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Monday, September 30, 2013

Herbal Hormone Balancing After Miscarriage - Herbs For Fertility and Miscarriage

Miscarriage Over 40, How Herbs Can Help

After a miscarriage, your body may need help getting back into balance.
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 This article talks about how herbs can help your endocrine system and regulate your cycle again. Read more:
After a miscarriage you may experience infertility, or irregular or delayed menstruation due to an imbalance between the reproductive hormones progesterone and estrogen. Herbs may help you correct the imbalance between these hormones naturally. Consult your health care provider before starting herbal treatment to balance your hormones after a miscarriage.
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See Also: Herbs For Fertility and Pregnancy Herbs that balance hormones work in various ways. Herbal hormone normalizers, also called amphoterics, may affect your endocrine system and set off a chain of hormonal events that lowers high hormonal levels and raises levels that are too low. Some herbs may also contain chemicals that act on receptors to mimic hormones and regulate hormone levels. Check with a qualified practitioner for advice about safe dosage and preparation of these herbs.

Black cohosh, or Cimicifuga racemosa, is a perennial herbs with a long history as a remedy for menstrual and menopausal disorders. Black cohosh is a hormone normalizer that can mimic estrogen and alleviate estrogen deficits. The roots and rhizomes are rich in isoflavonoids and triterpenoids. In their 2009 book, "Medicinal Plants of the World," botanist Ben-Erik van Wyk and biologist Michael Wink state that these plant chemicals act as estrogen receptor modulators. Naturopathic doctors Asa Hershoff and Andrea Rotelli explain in their 2001 book, "Herbal Remedies," that black cohosh normalizes your menstrual cycle after a miscarriage. Do not use this herb if you are pregnant or nursing.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Car Accidents and Pregnancy Dangers

Pregnancy, Miscarriage and Car Accidents

I knew a woman who had a hard time getting pregnant but when she finally became pregnant, she tragically lost the baby in a car accident.
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 I almost got into a collision when I was pregnant but by some miracle I was able to swerve and avoid a car that was trying to make a left turn without paying attention to oncoming traffic. Here is an article about car accidents which may occur when you are pregnant and what danger signals to look for:

Any pregnancy can become high risk at any time, there are no guarantees. And although the occurrence of any of the following symptoms may not necessarily indicate that the expectant mother is having a problem, you should call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these conditions after an automobile accident:

vaginal bleeding or spotting
swelling in your face or fingers
a leakage of fluid or increased vaginal discharge
severe or unrelenting and constant headaches
pain in your abdomen or shoulder areas
persistent vomiting that is not connected to morning sickness
chills or a fever
a noticeable change in the frequency or strength of your baby's movements
painful or urgent urination
faintness or dizziness 

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Miscarriage Associated With Food Packaging

Miscarriage and BPA phthalates

I have recently posted a number of articles on how some of the chemicals used for packaging food and other items can negatively affect fertility and your unborn child. Here is another article which associates those same chemicals with miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage. Read more:

Scientists in Japan have found evidence of a link between recurrent miscarriages and a chemical widely used in food packaging.

Women with a history of miscarriages were found to have higher levels of the compound in their bodies. The scientists admit that their findings are based on a small preliminary study, but say further research into the chemical's effect on human reproduction is "definitely warranted".
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The compound is called bisphenol-A or BPA. It is used in plastic food containers, cans and dental sealants. Research suggests it leaches from products and is absorbed in low concentrations by the human body. A separate study last month suggested it might be a contributing factor to women developing breast cancer.

In the research, published in the journal Human Reproduction, a team led by Mayumi Sugiura-Ogasawara of the obstetrics and gynaecology department at Nagoya City University Medical School examined 45 patients who had suffered miscarriages three or more times and 32 women with a history of successful pregnancies. They found average BPA levels were more than three times higher in those women who had miscarried


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Obesity Significantly Increases Risk Of Recurrent Miscarriage

Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Over 40 and Obesity

Most of us know obesity can be a risk factor for infertility and even miscarriage.  If you are trying to conceive, it is suggested that you reach a normal weight before actually trying because the body doesn't like to get pregnant while body weight is declining.
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This article quotes a study which explains that obesity may also be a risk factor for recurrent miscarriage. Read more:

For the study, clinical nurse specialist at the hospital, Winnie Lo, and colleagues, examined 398 women who had been attending the hospital with their partners for unexplained miscarriages between 1996 and 2006. They then followed them on their next pregnancy and also put them into four groups depending on their Body Mass Index (BMI). When they analysed the data they adjusted the results for potential confounders like age, a well know risk factor for miscarriage.

