The role of Yoga in Fertility

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Yoga is one of the six fundamental systems of Indian thought, collectively known as Darsana. It can mean sight, view, interpreted as a view inside ourselves. Another meaning of Yoga is “to attain what was previously unattainable”, something that we are unable to do today. Yoga is the change we accept in our lives to learn to know ourselves in a deeper way. It will bring back the focus into our lives to establish a connection between the here and now, and with our body and mind. That way we can be “one with the Divine”. Our communication with the Universe that allows us to understand there is a power higher than ourselves, and to establish harmony and acceptance. Every person decides their path and will change their lives in the direction they wish, although some changes need to be make in order to gain that capability and to keep it. Any religious belief is accepted, as Yoga does not need people to believe in any particular God. Also there is no discrimination against sexual orientation, political view, social status, etc.

 

Yoga uses different poses called Asanas, each of them have meaningful connections between the experience of exchanging valuable information linking our body with our mind-soul. This information is gained because our conscious mind operates in ways we do not perceive if do not have the control gained by mastering the art of meditation and self-discovery.

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In people’s day-to-day lives negative feelings play an important role, sometimes occupying most of their time. Negative feelings increase stress levels and they can very much affect the health in several ways. If we look at one of the main common factors involved in most fertility patient’s lives, then we will all agree stress is one of them. The frequent practice of Yoga provides exercising and meditation techniques, including respiratory skills that will improve our health in many ways. When practicing Yoga, the stress levels can be dramatically decreased, providing an increase in the blood flow throughout the body, releasing muscle tension, balancing hormones, helping cells to regenerate, healing and taking care of injuries. Some people have even claimed they have totally cured from diseases after the frequent practice of Yoga.

 

Yoga among its many accomplishments has been one of the most increasingly used by fertility patients today. There are Fertility Yoga – routine exercises made especially for this group of patients, and the success has been shown to be increasing with testimonies of successful fertility procedures, healthy pregnancies and newborns.

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Inside the body lies a real complex network of connections. These connections are related with every lifestyle choice we make everyday, it accumulates and acts as a time bomb that can explode any moment. Our brains take on too much trying to put up with our lifestyle, and sends signals of help sometimes but they are not properly acknowledged. When any system starts failing in one place, it will eventually start affecting another one somewhere else. That is the cascade that a negative disease such as stress can cause, and this is not even the top of the iceberg. Among the negative feelings there are many more that come alongside stress, because this disease usually travels accompanied by several other symptoms. A few people decide to address their illnesses and start listening to their bodies in cases when is very advanced, or in some cases to prevent them for happening. In any case the body will very much appreciate the attention and consideration of options to get balance and healthiness.

 

Yoga addresses diseases and symptoms by going directly into the roots. As in with Reiki the cure won’t be immediate, but it will definitely come. Going directly into the root of the problem is the best way to address it and transform it. The quickest way is not always the best option when we talk about the human body, in most cases the slow option is the right one, because it will take longer to get to the root, but once there it will cure it forever.

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Infertility has been increasing in the last years, and it will continue to increase. The financial cost for every treatment is huge. A recommended lifestyle change’s plan including exercise routine, consumption of healthy foods, and meditation is recommended to boost the results in any fertility procedure. Some places and professionals offer very good body-mind-soul programs aimed for fertility patients in need to get more balance, energy, and relaxation prior, during and after their procedure.

 

Yoga also uses the Pranayamas. These are breathing exercises really good for fertility patients. They provide relaxation, healthiness, balance, peace, focus, concentration, and a deep communication with our high self.

 

The right use and incorporation of a mind-body program alongside traditional medical advances and techniques will increase the odds of success. It will relieve stress; address feelings of fear and anxieties, and it will provide advice to patients in case they feel the need to get orientation throughout the course of their procedure. Researchers have concluded that including a mind-body therapy alongside with the fertility procedure increased three times the likehood of getting pregnant, compared with patients who do not use it. Stress, anxiety, depression and frustration are negative feelings that can affect the immunologic and endocrine system impairing ovulation, fertilization, implantation, ovarian, tubal and uterine function, and the normal development of the embryo. Oxidative stress in males has been related to level of stress, and the resulting abnormal embryo development.

 

Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system causing the adrenal glands to release epinephrine into the bloodstream. It will cause constriction of blood vessels and a disturbance in the blood flow into the uterus, which needs lots of oxygen. Yoga exercises and breathing techniques will restore this flow of blood thought the different organs and systems.

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I also recommend the patients to do Couple Yoga training. This is a great way of establishing a good communication with your partner, to both integrate in the Yoga practice with exercises and meditation, and increase the chances of being healthy together. Both the patients will undergo through different stages during their fertility treatment, and practicing these relaxation techniques it will bring positive energies and good vibrations into their outcome, as well as increasing the chances of both having good gametes to be used for their procedure.

