Good morning. This is Jeff from NaturalFertilityBook.com. And I want to go through an article that’s recently come through on my newsfeed. This just came out on May 3, three days ago. But I’m actually going to do something just a little bit differently than normal. Usually, I’ll go through an article and highlight all the good points, the things that I particularly agree with. And then I fill in the blanks with the things that either are missing important facts, especially from our natural fertility perspective, or things that I just simply disagree with. But as I say, this morning I’m going to do something a little bit differently. I’m going to not quite do that. I’m going to use this article as a bit of a launch pad, or a takeoff point, to go into another point that I would go into, which is not in this article. So let’s just get right into it.
This article is a pretty straightforward, factual article. It’s called “This Is Why You Need to Get an STD Test If You’re Trying to Conceive“. So I’m not even really going to go through too many points in the article. It’s pretty straightforward. It talks about some of the basic statistics about STDs and how often people should be tested, what some of the risks are, if someone has an STD as far as a potential pregnancy and the effects on the baby. So goes through all that in a pretty factual way.
But what I want to go into instead is (not that this isn’t important for what this article is about, but) to take it into our Heilkunst perspective. We actually look at STDs in a different way. And what I mean is, we don’t ignore them in the sense that this article talks about. But we look at really the history and the family tree. And once you understand the deeper theory of how we treat and prevent chronic illness, we look at . . . I’ll use just two examples. We look at the gonorrhea infection, as well as the syphilis infection. Both of those, when you understand the deeper health history (the way that we look at it), they both point to these STDs or infections as actually being passed on through the the family genetic information. So in both of those cases—the ones I mentioned, the gonorrhea and the syphilis—even if someone has never had an infection of either of those (they’ve never been exposed to that in their life), most people that we treat will have a trace of that that carries through the family tree history.
So we see that now, especially in this context, what we’re talking about natural fertility. The reason I’m bringing this up in this context is actually really critical. Especially when we see different couples who’ve had different challenges with their fertility. And they may be getting frustrated if they already follow our recommended diet, they think of themselves as pretty healthy, they have a pretty good approach and a pretty good attitude towards their natural fertility. But the missing piece for a lot of these cases, why as they say they have the challenges that they’re having—they either can’t conceive, or they’ve been having miscarriages or things like that—is this kind of hidden element of what we call the Chronic Miasms, or these STDs that pass through the family tree history.
So just to give a couple of examples. One of the two I mentioned, the gonorrhea, that’s actually incredibly common about but what we call miasm. It appears in just about every family tree history that we see when we study patient health history. And it touches on many aspects of health including some of the most common health conditions around heart disease and strokes, and all these heart related issues when they’re in the family tree. But they also very much affect the whole, your genital system. So when you get things like fibroids in the urinary tract, things like some of the fertility problems that I mentioned already—some of the repeated miscarriages or other difficulties in conceiving—there’s many other health conditions related to this genetic version of the STD of gonorrhea.
But as I say, once we identify this in the health history, it becomes a critical part of the natural fertility plan for that couple. Beyond all the obvious things where we would talk about a certain healthy fertility diet and certain lifestyle habits—the things that we have gone into in so many of these other videos. But this is for the usual way that people look at health. It’s quite a hidden element, but it’s quite significant and powerful. Once someone understands that this is actually at the base of their health history, it really opens up a much more successful path into our natural fertility program.
So anyways, as I say, I took a bit of a different turn today. I didn’t really go into the details of this particular article. I just use it as a launch pad to go into this other hidden dimension of natural fertility. If you’re not already in our natural fertility program, you can download our book for free at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. And you could find out about what I just talked about today, and so many more of the basic points of natural fertility.
Thank you for joining me this morning and I’ll see you again soon.
Good morning. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic. And I just have a few minutes for you this morning. But I thought, it’s just enough time to look at this article I have in my newsfeed. And let me just switch here to the right screen. And it’s an article that just came out a few days ago, maybe about three days ago, March the 30th. And the central point of this article is about fertility. And particularly, male fertility. And how doing too much cardio is actually shown to reduce male fertility.
And I’ll just look through. There are some statistics in this article. I’ll just quickly highlight those. The overall, the thesis in the article says, “Overdoing it on cardio at the gym could harm fertility in men, as being too lean was actually shown to be worse for sperm count than being overweight.”And there are some statistics here. Let’s see. Particular statistics about body mass index. But there was something down here. Where did that go? Here. They’re just basically relating the sperm concentration and its relationship to the body mass index and people in the underweight category. And it talks about “Around 70 per cent of men in the UK are classed as being overweight, which is why the dangers of a very low BMI can often be under-represented.”
Anyways, the article is fairly short and to the point. And that’s fine. And I do want to, well, anyone who’s already in our natural fertility program will know that we have a very specific recommendation about exercise and about cardio in particular. And we do talk about, well, there’s different names for it. But it can be called ‘PACE’, it can be called ‘interval training’. There’s another word that’s escaping me at the moment.
But the basic idea in cardio is not to overdo it. But pretty much just like anything in life and in health, in medicine, in diet and lifestyle, in exercise, it’s always a question of the right dose for any thing or any activity. And in the case of the interval training for cardio, which we’re talking about, it’s a very specific format of doing basically alternating between doing bursts of intense cardio, followed by a more restful pace. So more specifically, we talk about doing basically eight rounds (or eight ‘reps’, I guess you would call it) of cardio. And it could be any cardio that you enjoy—whether that’s running, or biking, or swimming, or aerobic exercise—different forms, whatever you like the most.
And the idea being to do eight repetitions or eight intervals where in each of those eight, you’re doing 30 seconds of the absolute most intense form of that cardio that you can do. As hard and as fast as you can go for 30 seconds. And then 90 seconds of doing a much more restful or moderate pace. Where you’re taking it right down to give your body a break. So between those 30 seconds plus 90 seconds, which adds up to two minutes, and you multiply that by eight, you really get 16 focused minutes of exercise. You do a few minutes of warm up at the beginning and cool down at the end, you’re well under 30 minutes. And doing this maybe even two or three times a week. You’re getting the really optimal dose of cardio. Right.
Now, I know this article was specifically measuring the relationship between the body mass index and the sperm health. But I’m kind of taking a little bit of a side point here around that. And understanding that there are many other health benefits and/or detriments, depending on how you do cardio for your fertility health. Now, this will also apply to women. But this article, of course, is all focused on men and sperm health. So that’s where we started. So if you’re not already in our natural fertility program, you can download our book for free. That’s at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. And you can find out more about this, the other form of exercise as well. We go into strength training. And we go into all the components of a healthy fertility plan—from food and exercise, other issues of detox, emotions and stress, sleep and sex. I’ve talked about that in some other videos. But anyways, you can get all that at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. It’s a free download.
And thank you for joining me this morning. I just had a very short time but I wanted to get this video in. And I will see you the next time.