The results showed that:
1 per cent of the women were underweight (BMI under 18.50).

49 per cent were of normal weight (BMI 18.50 to 24.99).

34 per cent were overweight (BMI 25.00 to 29.99).

16 per cent were obese (BMI of 30.00 and over).

0.5 per cent of the women who miscarried in their next pregnancy were underweight.

44.9 per cent of the women who miscarried in their next pregnancy were of normal weight.

33.3 per cent of the women who miscarried in their next pregnancy were obese.

Compared to women of normal weight, obese women had a significantly higher risk of miscarriage (odds ratio 2.3).

The figures for overweight and underweight women did not show a signficantly increased risk of miscarriage.
The authors concluded that:

"This study demonstrated that women with unexplained RM [recurrent miscarriage] who are obese (BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2) have a significantly increased risk of miscarriage in future pregnancies compared to those with a normal BMI."

"These women should be counselled regarding the significant beneficial effect on pregnancy outcome to be gained by weight loss," they added.

An obesity specialist told the BBC that it could be dangerous to lose weight while pregnant, suggesting the advice of this study should be treated with caution. Dr Nick Finer, an endocrinologist with an interest in obesity who is based at Addenbrooke's Hospital near Cambridge, called the findings "unsurprising".

Fisher said scientists already knew that increasing BMI is linked to reduced fertility, increased risk of fetal malformation and other adverse pregnancy outcomes. While it was not clear why obesity should cause these problems, he suggested perhaps it had something to do with increased inflammation.

Fisher said while there may be good reasons for obese women to lose weight before getting pregnant, doing so once pregnancy is established could cause problems.

"Effect of body mass index on pregnancy outcome in women with unexplained recurrent miscarriage."
Lo, W; Rai, R; Hameed, A; Marikinti, K; Al-Ghamdi, A; Regan, L.
Abstract number FC6.06
BJOGVolume 115 Issue s1, p 32-66 (September 2008)
Presented to the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology's 7th international scientific meeting in Montreal, 17 - 20 September, 2008


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Miscarriage From The Jewish Perspective

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Stories of Unassisted Miscarriage

Natural Miscarriage

Most of my miscarriages were at home since many were early. However, I did have a few D&C's when they didn't expel on their own. I was very concerned about this since I was worried about scarring and damage to my uterus, but I went ahead and had the procedure.
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 This site talks about unassisted miscarriage:

From the site:

When an unborn baby, for whatever reason, chooses not to continue its earthly life, nothing is more heartrending for the mother. The process of allowing that baby to pass from your body is just as special, sacred and private as that of a full-term delivery. When you know for certain that your baby is going to leave, you do not want to be in a cold, clinical environment surrounded by strangers. You want the privacy of your own home, your own room, your own bed, and the loving hands of a partner or friend. In some cases, you may wish to be totally alone. This need for a quiet, sacred space to allow the event to occur is totally understandable and should be honored by those around you. 


Monday, September 16, 2013

Overweight Women More Likely To Miscarry Normal Babies

Miscarriage and Obesity

Most people know that being overweight is a risk factor for infertility, but it is also a risk factor for miscarriage - even when the baby is normal.  
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I always encourage women to get to a normal weight before they try to conceive.  If you are dieting and trying to conceive.  Being a normal weight reduces so many risk factors and pregnancy complications like diabetes and hypertension.   Here is an article that talks discusses the higher miscarriage rate:

The California researchers tested DNA from 204 fetuses miscarried in the first eight weeks of pregnancy. They compared the rate of chromosomal abnormalities in the fetuses from women with a normal body mass index (BMI) with the rate of abnormalities in fetuses from women with a BMI that classified them as overweight or obese. They found that 53 per cent of babies lost by overweight women had no chromosomal abnormalities compared to just 37 per cent of babies lost by women of a more healthy BMI.

Dr Inna Landres, who led the research team, said that these findings indicate that 'obesity predisposes women to miscarry normal babies.' The reason for this is not yet understood, but Dr Landres suggested that one explanation could be altered levels of hormones such as oestrogen and androgens seen in overweight women. She emphasised: 'It's important to identify elevated BMI as a risk factor for miscarriage and counsel those women who are affected on the importance of lifestyle modification.'


Miscarriage Caused By Too Much Oxygen To Fetus?

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Incompetent Cervix and Cerclage

One reason some women miscarry is a condition called "incompetent cervix".
 This is where the cervix opens too soon under the pressure of the baby.

