This may surprise more than a few of you: A commercially-grown, common food and something long considered “safe” in our water supply can both cause infertility. Let’s take a look at these and other nutritional aspects which are likely contributing forces to infertility. The two culprits covered in our first article were: 1) Stress and Lack of Sleep and 2) Chemicals and Endocrine Disruptors (e.g. plastics). Now we’ll cover the last two in this series: 3) Poor Nutrition + GMO’s, and 4) Water. I think you’ll find that not only do these things apply to fertility, but also to maintaining healthy bodies for all of us.Infertility Culprit 3: Poor Nutrition & GMO’s
The Challenges: Much of our farm soil in the U.S. has been depleted and filled with chemicals which often chelate/adhere to the minerals in the soil (the main poison in Roundup, Glyphosate does this), meaning the plants are not able to absorb some minerals which are in the soil. The average commercially-grown veggies these days have considerably less nutritional value than they had 50 years ago.
I have hammered at the topic of the GMO’s for the past 6 months (Genetically Modified Organisms, AKA Genetic Engineered Foods). These unnatural DNA mutations–created by roughly slamming the DNA of plants, animals, toxins, and bacteria together–are, in my opinion, often dangerous. Our bodies take centuries (or longer) to adapt to properly ingest and utilize our foods. We have little or no defense against foods, and we must eat to survive.
Beware the Spermicidal Corn! There are often 2 or more GMO characteristics in corn; one of them is the Epicyte gene. Since our food isn’t labeled for GMO’s, we can’t be sure which of the commercial corn products may have this spermicidal gene. It is widely estimated that 88% of commercial corn is GMO’d; that much we do know. Many processed foods, such as cereals, crackers, and chips, contain corn. Feedlots use it to fatten up the cows. Especially with meats and packaged foods, think before you buy and bite. Read labels to answer this question: “Does this have commercial corn inside?” If you or someone you know is trying to get pregnant, stay away from these foods unless you are certain there is no corn, or that it is organic. Another common food to be aware of is wheat which can become quite disruptive to the immune system. You want all of your systems as healthy as possible to create the basis for a good pregnancy.
The Antidotes: My top advice is Eat Organic… and Avoid Wheat. You’ll need considerably less food overall when you get more dense nutrition in the food you eat. So the old expense concern can be turned on its head. In truth, the commercial foods are going to be more expensive in the short AND long run. You need to eat more of the commercial foods now in an attempt to acquire enough nutrition. That’s due to poor soils and other nutritionally-depleted factors in commercial agriculture, and the food may also be harming you slowly but steadily.
Consider growing your own food! Hydroponic, Aeroponic & Vertical Bed Gardens. Make sure your seeds are “heirloom”, not GMO’d Monsanto seed. Consume seriously nutritious foods such as sprouts, avocados and coconut oil (excellent fats your body needs), quinoa (high protein grain), broccoli (anti-cancerous), beans (more protein), and dark or brightly-colored veggies. Tip for the Holidays: Choose Sweet Potatoes over Yams. The sweet potatoes are about 3 times more nutritious!
Consume Healthy, Dark Chocolate daily, preferably as a nutritional, high-antioxidant supplement. Before it was candy, cacao (chocolate) was a Meso-American Indian medicine. The best is RAW (that means NOT commercial-mostly-dead-by-fire-roasting) with no white refined sugar or bad-filler-fats and preservatives.
Did you know there are over 300 chemically-identifiable nutritional compounds in cacao/chocolate? They are fully present–and concentrated–in raw cacao (unprocessed, dark chocolate), and you will likely save on your supplement bill (pre-natal or otherwise), not to mention making life simpler and more fun! When people ask me “What is the percentage of cocoa powder in raw chocolates?” I respond, “It’s not even on the same scale.” It’s like comparing a bicycle to a jet plane. While they are both methods of transportation, they are clearly not equal in power, distance and speed capabilities. “Perhaps,” I say, “This is like 500% cocoa.”
Case Study in Fertility with Healthy Chocolate + Anti-Aging Compounds
One of my patients recently went thru both a course of Western Medicine Fertility Drugs and Chinese Herbs plus acupuncture—either or both of which typically work. And yet at the end of both courses of treatment, her eggs were still not fertile. At that point the only choice she was being presented was to use donor eggs. However, she just wasn’t ready to give up, and she took my advice to try Xocai’s Anti-Aging Capsules, which I carry here at the clinic to help people with many conditions ranging from eye health, to pain and inflammatory conditions, to Parkinsons’ and more. They contain ingredients such as raw & concentrated therapeutic levels of cacao, CoQ10 (Ubiquinol), mushrooms, ginseng, Vitamin D, Resveratrol, and many other compounds and nutrients. After 6 weeks on Xocai Anti-Aging Capsules, her eggs tested fertile! (Note: At this point, it’s time to switch to another healthy chocolate product. The developing fetus does not need CoQ10, but it is excellent to have all the nutrition and high antioxidants in the other Xocai Healthy Chocolate products supporting Mom’s diet.)
Infertility Culprit #4: Water
The Challenges: Water is the 2nd most necessary ingredient supporting our life here on this planet–2nd only to the air we breathe. Suffice it to say, that the chemicals in our water–flouride and chlorine being possibly the worst ones– are also contributing factors harming our ability to reproduce healthy children. Low sperm count is a problem in about 50% of fertility issues, and flouride has demonstrated this effect. Flouride has many bad health effects and is classified as a poison by the EPA. In fact, it’s the main ingredient in rat poison, Sarin nerve gas… and Prozac (another topic to explore, isn’t it?). And yet, this chemical is in tap water in 43 of the 50 largest cities in our nation. And 67% of Americans are estimated to be drinking it. This is more than unfortunate that our water has become a handy and profitable dumping ground for this fertilizer industry byproduct.
And chlorine? It is there to kill biological creatures we don’t want in our water. Humans are composed of 50-70 trillion cells that appear as our human body. So, if you think of it this way, our body components are really no bigger than the bacteria chlorine is designed to kill. Consistent exposure will affect us negatively too, just not as quickly.
The Antidotes: Drink plenty of chemical-free water. Consume fermented foods and drinks which help break down and remove pesticides. Avoid chemicals as much as you can. There are numerous water filters out on the market to help purify your water. However, be cautious about drinking reverse osmosis water on a frequent basis. That process creates water which sucks minerals from your body as it passes through.
Our water of choice is called Kangan water. Fill your cup from the ceramic container in our clinic lobby, and ask me about it when you come in. The water is purified by a filtration system which includes, among other things, 7 titanium plates. This machine is classified as a medical device in Japan and is used there in hospitals as part of the protocol in treating many illnesses ranging from gangrene to intestinal ulcers.
In these last two articles we have covered areas of challenge for pregnancy. Hopefully we have provided some answers you are considering in helping create the optimal conditions for conception and pregnancy for those you know and love. Indeed, the same challenges and antidotes presented here apply to preserve and create optimal wellness for yourself and all of us–at any age. The beginning of life is a magical moment, but so can every moment of any day be for all of us.