Good afternoon. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic. And I’ve just pulled out this fertility article from my newsfeed. Just came out about 10 days ago, April 21. And it’s called “6 Ways to Boost Women’s Fertility“. And this is from the website reportshealthcare.com. And it’s written by Florence Wright. Actually, there’s tons of really good pointers in this article. So it’s actually going to make my job easier today. I’m just going to mostly share all the good points. And as usual, I will fill in the gaps where there is either missing information or misleading information. So let’s go through what we’ve got here.
So at the title, says there are six points. But then there’s an extended section at the bottom of a lot of beneficial fertility foods, which is one of the reasons I wanted to bring this article forward to you. So let’s have a look first through the six points, and then we’ll get into the foods. So what do we have here?
So the first point about boosting women’s fertility is “Stress Management”. Now, this is a very common point. We see it in, actually, almost all the articles about tips on fertility. And I think for good reason, I think it is very true. It’s certainly, in our experience, that a lot of the issue with infertility is more from stress, more particularly how women and men hold on to stress, and how that interferes with the process of fertility. And what I do like in this point is, she does specifically make the point. Let me just read the highlight here, “Stress can enhance the chances of infertility by inducing the production of hormones like prolactin and cortisol.” So otherwise known as the stress hormones. And it says, “These hormones reduce ovulation and induce infertility.” So that’s absolutely true. The only thing I would add is to get even more specific about what we do in our natural fertility protocol. In terms of stress—whether those stresses are current, like happening now in the person’s life, or whether they’re old stresses (or shocks or traumas) that are still in their system from some time in the past, even if the source of the stress isn’t present, but now the effects are still there. So if you’re already in our natural fertility program, you’ll find out more about how we approach this in our natural fertility book. And if you’re not yet, you actually can download that book for free at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com.
So moving on to point number two. Again, this is a very common recommendation in the fertility recommendation articles. And point two is simply about “exercise”. They talk about some things like ‘walking and yoga improving blood circulation.’ Again, that’s all true. They talk about the ‘increased blood circulation’, ‘increasing blood flow to the ovaries and uterus’. All very true. But what I would also point to again, in our natural fertility book, is we get a lot more specific about exactly how we approach the topic of fertility exercise, I should say, exercise within your fertility plan. And we just mention briefly, we do go specifically into how we recommend that cardio exercise is done, as well as its counterpoint of strength training exercise. So again, a good point, but I’m just adding a little bit of extra detail there.
Dropping down to point number four. They talk about “hydration”. And that is certainly one of the most important things for fertility health. It touches on so many things—everything from all the the detox organs in your body, and again, back to the blood, and the circulation, you’re moving the hormones properly through the body and moving the nutrition that all flow throughout the bloodstream. All of this is extremely important. And again, of course, we do have a whole section of this in our fertility book to go into even more detail. But definitely, we would agree with point number four.
Now, point number five is funny. It’s also one that comes up in any number of fertility articles. It’s basically a recommendation for a ‘multivitamin supplement’, which is not a terrible recommendation. But in my mind, it’s kind of misleading. Now, I’ll forgive this article in particular because as we get down to the bottom of the article, they are going to give quite a wide range of good nutritional advice and some specific foods and the fertility nutrients that they contain. So in this case, I will forgive this article, as I’m saying. But in most of the articles, when they recommend a multivitamin supplement, it’s a weak recommendation. And they’re just covering up otherwise weak knowledge, a weak level of recommendation about actual healthy diet—healthy fertility diet. Where in our emphasis, we always put food way way above supplementation and importance. And then we’ll use vitamins and we’ll use supplements, as just that. The word is supposed to mean as a ‘supplement’ to what is already a healthy diet. But not as something which is somehow magically going to take someone’s nutritional status to a place that it’s never really been before. So as I say.
Getting into this final section. And it’s a little bit more extended. And I think that’s very good. They leave point six for last. I think that’s probably just because they did take up so much space with all the food. So let’s dive into some of the details. And we’ll touch on everything here. Let me see. What have I got here?
Well, I’m just going to briefly mention their first food, which is “whole milk”. We do make a very distinct recommendation about milk and dairy products in general, especially in the fertility context. But what we do recommend is as whenever possible, to access raw milk—unpasteurized milk. And we do go into greater detail about that in the book. But I just want to drop that point in here because it is so important. The pasteurized milk does cause many health problems and fertility problems. And it’s almost like, well, let’s put it this way. Or to keep it more simple: When you do pasteurize dairy, you take what’s actually an extremely, a highly beneficial, a very healthy food in nature. We even categorize it as a super food, just packed with nutritional factors. And the real living energy, that’s one of the most important factors in food. But when you pasteurize it, you kill the enzymes, you kill that life energy in the milk, and you you give the body something that it actually has to put in a lot of energy to process now in its non-optimal form. So anyways, as I said, I just wanted to keep that as a quick point about milk and getting the unpasteurized or raw version as much as you’re able to access that.
They do recommend “sesame seeds” particularly for the “high amount of zinc”. Zinc, of course, being a highly necessary and essential nutrient when it comes to fertility, both for men and for women. And we do cover some more details about that in our natural fertility book.
This is interesting. This isn’t something I knew about before. They talk about “cinnamon”, and its role in “insulin resistance”, as well as how it helps the reproductive organs. So that’s kind of interesting. I didn’t know about that myself before. But yeah, you can certainly look into that, especially if you’re dealing with what they talk about here with “polycystic ovary syndrome”. And as well as it says, it’s just kind of a general tonic for the reproductive organs.
The next, we start getting into some of the “seafood”. Again, super highly beneficial for fertility. And they talk about “salmon” in particular, which is high in “Omega-3 Fatty Acids”. What they don’t mention, also the seafoods are very high in vitamin D as well, super important in fertility. And they also highlight something highly important. That’s the “high amount of Zinc” that’s found in “oysters”. So again, that will be a very highly beneficial food in your fertility plan.
Getting into the “fruits”. So the first one they mentioned is the ‘avocado’. And again, similar to some of the reasons I was just pointing out with the salmon and the seafood is really the healthy fats and oil content in a food like an avocado. And in general, again, we do go into greater detail this in our book—the fats are so important for hormonal health, and basically the way that we absorb sunlight and vitamin D (and convert that and cholesterol), and how that fits into our whole hormonal production cycle. So yes, avocado fits right in there, into that whole model of healthy fats and oils. “Berries” is something they’re highlighting, particularly around the “antioxidants”. I have seen a little bit of this before. And I can’t even remember if we have this mentioned in the book or not. I’ll have to go look at it myself to remind myself. But they talk about “figs” as a particular fertility food. And then in particular, they’re linking that with the “iron” and how that’s linked with a healthy “ovulation” and healthy cycle.
