Dictionary of Natural Health

Below is an alphabetical list of words found in natural health in order to help you understand how the body works and how to get healthy.  Enzymes:  any of various proteins, as pepsin, originating from living cells and capable of producing certain chemical changes in organic substances by catalytic action, as in digestion.    Mine:   They are the spark of life when the right situations are present.  Enzymes are present in live food waiting to spark life in our bodies.   These definitions come from Dictionary.com a great resource to use for everything. Other explanations are found at Wikipedia.com as well. Share and...

Supplements for Men

Supplements for Men The following is from many sources such as Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition -Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Male infertility message board, A Practical Approach to herbal Extracts and others. Some of the products we carry on our website speak to these issues and therefore they are mentioned as the reasons are explained. This is a very long list and you will not be taking all of these supplements.  They are all here to give YOU the options armed with information.  Be sure to take time and read the links highlighted. It is most important that you educate yourself to make good decisions about your health. It is important to note that men also need proper levels of LH, FSH and testosterone, where for women  progesterone, LH and FSH  along with estrogens are tested. Dong Quai Dong quai is a useful for a man as a woman. Dong quai isfor blood purification which may be necessary for healthy blood flow toreproductive organs. Horse Chestnut Horse chestnut is known to shrink inflammation thatcauses blockage in his “veins” which is called varicole.  This is wellmatched with the dong quai above. Rye Pollen Extract Rye pollen is important to theprostrate which actually becomes estrogen dominant as well for men. It is very much thesame as the uterus for a women and without proper contracting or with loweredtestosterone,  a man’s fertility diminish. One of the important factors of ReAssureis the inhibition of the binding of the male hormone 5-alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) tothe prostate cells. Some women’s husbands are already seeing improvement. Studies have shown that it ismore effective than saw palmetto extract.  By...

Annes Testimony

This is from Anne Searles.      She used to be in our support group before things were turned more toward having the information on the website.   You can sign up for our email support list by using the link on the side bar. Please notice that she cleansed, did vitex and really researched to know her stuff.   She also mentions about progesterone cream and how it works and when it helped and when it didn’t.   The creams are in our catalog store under Cycle Balance Cream and Happy PMS Cream.   I think this is powerful. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please visit our blogging site instead for the most uptodate version of this page: Anne had a baby boy on December 10th, 2000. here is her story – it’s long but awesome This will just be a little bit on how I believe I was able to conceive. Last year my cycles were running around 32 days consistently thanks toacupuncture. I started using progesterone cream (PC) in August thinking thatalone would help my luteal phase (LP). Since I wasn’t taking into considerationthat I would O later because of my longer cycle, I used the PC starting day 12or so. I did feel much better over all and slept REALLY well. I then joined theWalnut Study and had to stop using the PC. Within a month my cycles started tostretch out to 40+ days and by September or October I dropped out of the studybecause I couldn’t handle the stress of “when is it coming”. I dedicated October to studying the archives and reading whatever I could onherbs for treating...

Ovulation Symptoms

Signs of Ovulation; 1, 2 and  3: Sign 1: Mittelschmerz as a sign of ovulation Mittelschmerz is one of the common symptoms of ovulation but not a good sign. It is generally associated with small cysts on the ovaries. Mittelschmerz is also a post ovulation sign which is helpful if you want to know if you are ovulating but not if you are trying to conceive and looking for signs of ovulation for preconception. Mittlelschmerz gets it name from the pain, a twangy kind of pain in the middle of the cycle. While it is associated with ovulation it is an “after thought” to ovulation. The word mittelschmerz is German and has it roots from “mid-cycle pain”. Many may have felt this pain but never known what it was and actually some find comfort understanding the reason for this twinge at ovulation time. Sign 2: Basal Body Temperature as a sign of ovulation Another sign of ovulation and even pre-ovulation is found in monitoring basal body temperature. Basically, you roll over in the morning, turn off the alarm and reach for the thermometer. By lying still for the next couple minutes (until the electronic thermometer beep sounds) you can track changes in the cycle by this “base line” temperature. Thus, it gets it name basal body temperature. Two key things play in the role of monitoring impending ovulation when taking basal body temperature: The first sign that ovulation is possible is that temperatures “should” be lower in the beginning of the cycle. This part is known as the follicular stage.The follicular stage is named that because it is when...

