What Are the “Three Jurisdictions” of Heilkunst Healthcare?

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Jeff Korentayer

Hello, thank you for joining me today. And we’re going to be looking at a topic which comes from our video series on “How Heilkunst Diagnosis Works”. And the topic today is on the very big concept in Heilkunst, and that’s on “The Three Therapeutic Jurisdictions”.

So let me switch over to my slides. Before I forget, if you are watching live, please go ahead and type any of your questions into the comments box below. If you’re watching it after the fact, I’ll come back around and I’ll create a separate video just to address any follow up questions that come today. But again, if you are with me live, please feel free to type your questions into that comment box below. (So let me just switch over to my screen here.)

Okay. So as I mentioned, we’re looking at the three therapeutic jurisdictions within Heilkunst medicine. And we’ll see more and more clearly as we go through. This is actually the foundational concept for how the whole system of Heilkunst works. As I say, at the bottom (excuse me) of this slide, we have a whole broader question around how diagnosis work in Heilkunst. And this is a big part of it. This is a really big orientation of how we assess what’s going on in a case and how we apply a given modality or a given remedy, a given piece of advice. How does it fit into the bigger picture?

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So before we get into the specifics of the three jurisdictions, what’s really behind those three jurisdictions is the master principle in Heilkunst, which is the principle of “resonance”. Now, I will be doing a separate video, if not a whole series, on the concept of resonance. It’s a concept that just keeps revealing more and more parts to it the more you examine it. But for our purposes today, when we’re looking at the three jurisdictions, we’re going to see that this master principle of resonance really unfolds itself into how it’s applied in these three different jurisdictions.

So to give you the broad outline here, the three jurisdictions are “therapeutic regimen”, “therapeutic medicine”, and finally, “therapeutic education”. And I’ll go into more of the details of all of these. But just so we have the more fundamental concept here, you can’t mix and match the jurisdictions. Like when something belongs to one jurisdiction, you can’t apply a modality that would come from another jurisdiction. It’s not going to work. Or even worse, it’s gonna cause a regression in the case.

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The other main point I want to make here is that when I’m talking about these three jurisdictions, this is not just something that applies to Heilkunst. But in fact, anything that you do in the whole realm of health – even if you’re doing your nutrition at home for yourself or you’re applying other natural remedies to yourself or whichever practitioner you’re seeing (whether an MD, a specialist, a massage therapist, chiropractor), whatever the different modality is – we have to understand exactly what is happening is fitting in to these three jurisdictions. And to say that it’s fitting in a very unique way to a given case, right? It’s not just that every time somebody does a given modality, it’s always one of the jurisdictions. But it will be uniquely fitting into one of the three based on the case of that individual person. And as I say, here, this is the important, the master rule here: “Apply the correct jurisdiction at the correct time OR there will be consequences!”

Now, if we start to get into a little bit of the details now, of the three, we have the first jurisdiction of “Regimen.” And the master goal there is the “goal of balance or ‘homeostasis'”. And the law of nature that would be applied here is the law of opposite resonance. And in regimen, the problem to solve is “imbalance”. When we look at the second jurisdiction, “Therapeutic Medicine”, we have the “goal of function” or the fancy word we could use is “palingenesis” that’s kind of the opposite of homeostasis. And when you understand how our systems work in the state of health, we’re in a constant state of re-creation. We’re constantly re-creating ourselves. If you know how long a blood cell lasts, I believe, if I’m remembering the right number, that’s 120 days. Or if you look at the whole physical body, that has kind of an annual recycling. So that’s why we go to the MD for our annual physical, we want to see what’s changed over the year.

But at all these different levels, our body, our cells, our minds, all of our healthy functions are in a constant state of recreation. So that’s the meaning of this fancy word here, “palingenesis“. And when we’re in this realm of medicine, we’re applying the law of similar resonance. And the problem to be solved is the problem of “disease”. So this is not an imbalance; now we’re talking about a disease. That’s a different health issue and it takes a different principle to solve that. And the final of the three jurisdictions is “Therapeutic Education” which has the “goal of a healthy mind” or being illuminated. And here we’re applying neither the law of opposites or the law of similars. But we would call this the law of truth, the expression of resonance (back to our our master principle of resonance here). And the problem to be solved in this jurisdiction is ignorance, illusion, or belief.

So let’s now go a little more detail into each of the three jurisdictions.

In Therapeutic Regimen, as we’ve said, that’s based on the law of opposite resonance. Whatever the health issue is, we are going to apply the opposite as the solution. Or the other way of saying that is from our fairy tales, we can call that the “baby bear” principle. In other words, we want something to be not too hot, not too cold, but just right. So the examples (excuse me), would be your body shivering to warm itself up or sweating to cool itself down when it’s in an environment that’s not the optimal temperature.

Another example would be taking a vitamin supplement to overcome a deficiency, such as when we take vitamin C if we have a case of scurvy. And the final point about regimen that I wanted to include here was that regimen serves to support the innate healing power. And actually we’ll see this in the later slide. But whatever is out of balance, as far as what needs to be addressed with regimen, is going to form a blockage to the next jurisdictions as we go up. So when we get into the medicine jurisdiction (the homeopathic medicines) or we get to the third jurisdiction of therapeutic education, to the degree that there are things that are not imbalanced, that could be put into better balance through therapeutic regimen, we’re going to get some degree, or other of those next jurisdictions, not being able to be fully activated as far as their healing principles.

So let’s move up the chain now. We go to Therapeutic Medicine. And here we have the principle of the law of similar resonance. And here is the “realm of disease”. I said just a moment ago, these are not inbound; these are actual diseases. And here we are applying the “law of cure” or “like cures like”. The general principle of how that’s done is when you look at the symptoms that are produced by a medicine in a healthy person, those are the same symptoms or same disease picture that will be cured when given to someone with a very similar disease in their system. And here we apply the law of similars (l.o.s.) based on either on a symptom picture (a pathic disease), or based on the original causation (which we call a tonic disease). So this is the fundamental basis, if you’ve been going through your Sequential Timeline Treatment, where each shock or trauma that someone has experienced in their life will create a specific disease in the cellular memory. This includes simple pathogenic disease, as well as emotional shocks and traumas, amongst some other examples of first aid and other things which impinge on our system.

