Blog Posts in 2016

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Change the Message

Change the Message by Melissa Hinshaw, LMT A new year is rolling in and many of us will make a resolution or two: loose five pounds, give up dairy, hit the gym more, etc. Most of our resolutions have ...
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How To Stock Up on Qi For the New Year

How To Stock Up on Qi For the New Year by Lisa Meyerson, LAc, MSOM Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! 2016 was a very wild and unexpected ride for a lot of us with many twists and turns and now here ...
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Cozy Feet, Cozy Uterus

Cozy Feet, Cozy Uterus Anna’s News by Anna Pyne, LAc, MSOM, FABORM Needling the acupuncture points according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the most potent way to stimulate them for ...
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Mindful Eating

Eating Mindfully by Margaret Eich, MS, RDN As we ring in the New Year, many will be making New Year's resolutions about eating healthier, losing weight, and exercising more. These are all ...
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My Rainbow Baby, Jack

My Rainbow Baby, Jack By Anna Pyne, LAc MSOM FABORM It is with such gratitude in my heart and soul that I can share with you, that I delivered Jack Fitzgerald Pyne on July 22nd 2016. He was born at 9 ...
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Massage for Two!

Massage for two! By Meredith Nathan, LMT, Director of Massage Let's be honest...massage reaches a whole new level of amazing when you're prego. The benefits for mama-to-be are far reaching, ...
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Remaining Hopeful

Remaining Hopeful By Christine Davis, LAc., MSOM The process of struggling to achieve something you really want can take a toll on you! If you have been trying to conceive for some time, maybe a lot ...
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Eating Seasonally: Benefits of Eating Root Vegetables

Eating Seasonally: Benefits of Eating Root Vegetables By Shawna Schwalb, MS, LDN The leaves are stunning. Red, gold, orange, maroon piles crunch under your feet as you walk in the fall in Chicago. ...
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Hands On Women's Wisdom: Thankful

Hands On Women’s Wisdom: Thankful By Meredith Nathan November is a month that draws our focus towards thankfulness. It is a time to reflect on what we are grateful for, and to pause and ...
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This Fertility Warrior's Best Weapon: Breath

This Fertility Warrior’s Best Weapon: Breath By Mollie Ewing An important mentor during my fertility journey once used the phrase “Fertility Rambo,” referring to the women who after ...
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L-arginine: A supplement for thin lining and low sperm count

L-arginine: A supplement for thin lining and low sperm count by Margaret Eich, MS, RDN L-arginine is a supplement that may be helpful for a few specific situations in female and male fertility. First, ...
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You never know how strong you are until strong is the only choice you have

You never know how strong you are until strong is the only choice you have By Michelle Johann, LPC Navigating the world of infertility, I never felt like more of a failure. It was such a frustrating ...
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Acupuncture: Our team approach

Acupuncture: Our team approach By Stacy Dunn, Acupuncture Director If you’ve seen multiple acupuncturists, you know that techniques among practitioners can vary greatly. But why is there so much ...
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Increase the Nutrient Density of Your Diet with Fall Harvest Vegetables

Increase the Nutrient Density of Your Diet with Fall Harvest Vegetables by Margaret Eich, MS, RDN When we talk about a fertility friendly diet, we emphasize the importance of nutrient density - in ...
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Hands on Women's Wisdom: Just Breathe!

By Meredith Nathan, LMT One of the most profound self-care exercises I’ve seen to enrich the health of the abdominal and reproductive organs is also the simplest. We’ve all been doing it ...
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Understanding the Link Between Myoinositol and Fertility

What is myoinositol? Myoinositol (MI) is a form of inositol, which is a member of the B vitamin complex. MI is naturally found in foods including whole grains, beans, nuts and fruit. Myoinositol is ...
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Hands On Women's Wisdom: The Two Week Wait

Meredith Nathan, LMT ***BREAKING NEWS*** We are proud to announce that Pulling Down the Moon's FEM Protocol has been reviewed and approved by the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for ...
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Recent Study Shows Acupuncture Helps Women Conceive Faster

A recent study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that women who used weekly acupuncture in addition lifestyle modification achieved pregnancy almost ...
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Simple Strategies for Optimal Hormone Health

by Beth Heller, MS Every other day a new food achieves “stardom” for its ability to clear toxins from the body. While there’s an element of hype to the detoxification craze, science ...
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Stress and Infertility: The Chicken or The Egg?

by Meredith Nathan, Pulling Down the Moon Massage Director 'Just relax and you’ll get pregnant…’ Well-meaning friends and family offer advice like this with the best of ...
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Mother's Day Yoga for Fertility

by Mollie Ewing, RYT "A mother is not defined by the number of children that you see, but the love that she holds in her heart." -Franchesca Cox Women struggling to have a child know that ...
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Self-Care Fertility Massage Techniques

In this video Pulling Down the Moon's Massage Director, Meredith Nathan, demonstrates 3 self-care exercises for building blood in preparation for conception. Meredith is the creator of the ...
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Seasonal and Local Snapshot: Rhubarb Rules for Fertility and Beyond

It’s May in the Midwest and that means rhubarb! This leafy vegetable (surprise - rhubarb is not a fruit!) explodes from early spring soil every year, making it one of the few perennial ...
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Infant Girls of Moms with PCOS Show Signs of Syndrome

A new study conducted at Northwestern University found that the infant daughters of women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) show markers of the disease. In this study, data revealed that baby ...
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Hands On Women's Wisdom: Hormone Imbalance

In my practice over the last 12 years, I’ve seen hormonal imbalance in many forms, time and time again. Whether manifested as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian ...
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