Blog Posts in 2010

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Bringing in the New Year with a Cleanse

By Breea Johnson, MS RD It's the end of the holiday season and most people are already looking towards next year saying to themselves "This will be the year that I _______." Whatever it is that this ...
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The Importance of Post-Partum Support

Although I only have two children I had three post-partum periods – five post- pregnancy periods if you count miscarriages. As you can tell from these stats I struggled to have kids. The ...
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The Heart in Chinese Medicine

The Heart's Role in TCM & Conception The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) "Heart", totally different than our Western Science Medicine (WSM) definition, encompasses the mind and the activity of ...
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A Meditation on Candles – To Burn or Not to Burn?

I have a candle problem. Votives, tea lights, pillars, travel tins and even lanterns – you light it, I love it. I collect candles for every mood. I have frilly girly candles for around my bath ...
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Tea…for Two? (We Hope!)

We love tea. From the earliest conception (pun intended) of Pulling Down the Moon, we knew that we wanted a cozy tea room where people could sit back, relax, and let their troubles dissolve in a cup ...
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A Perfect Holiday Gift

So many people ask us, "What can I do to maximize my fertility?" There's so much information from magazines, websites, friends, well-meaning relatives-it's easy to get confused and overwhelmed. And in ...
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Fall Fertility-Friendly Foods

By Breea Johnson, MS RD Thanksgiving is around the corner and it seems a lot of people are stressed about what to eat and what not to eat. The holidays can definitely be a time of sweets, gooey ...
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Our Brain on Infertility: How Mindfulness Heals

Beth Heller, M.S. CLICK HERE GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE UPCOMING MINDFULNESS TRAINING FOR FERTILITY CLASS STARTING APRIL 28, 2012 I vividly remember what my brain was like “on infertility.” ...
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Autism: Causes and Early Identification

Jen Preschern, M.A., CCC SLP 1. Researchers have identified the genes that cause autism. There are 100 genes that can recombine in any way. This is why no 2 children with autism are the same. (This is ...
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Boost Your Immune System...Naturally

By Breea Johnson, MS RD As fall begins to transition to winter and the weather cools off, it's inevitable that many people will become sick - with colds and flus. The estimates are that 5-20% of ...
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The Importance of Good Health Habits During Pregnancy

by Anna Pyne, LAc, MSOM, FABORM I was reading a recent article in Time magazine on 'How the First Nine Months Shape the Rest of Your Life' and felt impelled to write this latest blog. The article ...
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New Reiki Modality at PDtM

Lisa Espinosa, Reiki Master Ann Michaels, Reiki Master Ann Michels and Lisa Espinosa This past summer Ann and I were fortunate enough to become certified in the Sacred Childbirth with Reiki (SCR) ...
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Reiki and Fertility

by Beth Heller, M.S. I got reiki yesterday – and I liked it so much I woke up today determined to write about it. In fact, I left the treatment thinking that this is a something I should ...
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Celebrate Creativity & Community at the PDtM Gift Fair

Hey Pulling Down the Moon community, Join Us In Celebrating Creativity and Community at the Pulling Down the Moon Gift Fair, December 2, 2010. Do you or any of your girlfriends knit, make jewelry, ...
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PMS, Prostaglandins and Essential Fatty Acids

by Breea Johnson, MS RD About 70-90% of women report having uncomfortable symptoms before their period. Most women are very familiar with the symptoms of acne, anxiety, backache, bloating, breast ...
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Top 10 Ways to Avoid Infertility

Dr. Chris Sipe of Fertility Centers of Illinois gave a great talk on Infertility Prevention at last night’s STEP UP event. He provided a “Top 10 List” of the best ways to avoid ...
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What is Birth Planning?

Kristen Ethier, Kaleidoscope Doula The birth of a child ranks at the top of transformative milestones in life such as a graduation, your wedding day and for many Pulling Down the Moon clients, ...
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Energy Balance and Fertility – A Holistic View

Beth Heller M.S. A recent study examined the prevalence of eating disorders in women preparing for their first IUI at a private fertility clinic and found that an astounding 21% met the criteria for a ...
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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Connecting with Your Internal Cycle

By Breea Johnson, MS RD PMS is not something that any woman wishes for - as it can be extremely uncomfortable to experience the common symptoms of backache, bloating, cramps, fatigue, headaches, joint ...
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Dealing with Negative Thoughts

The orientation session of our Fully Fertile book group met last Sunday. As part of the overview, I discussed the framework of the book – the Kriya Yoga tenets of tapas (purification), svadyaya ...
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Anna’s News: How Soon is Too Soon to Try for #2?

Anna Pyne LAc MSOM FABORM This question comes up quite a bit in my practice. According to my knowledge and experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) I recommend our patients wait at least one ...
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PCOS and Thyroid Disease: Is there a link?

By Breea Johnson, MS RD In a previous blog posting, I recommended that women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) get screened for autoimmune thyroid disease as research has shown that women with ...
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Sex and the Fertile Gal

Tami’s got a smoking hot blog on PDtM’s Fertility Authority blog today – check it out! In addition to the tantric tips Tami provides, the simple act of relaxing and being present can ...
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Alternate Nostril Breathing

Today is the Autumn Equinox, a time when the length of day and night are nearly equal. It is a time to reflect on balance and equilibrium, and to address areas of imbalance in our lives. Alternate ...
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Anna’s News: Fertile Feet

PDtM Acupuncturist Anna Pyne has this fabulous self-care suggestion for fertility. Read her post on Pulling Down the Moon’s blog at Fertility Authority! And for more about those sweet little ...
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