And finally, to move up to our third jurisdiction, we come into Therapeutic Education. And the master goal here, when it comes to the patient’s health and really getting to the higher goals of health, has to do with unfolding our highest expression of resonance. Or another way of saying that, we’re getting into the law of truth. Previously, in the lower jurisdictions, we were looking at the law of opposites or the law of similars. Well, here, we have the law of truth. And I know that may sound a little funny when you hear that at first. You think, “Well, what does that have to do with medicine and therapy? Isn’t that the realm of a philosophy classroom (or something like that)?” But the deeper we go into this, the deeper we understand that. We realize (excuse me), it’s really the basis of health at the deepest level. And when you look at the origin of diseases, the origin of some of the genetic factors that have come through our family tree, we more and more understand that a blockage to truth or an ignorance (even if it’s come several generations back), you’ll see that filtered down into the individual’s health and what were some of the issues in the therapeutic regimen (the therapeutic medicine), those ultimately stem from issues that have come from a blockage to truth.

So, another way we could say that is the old famous saying of “Know thyself”. Of course, not just the cliche version of this statement. But a really deep, deliberate unfolding of what that means. And as I was just saying a moment ago, “ignorance” is the ultimate source of disease. And this is where (again, when we get into our third jurisdiction here), these are the kinds of issues we’re thinking about, and the kind of map we’re trying to draw for the patient’s process through their treatment.

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So, two general therapeutic activities we can talk about: either we’re going to be attempting to directly confront a given illusion or belief in the patient (something that they may be completely unconscious about and you need a little bit of a confrontational approach to raise that up into their awareness and innocence; agitate what that issue is so that they they start to wake up to what that even is in themselves), or the other side of the coin could be presenting something that is a truth. The patient may not have grasped it yet. And we’re creating the conditions, planting the seed where that can unfold or blossom within the patient over time.

And I’ll make a little footnote on that. When we understand the real roots of the word “education” (of course, we think of going to school and reading textbooks and things like that, but), the ultimate meaning of the word “education” comes from the root of the word “educe” which was really is about drawing something out of something. So ultimately, we do contain all of the truths within ourselves, all of the universal truths, but for various reasons of ignorance and things I’ve said here above, those have been buried or blocked deeper within ourselves. And the role of education in that meaning is to kind of remove all the blockages so that deeper connection that we have to these different universal truths can actually start to come more up to our conscious mind or conscious awareness. So that’s the meaning of education or educe is you’re drawing things out that the person already has within themselves. But as I say, they’ve lost contact with that at some point.

To go slightly further into really illuminating what’s going on in therapeutic education, as I say, here, it’s a “multi-faceted area of therapeutics”. And this includes the ultimate health goal of establishing a state of health in the patient based on a dynamic interplay between psyche and soma. Or another way of saying that is, every human being that we look at, that you know, that you meet, is really made up of two distinct beings. We’re not just one human being, individually. We’re actually two human beings who have a relationship to each other. The other way of saying this, addressing the roots of psychosomatic illness. So, diseases and other kinds of imbalances and blockages which have come from a false belief. If somebody, let’s say, has excessive anxiety over something which is disproportionate to the situation, over time, that false belief (that anxiety) will actually start to create a somatic disease (or something that expresses through bodily symptoms).

Another aspect of this could be “false personas”, which can be rooted both in the mind (the ego) or the body (which we call armoring). So that’s when someone has reactions to the world based on unconscious attachments or illusions. Also, this includes common cultural beliefs, which we collectively may share a variety of these beliefs together. And that reinforces it because we don’t see the belief as wrong in ourselves. We don’t see it wrong in our neighbor. We just think everyone is thinking the same thing because it’s correct, but actually that’s where the problem magnifies. So, as I say here, common cultural beliefs, such as “materialism”, which says that the world is made only of small physical particles. Now, this is a very brief introduction to the third jurisdiction. We’re barely scratching the surface here. But I’m hoping, at least you’ll be getting sense of what kinds of things we’re talking about as we get up to this highest or third jurisdiction.

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Now, a final point I want to make about a couple of things related to both diagnosis and treatment. When it comes to “treatment”, generally speaking, it’s an upward direction. Meaning, we start from the lowest level of diagnosis – start with the therapeutic regimen, start with the imbalances there. And we build the foundation of health from the bottom and we build it up. So we build it all the way up through regimen, we work through medicine, and finally, on this very strong foundation, now we can can do the best, most direct work through the therapeutic education. And the other direction (we’re talking about “diagnosis”), that generally flows from the top down.

So the biggest picture of diagnosis is really looking at the whole human being or their whole medical case. And we’re looking at the biggest picture of who they are, what they are as an individual, where the diseases and blockages are – but we’re taking that bigger approach. And from the big picture, we’re looking down into the small details. So again, treatment starts at the bottom and works up; where diagnosis, in the ultimate sense, starts at the top and works down. So, of course, those two directions meet each other in terms of the whole treatment plan. But just so you understand that there’s duality of movement (or approach) to what we’re looking at from the bottom up, and what we’re looking at from the top down in order to make sense of what’s going on in someone’s treatment plan.

So as I said at the beginning, if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them right now. Let me just turn back to my main screen here. And, how do I get myself back on screen? Yeah, there. There’s me. Let me… Whoops, that’s not what I want. I wanted this variation. So yes, as I say, I will be happy to answer any questions here. Or I’ll work them into a future video depending on what the topics are about. And I’ll just wait for a moment, just in case someone is typing a question as we speak. But otherwise, that brings us to the end of our presentation. And thank you again for joining me today. And I’ll see you in the next video.

30 Minute Quick Start Success Guide for “The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility”

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Hello! Thank you for joining me on the live broadcast today.

The topic is going to be taking our 8 Steps to Natural Fertility. As we do know, we have many hundreds of you who have downloaded the book. But as much as people have gotten good advice and benefited from the book, we’ve also gotten a lot of comments that a book is not something that a lot of people have time to sit down and read. We appreciate that. It can be more time consuming. So we thought it would be helpful to take the first tips from the top advice from the book and put it into about a 30-minute presentation. So, at least you can take your good intentions if you haven’t had time to read the book, and begin to gain the benefits from it.