Ms Testimony

This testimony is from M who does not want her name, her husband’s or her baby boy’s on the web but feels that her testimony might help others.  Her natural approach to health paid off; TWICE. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall rise up withwings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary , they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah40:31 – The Lord gave me this verse at age 13 to be my life verse – but it wasn’t until myrecent struggle with infertility that I understood the depth of His love for me and a true understanding of that scripture from the Old Testament. As a young women – if you would have asked me if I was ever to get married – I wouldhave put my nose up at you and said emphatically – NO – or at least not till I am in my30’s – . My priorities as a young women (not that I am too old now heheh – will be 30 inJanuary2001) were God first – then traveling and seeing the world and my career – I had notime for men in my life —– HAH! when I was 20 – I had just come back from Israel – andmet the love of my life – I fell gaga googoo in love with my husband and we were marriedwhen I was 23. Now if you had asked me at that time if I wanted kids – again that lookwould have come upon me – like are u crazy? I have no desire nor time...

Lauras Testimony

I have hesitated to share my news with the group, as I know how receiving someone else’s good news feels. However, I believe my struggles and success may help others and therefore I share with you today. I am almost 9 weeks pregnant. (Laura gave birth to a baby girl in September 2000 and then did another cleanse and had a baby boy in 2004)  If you bear with me, I’ll share my story as best I can.  These are her words. My dh and I are both 35 now and have been ttc #1 for 2 years. We have/had unexplained infertility. I did see an infertility specialist (RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist) after 6-9 months without success. When I first starting seeing the RE I had little knowledge of my own body or general reproduction. I am in the health field (dietitian), however andtherefore understood basic medicine. We did the usual tests. Hormones, checked for anemia, thyroid and other unusual labs. Everything was normal. Mydh also did a standard sperm analysis and this, too was normal. It was then suggested we do an HSG (dye test to see if my tubes were clear). We did it and it, too was normal. Mycycles were deemed regular (29-31 days always) and from best of my knowledge I always ovulated. My weight has always been good, I routinely exercise. I eat a generally good, mostly vegetarian diet. So, it was then determined that we had unexplained IF. At this point, my RE suggested Clomid. I asked why and she said, it could boost my ovulation, provide a stronger egg(s).  I hesitated, but decided...

Understanding D Chiro Inositol

Foods High in Inositol NOT the drug d-Chiro-inositol but the REAL inositol stuff! Quantities are approximated per 100 grams of food stuff, which is a little under 3.57+ oz.(each oz is 28 grams) 1,200 milligrams of Inositol was the therapeutic dose used in testing of the drug d-chiro-inositol (chemically carried inositol). The first column is the milligrams of inositol in each 100 grams of the food .The second column is the grams of food you would have to consume to get 1200 milligrams of inositol.  To put it simply: in 4 oz of soy lecithin you get almost twice the amount needed daily where as with beef you would need 1 1/2 lbs per day.  As you go down the table you need higher amounts of the food but the other benefits of the foods are not factored in here.  Consider that when eating a balanced diet. The grams needed column was rounded to the nearest 1/100th since it becomes arbitrary at that point. (tests done showed numbers extended well past 1/100ths place.) Remember to divide grams needed by  28 to figure out how many oz. would equal grams needed. Food source Mg/100 grams of this food Grams needed soya lecithin 2,100 57.14 This has been a popular new trend in infertility circles around the web for help with anovulation. chickpeas 760mg 157.89 brown rice 700 mg 171.43 wheat germ 690 mg 173.91 lentils 410 mg 292.68 barley 390 mg 307.69 veal/liver 340 mg 352.94 oats 320 mg 375.00 torula yeast 270 mg 444.44 beef 260 mg 461.54 alfalfa 240 mg 500.00 oranges 210 mg 571.43 peanuts 210 mg...

