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daughter had trouble getting pregnant and this is her
response as to what she did to get her beautiful baby
From what I have learned, it sounds like a hormone
inbalance. I would recommend her getting in
Dr. Stengler in California and taking the tests he did
on me. He might recommend more, but she at least
6-panel hormone test. After the results come
back, she will need to do a phone consultation with
him so he can tell her what she needs to do. The
6-panel hormone test cost $240 (unless the prices have
changed). They also had me take the Thyroid
Hormone test and that one cost $140. The
supplements they had me take were somewhat pricey but
compared to what it usually costs to go the Doctor's
route, it wasn't that much. After a year of
being on their program it probably cost us a total of
$1500 but it was well worth it.
You can get ahold of Dr. Stengler at :
La Jolla Whole Health Clinic
8950 Villa La Jolla Dr Ste A107
La Jolla, CA 92037
He does the hormone testing through the Life Wellness
Pharmacy and they have
a website that tells about the testing they do.
Their website is www.lifewellness.com
. I hope this information is useful.
For those trying to
This was taken
Linda has some excellent information
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in Arizona: West Valley Fertility Center
Description: Board-certified fertility specialist, Dr.
Vladimir Troche, offers all state-of-the-art fertility
treatment options such as IVF, ICSI, PGD, egg donation,
surrogacy and more.
Great patient care,
excellent success rates.
Lifestyle changes that
may be helpful: Some conventional medications can
interfere with fertility. If in doubt, individuals
taking prescription drugs should research the effects of
all drugs they are taking.
that may be helpful:
Protects sperm from oxidative damage.(1) Supplementing
vitamin C improves the quality of sperm in smokers.(2)
When sperm stick together (a condition called
agglutination), fertility is reduced. Vitamin C reduces
sperm agglutination,(3) increasing the fertility of men
with this condition.(4) Many doctors of natural medicine
recommend 1 gram of vitamin C per day for infertile men,
particularly those diagnosed with sperm
A lack of zinc can
reduce testosterone levels.(5) For men with low
testosterone levels, zinc supplementation raises
testosterone and also increases fertility.(6) For men
with low semen zinc levels, zinc supplements may
increase both sperm counts and fertility.(7) Most
studies have infertile men take zinc supplements for at
least several months. The ideal amount of
zinc remains unknown, but some doctors of natural
medicine recommend 25 mg three times per day.
This is an amino acid found in many foods. It is needed
to produce sperm. Most research shows that several
months of arginine supplementation increases sperm count
and quality(8,9) and also fertility.(10,11) However,
some studies have reported that arginine helps few,(12)
if any, infertile men.(13) Nonetheless, many doctors of
natural medicine suggest 4 grams of arginine per
day for several months to see if it will help infertile
This is a nutrient used by the body in the production of
energy. While its exact role in the formation of sperm
is unknown, there is evidence that as little as 10 mg
per day (over a two-week period) will increase sperm
count and motility.
A deficiency in animals leads to infertility.(15) In a
preliminary human trial, 100-200 IU of vitamin E given
to each man and woman of infertile couples led to a
significant increase in fertility.(16)
It is needed to maintain fertility. Vitamin B12
injections have increased sperm counts for men with low
numbers of sperm.(17) These results have been duplicated
in double-blind research. (18) Men seeking B12
injections should consult a nutritionally oriented
A substance made in the body and also found in
supplements. It appears to be necessary for normal
functioning of sperm cells. Supplementing with 3
grams per day for four months has helped to normalize
sperm in men with low sperm quality in several
Preliminary research suggests oral SAMe may increase
sperm activity in infertile men.(21)
Are there any side
effects or interactions? see below
Some individuals develop diarrhea after as little as a
few thousand milligrams of vitamin C per day, while
others are not bothered by ten times this amount.
However, high levels of vitamin C can deplete the body
of copper,(22) an essential nutrient. It is
prudent to ensure adequate copper intake at higher
intakes of vitamin C (copper is found in many
Individuals who take 30 mg or more of zinc per day for
more than a few months should balance the zinc with
copper in order to prevent copper deficiency. For 30 mg
per day of zinc, 2 mg per day of copper is usually
taken. For 60-90 mg per day of zinc, 3-4 mg per day of
copper is a reasonable amount. Zinc intake in excess of
300 mg per day may impair immune function. Zinc
has been reported to increase glycosylation with IDDM
(insulin dependent diabetes mellitus)an indicator of
trouble. (This problem does not occur with NIDDM.) While
doctors of natural medicine believe this increase may be
an error, people with IDDM supplementing with zinc
should consult a nutritionally oriented doctor. Zinc
competes for absorption with iron, calcium,
and magnesium. A multimineral supplement will prevent
mineral imbalances that can result from taking high
doses of zinc for extended periods of time.
