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50 minutes | Apr 23, 2019
Effortless Weight loss For Fertility and Beyond with Nagina Abdullah – #42
What if weight loss was effortless and could be approached in a feminine and intuitive way? Nagina Abdullah struggled with weight her whole life. She successfully lost weight dieting only to plateau and gain it back time and time again. Sound familiar? She knew there had to be a sane, intuitive and feminine approach to this struggle. She started using the spices from her youth to add life, vibrancy, and satiation to her meals. No longer was she deprived. On the contrary, she felt filled up and the pounds started melting off. Despite being a mama of two wee ones and working a high-stress corporate job in NYC she for the first time gained mastery of her body. She went on to incorporate low inflammatory foods and strength training to build her dream body. She promises no more processed meal plans, no more calorie counting, no more deprivation. If you are trying to conceive you will benefit greatly from Nagina’s wisdom and sensibility as she teaches you an easy way to reconnect with your best self and maintain your ideal weight. Interview with Nagina AbdullahAbout Episode GuestNagina Abdullah is a health coach for busy women and moms and founder of the website MasalaBody.com. She teaches women with a demanding career and busy life how to eat healthier without feeling deprived and has helped hundreds of women lose 15-40 pounds and shrink their waist. Nagina has been featured in Business Insider, Health.com, Huffington Post and on Fox News.
75 minutes | Jan 29, 2019
Master Your Cycles and Optimize Your Fertility with Lisa of Fertility Friday – #41
Menstrual health is the key to your fertility health. Lisa of the popular podcast Fertility Friday feel strongly that it is the (bodies) Fifth Vital Sign. She has spent the last 20 years teaching women to track their cycles and how to interpret the wealth of information tracking can provide. This was something a majority of us were never taught and only learned when trying to get pregnant. She discusses the importance of charting when trying to conceive and how we can identify imbalances and correct them on our path to motherhood. Also, we discuss the detrimental effects of the birth control pill on our fertility and what steps we must take to restore our cycles after the pill. Interview with Lisa of Fertility FridayAbout Episode GuestMs. Lisa is a fertility awareness educator and holistic reproductive health practitioner who has been charting her own menstrual cycles using the Fertility Awareness Method for the past 15 years. She is passionate about helping women to develop body literacy by understanding their natural cycles. After struggling with excessively heavy and painful periods for years, Lisa discovered the connection between health and fertility firsthand. Her personal experience of overcoming a Hashimoto’s diagnosis and uterine fibroids has influenced her practice immensely. Lisa created her weekly radio show, the Fertility Friday Podcast, to connect women with a deeper understanding of how fertility and overall health are connected and intertwined with their menstrual health. The number one response from her listeners is always: “Why didn’t anyone teach us this stuff when we were growing up?” Exactly. That’s so frustrating. Her mission is to share the message of body literacy with as many women as possible. Each week she conducts in-depth interviews with professionals who specialize in helping women to restore their fertility naturally. You can learn more about Lisa by heading over to her website and by following her on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter.
67 minutes | Dec 12, 2018
Low AMH: Treating Low AMH with Ancient Chinese Medicine with Dr. Scott Martin, OMD – #40
Have you been diagnosed with Low AMH and worry about your ability to conceive? Dr. Scott was seeing many clients in the same situation and started looking at ancient Chinese herbology as a possible remedy. Scott created a Chinese Herb formula that has shown to increase AMH levels in his fertility clients. We discuss what AMH tells us and why IVF clinics put so much importance on your AMH numbers and why AMH won’t stop you from conceiving naturally. We also discuss the other important factors that need to be addressed when trying to conceive. Also, Scott talks about what he observes as the commonality all women with low AMH have. And his secret to a glowing, happy and fulfilled life. Interview with Dr. Scott MartinAbout Episode GuestDr. Scott Martin is a registered practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine in Australia. He started TCM back in 2001 and has gone on to start Australian Natural Fertility and is the head of research and development for Advanced Fertility Solutions. He is also the developer of Ovance, a Chinese medicine formula that can assist with the treatment of low AMH levels. Fertility has been a strong focus of Scott’s since 2009.You can find out more about Dr. Scott through this website and by following him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
62 minutes | Nov 5, 2018
How To Get Pregnant With Irregular Periods-Everything You Need To Know About Menses Health and Fertility with Dr. Lara Briden – #39
In this thought-provoking and highly educational interview, we discuss one of the most intriguing and revealing indicators of a women’s physical and emotional health-the menstrual cycle. The menses was once part of a ritualistic passage in a young woman’s life. We discuss how the menses should still be celebrated and nurtured as it gives us a monthly report card on our health including our fertility health. Lara discusses how the birth control pill has disconnected the delicate rhythm of our hormonal endocrine system and falsely led many of us to believe that we are infertile. Without an understanding of “how to repair our periods”, we are falsely lead to believe that fertility drugs are the only option to restore fertility. If you took the birth control pill or have struggled with irregular periods you will definitely want to listen to this interview. Lara also gives practical and simple tips on getting your menses back on track without PMS or discomfort. Interview with Lara BridenAbout Episode GuestDr. Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and the period revolutionary—leading the change to better periods. Informed by a strong science background and more than twenty years with patients, Lara is a passionate communicator about women’s health and alternatives to hormonal birth control. Her book Period Repair Manual is a manifesto of natural treatment for better hormones and better periods and provides practical solutions using nutrition, supplements, and natural hormones. Now in its second edition, the book has been an underground sensation and has worked to quietly change the lives of tens of thousands of women.You can find out more about Dr. Briden through her website and by following her on Facebook, Instagram, and, Twitter.
