Unexplained Infertility

Unexplained Infertility Unexplained infertility is one of the most frustrating diagnoses.  You almost wish something was wrong with you so that you can fix it rather than having no answers at all. You are not alone.  Some studies report that up to 30% of infertility is unexplained.  However common, it is still difficult to go through. We believe that you can overcome infertility by making your body healthier overall. Write to us for personal help with your situation or read many of the articles and testimonies found here already.   Share and...

Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility is a confusing diagnosis.   You already have a child…why is it so difficult to have another one? Secondary infertility is even more common than primary infertility.  And it is very different.  You might feel guilty about your infertility because you have friends who haven’t been able to get pregnant at all. You should not feel greedy for wanting another child.  Your frustration is just as valid. Making your body healthy overall can help you overcome your infertility.  We are adding more posts to this section.  Please write to us using the contact form so we can help you through this personally.   Share and...

Hypertension

Of all the illnesses that make up cardiovascular diseases (CVD)—such as heart attack, stroke, angina pectoris, atherosclerosis, and arteriosclerosis—high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the most common. It is also a condition about which many North Americans are complacent. This is a riddle. Hypertension may be common, and we may not worry about it, but it can be deadly. Hypertension can result in serious conditions such as kidney disease to traumatic and often tragic events such as stroke, heart attack, and even death. So why the laid-back attitude? Do we just not care? It may be because of how hypertension “works.” It is quiet—there is no evidence of the disease until it has progressed to the point at which a crisis occurs. Its treatment is not without a physical cost—much of the medication used for hypertension has uncomfortable and troubling side effects. Nor is its treatment of short duration—hypertension therapy is generally lifelong. However, treatment does not have to be uncomfortable—hypertension can be lowered through three things that have no negative side effects (and actually have positive side effects); three things for which you may not have to pay extra because you use them as a matter of course; and three things that you may actually enjoy. These three things are diet, supplements, and exercise. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol; rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber; and contains small amounts of nonfat dairy products and meat, fish, poultry, or nuts. Hypertensive volunteers who followed this diet for eight weeks saw a significant reduction in blood...

PCOS Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

PCOS Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal diseases affecting reproductive-aged women. Unfortunately, it is also the most under-diagnosed. Causes of Ovarian Cysts: Hormonal imbalance Hypothyroidism Dietary factors Genetic predispostion Cigarette smoking Psycological / emotional / sociological influences What symptoms may occur: Abdominal fullness or heaviness Pressure on the rectum or bladder Pelvic pain during intercourse Nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness A pelvic exam or ultrasound can determine the presence of cysts or polycystic ovaries. Alternative medicine therapies: Acupuncture Castor oil packs Dietary changes Herbal medicine Homeopathy Natural progesterone therapy (see shutdown/cleansing section Nutritional supplements Sitz baths Linked pages to help you overcome PCOS are coming soon. Thank you for your patience. This page is currently under construction. Share and...

Recurring Loss of Pregnancy

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss First off we are sorry for your losses and understand better than anyone. Recurrent pregnancy loss is frustrating and disheartening.  And, it often comes after finally overcoming infertility. You are not alone in your pain and frustration.  It’s not easy, but you need to stay hopeful.  Please let us help you in your pain, recovery and the next steps to take to help it not to happen again. Send us an email through our contact form.  Bless you, Brenda     Share and...

