Why Your Fertility Tracker App May Be Inaccurate

I am a woman, but I am also a scientist, which means I love anything that can help make my life as a woman easier, but I want to be sure the data it is accurate and reproducible. Therefore I’ve been doing an experiment recently to compare the effectiveness and predictive ability of several fertility tracker methods, including Basal Body Temperature charting (I’ll explain this in more detail below) and several common apps. 

Time to Rethink the Birth Control Pill?

Time to Rethink the Birth Control Pill?

Are you on Birth Control Pills (BCPs)?  It’s more than likely you are since they are given out like skittles for whatever ails a woman.  Menstrual cramps? PMS symptoms? acne? contraception? We’ve got the pill for that!  That should be red flag #1.  A pill for everything?  If you are experiencing PMS symptoms, menstrual cramps or acne, it is an indication that the endocrine system needs recalibration, not suppression.

4 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Cold & Flu this Winter: Tips from A Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Chinese Medicine is a wealth of wisdom when it comes to protecting us against colds and flus and supporting our immunity.  

While our theoretical understanding of what causes illness has evolved, the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine provides valuable guidance that is as relevant now as it was thousands of years ago.  Here are 4 simple and highly effective strategies to get you through the winter season cold and flu-free: 

5 Simple Strategies to Heal Back Pain

5 Simple Strategies to Heal Back Pain

Did you know acupuncture has been shown to significantly reduce back pain in clinical trials?  Due to the accumulating evidence for its effectiveness, acupuncture is included in many clinical guidelines for the treatment of low back pain.  Not surprisingly, as an acupuncturist, not a day goes by that I don’t treat low back pain, whether it is due to an injury, pregnancy, or a sedentary lifestyle.  Here are 5 recommendations that I make to all my patients regardless of the etiology of their back pain.  

Tips for Optimal Children's Health

Tips for Optimal Children's Health

In today's maddeningly chaotic world, it can be a challenge to even provide your kids with the basic necessities while maintaining your sanity.  When it comes to the influences of various industries, including the pharmaceutical and food industries, it can be difficult to decipher the truth from the deceit.  Here are a few practices to help you make more informed choices to nurture the health, growth and development of your kids:

8 Tips for Managing Stress & Decreasing Cortisol

8 Tips for Managing Stress & Decreasing Cortisol

Stressed?  You’re not alone. Many of us are spending our days high on cortisol, the primary stress hormone.  High levels of cortisol in the bloodstream interfere with the proper functioning of our other hormones which help regulate appetite, sleep, sex drive, energy, and mental clarity, among other functions.  Cortisol is not the enemy, it is a vital hormone in our physiology.  A surge of cortisol, triggered by the sympathetic nervous system, enables us to flee or fight an impending threat.  It stimulates the body to make energy readily available to use for this function.  Ideally, in the absence of a threat, we should revert to our “rest and digest” functions of the parasympathetic nervous system. However, many of us are stuck in sympathetic dominance, stimulating the continuous and unremitting deluge of cortisol.  
 

Everything You Need to Know About Postpartum Hormone Balance & How to Pull it Off Seamlessly

Everything You Need to Know About Postpartum Hormone Balance & How to Pull it Off Seamlessly

You just had a baby! Congratulations and bravo on accomplishing one of the most incredible feats of the human body.  So now you are home with a new baby and new responsibilities, navigating new challenges on almost no sleep or sustenance.  Stressed yet? Feeling exhausted, irritable, down? Experiencing new symptoms you’d never had before getting pregnant? 

From the first trimester through the 4th, the female body undergoes many physiological changes, which can throw hormones out of balance. The symptoms listed above are more than just sleep deprivation despite what your well-meaning friends and family may say.  They are signs of hormone imbalance and they are messages from your body requesting assistance to reset and restore balance.