 

So Yoga is worth a try for fertility patients and for any other patient going through a tough time battling any disease. I have been through this path and know exactly how is like. It has both physical and psychological advantages. It has been well recognized to reduce stress and anxiety, detoxifies the body, promotes relaxation of muscles and connective tissue, increase the blood flow through the body, and connect us with our mind in a deeper way. In Fertility Yoga is a great way to empower patients through their journey through human reproduction. So I am inviting you to go now and take a Yoga class to understand and see for yourself what I am talking about.

 

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Fertility treatments for gays, lesbians and unmarried persons. Is it a matter of ethics?

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In occasions we have to make decisions that will definitely impact the future of the world in many ways. Some people argued that being gay comes with genetics. There is a great article about this topic I would like to refer to (http://bit.ly/1E4rFAM). In this study Kenrick Vezina makes a pretty good work at understanding the claims of some geneticists regarding genetics homosexuality. Michael Bailey, a geneticists from Northwestern University and Kevin Mitchell from Trinity College in Dublin claimed homosexuality has a very strong genetic component linked to the Y chromosome.
For what I understood in their work there is a difference between sexual preference and sexual orientation, being the later related to the Y chromosome. Preference is whether you are attracted to males or females, however orientation is the one linked to that Y chromosome and it is moderately heritable. There are regions on this chromosome that influence the development of sexual orientation in men. They say there is no universal path to homosexuality across all people and heterosexuality is not a single default state. For such, there should be a set of other genes that work together and influence the sexual orientation. The conclusion of this work: homosexuality is not a choice, the same as heterosexuality it is not either. It should not be labeled as a disorder. I encourage you to have a look at that article and make your own conclusions.

Where are those people who labeled homosexuality as a disease? And what is the reason they do not like it?

I have a great story. I have these great friends. They are both from well-educated backgrounds, both professionals and successful. They had been together in a stable relationship for over 10 years, even stronger and more solid than many heterosexual couples I have met. One day they made a decision, to have a baby and raise him/her with all the love they could possible give and the security of a stable home. They went for in vitro fertility treatment with an egg donor, and off course needed a gestational carrier. The treatment went well, and they had their first beautiful baby. She was gorgeous and bright. They could not be happier. I got used to check my Facebook every other day just to see the lovely photos they were sharing with all their love ones. I could not be more proud of them. She is today a very warm, lovely and smart baby girl, today almost three years old. They had another baby two years later.

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In my practice, I have seen heterosexual couples that have lots of problems undergoing fertility treatments with third persons, as in the case of egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, surrogacy or gestational carriers. 1 in 5 couples using third persons will develop problems dealing with frustrations, anger, fear and doubt. In the case of my gay friends, I never saw any doubt. The procedure made them stronger and their relationship evolved and became more solid, full of love and joy.

Fertility specialists usually have doubts whether to treat or not same sex couples, much more than to treat unmarried ones (as to men and women). Most of them are motivated by ethics, religion or family background. For me it is hard to understand that today, there are still a number of specialists in reproductive medicine who do not approve to treat gay, lesbians or unmarried people.

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I strongly agree with the American Society of Reproductive Medicine that an over-arching ethical question is whether it is acceptable to help unmarried individuals or couples to reproduce, regardless of their sexual orientation. Several investigations have concluded that children born and raised from these couples do not show difference from children born and raised from heterosexual couples. Also it is interesting to see that in 2011, 46% of all US births were to unmarried women. This also shows that a large percentage of professional women have decided to undergo the path of parenting without the need of a male partner, in this case they use donors chosen from sperm banks. This figure it is likely to be increasing in the next years.

Discrimination laws in several countries have been changing. Today it is a whole different story. We can even see sanctions applied to fertility doctors or any members of the fertility team who denies treatment to these patients. Although it is not a comfortable idea for these patients to have a medical team agree to treat them because they are forced, and not because they want to do it. It changes things. The doctor-patient relationship will be difficult in those cases.

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Currently in the United States there is an estimated 6 to 14 million children being raised by at least one gay or lesbian parent, usually as a result of a heterosexual relation. The proportion of children born to unmarried mothers hit a record 47.5% (number of 346,595) in the UK last year. The figure has risen from 25% in 1988 and just 11% in 1979. The following data shows the number of household with children in the US:

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Data taken from Lifelong adoptions website (www.lifelongadoptions.com)

Also, demographic data show significant diversity among same-sex couples with children. The percentage by regions varies as in the South 26%, New England 24% and the Pacific States 21%. In 2000 census about 65,000 children lived with same sex parents. In 2012 110,000 live with gay parents, over a 100% increase.

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According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), there is a ethical debate that includes three important factors:

1. The reproductive interest of unmarried and gay and lesbian persons.
2. The protection of the welfare of offspring.
3. Whether professional autonomy, combined with prevailing law, provides a limit on the duty not to discriminate on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation.

For this reason, given the importance to individuals of having children, there is no sound basis for denying to single persons and gays and lesbians the same rights to reproduce that other individuals enjoy.

