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My new site: Effortless Fertility

Effortless Fertility logo

I’m very happy to announce my new website and service, Effortless Fertility at

Because of the way that I work, “receiving fertility treatment” is not burdonsome, painful, intrusive or blaming of either partner. The treatment has no side effects, the “counselling” is all about finding your own peace and wellbeing, and there are no laborious tests or charting required of either partner.

The approaches that I take and my clinical decision-making and guidance are very specific and have come about through my intensive and ongoing study and practice. But for you, it feels effortless – hence the name, Effortless Fertility!

Please visit the new site to listen to the audio recordings, and email me to keep in touch with updates when new recordings, articles and other resources are added.


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Sperm health for fertility

Sperm health

Chinese medicine is very helpful for men as part of fertility treatment.

Because up to 50% of infertility cases can involve male factors, it’s very important for both partners to ensure they are receiving the best possible treatment.


What is a good test result?

On the Men’s Health section of the website, I have listed the optimum test results for sperm health.  These are probably higher than what can be considered “normal” on a sperm test. The reason is that the higher results come from a study that examined fathers who had naturally conceived a baby over the past two years.

Some sperm test parameters are checking whether sperm are adequate for IVF or for ICSI (where sperm is injected into the egg) – not for natural fertility. It’s important to check with your doctor which “normal” reference ranges they are using in their tests.

Even if you are planning to do IVF (for example, due to tube problems), it’s still very important to make sure that the sperm that will meet your partner’s egg and create your child are actually healthy.


Chinese medicine for sperm health

Research suggests acupuncture is a helpful, safe and non-invasive treatment for several sperm health issues.

Hunyuan Chinese medicine is an excellent treatment for sperm health. In Hunyuan medicine we understand that both sperm and egg are produced from the very centre of a person’s life – it is how life continues and propagates throughout time, from one generation to the next.

By receiving treatment to invigorate sperm, the man receives treatment to invigorate his life – becoming healthier and stronger overall. In Hunyuan medicine there is no such thing as “unwanted side effects”. The treatment addresses the whole person, and the whole person becomes healthier.


Lifestyle factors for sperm health


Focus on having a variety of fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables as the basis of your diet. If you are already eating this way, then try to source organic varieties as much as possible, to reduce exposure to pesticides.

Have only small amounts of animal protein and all animal products should be organic as pesticides can become concentrated as they move through the food chain. If having grains then whole grains are much better than refined white flours and breads. Try to avoid packaged foods and fast food.


Sex and relationship

The fertility journey can easily lead to sex becoming mechanical, or a chore. The hormones of passion and enjoyment are beneficial for sperm health!

Female partners are usually best not to discuss the details of ovulation and their menstrual cycle with their partner – save these conversations to have with friends or health care providers. The male’s role is to appreciate and admire his partner, creating new life through joy and love!


Work, rest and play

Work stress, prolonged exposure to Wifi and other electrical signals, sedentary lifestyle – these factors reduce the way that life connects with the body and therefore reduce sperm vigour.

Although it’s easier said than done in some cases, try to put boundaries around work – make sure you’re exercising every day, doing something you enjoy.

Try to reduce long working days and/or work calls late at night. Turn off your work email (and phone if possible) when at home.

Think long-term about your quality of life – your ability to enjoy your life rather than a certain level of material gain – and balance this against what it means to you to be successful in your work. Look for a variety of definitions of success that don’t rely on over-working to achieve them. For example, success in your relationship, your friendships, your family relations, hobbies, sports, creative pursuits etc.



If you have any questions about how Chinese medicine can help you then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.






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Plant-based diet reduces risk of breast cancer


Here’s yet another study that supports the simple, life-giving foundation that is the plant-based, whole-foods diet…


Having plenty of fruit and vegetables while young is one of the few ways that women can reduce their risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer, according to a new study from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.





What’s a “risk factor”?

When researchers look at large groups of people, they see trends that seem to go together – correlations. Over different kinds of studies, these correlations show up again and again. Researchers can then say with some confidence that certain things are “risk factors” for certain diseases.

Smoking and lung cancer.

Obesity and diabetes.

Some people can do the risk factor thing and not get the disease. Others can get the disease and not have done the risk factor thing. Health is full of grey areas, unfortunately.

But strong tendencies mean they apply to many people, much of the time. These findings can then be recommended to the general public, especially if:

a) the thing that’s recommended is harmless or generally helpful; and

b) it’s something that people can control (ie eating fruit & veggies) rather than something that’s out of their control.

