Integrative Medicine Blog

A Quick Primer on CoEnzyme Q-10 and DHEA

Two of the most popular fertility supplements are CoEnzyme Q-10 and DHEA. Learn where these supplements are found, how they are administered, and how they can help men and women undergoing infertility treatments.

Preparing For Pregnancy 2015: Part 2 – Men

In "Preparing for Pregnancy 2015: Part 2 – Men," Dr. Sgarlata offers ideas to men planning on fathering a child. He stresses the importance of how planning ahead allows both women and men to be proactive vs. reactive.

Preparing for Pregnancy 2015: Part 1 – Women

In "Preparing for Pregnancy 2015: Part 1 – Women," Dr. Sgarlata offers ideas to women preparing for a successful pregnancy. He stresses the importance of how planning ahead allows both women and men to be proactive vs. reactive.

Naturopathic Medicine & Infertility

By Dr. Aumatma, a naturopathic doctor (N.D.) with 12 years of experience. Naturopathic medicine can help discover deeper issues contributing to a couple's inability to conceive. Learn how the use of natural substances can help rebalance the body.

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Thanksgiving is coming and we are "supposed" to be thankful. But what do you do if you aren't feeling that way?

Preparing for Your Treatment

Helpful information for patients to review to best prepare for a successful outcome for your upcoming treatment with our clinic provided by Dr. Sgarlata and Dr. Wachs.

Vitamin D & IVF – What's New 2014

By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata – New research has given us more information on the potential role Vitamin D & fertility supplementation takes for women attempting pregnancy, especially those undergoing IVF, prior to embryo transfers.


By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata – Reiki is a natural, hands-on healing art that might help patients with infertility issues. It is part of a field known as energy medicine. Dr. Sgarlata is certified as a First Degree Reiki Practitioner.

Cell Phones And Sperm – An Update 2014

By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata – There continues to be new information reported on the potential impact of cell phones and male fertility. Here is a brief update on what we now understand.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

By Judy Tognetti – Many people seek Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for infertility. TCM explores causes and treats each one with specific protocols to overcome the barriers to conception.

Chaste Tree

Dr. Sgarlata discusses the claims, side effects and cautions of taking Chastetree, a fruit that has been used for centuries for a number of female reproductive conditions including infertility.

Do You Really Know What You're Taking?

By Dr. Sgarlata – Knowing what you are taking is important for you health and safety. Compile a list of current prescription medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal preparations for yourself and future physician consults.

In Order to Conceive and Have a Baby...

By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata – Many times patient’s ask why we as Fertility specialists can’t find a reason for their lack of success. Genetic factors, lifestyle and age are just a few influences for successful pregnancy.

Flu Season is Here - Time to Get Your Flu Shot

By Dr. Sgarlata – Flu season has arrived. The flu season typically peaks from late November through May. The major influenza strain in the United States currently is the H1N1 virus, but it's not too late to get your flu shot.

Radical Gratitude

By Shaylin Ebert – Instead of having your happiness, contentment and wellbeing dependent on something that has yet to happen, what would it be like to rest it on what is already here?

Vitamin D & IVF – What's New 2013

By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata – We know Vitamin D levels influence fertility and IVF. Dr. Sgarlata provides an update on two recent studies that provide further knowledge on this topic.

Mindfulness And Infertility

Stress is often a large part when facing the challenge of infertility. Mindfulness is one approach to decrease stress and help with treating infertility, childbirth and parenting classes.

Alcohol Consumption And IVF – It Does Matter!

A report from the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York concluded that drinking as little as three small glasses of wine a week could reduce a woman's chances of conceiving by two thirds over a 3-year period.

Sleep and Fertility

A team of South Korean researchers presented their findings on the sleep habits (self-reported) of 656 women prior to starting IVF treatment.

Environmental Chemical Exposures

On September 23, 2013, OB/GYN’s were asked to advocate for governmental policy changes in order to identify and reduce toxic environmental agents and exposure.

Why Take Folic Acid?

Folic acid is advised before pregnancy begins, and a woman should take it if there is any possibility of her becoming pregnant.

Can Walnuts Boost Male Fertility?

In a recent article in the journal Biology of Reproduction, healthy young men exhibited a small but statistically significant improvement in sperm health after adding walnuts to their diet.

Dietary Guidelines and Your Fertility

On January 31, 2011, The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 was released. The publication provides information and advice for choosing healthy eating habits.

MyPlate Replaces The Food Pyramid

On June 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced MyPlate, which replaces the food pyramid that has been used for the past 20 years. The icon is intended to provide a simple visual dietary guide.

If I do IVF, Will My Child Be Healthy?

What do we know about children conceived through IVF and their health? National registries collect data on all IVF cycles and make it possible to look at outcomes of pregnancies conceived through IVF.

Does Vitamin D Matter? Recent studies on D and Fertility

By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata - While vitamin D deficiency has been shown to compromise reproduction in a number of animal models, there is currently a lack of quality human studies that specifically look at the effects of vitamin D on fertility.


By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata - Myo-inositol is a compound that is a member of the vitamin B complex group. It is found in a wide variety of foods including fresh fruits, beans, whole grains and seeds.

Melatonin and In Vitro Fertilization

By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata - Most of us have heard about melatonin. It is a hormone produced primarily from the pineal gland and helps control of our circadian rhythm. We now understand that melatonin is involved in many factors of human reproduction including the regulation of female reproductive hormones and ovulation.

Maca for Fertility

By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata - Maca (lepidium meyenii) is a plant native to the Peruvian Andes. Traditionally, Maca has been taken to increase energy, stamina and athletic performance – it is also used for enhancing fertility and sex drive in both men and women.

Waiting For Your Pregnancy Test Results

By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata - Waiting for the results of a pregnancy test can be stressful. The nine to fourteen day wait can seem like forever. Here are some ideas to help you get through.

Metformin and Potential Vitamin Deficiency

By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata - METFORMIN is an oral medication commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes. It is also commonly being used in patients with irregular periods and/or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) to aid with menstrual regulation and ovulation.

Mind-Body Practices

By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata - “Mind-body practices focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, with the intent to use the mind to affect physical functioning and promote health”.

Tips for Iron Supplementation

By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata - Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies worldwide. Iron deficiency is common in women of childbearing age (9-16%). Iron deficiency often leads to anemia-low red blood count.

DHEA Supplementation and Female Fertility

By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata - DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a naturally occurring hormone produced primarily by the adrenal gland. DHEA levels peak in early adulthood and decline with age. DHEA is used by our bodies to produce Estrogen and Testosterone – the major female and male sex hormones.