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GreenFertility, a.k.a. Marie Myung-Ok Lee, is a health journalist and advocate concerned with fertility of self and earth. She is a 44-year-old woman who has greatly improved her health through natural means — including ridding herself of severe seasonal allergies — and hopes to continue to learn and write about how to live one’s most fertile life.

Her writings have appeared in her blog,, as well as in Natural Health, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Brain, Child, Natural Family Online, and the organic pregnancy and parenting book, Green Babies, Sage Moms. She is the winner of the Richard Margolis prize, given annually to “a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice.” She is also the author of the novel, Somebody’s Daughter, a novel about Korean adoption … and is learning how to play the ukulele.


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a blog by Marie Lee, Mar. 30, 2010

I’ve been following the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist who went to all sorts of different countries to try to figure out why so-called “primitive” people (without dental care) had no cavities. Dr. Weston collected a lot of data about a natural, unprocessed diet and its correlation to health. One thing he noticed was that lots of cultures use fish eggs as a fertility booster, often feeding them to young girls as they approach their menses.

This may have something to do with Vitamin A (which eggs are full of). Vitamin A promotes better cervical fluid, making it into a sperm-nourishing, plentiful, fertile consistency. Vitamin A also helps YOUR eggs, by ensuring that your follicles develop properly. Your follicles each hold an egg and one follicle releases an egg every month. The follicle then produces hormones that aid the egg in implanting in your uterus. Without enough Vitamin A, the follicle doesn't mature properly.


a blog by marie lee, March 2, 2010

Cereal in the morning? Bread? Pasta? Love those bagels? Believe it or not, what was once considered healthy may be lethal to your fertility.

I used to love Sunday bagels, but then I felt terrible for the rest of the day. Bagels are made with HIGH gluten flour and gluten can cause problems for people who lack the genetic ability to break it down into smaller amino acids that can be absorbed. Because it doesn't get broken down, the immune system recognizes it as a "foreign protein," and attacks it. Gluten can act as an intestinal abrasive.

Gluten can also aggravate a thyroid condition which is also tied to your fertility. Apparently, people who have celiac disease, a disorder in which your body makes antibodies to gluten (and is also linked with infertility), often have anti-thyroid antibodies, and vice versa. Elisabeth Hasselbeck from The View had trouble conceiving until she was diagnosed with celiac disease and now she has *three* kids. A study from Harvard's Brigham and Women's hospital showed that people with anti-thyroid antibodies (also known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis) often can reduce the inflammation by following a gluten-free diet.

Given how important the thyroid is for regulating hormones (including fertility hormones), it seems like going gluten-free (not just wheat-free, gluten is the protein in wheat that is also found in oats, rye, spelt and is often ADDED to products labeled "wheat free") can't hurt and might help.

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a blog by marie lee, Jan. 21, 2010

You need to wash your clothes. You should wash your clothes. In fact, you HAVE TO wash your clothes. Especially, when they are new. My friend who writes the enormously popular Green Babies organic blog warned me about all the crap they put on clothes to make them look brighter and more attractive in the store. Ready? Some special shiny “sizing” stuff which makes them fold better; pesticides if they are going to sit in the warehouse a long time; formaldehyde. She said this even happens with organic stuff, as once it leaves the factory, there’s not a lot of control. So wash up!

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a blog by marie lee, Jan. 6, 2010

I’ve been collecting amazing fertility stories because they are the happiest kind.

If you want to read about a woman who was diagnosed with infertility, her FSH at 42 when she was 42, check out Julia Indichova’s book, Inconceivable: A Woman’s Triumph over Despair and Statistics. Julia decided to prove her doctors wrong and do everything she could to get pregnant and have a baby naturally. The result: I met her daughter!


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