I’m going to skip down a little bit. We get further down. We get into the “green leafy vegetables”. So again, we’re back to the antioxidants. Again, “the folic acid” which is a super important fertility food, “manganese, iron, calcium, . . . vitamin A”. So anyways, it’s just a whole range—lots of minerals. And the way we come out that in our fertility book, we tie this, like the green leafy vegetables, particularly with (it’s a little bit hinted at here, but) the whole mineral balance in the body and particularly how that leads into getting what we call a proper fertility pH level, which is the first chapter in our book, really getting that baseline of your pH. So anyways, the green leafy vegetables will feed into that most important thing of fertility in which we suggest people in our fertility plan are measuring on quite a regular basis to make sure their pH is in the right range. Moving a little further ahead, they’re getting into “yams”. Also there’s talking about the “antioxidants”, both “Vitamins A and C” there, and how that relates to the health of the eggs. I’m going to skip a few things. We do have “seaweed”. That has some relationship to what I said above about the benefits of the seafood, the salmon and things like that. But it also has, as it says here, some ‘essential nutrients enhancing the function of the liver, kidneys and bladder’. So getting you right into the whole reproductive tract and some of the associated organs.
Now this, I’m really glad to see in this article as well. You actually, funnily enough, you don’t see this in a lot of the fertility advice articles. But the foods to avoid, the first one they have is “soy”. And yes, we have a big section on avoiding soy in our book. And they definitely have that here, which is a good point. Essentially, they’re talking about how it disrupts, the estrogen-like effects, the whole hormonal cycle in the body. There are some exceptions to this rule. There are healthy soy foods, and those are usually the more traditionally fermented foods. So things like traditionally fermented soy sauce, and the Japanese food of tempeh, and miso as well. So these are soy foods, but they’re actually healthy. Most of the commercial soy foods you’re going to find are in this unhealthy category. So definitely be very careful of that.
Now, here’s a point where I take issue with this article. They talked about ‘avoiding saturated fats’. And I believe that’s likely coming from a lot of the nutritional myths that have come around. How supposedly saturated fats are supposed to be unhealthy and animal foods, animal proteins are unhealthy. That’s the total opposite of what we look at with fertility. And in particular, we look at the whole diet recommended by Dr. Price. Well for health in general, but for fertility in particular. And it’s absolutely essential that there’s a good basis of healthy animal fats and proteins in the diet. So I would give you the opposite advice from this point here.
Well they do advise against “refined sugars”, against ‘cigarettes, caffeine, alcohol’, against being ‘underweight or overweight’. So again, fairly common advice and all the fertility articles, so I’m not going to add too much there. It’s fairly common wisdom. But yeah, definitely important to keep these points in mind.
So as I said, I wanted to present this article. There’s so many good points in it. And I thank you for joining me. And I will see you again next time.
Good morning. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic. And I want to go through with you an article that just came across my newsfeed. This just came out on April 25, just about five days ago. And it’s from The Sun in the UK. And I’m going to do what I usually do. I’m going to pull out all the good points in this article. And there are actually quite a few. And I will also fill in any gaps or misconceptions, and expand on what’s missing from this article. So what do we have here? Actually, this article comes from an interview. I’m just trying to find the name here with this doctor, Dr. Larisa Corda. And they pull out 12 specific recommendations for fertility.
The first one they start with is “Quit smoking and minimise booze”. OK. Well, it’s certainly a good general recommendation. I like that says a specific point here, “smoking can damage the lining of the womb, the eggs and sperm.” So that’s a pretty clear reason. Of course, we would speak about it generally. As far as all the toxins in tobacco and the non toxic state, of course, that one is trying to achieve for fertility. And also, I’m going to expand a little bit on this point where she talks about “the liver” being “preoccupied”. They’re talking about drinking alcohol here when it comes to processing toxins. And that’s very true. That’s very true recommendation as far as a general kind of healthy state, a detox kind of state.
But more specifically, and when we look at the health of the liver, it gets into us something very critical—critically important for fertility health. Which is: the function of the liver, or one of the functions, has to do with creating something very important for health and fertility health. Particularly, which is cholesterol. I know, normally, cholesterol has been given a bad name. But that’s actually quite a myth. In health in general and specifically in fertility health. And the production of cholesterol in the liver plays a critical function as far as dealing with any inflammatory processes in the body, in the way that the body is supposed to deal with them. And when people start either eating low fat diet, or even worse, using statin drugs (or other ways to to eliminate cholesterol from the system) you’re actually interfering with a very primary important function in fertility health. And that tie to the liver and tie to cholesterol formation is actually also the whole natural hormone production cycle. So this point doesn’t go into all of that, but it is pointing in that direction. And I will give it at least credit for that.
The second point, talks about sleeping more. And I’ll just read this highlighted part here, “This means clearing out the clutter, not using any electrical devices such as TVs and mobile phones before bedtime, and ensuring the room is dark enough to allow you to get the crucial 7-8 hours sleep a night.” Yes, that’s absolutely true. That’s a very important point. And we do go into this actually in our book, The 8 Steps To Natural Fertility. If you’re already in our Natural Fertility program, you’ll find more about this in our chapter on sleep. We have a whole chapter about this. And if you’re not yet, you can actually download our book for free. Just go to www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. And you can get this and much more, and begin our Natural Fertility protocol.
Moving on to point three, “Have more sex”. I mean, it sounds a bit trite in the context of fertility or a bit obvious. They didn’t say so themselves, kind of obvious. But actually one point I do want to highlight they make. They say the “sperm quality may actually improve with more regular sex.” And that’s true. There’s a truth to that. And in Chapter 8 of our book we go into much more detail about this. We actually lay out two different approaches to sex. Whether one is within the fertility window of the month or outside of it. We basically present two approaches. The fertility approach to sex, or what we call reproductive sex, is the typical thing that people learned in Grade 6 health class. As far as having sex and the ejaculation, the sperm meeting the egg, and all the mechanics of all that. That’s all very true. But in the non-fertile part of the month, we’re actually highlighting what we call regenerative sex, another “r” word. And that gets much more into the bio-energetic, the emotional connection. The full sexual health of the couple is being enhanced when that version of sex is being practiced. So again, that’s in Chapter 8 of our book.
Moving on to point four. They talked about removing “bleaching materials” which is a very important point. Like bleach products in the households, cleaning products, things like that. I would expand that really to all of the commercial cleaning products. As far as all of the known toxins in the ingredients in many of these products which are very disruptive to the thyroid—very disruptive to hormone production, and therefore to fertility. So, again, we talked about that in our book as well. And the strategy we suggest as you are kind of learning (or you finding your way into this world of which ingredients you do want in the house and which you don’t), just to keep a running list in your wallet or in your purse of all the ingredients that you’ve learned, that you’ve researched are not what you want in your fertility plan. And just make sure you’re checking the ingredient list on any product that you’re considering buying. And after a while, of course, you just get to know which products are OK, and which ones you regularly are going to buy, which ones you’re avoiding. So it just becomes a bit of a research project to get yourself up to speed on that.
Point five talks about “Exercising more”. And I do like this point where they say, “Be careful not to overdo it . . . . Too much exercise is just another stressor.” And we definitely treat a lot of couples where there is over exercise going on. Of course, there’s the opposite with a lot of under exercise going on. But they’re both very similar problems when it comes to fertility. We go into exercise and we go into the the specifics of both the necessary form of cardio that we recommend for fertility, as well as the necessary form of strength training. So again, you’ll find that in our protocol fully in our fertility book.
Point six “Get rid of toxic people”. So just like we talked about getting rid of physical toxins up above, this is another very good point. As far as getting rid of mental and emotional toxins, which are equally damaging to one’s fertility health.
