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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Improving chances of conception through detoxification

Inability to conceive is termed infertility. It occurs when a couple has failed to achieve pregnancy after 12 months despite having regular sexual intercourse.
Problems with infertility are on the rise. One in every six couples has difficulty in conceiving, with the number of couples seeking medical assistance increasing.

Studies have shown that male factor accounts for about 20-30 per cent of infertility, the female factor accounts for 40-50 per cent and 30-40 per cent are due to problems in both men and women.
Conception and pregnancy are complicated processes that include the production of healthy sperm by the man, healthy eggs by the woman, unblocked fallopian tubes that allow the sperm to reach the egg, and the ability of the fertilised egg to implant in the uterus and to grow in a good environmental and hormonal condition. If one of the processes is not working well, then infertility can be the result.
A lot of the causes of infertility are due to toxins in the body that have been accumulated over a long period of time, say, for weeks or months. Some undigested food products can remain in the intestine for up to 200 hours instead of the normal 18 hours and produce toxins that are stored in the body for months or years. Many of these types of toxins can cause infertility in both men and women.
Infertility in female: Obesity or excess weight can lead to polycystic ovarian syndrome and endocrine disorders, which are a major cause of inability to become pregnant. Other causes include the age of the woman. The older she is, the more inefficient her digestive system and more difficult it will be for her to get pregnant. Hormonal imbalance, stress, infections and toxins from the environment and bad diet and eating habits are other reasons women may find it difficult to get pregnant.
Infertility in male: is due to poor sperm and sperm quality, erectile dysfunction or impotence, and genetic factors. All these are caused by environmental toxins as well as toxins produced by a poor diet, which lead to hormonal imbalance and infertility.
The accumulation of these toxins from the environment, which are caused by poor diet and bad eating habits, poor digestion and stress will begin to have negative effects by the time a man reaches the age of 40-55 years. At this time, he experiences an aging phenomenon similar to the menopause that women go through. This is called andropause, which is due to the gradual decline in the level of testosterone (the male hormone).
This decline has many negative effects and can lead to mood swings, depression, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, hair loss, hot flushes, irritable bowel syndrome, urinary problems and weight gain. These conditions may occur faster as a result of exposure to environmental toxins, stress, obesity and infection.
The symptoms can be reduced by going through a general detoxification treatment, body cleansing and, in some cases, bio-identical hormone therapy.
Every day, we are exposed to toxins from our environment, preservatives in food, drugs, cosmetics, stress, poor eating habits and lifestyle which result in premature ageing, allergies, food intolerance, cancer, hormonal imbalance, obesity and infertility.
Over time, these toxins accumulate in the major organs and tissues and if not eliminated or neutralised will lead to auto-intoxification and organ damage. This is why total body cleansing — detoxification — is important. it helps to remove all these toxins.
Body detox has been shown to significantly increase the chances of fertility and increase the success of In-Vitro Fertilisation by improving the circulation of blood to the ovaries, uterus, hypothalamus and the pituitary which play important part in fertility in both men and women; and optimising liver function to remove and prevent excess accumulation of unwanted hormones.
Several studies have shown that going through a detox programme can help to normalise the hormone and endocrine system that regulates ovulation, especially if polycystic ovarian syndrome (an abnormality whereby the ovary produces cysts instead of follicles and eggs) is an issue.
Other benefits of a detox programme in the case of infertility are to regulate the monthly period or menstrual cycle, increase blood flow to the womb so as to improve the chances that the embryo will implant, reduce anxiety and stress that may be contributing to the couple being unable to get pregnant; and help to remove heavy metal deposits from the uterus, fallopian tubes and other reproductive organs.
The goal is for conception, healthy pregnancy and healthier life.
Fertility cleansing is not just for women, but also for men. Studies have shown that sperm counts have been reduced to half in the last 50 years and 80 per cent are abnormal. This is because the sperm produced by many men have DNA that is damaged.
Recent studies are now pointing to hormonal imbalances and environmental factors leading to oligospermia (low sperm count), azospermia (absence of sperm cells), and erectile dysfunction or impotence.
Male infertility can be improved by total body detoxification through weight reduction, body cleansing and healthy eating habits.
A few fertility centres now incorporate detox cleansing programme as a diagnostic and therapeutic measure in the management of infertility. An example of Mayr therapy centre is the Mart-Life Detox Clinic in Lagos.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

