“Don’t wait until you’re pregnant to improve your eating habits. What’s good for your future baby is the same diet that’s good for making the baby in the first place. Healthy conception, healthy pregnancy, healthy baby – healthy diet is critical at every stage!”
This is the advice we give to all our fertility clients.
As it happens, the healthiest pregnancy diet is not different from a natural fertility diet.
When trying to conceive, pay attention to getting more whole foods into your daily diet. Creating a healthy baby demands the same conditions as conception, pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding. Men and women both follow the same fertility diet principles. Food and fertility are intimately linked.
A diet that is 80% raw food, along with some healthy organic meat and dairy choices works best.
Nutritional deficiencies can cause menstrual irregularities in women, and lower sperm count in men. The fertility of both men and women depends on the bioavailability of essential nutrients, such as zinc, magnesium, vitamin C, E, and folic acid.
What are the best plant-based foods to help with your natural fertility?
Dark leafy greens like spinach, romaine, arugula, and broccoli are high in folate, and B vitamins. Studies have shown they improve ovulation and sperm count. Men who get higher doses of folate make healthier sperm, potentially reducing the chances of miscarriage or genetic problems in the baby.
Pumpkin Seeds are high in non-heme iron, the type of iron found in certain plant food and iron-fortified foods. One study found that women who regularly took an iron supplement (which is non-heme iron) were 40 percent less likely to have trouble getting pregnant than those who didn’t take iron. Toast pumpkin seeds in the oven for a crunchy (and fertility-boosting) snack.
Whole grains prepared in the traditional ways – methods of pre-soaking and sprouting grains activate all the healthy benefits of grains, while minimizing their negative effects.
Beans! That magical food. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health looked at nearly 19,000 female nurses who were actively trying to get pregnant and found that infertility was 39 percent more likely in women with the highest intake of animal protein. But women who ate a lot of plant protein were substantially less likely to have trouble trying to conceive. So throw garbanzo beans into a salad, or make a vegetarian chili. Don’t like beans? Lentils, tofu, natto, tempeh, miso and nuts are good plant-based proteins as well.
Acai, Goji, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are fertility superfoods. Compared to other fruit, they are low-glycemic, anti-inflammatory, and of benefit to every step of getting pregnant. They promote timely ovulation and healthy eggs, and the lining of the uterus healthy and strong. They are high in vitamin C and magnesium, beneficial for male fertility and testosterone production.
Nuts (and seeds) are some of the most nutrient dense and delicious foods on earth. They are an important part of fertility nutrition because they supply the body with ample fiber, protein, minerals and essential fatty acids. Proteins are required for building and repair of the body’s tissues. This includes a growing baby in its mother’s womb. The amino acids that make up protein are the building blocks of the body’s cells, including those of your baby. Protein is also an excellent source of energy. Almonds, and walnuts are two of the highest sources of protein from nuts.
This topic is further explored in Step 3 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.
Minerals are the scaffolding of your being. Think of it like the framework of a well-constructed house. If the walls, roof and basement are sound, you will be able to live a safe, happy healthy life inside your home. It’s the same for a babe wanting to take up residence inside you. Your superstructure is literally held together by minerals.
Two of the most important minerals to be cognizant of are magnesium and calcium. ‘Cal/Mag’ helps fortify your robust, boney shell. They’re instrumental to other conception-related function, as well:
Fertility depends on healthy levels of magnesium. Address any deficiency before conception. It is also crucial for maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Plummeting blood sugar is a symptom of low magnesium. It causes the nausea and vomiting of the dreaded morning sickness.
Calcium is a vital ingredient in triggering the growth process in embryos. The more calcium in the surrounding fluid, the better.
The healthy female reproductive tract needs to be rich in minerals, especially calcium. One reason an alkaline environment is so essential to fertility is in what it does to the sperm. When it’s time to penetrate the egg, the sperm makes an abrupt shift from its slow, steady swim pattern. Its tail now uses a whip-cracking snap to thrust itself into the egg! Absorbing calcium is one of the main minerals that allows this change.
Natural fertility and conception are dependent on calcium and magnesium. The foundation for a natural fertility plan is a mineral-rich, alkaline system. You need this if your goal is to have a birth announcement in nine months time.
This topic is further explored in Chapter 7 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.
I recall once, years ago, going into a Starbucks in Ottawa, Canada. The barista who was preparing my tea noticed the pin on my lapel of my alma mater, The Hahnemann College for Heilkunst and Homeopathy. She asked me what it meant.
I revealed that it represented Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’, where art and science meet on the cusp of our divinely-created humanity. When she asked what kind of medicine we practiced, I replied, “homeopathic”, as most folks are versed in what that means.
Another woman at the end of the counter asked, “So is that the kind of homeopathy where you peel the patient like an onion? I hear that its sequential approach is the most effective treatment protocol available. I have a friend who was infertile prior to working with one of you.”
