Keeping You Well

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Did You Know

Here in the USA, there is about 10 to 15 percent of couples who are struggling with infertility, according to MayoClinic.com. Some of the female fertility issues are due to uterine problems and ovulation disorders. On the male side, it is poor sperm quantity and quality. Women and men who seeking different ways to boost their fertility can do so by making healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet.


Zinc is important for the motility, number, motility and fertilizing ability of sperm. It is also responsible for the production of testosterone. Zinc is needed for ovulation, immunity and fetal growth for female fertility. It is recommended that couples trying to conceive consume at least 15mg of zinc daily, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Foods that are rich in zinc include wheat germ, oysters, pine nuts and wheat bran.

Omega 3

Omega-3 fatty acids support male fertility by assisting the health and viability of sperm cells. Omega 3 also contribute to female fertility by increasing hormone balance, blood flow, and development of the fetus. Fish is acknowledged as a good source of Omega 3 rich food the possibility of contaminants such as mercury can be harmful if consumed in large amounts, reports the American Pregnancy Association. It is recommended that people consume 12 oz. or less of low-mercury on a weekly basis. Low mercury fish include salmon, sardines, and herring. Seeds and nuts are also sources of Omega 3 oils.

Calcium Rich Foods

Calcium is essential for sperm function and motility, which is the sperms ability to move actively and spontaneously, reports the University of Michigan Health System. Calcium is also important for the development of the embryo and fetal bones. The American Pregnancy Association recommends that women planning to start a family take 1,000mg of calcium daily, which is equivalent to three 8-oz. glasses of milk. Calcium rich foods include dried fruit, yogurt, cheese, seeds and green leafy vegetables.

Healing Steps Of Acupuncture

Lisa M. Mackay, Lic. Ac.

I am licensed with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. As a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture with a Master’s Degree in Japanese and Chinese acupuncture and have been operating a private practice for over ten years, I specialize in the treatment of fertility issues for both men and women.

Acupuncture works on our reproductive system and can help to improve the function of the ovaries. High levels of FSH show poor ovarian function, acupuncture can decrease FSH levels by changing hormone levels and ovarian function. It can help with maintaining embryos as well as grow healthy strong ones. If using an IVF or IUI program it can help support ovaries to better respond to the stimulating drugs by helping to reproduce more follicles and good quality eggs and it helps thicken the lining of the uterus by regulating the estrogen and progesterone levels.

For men who are having fertility issues acupuncture can improve semen quality and quantity. Doing this can improve the health of the embryo which then reduces the risk of miscarriage.

Acupuncture is an alternative way to help heal our body, mind, and spirit

lisa.mackay@comcast.net | 617-759-5298


The body is an amazing creation, that can accomplish numerous miraculous tasks including creating new life. These miraculous tasks are accomplished under the direction of the nervous system. The nervous system is the master communication system of the entire body.
In many cases, fertility issues may be associated with improper nervous system function, poor nutrition, high stress and poor lifestyle habits.Chiropractors are nervous system specialists and reducing interference within the nervous system is their primary goal. Keeping the spine properly aligned, clearing the nervous system of excessive interference, and counseling patients about nutrition, exercise, and changes to lifestyle, make chiropractor one of your best options to help your body function in harmony with the way it was designed. Also, note that chiropractic care can be used in conjunction with other accepted approaches to resolving infertility concerns and can greatly improve the chances of successful medical procedures such as IVF. Barley Family Health Care

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Angela, a licensed social worker (LICSW), has joined our staff and pursues her career in the professional for personal interests. Her role is to conduct the MMPI (personality testing) and Psychological Evaluations. By doing both evaluations she gains a good sense of our candidates, who they are and their level of commitment. Learn about Angela
Ellen, a licensed social worker (LICSW). She’s clinical social worker focusing on infertility, pregnancy loss, adoption, collaborative reproduction and parenting after infertility. Learn about Ellen