So I’m going to spend about 30 minutes. (Just let me switch my screen for a second to find the right button here.) It’s going to take about 30 minutes, so we’re going to go through. And what you can do is, as we’re going through at any time (oops, let me switch my screen here), you can type your comments or your question in the comments box. I won’t see them immediately. But my plan is to go through the full 30-minute presentation and then I’ll come back around and I’ll go through your questions at that time. It’ll make a little more sense that way to group them all together. So whether you’re on Facebook, or you’re on YouTube, you can type into the comment box and that will populate into my studio at the back end here. So let’s go in through the slides.

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The Organizing Idea Behind Fertility Success

The very beginning, the overview. First of all, my first point that I make here is that I just want to point out the reason why we’ve had such a high success rate with our fertility treatments. And it really comes down, more than anything, it comes down to the fundamental organizing idea that we’re using. And our whole thought process, our whole treatment structure, is based on the principles of Dynamic medicine, as opposed to most of what you’ll find in the world of fertility advice, which goes back to allopathic medicine and even a lot of the natural approaches – they default to a lot of the mechanical presumptions. So, unless you’re a car that needs to go to the mechanic, usually you’re going to do a lot better on taking dynamic health advice rather than mechanical health advice. So that’s just a big overview point or where we’re coming from, as how we’re approaching this and now we’re getting the results that we do. Or to say this in another way, to really be in possession of full fertility health is really just a subset of being healthy at all levels – as I say here, the physical health, mental, emotional, and especially (as we’ll see in some of the points I make later on), the profound importance in our health of the mind-body connection (the so called “mind-body” connection). It’s not like they’re two separate things that got connected, but they are one connected thing, which got expressed in two separate forms. So anyways, we’ll use the common phrase of the “mind-body” connection. And you’ll see what I mean a little bit later on.

And the general practical tip as to how we designed the book, how we designed these 8 steps, and you’ll see this go through today. If you haven’t yet used it, our fertility scorecard, you can get it at our website arcanum.ca/fertilityscore. And we generally recommend if you test yourself and your spouse monthly and track where that score is going, it’ll give you good feedback as to whether you’re improving on the key fertility factors or not. And more importantly, will also help you to identify exactly where those weaknesses are, and what’s the next thing you might want to focus on as far as making progress towards your fertility goals.

So let’s get into Step 1. And very intentionally, we designed the book this way to start with this as Step 1.

And that is the really foundational point of measuring your pH balance. Now that’s foreign for a lot of people. Some people have done it for other health reasons. It’s a general topic around the alkalinity of your body and how important that is for health. But it’s particularly important when it comes to fertility as it’s almost like one of the body’s master switches under times of stress or nutritional deficiencies or other things where, as I’m saying, kind of a master switch where the body may turn off the fertility function as kind of an evolutionary preservative mechanism.

But just to get ourselves a little bit grounded in the basics, to give us almost more of a technical definition of “What is the pH in the body?” The technical definition would be, pH literally stands for “potential for hydrogen ion transfer” – a very biochemical definition. But what that means to us, or what that means in the context of fertility, is depending on the overall state of the health of the body, the cellular health, the nutritional status, the mineral status and all these things, depending on what’s going on in the cellular structure, that potential for hydrogen ion transfer. What that means is, if the cells have everything that they need, the life energy is just naturally flowing through the body the way it’s supposed to. All the nutrition that’s supposed to flow into the cells and all the basic life functions really exists as a function of flow. And we know this at the psychological level when we’re feeling well, and our day is going well, we will use a word like that. We’ll say, “Oh yeah, my day flowed” or “Things went smoothly” or “Things went easily.” We know what that feeling is like psychologically, but biochemically that’s precisely what your body is aiming for as far as health.

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So, the way the pH scale works, you can see in this image I have here. It’s a bottle of pH strips. And you can see all these color codings. And basically, the way you do it, you test your… Usually there’s two main ways you can test pH – either testing the saliva or testing the urine. And for our purposes with fertility, we recommend the urine testing as that it gives us a more accurate reading for what we’re looking for. So basically, what you do is first thing in the morning, you get one of these strips. And your first urination of the day, you pee on one of these strips. And after 20 or 30 seconds, it will turn a certain color and you just match that color to the chart you’ll have on your bottle. Every brand has their own chart and you just follow that. And the whole pH scale goes from 0 to 14. So the lower half, from 0-7, that indicates an acidic state of the body. And then everything above that, 7-14 is the alkaline. So when it comes to health in general, and fertility health in particular, you want to be in that really sweet spot – in the low, like 7.1-7.2, maybe up to about 7.4-7.5 range, that’s really the sweet spot of alkalinity. And what you will typically get, as I say, when you when you measure that pH first thing in the morning, you will typically get a slightly more acidic reading (because that’s all the metabolites, although you haven’t… your body’s been busy metabolizing overnight). When you first pee, it goes out in the morning, and you tend to have more of an acidic reading.

But then what you want to also do is then have a second reading, after you’ve had a chance to drink a glass of water, start to rehydrate yourself, as you start to get into your daytime metabolism. And your second reading, hopefully, typically what you will see is that will rise and that will be more in the sweet spot of what I’ve just said, the low, 7.2 to 7.4 range – somewhere in that range. That would be the optimal. Now if you’re still low, if you’re still more in the acidic range, of course, we’ll go through a lot of the further steps we’re going to get to today. But all the things we do with diet and all the other recommendations, we do have a lot to do with getting this pH back into that fertility sweet spot. So that’s a good overview. It’s pretty straightforward. Once you know how to do it, it’s not that hard.

Moving on to Step 2. The title of this chapter was called “Follow Your Taste Buds to Optimal Mineral Nutrition and Better Hormone Balance”.

So the mineral part here I just alluded to when I was talking about the pH balance. And the thing about taste buds, I wanted to kind of have a little bit of an attention grabber. It’s not a way people necessarily think about, but it’s quite amazing the way the whole human body has evolved. Our taste buds, amongst other other signals we get in our body, are very highly tuned to which foods are healthy for us, and which foods are less healthy for us.