FAQs of Juicing for Fertility

Are you ready for juicing?  Want to make eating for fertility even easier?  Juicing is a little work for a LOT of benefit. Use the contact form to write with your juicing questions.    Q:  What juicer is the best? A:  There are so many great juicers out there. I don’t believe you have to have an expensive juicer at first.  Work your way up, if you want, but I have never needed something fancy.  At this writing I use a Jack La Lane Power Juicer.  We are just going to talk about what makes  good juice, why juice and how to juice. Q: Why Juice? A:   Juicing is a natural way to supplement your diet with natural vitamins and enzymes.  Juice is able to enter your system with very little work for your digestive system because it is already broken down. Q:  Are organically grown foods better? A:   By all means.  Organically means it is pesticide and GMO free with higher growing standards. Q:  Some juicer companies make a lot of health claims about their machines, are these claims legitimate? A:   A juicer must be able to liberate the hidden values from fibers and place them into the juice under pressure without loss by aeration or static in order to obtain the full nutritional value of such juices extracted from fruits and vegetables. Juicing Tips from Cherie Calbom’s book “The Juice Lady’s Juicing for High Level Wellness and Vibrant Good Looks” 1.  Wash all produce before juicing; fruit and vegetable washes are available from many grocers and health food stores. Cut away all moldy, bruised, or damaged areas before...

Cleansing and Detoxing

At InfertilityWorkshop we believe that the best you can do for your baby is to love him before he is even conceived.  To do this cleansing and detoxification is a valuable time spent. The companies whose products we carry are those that understand this and produceproducts made specifically to deliver the body from toxic waste, chemicals, years of buildup due to poor eating habits and build the body in the process.  It is not enough,for instance to move your bowel regularly if it is forced.  Rather it is important to”build” while removing waste product and teach the body to work well on its own. Our trusted companies to this end can be found at Product Lines. These products may be purchased in our catalog store and you may write us for more information if it is not available here for you. Please read about the three month cleansing/shutdownthat many people have used in our group and around the world. Read more about detoxing the colon – Detoxing See our ProductLines page for options on detoxification and cleansing. This page is continually growing with information to help you get “squeakyclean”.  Thank you for your patience. Why Detoxify? March 2000 AIM® Partners Magazine Very simply, toxins undermine our health and removing them from thebody is one way to maintain digestive health as well as good overall health. Elson Haas, M.D., in his bookStaying Healthy with Nutrition, defines a toxin as “anysubstance that creates irritating and/or harmful effects in the body, undermining ourhealth or stressing our biochemical or organ functions.” More specifically, a bodyoverloaded with toxins can result in a number of symptoms....

Herbs ContraIndicated for Pregnancy

Herbs Contraindicated During Pregnancy These are listed as first in the Latin name, which is used for homeopathy also.   Second is the name of the herb you would look up. Also important to know is that these are concentrated herbs. For instance, flaxseed oi lor flax isn’t a problem BUT the herb might be too powerful. Herbs separated are different than eating food or the vitamins taken from them. They each have certain properties that speak to specific neuro receptors in the body. Even some of the ones listed are not  dangerous in small amounts but you need to know each herb. That of course is why I’m here. By Actions:  This means what they DO. (US) Uterine Stimulants (E) Emmenogogues (A) Abortifacients By Chemistry:  This means what they are. (AL) Anthraquinone Laxatives (EO) Essential Oils (AK) Alkaloids (B) Bitter Principles Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) EO, B, E Acorus calamus (Calamus) B, E, US Artemisia spp. (Wormwood) US, E, A, EO Berberis vulgaris (Barberry) B, AK Capsicum spp. (Cayenne) EO, US Chelidonium majus (Celandine) AK, B Dryopteris filix-mas (Male fem) B, US Ephedraspp. (Ephedra) AK, B Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel) EO, US Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) US, E  safe in very small amounts Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal) B, AK, US safe in very smallamounts.  write us for more details Juniperus communis (Juniper) EO, B Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) EO, B Linum usitatissimum (Flaxseed) US  safe in amounts of 1 TB orless. Mentha pulegium (Pennyroyal) EO, US, E, A Passiflora incamata (Passion Flower) EO, US, E Phytolacca americana (Poke Root) US, E, A Podophyllum peltatum (Mayapple) US, E, A, AL Prunus serotina (Wild Cherry)...