I was pretty shocked to hear her say this and I conveyed that I’d been the first Registrar of the school some years prior. Also, that I didn’t realize that the sequential approach was known by very many people. She ended by saying how thrilled her friend was to have conceived after so many years of heartache.
What Does Sequential Therapy Involve?
When patients first decide to see us, they fill out an intake form describing their basic health information. This includes their current supplements, and pharmaceuticals, and their history of any surgeries or dental work. It also covers the basics of their diet and lifestyle, including exercise, sleep and hydration habits. We want to know the present and past chief complaints, and where they experience pain in their bodies.
We also provide them with a timeline guide, asking them to plot all of their emotional and physical traumas in chronological order, from the present to their birth. Shocks and traumas can include surgeries, injuries, drug use, vaccines, as well as emotional traumas.
Sample Time Line :
2002 August Laid off from work, period of high stress – headaches began
2001 January Severe Bronchitis – 4 weeks in bed, antibiotic use, exhaustion
1998 March Mom died of cancer – very sudden diagnosis, shock, grief, anger
1993 February Broke left leg skiing
1990 June Breakup of serious relationship – many months of sadness
1985 October Hep B Vaccine
1979 May Family in car accident – not serious – bumps and bruises, shock
1975 September Family dog died – first experience of death, sadness
1972 July MMR Vaccine – original
1971 November DPT Vaccine – original
1970 January Birth – mom was induced? antibiotics drops in eyes? born blue – cord wrapped around neck
Prebirth – at 7 months, mom fell down flight of stairs – no injury, but very anxious for baby
Patients often worry, “What if I get the order wrong?” or “ What if I forget something?” Don’t worry, as your body’s cellular memory will step up and display symptoms related to the next event to be cleared towards the end of your current twenty-eight day remedy cycle. Think of it like a geological dig, or a multi-layered wedding cake.
Once we start the process, the body knows that it’s on this giddy-up plan. It just systematically offers up its harbored traumas every lunar cycle. For example, my son fell out of bed when he was a wee tyke when we were on holiday. I’d felt very guilty as he’d ended up breaking his collarbone. I should have put his bed on the floor.
I think I was blocking out this memory. I forgot to include this incident on his timeline. When we tried to go past this event to treat the next written one, he woke up the next morning and complained of “a very sore neck”. When I asked him what it felt like, he said, “Just like it did when I broke my collarbone at Auntie Louise’s and Uncle Don’s.” Yikes!
The body never forgets, and so we backed up and I picked up the homeopathic remedies to treat this event instead of trying to bypass it.
The other example I have is with our cat, Smokey, who’d been struck by a car and broken his jaw years prior. When going through his timeline, just before the event was due, his jaw swelled and erupted with pus. Lovely, I know. His body did not let us skip over this unresolved trauma. The next timeline remedies you need will be obvious, even if not written down on your timeline.
If I had your permission, I could dazzle you for hours with such stories of sequential timeline treatment. By changing some of the details for privacy, I will share one more with you.
I was working with a woman going through timeline treatment. We reached the point in her history of a brief marriage that she felt had been a mistake. He had moved to the other side of the world and they never saw each other again. At least not until the precise month that we were due to clear this event on her timeline.
Doesn’t she bump into him, across the country, at the airport? They sat and had coffee and shared what they’d been doing in their lives since their divorce. She cited that the reunion had been awesome and that she gained closure in that impromptu meeting in ways she’d never imagined. Then she winked and asked me if I thought this occurrence happened because it was next due to be treated on her timeline. I asked her back, “What do you think?”
Where Did Sequential Treatment Originate?
Our mentor, Rudi Verspoor, DMH and Dean of Philosophy of the Hahnemann College for Heilkunst and Homeopathy, was once flying back from France in the early 1990s, when he wandered into the airport bookstore. There, on the shelf, was the French version of a book called, Rediscovering Real Medicine, by J.F. Elmiger, an MD in Switzerland. Rudi studied it the whole way home back to Canada, and upon his return shared the concepts of sequential timeline therapy with his wife, Patty Smith.
It made so much sense to them both that they began to incorporate Elmiger’s sequential approach into their respective practices. Over time, they developed it more fully under the umbrella of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s complete approach of “Heilkunst Medicine”.
A Little Dose Of History
The idea of sequencing began with the founder of homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). He understood disease to be hierarchical. He also made a distinction between primary/tonic (diseases of constant nature) and secondary/pathic (diseases that are variable in nature). Dr. Hahnemann basically said that if you eradicate the constant diseases first (the mother), the secondary diseases (the baby) are generally destroyed alongside.
In some cases (around 12-15% of the time), this doesn’t happen because the baby disease (the pathic disease that is identified by a specific symptom picture) has grown into an independent adolescent with the same characteristics of the mother. In that case, you need to go after both of them.