So the whole idea of what we’re looking at in this step is what’s called “nutrient density”. And nutrient density is what it sounds like. It’s kind of the opposite. We talk about eating ’empty calories’ – somebody eats a bag of chips or a bag of cookies or whatever. You know, that’s not health food. That’s what we call empty calories. It’s not really full of nutrition, very devoid of nutrition. What we want to get in our fertility diet is the opposite. So very high density nutrition, jam-packed with nutrients. And what I’m saying here about the taste buds and that natural detection organ that we have in our mouth.

When we’re reasonably healthy and we eat a reasonably healthy diet, we get this natural feedback cycle, like when food tastes good, or when healthy food (natural food) tastes good, that’s a good sign – our taste buds get excited and we get a little pleasure (kind of boost), we like those foods. Now we have to be very careful here. If you get into a lot of the modern industrial foods, they’ve been specifically engineered to trick your tongue so that what is more empty calories, it tricks your tongue into thinking that it’s nutrient density. So you have to use your common sense and not get into the factory, industrial foods, the overproduced foods, the additives and the chemicals, and all these other things that have been designed in the lab. You don’t want that. But it’s going to fool you.

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And this is actually the reason why a lot of weight gain happens with a lot of junk food. It’s because your tongue is getting fooled – you think you’re getting nutrient dense food, but in fact you’re not. You’re getting very, very empty calories. And your body gets confused. And it thinks it should be full, but it’s not. So it just keeps giving you the signal to “eat more, eat more, eat more” to turn off that signal for nutrient density. Meaning you’ve got enough now, but if that never comes, we never know when to stop eating when we’re in that junk food spiral. So that’s a big distinction to be careful of.

So yeah, something tastes good. If it’s a natural food, that’s good, that’s giving you the right signal you want and you will naturally get full and stop eating at the right time. Versus the more denatured foods, those you want to be very careful. A similar topic along this is where the signals of the taste buds get overridden (or give you the wrong signals) is in the case of when we get into emotional cravings – we’re eating food for emotional reasons. And the power of that, the power of those emotional cravings is overriding that the taste sensations of the tongue, those aren’t turning our hunger on or off at the right times. But those are getting overridden for emotional reasons.

So, as I say, it’s easy enough to use our our common sense to put the industrial foods out of our house and not really make those the basis of our diet. But the emotional eating can be a little bit more of an entrenched problem. And that’s one area where we can go beyond the basic common sense that we teach in the 8 steps of this book, and where we can get more into a helpful homeopathic treatment protocol. So that could be very individual, but that can be something that where we can break out that cycle. But I just include that there, because it’s playing on the same mechanisms as the high density nutrition detector that our tongue would normally be attuned to but it’s overridden for another reason. I just wanted to include that in there.

So Step 3. Now, this is actually one of the more difficult steps to condense into a very short slide. So I’ll just give you a few key points here. But I think in the near future, I’m going to come back around and just do a full presentation on this one step alone. We can fill a whole, even an hour or more just on this step.

So the key points we make in Step 3 is this is a lot of the challenge people have when they get are trying to be healthy and trying to research more, trying to learn more. They get frustrated by a lot of conflicting information – whether they’re on Google, whether they’re reading different books, different advice, different doctors, whatever. We can get advice all over the map. And that becomes a big frustration because, people, they don’t even know where to begin. “Well, this person says this, but then this person contradicts them. And I don’t know who’s right. I don’t know who to believe.” The big distinction to make for yourself is what is more on the basis of being given advice as a fad. And we see lots of fads come and go, versus what are the rock-solid principles that remain true for all time, right?

With human physiology hasn’t changed; and many, many, many thousands of years, we still have that same basic caveman physiology. Of course, we live in a very modern world now. And we have to be aware of some of the trappings of that, but our physiology hasn’t changed. The true principles of health hasn’t changed. And one of the greatest sources we use to really ground nutritional principles (there’s many dimensions we go into), but one of the foundational ones is the work of Dr. Weston A. Price. And he’s very fascinating to study for many reasons.

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But just to extract from him some of the principles that really apply to fertility in particular, some of the big ones, are to very deliberately avoid any soy-based foods. A lot of the popular, like tofu, and a lot of the popular like meat replacement foods like soy-based (like it’s supposed to look and taste like meat, but it’s soy product.) Those are actually anti-fertility foods.

And the same goes for a number of the unhealthy oils, including margarine, soybean oil and canola oil. These are all on the no-no list when you’re trying to get into that peak fertility state, peak fertility nutrition. And the other big no-no that I have here on this list (there are many more we can go through in the fuller presentation of this chapter), but all the artificial sweeteners. The ones that come from a laboratory and don’t come from natural sugarcane or other natural fruits, other natural sources of sugar. In moderation, the natural sweeteners are good. But the chemical (artificial) ones are really bad. They’re very carcinogenic and they’re also very much anti-fertility the more you study their effects on the body.

So as I say, this is a very profound condensation of a whole lot more information. But that’s a good start. If you look a little bit into the Dr. Weston A. Price basic diet principles, including these avoid foods I have, that will get your fertility diet off to a great start.

Step 4 is all about hydration, drinking enough water.

There’s many health benefits of hydration; many necessary parts of why we need to be hydrated. But I’m specifically relating that to the topic of hormonal health. And that is because the way our whole hormonal system, our hormonal rhythms, are working in their natural state has a whole lot to do with with our cells being properly hydrated.

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When they are fully hydrated and they’re on their optimal function, that’s a big way that our hormonal rhythms really take their natural rhythm. The things that are supposed to be turned on and turned off at different times of the month, all the different natural cycles of the hormones are driven by the hydration.

Hydration formula

And I should explain this, I have this little hydration formula here. These are the best, most meaningful letters: “W – 2B”. That simply means if you’re counting your hydration, how people talk about, “Oh yeah, you should be drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day”, adjusted for your body weight and your your exercise and activity levels, things like that. Given that there’s some baseline, something like that, 8-12. This W – 2B what that means is, all the water you’re drinking (let’s say you’re drinking a glass of water a day), but then subtract two times the number of what we call “beverages”, especially including coffee, any of this, soft drinks, a lot of those beverages, which are not pure water, they are, by definition, they are dehydrating.