Point seven. I’d say this is one of the weakest points of writing in this article. It talks about ‘setting up a daily ritual’. Then it gets on to talking about some particular example that talks about looking at the the quality of water. And it’s kind of hard to say what the real point of this number seven is. I guess it sounds good to have a daily ritual that sounds positive. But they’re kind of not specific enough about this. I guess the way I would make this more specific and more helpful is to go through all of our natural fertility protocols and list them all out, and make all of those your daily rituals. Then you’re going to be making tangible progress. And you’re going to have actually tangible things to measure yourself against what direction your fertility is going in. So anyways, I just chalked this up to maybe poor writing, or maybe there was a deadline, or who knows what it was. But this point didn’t really fly.
This is a very important point. Moving on to number eight, “Switch to a natural contraception”. And it talks about the negative after effects of the pill, and particularly the difficulties of getting back into a natural state of fertility after the pill. They don’t suggest any particular solution after the fact if someone has been on the pill. I mean, they do say maybe look for more natural forms of contraception before the time of trying to conceive. Which is a fair enough recommendation. But we can go even further with our protocol. And in fact, this comes up so often. We do this a lot. Where a couple is trying to conceive and having difficulty after they’ve come off the birth control pill will actually go in with our specific homeopathic protocols. And you will reverse the after effects of that so that their system actually can get back to its natural state of fertility. So aside from going through our natural fertility protocol, if that applies to you, you would definitely want to get in touch with us and find out about how to include that birth control pill detox in your protocol.
So moving on to point number nine, “Improve your gut health”. Also very extremely important, of course, for someone’s health in general, but natural fertility, particularly. And the importance of gut health, we actually talked about in our fertility book. And we go very specifically into the Weston A. Price Foundation or their principles for diet. And within that is included—things related directly to the gut health. So things like the naturally traditionally fermented foods like naturally fermented sauerkraut and miso, and then some some of the foods like this which are actually highly beneficial for the the gut health and therefore, for the fertility health.
Point number 10 is kind of a bit repeating what it said earlier. It says “Try to de-stress”. Earlier it talked about detoxing from or distancing yourself from toxic friends, toxic social situations. That’s part of this more general point of mental and emotional health, which also can be stressful—can be toxic. And our whole fertility protocol includes not only the physical detox, but also the mental and emotional detox. So just like we talked about putting healthy food into our body, we likewise need to put healthy elements of mind and emotions into our body as well. That’s equally an important part of our nutrition. Or let’s call it our ’emotional nutrition’ or ‘mental nutrition’ to coin the term.
Point 11 , “Try a multivitamin”. It’s an OK suggestion. I find it a bit weak. We put so much emphasis in our natural fertility protocol and all the the actual foods that you should be eating—getting your nutrition from food, getting your power nutrition, your super nutrition. There are certain rules for supplements and vitamins and so on to to fill in gaps as necessary sometimes. But the general intention of a suggestion like this is fairly weak. Because the attitude behind it, it’s kind of using supplements as a so called ‘insurance policy’. It’s kind of a broad spectrum of trying to blast all the nutrition that you’re supposedly going to need. But it’s an approach, or it’s a mental attitude, which actually derails people from the more core approach to really engaging with healthy forms of traditional nutrition, and super foods, and all these things. So we do go through all the details in our book. And again, you can download that for free, www.NaturalFertilityBook.com.
And the final point. Again, it’s a good point. They talked about ‘eating organic when possible’. They talk about eating organic, avoiding or eliminating the disruptions to the hormones, and the other toxins and pesticides that you’re going to get in non-organic food. So again, a good general recommendation.
So overall, actually, surprisingly fairly good article. It has a lot of good points in it. As you can see, of course, there are any number of gaps that I would fill in. But if you are not already in our natural fertility protocol, you can get started. You can download our book for free at NaturalFertilityBook.com.
Thank you so much for joining me this morning. And I’ll see you next time.
Well, good morning. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic. And I just have a few minutes to do a short video this morning. I wanted to pick up this article that came out this week from the clevelandclinic.org. And the article as you can see on the screen is called “How Stopping Smoking Boosts Your Fertility Naturally“. The subtitle is “Understanding the impact for both men + women”. So as always, I’m going to go through the article. Of course, highlight all the good points they make, and then I’ll fill in any gaps or any incorrect information or missing information.
Actually, the first thing I want to point out, this jumped out at me this morning was here. We have this fertility article, and it’s addressing points that affect both men and women. Of course, it takes two to make a baby. But mysteriously, this article is categorized under “Women’s Health”. As often, anything to do with fertility is kind of focused on the women. Whereas we’ve seen in some of the articles we’ve been looking at is, it very much, it shows up as being very equal. As I just said that old expression, “it takes two to tango”, or it takes two to make a baby. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Anyways, I’m sorry. That was just a side point. Let’s get into the actual content with the article.
And so they’re going to just talk a lot about the the ill effects of smoking on fertility for both men and women. And I’m just going to highlight some of the key points they make here. I guess one of their opening statements. They say, “Quitting smoking is one of the best natural ways to boost fertility. Women who stop smoking double their chances of getting pregnant each month.” Okay, so that’s just a good general thesis statement.
I’m going to scroll down. And we get into some specific question and answers here with Dr. Vij. And the question is, “How much does smoking impact men’s fertility?” He says, “There’s more inflammation in the semen of men who smoke. This can weaken the sperm and make pregnancy more difficult to achieve.” And of course, as we know, the general issue of inflammation is the cause of so many chronic health issues and chronic problems. But we have the direct link there between smoking, the inflammation in the semen, and the weakening of the sperm. I’ll just move down. He says, “They also contain heavy metals (like cadmium and lead), which are shown to be the primary agents of sperm damage.” So there we have some very specific toxins. And, of course, what I’ll actually talk about in a couple minutes as we get further down in the article. But they certainly do a good job in this article of identifying the very specific problems. But as we’ll get to their solution, it’s quite weak. It’s just actually a prescription drug solution that’s recommended. So of course, I’ll have something different to say about that.
This part here: “Studies show that smoking can lead to DNA damage in sperm. Some evidence shows that men with elevated sperm with DNA damage may have reduced fertility and higher miscarriage rates.” So this is interesting. It’s linking miscarriage with actually a factor on the male side. So that’s not too surprising once you understand the full extent of how fertility works, being both men and women thing. But we’ll also go on in this “How does it affect men?” question. He says, “Smoking is a risk factor in erectile dysfunction”. And of course, without the erection, of course that makes fertility more difficult.
Now going on, “How does smoking affect women’s fertility?” Things have been identified such as “failure to conceive” at both six and 12 months, the point of measurement, and “damage to the eggs and the ovaries”, as well as “ectopic (tubal) pregnancy”. Now, he says, “Once a woman becomes pregnant, smoking increases the risk of miscarriage.” So in this article, we see the risk of miscarriage coming from both sides—if the man is smoking or if the woman is smoking, both of those will lead to factors of miscarriage. And it goes on to say, “Later in pregnancy, smoking can cause birth defects, growth restrictions and maternal high blood pressure.”