51 minutes | Oct 15, 2018
How Maca Can Help or Harm Your Fertility: The Right Type of Maca to Use with James Frame & Jan Roberts – #38
In this episode, you are going to gain an understanding of Maca and how it can help your fertility as well as how and why it could possibly make it more difficult to conceive. Every woman who is looking for natural ways to boost their fertility will inevitably come across information on Maca. Maca indigenous to the Andes Mountains of Peru has shown to improve litter size of livestock and increase uterine weight in women and sperm quality in males. Once Maca hit the market it seemed to be touted as a miracle panacea helping with everything from weight loss, libido, breast growth and of course fertility. The thing that concerned me was that though many sang it’s praises I also saw that Maca was problematic for many women but I didn’t understand why. Is there a lot to Maca we don’t know? The answer is yes. I reached out to one of the leading authorities on Maca and got a lot of important questions answered. Joining him is the lovely nutritionist and pre-conception expert, Jan Roberts. You are going to love this warm, engaging and lively interview and will come out of it well informed about this ancient root.Interview with James FrameAbout Episode GuestJames Frame is the CEO and cofounder of Symphony Natural Health, a vertically integrated natural products company that spans 10 countries. This business includes organic and sustainable farming, value-adding manufacturing operations in Third World countries, year-round employment for local communities, groundbreaking product development and clinical research on natural products that address health conditions in novel and more effective ways.He has been in the natural products industry for over 20 years and has studied nutrition, exercise physiology, and natural products, and for over 20 years, his purpose has been to seek out and spread the truth about health solutions and the natural products industry working with some of the true experts, researchers and leading doctors in integrative health from around the world.You can learn more about James through the Symphony Naturals website and by emailing him at email@example.com.
58 minutes | Sep 24, 2018
Reiki and Law of Attraction for Fertility with Andrea Reiter – #37
Andrea harnesses the power of Reiki and The Law of Attraction to help her clients overcome fertility issues. It all started when her sister in law was having trouble conceiving. Andrea identified work pressures and stress as the main culprit. Using her powers as a healer she was able to remove the blocked energy and helped her sister in law manifest a new reality. Her sister in law soon became pregnant with a boy. Thrilled with the results with her sister in law, Andrea had an epiphany that the subconscious mind was the main obstacle for many women who had tried everything to get pregnant. She discusses how energy work and manifestation has changed the life of her fertility clients globally. Even those who have been diagnosed with conditions like Endometriosis and PCOS. Is there an emotional component underlying disease? Andrea says yes and we explore that in this thought provoking interview. Interview with Andrea ReiterAbout Episode GuestAndrea is a holistic fertility expert, Reiki master and author specializing in a mind-body approach to fertility. She uses a combination of reiki, intuition, and mindset coaching to move women through the emotional and physical blocks that are impeding them from conceiving naturally. Her book ‘How to Get Pregnant Even When You’ve Tried Everything: A Mind-Body Guide to Fertility’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Andrea has been published by the Chopra Center, Mind Body Green, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, The Elephant Journal, and is a regular contributor to Fertility Road Magazine. Though based in New York and LA, she helps women all over the globe achieve their dream of motherhood.You can find out more about Andrea through her website and by following her on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.