Natural Health and the Prostate

Men worry about physical and mental function as they age.   But aging can be limited.    This is an excellent natural health article in general with many great tips to get you healthy and educated on the subjects of natural health and prostate health. By Dr. Andrew Meyers The idea that aging is inevitable can be a difficult concept for many men to accept. Aging, from the male perspective, is frequently associated with loss of physical and mental function and vitality. The implied stigma that comes with aging often prevents men from dealing with important health issues associated with the process. The goal of this article is to dispel the idea that aging has to be a limiting factor and to shed light onsome key health concerns for the 40-plus man. As my father, is in his mid-50s, I am personally witnessing the changes men face as we age. My father has always been vital and physically fit; however, his body is changing andwith it, his perspective. Sports-related injuries have taken their toll on his mobility,and he has had to adopt new approaches to his overall health. If we examine aging from a holistic perspective, we can see important health considerations among mind, body, and spirit. Whole health When we look at the aging process, some clear-cut research findings apply. We know from numerous studies that a whole foods diet high in fiber, low in saturated fat, and rich in nutrients is the best health-promoting approach.  Eating fresh vegetables and fruits rich in antioxidant nutrients and fiber helps reduce the risk factors for cancer. Consistent moderate exercise promotes cardiovascular...

Benefits of Pollen Extracts

Men who deal with infertility in smaller measures may benefit from the same supplement as those with prostate problems.  Prostate issues can often be tracked back to decreased fertility in males, even many years earlier.  The signs may just not have been seen.  Consider the article below and how it may relate to you. What about pollen? People sometimes confuse pollen with pollen extracts. Pollen is the substance found in plants that fertilizes other, like plants.  It consists of fine, powdery, yellowish grains or spores, sometimes in masses.  Bees collect this for the hive.  When this pollen is gathered from bees and the bee hive it is generally known as bee pollen. In a pollen extract, the pollen is gathered from plants and then is extracted in the laboratory. Bee pollen is also known as a healthful food and as a general tonic fo good health. Many athletes use it, as it is said to enhance performance. For more information on bee pollen and AIM Mountain Meadow Bee Pollen™. Pollen and pollen extracts have long been used to maintain good health.  Perhaps the better-known pollen product is bee pollen, which has been used as a tonic for centuries.   Another pollen product, pollen extract, is beginning to become known for helping to maintain urogenital health. Literature on pollen extract focuses on three physiological effects:  Smooth muscle contraction, anti-inflammatory action, and effects on enzymes. Smooth muscle contraction is important in prostate problems because muscle contraction plays a role in allowing the bladder to void. When the muscles at the neck of the bladder are tense, urinary problems may result. Spasms...

Dribbling Into Middle Age

Men! Are your nights interrupted by frequent trips to the bathroom? Do you groan in agony when you see a “next rest stop, 69 miles” sign on the road?  Have you given up basketball games because you’re doing more dribbling than the players? If so, you’ve truly entered middle age and are experiencing the one problem that nearly all men share: Prostate problems, especially benign prostatic hyperplasia. The prostate is a donut-shaped, chestnut-sized gland located below the bladder. More important is that it surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine flows from the bladder. If the prostate is inflamed or enlarged, as is often the case with prostat problems, it can push against the urethra, pinching it and causing it to narrow. Theresult is the same as when you pinch your garden hose; the water dribbles out. To compensate for the narrowing of the urethra, the muscular wall of the bladder contracts more strongly to expel urine. This increased “exercise” leads to the thickening of the bladder wall and a decrease in its urine capacity. The bladder will hold less and less urine, resulting in having to urinate more and more. Basically, there is nothing you can do to keep the prostate from enlarging as you age.When in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, the prostate remains much the same size, but when you hitthe big five-zero it starts growing. By age 85 just about every male has some prostate growth. This growth is generally known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Known traditionally as “old man’s disease” because so many elderly men develop it, various reports state that 50...