10 Natural Ways to Address the Root Causes of Infertility

Avoid the two most common allergens
The link between food intolerances and anti-sperm antibodies is now well established.
Studies have found that women with multiple allergies and food intolerances are
more likely to miscarry. An overactive immune system is more likely to attack
its own body cells. From an immunological point of view and embryo and sperm
cell are foreign bodies. But Mother Nature was clever: she programmed immune
systems to distinguish between an everyday invader and a sperm cell or embryo.
A normal and healthy immune response to an embryo or sperm cell is orchestrated
by Th2 cytokines. They suppress your killer cells (that’s what they are called)
to leave the embryo unharmed. Because of this protection many pregnant women
are poor wound healers and can come down really badly with a cold or flu. Your
natural protection has been suppressed so that your body can develop properly.
An abnormal immune response to the implantation of the fertilized egg is orchestrated by Th1 cytokines. Rather than suppressing your killer cells they stimulate their activity. This can lead to defects and the loss of the fetus. The two most widely spread food intolerances are gluten and dairy. I recommend all my
patients have an IgG immunoglobulin test done to check if you are dairy and
gluten intolerant. But since most people have some level of allergy to gluten
and/or dairy, it’s advisable to avoid gluten and dairy altogether during the preconception and pregnancy period.

Have an STD check
Most people believe both they and their partner are STD free. However there are some STD’s which can by asymptomatic, meaning that you may not be aware you have them, as there are no obvious symptoms. One such STD is a Chlamydia infection. In men, a Chlamydis infection can lead to sperm abnormalities including sperm antibodies.
In women, it can lead to scarring, blocked tubes and miscarriage.
A study found 60% of asymptomatic male partners of infected females attending a
fertility clinic were found to be infected with Chlamydia. Most STD’s are easy
to treat, so it pays for both partners to have an STD check. There is no point in only one partner going for a test as the other partner can re-infect them

Allow yourself 120 days before trying to conceive

There is a common misconception that egg and sperm quality cannot be improved. In fact it is possible to improve the quality of your egg and sperm. However, it takes 120 days. This is because it takes approximately 120 days for eggs to mature and
sperm to develop. During the generation and maturation of gamete cells sperm
and ovum that form an embryo everything that you and your partner ingest,
inhale or are exposed to will influence the health of your eggs and sperm for
better or worse, and the ultimate quality of the genetic building blocks you
pass onto your child.
This is why it is crucial to follow a good preconception plan for a minimum of 4 months before conception. A baby is a 50-50 product of his or her parents therefore
optimizing the quality of eggs and sperm is of paramount importance. Sperm
disorders contribute to 40% of infertility cases. Women who suffer from
recurrent miscarriages often have partners with low fluid counts and visually
abnormal sperm. Therefore both partners should detox, follow a fertility diet,
take preconception supplements and avoid reproductive toxins discussed in this
article for a minimum of 4 months before conception.

Avoid coffee, smoking and alcohol
You may not want to hear this, but drinking coffee decreases fertility. A large study from Connecticut found as little as 1 cup of coffee per day increasing the risk of
not conceiving by 55 percent. And if you have 2-3 cups per day that risk rises
to 100 percent and continues to increase with an additional cup up to 176
percent. And did you know that women who drank coffee before and during
pregnancy had twice the risk of miscarriage?

Alcohol is harmful to women’s eggs and men’s fluid and as little as one glass can reduce fertility by 50 percent! This can further lead to damage of the developing
embryo and may result in miscarriage. And although it’s been known for a long
time that drinking while pregnant is a no-no, drinking before pregnancy has
been largely ignored. This doesn’t stop with coffee and alcohol. Smoking and
recreational drugs can also reduce your odds of conception. A study tested the
effects of cigarette smoking on semen quality in men and found that sperm
motility (ability to propel forward) decreased in light smokers while heavy
smoking produced abnormal sperm shape. Scientists have discovered that quitting
smoking may increase sperm count in men who quit smoking for 5-15 months 50
percent to 800 percent respectively.

Take a good quality preconception and pregnancy supplement.
Regardless of whether you are eating organic produce and a healthy diet, you are unlikely to be getting all the nutrients your body needs for optimal fertility from your
diet. This is why supplementation is important.
Getting pregnant and growing a new human being with your own reserves, requires a surplus of nutrients and energy. In your body’s accounting terms, pregnancy is
a luxury, a splurge of energy and nutrients. Some of the key nutrients for
fertility are zinc, selenium, magnesium, calcium, B12, B6, folic acid, Vitamin
C, Omega-3 fats.

IVF Does Not Address the Root Cause of Infertility
Conventional IVF and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments don’t address root causes of infertility. These root causes include: nutritional deficiencies, toxin exposure, stress, food intolerances, allergies and immune deficiencies. These subtle but critical factors interact synergistically to impact the quality of your eggs and sperm, affecting your ability to conceive and the health of your embryo.