57 minutes | Aug 6, 2018
Thyroid Balance is Paramount to Fertility with Richard Shames, MD – #36
Dr. Shames became very invested in learning about the thyroid after his wife Karilee developed thyroid disease. Karilee, a nurse practitioner, went to some of the top endocrinologists and yet felt her care was very inadequate. Dr Shames along with his wife and daughter (an acupuncturist) dedicate their lives to help thyroid sufferers around the globe. It is a bigger epidemic then diabetes and yet many health care systems largely sweep it under the rug. “It can’t kill you though you may wish you were dead.” Thyroid disease can rob you of a quality of life and has a large laundry list of symptoms. For fertility, thyroid health is paramount and must be treated in orchestra with the hormones and adrenal system. In this interview we discuss testing, treatment, proper rangers and the causative factor. I am a big fan of Dr. Shames and have recommended his book, Feeling Fat, Fuzzy and Frazzled to many of my patients who have all raved about it. Dr. Shames understands the complexity of thyroid disease but also acknowledges that because it is a complex condition everyone must be treated as an individual.Interview with Richard ShamesAbout Episode GuestDr. Richard Shames graduated from Harvard and University of Pennsylvania Medical School. After research at NIH and an internship at San Francisco Public Health Hospital, he created one of the first integrative medical centers in the US in 1974. He served as Marin County Health Department physician for several years, as well as preceptor for medical students from UCSF, where he also lectured on integrative medicine. The author is well known for his prominence and pioneering work in the field of holistic healing.Dr. Shames, co-author of “Healing with Mind Power” and “Thyroid Power”, has lectured and written extensively to health professionals and the lay public on a variety of topics related to health promotion and integrative medicine. In addition, he is a popular speaker and local media personality, and has created his own audio and video tape series.Dr. Shames has been in private practice for 25 years, presently at the Preventive Medicine Center of Marin. He currently consults with health consumers nationally and internationally, promoting a new model of medical care that empowers both patients and practitioners.You can find out more about Dr. Shames through his website and by following him on Facebook, LinkedIn, and, Twitter.
54 minutes | Jul 30, 2018
Case Studies With Iva Keene – #35
Leading fertility expert Iva Keene discusses 4 case studies from real life fertility clients. Iva has worked with hundreds of couples from around the world and has seen it all. In her assessment of couples she analyzes over 150 health and data points which helps her uncover underlying imbalances that are contributing to fertility struggles. She discusses both female and male factor issues and talks about the lifestyle changes and health issues and how she treated them. All couples had multiple issues and went on to have healthy babies. You will feel inspired by listening to this interview. Iva drives home the point that with proper care and guidance you can restore your reproductive health. Interview with Iva KeeneAbout Episode GuestDr. Iva Keene, MRMed. ND. is a Swiss-Based, Australian-trained naturopath, internationally recognized natural fertility expert and creator of the award-winning NFP Program and the NFP 16-Week Fertility Coaching Program. She is a co-founder of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com, and the author of over 100 published articles on treating infertility naturally.The NFP programs are designed to help you address the underlying causes of infertility and improve your ability to have a healthy conception, pregnancy, birth and baby. You can find more about Iva at her website and by following her on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.Iva holds a Masters in Reproductive Medicine from The University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia – one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities. This post-graduate qualification extended Iva’s pre-existing expertise and clinical experience in the natural treatment of infertility and complements her naturopathic and health sciences skills in reproductive medicine.Iva is dedicated to educating couples about safe, effective, and affordable ways to improve fertility naturally and without IVF. In addition to her consulting and publishing activities, she is frequently invited abroad to coach and consult with clients. Iva has also presented a case study on reversing male infertility at the largest natural medicine congress in the world.
58 minutes | Jul 23, 2018
Tools to Calm The Mind and Body with Elizabeth Willett – #34
Ways to cope when trying to get pregnant overwhelms you. In this interview Master herbalist, Elizabeth Willett offers wonderful tools to stay mindful, grounded and calm during your fertility journey. When you are struggling to conceive many find themselves surrounded by emotional triggers. From another social media pregnancy announcement to a negative pregnancy test to a well meaning relatives annoying advice. How do we navigate through it all while maintaining a sense of self? Elizabeth pulls out her tool box that she has developed over the years and gives real life practical advice on staying mindful and managing stress. In her practice (though people seek out herbal advice) Elizabeth digs deeper into the psyche of the client to find out what the true need is. Often times one needs to be gently reminded that we are emotional creatures having a spiritual experience. Elizabeth emphasises mindfulness and fully experiencing our emotions as a way to heal the body and bring it into balance. Study after study show that stress wreaks havoc on our health and fertility. And that emotions such as grief and anger store in our organs. Learn the tools to release all the icky emotions and feelings to reconnect with your joy. Interview with Elizabeth WilletAbout Episode GuestElizabeth Willett is a senior herbalist for The Natural Fertility Company. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Holistic Health Studies with a specialization in herbalism from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She is a certified herbalist and brings with her 12 years of study in Eclectic herbalism, and too many years of self-taught knowledge to count. In additional, she has a love of nutrition, gardening, foraging and wild harvesting plants, playing in the rain and sun and putting her feet in the dirt. She is a mommy of two sons and a wife. She has three dogs, two gray tree frogs, an American toad, and several guppies. I don’t think guppies stay guppies for long, but we’ll talk about that.She believes in order to be well and heal, we need to look at our health from a holistic perspective with the belief that our health is influenced by the interconnection of our physical body (our emotions and thoughts), our spiritual beliefs and rituals, cultural identity and practices, the community of which we are a part of, and our environment; all of these things working together to lead us to overall health and well-being. Her work with many clients who haven’t realized the ways that neglecting their minds can impact their fertility journey or success that has helped grow her passion in the area of the interconnection of the mind and our physical body’s ability to heal.You can find out more about Elizabeth through the NaturalFertilityShop.com and Natural-fertility-info.com and connect through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
