<![CDATA[PCOS Fertility Health App - Blog]]>Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:29:27 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[January 13th, 2016]]>Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:21:36 GMThttp://www.pcos-fertility.com/blog/january-13th-2016Have you ever heard of flower essences? You may be aware of the Bach Flower Essence, Rescue Remedy commonly used to help calm anxiety. Well, I started looking into it more and discovered a huge world of alternative health flower essence options.
My neighbor recommended a friend who has been working with essences for over 30 years. Her name is Rebecca Hunter and her step-father created Bailey’s essences, so she gained first hand experience with creating flower essences.
So what do flower essences do?
Flower essences promote well-being, wholeness and acceptance of living in the present moment.  More specifically, they help to release pent up emotions that may otherwise cause damage in our lives.
How are they made?
Flower essences are very dilute extracts of plants, often the flowers. The vibration of the plant is held in the memory of the water and preserved in alcohol, such as vodka. Plants have different vibrational energies that connect with humans and animals. The energy from the plant is held in the flower essence.  Flower Essences can also be made from crystals, earth vibrations and in fact any vibration that exists.

Why are they helpful?

Most of our illnesses relate to our way of living and our attitudes to life and the world around us. Diet and environment do have a major influence on health but so do our mental attitudes. For many people, mental attitudes are the key factors which affect their health.
Fears and tensions can lock up muscles, distort the skeleton, depress the immune system, affect all the endocrine secretions, and therefore compromise our health. On the other hand, if we are relaxed and coping easily with the stresses of life, then our health will benefit accordingly.

How do they work?

To understand how flower essences work requires an understanding that the human being is more than a physical body, but also incorporates a "body" of life energy, a "body" of sensitivity and feelings, and a spiritual essence or Self. Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants, which interact with these subtle bodies of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us. They work in a similar way to inspirational music or art, which carry meaning through the vehicle of sound or light, while the flower essences work through the medium of water.

Modern physics has known for nearly a century that matter and consciousness are intertwined. However, medical science still generally works with a nineteenth century model of the human being as a mechanism in a world of machines. But it is slowly becoming more mainstream to research the impact of consciousness on health.

How Flower Essences Worked for Me

I made an appointment with Rebecca when my three year old Shepherd cross, Benjamin, was getting aggressive, as animals respond very well to flower essences. She asked me to send a photograph of Benjamin so she could use it to dowse for the appropriate remedies. Dowsing is a type of divination employed in attempts to locate ground water, buried metals or ores, gemstones, oil, gravesites, and many other objects and materials without the use of scientific apparatus.
Later that day we met to review her findings. She found 7 essences that would be helpful and instructed me to give them to Benjamin three times a day. As soon as I got home I gave him three drops in water and noticed an immediate change. He got this goofy crooked smile on his face and became totally relaxed. He is now very calm and not challenging those around him.
So when I saw these positive results with the dog I wanted to try them on myself. I called Rebecca again and enjoyed a beautiful session with her. The most remarkable essences I got were an Egyptian essence called Crown of Confidence and Buttercup. Crown of Confidence helps open up the crown chakra to let the energy flow to connect to spirit. Buttercup helps release bitterness and distrust towards people. In short, it helps let the sunshine in.
I am feeling great. I really do feel a very subtle yet powerful shift within. Exploring alternate health options is a fascinating journey. I look forward to discovering more about flower essences and implementing them into our family well-being.
Related Links
Dowsing: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIOBIhnt_rM
Rebecca Hunter: http://baileyessences.com/living-well-bailey-essences/rebecca-hunter/
Deepak Chopra: https://www.deepakchopra.com/

<![CDATA[A Healthy Lifestyle?]]>Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:48:30 GMThttp://www.pcos-fertility.com/blog/a-healthy-lifestyle
I recently visited a farm community that has been labeled as a cult. I know of them because they have a restaurant in town that offers delicious organic locally grown ingredients in thoughtfully prepared meals. I thought it would be fun to take the kids to visit the farm animals.