IVF as Final Option after Preconception Care
IVF should be the last option after all natural treatment options have been exhausted. It should never be the first option. The rate of success of IVF is (on average) 25% per single attempt. Studies show that by following a natural preconception program prior to attempting IVF the success rate is increased to 47.1 percent per single attempt. I always advise couples to undertake a preconception
program as a first step and reserve IVF as a final option. Most infertility can be treated without IVF. However if IVF is needed the success rate of each
attempt is nearly doubled by combining it with a natural preconception program.

For more info:
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Prof. Dapo Ashiru is Medical Director of MART IVF Centre, Lagos.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Traditional Chinese Medicine Makes Fertility Treatments Far More Effective, TAU Researchers Discover

Traditional Chinese medicine has long been used to ease pain, treat disease, boost fertility, and prevent miscarriage. Known in the Western medical community by its acronym TCM, these traditional remedies include herbal preparations and acupuncture. Now Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered that a combination of TCM therapy and intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a winning solution for hopeful mommies who are having trouble conceiving. In the first study that measures the effectiveness of both herbs and acupuncture in combination with IUI infertility treatment, Dr. Shahar Lev-Ari and Keren Sela of TAU's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Tel Aviv Medical Center say that the results, which have been published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine, show a significant increase in fertility when the therapies are administered side-by-side. When combining IUI with TCM treatments, 65.5 percent of the test group were able to conceive, compared with 39.4 percent of the control group, who received no herbal or acupuncture therapy. The method is as "close to nature" as possible and can be used by women employing sperm donors, or after a partner's sperm is centrifuged to enhance its motility in the uterus. Age-old therapies, contemporary medicine Dr. Lev-Ari, a cellular biologist and head of the integrative medicine unit, works with both medical doctors and TCM practitioners at Tel Aviv Medical Center's Fertility Research Institute. He and Sela, a TCM practitioner specializing in women's health, have long been interested in how Chinese herbal and acupuncture therapies could work to boost Western-style fertility treatments, contributing to an increase in conception and take-home baby rates. In a retrospective study, Dr. Lev-Ari and Sela followed the progress of 29 women between the ages of 30 and 45 who were receiving IUI treatment combined with TCM therapy, and compared their results to a control group of 94 women between the ages of 28 and 46 who were undergoing IUI treatment alone. In addition to their IUI treatments, the 29 women in the first group received weekly sessions of acupuncture and a regime of Chinese medicinals, which consisted of powdered or raw Chinese herbs such as PeoniaAlbae and Chuanxiong, designed to meet each woman's specific needs. All herbal preparations were approved by the Israeli Health Ministry. In terms of both conception and take-home baby rates, the test group fared far better than the control group. Out of the 29 women in the test group, 65.5 percent conceived, and 41.4 percent delivered healthy babies. In the control group, only 39.4 percent conceived and 26.9 percent delivered. The vast difference in success rates is even more surprising when the age of the average participant was taken into account, Dr. Lev-Ari and Sela note. "The average age of the women in the study group was 39.4, while that of the control group was 37.1. Normally, the older the mother, the lower the pregnancy and delivery rates," they explain. Promoting balance and harmony in the womb According to the researchers, TCM is aimed at correcting imbalances in the body's natural energy flow, promoting an overall sense of well-being. There are several theories as to why Chinese medicine can be beneficial to fertility rates, including the possibility that herbal remedies and acupuncture can affect the ovulation and menstrual cycle, enhance blood flow to the uterus, and enhance endorphin production and secretion to inhibit the central nervous system and induce calm - all of which can contribute to successful conception. Now that the researchers have established that TCM can have a major impact on the success of fertility treatments, they plan to design randomized clinical trials, including placebos, to further validate their initial findings.

Sunday, February 24, 2008



*Dr. Sandra Ekwunife, Managing Director and Chief Consultant of Perfect Slimmers Ltd, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos was childless and overweight for almost seven years after her marriage to Barrister Ekwunife as a Part Two student of University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

*The search for a baby made her try almost anything possible. She tried the medical line, the herbal line and even the spiritual way. No solution came. Her problem actually was blocked fallopian tubes because of too much fat.

*She went to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), three times for tubal flushing. But the tubes remained blocked. Operation was ruled out, because of the type of skin she has which grows keloids easily when cut. So, if the tubes are operated upon to remove the fat, keloids might develop from the stitches and gum the tubes together, which might lead to worse complications.

