I just returned from the annual conference held in Tempe, Arizona sponsored by the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association. The topics this year centered on the theme, “Battle of the Sexes: Men & Women’s Health.” Talks varied between thyroid health, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility – both male and female, and prostate health among others. These conferences always inspire and this year was no different. While speakers tended to focus on particular themes, each lecture offered bits of information that are practical for many patients, whether male or female.
One of the more interesting topics covered was infertility. Most infertility lectures focus on female infertility which is logical considering the myriad variables which must align just so in order for a successful pregnancy to occur. However, many times, the father is the weak link in the chain and this conference offered many helpful therapies to ensure his contribution is more than adequate. One simple test reveals so much information and can reveal which is the best protocol to follow naturally. If a couple is having infertility issues, it makes sense to maximize each partner’s individual health and contribution.
A great deal of information was provided concerning female infertility as well. One of the more interesting facts revealed stems from epigenetic research. “Epigenetics” refers to external factors which effect genetic expression – including diet and environmental factors. The most current research is revealing that parental health four months prior to conception coupled with the mother’s habits during pregnancy has a greater impact on the long term health of the baby than life choices made by the growing child into adulthood.
Overall, the entire conference was very enlightening and many useful clinical applications were revealed. At Elements, we strive to provide our patients with the most current and researched treatment options so that you can rest assured that you are receiving optimal care.