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 If you have an incompetent cervix, you may be put on bedrest to minimize the chance the the cervix will open and put you into premature labor.   Here is an article that describes the treatment:

From the article:

The standard treatment for incompetent cervix involves placing a cerclage, or a band made of synthetic material, around the cervix. The cerclage strengthens the cervix as well as stops the amniotic sac from coming out early. There are different types of cerclages available. In a transvaginal cerclage (TVC), doctors sew the cervix closed, usually during the 13th or 14th week of pregnancy. At 36 weeks, the stitches are taken out so the woman can deliver her child naturally. A few downfalls exist with this method: It requires bed rest for the remainder of pregnancy, many babies are still delivered prematurely, and it needs to be redone with each pregnancy thereafter. TVC has around an 85 percent success rate.

A LIFESAVING OPTION: Another type of cerclage is transabdominal cerclage (TAC), which involves placing a synthetic band higher on the cervix. In this procedure, doctors make an incision in the lower abdomen, or it is done laparoscopically. This type of cerclage supports the cervix and prevents it from opening. Unlike TVC, it does not require the mother to be on bed rest; however, women who opt for this procedure can only deliver their baby through Caesarean section, performed through the same incision used to place the cerclage. Once the band is placed, it can remain safely in the body and be used for later pregnancies. According to Arthur F. Haney, M.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, Ill., TACS can be placed up to 16 weeks of gestation, but it is best to place abdominal cerclages in the 10th week when the patient and baby have the lowest risk. 


Monday, September 09, 2013

NSAIDS Significantly Raise Miscarriage Risk

Miscarriage and Pain Releivers

If you're anything like me, NSAIDS like ibuprofen really help with menstrual cramps. But there's one problem, early pregnancy can cause cramping and you may not know the difference between a period cramp and a pregnancy cramp.
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 The study cited below showed double the risk of miscarriage in women who took NSAIDS. I never took ibuprofen unless I had actually started bleeding when I was trying to conceive. Read more:

Women who take any amount of ibuprofen in early pregnancy could have more than double the risk of miscarriage, new research has suggested.

A class of painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the risk of miscarriage in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, experts said.

Previous studies have shown inconsistent results when examining the effect of NSAIDs on pregnancy.

The new study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, examined a number of commonly-used NSAIDs including ibuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac. It found that women who took any type, and any dose, of NSAID had a 2.4 times higher risk of miscarriage than women who did not miscarry.

Overall, 4,705 cases of miscarriage were analysed, of which 352 (7.5%) involved women taking NSAIDs. Women in the entire sample were aged 15 to 45, and they were compared with women of a similar age who did not suffer a miscarriage (of which 2.6% had been exposed to NSAIDs).

The highest risk was for diclofenac when used alone, while the lowest was for a drug called rofecoxib, which was withdrawn in 2004 over safety concerns.


Saturday, September 07, 2013

Gums and Miscarriage: Dental Health May Prevent Pregnancy Loss

Gum Disease and Miscarriage

I've written before about how poor dental hygiene can affect your entire body.
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 Inflamed gums can lead to the production of the bad prostaglandins which could affect your pregnancy.  Although I opted out of dental care while I was pregnant (afraid of the x-rays), I did floss twice a day and had good dental care before I became pregnant.  This article explains more:

