15 Factors that Affect Fertility

factors affecting fertilityInfertility is the inability of sexually active couples to conceive a baby after one year of unprotected sex.  Approximately 14% of couples are infertile and the percentage is climbing.  In a nutshell, our world is more toxic than ever before.  Nutrition affects all aspects of health, including fertility.  Please read on to learn about 15 factors that affect fertility; 5 that can negatively impact it, 5 factors that can increase it and 5 vitamins or minerals that can improve it!

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Vitamin-Infused Popsicles Help Girl with Autism

healthy popsiclesI was teaching pediatric nutrition at CSNN and one of my students shared an incredible story with our class about helping a girl with Autism.  It involved vitamin-infused popsicles. I asked him to share his story with you.

My name is Pedi Mirdamadi.  One of my clients is an 11 year old autistic girl.  Initially, what started off as an effort to help her lose weight has progressed into a loving bond and special relationship that I truly cherish.  Seeing this child on a regular basis allows me to see the effects of food on her behaviour.  Some days she is engaged with me the entire time and we can carry on a conversation.  Other days, she gets off track quite often.  I can see that what she eats is clearly affecting her behaviour; clear indications of food allergies and sensitivities.

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What is Causing Today’s Children to be Malnourished?

Sick Child With HeadacheOn Sat July 13th, The Observer announced that British child death rates are ‘a major crisis,’ stating that five children are dying a day due to lack of pediatric skills and a shortage of pediatric consultants.  It also stated that the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that there are 6,198 preventable deaths a year among children up to 14 across 14 European countries, which could be avoided if they tackled children’s health.  Generations ago, children did not need access to pediatric consultants, did they?  So what has changed?  What is causing today’s children to be malnourished? And unfortunately, malnutrition is rampant.

When the majority of the world has more access to healthy food than ever before, why are today’s children suffering so much and even dying?  The majority of adults do not understand the importance of feeding themselves and their children healthy food.   Generations ago, we did not need to understand the importance of healthy eating.  Our fruits and vegetables were made in nutrient rich soil, which contained more vitamins and minerals than even our organic fruits and vegetables do today.  We didn’t have drugs that deplete our bodies of good bacteria needed to prevent all symptoms, conditions and disease.  Chemicals did not exist in our food, water or air.  Flours, sugars and cow’s milk were not refined or pasteurized, depleting them of necessary nutrients and digestive enzymes.   Electro-magnetic radiation did not exist because there were no computers, televisions or cell phones.  Even alcohol and cigarettes were more pure as they didn’t have added chemicals (For more information on the toxicity of today’s world, please see my prior post: Why are the children of today so sick?).

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Autism – A New Understanding

4423840_sWith this month being Autism month and with all the work I do with children with Autism, I felt it was fitting to write about these truly amazing human beings and give you perhaps a new understanding of the challenges these children face.

A woman brought her son into my office and within minutes, he started moving his hand, making waves in the air above his head.  His mother saw this and said, “You see that is not normal.  That is one of the reasons I had him assessed!”  I asked the mother if I could talk to her four year old son.  She gave me permission and I asked the boy if he was seeing numbers above his head.  He said “Yes.”  I asked if all the numbers went together.  He said “Yes, big numbers, all fitting together.”  I said to his mother “You see, children with autism don’t fit into our norm but that is only because they are way beyond us.”  His mother was completely taken aback.   The intelligence of children with autism is immeasurable; our usual tests cannot measure it.  And unfortunately, our regular school systems often bore these children.

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12 Little Known Facts about Commonly Eaten Foods

bigstock-Child-with-oranges-Happy-litt-44724220People are often surprised to learn these 12 little known facts about foods they commonly eat. I thought I would share these with you this week.

Did you know?

  • Oats do not contain gluten however they are made in facilities where they become tainted with wheat/gluten.  If you are looking for gluten free oats, the package needs to say ‘made in a wheat free facility.’
  • Spelt and Kamut contain smaller amounts of gluten than wheat and therefore are more digestible grains. Continue reading

Being Misunderstood by Others When Eating Differently than the Majority

Welcome to my world and the world that many others share… a world where more and more people are finding they need to eat differently than the majority and differently than their ancestors because the toxicity in today’s world is contributing to various health challenges.  Yes, the majority that eat differently are suffering and are trying to prevent further suffering by eating healthier and many are misunderstood.

Most of you know that I used to eat copious amounts of processed and high sugar foods, drink far more alcohol than would be deemed necessary at social functions, and even smoke!  And then, by direct cause and effect, my daughter, Taylor was born, severely lacking in good bacteria and reacting to all of the common allergens.  In order to heal her, I needed to learn about nutrition, learn about the healthier alternatives to the common allergens and discover that even though her body reacted to drugs, there was a host of natural, effective remedies available.

I help children every day learn that food colouring makes them hyperactive, that wheat bloats them and makes them tired or depressed, that dairy contributes to their frequent ear infections and bedwetting…and then there are the adults that are trying to go gluten free or lose weight or see a holistic practitioner for the first time because conventional medicine is not working at healing their digestive system.

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New Canadian Guidelines for Introducing Solids to Babies

bigstock-Baby-Boy-3549230There was an article in The Toronto Star last week (on September 25, 2012) stating that the new Canadian guidelines suggest that parents should be introducing meat, fish, poultry or meat alternatives to babies for their first solid food.  Health Canada said that these foods should be offered to babies two or three times a day to increase their iron stores.  Previously, meat was one of the last foods recommended for introduction to babies.

Another new recommendation is that whole eggs, a common allergen, can be offered to a 6 month old if there is no family history of allergies.  Previously, eggs were not recommended until a baby turned one year old.  Carol Harrison, a registered dietician, was quoted as saying “There is no evidence that withholding whole eggs prevents allergies later on.”

Other iron-rich foods recommended for babies as first foods include tofu, legumes and iron-fortified infant cereals.

As a pediatric nutritionist, I am deeply concerned by these new guidelines.  No babies are born with mature digestive systems.  And the digestive systems of today’s babies are at even more risk than the digestive systems of babies born in previous generations, due to the toxicity of the world we live in today.  And more babies than ever are being born by caesarian, which means these babies are already born with less good bacteria in their digestive tract than babies who go through the vaginal canal and collect good bacteria there. Because a baby’s digestive system is rapidly developing in their first year, the last thing a parent would want to do is to introduce hard-to-digest foods to a baby. All of the new recommended first foods for baby i.e. meat, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, legumes and cereal are hard to digest compared to other foods.

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