Now he talks about the issue of quitting smoking. Of course, if that’s what someone is trying to do while they’re trying to get pregnant. He says, “When it comes to quitting smoking, don’t approach it with an ‘all or nothing’ attitude. If totally quitting isn’t realistic, cutting down can make a meaningful difference in fertility.” And what I add here as well is actually this is something that we will sometimes need to be adding to our natural fertility protocol. Of course, we have the full protocol regardless of if someone is needing to quit smoking or not. We have all the protocol related to diet and all the lifestyle factors, the sexual practices, the natural sexual practices. If you don’t have our book, all of that is laid out at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. You can download our book for free. But the point I wanted to make here is to say going beyond our basic fertility protocol, is that we also can use a natural homeopathic smoking or stopping smoking protocol, which gets into all the aspects. There’s the physical aspects of quitting smoking. The physical part of the the addiction or the craving. And then there’s also the whole emotional dynamic. So all of that is handled in our homeopathic stopping smoking protocol. And you can ask us about that if you’d like help with that.
And just to go on in the article. This is interesting, too. He talks about “the impact of secondhand smoke” where it says, “Exposure to secondhand smoke in the household is bad for female fertility.” And there are specific points here. “Once a woman gets pregnant, secondhand smoke can increase the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight and learning disabilities.” Now this is all from secondhand smoke. “There’s abundant evidence that shows that smoke exposure to a newborn baby can lead to respiratory infections, asthma and sudden infant death syndrome.”
And then I like some of the points here. They are looking at some of the “common myths about smoking and fertility”.
So “MYTH 1: I’ll just stop smoking once I get pregnant to protect my unborn child.” So okay, so that’s a certain idea that ‘Okay, I’ll just, once I get pregnant, then I’ll stop.’ But they’re really emphasizing that as much as possible, to stop smoking at least three months before conception. That has to be cleared out of the body. And there’s factors leading into the fertility, leading into the health of the baby, which are happening, of course, long before the conception happens. Of course, that’s completely consistent with our whole philosophy of our natural fertility in general. Even if we’re not talking about smoking, we still have this very approach to the health much earlier than conception as early as possible, of course.
“MYTH 2: Vaping and e-cigarettes are safe alternative to smoking.” And they highlight that, no, those “still contain toxic chemicals that can harm sperm. Nicotine itself has also been shown to be harmful.”
And this is an interesting one that caught my eye, “MYTH 3”. I never even really heard this as a common myth, or an old wife’s tale or anything like that, but ‘mystery’! “Smoking after sex is relaxing, and can help promote pregnancy.” Now, from our perspective, again, if you look at our Natural Fertility Book in Chapter 8, we outline our whole understanding of the very kind of the healthy energetics of sexuality, the way we look at it. And, of course, that’s tied in not only to the physical activity of sex (and being physically healthy as far as sexual basic capacities), but also the whole emotional dynamics. And this whole interesting thing about ‘smoking after sex’ to supposedly be relaxing, that, in our perspective, is really an illustration of smoking being used as kind of a substitute for looking at any of the underlying emotional issues which may have not been dealt with, or partially dealt with. And that’s the whole thing about healthy sexuality. It will actually bring up some of the darker or more negative emotions in a relationship which needs to be dealt with. That’s positive, that’s healthy. Those need to be brought into the light and need to be dealt with. But this whole idea of ‘smoking is relaxing’? ‘Relaxing’, they are correct to point out, isn’t the right word. It’s more sense of covering up or masking actual issues that need to be dealt with.
So again, as I said earlier, if you are looking for help on your path to getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, and you’re looking for help with stopping smoking, let us know. We can help with that. And we can include it, of course, in our more general natural fertility protocol. And you can learn more of the details about everything in there—from the diet and the lifestyle, and everything that we construct around our natural fertility protocol. You can download our book at NaturalBertilityBook.com. That’s a free download.
Good morning. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic. And I just want to go through this article from bustle.com. It just came out yesterday. Today is Wednesday, April the 17th, so this just came out on Tuesday. And the article is called “7 Things Your Body Will Do When You’re Fertile“. And as always, I want to go through and pull out the good points they make and I’ll also fill in any gaps. Either if I feel they are saying something that’s misleading or if there’s something they’re missing that would also be helpful for natural fertility. So let’s have a look through here. So starting, just scrolling down through the article.
The first point they make, one of seven, they say: “When you’re incredibly fertile, your period will happen right on schedule. It’s predictable, reliable, and happens every 28 to 32 days.” Yes, that’s correct. I don’t really have anything to add to that. But when you have that rhythmic regularity that really gets right into the heart of the basic life functions of the body, they work on a very rhythmic basis. And well just for example, let’s think of that medical condition, heart arrhythmia, where an improper rhythm, of course, is an unhealthy condition. So anyways, they’re just speaking to that very basic idea of rhythmicity of the life function.
Here in their second point, the second point is, “You’ll See A Noticeable Change In Your Discharge”. And they say, I highlight here, “Your discharge may become watery and sticky, so it’s easier for sperm to enter and travel.” And that’s absolutely correct. And I also added a more specific point. Which is, I say, another objective measurement is in your baseline pH level, which will be about 7.2 to 7.4 in a naturally fertile state. And if you haven’t yet downloaded our book, we do have a free book called The 8 Steps To Natural Fertility That Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About. You can download that at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com.
But let’s move on to their next point here. Now this one I took issue with. Their point three says, “You’ll get PMS Symptoms Like Clockwork.” And they say:
“Premenstrual syndrome affects nearly 90 percent of women, and usually happens a week or so before your period. As uncomfortable as the cramps, bloating, and breast tenderness can be, Dr. Angela says, these are all signs that you’re ovulating. As long as the symptoms occur regularly and it’s not disrupting your life in any way, you’re in good shape.”
I do, I mean, they’re partially correct. But I do want to take partial issue here. The statistic is likely correct that the 90 percent of women experience PMS. I just want to, I guess maybe they are implying this, but they’re less stating it very clearly. And maybe they do say something more correct later down in the article, that we’ll see. But as I say this statistic may be correct—the 90 percent. But I just want to be clear that we want to distinguish between a state of health versus a state of disease. Or to put it another way, what a lot of women may take to be normal, because 90 percent of women seem to have a similar set of symptoms, it doesn’t also define it as natural. And that’s definitely what we want to always be clear about—the difference between normal and natural. So as I said, it’s not 100% clear what they mean behind that. But I just want to draw that point out: that difference between normal and natural. Of course, natural is what we’re aiming for.
Jump down to point number five. They say, “You’ll Notice That Your Libido Goes Up”. And I think I took a note on that. I say yes, I agree with that. And we do go further into how to regulate the sexual energy to be in a very healthy state. We go into that in Chapter 8 of our book, The 8 Steps To Natural Fertility.