48 minutes | Jul 16, 2018
Surrogacy and 5 Critical Fertility Questions to Discuss With Your Partner – #33
Tiffany Jo Baker has been a surrogate 3 times and has been part of the infertility community for many years. With her background as a couples counselor, she goes deep and helps couples discuss the hard questions when navigating the stressful, emotional and challenging world of infertility. There is no question that fertility challenges can be hard on a relationship but could it also act to strengthen the bond in a couple? Tiffany Baker says yes and in fact that is her goal. No matter what the outcome. She outlines 5 critical questions that a couple must discuss to strengthen that bond. Breakdown in communication and different expectations are the poison of any relationship. Let Tiffany be your gentle guide so that you and your partner remain unified as teammates and lifemates. By listening to this episode with your partner you will learn a tremendous amount about each other and be able to make important decisions with clarity and understanding.Interview with Tiffany Jo BakerAbout Episode GuestTiffany Jo Baker hasn’t experienced infertility herself but infertility has definitely impacted her life in a major way, experiencing five rounds of IVF, two dropped cycles, a D&C, hysteroscopies and countless injections as a surrogate. She’s carried two sets of twins and one single precious baby for three families dealing with infertility. She’s been part of the Trying to Conceive Support Community since 2010. Throughout the journey in helping others birth their dreams as well as going for her own dreams, she has learned the importance of faith, support, peace, and a plan. Today she coaches women and couples through the emotional, spiritual and practical parts of navigating the path to parenthood, all while helping them thrive through infertility.You can find out more about Tiffany on her website and by following her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
60 minutes | Jul 9, 2018
Dr. Christiane Northrup: The Hexing of Women By The Fertility Industry – #32
Aging in reverse? Rituals to call in our babies soul? Best sex in your 60s and 70s? We cover all of it in this impassioned interview. Dr. Chris has worked tirelessly to shift how women view themselves based on their chronological age and external messages. She gives an example of a native tribe where women have become pregnant in their 50s and 60s because they were never given the message that they couldn’t. What determines how our bodies age? What if we re-examine how we experience time and therefore live a life where time is abundant and we feed our bodies and souls so that we are aging in reverse? Dr Chris says, "become an outlier" where the reality for others about degeneration of the body and mind don’t pertain to us in the same way. With fertility women are given so many negative messages as we get older. The messages and the power we give them can be quite detrimental to our ability to conceive. We have the power to listen to new messages and connect to powerful source energy that allows for the body to heal, regenerate and create new life. Fertility is a spiritual process and Dr. Chris has a wonderful way of reconnecting us to that truth. She reminds us that our babies soul is out there and nudges us toward the process of calling the baby in through rituals and connected love making. Interview with Christiane NorthrupAbout Episode GuestChristiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness, which includes the unity of mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Dr. Northrup teaches women how to thrive at every stage of life.A board-certified OB/GYN physician, Dr. Northrup graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and completed her residency at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. She was also an assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN at Maine Medical Center for 20 years.Dr. Northrup has spent her life as an advocate for women’s health and wellness, first as a practicing OB/GYN physician for 25 years and now as an internationally respected writer and speaker. Her books have been translated into 24 languages.A multiple New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Northup’s most recent book, Dodging Energy Vampires: An Empath’s Guide To Evading Relationships That Drain You And Restoring Your Health And Power (Hay House, April 2018) was an immediate success. In it Dr. Northrup sheds light on the real reason so many people suffer from seemingly inexplicable health conditions. Based on her professional and person experiences, Dr. Northrup provides strategies for removing narcissists and other cluster b-types from your life, and how you can recover your health after a relationship with an energy vampire.You can find out more about Dr. Northrup through her website and through her radio show Flourish! and by following her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Dr. Northrup also founded Amata Life, a company that manufactures and distributes a product line featuring the Pueraria mirifica plant, a traditional medicine used by Thai women for 700 years. These health and beauty products help alleviate the symptoms of menopause, so women can truly thrive in the wisdom of this uniquely female life stage.As a business owner, physician, former surgeon, mother, writer, and speaker, Dr. Northrup acknowledges our individual and collective capacity for growth, freedom, joy, and balance. When she’s not traveling and teaching, Dr. Northrup loves devoting her leisure time to dancing Argentine Tango, playing the harp, going to the movies, staying fit, getting together with her daughters and friends, boating, and reading.