Benefits of Bee Pollen

THE BENEFITS OF BEE POLLEN.  A GENERAL LOOK AT AN AMAZING FOOD. Men worry about physical and mental function as they age. But aging can be limited.  Looking for products to help with your prostate issues?  Visit our Men’s category at our Catalog Store  and read about ReAssure prostate formula, FertilAid and Adam’s Prostate Progesterone cream for men. Benefits Nutritive, energetic, and metabolic advantages Maintain immune system Features Contains 25 percent vegetable protein (including at least 18 amino acids and all eight essential amino acids) and contains more than a dozen vitamins, 28 minerals, 11 enzymes and coenzymes, and carbohydrates Easily digestible and readily assimilated into the blood stream Bee Pollen What is bee pollen? Bee pollen is a substance that bees collect from flowers to use as food. When a bee climbs into a flower to gather nectar, it brushes the flower stamen, which holds pollen. The pollen is collected in tiny baskets at the back of the bee’s legs. It is taken back to the hive, and enzymes and nectar are added to it to create bee pollen. This pollen is then used to feed the young. Bee pollen is often referred to as “the bread of bees.” What nutrients are found in bee pollen? Bee pollen is one of the few foods that, in itself, is life sustaining. This is because it contains everything we need: It is 25 percent vegetable protein (including at least 18 amino acids and all eight essential amino acids) and contains more than a dozen vitamins, 28 minerals, 11 enzymes and coenzymes, and carbohydrates. This adds up to a nutritional, more-than-a-food...

Immune System and Fertility

For the immune system, life is hard.  It is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, 52-weeks-a-year battle against awell-equipped and persistent army trying to harm your health.  The immune system never rests and must always be on red alert. It takes no furloughs. The soldiers who make up the immune system comefrom and are found in a diverse collection of organs.  Although the components, when taken together, weigh only about two pounds (900 g), these two pounds are integral in keeping the scale of good health balanced. The sentries The largest and most easily seen component of the immune system is the skin. The skin is a physical barrier against pathogens—harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi—and also a chemical barrier: the skin’s natural acidity is a poor environment for invaders. The mucous membranes are the sentries at the gates of our body: the openings of the eyes, sinuses, mouth, and so on. They secrete mucus, which both cleans away and traps pathogens. If bacteria should progress through the mouth or nose and into the stomach, it is still difficult for them to get into the blood. They must survive the stomach, which to them is a poisonous torture chamber of acids and digestive enzymes. Within the gates When a pathogen breaches a gate and enters the body, other components of the immune system—white blood cells—go to work. One type of whiteblood cell, a phagocyte, is like the skin in that it counters all invaders. Other types of white blood cells, in the class known as lymphocytes, are programmed to go after only certain pathogens.   The various types of white blood cells all work...

Fertility Aids

Body Balance Products – BodyBalance is a separate division of GreatSmokies Diagnostic Laboratory that specializes in screening products such as Osteocheckand FemaleCheck. Great Smokies is a specialized clinical laboratory offering a unique anddynamic blend ofeducational and laboratory services to people around the world. Great Smokies specializes in diagnostic tests that evaluatephysiological function, risk prevention, and chronic illness using samples of stool,urine, blood, saliva and hair. Great Smokies’ tests reveal how well the body is doing its job in six important areas:Digestion, nutrition, detoxification/oxidative stress, immunology, allergy, hormone andmetabolic function.  See the link below for more info. The Fertility Tracker™ – The Fertility Tracker is a 100Xmagnification illuminated microscope complete with instructions to make the tracking awomen’s salivary and mucus changes throughout her cycle much simpler. Since the Fertility Tracker is a microscope and not a chemical ovulation predictor kit it has many advantages over these other tools.  Read more about it by clicking here or by visiting the Fertility Tracker . com site itself. Share and...

