About: Marie Myung-Ok Lee


The Thyroid and Fertility

April 10th, 2006

Are your hands cold all the time? Do you have a low body temperature (just take it right now, is it is lower than 98?) Hair falling out? Dry skin? I used to show up for my yearly physical, and the nurse would always look at the thermometer and go, “Hm….96…did you just drink something [...]

Categories: Thyroid

Sleep and Fertility Part II: Warning on Melatonin in a Bottle

April 9th, 2006

Since I have chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome (which was formerly known as CFS, can be also known as Epstein-Barr), one of the symptoms, oddly enough, is trouble sleeping. Lots of people I know who have CFIDS take melatonin (or, something way stronger), and that’s usually worked quite well for me. But one of the [...]

Categories: Sleep

Educate Yourself: World Pulse Magazine

April 9th, 2006

Since I’m interested in international adoption, of course many of my wry friends clogged my in-box with that Onion Magazine article, the tongue-in-cheek romp about fictional adoptive mother breaking her arm patting herself on the back for giving “a real home, in a real country” to “My Daughter, the Most Beautiful Child in the Third [...]

Categories: Adoption

Sleep and Fertility

April 7th, 2006

Did you know that something as small as a nightlight can have a direct effect on your fertility? When I was having a bunch of miscarriages, a friend told me to make sure my bedroom was totally dark–now I know why: melatonin. This hormone is primarily secreted at night, and it requires darkness to be [...]

Categories: Sleep

I was Blind, But Now I See That I Need Fish Oil

April 7th, 2006

I am passing on this tidbit from a press release (3/28/06) from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, an affiliate of Harvard. I was digging through some newsletters, actually to research my novel, i.e., do my OTHER work. But I’m always always finding things to share on the Fertility Blog. Quick summary: these bad health [...]

Categories: Supplements

But Which Fish Oils Are Safe???? (Part 2)

April 6th, 2006

ConsumerLab.com is a handy place to know about. They are an independent lab that tests the purity of nutritional supplements since (sigh) the government doesn’t seem to care. The question is not, is there poison, dead rat, etc., in this bottle of gingko biloba, but more, is there any gingko in here, or is it [...]

Categories: Supplements

Organic Snacks–Oprah Loves them and So Do I

April 6th, 2006

This picture is Licette Comanzo Walker, the owner of Comanzo and Company Speciality bakers (photo from Rhode Island Monthly). This is not just some posed picture to make you think some nice caring person is baking your cookies–these really are her cookies. She used to sell her cookies from home to a local coffee shop [...]

Categories: Diet

But Which Fish Oils Are Safe???? (Part 1)

April 6th, 2006

WORRIED about mercury? PCBs? Dioxin? Cadmium? I sure am. Of course, I just wrote a column on why fish oils are so good for you, especially if you are trying to conceive. But this begs the question: our seas as so polluted, how can we get pure fish oil? Okay, so here’s a compilation of [...]

Categories: Supplements

Omega-3 Fatty acids

April 5th, 2006

(Pig + Algae gene = good source of omega-3 fatty acids?) Read on… When I was little, I remember my mother used to make us kids take cod liver oil. I also remember the taste was totally disgusting. Either I’d have to take it all at once and want to throw up, or, the teaspoon [...]

Categories: Supplements

Ovarian-Stimulating Drugs and Cancer: A Clinical Study

April 5th, 2006

In my previous post about ovarian-stimulating drugs and their seeming link to cancer, I talked about how many reproductive doctors (and myself) “feel” this is true. Here is a clinical study that seems to back up this feeling. I’m not sure why they conclude it is “reassuring” but then quickly mumble something about an association [...]

Categories: Hormones/Drugs