Mums and Gums: Cause of Miscarriage and Premature Births

Guest Post By Judy Ford

After I had my first child, my dentist complained that I hadn't been looking after my teeth and gums. I was sure that I hadn't been doing anything different from usual. He then went on to complain that all pregnant women and new mothers neglected their teeth and gums. I believe that he was wrong when he suggested that pregnant women suddenly change their oral hygiene habits. But he was correct that the dramatic hormonal changes during pregnancy can greatly affect the gums. If the gums aren't healthy to start with then this seemingly irrelevant problem can seriously baby's growth and health in the womb.
It is now shown beyond any doubt that maternal gum disease causes premature labour. One study performed prospectively in North Carolina looked at the effect of dental health in 812 women. Each woman's dental health was assessed at 26 weeks and then within 48 hours after delivery. The researchers examined both the rate of premature births (less than 28 weeks) and low birth weight (less than 1,000 gms). Their data was adjusted for race, parity and gender. 1.1% of the group with healthy gums (201 women) had premature births. This rate greatly increased in the 566 rated as having mild gum disease to 3.5% and was 11.1% in the 45 women with moderate to severe gum disease. The rates were slightly more dramatic for birth weight. No women with healthy gums had a baby that weighed less than 1,000 gm. Six per cent of the women with mild disease had a baby with low birth weight and 11.4% of those with moderate to severe disease had a low birth weight baby. Studies from Poland, France and Brazil showed similar results.
This research applies equally to second trimester and later miscarriages as well as prematurity at term.
Gum disease might cause low birth weight and prematurity in more than one way. Gum disease allows oral bacteria to move from the mouth into the blood stream. These oral bacteria can cause clotting and are known to be a major factor in strokes. They are also cause endocarditis, a potentially lethal infection of heart valves and inner lining of the heart. Periodontitis, serious gum disease in pregnancy might act through clotting or infection itself.
The great news is that early attention to periodontal (gum) health can reduce these risks.
A study from Chile examined the oral health of 400 pregnant women, aged between 18 and 35, before 28 weeks gestation. Dentists immediately treated periodontal disease in 200 of the women. They treated the other 200 (the controls) only after delivery. The rate of pre-term, low birth weight delivery was 1.8% (3/163) in the treated group and 10.1% (19/188) in the untreated group. Low birth weight and prematurity was 5.5 times more likely in the untreated group.
Prematurity and low birth weight together greatly increase the risk of a baby's death. There are also a large number of other important problems that occur as a result of prematurity. It is sad that it has taken so long to recognise this easily preventable cause of problems.
Let us hope that doctors and dentists will soon work together to prevent the problems in the future. In the meantime, inform every pregnant woman that you know.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the cause of miscarriage, cause of infertility and cause of birth defects. She believes that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her website
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Friday, September 06, 2013


Home Remedies To Prevent Pregnancy Loss

I found a site of a reflexologist who gives a number of "old home remedies" for a number of physical ailments including miscarriage.
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 Of course, I always recommend (as does this site) checking with your doctor before taking anything in pregnancy. Read more:

Here are a few from the site:

Combine a teaspoon of fresh amla juice and honey. Take this every morning during pregnancy to avoid miscarriage. This is one of the efficient home remedies for preventing miscarriage.

Prepare a brew from safflower foliage. This is also useful in the prevention of early miscarriage. It is a good home remedy for preventing miscarriage.

Take Ascorbic acid of about 6-10 grams for 5-10 days. It also helps in reducing the chance of miscarriage.

Apply a cold compress to the perineum, internal portion of the thighs and the lumbar region during the first trimester of pregnancy. This is also one of the beneficial home remedies for preventing miscarriage.

In 1/2 cup of milk boil 1/4 teaspoon of ground bay leaf. Let it get cool. Drink this 2 times a day to protect the foetus. This is one of the successful home remedies for preventing miscarriage.

Apply a hot compress to the feet. 


Miscarriage Options - Study on Women's Preferences

Miscarriage Management

I found this interesting study published in a British medical journal about women's preferences on how to handle a miscarriage (i.e. natural vs. d & c). This study actually interviewed women and documented their experiences. Read through and scroll down for actual quotes from women in the study:

From the article:

Women in all three management groups expressed views in two areas related to intervention. First, there were many comments about the issue of whether intervention was appropriate or not. The majority of women who mentioned this queried whether there was any need for intervention at all:
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‘I didn't want a D & C [dilation and curettage], I didn't … I know it sounds silly, ‘cos the baby was already dead, but I don't agree with abortion, and things like that, and to me it felt the same; I wanted to do it on my own, and I got the D & C.’ (Surgical management [S].)
‘… and however uncomfortable, or however emotionally, you know, painful it was, I didn't want to speed the process up, I didn't want this unnatural or chemical way, so I, I knew I definitely didn't want a D & C.’ (Expectant management [E].)

A minority, however, were strongly in favour of the need for something to be done to help them — to bring the miscarriage to completion as quickly as possible. Some in the medical group also felt positive because they had been assisted to miscarry naturally:

‘I remember thinking about the three options, and coming to the conclusion that, at least a D & C was quick … because at the time I'd been off work for 3 weeks already … and I just thought: I don't want to wait anymore, particularly as I don't know what's going to happen.’ (S.)
‘… it happened the next morning [when] I came home … and it was a sense of relief really, … it's ended … the medical treatment, it's just speeding it up … it's not actually anyone else going in my body … it's just a little magic tablet … it's mid-point … it's a kind treatment … it's not your baby whipped out of you, which is what a D & C feels like to me.’ (Medical management [M].)