It was a beautiful sunny summer afternoon. When we arrived we saw a group walking towards us smiling. There was a mature heavyset man with a beard (men who are married wear beards) and three boys all wearing jeans and plaid shirts. Their hair was about chin length and tired back in a ponytail. We introduced ourselves and asked if we could have a tour of the farm. The adult man welcomed us and said he would go find someone who knows about the farm animals.

A few minutes later a happy young fair-haired clean-shaven man eagerly approached us.  He was dressed in the same uniform as the other males.  To begin the tour, he pointed out the young turkeys beside us who were being raised by a chicken mother.  One couldn’t identify, yet, that they were different species bonding as a family because the chicks were only a couple of weeks old.

He told us he had been on the farm for 10 months, “not long” he said, and that he had come from New York.  I quietly wondered how this young man from New York landed on a 140-acre farm in the West Kootenays of BC, Canada. 

As the clean-shaven young man led us to the goat pen he told us the farm was only 12 years old. All the rolling pastures were once bush and had all been cleared for the livestock to graze. We entered the goat pen and immediately found ourselves laughing. These newborn triplets were very curious and mischievous. They tried suckling our fingers, eating whatever they could find in my purse and then persistently followed us out of the pen, which required a human feat of lightning bolt reflexes to not close the pen door on them.

Finally, he showed us the prize of the farm, a beautiful 2 week old, wide eyed long eye-lashed flaxen calf.  She slowly rose from her nap and let us all stroke her. Then the lunch bell rang and we were invited to join in.  We happily accepted.

We walked to the dining hall where the women greeted us. They were dressed in traditional garb, long hair tied back with bonnets and long simple dresses down to their ankles. They brought us sandwiches and fresh goat milk and we all talked while we ate a heavenly fresh organic lunch.

The eldest woman of the group explained that she is homeschooling two teenage girls and one of them is her daughter. She told us how she had been a cook for most of her time with the community before homeschooling the girls. Then she recollected a story about reading a passage from the Bible while homeschooling. I braced myself in preparation for some heavy-handed dogma. I new this dreamy place was too good to be true. But it didn’t happen. She simply explained with a light-hearted chuckle that the passage from the Bible was on the act of complaining.  Her four-year old pupil responded that she would never complain but her mom sure complains a lot.

By now lunch was complete and they insisted on not receiving any payment, as there is always plenty of food.  Some younger children came by with handfuls of fresh picked cherries for us.  One of the teenage girls from lunch gave me the phone number for the farm in case I wanted to buy one of the goats for $50. I admit I was tempted and visualized how we could set her up in our back yard with the dogs in our in-town home. 

As we drove away from the charming farm house and brilliant green pastures we reflected on how kind, serene and happy everyone was. Was it just a false front for us visitors? How could the women be happy living in a heavily patriarchal community? Perhaps living a life with firm boundaries leads to a stress free lifestyle and allows for an open connection to nature? I don’t know the answer, but I know the community eats good food and were really nice and welcoming on that sunny summer afternoon.

Now this is a far cry from the typical urbanite lifestyle. While there are many attributes to how this community lives, it is not perfect, especially the patriarcarcal ideology that they live by.  But can we not take elements of this lifestyle and apply it in small doses to our own ways of living? For me, I really believe in eating organic, non-GMO and local ingredients. So I take from this experience that eating freshly sourced food is conducive to a happy and healthy life. How can you make small changes in your lifestyle to be happier and healthier?

<![CDATA[Cortisol and irregular cycles]]>Sat, 06 Jun 2015 02:26:45 GMThttp://www.pcos-fertility.com/blog/corisol-and-irregular-cycles I recently viewed a fascinating interview with Gabor Mate on the correlation between childhood attachment and addiction (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9cvEa5qFQc). In one segment of the interview he spoke about an experiment on monkeys.

