Better Nutrition June 2019

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asktheNATUROPATHICdoctor/ANSWERS TO YOUR HEALTH QUESTIONS

Fertility-Boosting Remedies

Increase your chances of conceiving the natural way /// BY EMILY A. KANE, ND, LAc

: I’m in my late 30s and pretty healthy. My partner and I would like to start a family, but

we’ve been trying unsuccessfully for over a year. Any advice?

—Doris L., Baltimore

Emily A. Kane, ND,

LAc, has a private

naturopathic practice

in Juneau, Alaska,

where she lives with

her husband and

daughter. She is the

author of two books

on natural health,

including Managing

Menopause Naturally.

Visit her online at

dremilykane.com.

a:Ironically, women living in

developed countries are experiencing

significantly fewer pregnancies

than they did during our peak population

growth. In the year 1800, there were only

one billion people on the planet. Today

there are 7 billion. So, declining fertility

rates today are, in part, because of the

shock of rapid population growth to

the planet where we all live. But these

statistics don’t change the disappointment

for couples ready to welcome a child.

Toxic Troubles

The world is more toxic since the advent

and widespread use of industrial chemicals

that can impair fertility in both men and

women. Numerous studies, for example,

link pesticides to fertility problems in both

men and women. Lindane, a pesticide

commonly used to treat scabies and

lice, affects the protective outer layer

of sperm, which effectively inhibits the

sperm’s response to female hormones

at the site of egg fertilization in the uterus.

Glyphosate (the active ingredient in

RoundUp ) may be even more problematic.

The well-documented decline in testosterone

levels over the past 25 years

coincides with the introduction of GMO

24 • JUNE 2019

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