Thursday, September 05, 2013

Late Implantation May Miscarry

Pregnancy and Fertilization Timing Critical to Success

I always suspected that many of my miscarriages were due to poor timing in addition to hormonal imbalance
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Perhaps the egg fertilized too late, or it took too long for it to travel to the uterus for implantation. According to the article below, I was probably right. Read more:

Today, the researchers reported they have found that the lost fetuses tend to be those that implant late. (NEJM, June 10.) The implantation of the fertilized egg in the wall of the uterus is necessary for the nourishment and growth of the fetus. Surviving pregnancies implanted only about one day earlier, on average, than the non-survivors: 10.5 days v. 9.1 days from fertilization to implantation. But the day-by-day trend was clear. If a fertilized egg implanted by the ninth day, it had only a 13 percent chance of loss. The risk rose to 26 percent if the implantation was on the tenth day, 52 percent on the eleventh day, and 82 percent thereafter. All three implantations after day 12 ended in early loss. There was no association in the NIEHS study between late implantation and the clinical miscarriages that occurred later in pregnancy.
from: NIH

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

TCM View of Miscarriage

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Miscarriage Terminology - Some Find Offensive

Miscarriage:  Spontaneous Abortion

I'll admit, I was somewhat hypersensitive after each of my miscarriages. Probably nothing could ever be the "right thing to say". However, I did notice that most healthcare people did seem rather uneducated on how to help women going through this traumatic experience. I heard everything from "have you considered adoption?" to monotonous rambling on when I would start bleeding with no acknowledgement of my loss at all.

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What was a especially hurtful was when my diagnosis was bluntly stated as "spontaneous abortion" or "habitual aborter". I previously worked in healthcare, so I do know that this terminology is used for spontaneous & involuntary miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage, however, when you're in that intial state of shock and loss, those terms sound like accusations - like you terminated your pregnancy on purpose.

Here is an article about how women are offended by this terminology:


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Defective Sperm Can Cause Miscarriage Or Learning Disabilities

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Fibroid Surgery Helps Reduce Miscarriage

Pregnancy Over 40, Fibroids May Have To Be Removed

I did have some fibroids removed when I was in my early 30's because they were growing pretty fast, so I don't think they were associated with my recurrent miscarriages.

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However, if you do have fibroids, they can be a cause of miscarriage. Fibroid surgery can help restore fertility.

 Read more: From the article: Are fibroids associated with recurrent miscarriage? If so, does removal of a fibroid reduce the chances of a repeat miscarriage? A study was carried out to answer these questions and the results were recently published in the Human Reproduction Journal. Women suffering repeated miscarriages were included in the study. They underwent two investigations to diagnose the presence of uterine abnormalities– transvaginal ultrasonography (a procedure in which the ultrasound probe is introduced into the vagina) and hysterosalpingography, (a procedure in which a dye is introduced into the uterus and the structure of the uterus studied using imaging techniques). In the study, 8.2% women with repeated miscarriages had fibroids. Earlier studies indicate that fibroids are present in 1–2.4% women with infertility. Thus, fibroids were more common in women with recurrent miscarriages than with infertility. 

Monday, September 02, 2013

Electric Blankets and Miscarriage

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and Miscarriage

Long ago, I had heard that pregnant women should not use electric blankets because of the increased risk of miscarriage.  With Colder weather on the way, more people will be using electric devices and blankets to stay warm.
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I had also heard that waterbeds may also pose a risk. I had a waterbed when I was pregnant, but I always unplugged it when I went to bed. Read more about electric blankets and EMF's:

Electric Blankets and Waterbeds

Electric blankets create a magnetic field that penetrates about 6-7 inches into the body. Thus it is not surprising that an epidemiological study has linked electric blankets with miscarriages and childhood leukemia.
This pioneering work was performed by Dr. Nancy Wertheimer and Ed Leeper, who originally discovered that magnetic fields were linked to childhood leukemia. Similar health effects have been noted with users of many electric blankets and waterbed heaters will emit EMFs even when turned off.
The devices must be unplugged to delete the EMF exposure Additionally, there is the issue regarding the vibrations that are generated by sleeping on standing water. There is less hard data in this area but some experts are concerned about the consequences.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Recurrent Miscarriage

Recurrent Miscarriage, Research and Causes

Here is a comprehensive paper explaining some of the possible causes of recurrent miscarriage from an educational standpoint. You may have heard of some of these before, but it is a good resource since it explains everything from environmental factors, to hormonal imbalance, to structural abnormalities and so on.

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 I should mention that I was able to overcome recurrent miscarriage naturally when I became pregnant with my daughter.  I was never diagnosed with any particular condition but my persistence in finding natural ways to improve my overall health certainly paid off. 

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