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This has been a very important step for countries to allow these patients to receive the same treatments as the other patients have. Having say that, there is not justification for discrimination. Gay couples, lesbian and unmarried persons have the same right to receive treatments and to use surrogacy as a way for them to make parenthood happen. If children born from these patients do not show differences in their upbringing in comparison with children born from heterosexual couples, what is the issue then?. After all, what does “normal upbringing means”?

The American Psychological Association concluded there is no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation. Lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and healthy environments for their children.

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Over the last years there has been a lot of controversy. Ethics committee’s reunions, multiple groups, religious groups, societies, governments, all reviewing this subject very carefully. Most of them concluded: the same rights for everyone, without discrimination.

However, still lot of controversy and discussion in some places where it is really hard to accept this equality and the refusal to change the society model that has been implemented for those people. It gets even harder in religious countries where those practices can be labeled as unbearable and aberrations.Some countries still penalising and punishing homosexuality.

It is important for me to have your opinion.

Should we all have the same rights irrespectively from sexual orientation or decision to become a single parent?

You can also have a look at this very interesting article from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in the link attached.

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Yogi’s arnica cream salves

Yogis together copy3Yogis “Relax after yoga” is also a new line of Arnica salve s ideal for everybody interested in healing and reducing pains, bruises, side effects, sprains, burns, tired feet, swelling, that you might have by practicing the beautiful and fulfilling exercise of Yoga. It is also ideal for any other people practicing other sports like crossfit , tennis, running, etc. It is a great line of arnica salves with different fragrances based on the essential oils contained on each one. Arnica montana has great benefits.Find more info: www.yogiss.com

I am so in love with this product, because is great for everything! It now been sold on Amazon.com, and just 14.99 USD.

It comes in six different fragrances base on the contained essential oils, and my favourite is Coconut!

Try it and I am sure you will love it too.

 

Como puedo obtener una cita con la Dra. Coleman a través del portal de Fertility Online?

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Debido a las altas demandas de pacientes que hablan español, el equipo de Fettility Online diseño un sistema de información bastante amigable para poder acceder al portal de citas.

 

Existe un calendario de búsqueda de citas que le abrirá una nueva pantalla para el sistema poder tomar sus datos y ofrecerle la fecha y hora disponible para sus sesiones. Por ahora las consultas solo se realizan vía telefónica y video-conferencia usando Skype. Les informaremos de eventos futuros para sesiones en persona en ciudades como Houston, Nueva York, Londres y Miami.

 

El programa diseñado por la Dra. Coleman en Fertility Online es bastante completo e incluye orientación y asesoría acerca del procedimiento que el paciente va a realizar o se encuentra realizando, sesiones de coaching, Reiki, meditaciones, y sesiones especiales de hipnosis (en varias ocasiones incluyendo liberación celular).

 

El sistema de pago se realiza directamente a nuestra cuenta del equipo de Fertility Online usando Paypal. Es importante que una vez que realice el pago y seleccione la fecha y hora de su sesión nos haga saber con anticipación para coordinar su pago y confirmar su cita a través de nuestro email [email protected]

 

En ocasiones pacientes pueden trasladarse donde se encuentra la Dra. Coleman. Si usted desea una sesión en persona puede escribirnos y le orientaremos acerca de su plan de viaje y fechas de sesiones disponibles.

 

El sistema de coordinación de citas se encuentra en inglés, sin embargo es mucho mas amigable que el sistema anterior. Si presenta algún problema no dude en contactarnos y le ayudaremos.

 

Las sesiones tienen distintas modalidades. Hay paquetes de sesiones cortas de 20 minutos hasta paquetes de 5 sesiones de 45 minutos cada una. También cuenta con sesiones especiales solo de Reiki de 45 minutos, y sesiones de hipnosis que son mas largas con 60 a 90 minutos de duración (dependiendo del tipo de técnica que se requiera).

 

Actualmente la Dra. Coleman también ofrece sesiones para pacientes que no son solo de fertilidad. Ha habido un aumento en el número de requerimientos de pacientes oncológicos y embarazadas para preparación de trabajos de parto naturales (hypnobirthing). Los resultados han sido muy alentadores.

 

Human Cloning

Human Cloning“ The potential of cloning to alleviate suffering…is so great in the medium term that I believe it would be immoral not to clone human embryos for this purpose”. Ian Wilmut.

Cloning is a procedure that removes the nucleus of a cell (that will become a surrogate cell) and replace it will the nucleus of the cell from the organism or species intended to be cloned. There are discussions regarding this technique since it’s first attempt during the 90’s where animal cloning was possible through the creation of the well-know Dolly sheep (named after the singer Dolly Parton, because the cloned DNA was taken from a mammary gland).

There has been news regarding scientists claiming to have cloned human embryos with success. Today, therapeutic cloning it has been allowed in some countries for research purposes only, until the technique shows to be safe. Most news have only been lies based in scientific claims with no scientific based of what they got as a result and the models used. However, they’re serious groups of scientists working today towards the future use of this technique.

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Human cloning has cause several moral, ethical and religious debates, no wonder the reasons why. But some of these groups have accepted the fact that therapeutic cloning might help alleviate diseases that could cause humans to be affected in the future.