It’s important to note that diseases of a constant nature exist in time based on the order in which they impregnated our organism. This ‘sequencing’ means that like an onion, they’ve got to be stripped off layer by layer in the order in which they were assumed. This is the reason we treat the timeline in reverse chronological order.
Our Genetic History Is Also Sequenced
Another important treatment sequence relates to the chronic miasms, or inherited disease tendencies in a family tree. Without getting too much into this topic which is better explained here, it is fair to say that our human history as it pertains to diseases, is also sequenced. Psorinum, or itch disease, is the oldest Genetic Miasm while Lyme is more recent. These inherited diseases also demand to be treated in a particular clinical order.
Dr. Hahnemann proved three main diseases in his lifetime; Psora, “Pseudo-Psora” (Tuberculosis), and Sycosis. He wasn’t alive long enough to identify the remaining chronic miasms. The work he did on these, however, laid down the crucial principle and methodology for later homeopaths to identify the remaining ones.
Dr. Elmiger, likewise, discovered a sequence to the chronic miasms. He identified that they followed the ‘Law of Succession of Forces’. He was the first to systematically follow a sequence for tonic disease and for the chronic miasms based on the use of nosodes (energetic medicines made from disease discharges) and isodes (energetic medicine made from the actual drug or vaccine material).
This approach provided the key to unlocking the health complications caused by iatrogenesis (ie diseases caused and/or worsened by pharmaceuticals). These blockages must be addressed in order for the application of sequential treatment to be fully successful.
As Rudi Verspoor cites, “It was not until the 1970s that a Swiss medical doctor, Dr. J.F. Elmiger, who decided to study homeopathy, discovered that the iatrogenic shocks of drugs and vaccinations was a major cause of illness and that the treatment of these shocks proceeded in the reverse order of their occurrence. He called the treatment of these shocks and traumas according to their reverse time sequence La therapie sequentielle or Sequential Therapy.” The next step was the introduction of Dr. Elmiger’s approach to North America. While a number of individuals did this independently, it was the work of Rudi Verspoor (Canada) and Patty Smith (USA), working in collaboration in the early 1990s, who added a significant dimension to Dr. Elmiger’s discoveries, namely that of emotional shock. While this had been included in Elmiger’s work, it was not fully developed, as Dr. Elmiger restricted his practice mainly to children and certain adult cases. He generally found adult cases difficult to handle. With the insights into the medicines for emotional shock, Verspoor and Smith were able to expand the idea of Sequential Therapy for adults in an effective manner. Their first book, Homeopathy Renewed, published in 1995 (and superseded by Homeopathy Re-examined), brought Dr. Elmiger’s work, combined with their own extensive research and clinical experience in developing the sequential approach, to North America. While Sequential Therapy, or ST for short, is highly effective, it is important to realize that it is only part of a much broader system of medicine created by Dr. Hahnemann, which he called Heilkunst, or the art of restoring health.
This system requires the foundations of health also be addressed, in terms of bio-chemical balance, diet, exercise, supplements, hormones, energy blockages, etc, as well as various realms of disease that go beyond that of the timeline and the chronic miasms. For ST to be most effective, it must be part of this more complete system of remediation.
The Small Print
Nothing is written in stone; in some cases the patient’s issues are so acute that the timeline therapy is suspended until the more demanding issues are addressed. Also, in some cases the patient runs through her timeline at warp speed. Phosphorous constitutions just tend to be souped up in ways where they present their next issues every 2-3 weeks, instead of the typical 4 weeks.
My colleague once served a patient whose life force looked for the next remedy every three weeks. She asked him what he did for a living. He said, “I make fast cars go faster.” She thought this appropo.
Timeline treatment may be suspended in a given month while a more immediate need has takes over the life force. Examples include going into labor, or undergoing a surgical procedure. The support remedies that month would relate to the present tense, rather than clearing something from the past. The timeline is a map, after all, and does not override new life events showing up in the present.
Dr. Hahnemann stated, “Treat what you see!” As it turns out, a good percentage of the time, what is seen is the next timeline event’s symptoms looming. Other times, it’s a challenging mess of blooming, buzzing confusion and you’d better be properly apprised of what’s what. This is where the map of Heilkunst principles guides the practitioner through even the most complex cases.
Are you looking to put more “honey” into your honeymoon? The word ‘honeymoon’ comes from an Anglo-Saxon fertility ritual. Newlyweds would take honey every day for a month to increase fertility. It also helped to maintain ‘bedroom performance’! Its sweet, sticky, sensual qualities speak to its aphrodisiacal properties.
Astarte was the ancient Semite goddess of sexuality, fertility, maternity, love and war. They attributed the presence of honey to her. Even the Old Testament refers to the fertile Promised Land as ‘the land of milk and honey’.