World Class Athlete

At first glance, Jim Quinn and Tony Ray do not seem to have much in common.  Jim is from the southern United states – the great state Georgia –  and has a background in a “traditional” sport: He started swimming when he was 8 years old and evolved into a triathlete after college.  Tony Ray, on the other hand, grew up on the other side of the world, in Australia, and was introduced to the decidedly nonmainstream sport of surfing when he was 7 years old: His dad gave him a surfboard for Christmas.  So what do these two world-class athletes have in common?  AIM products! Since being introduced to the AIM products, Tony has caught the wave and is riding high. He has discovered new strength and believes that this has translated into moving to the next level. “Since I’ve been on the products, I’ve had a lot of success. They’ve really helped. In November 1997, I won the OP Pro Surfing Championship in Hawaii, which is one of the most prestigious in the world.” Last February, at the Reef Big Wave Team World Championship ’98, in Baja, Mexico, Tony placed second after Carlos Burke snuck ahead of him in the last 15 minutes of the final hour. And in April, Tony competed in the Rip Curl Bells Pro, where he again surfed against the best in the world and outsurfed the four-time world champion, Kelly Slater. Tony is not hesitant to give credit to AIM products. “They work for me, I just really like them. I can definitely feel a difference in my energy levels, especially with...

Heart Disease

The ChangingParadigm Heart Disease At one time, nothing could be done about heart disease. As someone clutched their heart and gasped, we could do nothing but look on in pain. As we learned more about the heart, we developed drugs and learned how to cut open the body and partially repair the heart. Today, the death rate for all heart-related diseases is 45 percent of what it was in 1963. Many claim that drugs and surgery are the reasons for this. But, if this is so, why is “progress” slow-ing down? According to the Harvard Health Letter (January 1998), there appears to be a slight rise in the incidences of stroke and kidney disease, and a leveling of the death rate from heart disease among U.S. adults. In other words, perhaps the well-established paradigm–drugs and surgery-is not the best answer. Perhaps it is time to review our past and see what we can learn. Perhaps it is time to change the paradigm. History The history of the heart and its diseases, like all medical history, is a history of ideas: an initial idea, reinforcement of the idea, challenges to the idea, rebukes to the challenges, and, perhaps, a new idea. One of the first ideas was put forth by Erasi-stratus of Alexandria, who dissected animals and humans (probably Egyptian mummies) 2,300 years ago. He discovered the veins, arteries, and nerves, and postulated that the heart is nothing more than their junction and that the arteries contain not blood, but air, spirit, or soul (called pneuma). This entered the body through the nose, throat, and lungs-in other words, through breathing....

Healthy Cell Concept

The Healthy Cell Concept™ is one of the most important ideas that sets AIM apart from other health and nutrition companies.This concept is the basis for all AIM products and for improving quality of life. While other companies may look to just jump on the “hot product” bandwagon, AIM requires that all products adhere to the Healthy Cell Concept. The Healthy Cell Concept proposes that keeping the cell—the basic living unit of the body—healthy results in the whole body being healthy. The body and health are holistic: that is, they are both the greater whole of a number of smaller parts. The Healthy Cell Concept focuses on five of these smaller parts: Cell food, cell exercise, cell environment, cell protection, and a healthy mental attitude. These “parts” are both separate from each other and interrelated. Understanding and practicing the five ideas expressed in the Healthy Cell Concept adds up to the greater whole of a healthier life. The Healthy Cell Concept™ Cell food For our cells to be healthy, they must have pure, whole, natural, fresh foods. The best foods are raw foods, as their elements remain intact as they were created by nature. Raw foods are not modified by cooking or processes that subtract from the natural substances found in them. If we eat well, we do much toward achieving and maintaining health. Cell exercise Our cells need exercise to remain healthy. Exercise provides strength, flexibility, and mental alertness. Exercise also provides overall good health. Cell environment The environment we live in is important to our health. We may eat well and exercise, but if we live in...