Some people believe that cloning a human will result in the same human’s cloned, with exactly the same physical characteristics, personalities, etc. Well, this is a misconception as while they share the genome, they will be more like twins instead of the same person cloned. In this case, for those expecting to create an exact carbon copy of a loved one, this might not be the desired way to accomplish it.

This technique in animals might be an advantage for recovering endangered or even extinct species, although it also goes against believes that every specie has its own time on earth.

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From Wikipedia:

Human cloning

is the creation of a genetically identical copy of a human. The term is generally used to refer to artificial human cloning, which is the reproduction of human cells and tissue. It does not refer to the natural conception and delivery of identical twins. The possibility of human cloning has raised controversies. These ethical concerns have prompted several nations to pass laws regarding human cloning and its legality.

Two commonly discussed types of theoretical human cloning are: therapeutic cloning and reproductive cloning. Therapeutic cloning would involve cloning cells from a human for use in medicine and transplants, and is an active area of research, but is not in medical practice anywhere in the world, as of 2015. Two common methods of therapeutic cloning that are being researched are somatic-cell nuclear transfer and, more recently, pluripotent stem cell induction. Reproductive cloning would involve making an entire cloned human, instead of just specific cells or tissues.

There is still a long way for this technique to be properly used. It might take another 50 years for humans to see the results of the use of human cloning for therapeutic means. Also, in 50 years we will have created humans with different conceptions about science and life, it will be easier for them to understand and accomplish new discoveries without so many prejudices that still exist in our generation. Earth will be different in 50 years.


How can I tell my family and friends I have been challenged in the fertility area?

image001It is a big pressure to see that your friends and family are having babies, starting their families without problems, and you are still fighting to conceive. It can be caused for many factors, maybe you or your partner are the ones with the problem. However, it does not matter who is the one to blame, the problem here is social pressure.

Social pressure can be difficult to overcome depending on your beliefs and values. For some, not having children at the age of 20 is a huge problem, for others at the age of 30 or 40. It can be a real challenge to face the reality of having that “situation”. The pressure might come from many places, from family, friends, media, etc. How many of you sit in front of your computer watching Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… and see the old friends with a lovely picture of their children, and writing proudly: “they are the love of my life”, “you do not know what love is until you have your own children”, “I am the happier mom on earth”, and goes on. I tell you, it is hard.

 

First, you need to face the fact that your condition is different, and the “situation” (as many like to call it) is the fertility challenge you are facing today.

Second, acceptation of your “situation”. Accept we are all different humans. Everyone faces different challenges in their lives.

Third, take the right measurements to correct the “situation”. Look yourself in the mirror and say: “OK, let’s deal with this”.

Fourth, understand that whatever the results may be, you will be alright and take it as a valiant, strong person.

Easy to say, not easy to do. However, those are the steps you will take.

Remember, social pressure can be overwhelming. But it does not have to be. It can be easier and you can make the best of it. After all, if you are not successful then there might be others things you can do. I am sure you have talents in several areas.image003

Try to avoid stress and frustration, those are negative feelings that will not contribute in anything, they will do bad instead. Fulfill yourself with positive thoughts, visualize the success and change your lifestyle. If you are preparing to welcome another person into your life, then a radical lifestyle is necessary. Be as brave as you can, and avoid feeling anxious when others have what you dream of having. Send them love and light, and focus yourself on your body, take care of it properly, look after your food and habits.

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I am sure if you let those negative feelings go, then positive and good things will come to your life. To feel good envy for what others have still not a positive feeling. Make your own wishes and design your own life, that way you will end up having what you designed, and not what society decided for you.

This is the time for changes, big changes in your life. Start now.

Hypnosis and Fertility

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I started my quest with hypnosis after meeting with a great woman, who is a hypnotist in Houston. Her name Melanie Harrell (www.melanieharrell.com). She helped me to go through a serious allergic reaction last year. And she used hypnosis to treat my panic attacks and anxieties developed because of that reaction that was going to last a few more weeks. I was desperate, none of the conventional western medicine seemed to help, and after the first session of hypnosis I could get inside an elevator for the first time in weeks. I also tried acupuncture, which worked wonders in the long term (but that is another story).

Melanie and I became good friends, and she explained hypnosis was a great method to go inside the subconscious through the conscious mind.

If I didn’t experience that myself I would say no way someone can change suddenly and relieve fears and internal monsters with just relaxing and listening to someone talking. Well, I was wrong, as I have been for many years of practicing just western medicine.

After a few months of planning my next projects, I decided to go and meet Dr. Brian Weiss at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. I took his 5 days training course of past life regression. This course helped me to open up more about the subject of hypnosis, also because Dr. Weiss has an MD as I do. In certain way that reassured me a bit more, and also because he went to lots of criticism and attacks from the medical community after publishing his findings on past lives and between lives therapies he found to be of a huge benefit for his patients.

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Thanks to Melanie and her recommendations of taking the course I got to meet Dr. Weiss who simply taught me there is a lot more into our own minds than just into our physical bodies. It was an interesting experience and got me to know people who I admired a lot. His wife Caroline Weiss is a great person also, and we got to talk a lot about fertility and hypnosis.