Dangers of Depo Provera

What your doctor may not tell you about the dangers of Depo Provera – DANGER AHEAD If you like what you learn here, please link to us and let your friends know too. (Press and Hold CTRL and the letter D now to bookmark our site.) Liking us on Facebook, linking to us in your favorite forums, Tweeting our page, all help to get the word out and help others with the information you learn from here today. The Natural Alternative to Provera Some of the information below is from the article “Provera or The Toxic Drug” according to Dr. Lee and other parts are according to the Physician’s Desk Reference or as noted.  Though the cost of depo-provera  can be close to $100 per injection, the actual cost of taking it is much more.  It is the physical, emotional and psychological cost that has no dollar amount.  Natural progesterone cream is about $40 for a 3 month supply; including shipping AND it is the natural bio-identical to your own progesterone-manufactured-in-your-body, choice. Depo Provera FAQ list Adverse reactions to Depo-provera / side affects of depo provera (Dangers of Depo Provera) Ingredients of Depo-provera and what they do and what they mean Interesting_tidbits Warnings about Depo-provera (Dangers of Depo Provera) Precautions of Depo-Provera (Dangers of Depo Provera) Weight_loss and weight gain_and Depo-provera Info from the Provera website More important than reading the whole article is that I want to list the adverse reactions listed on their site first.  This is often what women are looking for on our site.  Also, I would like to note that the progesterone creams  NOT  progestins,...

Clomid

Clomid or Clomiphene Citrate: The whole story Please consider liking this page or linking to us and helping others not to fall prey.  I have added a few questions as a checklist at the end of some paragraphs. Please read this carefully and consider natural alternatives such as cleansing, dietary changes or herbs.  Please consider cleansing and building for TTC for the sake of your own health and that of your baby.  Clomid forces an action that is not natural to the body and its intensity in the days of use is only the beginning of the many dangers. According to the Physician’s Desk Reference Why is this drug prescribed? Clomiphene is prescribed for the treatment of ovulatory failure in women who wish to become pregnant and whose husbands are fertile and potent.     My notes: Has your husband been checked with a semen analysis test?  See testing in our store. Most important facts about this drug Properly timed sexual intercourse is very important to increase the chances of conception. The likelihood of conception diminishes with each succeeding course of treatment. Your doctor will determine the need for continuing therapy after the first course. If you do not ovulate after 3 courses or do not become pregnant after 3 ovulations, your doctor will stop this therapy. My notes: If you have been on Clomiphene, has your doctor informed you of this?   How many courses have you completed?  Does your doctor have your best interest in mind if you have been given more than the FDA allows? How should you take this medication? Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your...

Egg Whites for Cervical Mucus

How to use egg whites in place of cervical mucus: Leave egg out to make it room temperature.   So you won’t be shocked by the cold.   : ) When ready to use it,  just crack the egg open and pour only the whites into a small cup, bowl or jar and use an eye dropper or syringe to squeeze in the egg whites. Have DH shoot it into you while you are laying with your legs up, maybe even propped up on pillows.  “Dance your dance” and relax. Then it is up to the “swimmers” to begin their journey. Important Note:  It is the protein makeup that makes egg whites a viable alternative to cervical mucus.   Vaseline or lubricants like KY jelly will not give the same results and will actually deter fertility. Consider a sperm safe gel like Slippery Stuff instead of these other over-the-counter aids. Share and...

Birth Control Pills

Birth Control Pills:  The chemicals (progestins) in BCPs suppress the natural production of hormones, increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, and the inability to assimilate nutrients, all which prevent fertility.   Deficiencies in Vitamins B6, B12, C, Folic Acid and Iron are all associated with BCP’s . It may also raise levels of Vitamin A to toxicity which is known as a cause of birth defects.  See Progesterone F A Qs Many women experience amenorrhea when they go off the pill which means failure to menstruate OR ovulate.  All because the pill disrupts the normal flow of hormones from the hypothalamus in the brain to the pituitary gland and from there to the ovaries. For more information on restoring ovulation and healing the ovaries after chemical birth control see: OvarInfo Share and...