So, to use the formula here, let’s say you’re drinking 8 glasses of water a day. And let’s say you normally have two cups of coffee a day. We’ll take that 8 and minus 4 (2×2), and you end up with a net hydration of about 4 cups of water a day. So you’re kind of falling way below par there. So I never try to force anyone to stop drinking coffee. That’s usually not a good battle to get into. But I just asked them to consider this formula. And if you really want and need those two cups of coffee a day, we’ll just up your water enough to compensate for that. Your net water gets above the threshold of where you need to be.

The big practical tip around getting enough hydration is something called “sequential eating”. And that’s something that came from Dr. Stanley Bass. And all that sequential eating means is between drinking your water before your meal and going through your meal, you put the most liquid foods at the beginning and the most dense foods at the end.

So as I just said, you start with a glass, or maybe two, of water before your meal – about 20 minutes before you start eating. That primes the digestive tract, primes all the digestive enzymes and so on. It’s a really good thing to do. And by the way, it’s also a good way to prevent overeating because then you get a proper signal about whether you’re full or not, whether that hydration is there as the foundation or not. And then you layer in the soup or the salad, and the lighter foods, the appetizer, and all the way to the densest foods at the end. What you get is an optimized layering in your stomach of how well everything that you’ve taken will be digested.

So even without drinking more water than you normally do, if you sequence your water like that, even if whatever you normally drink isn’t yet optimized, you’re already going to start getting more hydration, just from rearranging the sequence of your water and your your foods based on this idea of a sequence. So anyways, that’s a quick, very practical tip. But a good way of maximizing not only your hydration but also your nutrition and your digestion and how much you’re getting out of what you’re actually consuming. So that’s a really good tweak for, well not just for fertility, but for all health in general.

Step 5 takes us into the general structure that we apply to exercise. And I’m just going to mention some of the basic concepts here. We can get a little bit, actually, if you turn to your book (to your copy of Natural Fertility or “the 8 Steps to Natural Fertility“), you can get a lot more of a detailed explanation. I’m just going to give you the overview here.

So we have this big dichotomy between what we call ‘slow burn’ as one kind of exercise and PACE. Another word (another name) for PACE is ‘interval training’. There’s other names as well, but it’s all the same idea. So the basic idea of slow burn is when you’re doing your weight bearing exercise, is that it’s based on extremely slow movements. I’m not on video right now, but just imagine the usual arm curls or whatever. Just imagine those being taken down to a slow motion video kind of thing. So, if you’re lifting the weight from around hip level, all the way up to shoulder level, you’re going to take maybe about 12-15 seconds to do that – one slow movement up. Then another 12-15 seconds all the way back down to resting position.

“Running the Rainbow”
by Alexander Goodyear
https://flic.kr/p/7L2Pwx

So when you’re doing this slow, slow movement like that, it doesn’t take very many reps at all. Maybe three or four within each muscle group before you have a complete exhaustion of that muscle. And that’s a good thing. That’s the whole point of that kind of exercise. You want to get to the…

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Okay. So, I was talking about the two forms of exercise. And in talking about the PACE, that’s a form of cardio. And the basic format is say those 30-second sprints or those really intense aspects, alternating with the 90 seconds of the more slow pace. So by the time you get to doing eight repetitions of that, it’s taking you between about 16 up to about 20 minutes. You do five minutes of warm up at the beginning, five minutes cool down at the end. So in less than 30 minutes, you’re getting the maximum possible benefit from cardio. So between the slow burn is the maximum way to do the strength training, or the weight bearing exercise, the PACE as the maximum form to do the cardio. The PACE you can do a couple times, maybe three times, a week. The slow burn, about once every 7-10 days. So for very minimal time input, you can actually get these really maximum exercise benefits. And, as I say, the book goes into slightly more detail. But I think that should give you a good starting point of what the idea is there.

Step 6 is all about sleep. And, of course, in particular, we’re looking at sleep and its relationship to to how your fertility health functions.

And, as I say, here on the on the slide points: sleep is run by hormones, and vice versa, hormones are run by sleep. So the point I mean there is (I apologize for the background noise, I hope that’s not overtaking my voice on your end. But), when you look at our connection to nature in terms of day and night, sunlight versus moonlight, the bright time of the day and the darker time of night, and how our skin ticking in the light, all the all the different light receptors we have – all these signals really trigger our different phases of our day, run by different hormones coming on or tapering off at the different times of day and night. All of that really gives our body the signal, “Oh, the sun is up, it’s time to wake up.” or “Oh, the sun’s gone down, the moon is out. Time to go to sleep.” That’s really the hormone dialogue that’s happening as we go through the day.

“Sleeping” by Kenneth Lu
https://flic.kr/p/Lej6P

And that’s all well and good in the state of nature. When we don’t have electricity, we didn’t have light bulbs, our bodies naturally told us when to go to sleep. But now that we have these screens and electric lights and overhead lights and our houses are all lit up. The problem with that lifestyle is that we end up in what the author T.S. Wiley called a state of “perpetual summer”. Where our body never thinks it’s time to go to sleep.

Now, that’s bad for a number of reasons. I mean, sleep is necessary for all parts of our health. But especially on our quest for fertility, we need that more natural day-and-night sleep rhythm, and therefore the natural hormonal rhythm, so that the fertility part of our whole hormonal rhythm isn’t getting thrown out of whack as well. So anyways, I’m really simplifying this. But the basic point here is you really want to recraft your lifestyle, your house, the lighting and everything. So that when it gets into evening time, you want to start really really toning down the lights. Not having these strong overhead lights using maybe a more subdued side table lamps, things like that. Even getting to candlelight, if you can tolerate that.

And, especially, if you can put down the phones, put down the screens, at least an hour (if not two) before bedtime, you can really start getting your body and all the light signals to really start helping you transition to more the deeper sleep you really want to be getting into. So I’m giving you the simplified version, but I think it’s still helpful to understand at least that much.

Step 7 is all about, well, going on from sleeping in daylight and sunlight and moonlight and everything, let’s look even more specifically at the benefits of sunlight. How we actually generate vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight.