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My week at Rhinebeck was magical and filled with love, good moments, peace, and lots of relaxation. It is an excellent place to re-connect with yourself.

My next quest was to go to Houston and meet a very interesting person who Melanie admired a lot, his name is Doyle Ward, and he is now the trainer for the Path Foundation Texas, LLC for hypnosis in Houston (www.pathfoundation.com). We discussed previously about me taking a hypnosis-training program and he was excited about it. I explained to him the reason why I decided to go though this path and he agreed with me that could be a very good chance to help people.

The program at PATH is very complete and since the first time I met Doyle during my first day at classes I couldn’t stop asking questions and being amazed of the amount of information I got. Things that I considered every health professional should know, however unfortunately we do not know. Doyle explained in detail the main concepts of hypnosis and the way hypnosis works going directly through our conscious mind into the subconscious, without losing any control or haven’t to do anything without consent.

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I deal with patients trying to conceive for months and even years without success. Some of them may not even achieve the pregnancy, or they suffer from miscarriages. Also, there is the term “unexplained infertility”, which I find so vague and empty. Basically means, “We have no idea of what you really have and is preventing you to conceive”. Hypnosis is a great way to go into this patient’s subconscious and find the root of the infertility, the real causes, the origin of their problems, and correct them during a relaxing, drug-free, peaceful session. This technique also helps to relieve stress, worries, traumas, frustrations, anxieties, panic attacks, and any other issues that may be affecting the patient’s life. I am now using hypnosis with my patients and they are starting to change their behavior, their attitude towards life, and their hopes for their future fertility procedures.

For me, yoga, past life regression and hypnosis are the best things I have learnt so far. They count even more than all my years training as a medical doctor. I can see another way to help my patients, and is working wonders. Without the use of so many drugs and treatments that many times increase the patient’s malaise and problems.

Modern medicine just targets physical problems, and forgets the root and solution is in our own mind. There is a strong connection between mind and body that sometimes doctors tend to forget and even disrupt with the constant use of drugs and hormones.

Our mind has immense powers, and we are capable to achieve whatever we decide. Hypnosis will go to our subconscious mind and remind it we still here and decided to change our lives for good, and start living a better life, and the most important to achieve our goals and wishes.

I very much thank to Melanie Harrell, Doug Hayward, Dr. Brian Weiss, Dr. Caroline Weiss, Nandini, Montserrat and Lourdes Ferragut, Doyle Ward, Rebecca Rae, and Holly Faison for everything they have given me this year.

A bridge between Worlds. Witnessing life and death.

A bridge between Worlds. Witnessing life and death. By Lucy Coleman, MD.

How to describe the feeling of witnessing what I call “the bridge” between dimensions and realizing that feeling was always there, waiting to be explored further and understood in a deeper spiritual sense. The feeling is unimaginable. And this was my experience.

I am a doctor, specialist in Reproductive Medicine, a scientist, a former believer that everything could be demonstrated, even the things that have not being demonstrated yet, because their time to be demonstrated it is about to come. Now I know everything has a time.

I dedicated my entire life to science and medicine, believing that science had most of the answers. And most times found the explanation I was looking for, because it seemed they had the correct and scientific logic for most of the phenomena occurred in nature. My beliefs were that we had all the tools to find answers, explanations, reasons and logic. That was a fact until now, because realized I was far from being right. And the true was about to come to me. For some reason it was shown to me.

 

In Reproductive Medicine most events are amazing. From the beginning of the formation of each gamete, to the fertilization of the eggs, developing of the embryo, division, implantation, growing of the fetus, birth, every event is amazing. Research in this field had shown science is capable to find answers for most of the events happening during each step, and even go further to find explanations to events that before were unexplained. Scientist and observers have been looking at these events during centuries. Since the 14th century, scientists were looking the sperm freezing, but it was not until the 20th century that we developed ways of freezing and thaw sperm in a way that the technique does not affect the sperm capacity of fertilization. I can keep going non-stop writing about every single phenomenon our nature is showing us in Reproduction. This happens because I love what I do. I love it so much that I decided to dedicate most of my life to help people to conceive. It has been a long path, exhausting sometimes, and very challenging. But I simply love it. The number of people unable to conceive naturally has been increasing exponentially, especially in the last 10 years. The reason? We do not know yet, although we have some presumptions based on evidence.image001

 

A few years ago I made a big change in my life and decided to pursue my passion for fertility. We created a team and started working with several patients who needed help to conceive. It was challenging, and led me to discover the things I’ve discovered today.

 

Working in this field, with patients, each of them coming to me with a single different case, and a single different problem, was one of the most challenging events. However, the most difficult one was to have a few couples, coming to us for several attempts, without a real clinical cause of failure; events we doctors call “unexplained infertility”. The frustration was difficult to handle at that time. And there were many times when I sat on my desk thinking, “what else should we do?”

