Infertility is on the rise according to Dr. Roger Pierson PhD in obstetrics/Gynaecology (also a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society) who reported in a new study that 16% of heterosexual couples where the woman is age 18 to 44 are experiencing infertility. He says that this has doubled since the last time infertility was measured in 1992. According to the Holistic point of view there are many reasons for this and nutrition is at the top of the list. The main issues are the standard American Diet (known as SAD); this includes bad fats, genetically modified (GMO) foods, pesticides/herbicides, and too much caffeine/alcohol. Other factors are stress, hormonal imbalances, ovulatory defects, blocked tubes, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The SAD diet usually consists of too much sugar and refined carbs, factory farmed meat, alcohol, caffeine, and cigarette smoking. Whether the body is repeatedly exposed to estrogen toxins from the environment (known as xenoestrogens) or the foods we eat, either type of exposure causes the body to become estrogen dominant over time. Rebalancing estrogen dominance caused by a highly refined diet, xenoestrogen exposure, or even a sluggish liver (also exposed to too many toxins) is extremely necessary to increase fertility. This is possible with a CLEAN whole food diet, and liver cleansing (using vitamins, herbs, or homeopathy) as the liver has to clear ALL TYPES of toxins including breaking down/ eliminating excess hormones and xenoestrogens continuously. Another important point to consider is going to a reputable Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor as they are often specializing in women’s hormonal issues; they utilize acupuncture and herbs to re-balance the hormones. Dr. Grace Yue is exceptional and very knowledgeable in both eastern and western medicine.