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Toronto Practitioner | Fiona McCulloch ND | White Lotus

Dr. Fiona is the Naturopathic Doctor advisor to IVF.ca : Canada’s premier online fertility community. Her research based blog is featured by the American College for Advancement in Medicine. Her articles on the naturopathic treatment of autoimmune infertility and luteal phase defect were published in NDNR, one of the leading journals for naturopathic doctors and she has presented to other health care professionals on evidence-based acupuncture and fertility treatment. In the media, Dr. Fiona was featured in an hour long special on natural fertility on Wylde on Health, has appeared on A Channel News, a CBC Documentary, and has been interviewed by FLARE and Wish magazines.

Posts by Fiona McCulloch ND:

Thyroid and Fertility


Thyroid problems are extremely common, and because they can be asymptomatic, it can be difficult to know if a condition is present.  The thyroid is absolutely essential for healthy fertility.  Dysfunction can cause ovulatory disorders, menstrual irregularity, and recurrent miscarriage.  The thyroid gland is key to support ovarian function. If…

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H1N1 Treatments: Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Herbal Medicines


It is now commonly accepted that many severe or fatal reactions to influenza are caused by intense inflammatory overreactions of the immune system.    A group from the Research School of Biology, Australian National University released an article on September 24, 2009 compiling evidence on this topic. Cytokines are chemicals which…

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Pregnancy after Miscarriage : What should I know?


Miscarriage is very common and can happen as often as in an estimated 50% of pregnancies.  Many miscarriages happen before pregnancy is even detected, however with the availability of early pregnancy testing women are becoming increasingly aware of early miscarriages.  Statistics compiled on miscarriage often include only reported miscarriages and…

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Top Fertility Tests for Women: An Integrative Medicine Perspective


Top Fertility tests :  A Quick Reference for Women from an Integrative Medicine Perspective FSH – Follicle Stimulating Hormone Day 3 FSH can indicate how hard the pituitary is working to stimulate the ovaries.  Though traditionally a higher FSH is given a poor prognosis, I don’t always see it this…

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Resveratrol for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome


Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a complex condition involving multiple hormonal components.  Treatment of this disease therefore must be multifold:   low glycemic index diets, exercise, therapies to reduce excessive tissue androgens and estrogens, enhancement of insulin resistance and antioxidant status, and improvement of luteal phase health and progesterone balance. In…

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Stress and Infertility


Everyone hears that stress can have a negative impact on your fertility and reproductive health, but have you ever wondered exactly how? Stress seems like such an abstract term, and not long ago the entire medical profession underestimated its effect on our health. We now know so much about the…

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Acupuncture for ovulation disorders and PCOS.


Polycystic ovarian syndrome is the number one reproductive disease in women.   This disease disrupts normal ovulatory cycles which can result in heartbreaking infertility for millions of women.  Known hormonal changes in PCOS include excess androgens (ie: testosterone), and insulin resistance.  Most thought now is leaning towards insulin resistance being the…

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Hormones and Mood : PMS and PMDD


The week before the period begins can be a difficult one emotionally for many women.  Different types of mood changes, as well as a range of physical symptoms can occur.  There have been difficulties for many years in finding the hormonal alterations which lead to premenstrual emotional symptoms.  However, the…

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Black cohosh may reduce side effects of Clomid / clomiphene


Clomid is one of the most commonly used pharmaceuticals in the treatment of fertility concerns today.  It is often the first therapy used.  Clomid (also known as clomiphene) binds to estrogen receptors, inhibiting the action of estrogen (which is produced by developing follicles) on the hypothalamus in the brain.   As…

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Soy and Fertility in Men


There is so much controversy about the effect of soy foods on men’s fertility.  With each study that is released, a news article follows declaring it to be either safe or harmful for men’s fertility.   I would like to go through some of the studies in this area and review…

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