Modern research supports these ancient claims for honey. It’s a multivitamin tonic, with antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Regular doses of honey improves physical strength, boosts your immune system, and reduce mental stress. It also helps you to make a baby.
Honey is rich in minerals, amino acids and can assist in ovarian and sperm functioning. It’s also rich in vitamin B, necessary for the production of testosterone. Studies have shown that honey increases the level of testosterone in the body.
Nitric oxide is a hormone involved in opening blood vessels, necessary for erections. A good dose of honey (about a hundred grams) can increase nitric oxide levels in the blood by 50%.
Pollen is a key component of honey. It stimulates ovarian function, helping women who are trying to conceive. Bee pollen is often a supplement used in successful fertility plans.
So how does it work? Well, Bee pollen is a mixture of bee saliva, plant nectar and flower pollen. It is rich in minerals such as copper, potassium, sodium and zinc and 24 others. Bee pollen contains at least 20 of the 22 known amino acids. A rich source of minerals is essential for fertility and conception.
Fertility benefits of pollen:
It contains natural hormonal substances that stimulate and nourish the reproductive system.
Increase sexual stamina and endurance.
Improve sexual dysfunction caused by prostatic disorders.
Stimulate ovarian function and increase the biological value of the egg.
Eases symptoms associated with PMS.
Pollen isn’t the only component of honey beneficial to reproductive health. Propolis and royal jelly also have beneficial properties.
Propolis Information and Benefits
Bees build and protect their hives with bee propolis mixed with wax. Propolis contains a wide variety of nutrients including flavonoids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It acts as a hormone stabilizer. It also stimulates sexual potency in both men and women.
Royal Jelly for Fertility
Royal jelly is rich in B vitamins, enzymes, hormones and amino acids. It assists in the treatment of PMS, menopause, infertility and impotence. It is also used as a hormone balancer as well as for improving sexual performance.
You can consume honey alone, in herbal tea or dissolved in warm cow’s or nut milk, like coconut or almond.
Men can eat two tablespoons of honey (or dissolved in warm cow’s or nut milk or herbal tea) every night before bed. Women can eat half a teaspoon of honey with a hint of cinnamon before bedtime every night.
You’ll find royal jelly and propolis at your local health food store. Choose ‘unpasteurized’ honey to get its full benefits.
This topic is further expanded in Step 3 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.
[This post is from the October 2018 newsletter – click here to read it.]
Let’s talk about natural immune function! Are you running at peak performance ensuring that you’re bolstering your innate capacity to keep you whole and hale over the coming Winter months? Would you like a few tips?
Our thyroid needs a good storehouse of iodine on board. This organ filters the blood every 20 minutes and acts like a video game shooting at errant bacteria. As part of your immunity, it is searching out unwanted microbes and annihilating them with spurts of iodine. If it’s deplete, those gnarly bad bacteria go unchecked.
This is why a diet rich in kelp and sometimes even an iodine supplement is recommended. Consider that exposure to radiation, cell phones and computers deplete your iodine stores. Not only is iodine supplementation becoming more critical in the realm of natural fertility, but also for your general health and longevity.
Whether you’re seeking tips for remaining healthy all Winter long, or you’re after sources of iodine, we’ve got your back. We wrote a book that speaks to whole foods and supplements that we’ve used ourselves for our family for over 20 years. You can find it here. Plus, if you’re looking for more thyroid care, the specific article herewill boost your immune function as well. Here’s to your good health!
Zinc is an essential nutrient for the reproductive system of both men and women. It is an essential component of both sperm and eggs. It is central to many factors of fertility and reproduction.
Did you know that zinc deficiency is widespread? Do you recall our previous discussion on minerals and nutrient density? Following that general dietary advice will help with your zinc levels.
You can test your zinc levels yourself using a “zinc tally” test. It is a liquid supplement that you “taste test” to see your zinc levels. That is, if you taste nothing when you put some in your mouth, then you are extremely zinc deficient. The opposite response of disgust, and wanting to spit it out is a good sign. It means your zinc levels are sufficient. This is your taste buds telling you if you need it or not, based on your primal attraction or repulsion response.
If you are low, then you can add more zinc-rich foods to your diet (see the list below). Retest over time to make sure your levels are improving. In more extreme deficiencies, you may need a zinc supplement.
For women, zinc contributes to regular ovulation. For men, it’s necessary for semen and testosterone production. The National Institute of Health recommends that men receive a daily intake of 11 mg of zinc and women take 8 mg.
The foods highest in zinc:
Healthy nutrition always revolves around the same underlying principles. Whole, processed, unrefined foods are always the beginning and end of a healthy diet. Avoid “white salt” (as we mentioned in chapter 2), “white sugar”, and all other processed and refined foods. Be wary of any attempt at improving on nature.
This topic is further expanded in Step 3 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.