Now, when we’re in a situation where we don’t have a lot of natural sunlight (for example, in the natural time of winter, when we have shorter days, longer, darker nights), that’s when a supplement becomes more necessary. And it’s usually one of the necessary wintertime supplements. But assuming we have a healthy sun exposure through the the sun and the brighter times of the year, you want as much of your skin exposed for at least about 20 to 30 minutes a day. And ideally, not in the high noon, not in the most dangerous part of the sun exposure. But when it’s the sun is more closer to the horizon at the beginning and end of the day, that’s when you get this more gentle but still nourishing version of the sun.

“Sun” by Bruno Caimi
https://flic.kr/p/6wJabP

So I’ll leave that at that – you have natural sun exposure, you have vitamin D supplements when you need. And this is a super important topic we go into a lot more detail in the book. But if you can even begin to incorporate the importance of sunlight, the importance of vitamin D. And, as I say here, the vitamin D is so important. Generally, it’s a deficiency. A lot of people are very deficient in vitamin D. But that being said, we still have to be careful if you’re supplementing. It can become an overdose simply because vitamin D is one of the fat-soluble vitamins. And, that being said, as part of your annual physical with your doctor, you just want to ask for that in your blood test just to make sure your vitamin D levels are in the proper range, and they’re not going over. Now, as I say, most people are going to be way under, but you just want to have that precaution – that you’re not going to push yourself into the overdose range, which is not good for other reasons as well.

And getting to Step 8, “Are we doing it right?” (Or, “Where do babies come from, really?”)

So, of course, we all know where babies come from. From the mechanical point of view, we know we got that from grade six Health class – how the sperm meets the egg and all the things that lead up to the sperm meeting the egg. I hope I don’t have to explain those things to you.

But the biggest, I think, revelation (or important point) in this part of the book is (especially when we get into fertility, this has many other health benefits), but we’ve really learned over the years through our studies and our personal practice as well, we can really talk about two forms of sexuality – two ways of having sex.

“Loving Couple Lying in Bed”
by Richard Foster
https://flic.kr/p/e2BhjM

Number one, what I’m calling “reproductive “; number two, what I’m calling “regenerative”.

And the number one is what you would want to apply during the the fertile times of the month – when the ovulation signals and the hormonal signals and everything. You want to time that for when you’re actively trying to make a baby. But then, when that fertility window closes the rest of the month, you want to get into what I’m calling regenerative sex. And I’ll put it extremely briefly; there’s a lot more detail. We would have to unpack and that’s all in the book again.

But the basic idea, when it comes to the man and the woman, and what’s going on as far as the exchange going on between them, the number one (the reproductive kind of sex), of course, is all about that – sperm being released, entering the woman and going off to meet the egg, that’s one thing. But in the number two (the regenerative sex), it’s a whole other approach.

It is more of an energetic approach where that’s completely not the focus. In fact, the whole technique is really about preserving. Meaning, preserving the male (preserving the man) from having that release. So that instead, between the couple, although bio energy and the emotional energy can actually be circulated between the two, and it’s a much higher pleasure. It’s a much more expensive and energetic form. And it can be very healing to the emotional level of the relationship, individually can be very healing to the organ functions, the kidney and the whole reproductive tract. It can just be a very regenerative, very healing energy.

So as I say, we go into a lot more of the how to’s in the book. But I just want to at least open up the topic here. So you realize that we’ve seen in our work with fertility couples and all the rest, this is actually one of those factors that supercharges a lot of the other things we put in place with nutrition and everything else we’ve talked about. So again, that’s a really kind of lightning tour of that topic, but just put that in the back of your mind. That is something to bring into your fertility practice as well.

Summary

So just to summarize it all, the best places to start, first of all, follow all of the action steps that I outlined above. I also mentioned above, use our Fertility Scorecard at arcanum.ca/fertilityscore. And if, depending on any of the steps we talked about, where sometimes there’s more challenges, there’s other deeper blockages to the to the to the fertility. Sometimes things can come through the family tree as far as certain predispositions to infertility, certain certain things like that. That’s where you will want to turn to us and go more into one or more fertility sessions with us where we can use the the homeopathic side of things to really unblock a lot of more of that inherited side, or even some of the more deeply embedded emotional shocks or traumas, any stresses like that. That’s where we can get more into a deeper fertility treatment on that side.

Questions and Answers

So let me turn back to the camera now. As I said earlier, if you have any questions, you can enter them to the comment box. Let me bring myself back up here. And I think there’s some already some questions entered here. Okay, just some people saying they see me and hear me. That’s when we had the technical trouble a few minutes ago. But yeah, please go ahead if you want to go more depth into anything, any of these points, or even something you may have thought I was going to go into, but that wasn’t in the presentation today. I’m happy to take any questions at this point. I’ll leave this session open for at least a couple of minutes if you’re thinking or if you’re typing. But yeah, otherwise, that’s the end of the formal part of my presentation. At this point, I’ll thank you for joining me. It’s always nice to have someone to talk to rather than talking to my other hand or something, or talking to the mirror that gets lonely after a while. But I’ll leave it open for another minute or so.

“Ohmygoodness” by Haldean Brown
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And yeah, we do have a question here. Yes, so the question is on the dosage of vitamin D. And the general answer I give, a lot of it is going to be dependent on, very individual. Like someone’s individual health history, even some basic factors of how well somebody can metabolize, their food in general, supplements in general, like that. That’s one question; just as an example of a lot of the individual factors. But as specific as I can get to your question on how much vitamin D to take. In general, you can look at whatever your brand of vitamin D3 is that you bought. In general, you can go, I’d say, even like two or three times as high as what’s written on the bottle. Adjust to somewhere in there as a starting point.

But again, depending on other individual factors, if you have, as I said, other metabolic deficiencies, you don’t digest well, you don’t metabolize well, or even other, like when I mentioned a moment ago, other kinds of stresses, or emotional blockages, all these things can change how much vitamin D someone needs to take to get how much they need. So as I say, I’m giving you a very, very rough guideline, not to be evasive or whatever. But just to say, it tends to be more than what’s written on the bottle. That tends to be very conservative. But how much for a given person, we can adjust to as at least twice as much, not three times as much. If not even more than doubling or tripling when you get into some of the other individual factors. So that’s the best general answer I can give to that. But I’ll leave that at that. And hopefully, that gives you a beginning indication.