44 minutes | Jul 2, 2018
How To Triumph Over Secondary Infertility – #31
Is secondary infertility affecting you? Over 3 million couples in the U.S. alone are faced with the devastating diagnosis of secondary infertility. Wendy Cooper shares how she triumphed over secondary infertility and how you can too! When Wendy and her husband made the decision to have a second child they found it wasn’t happening as easy as the first time around. Wendy went to get evaluated by an IVF doctor and was told that she would not be a good candidate for IVF and not only that but her hormone levels were that of a perimenopausal woman! Donor eggs were recommended as the only option. Many of us may have taken the specialist at his word assuming our chances of natural conception were improbable but not Wendy. She was not interested in the donor egg option and believed in her heart that her body was simply needing the right kind of nurturing to get it into a state where it could support a new life. A book by Deepak Chopra gave her the encouragement she needed. He wrote that the cells in the body regenerate every 7 years and with that was the impetus to do what she could to help her body regenerate and hence support her body to biologically “age in reverse”. She read everything out there and came across a Naturopath and Fertility Specialist that supported her beliefs, Dr. Iva Keene. Iva spoke about the 4 month maturation period where a cell matures into an egg and how to support the body and therefore the egg during that period as well as the partner’s sperm. Wendy worked with Iva and gave her body the nurturing it wanted and needed. The end result, after 4 months she was pregnant and at 45 gave birth to a gorgeous, vibrantly healthy baby boy. During her pregnancy the doctors told her her labs looked like someone in their 20’s!Interview with Wendolyn CooperAbout Episode GuestWendolyn (Wendy) Cooper is a certified personal trainer and the founder of www.preparedforpregnancy.com. After overcoming fertility issues through nutrition and supplements Cooper went onto have exceptional pregnancies, two home births and healthy babies at age 40 and 45. She believes that we can prepare for pregnancy with the same kind of focus that a person would train for a marathon or plan a wedding and in turn have a much smoother pregnancy and healthier baby.Cooper has worked in film production and managed operations for several years for an Oscar award winning actor as well as worked on locations, in real estate and for the last ten years as a personal trainer. She has studied nutrition, hormone regulation and strength training for the last 25 years.
49 minutes | Jun 25, 2018
Are Pinworms Causing Your Infertility? – #30
Pinworms are also called “threadworms.” They're the most common type of intestinal worm infection in the U.S., and one of the most common in the world. Rachel Arthur discovered that many of her patients were infected with worms. She saw that worms migrated from the anus into the vagina, bladder and genital-urinary system. She also witnessed the havoc worms had on people’s health. With stool tests being a terribly inaccurate tool for diagnosis, she found assessment, diagnosis and treatment protocols that are helping many people affected. We discuss the misconception that worms are something someone picks up “in a developing country.” Learn how to assess if you are at risk and how you can regain your health and fertility. Interview with Rachel ArthurAbout Episode GuestWith over 20 years of experience in the clinic and the ‘classroom’ as one of the top practitioners and educators in integrative nutrition and health, Rachel Arthur has attracted a large following of clinicians who value her outstanding independent, unbiased education and leadership.With a particular interest and highly developed skill-set in diagnostics, Rachel is particularly known for developing this in others – from scratch or by rapidly growing their existing knowledge base. Rather than always reaching for expensive, pay out of pocket functional testing, Rachel opens up a new world for many, by maximising the insights and understanding practitioners can obtain from mainstream pathology results for each patient. In this way, she endeavours to truly build the bridge we can all walk across that connects mainstream medicine and naturopathy, nutrition and integrative health.You can find more about Rachel through her website and by following her on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.Rachel is also the founder of The Worm Whisperer – a site that provides education and information for practitioners and parents on different types of worms using humans as hosts and the effect on their health. As an internationally sought-after presenter and educator, her capacity to keep audiences engaged, stimulated and inspired, while maximising each learning opportunity is renowned. Rachel possesses a wealth of knowledge, accumulated over 20 years through conscientious attention to research and her ongoing clinical experience, which she enthusiastically shares. Essentially, she has a knack for translating complex medical concepts into something every practitioner can understand and apply to improve their practice and patient outcomes today.
25 minutes | Jun 18, 2018
IVF Revolutionized with Life Whisperer Co-Founder Michelle Perugini – #29
Considering IVF? Life Whisperer is an Artificial Intelligence Company that will quite possibly turn the IVF Industry on its head and change many many couples lives. Its goal is to significantly increase the success rates of IVF. With current success rates being 20-30% it could use some help. I interview one of the co-founders of Life Whisperer, Michelle Perugini and she describes how the technology will allow IVF clinics to better classify embryos for more successful transfer rates. In fact, in a clinical study of 600 participants, Life Whisperer technology was able to select viable embryo 30% better than leading embryologists. Currently Life Whisperer is still in the clinical trial state but they plan to make it available to IVF clinics globally very soon!Interview with Michelle PeruginiAbout Episode GuestDr. Michelle Perugini is an academic, entrepreneur, and an internationally renowned expert in health, medical research, advanced analytics, and cognitive AI.Michelle spent the first 13 years of her career in health and medical research, specializing in predictive genetics and translational medicine. She was the pioneer of new methods in proteomics that now drive drug discovery.In 2007 Michelle co-founded the innovative start-up ISD Analytics where she led the research and development, and commercialisation, of its award¬ winning human-population behaviour predictive analytics software product Simulait. ISD Analytics was acquired by Ernst & Young (EY) in 2015 and became one of EY’s global suite of analytics products. Michelle is now working with and mentoring various innovative technology start-ups, and is a co-founder of Presagen and Life Whisperer. You can find out more about Michelle at the Presagen website and by following her on LinkedIn and Twitter.Life Whisperer uses artificial intelligence (AI) to better identify healthy embryos for IVF, and to ultimately improve outcomes for couples wanting to have children.Presagen’s unique AI platform allows rapid development and delivery of cloud-based products for automating human behavior, and image-based medical diagnostics.Michelle has authored various research papers and is the recipient of many innovation awards and grants. Michelle now mentors and is the co-founder of various tech start-ups.