There were two groups of monkeys, the subordinates and the alphas. They found that the subordinate female monkeys who were bullied by the alphas were stressed. This stressful environment caused them to release cortisol. The cortisol in turn resulted in irregular menstrual cycles.

To confirm the accuracy of the results, the experimenters switched the groups of monkeys. So the alpha female monkeys were bullied and stressed which then resulted in irregular cycles. In the meantime, the subordinate monkeys no longer experienced stress and their cycles became regular again.

This tells me a lot about women who are experiencing irregular cycles. With our highly stressful lives and the continual release of cortisol, we are making our bodies infertile.

What are we doing to our bodies when it comes to stress? How can we reduce stress in our lives?  I know I am stressed because for the first time in 3 years my cycles are irregular.  I think having awareness of the detrimental impact of stress can be the first step for change.  So, I have reduced the stress in my life.

My 3 year old monkey who is very active. He does crazy things like climb up and down a public bannister in a restaurant. Just watching him I can feel my heart skip a beat and the cortisol surge in my body. My adrenal glands must be so fatigued.

I decided to reduce the frequency of stressful public encounters. I do scripting with him before we go out. I say: “We are going to go out in public and you are going to be gentle and kind with other children and you are going to stay close to me.” He agrees and it usually goes well. I have also decided to not take him out as much as it does not end up being fun for either of us if I’m stressed and he has an upset mom.

I feel like reducing these public stressful episodes has really helped me stay calmer overall. My body is recuperating and I am feeling healthier. I have more energy, and I am stronger and happier.  How can you reduce stress in your life?

<![CDATA[PMS and Liver Cleansing]]>Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:44:52 GMThttp://www.pcos-fertility.com/blog/pms-and-liver-cleansing
As I wrote in my previous post I am trying a gluten-free diet for a few weeks. So far I have been feeling really great, but towards the end of my last cycle I had terrible PMS. I did a little research into the cause of PMS and one explanation could be a sluggish liver.  I had some liver cleansing tea on hand so made a cup of hot tea and drank it. The next morning my PMS symptoms were gone! My liver just needed a little help processing the toxins.

I bought the tea from my naturopathic physician. This is what is in it:
    -Berberis vulgaris
    -Arctium lappa
    -Cinnamomum cassia
    -Foeniculum vulgare
    -Taraxacum officinale
    -Zingiber officinale
    -Citrius aurantium
    -Glycyrrhiza glabra
    -Scutellaria lateriflora

I don't know what any of this means but I wanted to share it.
<![CDATA[Gluten-Free]]>Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:54:36 GMThttp://www.pcos-fertility.com/blog/gluten-freeThis summer we had many pizza parties because we have an awesome wood burning outdoor oven. In an effort to watch my weight we would use spelt crust. But towards the end of the summer I noticed I would get a red like rash on the left side of my mouth whenever I ate grains. I did a wheat cleanse a few years ago and gradually reintroduced into my diet, so I knew what I had to do. It seems I over-indulged on pizza and now I'm gluten intolerant. I have been gluten-free for about 8 weeks now. The rash is nearly gone as well as several unwanted pounds and unnecessary bloating. I feel great and it's pretty easy to make substitutions. For example, I made carrot cupcakes with quinoa flour instead of wheat and they were delicious. I feels great to enjoy food that my body agrees with!

