Fiona McCulloch ND

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.

How Estrogen Levels Affect Thyroid Hormone Test Results

A recent study has given us interesting insights into how thyroid hormone test levels are affected by timing in a woman’s monthly cycle. 55 women were tested in a situation that mimicked estrogen levels during ovulation. As the study progressed, tests showed that when estrogen reached ovulatory levels, the thyroid-regulating hormone TSH levels rose as well. …

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Increased Risk of Diabetes from Artificial Sweeteners

Zero-calorie sweeteners like Aspartame have long been used in diet sodas, as well as other low-cal foods. It’s been assumed that these sweeteners are healthier alternatives for sugar (especially for those trying to lose weight), but recent studies show that they actually do a lot of damage, and can even increase one’s risk of diabetes. …

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vitamin D, vitamin D deficiency, vitamin D and PCOS, Hashimoto's

Vitamin D Deficiency, PCOS, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

A recent study was done on women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) who also have a vitamin D deficiency. The study found that these women fare better when they taken higher doses of the vitamin. The women in the study had improved glucose and lipid metabolism markers when they increased their daily intake from 1,000 UI, …

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Green Tea Extract Proves Better Than Metformin for Metabolic Markers in Women

Green tea continues to prove itself as a healing powerhouse. A lot of women with PCOS take Metformin to manage their insulin resistance, but a simpler solution proves to be even better. In a recent study, green tea extract was shown to outperform Metformin in both lipid profile and glycemic control. 120 women with high BMI took …

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Magnesium, zinc, oxidative stress, inflammation, hyperinsulinemia

Magnesium and Zinc: Two Essential Minerals for PCOS

In PCOS, insulin resistance causes oxidative stress and inflammation to be carried in our blood. A recent study has shown that magnesium and zinc play an important role in antioxidant stress and inflammation. In the study, 60 women with PCOS were matched for BMI. They were randomized to either take 250mg of magnesium paired with …

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Artificial Sweeteners’ Effect on the Brain Reduces Impulse Control

A lot of people struggle to lose weight while dieting, and a new study may have determined why. The study was on artificial sweeteners and how they affect the brain, and the results were quite shocking. There are countless diet soft drinks that are marketed to dieters specifically because of their low calorie count. Well, …

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In Lean PCOS, Insulin Resistance is Often Missed, as Illustrated by This Study on the Microbiome

A new study just released on gut microbiome and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) showed some fascinating results: it showed that women with PCOS have fewer types of gut bacteria AND very different microbiomes than women who don’t have the condition. This study concluded that this effect was due to testosterone, rather than metabolic issues or insulin …

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