50 minutes | Jun 11, 2018
Balancing Your Life to Optimize Fertility with Dr. Marc Sklar – #28
How balanced is your life in relation to your fertility? We often have tunnel vision about our own health and put a lot of emphasis on one aspect of it and overlook the rest. Or become overwhelmed by everything we are reading and learning and don’t know where to start? What if there was a guide that took into consideration all the aspects of health and wellbeing that were important when trying to conceive and laid them out (for you) so you could assess your life and see what needs a little more attention? Dr. Marc Sklar created the Fertility Balance Wheel for just that purpose. We go around the wheel starting with digestion and touch upon all the wonderful areas of life that when balanced, creates wellness and optimizes fertility. It’s such an amazing process that both you and your partner will benefit immensely from. Interview with Marc SklarAbout Episode GuestDr. Marc Sklar is the Fertility Expert. He’s a natural fertility specialist leading a team of fertility experts whose mission is to help you believe in your fertility and empower your body to create a healthy pregnancy by supporting and coaching you during your journey to motherhood. He is a founding principal of the Reproductive Wellness Clinic in San Diego California. He has extensive experience and expertise in treating and resolving the causes of infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss with classical Acupuncture and Chinese Medicines. A culmination of studying world religions and ancient healing techniques, combined with extensive world travel, gives him a unique understanding of the human body and spirit. A Doctor of Acupuncture, Board Certified Herbalist and Oriental Medicine Practitioner, and Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Sklar approaches his patients with an open mind, compassion and a medically integrative perspective.“Dr. Sklar’s interest in Chinese medicine became reinforced when his brother and sister-in-law struggled with infertility issues during the early years of their marriage. While his medical training was ongoing, he became instrumental in diagnosing certain problem areas and prescribing natural treatment therapies for their infertility. Due to these therapies, his brother and his wife now have four healthy children in the form of TWO SETS of TWINS!!! Dr. Sklar’s natural talents in this area has led to hundreds more successful births to couples who were previously struggling with infertility and related health issues.”He works closely with patients to return them to optimum health, collaborating with a patient’s entire wellness team of physicians and health practitioners, when necessary. He constantly strives to integrate traditional and complementary care in order to effectively improve and maintain his patient’s life-long health.You can find out more about Dr. Sklar through this website and by following him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.To assist his patients in taking positive steps toward optimum health, he uses a multidisciplinary approach including acupuncture, herbology, biomedicine, nutrition and lifestyle recommendations.Dr. Sklar specializes in gender-specific disorders such as infertility (male and female), gynecology, men’s health, and women’s Health.He completed his undergraduate degree in Comparative Religion at the University of Florida. While attending the University, he was exposed to Oriental Medicine after searching for the most effective way to recover from an illness. This experience was a catalyst to expand his studies of Asian religions to include Oriental Medicine. To pursue his interest, he explored the Middle East, India, and Nepal. Upon returning to the United States, he moved to San Diego to pursue and complete his Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.Since completing his master’s degree, he has studied with many prominent figures in the field of Oriental Medicine, as well as the Western medical world at large. Working closely with his mentor, local fertility specialist Donna Keefe, Dr. Sklar has been trained and certified in the treatment of infertility and women’s health. He has been trained and certified in the treatment of infertility and women’s health by nationally renowned Dr. Randine Lewis. Dr. Sklar has also trained at the Harvard Medical School, Mind/Body Medical Institute under Dr. Herbert Benson, M.D. and Peg Baim, M.S., N.P., where he became certified in Mind/Body Medicine.
