Monday, August 30

My Florida Vacation

My son and I went to Florida together for vacation. He is 15 years old. This is the first time that we have gone away - just the two of us.
My good friend, the esteemed Dr. Stuart Zoll, one of the first acupuncturists to practive in the U.S., offered us the use of his home while we were there.

First of all, he doesn't have a home, he has a palace. The Zoll Retreat we called it.

Each and every morning upon awakening we found coffee on the pot, fruit in the bowl, juice in the pitcher and love in the air.

We were given a car for unlimited use and keys to the palace.
We had the most wonderful time in large part due to the incredible hospitality of our most giving and loving host, Dr. Stuart Zoll.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Stu.

Your love and graciousness made our trip a noteworthy one.
Love and gratitude.

mike and noah

Thursday, August 26

The Ego of Reproductive Medicine

"Put 3 docs in a room and you'll get 4 opinions". Mine: "Put 3 RE's in a room and you'll get 200 opinions".

Some believe in immunological mitigators of infertility, some dont; some believe in miscarriage caused by thrombophilic disease, some don't. Some use Metformin to improve egg quality in the absence of PCOS or hyperinsulinemia or hyperandrogenism and no obesity. Some use prednisone instead of intralipid tx. Some use DHEA with every patient. Some believe that the sole cause of infertility is bacterial invation. Can't we share experiences and see HOW to effectively use treatments based on each others experiences? NO. WHY? EGO!

Visualization improves fertility!

Applying Visualization to Fertility

In 1971, Dr. O. Carl Simonton, a radiologist at the University of Texas met a 61-year old patient who had advanced throat cancer with a very poor prognosis. The patient was so weak that it seemed highly unlikely that he would respond well to radiation, the standard therapy for his condition.
In desperation, Dr. Simonton suggested the man try visualization as a means of enhancing his radiation therapy. While visualizing the cancer cells as vividly as possibly, he imagined his white blood cells successfully ridding the cancer. For him, he saw his cancer cells being swept clean from his system leaving only healthy cells behind. He went home with instructions to repeat this visualization throughout the day, every day.

In a few weeks, his tumor seemed to be shrinking and he was virtually free of side effects from his radiation therapy. After 2 months, his cancer was completely gone.

Naturally, Dr. Simonton was elated but baffled. How could a thought deal so effectively with a cancer cell? The patient went on to effectively deal with arthritis in his leg that kept him from going stream-fishing. Six years later, he was still cancer and arthritis free.

This is the power of the brain to heal.

This is the power of the brain and how we can use visualization to enact this self-healing power. According to Dr. Bernie Siegel, it doesn't matter if you direct it to heart-disease, cancer, arthritis, or infertility - it works on all aspects of our health.

This is the underpinning of our work and programming for Circle+Bloom. Applying this brain-visualization power to the reproductive system. This is why our programs follow the cycle as closely as possible. We move inward and visualize what is happening - or should be happening - on a daily basis.
After watching both my parents die of cancer at the hands of modern medicine, I find a bittersweet solace when I hear these types of stories. But at the same time it strengthens my resolve that we need to educate and teach everyone that this self-healing is a powerful tool we can all use no matter what stage of our life we are in.

I endorse this wonderful company! Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM

Thursday, August 19

Stress reduces fertility

Click on the title 'Stress reduces fertility' and watch!
Acupuncture reduces stress. Therefore acupuncture increases pregnancy outcomes. Simple enough!

Tuesday, August 17

The Berkley Center is Opening in Long Island!

First Holistic Fertility Center on Long Island

East Coast Fertility is pleased to announce starting October 4th, 2010, in association with The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness, they will be the first Center on Long Island to offer an East meets West approach to fertile wellness.

While East Coast Fertility will continue to provide state-of-the-art high tech fertility care, The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness will be providing acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and clinical counseling to help enhance your experience.

Mike Berkley, the Director of Complementary Medicine Services, is the first acupuncturist in the U.S. to devote his practice solely to the care of those faced with fertility challenges. East Coast Fertility is pleased to welcome The Berkley Center to their home!

Please call 516-204-7149 to schedule your first appointment for complementary medicine services at East Coast Fertility.