Kathie B.

Hi, I saw Christian for acupuncture, herbs, and moxabustion over several months for a chronic condition that was causing serious diffiuculty in my life. Christian was wonderful. I would recommend him and the center very highly. It was one of the best health care experiences I have ever had. He is expert, yet gentle, very good at explaining what he is doing and why, always patient with my many questions. When frequent treatments didn’t fit my budget, he found ways to work together that got me the results I needed. He always returned my calls promptly. And, last but not least, his treatment was successful. The staff at the center was warm and welcoming, and the physical environment there is very pleasant, relaxing and healing. Thanks to Christian and the center I am enjoying greatly improved health.  With gratitude  — Kathie B.

H. W.

“Christian will meet you where you are at, so do not be afraid to approach this calm and comfortable clinic. Even if you’re brand new to acupuncture or TCM, Christian will ease you into your treatment options and help you understand the nuances of your care.

Christian is an extremely kind, patient, and gentle practitioner. He always made me feel comfortable and listened to during our sessions. Christian took a holistic approach to his treatments and clearly tailored each treatment to my situation on a weekly basis. It is because of these reasons– and many more– that I wholeheartedly recommend Christian and the Natural Health and Fertility Center to friends and family.

I … believe that his treatments and care were critical — and in part responsible — for helping me achieve a natural, healthy, pregnancy.”

Study: Health of the uterus is more relevant than egg quality for a newborn to achieve normal birth weight and full gestation

A study of over 70,000 in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles resulting in singleton pregnancies has shown that uterine health is more influential to achieving normal birth weight and longer gestational age babies.  Both of these factors are important indicators of newborn health.

While egg quality is important for conception, the uterine environment is more important for fetal development.  This study shows that infertility diagnoses (fibroids, endometriosis, etc.) in women trying to conceive can impact their baby’s birthweight and the length of gestational time in the uterus.

Another observation of the study indicates that frozen embryo transfer and gestational carrier pregnancies showed higher birthweights and longer gestational ages, thought to be tied to an “unstimulated” uterus.  In these two types of IVF, there are no drugs administered to stimulate the ovaries to obtain eggs, so the uterus has not been exposed to the drugs either

For the original article, click here.

Gong xi fa cai 恭喜发财!

Happy Lunar New Year to everyone – Happy Year of the Rabbit, Gong xi fa cai 恭喜发!  Best wishes to you and your loved ones!  Come on out to our open house today if you are in the area!

Happy Year of the Rabbit

 

NHFC’s 5th Anniversary and Happy Year of the Rabbit!

Everyone is invited to come celebrate our 5th anniversary and the start of the Year of the Rabbit on Saturday, February 5th from 1-3pm at our office.  Check out our Facebook page for an invite and for directions to our office and come on out!  We’d love to see you!!!!  I’ve attached a rabbit brush painting by Eileen Connor for everyone to enjoy…

Happy Year of the Rabbit

Breast cancer linked to non-organic foods

This  Fresh Air show from December 14th discusses, among other things, the link between non-organic, mass-produced foods and breast cancer.  A major cause in the increase of breast cancer since the early 1900’s can be linked to pesticides, hormones in meats, and other sources of hormone-mimicking substances in our food supply.  These substances are especially harmful when girls are going through puberty.  This is yet another reason why organic foods are so important, not only for fertility issues, but for women’s (and men’s) health in general.  Here’s the link to the show’s audio:

BPA in receipts

More information has recently come out about the hormone-mimicking chemical bisphenol-A (BPA).  BPA is found in canned food linings, certain plastic packaging, plastic water bottles and other sources.

This chemical has been found in significant quantities in receipt paper from certain manufacturers.  One producer, Appleton, has produced BPA-free receipt paper since 2006, and is producing their paper with red flecks embedded on the back so it can easily be identified.  Look for this during this holiday season and mention to the stores you visit that you’d like to see them change to BPA-free receipt paper, not only for their customers, but also for the cashiers handing over receipts all day!  (We’re working on it at NHFC!)

BPA has been shown to contribute to infertility, sperm abnormalities, and has been shown to damage a child’s reproductive system while in utero.

Men – how to avoid everyday toxins for healthy sperm

Guys- here are some easy ways to reduce the effects of some common toxin exposures.

Basically, men should:

  • Reduce or eliminate SSRI antidepressants
  • Eliminate exposure to BPA (receipts, canned food liners, plastics)
  • Reduce or eliminate exposure to Phtalates – change soaps, replace vinyl shower liner, and other sources)
  • Eat organic produce to eliminate sperm-killing pesticide residues
  • In the winter season, avoid using heated car seats.  Sperm production works best when the scrotum is at a lower temperature than the rest of the body.
  • Eat wild-sourced salmon, to avoid PCBs.  Check out Seafood Watch and MN Dept of Health’s info on safe fish consumption for more information.