72 minutes | Jun 4, 2018
Fertility Awareness Method with Lisa of Fertility Friday – #27
Lisa suffered from painful periods and like many teens was put on the birth control pill. In college she discovered a magical world that allowed her to understand her body, her rhythms and imbalances in a unique, revealing and intimate way. When Lisa learned the family awareness method and began to chart it ignited a passion that has burned inside her for the last 15 years. “...it’s really profound because we’ve never been taught anything about our bodies let alone the fact that our cycles are so closely related to our health.” Lisa Lisa has dedicated her life to teaching and empowering women through the family awareness method. By understanding our own unique patterns and rhythms we can use the charts to determine when to abstain and when we are most fertile but also can see how stress, diet, sleep and other lifestyle factors are affecting us. This is a wonderfully insightful interview and will further reinforce the importance of charting when trying to conceive.Interview with Lisa of Fertility FridayAbout Episode GuestMs. Lisa is a fertility awareness educator and holistic reproductive health practitioner who has been charting her own menstrual cycles using the Fertility Awareness Method for the past 15 years. She is passionate about helping women to develop body literacy by understanding their natural cycles. After struggling with excessively heavy and painful periods for years, Lisa discovered the connection between health and fertility firsthand. Her personal experience of overcoming a Hashimoto’s diagnosis and uterine fibroids has influenced her practice immensely. Lisa created her weekly radio show, the Fertility Friday Podcast, to connect women with a deeper understanding of how fertility and overall health are connected and intertwined with their menstrual health. The number one response from her listeners is always: “Why didn’t anyone teach us this stuff when we were growing up?” Exactly. That’s so frustrating. Her mission is to share the message of body literacy with as many women as possible. Each week she conducts in-depth interviews with professionals who specialize in helping women to restore their fertility naturally. You can learn more about Lisa by heading over to her website and by following her on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter.
60 minutes | May 28, 2018
Thriving with PCOS with Stacey Roberts, ND – #26
You can thrive with PCOS. Although PCOS can be a devastating diagnosis, Stacey Roberts, ND talks about understanding the underlying causes of PCOS and coming out the other side with radiant health. PCOS does not define you and instead encompasses a set of symptoms. By understanding how our bodies have come out of balance we can treat the underlying causes with diet, lifestyle changes and supplementation. If you or a loved one has PCOS you will be inspired, educated, empowered and uplifted after listening to this podcast. We discuss food as the foundational treatment and explore effective natural alternatives to Metformin. Stacey answers questions about PCOS and miscarriage, exercise, sweeteners, ideal diet and more. Interview with Stacey RobertsAbout Episode GuestFormer physical therapist turned herbalist and naturopath Stacey Roberts has been involved in healthcare since 1989 in both conventional and complementary medicine. Stacey is an internationally recognized natural fertility and women’s health expert who consults with individuals and couples to create a specialized program to enhance their health and for couples their chance to conceive. Stacey has assisted people in over 32 countries with improving their overall health and well-being by addressing their physical, physiological, and emotional health with complementary products and services.Her clinic’s natural fertility approach has been associated with 7,000 babies being born This prompted Stacey to formalize her approach for patients into the Five Step Fertility Solution available in her book The Fertility Bible: Your Five-Step Fertility Solution for Becoming Pregnant Naturally or with IVF. Many of these couples were told they would never have a child.You can find out more about Stacey through her website and by following her on Facebook and Twitter.Stacey is continuing to develop and enhance programs to optimize women’s health and hormones. Her five-step program also addresses prenatal and postnatal care, overall hormonal health and function and nutritional support. She has also developed an exclusive highly detailed and informative program for practitioners called The Fertility Mentoring Program, through the group she has established; The Baby Maker Network consisting of practitioners who collaborate and support each other so they are better equipped to help patients and grow their practice.She has developed the only and most comprehensive online mentoring program for practitioners interested in supported patients with fertility issues. Those enrolled in the Fertility Mentoring Program sponsored by the Baby Maker Network are MD’s, nutritionists, nurses, naturopaths, acupuncturists, and other health professionals. The Fertility Mentoring Program covers the above as well as how to address fibroids, primary ovarian insufficiency, thyroid and adrenal issues and more.
62 minutes | May 21, 2018
Iodine Deficiency is A Major Barrier To Fertility with Rachel Arthur, ND – #25
Iodine deficiency is a major barrier to fertility and increases risk of miscarriage 4 fold. Also decreases IQ, increases rates of ADHD and leads to poor pregnancy and delivery outcomes. We can agree that iodine is essential to health but what has become hotly debated is how does one assess if they are iodine deficient and what dosage is appropriate? Rachel Arthur, ND discusses the overzealousness about iodine that is causing real issues for people. We can not use a sledgehammer on the thyroid gland and taking high doses of iodine is essentially that-hammering a very delicate gland. This has caused real problems in Japan where the government has asked people to decrease iodine intake. Where should we get our iodine and how much do we need are really important questions to ask and get answered. It can really be an obstacle to health and of course fertility. This interview will clarify, educate and answer many of your questions about this powerful trace element. Interview with Rachel ArthurAbout Episode GuestWith over 20 years of experience in the clinic and the ‘classroom’ as one of the top practitioners and educators in integrative nutrition and health, Rachel Arthur has attracted a large following of clinicians who value her outstanding independent, unbiased education and leadership.With a particular interest and highly developed skill-set in diagnostics, Rachel is particularly known for developing this in others – from scratch or by rapidly growing their existing knowledge base. Rather than always reaching for expensive, pay out of pocket functional testing, Rachel opens up a new world for many, by maximising the insights and understanding practitioners can obtain from mainstream pathology results for each patient. In this way, she endeavours to truly build the bridge we can all walk across that connects mainstream medicine and naturopathy, nutrition and integrative health.You can find more about Rachel through her website and by following her on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.Rachel is also the founder of The Worm Whisperer – a site that provides education and information for practitioners and parents on different types of worms using humans as hosts and the effect on their health. As an internationally sought-after presenter and educator, her capacity to keep audiences engaged, stimulated and inspired, while maximising each learning opportunity is renowned. Rachel possesses a wealth of knowledge, accumulated over 20 years through conscientious attention to research and her ongoing clinical experience, which she enthusiastically shares. Essentially, she has a knack for translating complex medical concepts into something every practitioner can understand and apply to improve their practice and patient outcomes today.