And let’s go on to the next point. I think the last thing I comment on, all the way down to their last point number seven, “You’ll Feel Good, Or As Good As You Possibly Can, All Throughout Your Cycle”. And the point I highlight, they say, “When you’re fertile, everything is likely working as it should. Just remember that not everyone can be so lucky to have manageable periods every month. But if you do, it’s a pretty good sign that you’re fertile.” So here they seem to be saying the point I wasn’t sure about up above. They are kind of highlighting that if you do have that natural state of fertility, your natural state of health will be generally good. Your old monthly cycle will be fairly regulated and balanced. And not too many dramatic symptoms throwing you off or anything like that.
And as I said, I totally agree with that. If that’s the sense that this article means. And you can learn a lot more if you’re currently trying to conceive, and you intend to do so naturally. We have everything I’ve talked about and a lot more. That’s in our book, The 8 Steps To Natural Fertility, and it is available to download at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. And if you already have it, you’ll find in that book, or the way the whole book has been structured, that all that content leads to our fertility scorecard which is, in our opinion, is a good thing to use about once a month to track where your natural fertility at and where your next steps might be. So if you already have our book but haven’t done our scorecard yet, do have a look at that at NaturalFertilityScorecard. I’m sorry, that’s the wrong link; arcanum.ca/fertilityscore I believe is the correct link. And you can see where you may need to work on your natural fertility, what the specific points are. And we can look that over if you’d like and we can create a unique fertility plan that’s specific to what’s going on with you.
So this was Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic and I’ll see you next time.
Good morning. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic. And I just want to spend a few minutes sharing this article I found. It actually makes some very good points about natural fertility. And I wanted to highlight those for you and bring those out.
So she goes through six distinct areas or six factors affecting fertility. And the first one she identifies is actually quite important. She identifies “being underweight” as a big problem. Now not that being underweight is itself the problem, but it’s often the ways people lose weight or trying to get into shape, trying to take off weight and so on. Those can create a lot of health problems including a lot of fertility factors. And what she’s talking about in here, about some technical things about the BMI, the body mass index, and some of these factors.
But what I want to add to it, actually, I put in my own notes here is the big importance or the connection with being underweight relates to our relationship with fat. As in the sense of eating fat. Eating fats and oils and butter and all these healthy foods. They’ve kind of get wrongly put aside or avoided by people. And the phrase that we like to use for our fertility couples is when we’re teaching them about the fertility diet is: Whenever you’re shopping and you see a label on a food that says “low fat”, thinking whenever you see those words, “low fat”, think to yourself “low fertility”, because that’s really what that’s all about. And the essential need for healthy fats and oils is related to so many aspects of fertility. From the way our actually healthy cholesterol is created, how hormones are created. Basically, all that’s connected with the hormones and everything else. And fertility comes from this healthy base of fats and oils in our diet. So I’m glad that she starts with this point.
Let’s move on. She identifies the problem with “prescription medicines”, including things like smoking and cigarettes and prescription drugs. All these toxins, of course, are not good for our system. But what I highlighted here in my notes is she is absolutely correct. But of course, in our approach to fertility with couples, we don’t just acknowledge the lifestyle and the toxic implications of being on any prescriptions or even having been on them in the past, but we actually go to the more important step of clearing those toxins out of the system. So each prescription drug or each environmental toxin, whatever the case may be, will take a very specific homeopathic protocol to remove that from the system. Do a proper detox, but on a very specific toxic basis. So, again, I like this article. She’s identifying some of the most important things.
At point three, she she talks about minerals and supplements. And she highlights zinc in particular, as a mineral, which she’s absolutely correct, zinc is important. We do go into the full range of the important fertility minerals, and where to get them in the third chapter of our Natural Fertility book. And, by the way, if you don’t have our Natural Fertility book yet, you can get that for free at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. Or if you know, someone in your family or a friend who’s in the process of trying to conceive, you can tell them they can get their free book there. And again, in Chapter 3, we go into zinc and all the other fertility mineral. She mentions a little bit some of the sources like “oysters, milk, seeds, and lentils”. And that’s definitely a good start.
I’m just going to move on to her fourth point. She talks about, this is very interesting, she talks about the whole issue of the timing and the ovulation cycles. And of course, everyone knows, that who’s trying to conceive, there’s the monthly cycle and there’s which days are fertile, which are not, and if you fall on this on the calendar. It is important, in one sense, kind of understanding when those fertile days are. But I like the point that she’s making here. Which basically, she’s saying, not to let the mechanics of reproduction override the deeper love and intimacy that really goes into the making of a baby. Right, and that phrase, that very old well known phrase of making love, that’s actually very important. It’s not just the mechanics of the sperm plus the egg equals the baby, but there’s a much deeper, a much more profound energy between the couple, as far as where babies really come from. And actually we go deeper into this in Chapter 8 of our book where we compare or contrast what we call the reproductive style of sex versus the regenerative style of sex. Those two words start with “r”, but just to speak to the these very two different sides of what’s going on in the sex life of a couple, whether they’re to conceive or not. This is very important to mention. So, again, that’s in Chapter 8 of our book. And yes, as I’ve said earlier, you can download that www.NaturalFertilityBook.com.
The fifth point she makes in this article is the effects of “lack of sleep”. And that’s when I was talking earlier about the essential role of healthy fats and oils that goes to about the same level of importance as healthy sleep. Now, there are many reasons someone may not be sleeping well—whether that’s because of the schedule of their work or other environmental factors. As far as whether the light streaming into the bedroom, from a street light outside, or anything like that. All of these things can certainly affect sleep externally. But of course, there are also internal disruption to sleep such as whether it’s unresolved things that are launched into the person’s physiology kind of like the toxins that we mentioned earlier, with the prescription drugs or things like that, or even inner emotional states, unresolved stresses emotions, that have just launched into the whole cellular function of the body. And of course, that’s part of our whole natural fertility treatment is to eliminate any of those kinds of things—whether they’re interfering with sleep or other healthy functions.
And finally, her last point, she talks about the “quality of sperm”. And she talks about a lot of the physical factors, such as sitting with a laptop for hours at a time. She talks about, she’s looking at “agricultural workers” who may be exposed to pesticides. So just to say there’s, again, environmental factors, ergonomic factors, work situations and so on, which will affect the quality of the sperm. But again, she is correct. But we also want to marry that with the whole dynamic approach—everything from the diet and the nutrition, the detox that I mentioned above, the healthy energetic dynamics of emotions, even of the healthy sexuality dynamics that we’re talking about.
I’ve highlighted some things just to remind myself. Right at the beginning is a very interesting opening. It’s setting the context with talking about the importance of male fertility. And it sets the context with this statistic. It says, “infertility impacts one in eight couples.” That’s actually quite a lot. “And the causes vary—but male infertility is a third of the cause.” So I think we saw that in a recent article we looked at where the stats are quite high, or close to equal, between men and women being behind the causes of infertility.
There’s a point here I highlighted. It talks about,
“‘Sperm count decreases in hotter environments,’ Dr. Riley says, including places like hot tubs and saunas. This is why many doctors recommend men avoid soaking in hot water, or doing anything that will heat up that general area—such as placing a laptop on their lap—when trying to conceive.”