This study involved following a group of over 90,000 nurses over a period of many years so it’s a high-quality study – how actual health behaviours tend to result in certain health outcomes in actual people over time.


Plant-based whole-foods diet

While fad foods and fashionable eating plans come and go, these kinds of studies are showing, time and again, that the basis of a healthy diet that results in:

  • feeling good in the moment;
  • better fertility, creating new life; and
  • enjoying a healthier old age and probably longer life


is the plant-based whole-foods diet.

If most of what you’re eating comes from the green grocer and not much is coming from packets, you’re doing it! If you can recognise the ingredients on the packaged food as being made of real food, not weird chemicals and numbers, then that’s great too!

So how can you start shifting the balance from packets to fresh food?


Any step in the right direction is a good step

Habits take time, and if a change feels good then you’re much more likely to keep doing it, so take your time and have fun.

Here is your three-step process to becoming a whole-foods person:

  1. Next time you grab a packet of food from your pantry or in the supermarket, ask yourself “I wonder if I can make this from scratch?”.  This is the first step – “I wonder…”
  2. Later on, when the mood strikes you, play with going into research mode. Google: “recipe make [X] from scratch” or “recipe make [X] at home” and so on.  This is the second step – exploring, learning, contemplating, imagining. Have fun with this step! Take your time here 🙂
  3. Later still, when this mood strikes you, take action!  Grab a bookmarked recipe, hopefully you have the ingredients (or nip to the green grocer and get what you need), and have fun in the kitchen!  This is the third step – experimenting through action.


Make it fun, rewarding and enjoyable. Play some music in the kitchen, phone a friend to come & experiment with you, take photos for your Pinterest followers to cheer you on, enjoy an indugent herbal tea or good drop of wine as you cook… whatever it means to you, so that the whole experience is fun, interesting and something you’d like to do again.

And the result?  Well, if you’ve nailed it, then bookmark that recipe and feel really proud of yourself. You’re taking back power into your own hands. Less reliant on corporate producers, free from additives – both listed and hidden ones – and probably creating a tastier version of it too.

And if you, ahem, didn’t quite nail it – well, at least it was fun right? 🙂  There’s no learning without mistakes!  Try again with a new recipe, or try cooking a different thing altogether.  Keep experimenting, have fun and learn from what works as well as what doesn’t 🙂

So, those steps again:

I wonder if I can make this from scratch?

What’s on Google?

Have lots of fun trying it out

Gradually, over time, you will find that you’re increasingly enjoying a predominantly whole-foods diet… real food that you make with your very own hands. And if most of the ingredients are coming from the green grocer?  Then you’ve done it!  You’ve found the recipe for the good life 🙂



Click here for the Harvard Chan website


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Earthing – free, feel-good medicine


Being grounded

What do you think of when you hear someone described as being “grounded“? What is that person like?

When you’re feeling grounded, how does it feel?

We would probably answer with something like – feeling calm, able to face difficulties without being overly swayed, having clarity

We can also talk about being “down to earth“. This quality embodies openness, warmth, honesty, integrity – maybe also an “earthy” sense of humour.


Feeling good

These traits feel good, and people who have these traits are good to be around. While some of them may be traits that are moulded into our character through our life experiences, you may not realise that we can take these phrases really literally, and enjoy some of these feelings immediately.


A simple practice…

Earthing” refers to the very simple practice of making direct physical contact with the Earth. Walking barefoot on the beach, going for a barefoot run in the park, reading a book with our feet on the grass…

Being in contact with the Earth is how we are made to be. Being insulated from the Earth – by shoes, cars, floors, bitumen, concrete – separates us from an incredibly important source of nourishment.

The Earth is a massive generator of free electrons with a negative charge. These electrons are continuously flowing out of the Earth and, when we make direct contact with it, through us as well.


Why are electrons important?

When our body generates energy, a by-product of this generation is electrically-charged particles called free radicals. Free radicals want to bind to something quickly in order to neutralise their electrical charge.

If our body is flowing with electrons from the Earth, then there is a beautiful abundance of free available electrons to bind with all the free radicals that we create.

Without an abundant supply of available electrons, free radicals will bind to particles that are actually already engaged in an important task. Their task? Being part of our body! Creating us! The free radicals can bind to particles that are actually making our tissues, cells, DNA etc. This disrupts the harmony of how our form is being created moment to moment and can lead to problems, for example as seen through the process of imflammation. Inflammation is the unifying feature of a huge array of the ailments and illnesses of our modern way of life.


