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A new perspective on infertility treatment

9 Sep

A new perspective on infertility treatment

Mike Berkley, Founder and Director of The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness in New York City, is licensed and Board Certified in Acupuncture in New York State. Mike is also certified in Chinese Herbology by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Mike graduated from The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York in 1996, and he has been treating reproductive disorders since then. Mike is the first acupuncturist/herbalist in the United States to work exclusively in the field of reproductive medicine and enjoys working in conjunction with some of New York’s most prestigious reproductive endocrinologists.

Chinese medicine and IVF

How many failed IUI’s and IVF’s have you had? Four? Five? Seven? Have you heard this “you are producing beautiful embryos, your lining looks great and your husbands sperm is off the charts”? How many failed donor egg cycles have you had?

You may be a victim of poor diagnosis. For example, how many of you have had a fluid ultra sound? If you have not, raise your hand.  Did you know…one polyp residing in the uterine cavity can prevent implantation? Did you know that frequently a trans-vaginal ultra sound cannot detect a polyp but a fluid ultra sound always can? (more…)

How does Chinese medicine diagnose and treat headache?

15 Aug

How does Chinese medicine diagnose and treat headache?

Headache is one of the most common clinical symptoms whose underlying cause can be difficult to diagnose and treat. This article describes how Chinese medicine uses the nature and location of pain as well as associated symptoms to diagnose and treat the common causes of headaches. (more…)

Have you heard of Green School?

10 Apr

Have you heard of Green School?

Situated in the gentle jungle and rice fields of Bali, Indonesia is a school radically changing the way we teach children from all corners of the globe.

“Green School in Bali, Indonesia is giving its students a relevant, holistic and green education in one of the most amazing environments on the planet.”
www.greenschool.org

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Why I changed my mind about water fluoridation

19 Mar

Why I changed my mind about water fluoridation

Fluoridation of drinking water is the controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply to reduce tooth decay. It is hailed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. The water fluoridation controversy is also one of the most scientifically, ethically and politically contested debates between pro and anti-fluoridation supporters since its introduction to the present day. (more…)

The Inuit paradox

30 Jan

The Inuit paradox

Shaped by glacial temperatures, stark landscapes and protracted winters, the traditional Inuit diet had little in the way of plant food, no agricultural or dairy products, and was unusually low in carbohydrates. Most people subsisted on what they hunted and fished.

Patricia Cochran, an Inupiat from Northwestern Alaska describes her food culture:

Our meat was seal and walrus, marine mammals that live in cold water and have lots of fat. We used seal oil for our cooking and as a dipping sauce for food. We had moose, caribou, and reindeer. We hunted ducks, geese, and little land birds like quail called ptarmigan. We caught crab and lots of fish – salmon, whitefish, tomcod, pike, and char. Our fish were cooked, dried, smoked, or frozen. We ate frozen raw whitefish, sliced thin. The elders liked stinkfish, fish buried in seal bags or cans in the tundra and left to ferment. And fermented seal flipper, they liked that too.

These foods hardly make up the “balanced” diet most of us grew up with, and they look nothing like the mix of grains, fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, and dairy we’re accustomed to seeing in conventional food pyramid diagrams. Yet how can people who gorge on fat and animal protein be healthier than we are? (more…)