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Decreased rates of male fertility have become epidemic in North America, yet when most people think about infertility, they still assume that the “problem” is likely with the woman. This is not the case at all. Male infertility accounts for 40% of all cases of infertility and 1 in 7 men in North America now have low sperm counts.   What is causing this increase in male infertility? There is no one easy answer. It is caused by a lot of things that have become prevalent and normal in our day to day lives. Things like stress, exposure to endocrine...

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Preconception health is not something that many people think about, unless they are having difficulty conceiving, and it goes WAY beyond simply taking folic acid for 3 months before trying to become pregnant (that is very important, but it’s not the whole story).   How both partners eat, exercise, manage stress, take supplements, and avoid toxins in the 3-4 months before trying to conceive, can have a significant impact on the chances of having a successful pregnancy, and healthy baby. Why is that? In women, the egg that is going to become the mature egg for that cycle matures over...

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Hair loss, or lack of hair growth, is one of the most common concerns that I see in my office. Many women, of varying ages, are suffering from thinning hair. There are a few times in life when hair changes are considered normal Pregnancy- High levels of estrogen prolong the growth phase of the hair, resulting in less shedding and thicker hair Postpartum- Once hormone levels return to pre-pregnancy levels, a large shedding of hair happens. This usually occurs between 3-6 months postpartum. These are all the hairs that were in the prolonged growth phase while pregnant Women may lose...

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What is Eczema? Eczema is not a whole lot of fun. It typically presents as a red, scaly itchy rash that likes to appear on the creases of the elbows, the backs of the knees, behind the ears, on the face, on the hands. Eczema is quite common in babies and can be found anywhere on the body. It is a form of chronic inflammation of the skin. 5 Foods That Can Make Eczema Worse 1) Dairy- The proteins found in dairy (casein and whey) are the triggers for eczema. It is not an issue with lactose (as in a...

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For starters I am going to say this kids are going to get sick, no matter what you do, so drop the guilt factor about them getting sick. Their immune systems are fairly new to this world, so they are experiencing a lot of bugs for the first time. When their body encounters these bugs it is going to mount a response. Part of this response is the production of “memory cells” so that the next time their body sees this bug it will know how to fight it. With that being said, it is not fun for anyone to...

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