Okay, so I have been bringing this other question up. Yes. So the simple answer is yes. The question is, “In drinking the Sole Brine, is it okay to take a shot of the Sole and then wash it down with a large glass of water?” Absolutely. It’s not like you need that concentrated amount to have an effect on its own. But it’s really about – it’s kind of priming the pump, like you’re really getting that amount of minerals into your system from that shot of Solé. And yeah, it doesn’t matter if you have a further glass of water. That’s perfectly fine.

Will this be available to watch as a replay?

Yes, simple question. This will be available as a replay. You can go back to if you’re watching this on Facebook in the same place you found it or on YouTube. And even better, there’s going to be an even better replay in a few days – not just the video, but I’m going to take all the the spoken word I did. And that’s going to be turned into a text. And we’ll format that as a full written out blog post. So you’ll get like for some people are more visual reading learners. So you’ll even get the full benefits of that. So yes, and yes, there’s going to be a replay and there’s going to be an even enhanced replay beyond that.

Okay, so I think that is the end of the questions. Or maybe wait two shakes of a lamb’s tail more, in case someone is typing right now. But I do, again, thank you. And yeah, do keep an eye out for that more enhanced replay. That’s going to come with the blog post. And, as I said earlier, I do anticipate I’ll be doing further expanded topics like the Step 3, on nutrition. That’s a whole world of things to talk about all on its own. But each of the chapters on its own is probably worthy of a slightly more expanded topic as well. So we’ll see which ones we pick up. And again, I thank you and I will see you in the next broadcast. Take care everyone!

Myths about homeopathy – exposing those who think it is “evidence-based medicine”

Video Transcription

Jeff Korentayer:
I just want to grab a few minutes, I just have a few minutes to spare right now. I became aware of this video on YouTube and I just want to play it. I want to walk through it with you because it illustrates one of the greatest myths that’s out there about homeopathy. And I hope we can use this time profitably, just to set things straight, and get our own thinking straight, about what homeopathy is and where it belongs in the grand history of medicine. So let me just go to the video. Let’s give the video a chance to talk and we will pause and make comments as we go through.

Mani Norland:
I grew up with homeopathy all around me. My father, Misha Norland, is one of the best known homeopaths in the UK. And when I was very young, I had eczema and he treated it successfully with homeopathy. He then went on to open the School of Homeopathy, which I’m now principal at. And I run that school now.

Jeff Korentayer:
Okay. So far, so good. But I’m just gonna drop a little hint here. That when he talks about his personal history and that success story he had of treating the eczema as a child, that’s all well and good. I’m not going to quibble with that. But we’ll see there’s a kind of a running theme. We’re going to notice as we get to the end of this video that he talks about homeopathy, exclusively, in the realm of treating symptoms. And as I say, we will have more to say about that in a couple of minutes.

Mani Norland:
“Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine. It’s evidence-based medicine and it works on the principles of ‘like cures like’.”

Jeff Korentayer:
Okay, I’m gonna cut him off there again. I’m gonna drop another hint. He does correctly identify as a principle of “like cures like”. But what I want to take issue with, in fact very huge issue, with him categorizing homeopathy as “evidence-based medicine”. So just tuck that behind your ear. We will come back to that point again as we get towards the conclusion of this video.

Mani Norland:
“What’s in line with the laws of nature with your immune system to bring about.”

Jeff Korentayer:
Again, I’ll make a quick little comment there. I may be splitting hairs here, but I think it’s part of the spirit of really understanding the error of this. What he’s saying in this video, when he talks about the laws of nature, “like cures like”, working with your immune system to affect the cure, the hairsplitting I would do here – that’s a very misleading way of portraying it. In other words, he’s portraying an idea that somehow, the homeopathic remedy will stimulate the person’s immune system. And that through the person’s immune system, the cure will be conducted. Where, in fact, a more precise understanding leads us to understand that it’s very directly the remedy through the law of similars or “like cures like”. The remedy meeting the disease in the person is where the cure is effected. And then it’s the healing afterwards which is the responsibility of the so-called immune system. Anyways, to say I am splitting hairs here a little bit. But I think it’s important with the point we want to get to with analyzing this video.

Mani Norland:
“Conventional medicine tends to be much more symptom-led. So you would go to see your doctor because you have a rash on your arm. And then the doctor would maybe prescribe a steroid cream that you would put on that rash. A homeopath wants to understand why you got the rash – what was the stress on the organism that caused the rash. And they would look to understand what that was, and then bring the healing about from the inside out. And thereby helping the rash from the inside.”

Jeff Korentayer:
Again, he’s saying some true things, but some things I want to point out a little bit. He does criticize allopathy for only being symptom-focused. But if you watch through this entire video from beginning to end, he only talks about homeopathy on the basis of symptoms. So again, I may be overly critical. Maybe we could find him talking about homeopathy in other ways he did. For example, even in this little blurb here, he did talk about the homeopath looking for the cause, which is a true enough sentiment. But I don’t see how he’s fleshing that out in a true way with the principles that we’re trying to unleash here. So let’s get back to the video.

Mani Norland:
“Almost anything you take to your GP you can take to a homeopath. So yes, of course, it can deal with the aches, pains, the bumps and bruises, the diarrhea, the coughs, the colds, the flu, and the small child’s diseases. But actually it works with much more serious disease as well. We don’t see so much of that here in the UK, but abroad you see a lot of that. But where homeopathy has really earned its laurels in the UK, if you like, is through mental and emotional disease. So, perhaps things that conventional medicine (modern medicine) really struggles with. But you don’t want to be put on antidepressants. Nobody does. But there’s a lot of mental and emotional disease around. And that’s where homeopathy really is good – for those types of ailments, as well as the bigger physical ailments as well.”

Jeff Korentayer:
Again, he’s touching on something that’s true enough. As far as how homeopathy is taken up with the mental and emotional diseases. But again, the running subtext here is that he’s only defining disease and defining treatment, and all the rest of it purely on the basis of symptoms. So let’s get back to it.

