found to be abortifacient and influence menstrual cycles. Anti-fertility and anti-implantation. Could stimulate contractions. Licorice – estrogenic, steroidal, may exacerbate pregnancy related hypertension. Uterine stimulant, affects menstrual cycle. Could affect NA/K balance Meadowsweet – documented utero-acticity and salicylate content. Feverfew – May be abortifacient. Affects menstrual cycle, can induce uterine contractions in full term women Kelp – possible toxic contamination and actions on thyroid gland Garlic – in high doses may cause uterine contractions Gentian – affects cycle and has documented mutagenic activity Buckthorn – stimulates contractions Cascara sagrada – possibly stimulates contractions Coltsfoot –contains pyrrolizidine alk. – possible toxicity Comfrey-contains pyrrolizidine alk – possible toxicity Petasites –contains pyrrolizidine alk – possible toxicity