Shelly Tompkins

Fertility assessment using Functional Medicine

Fertility assessment using Functional Medicine

Wanting to have a baby but facing a negative pregnancy test month after month can be heartbreaking. Many women will seek out medical help, only to be told to relax, prescribed medications like Clomid, or steered towards medical interventions like intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The problem with this approach is that it’s …

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Fertility, how can acupuncture and herbs help?

For anyone struggling with infertility, it is quite an emotional rollercoaster. Every month, with another negative reading on the “stick”, can lead to depression and heartbreak. After months, or a year of trying, one might see a doctor to find out why “things” aren’t happening. Sometimes there are answers. There could be blood/hormone labs showing some irregularities, …

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Gluten sensitivity, is it making you sick?

I’d learned about Celiac Disease (Sprue), Crohn’s disease, and Irritable bowel syndrome in college, while training to be a practitioner of oriental medicine. I knew that some dietary restrictions were deemed necessary in keeping the digestion “normalized”, but I wasn’t aware of gluten being such a major player! I also learned that with Oriental Medicine, …

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Why do I feel bad, with normal lab ranges?

You’re not feeling your “normal self.”  You feel tired, maybe even depressed, symptoms are popping up that you’ve never experienced before. You know there’s something wrong. You have numerous blood tests done, which come back “normal”, and then your doctor says, “There’s nothing wrong with you”. What??? That can’t be right. This has undoubtedly happened …

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