Intermittent fasting – facts and fallacies
written by Doreen Schwegler on October 9, 2017
Join our Nutritionist Laura Bristow for an informative talk on this time proven way to lose weight effectively. Read her blog here: http://nurturedwellbeing.com.au/blog-2/
Oct. 16th 7-8pm at 294 Buckley St Essendon
Optional tour of the Power Plates studio afterwards (and receive a FREE workout voucher valued at $40)
Investment: $5 prepaid (or $10 at the door) Limited spots available. Bring a friend for FREE
Goody bag valued at $39 for each attendee. Call or pop into the clinic to book with your credit card or
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How much does it cost to have a healthy baby naturally?
written by Doreen Schwegler on February 10, 2017
Couples wanting to optimise their health and boost their fertility may be fearful of the expense in seeking the help of a Natural Fertility Specialist. When you compare seeing a Health practitioner who specialises in Natural Fertility Management versus doing an IVF cycle or suffering another miscarriage, having a child with naturopathic support can work out to be significantly better value on many counts. This includes the financial, emotional and physical costs involved in doing assisted techniques, where oftentimes the underlying issues that necessitated doing IVF in the first place been not been addressed.
Doing a thorough Preconception Health Care (PCHC) workup not only increases the likelihood of a natural conception , increased IVF success and a really healthy pregnancy and baby, but helps each partner address their own health challenges like sleep or mood problems, heavy metal overload, hormone imbalance, allergies, excess weight, digestive issues or fatigue. So not only are the eggs and sperm getting the best chance of being as healthy as possible, but the prospective parents often feel healthier and happier, and hopefully improve their chances of being around to kick the footy with their grand kids!
Costs are broadly divided into 3 main things:
- Testing and
Visits usually involve at least 1 hour per partner initially, and currently costs $150 with the Naturopath. Subsequent visits are scheduled according to the cleint’s age, availability and the time frame negotiated. These visits are often covered by extras cover with private health insurance
Testing is broadly grouped into:
- Pathology tests from the GP – often some have been done, and the extra ones required are Medicare rebatable with a supportive GP. Some tests like Vitamin D and zinc need to be paid for privately.
- Optional ‘In house tests’, such as live blood testing ($60), Bio impedance testing to measure fat % and cellular health ($60), urine tests like pH and heavy metal clearance ($5/$15), and oxidative stress testing ($80)
- Optional Functional pathology testing including hair analysis to screen for heavy metals ($120), thorough urinary hormone profiles ($379), and genetic profiling ($434.50). Some of these tests may not be indicated, desired or relevant, but they are available for those who are interested.
Supplements almost always include a comprehensive prenatal multivitamin and omega 3 supplement for both partners, plus any extras as required.
The practitioner-only products we stock are matched with our client’s requirements e.g. we stock eight different prenatal supplements for females, and, for example, if our client has a mutation for the MTHFR gene, her body does not convert the folate to ‘active folate’ very effectively. So taking an across-the-counter product like Elevit could be causing more harm than good, as there is evidence to suggest that the unmetabolised folate could cause problems. Our commonly prescribed prenatal multi costs $23.95 for a month’s supply, and works out even cheaper when purchased in the 90 day size.
The omega 3 supplement is specifically designed for preconception care and pregnancy, containing high dose DHA and mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E) for healthy egg and sperm, and costs $40 for 2 months.
Oftentimes couples consider starting their preconception workup with a ‘Detox’ – see: https://www.metagenics.com.au/About/Detox
Depending on the questionnaire and time required this can cost $70-80 per week per person, and takes between 2 and 6 weeks.
Herbs may be required, and are formulated individually according to your requirements. They cost approximately $26 per week.
Whilst the natural approach may seem expensive at first glimpse, when you consider that your child’s health lasts their lifetime, and your health is one thing that only you have the power to change, I believe you can’t afford NOT doing a thorough preconception workup!
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