So, we have just the basic regimen issue of body temperature, and particularly in the whole groin area. This point is very interesting to me as well—their second point in the article. “Vegans have a lower sperm count”. And actually, we talked quite a bit about this, in our book on The 8 Steps To Natural Fertility. By the way, you can get that book for free. If you don’t already, it’s available at NaturalFertilityBook.com. And you’ll see in our Chapter 3 of that book, we talked about the importance in fertility, for animal source proteins for both the male and the female. And I know people will promote things like tofu and other vegetable sources of protein, but it’s not giving you the same factors that you need for fertility. So continue on from this point. Actually, just to finish off on my last point on this, this point of vegetable protein. Here, the same doctor Riley there, quoting says, “Alternate sources of protein would be useful to offset this issue.” But as I say, not so much, as I just explained that we have in our Chapter 3 of our book.
Going down to their fourth point. They talked about, “STI’s Can Lead To Infertility”. And I say, yes this is absolutely true. But where we also make a distinction is between actual current infections and someone actually contracts an STI in the present time. But what’s even more significant, even someone who has not ever contracted an STI, when we look at the whole genetic inheritance in either of the pair, either the man or the woman, you look back in the family tree and you see signs—certain diseases that run through the family. Whether we’re talking about, well heart disease is a very big one, but then there are many other littler ones—arthritis and allergies. And we even get into the realms of some conditions of anxiety. Anyways, there’s a whole range. I’m not going to pull up that whole list. But the idea here is that these STI’s have actually transcended the lines of family genetics. Actually, from generations back we still see the after effects of STI’s and all kinds of common health conditions that people normally wouldn’t associate with them. So yes, this point is absolutely valid about taking care of any STI’s. But we even go much deeper into dealing with that in the whole family genetic structure. The technical word that we use is the “chronic miasms”. Getting a little bit of Greek into our morning. But yes, certainly that’s a good point. We just say we expand on that even further in our fertility protocol.
So in this point here, let me just collapse this window. This is another doctor, Dr. Rizk, says “95.” Sorry, maybe that’s supposed to be the other way around, “55 to 95 percent of semen is made up of a thick fluid that allows sperm to swim to their destination.” And as I comment here, we actually cover the whole nutritional protocol, which gives this healthy composition of semen and sperm. And it’s, again, it’s in our book, you can download that at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. And we actually give you the exact diet the exact way to get this healthy sperm. It’s nice that they have statistics and so on here, but they don’t really give very practical advice about how to do that.
What else do I have here? Just scrolling back to where I am. And I think the final point that they make in this article. I’m skipping some other points because they don’t really have much substance to them. There’s pretty big in general. But in this point here, “Stress Can Make It Tough To Conceive.” Well, that’s I suppose pretty obvious. Should be to most people. And definitely, that’s what I comment on here. Not only do we just acknowledge that as a general point, and then people are left a little bit mystified as to how to manage their stress or what they’re actually should do about it. But that’s why in our fertility protocol, we include the whole range of homeopathics that deal with specific emotions and specific stressess, not just as a general concept, but on a very individualized basis for how a given individual responds to that. And the way I’ll often talk about stress in the general health context, and the general treatment context, is that on an individual basis. We use stress as this general word, but what does it mean on an individual basis and the way that somebody experiences their stress and expresses it? Some people may experience it more as physical tension, tension in the neck, or tension in the gut, or things like that. Other people, it’ll come out in specific behaviors—behaviors that are showing high levels of irritability, or frustration, or things like that. Like they’re overt behaviors, or other people may just become very kind of withdrawn with the feeling of overwhelmed, and so on. Just to say that there’s a very individual expression of stress. And that’s what we formulate—the homeopathic remedies on that individual basis. To help someone kind of be much more steady and strong in the face of whatever stresses. Of course, stress is fairly universal. It’s just a question of how we’re able to deal with it.
So that’s pretty much the end of this article. I just wanted to bring out the good points and expand on where we could go even further with some of the things that they point to. Again, if you don’t have our Fertility Book, it’s free at NaturalFertilityBook.com. Thank you for listening, and I’ll see you next time.
Well, good morning. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic. And I’m just looking at this article that’s just come across my newsfeed. It’s from a website called sheknows.com. And the title is “When To Stop Taking the Pill If You Want to Get Pregnant“. I want to point out some of the things that are said in this article. But I’m also going to add my own perspectives from what we’ve experienced in the clinic.
So if we just start going through this article, the main question it’s asking is “how to get off birth control pills and how long it might take you to conceive.” So, that’s a very common question as to how long the system takes to get back to its natural state of fertility. And if we go through this article, let’s see what it starts to say. So the author says “Fertility usually resumes within several months of discontinuing oral contraceptives”. And then further, “There is no indication that longer term use of pills affects fertility”. And then I’ll just read this one highlighted part here too, “Another fact you should know is if you do conceive quickly after going off birth control, it should not impact the health of your pregnancy.”
So the general gist of this article is that you come off the birth control pill, and within a reasonable amount of time, your body should get back to its natural state of fertility. And it doesn’t say too much more beyond that. It just seems like it’s a natural process, once your body gets off the pill it knows how to go back. But it’s kind of leaving a lot out. At least from my clinical experience, we’ve had far too many couples that they will come off the birth control pill, because they want to start a family, but then they find that’s just not happening. They’re not able to conceive—not even a few months later. But it just seems to be a great difficulty that now they can’t conceive. And just to kind of speak to the idea, the allopathic medical idea that’s behind this. It’s very interesting because when it comes to, there’s certainly a lot of, let’s say, emergency medical procedures, life saving procedures, which are virtually miraculous. But the problem is… (the western medical system is really excellent at those things) But when it comes to more kind of chronic health issues, long term health issues, their philosophy just doesn’t hold up. And this article really highlights that. Where the idea is like, “Oh, yeah, we’re going to come in with our medicines or surgical procedures. And then we’re going to do what we have to do on the medical side.” And then just somehow, they don’t really have much of an understanding or an explanation. Somehow the body just supposedly kind of gets back to its natural state after the medical intervention. And that’s, as I say, in our experience is just simply not true. We have far too many cases of difficulty conceiving after birth control pills. And we have to get into our very specific protocols, homeopathic formulas and ways of detoxing, to properly get the body to release all the residues of the birth control pill. And then finally, after that, it’s able to get back to its natural state of fertility. But it’s not this kind of an unexamined or kind of mysterious thing that somehow the body just does it. We need to follow natural medical principles to restore the body after the birth control pill.
So if you’re, by the way, if you’re in the process of getting on your own fertility path, trying to find the natural ways, if you haven’t downloaded it already you can get our book, The 8 Steps To Natural Fertility. And you can download that for free at NaturalFertilityBook.com. And when we go through even this particular article, this idea of detoxing from the birth control pill, we even do touch on that in the book as well. And here’s the important thing as well. It’s not just a general detox. There’s lots of ways people know how to do a detox. To eat healthy and clean up their diet and do more some more specific organ detox. I know there are kits and health food stores and things like that. But the thing about each birth control pill, each one is unique. So what we do, as far as the homeopathic detoxing of that or clearing that from the system, we need to match the specific homeopathic detox formula to the exact drug—the exact birth control pill that was taken. So it’s not just a matter of healthy clean living and healthy diet and doing a general flushing the system, a general detox. But there is a very specific form of detox for each specific birth control pill. And that’s exactly what we do when you’re coming through fertility treatment with us.