Mani Norland:
“In the UK, there are a handful of critics, skeptics, that seem to have made it their business to criticize homeopathy. And they are very vocal and very good at getting headlines. And homeopaths aren’t in the business of marketing and communicating and PR. Homeopaths are in the business of patient care and health. And so we have not been fantastic at responding to these criticisms. And it’s something that we have to get better at. But unfortunately, you know, it does feel like a bit of a distraction, because it’s taking you away from the important work of looking after patients. And things that we get criticized on, most of all, are the ultra dilutions in homeopathy. And these are hard to understand, because science doesn’t understand ultra dilutions. But then science doesn’t understand a lot of the natural world that we see about us. In fact …”

Jeff Korentayer:
Well, I’ll just quickly interrupt him again here. I like a lot of what he said in that little passage. Basically, the skeptics are making a lot of noise, but we’re busy. We’re basically just trying to help people and get on with business. All well and good. Now again, when he’s talking about the criticism of the ultra dilutions (the so called ultra dilutions of homeopathy), he doesn’t really come to answer to this. But again, this can be the topic of a whole separate video that I can do. But really understanding, getting really to the foundational way of understanding physics in a way that really reveals how it is – that a homeopathic medicine can work the way it does – can kind of transmit that additional information in ways that will be taking us way off course from this video. But again, I do want to applaud part of what he’s saying here. Just leave people alone, leave them to engage with their work, engage with the true things in this world. But again, this of course, is what I’m criticizing him in this video is he is off track for the true principles of homeopathy. That’s what I want to stick to in this video today. So let’s get back to him.

Mani Norland:
“…there is a chart that the British Medical Association produces every year and the most recent chart shows that 51% of drugs given out on The NHS have no known effectiveness – 51%. So, to say that we don’t fully understand homeopathy, we don’t fully understand most of the drugs that we’re using with conventional medicine. So I think there is a place to educate and to bring people up to speed with what homeopathy is and how it works. But what we do know about homeopathy is that it does work. Because we see the results, we see people getting better. And not just one or two, we see millions of people getting better around the world all the time.”

Jeff Korentayer:
Okay, again, that’s all well and good. And I applaud that as well – actually seeing the evidence, seeing the results. But the subtext underneath all of this, the main point I really want to bring out about this video and about how we really want to think about homeopathy, is that… Let me back up a bit here. So what he’s saying sounds reasonable, sounds intelligent, and all the rest of it. But when we look back at the history, the long deep history of medicine, back into the long history of philosophy, the history of science, the history of medicine… If you know a little bit of the basic branches of philosophy, the branch known as “epistemology”, that’s the part of philosophy, as well as science, which is all based on the ideas of how we come to have knowledge, what is the capacity of the human being to know certain things, or are there some things that are knowable to us and some that are not.

Anyways, there’s a very big discussion about all that. But just to give us a basic historical context here, that branch of philosophy, known as epistemology, has a major division historically between what’s called the “rational understanding” and the “empirical understanding” of where knowledge come from; or in other words, what are called the “rationalists” and “empiricists”. And this whole language, this whole concept about homeopathy, he’s placing firmly in that camp of empiricism. Well, it’s what he calls evidence-based medicine.

And that side of knowledge, that side of human knowledge, what’s called empiricism as we’re saying, by definition is based on only what we can acquire in terms of our senses – we see things, we smell things, we come to know things just by our direct experience of them. And that’s fair enough, I understand that. But to understand Hahnemann and Heilkunst and his system of medicine, it firmly sits in the rationalist stream of medicine. And what that stream says is that to understand how to, first of all, how to diagnose someone, but then which medicine to give to them. Hahnemann’s system, especially if you look at his writings from about 1790-1796, you can watch him historically make this discovery for himself that he landed firmly in this camp of rational medicine.

In other words, once you understand the principle (and this video did speak to that) that principle of “like cures like”, but in the video he did not ground that in the rationalist stream of medicine. He grounded it in the empiricists. So, in other words, what Hahnemann came to understand was once you understand that as a rational principle, that we can apply based on the workings of nature and so on, that principle of similarity, you can always have definite knowledge. You can be assured of your knowledge that when you properly identify the disease, how it expresses, and identify what that medicine is based on that rational principle, similars, that is what makes the whole the whole system of Heilkunst Medicine unique and special.

Now, I know he plays a lot of lip service. I’m kind of guessing a lot of his narrative, a lot of his thinking, it’s almost like he’s trying to justify homeopathy in terms of allopathic medicine. He’s trying to make homeopathy and Heilkunst (he doesn’t have the concept of Heilkunst), but he’s trying to make Hahnemann’s system fit in to allopathy rather than realized they are on two different streams – like two different train tracks. And they are never going to meet no matter how many trials are done, or experiments with this remedy, that remedy, whatever. You’re never going to find this fundamental thinking about science and medicine that’s going to converge in these two systems.

So anyways, that’s about the time I have for today. But I hope I made the point clear enough. And I hope you get something out of this. And I hope, as I say, you take this forward with you. Well, either in your own thinking – when you’re thinking about homeopathy, how remedies work, how different treatments work and so on. That you just bear this framework in the back of your mind, between rational realism and empiricism. And I think it will help you illuminate a lot of places where otherwise people can get confused. So I will see you in the next video. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to type them in the comments below. I will get them. I’ll get to them in a future video and I will be seeing you soon.

This Is Why You Need to Get an STD Test If You’re Trying to Conceive

Video Transcription

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.

Fertility warning: Experts warn doing too much of this in the gym may harm male fertility

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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.

6 Ways to Boost Women’s Fertility

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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.

Spontaneous sex and detox your friends… 12 tips to get pregnant faster, from fertility doc

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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.

How Stopping Smoking Boosts Your Fertility Naturally : Understanding the impact for both men + women

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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.

And otherwise, I will see you next week.

7 Things Your Body Will Do When You’re Fertile

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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.

Six lifestyle factors affecting fertility

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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.

This is an article from raconteur.net. The article is titled “Six lifestyle factors affecting fertility“. That’s by Virginia Matthews and it just came out about a week ago, at the beginning of April. I scroll down, what have I got highlighted here.

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.

So, all in all, I like this article very much. And we do go further into all of these points in our book, The 8 Steps To Natural Fertility. And that’s at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. And, again, thank you for listening. And I look forward to seeing you next time.