79 minutes | May 14, 2018
Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor with Dr. William Davis – #24
“I’ve lost count of all the infertile women who have become moms (that followed the Wheat Belly lifestyle)." William Davis, MD His first book, Wheat Belly was a global phenomenon. Bombarded by media. Multiple guest appearances on The Dr. Oz show. It completely changed the paradigm and thus the conversation about health and nutrition. First touted as a diet to reverse and prevent heart disease soon found rabid fans showing pics of incredible changes to their face and bodies. “I look 20 years younger.” “My sex drive is back.” “I lost 35 pounds.” “I am pregnant.” The stories grew of total transformations. With Dr. Davis’ second book, Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor, the contents proved to be too controversial for mainstream media. Dr. Davis discusses the rapid dissemination of information and the creation of global communities of people sharing health information as the real advancement in healthcare. Millions of people are educating themselves like never before and getting really smart on how to truly take care of their bodies and minds. No longer willing to be hapless victims of a corrupt medical system where big pharma profits while millions become collateral damage of a system based on greed. We discuss the foundational ways in which we can truly take charge of our health. His message is eliminate wheat, grain and sugar while normalizing bowel flora, optimizing iodine and Omega 3 levels. This combination is turning around chronic, degenerative and life depleting diseases all over the world. One of the most impactful interviews on Fertility Hour. Please share it with all your loved ones and on social media. Interview with William DavisAbout Episode GuestDr. William Davis is a New York Times #1 Best Selling Author, and the Medical Director and founder of the Wheat Belly Lifestyle Institute, as well as the Cureality program.He is responsible for exposing the incredible nutritional blunder being made by “official” health agencies: Eat more “healthy whole grains.” The wheat of today is different from the wheat of 1960, thanks to extensive genetics manipulations introduced to increase yield-per-acre. Founder of the international online program for heart health, Track Your Plaque, his experience in thousands of participants uncovered how foods made of wheat actually CAUSED heart disease and heart attack. Eliminating wheat yielded results beyond everyone’s expectations: substantial weight loss, correction of cholesterol abnormalities, relief from inflammatory diseases like arthritis, better mood–benefits that led to prevention of heart disease but a lot more benefits in other areas of health.You can find out more about Dr. Davis through his website and by following him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Dr. Davis now advocates a lifestyle in which all foods made from wheat are removed. He articulates this approach in his book, Wheat Belly: Lose the wheat, lose the weight and find your path back to health, as well as his online program, Track Your Plaque. He lives what he preaches, not having indulged in a wheat-containing bagel, ciabatta, or pretzel in many years.
33 minutes | May 7, 2018
Ava Bracelet-All Your Questions Addressed with Lindsay Meisel – #23
“Women do enough work as it is.” When AVA’s founder watched his wife wake up every morning to track her BBT, he thought, “there must be a better way.” After much research and many trials later AVA was created. It was released last year amongst a lot of buzz and excitement but also a lot of questions and confusion. That’s why we reached out to AVA to find out more about the bracelet that reportedly is taking the work out of fertility tracking. We personally love extolling the benefits of the Fertility Awareness Method. However, we understand that schedules can be erratic and not conducive to the consistency needed to get accurate BBT. Also, though cervical mucus is a wonderful fertility indicator, some women are not confident that they can identify the egg white mucus that is indicative of the fertile window. The AVA bracelet tracks 9 physiological parameters that are consistent with a woman during ovulation. It also tracks important things such as sleep, REM, and physiological stress. It seems pretty amazing, right? During this interview, you will get all your questions answered and find out how AVA can really make sure you are optimizing your fertility days as well as understanding your body’s cycles better. Interview with Lindsay Meisel AvaAbout Episode GuestLindsay Meisel is a science editor and head of content for Ava, a cycle tracking sensor bracelet that uses new technology to precisely detect a woman’s fertile window in real time. She writes and edits The Ava World Blog covering the latest medical research about how the menstrual cycle impacts every aspect of health beyond just fertility, along with conducting Facebook Live user chats.You can find out more about Lindsay through The Ava World Blog and by following her on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.
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