Nature’s free, feel-good, always-available medicine

So there’s really no need to invest in expensive antioxidant supplements if we can spend more time in contact with the Earth. The beautiful side effect of taking our “Vitamin G” – for Ground – is that we actually do feel more calm, centred, clear and joyful after a session of going barefoot. Try it for 30 mintutes and see for yourself!

If you have pain such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, endometriosis or tension headaches then try a session of Earthing every day for a week and see how you feel at the end of it. Many people experience dramatic reduction in pain levels.


Earthing indoors

If you’d like to Earth yourself during sleep or at your desk, there are products available that connect to the Earth part of your power outlets to help reduce static charge in your body and, more importantly, supply you with a wonderful influx of “Earth energy”.

See or

(I don’t receive affiliate payments for any product or service that I recommend)


More information

Find out how the Earthing idea started and some of its applications at the above sites with the e-book or audiobook Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever


Nothing to lose!

The beautiful thing about Earthing is that there’s nothing to lose, and potentially lots to gain. A barefoot beach walk? Good medicine!


Earthing benefits



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Red and processed meat – cancer, health and fertility


Evidence has been building for some time linking consumption of animal protein, and red meat in particular, to negative health outcomes such as increased risk of type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease and stroke.

A recent review by the cancer branch of the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that processed meats in particular pose a significant risk and should be considered carcinogenic (bacon, lunch meats etc). They concluded that ordinary ie unprocessed red meat is probably carcinogenic, with increased risk of colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer.

Harvard Chan School of Public Health released a review study in 2012 citing evidence from two large-scale longitudinal studies linking red and processed meats to adverse health outcomes as above, and recommending replacing protein from red meat with other sources such as:

Nuts (19%)
Poultry (14%)
Whole grains (14%)
Legumes (10%)
Low-fat dairy (10%)*
Fish (7%)

The numbers in parentheses () above indicate the estimated reduced risk from using these protein sources as compared with red or processed meat.


Diet and fertility

* For optimising fertility, studies suggest whole milk rather than low-fat milk

The diet recommendations for general good health and prevention of chronic diseases such as those listed above tend to match quite closely with advice for optimising fertility (see below – what is a good diet).

The way I look at this is that it’s not a coincidence:

  1. When the body is working harmoniously, the intelligence of nature is in place to re-create this optimum state via procreation
  2. When the body is working harmoniously, all of the intricate and inter-related systems of the body work in a self-supporting manner, allowing us to reach our full lifespan’s potential
  3. Making changes to “get pregnant” should not be the point. Diet and lifestyle measures that sustain life grant you both 1. and 2. above. You can procreate – create new life, and you can enjoy your family into your old age. It’s very well worth taking on these measures wholeheartedly and enjoying the feeling of living well. It is a gift to you and to your children.





How to start

There are plenty of delicious recipes available online, from vegetarian-only sites to others such as Teresa Cutter Healthy Chef. If you find a site you like, remember to bookmark it so you can return for new ideas – some will let you sign up to receive fresh recipes to keep you inspired. Many sites such as AllRecipes, Taste or BBC Good Food will let you search for vegetarian options or by specific ingredient.

The team at Harvard recommends consuming red meat as you would lobster – just for special occasions, a couple of times per year.


What about iron?

One of the mechanisms of red meat and risk of disease could be haem iron. For a description of the way the body handles haem iron versus non-haem iron (animal vs plant sources), see the Huntly Centre article on Iron. The body’s regulating mechanisms to keep iron levels within safe limits are much more sensitive to non-haem (plant) iron than haem (animal) iron. This article will also help you identify plentiful sources of iron, often the biggest worry for people who are reducing their meat intake.


What about B12?

Vitamin B12 is essential for health and is needed in very small amounts in the human body. It is produced by bacteria, and from there makes its way into certain foods. While meat, fish and poultry are good sources of B12, it is also available in eggs and dairy. For those following a vegan diet (no animal foods), fortified foods are available, such as cereals fortified with B12. This, however, is still a processed food. A better option is savoury yeast/ nutritional yeast, which is a natural whole food high in certain B vitamins and Lotus brand Savoury Yeast Flakes is grown with B12-generating organisms, a good dietary source of B12. Vegans can also supplement with B12  – on an optimal diet and with normal health, this is the only supplement needed by vegans.


What about my energy?

People who cut down on meat intake often feel as though their energy levels drop. There can be a period of adjustment as your body switches on the systems that gather life energy from a primarily plant-based diet. The feeling of living with a plant-focused diet is lightness, and this lightness can be an unfamiliar feeling – lacking a familiar heaviness associated with high meat intake, people can sometimes think they are feeling light-headed or tired.