But anyways, if you’re beginning to research about these things and you’re wanting to get yourself on the path to natural fertility (all the things that you can do), we of course give many steps and things that you can follow for yourself at home. Again, that’s at our book. You can download it—NaturalFertilityBook.com.
Otherwise, just to wrap up with this article. It puts out a general idea, a general question. That is, what’s the time frame? But it’s not at all specific. Well, I guess this is what it’s like for anyone. When you don’t know the answer to something or you don’t really know that there is something that even needs to be answered, you don’t really address that. So that’s the problem with this article. It asks the important question, How long after the pill so you can conceive? But it doesn’t answer to actually how you do that—how you properly detox the body.
So thank you for listening. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic and we’ll see you again soon.
Well, good afternoon. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic. And I just wanted to take a few minutes that I have free this afternoon and share this article that came through on my newsfeed. I just have it right here on screen, I couldn’t figure out how to get myself on screen and the article on screen at the same time; it seems it was an either/or. So here we go. I’m going to just go through some of the points of this article and make my comments on them.
This article just came out a few days ago. It’s called “Why male fertility needs greater attention”. And here’s the subtitle, it says, “With sperm counts falling, the need for research into both the causes of treatments for male infertility has never been greater.” And I’ll just give you a spoiler alert. There’s kind of a clue right there in the subtitle that this article may be good for identifying the problem, but it’s not very good at all for giving useful solution. So let’s just go through at least find the good points in this article that we could use and then where we would turn to get some better practical advice for what to do for male fertility.
So right off the bat, that article starts with this great opening. It says,
“Mention the word fertility and most people immediately think of women and moms. Yet the reality is very different. Male infertility is the cause of problems in heterosexual couples in half of all cases.”
So that’s a very important statistic right off the bat. It’s essentially, what it’s saying is that when it comes to infertility, it pretty much breaks down to 50/50 as whether the cause is coming from the male side, or the female side of the couple. And here, let’s get a little more specific into the statistics it gives. On the male side, it says,
“A landmark study of thousands of men over 40 years, published in 2017 by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, showed a significant decline of more than 50 percent in sperm counts in Western men, with no sign of this decline leveling off.”
OK, so that’s quite an alarming statistic. But as we see, as we go through the article, they don’t really have much of a good recommendation for what to do about it. Other than kind of a vague general call for more research, or being careful with your lifestyle or something like that. But it’s, as we’ll see it, it’s not very good advice. And I will point you to some better advice as we get through this article. So what does this paragraph, here it says, “The study provided conclusive evidence of the decline in sperm count, but it did not seek to identify the causes.” So that seems a problem right off the bat. It’s fine to know there’s a problem. But we want not only to know the causes, but also their solution. Even now, the reasons for the fall remain elusive. There is some evidence that it is caused by environmental factors such as exposure to chemicals through what we eat and drink, or the poor quality of the air we breathe in towns and cities. OK, well, that’s kind of almost like a truism in the sense, but it’s a little bit vague. We all kind of know we have toxicity and we have some problems, but it’s still not really very helpful there.
Here it’s talking about, I’m just scrolling down here, it’s talking about some of the key parameters that are being measured in sperm health and identifies three, that names them the “sperm count”, the sperm “motility”, ie, “can they swim”, and “morphology”, or “are they the right shape”. And, actually, this is a very interesting point here, just scrolling down some more. This is actually, and we’ve seen this is true in the clinic that for some reason, disproportionate amount of attention goes to the woman in fertility cases, and little to none in the men. Now, of course, sometimes a couple will come in where they know there’s a sperm count problem, or something like that, that had testing. And then they kind of will focus on the men. But generally, they don’t go there all too often, even though as we know, from the statistic above, it’s pretty much a 50/50 deal that’s going on. So what it says here, I wanted to read to you,
“The woman actually acts as the therapy for the men’s problem. We are giving an invasive procedure to a person who doesn’t need it, in order to treat another person. That doesn’t happen in any other branch of medicine.”
So yeah, it’s certainly a very interesting phenomena that’s going on with this disproportionate focus on the woman and infertility cases. So here if I scroll down to “What factors affect male fertility?”, “focused on sperm biology and drug discovery for male subfertility.” So I just wanted to highlight that because, of course, in the in the Western medical model, all attention goes into drug therapies and other invasive therapies, which of course, are sometimes necessary, but in our experience, we get a lot of success in couples using our natural methods for fertility long before anyone even needs to think about going to drugs. So it’s certainly our advice to not rush to drugs, of course, use them when they’re absolutely necessary. But yeah, we’ve had much more success on the natural route. And actually, if you haven’t yet seen our book, you can download our fertility book for free. We have that available at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. You can get your free copy there and it basically gives all the approaches that we use for enhancing natural fertility.
So just to go further down in the article, it says here,
“Having problems with ejaculation can impact fertility if sperm cannot reach the egg for it to be fertilised. Examples of ejaculatory disorders include premature ejaculation, retrograde ejaculation, where semen is ejaculated into the bladder, as well as failure to ejaculate.”
So on this point, so that’s fine, it identifies the problem, but as to the whole scope of this article isn’t really offering a solution. And again, if you turn to our Natural Fertility book, and specifically in Chapter 8, we give some very specific outlines as what’s going on in basically sexual health for the whole couple, and how these problems can largely be eliminated, again, through the natural methods and again, you can find our book for free at NaturalFertilityBook.com.
And what does it say here, “Male fertility needs to be made a greater priority.” So it says, “Healthy lifestyle choices are among the most important and manageable ways to improve fertility.” Of course, we agree with that, although in this article, it doesn’t really give you any specifics. I mean, it talks about some some general lifestyle factors use of drugs or alcohol or things like that. But we need to get more specific. And again, in Chapter 1 of our book, you can find it, naturalfertilitybook.com. We start you on a path that gets you into all the natural lifestyle factors that bring that fertility into the range that you want and need it to be.
And finally, I do like the the closing statement in this article. “Men,” it says, “also need to be aware that just as they share responsibility with women for birth control, they cannot leave fertility concerns to women. Men can also be the problem.” As we know from the opening of this article, it’s pretty much a 50/50 split statistically. So I just wanted to point out some of the good, some of the bad, from this article. It’s very good at identifying the problem; not so much at the solutions. And as I have here in our comments, you can go right to our website here, our NaturalFertilityBook.com. If you haven’t already, you can download a free copy of our 8 Steps To Natural Fertility. And it really outlines all the practical things that you need to do. It’s not just identifying that there’s a problem then maybe there’s some things you can do about it, but it’s actually a very step by step process.
So anyways, thank you for spending this few minutes with me. I’m going to go back to the regular business of the day. But this article really jumped out at me and I wanted to point out what was useful, what was not so useful on it. So have a good rest for your afternoon. See you later.