Individuals with kidney or liver disease should consult
their nutritionally oriented doctors before
supplementing with arginine. Individuals with
herpes (either cold sores or genital herpes) should not
take arginine, because it can stimulate replication of
Congestive heart failure patients taking coenzyme Q10
should not abruptly discontinue taking supplements
without first consulting a physician. An isolated test
tube study reported that the anticancer action of a
certain cholesterol-lowering drug was blocked by
addition of coenzyme Q10.(23) So far, experts in the
field have put little stock in this report because its
not yet been confirmed in animal, human, or even other
test tube studies. The drug used in the test tube study
is not used to treat cancer, and preliminary information
regarding the use of high amounts of coenzyme Q10 in
humans suggests the possibility of anticancer
activity.(24, 25, 26)
Vitamin E toxicity is very rare; supplements are widely
considered to be safe.
Vitamin B12 supplements are not associated with side
Carnitine has not been consistently linked with any
SAMe is normally produced in the liver from the amino
acid methionine, which is abundant in most diets. Folic
acid and vitamin B12 are necessary for the synthesis of
SAMe, and deficiencies of these vitamins results in low
concentrations of SAM in the central nervous
Clinical trials in thousands of people for up to two
years have demonstrated that SAMe is very well
tolerated, much better than the medications it has often
been compared with. Occasional gastrointestinal upset
may be experienced by some people.
Researchers treating people with manic-depression
(bipolar illness) have reported that SAMe could cause
them to switch from depression to a manic episode. SAMe
has been used in a study of pregnant women and was found
to be safe.
Herbs that may be helpful: Yohimbe dilates blood
vessels, making this herb useful for treating male
impotence, which can be a cause of infertility. A
tincture of yohimbe bark is often used in the amount of
5-10 drops three times per day. There are also
standardized yohimbe products available for the
treatment of impotence. A typical daily amount of
yohimbine is 15-30 mg. Its
best to use yohimbine under the supervision of a
nutritionally oriented doctor. With kidney disease
or peptic ulcer and pregnant or lactating women should
not use yohimbe. Standard doses may sometimes cause
dizziness, nausea, insomnia, or anxiety. Using more than
40 mg of yohimbe per day can cause dangerous side
effects, including loss of muscle function, chills, and
vertigo. Some people will also experience hallucinations
when taking higher amounts of yohimbe. Foods with high
amounts of tyramine (such as cheese, red wine, and
liver) should not be eaten while a person is taking
yohimbe, as it may cause severe hypertension and other
Sometimes helpful for men with impotence. Damiana is not
usually used alone; it is believed to be more effective
when combined with other herbs of similar or
Higher doses of damiana may induce a mild sense of
euphoria. The leaves have a minor laxative effect, which
is more pronounced at higher intakes, and may cause
loosening of stools.
By increasing arterial blood flow, may help some
impotent men.(27) Ginkgo is essentially devoid of any
serious side effects. Mild headaches lasting for a day
or two and mild upset stomach have been reported in a
very small percentage of people using ginkgo. There are
no known contraindications to the use of ginkgo by
pregnant and lactating women.
May also be supportive for male potency.
Used as recommended, Asian ginseng is generally safe. In
rare instances, ginseng may cause overstimulation and
possibly insomnia. Consuming caffeine with ginseng
increases the risk of overstimulation and
gastrointestinal upset. Persons with uncontrolled high
blood pressure should not use ginseng. Long-term use of
ginseng may cause menstrual abnormalities and
breast tenderness in some women. Ginseng is not
recommended for pregnant or lactating women.
Homeopathic Remedies for
Failure to achieve or
maintain an erection and premature ejaculation are
problems that warrant professional attention. Many
factors can contribute to impotence, including diet,
physical activity level, and psychological issues. The
homeopathic medicines described below may provide some
help. The following are a representative selection of
the homeopathic remedies that may help this condition.
It is recommended that a homeopathic practitioner be
30c: This remedy is considered useful when a
man is no longer able to achieve an erection. An
enlarged prostate may also be present. Men who may
benefit from this remedy may lack self-confidence and be
concerned about failing memory. Lycopodium 30c can
be taken once per day for a week, and then once a week
for the following month.
Argentum nitricum 30c:
If a mans erection fails when coitus is attempted, this
medicine might provide a measure of assistance.
This remedy is most useful for men who are anxious, very
hurried, very warm-blooded, and have a noticeable
craving for sweets and salt. Argentum nitricum 30c can
be taken once per day for a week, and then once a week
for the following month.
Selenium metallicum 30c:
This remedy is for men who still have an abundance of
sexual fantasies but have lost their sexual ability. Men
needing this remedy are often greatly exhausted by even
slight effort and may be losing hair more than
normally. Selenium metallicum 30c can be
taken once daily for a week, then once a week for the
6c: This is a good remedy for injuries to areas
with high concentrations of nerve endings, such as the
fingers. It is also effective for easing the pain of
puncture wounds and crushing injuries. Try Hypericum 6c
every hour for up to six times per day, reducing to
three to four times per day until symptoms
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8. de Aloysio D, Mantuano R, Mauloni M, Nicoletti G. The
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Progress on therapy of breast cancer with vitamin Q10
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