If tiredness continues, however, this is an indication that the body needs help “recharging”. This is a crucial aspect of how we connect to life, maintaining the flow of life energy and material into and out of the body. The Hunyuan form of Chinese medicine is ideal for recalibrating our “recharging instrument” so that we sleep soundly, wake refreshed and have ample energy throughout the day, feeling clear and calm.


So what is a “good diet”?

It’s low-tech and simple: a plant-based, whole-food diet.

Plant-based means loads of fruit and veggies as the bulk of each meal, with lots of colour (varied colour means you’ll be getting a good spread of micronutrients).

Whole-food means as close to its natural state as possible. If it could grow, you’re on the right path – for example, you could plant a tomato and get some seedlings but you couldn’t get this from a tinned tomato. You could plant brown rice and get shoots but you couldn’t get the same from white rice (as the germ/seed has been removed). Get your oils from seeds, nuts and avocado (and whole-milk dairy if you choose) rather than adding oils and fats.

Whole-food is the opposite of processed food. For an eye-opening account of the food processing industry, see this article from the Huntly Centre. Also from the Huntly Centre, the human’s anatomical features that strongly suggest we are configured for a plant-based diet and explanation of the meat-colorectal cancer relationship.

Eat to Live is a great book that outlines the nutrient-dense plant-based diet and how it supports optimal health.

Remember the food pyramid, with bread and grains at the bottom? Nutrition organisations throughout the world are slowly revising this image, based on decades of mounting evidence. See the revised Healthy Eating Pyramid below from Nutrition Australia – click the image to go to their site for further information.


Healthy Eating Pyramid | Nutrition Australia

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Fertility talk in New York | 7th Dec

If you have friends or family in or near New York city, please let them know about this upcoming talk at New Hope Fertility Center on Mon 7th December:

The talk introduces the Hunyuan Fertility Method, including how to increase your chances of pregnancy and increase egg quality naturally.



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Hunyuan e-books now available



Hunyuan books are now available in e-book format at deep discount for a limited time. Prices shown are in US dollars.


For Chinese medicine practitioners

Translations of rare and pivotal articles and books showing the shaping of modern TCM in the 20th century:
Chinese Medicine Liberation: Inner Documents $49.95 (retail $189.95)


For health practitioners of all modalities

An exploration of “The Heart of Medicine”, the deep practice of working from Centre:
Hunyuan Xinfa: Special Edition $49.95 (retail $170)
Hunyuan Xinfa: Physician Edition $29.95 (retail $120)
Hunyuan Xinfa Ledger $4.95 (retail $24.95)


For everyone, including health practitioners

Going deep to examine the root of life and, therefore, creation of new life:
Hunyuan Fertility: Conception, Babies and Miracles $4.95 (retail $19.95)


Hunyuan e-books


To order your e-book, visit

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Meditation for natural fertility, IVF and pregnancy


Head to the Be Fertile website for meditations to support you on your baby-making journey.

CDs or downloads are available to purchase and there are sample free meditations too.


We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from women who’ve found these tracks very supportive and nurturing throughout the stress of conceiving and the anxiety of early pregnancy.


BeFertile CD


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Sperm count and male reproductive health linked to pesticides: Harvard



A new study from Harvard Chan School of Public Health has found that consuming fruit and vegetables with high levels of pesticides is linked to poor markers of male fertility such as sperm count and normal sperm.


So what is the take-home message from this research?

  • Consuming fruit and vegetables is good
  • If consuming produce with pesticide residue, having lots of produce that has lower residue levels still seems good for health
  • Avoid those with higher pesticide levels as even moderate consumption impacts negatively on health
  • Better still, eat organically-grown produce


Please note that there is a “dirty dozen” and “clean fifteen” list of fruit and vegetables that contain the highest and lowest pesticide residues respectively, but it is compiled from farming practices in the USA. It is difficult to find a definitive list that refers to Australian produce because the regulatory system for chemicals here is different.

So the best option is to go for the bulk of your produce being organically-grown. If you aim for those that are in season then they are growing at their natural best – they tend to taste great and seem to last longer as well.

Local organic markets are the best option as supermarket organic produce tends to be of poorer quality and is usually over-packaged in plastic and styrofoam!

  • Friday – Narrabeen Farmer’s Market
  • Saturday – Manly West Organic Market
  • Sunday – Parkway Hotel, Frenchs Forest


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