 

I started to have more questions to events that were difficult to explain with words. Still difficult to explain them today. “What else could we do?” That question kept going through my head for months. We had medical meetings, with doctors having many more years of experience than myself, and we could not find the right answers, or even the ones that would give the patient a light of hope during the procedure. I was restless, determined to know. I was not used to dream, not even day dreaming, because logic was a fundamental brick in my conception of life. For me, subjectivity was kind of a waste of my time. I wanted the scientific answers.

 

Being a physician and a fundamentalist scientific mind, it is not easy for me to write this. Actually it took me years to make the decision to write about it. And I am doing it now because I believe it is time.

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The embryology laboratory is a sacred space for me as I am sure it is for most of my embryologist’s colleagues. It is the place where life starts its purpose and the place where life can end. Embryologists are able to witness the marvelous creation of human embryos and their behavior during the whole process of division, when they are in the incubators and need to be manipulated, either to change dishes or to prepare them for the journey of going back to the endometrium (part of the uterus), for them to complete their job of implantation and growing. It is a very interesting place to work. And, as I mentioned before, I love it. Going to work, for me, is an adventure every day.

 

One day, I started hearing voices in the laboratory. It was impossible to hear voices on a place where I work by myself; the security to enter the place is really tight, and the walls and doors have being designed to maintain the area quiet and clean. The embryology laboratory can be even cleaner and quieter than a surgery theatre. The voices came from everywhere. I turned down the classical music always played when I am working, but the voices kept coming back even louder. I could not understand what they said; it was like a different language. At first I was scared, then I composed myself and began to feel interested in listening better. However, nothing, I could not understand a single word or sentence. It was gibberish for me. I finished and went home.

 

I started to have dreams with real meaning. Dreams with music I never heard before in my life. Voices were singing songs I never heard before. And as a musician it was even hard the fact that I could not recognize any of the instruments played. I had no words to describe it. There were people looking at me with pride, and I felt they were happy to see me. I didn’t know why I could remember the dreams so vividly and with so much detail, and the fact that I was having them in the first place. I started to have severe headaches and even needed to see doctors for my pains. Every diagnose was different, even hydrocephaly and a tumor came into the picture. What was happening to me? I took time off, visited many doctors, and took all the kind of painkillers that could possibly take; however the pain kept coming stronger. I could not work for months.

 

Another dream came. This time there were six old men sitting in chairs on a semi-circle, we were in Stonehenge, and I could recognize it immediately because I used to live in Amesbury just 5 minutes away from it. They were sitting in chairs that were sort of floating around the stones, and told me without words the message I needed to hear: “you are a bridge between worlds and a new generation is coming, we need you to listen better”. I could not help but asking myself: “what is happening here?” Was I going crazy? I was afraid to talk to anyone about it. The news could be as disturbing as the fact that they were coming from me. Because I had a reputation of being pragmatic, practical, logical and sometimes even harsh. None of these dreams sounded real but they were very real to me. There was a clear message: “A bridge between worlds”.

 

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Being in the embryology laboratory is a deep meaningful experience. It is the thin and really short connection with the here and now and another dimension containing beings who are prepared to come to this physical world. These beings are communicating, and they have been trying to do so for a very long time. We just were not ready to listen.

 

To make the story short (the unabridged version of this story will be available on my forthcoming book), throughout my process of growth and meditations I came across the following conclusions. Our bodies contain pure energy, this energy is transformed once we die and go to another dimension, dimension we do not know yet. As Albert Einstein once said, energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another. In this dimension we will review our actions, thoughts, inner feelings, experiences, and all the good and bad we did and created in this physical world. To be prepared for this transition we must listen carefully, we must see the signs and the way our spiritual guides are trying to communicate. We have decided our paths long before we were born, the destiny we chose to overcome will happen and we will live it alongside light masters who are dedicated to guide us throughout our physical lifetime, in this way we will vibrate in higher frequencies. Love is the pure energy surrounding everything. That is the real love. And Albert Einstein also said that everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust; we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance.

 

When I am inside the embryology laboratory and admire the moment of creation/fertilization, resulting from the union of the egg and the sperm, I can understand how important we all are for this world. The embryos communicate to me in a way I cannot describe, or at least it is really difficult for me to describe it. They are alive and already make their own decisions, I call it “embryo consciousness”, and is possible if we study Kabbalah and understand the deepest of this affirmation in the atomic scale. Embryos are composed of atoms and these atoms come with consciousness on them. If they want to divide and continue to live they will do so, if they wish to die they will die, no matter what I do. If they want to die, then will let me know I have to let them go because it is OK, it is not their time yet or their time was meant to be as brief as hours. It is a complex as if we try to understand quantum physics in a brief period of time. They just want to feel inside the cell for a while, even if that cell does not survive. It is a way of learning and gain the experience. Because every time a being comes to the physical plane or physical universe it is a way for them to learn something. They have control over the quantum universe, that universe we have been not able to understand yet. I can even feel when they wish me to speak or communicate something specific to their parents before the embryo transfer. How can I do that? I don’t know. I have no proof of that.