So I am wondering...does this sound like a lot of work and a difficult change to go gluten-free? Would you be willing to make dietary substitutions to loose weight? I struggled with my weight all my life until I learned from naturopathic physicians that certain foods cause sensitivities in the body. I feel so empowered knowing the cause of weight my gain!
<![CDATA[Corporate Corruption]]>Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:44:35 GMThttp://www.pcos-fertility.com/blog/corporate-corruptionThere is a new documentary called "Bought" on the corruption of pharmacutical companies. These companies provide huge funds for the university programs so the information medical students are receiving is biased. So when you go to your medical doctor for treatment for say, infertility, are you getting the best advice and treatment available? Probably not! The bottom line is profits, so if you are buying and consuming pharmacuticals you are a cash cow to the corporate share holders. Treating your health issues effectively is low priority.
I believe we need to be our own doctors and consult with alternate and holistic practitioners for treatment. What do you think?
<![CDATA[The cure is in the cupboard]]>Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:44:51 GMThttp://www.pcos-fertility.com/blog/the-cure-is-in-the-cupboardI am always in awe of the knowledge I gain after a visit to my naturopathic doctor. Not only does she care about my health and spends over an hour for our appointment but she offers profound advice.  Often her health advice involves a 'cure in the cupboard'. My sense is that a hundred years ago most lay people knew about these simple, effective and accessible remedies. That's right, you don't have to pop a pill from the pharmacy that was prescribed by your family doctor to get better!

So the remedy I would like to offer today is the castor oil pack. This is very helpful for removing toxins and soothing digestive inflammation. Moisten a 12" by 36" piece of flannel. Fold down to the size of a piece of paper. Place on the  abdomen   and cover with an old towel and warm water bottle and rest for 20-40 mins. Wash with natural detergent and baking soda after 8- 10 uses. Note: do not use during heavy menstrual flow or while pregnant.

This really helps me when I am bloated due to digestive inflammation (which occurs when I have eaten foods that I have a sensitivity to, such as wheat).

There are many more natural remedies that are included in the health plan of the PCOS Fertility App (to be released May 2014).
<![CDATA[Spring]]>Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:31:03 GMThttp://www.pcos-fertility.com/blog/springThe sun is shining, the temperatures are warmer, spring is nearly here. This is the weather for planting seeds to grow lots of veggies. I am an avid gardener for so many reasons: taste, economics, and health. I love food, especially foods that bursts with flavour. The veggies I grow are the best I have ever tasted because the are organic and fresh from the earth. It's an added bonus that I have shaved $3000 from our family grocery bill this year. But most importantly, I know where the veggies gave been. I know there are no pesticides, and the seeds are non-GMO, this keeps my body healthy and happy. So, if you are thinking about conceiving a baby, you can start gardening to help the process. You'll practice your nurturing skills by caring for plants and most importantly yourself. The exercise and the food will improve you health. A healthy body is a happy body. And a happy body is a fertile body.

<![CDATA[IUD]]>Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:36:03 GMThttp://www.pcos-fertility.com/blog/iudToday my thoughts turn to fertility and identity. I had an IUD procedure on Monday thinking this would be a great solution for birth control. Then the pain set in. And this brought me back to the days when I was confronting the idea of loosing my life long dream of having children of my own. I felt inadequate as a woman for being reproductively challenged. But these feelings of inferiority made me look inward and re-evaluate what I really wanted. I realized I was willing to make deep personal changes to improve my fertility health. So, I committed to taking my basal body temperature and checking cervical fluid every morning and implemented the principles of lunaception.  The biggest change of all was altering my diet: no wheat, dairy or sugar for three months! Well, it worked. And on those long dark rainy days when the children are miserable, I remember to hold on to my dream. But I still don't know what to do about the IUD...
<![CDATA[March 07th, 2014]]>Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:51:59 GMThttp://www.pcos-fertility.com/blog/march-07th-2014The more I learn about and practice healthy eating, the more I realize how food effects health. To put it bluntly, food is medicine. But I have been down the diet road before and I know how difficult it is, both psychologically and emotionally, to change an unhealthy diet. I enrolled in LA Weightloss several years ago, and I was successful in loosing 25 pounds over the course of a year. It took a lot of discipline to follow their plan and it was not easy to sustain the weightloss when I was no longer in the program. But I certainly learned that my eating habits were a manifestation of my emotional state. Chocolate in particular was my 'go-to' treat when I was feeling down, bored, or stressed. It wasn't until I went to the naturopathic doctor that learned that following a diet isn't about denying the fun of food, it is simply about substitution.]]>