Galactorhea

Galactorrhea, Milk Consumption and Fertility from the book Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn M. Shannon New research provides evidence that in some women milk consumption may be related to decreased fertility as they age as well as early  menopause.  This is because a sugar found only in milk, galactose, is harmful to the ovaries.  When the original milk sugar, lactose, is digested, two smaller sugars, glucose and galactose, are produced. The liver quickly takes up the galactose and converts it into glucose, so that what we call “blood sugar” is all glucose.  However, some women cannot make this conversion well, and they ahve galactose circulating in their blood.  the galactose apparently is harmful to the unfertilized eggs, which must coninue to develop before ovulation. Should you restrict milk products? If you have unexplained infertility or cycle irregularities, especially sccondary infertilty in your thirties, idealy you could have you blood tested for the present of galactose.  A negative test after drinking milk would conclusively show that ths is not your problem.  If you cannot find a physician willing to test your blood, in addition to the other nutritional suggestions here, you may wish to avoid all milk products except or butter for six to nine months, charting your cycles so that you canobserve any improvement in mucus and temperature patterns. Butter is purely fat and is an essential fatty acid of sorts – important to note that many women believe it is best to drink skim or 1% milk.  This is not true because that makes it more milk, less fat and the fat is not what people have...

Benefits of Fish Oils

Is fish oil fishy? Is fish oil passé? Health fads come and go, even in alternative health. A substance that received a good deal of acclaim a few years ago is fish oil. Recently, however, we have not heard so much about this product from the deep, as herbs seem to be the growing topic in health magazines and the popular press. Has fish oil lost its health luster? Fish oil first burst onto the cardiovascular scene in the 1970s, when epidemiological studies looking at the consumption of fish in relation to cardiovascular disease revealed that Eskimo populations that consume large quantities of fish show relatively low evidence of cardiovascular disease. This led to numerous studies exploring the potential link between fish and cardiovascular health.  Further research on fish and fish oil resulted in a tug of war. One study confirms their health benefits; another “proves” that benefits are exaggerated. A newer study reconfirms their benefits yet again, only to be “second-guessed” by yet another study. What was this tug of war and who won? Initially, it was over fish and fish oil’s effect on lipid (fats, such as cholesterol and triglycerides) levels. Consuming fish oil was said to lower, then raise, then lower, then raise cholesterol levels. One point that was agreed upon was that fish oil lowers triglyceride rates. And as for cholesterol levels? The debate over whether fish oil reduces or increases LDL cholesterol levels can perhaps best be summed up by W.S. Harris, as cited by Neil Stone, M.D., in a 1997 issue (65:4) of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Stone notes that in...

Benefits of Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay and DetoxFrom Dr. Bernard Jensen’s book: Guide to Diet and Detoxification Bentonite Clay and DetoxFrom Dr. Bernard Jensen’s book: Guide to Diet and Detoxification“When used with the elimination diet, these products assist in producing the most thorough elimination possible.”  He goes on to suggest that they are helpful because they do not further bulk the impactions often found in the bowel. From:  http://www.alternativemedicine.com/ Order healthy supplements at WholeFamilyHealth.com/shop The notion of eating clay to produce internal healing will no doubt strike many as farfetched if not a little primitive. But natural clay, especially the form known as bentonite, has not only been used medicinally for centuries by indigenous  peoples around the world, but has, in recent years, been increasingly prescribed by practitioners of alternative medicine as a simple but effective internal cleanser to assist in reversing numerous health problems. Clay is a great healer, according to clay expert Ran Knishinsky in The Clay Cure (Healing Arts Press, 1998), who quips I have been eating dirt every day for the past six years. Indeed, in over 200 cultures worldwide, every day people eat or drink clay the medicinal form of dirt as both a nutritional supplement and detoxifying agent, observes Knishinsky. It is not ordinary dirt of course. The name bentonite refers to a clay first identified (or named) in cretaceous rocks in Fort Benton, Wyoming. Although bentonite deposits occur worldwide, many of the largest concentrations are found in the Great Plains area of North America. Bentonite is not a mineral but a commercial name for montmorillonite, the active mineral in many medicinal clays and which comes from  weathered volcanic...

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia CAH

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is not a single disease but a group of genetic conditions related to each other by way of the adrenal glands. a family of genetic conditions affecting your adrenal glands. It especially affects children (girls and boys) in that it keeps their genitals from developing properly and growth is also inhibited. Those with congenital adrenal hyperplasia have adrenal glands that under produce cortisol (a hormone). It can be life-threatening but does not have to be. Share and...