Over six million women struggle with infertility today. That number was less than one million in 1980. If we want to find answers to infertility, we need to take a look at what has changed over the past forty years.
Before the 1980s it was common for people to eat liver once a week and cook their own food from scratch. Now we eat fast food or cook from cans and boxes with ingredients we can’t pronounce.
Up to the mid 1980s, French fries were made with lard or beef tallow (and boy were they good!). In 1984 we had the Cholesterol Consensus Conference where saturated fat and cholesterol were put on trial and executed without any real evidence of guilt and French fries never tasted the same again.
The fats that made food taste good were banned and replaced with processed vegetable oils, usually hydrogenated oils. We need saturated fats (found in butter, lard, beef tallow, and tropical fats) if we want healthy cells. Baby making requires lots of healthy cells.
Saturated fats help our cells hold their shape (think of smooth skin), allow cells to communicate with each other and they act like bouncers, keeping out the party crashers. Vegetable oils make our cells floppy (imagine wrinkled skin) so they aren’t very good at keeping the party crashers out. The party crashers are things like inflammation and free radicals. Inflamed cells don’t make babies very well.
The fats you want to avoid are soy, corn, cottonseed, canola, safflower, sunflower and grapeseed oils.
GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)
Another significant change in the diet world was the addition of genetically modified organisms to our food. In animals, GMOs cause infertility along with organ damage and death. They haven’t been studied adequately in humans, but if they can cause infertility in animals, they can cause infertility in humans.
Anyone wanting to get pregnant should avoid GMOs which are found in soy, corn, cotton, canola, alfalfa, beet sugar, papya, some potatoes and zucchini. There are always attempts to create more GMO foods so this list will grow.
Right now we can avoid GMO foods simply by choosing organic foods.
We have more pesticides and herbicides to deal with now, not only in food but in the environment. One of the worst offenders is glyphosate which you might be using to kill weeds in your yard.
GMO foods contain more glyphosate than non-GMO foods because the modifications allow the plant to survive the herbicide so they can use more to kill the weeds. Glyphosate works by preventing plants and microorganisms from making certain proteins that promote plant growth.
Humans have a plethora of microorganisms in their gut and glyphosate seems to target our beneficial bacteria leading to an unhealthy microbiome. We are finding that gut health is essential to our wellbeing. It is also essential to healthy estrogen metabolism which is necessary for fertility. In addition to infertility, an unhealthy microbiome can lead to PCOS, endometriosis and endometrial hyperplasia.
It’s a little more difficult to avoid glyphosate as it is everywhere, but going organic is one of the best ways to limit it. Also, don’t use it in your yard, try to avoid breathing in exhaust fumes, and drink water that has glyphosate filtered out.
I realize this is a controversial issue, but if we want answers we need to let go of dogma and look at the facts.
In 1980, there were 7 vaccines on the market. Today 16 vaccines are on the market with more on the way and many of these require multiple doses and boosters.
We have never studied the cumulative effects of all these vaccines nor their impact on fertility. There is some evidence the HPV vaccine may cause infertility and we don’t know the long-term effects of yearly flu vaccines. The flu vaccine has also never been studied in pregnant women and yet it is encouraged.
By the time you are ready to have a baby, you have already received all these vaccines, so what can you do?
Vaccines always contain toxins, like aluminum or polysorbate 80. These can build up in the body and cause problems like infertility, autoimmune disorders and hormonal disruption. It may be necessary for some women to go through a heavy metal detox under the care of a knowledgeable physician.
Supplements that can help with heavy metal removal are N-acetyl-cysteine and alpha lipoic acid. Eating clean is very important. Beware of the numerous detox programs on the market as they don’t really understand detox. It’s an involved process that needs to be done in stages so working with a knowledgeable healthcare provider can be very helpful.
EMFs (Electromagnetic Frequencies)
Another controversial issue, but if we just ignore everything controversial, we might just miss out on having a baby.
We live in a world that has electric and magnetic forces of energy all around us. Humans are electric beings. Consider the system of nerves and how they communicate with organs. Electromagnetic frequencies can be natural from the earth, sun and lightning or it can be man made from cell phones, telephone wires, satelites and radio waves.
With natural EMFs, the electric current flows only one way which is known as direct current. Man made electric currents flow one way and then back and we call this alternating current.
What is important with EMFs is their wavelength and frequency. The longer the wavelength, the lower the frequency, the shorter the wavelength, the higher the frequency. Microwaves, cell phones, and other electronics we are exposed to are on the side of longer wavelength, lower frequency. The sun is in the middle and x-rays are at the opposite end of shorter wavelength and higher frequency.
There is also non-ionizing and ionizing radiation with microwaves and cell phones being non-ionizing and x rays being ionizing radiation. The sun provides infrared and ultraviolet radiation.
So what the heck does all this mean? EMFs can harm our bodies no matter how long or short the wavelength, how high or low the frequency or whether it is ionizing or non-ionizing radiation; they just produce harm in different ways.
We are mostly exposed to non-ionizing radiation particularly through wireless devices like smart appliances, anything connected with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or radar, activity trackers like Fitbit, thermostats, and game consoles. Yikes!
These EMFs can damage our cells and glands. When it comes to infertility, you really want to consider the thyroid gland, sperm and egg cells. While we can’t avoid EMFs, we can take some steps to reduce our exposure and the harm they cause. If you want to learn more, I highly recommend the book EMF Practical Guide by Lloyd Burrell, but here a few things you can implement now:
Convenience, unfortunately, comes at a price and some people are more sensitive than others to the changes we have seen over the past 40 years. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to reduce our risk, heal our body and increase our chances of getting pregnant.
If you’d like to get on the fast track to motherhood, schedule a free consultation with me at www.getpregnanteasier.com to see how I can help you get to your Happy Mother’s Day sooner.