*Anambra-born Dr. Ekwunife was formerly into fashion business and had a boutique at Alade Market, off Allen Avenue, Ikeja, a business that regularly took her to places like Hong Kong about three times a year, especially when festive seasons are approaching. It was during one of such trips that she was introduced to a Chinese herbal institution that runs departments for slimming, infertility, beauty, skin therapy and so on.


*Initially, she registered with the outfit to shed weight. Though childless then, she weighed 105 kg. She was placed on herbal slimming, and in one week, she lost 7kg. Progressively, she kept losing weight until she was okay. In the process, she also registered with the fertility department, and in three weeks, her blocked tubes were open and free through the therapy she was placed on. She passed out all the fat blocking her tubes. Today, she is a mother of two and the third one is on the way.

*But in-between the time she got married and the time she took in for the first time after seven years, is a gripping story which only Dr. Ekwunife herself can tell. CLICK BELOW TO READ HER STORY:

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


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“There is no woman that is barren, what makes some barren is man-made that is, intakes like beef, chicken, pork and others with high fat and sweet things which cause a problem in the inner part of the woman. For infertility is a kind of illness of various individuals, there are certain things a woman would eat and they cause a lot of unwarranted fats in her system, those fat would occupy the placenta and tubes and it becomes a problem, that is why a lot of women who have such inner growing fats have seized periods (menstrual flow). It is not natural and they may not even know the cause of it.

All these are revelations by a natural medical doctor, Dr. Arister King Lebe on the issue of infertility in women and how best to overcome it. The natural medical doctor, who trained under Joseph Lambo of blessed memory, explained that professional natural herbal practitioners, who are God-fearing and who know what to do with veins and tubes, working with herbs are the answer to infertility problems.

According to King Lebe, “the non-professionals are those who did not inherit the profession of herbal practice for herbal practice is not a man-made profession but there are professionals whom God gave the idea of using particular leaf for a particular ailment. Like most of us who inherited it from our forefathers. Aristerking insists that “a lot of barren women, when they go for different operations to resolve their problem of infertility end up being operated on, but that is not the issue, the issue is how to clean the tubes.” In natural medicine there are some medicines they must drink and some inserted into the woman’s body to help open the tubes and burn off the fat and the woman would end up having a clean tube and placenta. And presently, there are some which have been used to treat such otherwise infertile women and they are registered under my name,” Aristerking.

He said further “natural plants and herbs are God made things and not diabolic. God created all things on earth – food to eat and water to drink, all these are supplements to help the body. He gave us all these for healing, especially in Nigeria and I’m working on exporting some not that we should be importing.

The spiritualist cum natural orthopaedist, further added that “all the sweet things (in-takes) lead to sicknesses in the body. He noted that there are some people whom sugar is not good for, so they ought to desist from soft drinks, especially men, for it causes low sperm count, so also salads. All these even lead to high blood pressure because those cause problems on the cells – white and red blood cells. Also, some of the orthodox drugs have harmful effects on humans’ health because of camofeine and allsorts that are not good for the body.

But vegetables, which are sources of vitamins and also honey are good for building the body. King Lebe warned that “when natural herbs are neglected, then, one is spiritually blind. To be spirituallyh “open eyed” and put infertility behind one is intake of herbs.” He urged herbal practitioners to give credit to originators of herbal remedies” this he believes “would put a stop to their reluctance to reveal or give out such things.”

And, presently, to help the field grow, he revealed that he is “working on books and an institute where I will be teaching people the uses of herbs for I do not want my ideas, passed down to me by my fathers and the one I researched to die.”


Getting pregnant…naturally

A 38-year-old woman anxious to prepare for her first pregnancy asks: ‘in reference to my age, how do I prepare for undelayed and easy conception?’

Answer of Dr. Marcus Alade Dawodu, a Naturopath and Medical Consultant, Blue Fountain Clinic:

Naturopath means nature cure and involves all therapeutic modalities that will guide the human organism back to an original state of wholeness.

It believes that cells in the body work as a function unit for the good of the body; and the body in turn works for the good of the constituent cells and reject waste products.

Naturopathy uses natural resources which contain inherent healing powers, it simply believes in the supremacy of nature and in richness of 100 per cent natural foods above anything else in managing a health disorder.

The best guarantee of easy conception and successful delivery is for a woman to go on 100 per cent natural food for the following reasons.

Natural food is rich in vital force (electromagnetic property of living things) which sustains health and defends immunity. It is not quantifiable in science. It is the force of life that is present only in natural food and care should be taken not to over-cook, fry, process or refrigerate natural food for they destroy such vital force. Legumes, roughage like pineapple, oranges and cherry fruit contain good vital force which can ensure easy and safe conception.

Culled from ‘The Comet’ newspaper, March 20, 2003