 

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I started to find ways of growing spiritually. I needed more answers to all the things happening. And I knew the answers would come trough spiritual growth. On a dream, I was told to get the book of Bob Olson about the afterlife. To be honest I never heard of him before. I got it and read it all in one day. Most of the answers to my questions where in the book. And it made me realize I was not alone during this quest; other scientists have gone through the same path looking for answers, the same answers. Then I started to meet people who read about different things, spiritual things not related to any particular religion. And fortunately I came across to Reiki.

 

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Reiki was the beginning of my discovering. It was the way for me to channel my thoughts and feelings, and to prepare myself for the messages I needed to get. I took Reiki classes with an amazing person, Gretchen Swank; and during the attunement the messages came so clearly that I could see the masters standing in front of me saying: “thank you Lucy, thank you for decide to listen”. Thanks to Reiki I can listen. The communication channel has been cleaned and tuned in a way I can see, feel and hear the messages clearly. Better news, my headaches were gone and I was completely cured.

 

We have had success with many difficult cases in reproduction and fertility. Cases that nobody wants to take because there is no more clinical explanation for their failure. The so called “unexplained infertility”, a term that has been growing lately, because every day there are more and more couples who are so energetically blocked that a fertility procedure is not enough. The body needs to be prepared and energetically ready to receive that life. And those beings that are coming will need much more love, because they decided to come to contribute with this society, on this physical plane, in ways that will improve our world. They have learned so much in another lifetimes that now they wish to use their knowledge to and for our society, because this world needs a change. It has been contaminated with wars, ego, hate, greed, anger, frustration and disappointment; now this is the time of the new era for the change. That is why us, the embryologists, have become a “bridge between worlds”. There are many ways they are coming to the world right now, most of them are coming from another civilizations where they lived in constant spiritual growth. Now they need a healthy vessel to live on Earth.

 

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Science has developed so fast that genetic engineering is expanding in ways to decode most of the diseases. There are predictive models for the diagnosis of diseases in embryos, even before they are implanted into the uterus. Because of these tools, it is possible for us, the specialists in reproductive medicine, to choose healthy embryos. Those embryos will be disease-free. This was not possible decades ago. Years ago humans were conceived coming with disabilities and diseases, most of them genetically related.

 

 

I usually say that these clever minds, scientists, explorers, dreamers, are the ones that change our World. However, we cannot live more than 50 o 60 productive years. Getting old is a huge disadvantage, and takes time and effort to develop ideas after certain age. There are so many factors against humans to accomplish their ideas and prove them, and that is one of the many opportunities for science today.

 

I have read many stories about people getting scared with genetic engineers, stem cell researchers, the human embryo researchers; it is sad to see that some people prefer diseases instead of a healthy human, because they are afraid of change. This new population coming to the world will accomplish things that will amaze us in no more than 50 years. This is a new generation that I’d like to call “the extended healthier generation”. They will do great things in this world, they will leave longer and healthier, and they will accomplish in 10 years things that would have taken us 100 years to accomplish. We need to go faster, to explore deeply and to grow inside. That is a secret for a better world and great achievements.

 

I always said that humans should live more than 300 years. Our productive time on earth is too short to do all the things we need to do. In order to leave a good contribution in this world we need more time. However, our bodies are destined to face the ruthless reality of getting old, so we either continue with the artificial intelligence to leave our brain’s content inside a computer, or create a new type of human being, healthier bodies and intelligent. The later is the best solution, in my view, because it provides a body to accomplish the task. And the human race will prevail.

 

When I witness death of embryos in the laboratory, is a sad moment for me. Not easy to witness the death of a cell fighting to divide or to become the best embryo. Some of them wait for me to witness their moment of death, and some of them die when I am not there. Many feelings and thoughts run inside of me when that happens. But I have learned to let go. I learnt every being has chosen their time in this lifetime, and I must accept their will. My duty it is to help the parents to accept that fact also, and that is not an easy task.

 

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With the help of Reiki I can channel the energy of the patient and also the embryos. Positive and negative energies are constantly moving in balance in the universe. Reiki allowed me to see, hear and feel more clearly, and I have been fulfilled with light and love. And Kabbalah gave me the knowledge to understand why we are here and what is our purpose in this physical plane or physical universe.

 

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I now share my story; hoping people understand the purpose of it. For us, scientists, explorers, believers, people who achieved great things in the world, let’s make the difference. I learnt to see, hear and feel and my life was changed. Keep your mind open and your heart will make you listen. The truth of life is actually very simple; it is just hard to see for the first time, until you begin to see.

 

The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply. – Khalil Gibran.

 

 

Lucy Coleman

Specialist in Human Reproduction and Fertility

Thermodynamics and reproduction. Where the energy comes from?

How can we describe energy? Energy is a property that cannot be created or destroyed. It is also a mechanical work or heat in thermodynamic language. However, it is really difficult to describe what is energy in biological systems.

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British physicist Lord Kelvin once said: “There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.”

