This post is the continuation of an article on infertility. Part 1 was posted August 14 at http://news.meyerpt.com/physical-therapists/nutrition/rising-infertility-rates-know-part-1/
In this post we’ll take a closer look at biochemical individuality and what that means for fertility…
Systemic, Individualized Deficiencies:
The assumption made by Pottenger’s Cats was that the food was cooked in the unhealthy group, and that the cooking/processing removed nutrients or modified the food to such an extent that the cats became deficient and unable to thrive. If it can happens to cats, why not us?
Part of our core testing is to examine this. The tests look for deficiencies in an indirect way. Indirect, because most labs look into areas that may not accurately account for deficiency. For example, we take a standard blood test for B12, we often see normal levels when, in fact, the metabolic tests we do suggest otherwise. Nutritional deficiencies ultimately affect metabolism. Who cares if B12 in a standard blood test looks normal if the metabolism B12 is responsible for is not working? The idea of this “metabolic testing” applies equally to Pottenger’s Cats… and fertility.
The cats in Pottenger’s model got sick because they were not eating food in a form they were supposed to. The foods that led to illness were basically the same as the foods the healthy group ate, except they were processed. Milling, refining, and soil depletion are several examples of processing familiar to within out industrial agriculture: it is no different than the processing of the cats’ food in Pottenger’s model. Processing sterilizes food and condenses certain nutrients (like carbohydrates and protein) at the expense of others (like fat, vitamins, and minerals). Processed food challenges the gut and the immune system in ways that we believe are connected to many diseases, including infertility. We refer to these issues as food intolerance.
If there is any suspicion that food intolerance is causing a health issue, let it be known first that there is some controversy about food intolerance testing. There are very few facilities that test thoroughly enough to offer a patient or a doctor viable results. We’ve seen this in randomized testing of specimens sent to labs: up to 70% variability of results with two samples coming from the same person at the same time!
With this in mind, it is important to find a practitioner who can stand by the quality of testing for food intolerance. The methodology for thorough testing requires more expensive repeat testing. Be cautious with cheap testing. Our comprehensive food intolerance testing costs close to $1,100. Don’t expect to pay less for accurate testing.
Testing for persistent organic and inorganic pollutants is an uneasy speculative argument. Environmental contaminants are a known participant in infertility. These issues are minimized though, by research confirming most pollutants are within “reasonable limits” in our air, soil, and water. However, most who support the “reasonable limits” argument – while not being wrong – are doubtful to acknowledge the cumulative effect of multiple pollutants. And this is what we are concerned about: what is the cumulative effect of our exposure on fertility?
It’s pretty well an assurance at this point that we all have pollutants stored in our bodies – and that there is ample evidence connecting said pollutants to infertility (among other things). The big ask is: if we all have them, is it worth seeing the numbers? Some would say, yes. Knowing what’s there, means an educated decision can be made regarding their proper remediation, as all pollutants are not alike… all treatments are not alike, either.
There is one remaining test…
Female Cycling Hormone Profile
There has been speculation that the practice of artificial conception methods have, since inception in 1978, become more of a profit generating industry than one of therapeutic necessity. It’s partly because of the expense, but also the limits of fertility treatment that beg the question: why even bother if trying a bit longer, or if an alternative intervention is just as effective?
The average cost of a single IVF procedure ranges from $13,000 to $20,000, depending on age of patient and method.
It’s interesting how easy it was to find data on the cost and whereabouts of IVF facilities, yet near impossible to find data concerning the comparative effectiveness of getting fertility treatment or simply continuing efforts to conceive naturally. Fertility has become such a market-driven industry for the past decade, its promotion has justifiably undermined arguments for stick-to-itiveness.
For less than $400, women can get a thorough, periodized hormone assessment for fertility. Female Cycling Tests draw from multiple samples taken throughout a single monthly cycle. Unlike traditional testing for hormones, this test looks for healthy or unhealthy changes in hormones to see if the body is able to initiate the important phases of the cycle. This would spare the expense of over $10,000 in fertility treatments that might not even be necessary. And, the results of testing can help open up a conversation about the cause of infertility. The cause, for women, is often to do with these irregularities secondary to the environmental influences (diet, pollution, etc.) discussed earlier. And they can be corrected!
For women who still have periods – even if irregular, herbal support may be helpful to encourage a stable cycle. The Female Cycling Hormone Profile, along with the other tests discussed, help on many levels to highlight deficiencies that impair the metabolic maintenance of pregnancy, to help identify pollutants known to affect pregnancy and outcomes, and to remove foods that entice systemic inflammation.
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