Thermodynamics is mainly a matter of discovering and then using the principles, or laws, that govern energy transformations and working out the relationship between those principles (1).

The First Law of Thermodynamics related heat, work and internal energy. It tells us that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, despite being able to change form; the total energy of a reaction, and indeed of the universe, is constant. The First Law tells us with breathtaking generality that a boundary on the possible is a basic characteristic of our universe (2).

 

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The Second Law of Thermodynamics makes biological processes more interesting, including the Entropy of systems. This is the measure of the order of a system, in a way of describing how molecules are arranged in space, and how these molecules change when the system change temperature, pressure, volume, etc. It is a degree of disorder or randomness. The Second Law of Thermodynamics is a principle, which states that in any cyclic process the entropy will increase or remain the same. In every natural thermodynamic process the sum of the entropies of all participating bodies is increased. So the Second Law says that no natural process can occur unless it is accompanied by an increase in the entropy of the universe. Ultimately every process that occurs in nature is irreversible and unidirectional, with the direction being dictated by the requirement of an overall increase in entropy (3).

 

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All living organisms are highly non-equilibrium systems. A system will exhibit net change if it is not at equilibrium, even if the rate of change is imperceptible.
If we were to measure the changes occurring in living organisms, it will be a different story, because we are talking about isothermal organisms that do not tolerate temperature changes of more than few degrees. Human biological organisms are more complex. In these situations the use of the Gibb’s free energy is necessary. In biology this metric enables us to predict the direction of spontaneous change of a system under the constraints of constant temperature and pressure. These constraints generally apply to all living organisms (4).

The creation of a human embryo is an irreversible process, and consumes lots of energy that need to be previously stored on its parental gametes (sperm and egg). This process occurs in an environment that needs to be right for certain biological functions to occur. Regardless of when, where, or how life began, it is clear that good internal resource management is important to the life of an organism, whatever it might be.

The parental cells (sperm and egg) need to accomplish a series of steps in order to provide this free energy needed for the fertilization of the egg with the sperm, and create a human embryo. This energy is stored and ready to be used as soon as the union happens. This irreversible reaction can be measured to calculate the amount of energy needed to complete the fertilization in vitro.

 

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Biological processes occur at a finite rate, and they are mostly (if not all) irreversible. When an embryo is created in vitro, the media used to accomplish this process has been prepared and equilibrated to be adequate for the biological mechanisms to occur. The cell absorbs most of the nutrients needed and they will also provide the energy to support each division at any different stage. As the embryo grows the energy consumption increases because the cell needs to create more cells and is in constant division. This process does not stop once it is started. The energy required will be directly proportional to the number of divisions and cells present in the embryo. This resulting organism will increase its complexity, internal energy and entropy during development. At some point the embryo will require nutrients and energy that cannot be provided in vitro, and a subsequent embryo transfer needs to be done in order to provide the embryo with the required nutrients and energy given by the endometrium (uterus of the woman). The energy will be provided by this external source in order to continue the growth. It is an irreversible process and requires a continuous supply of energy. It will then go to an open system.

Osmosis, diffusion, membrane transport, all play a role during this cell-growth process; this phenomena allow the cell to get all the necessary nutrients to accomplish its work. If a cell is created in an open system (in vivo) there will be a lot more systems functioning at the same time, and measurements and observation will become difficult. Instead, if a cell is created in a closed system (in vitro), it might be more controlled because it is possible to quantify the nutrients needed to be provided, and the way the systems works, as it is possible to observe this complex system closer.

Is it possible for a living organism to be in equilibrium? If it were, it would not be able to do any useful work in thermodynamic terms. There would be no free energy difference between the reactants and products. The organism would die.
Several biological processes occur during the exchange of energy in vitro, but we need to always remember that no living organism is at equilibrium. This applies not only to the organism as a whole but also for each of its cells.

An in vitro biochemical reaction is a closed system, and it will be at a constant change, especially if this system contains a living organism that will eventually end as part of an open system, as is the case of a human embryo created in vitro that will be transferred into the woman uterus to become a baby.

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For life to begin a good internal energy resource management is important. In cellular terms, the most successful organisms are the ones that utilize their energy resources most efficiently. Maintenance of cell structure and growth require a huge number of metabolic and synthetic reactions; a range of complex mechanisms is needed to regulate the highly heterogeneous distributions and flows of matter and energy within the cells (5). The information every cell possesses is encoded on their DNA, and this will dictate its organizational plan during its life. Aging and death may be related to changes in the information processing capability of a cell, however some theories assume it is determined by DNA programming. Either way, the biological meaningful information content of a cell declines toward the end of its life, together with the cease of energy exchange.

Much more should be studied in order to understand more of the biologic thermodynamic processes occurring in closed-controlled systems during in vitro fertilization, to help us understand the biological phenomena occurring in vivo. This might provide useful information about the cells that are at a constant division, and the encoded message during the starting of life until the moment of cellular death.

References:

(1)(2)(3)(4)(5) Biological Thermodynamics. Donald T. Haynie. 2001.

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