Gluten

Pelvic Pain and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Terry Wahls

Chronic Pelvic Pain and Autoimmunity... Is there a connection? In my practice, many of my patients who struggle with chronic pelvic pain also have autoimmune conditions.  Even those who don't have clear autoimmune diagnoses, often have autoimmune issues - such as intestinal barrier inflammation, food sensitivities, immune hyper-responsiveness, and chronic inflammation. In this interview with Dr. Terry Wahls, we discussed her approach to reversing autoimmune disease, and the connections between…

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The Connection Between SIBO and Bladder Pain (and how to relieve both)

One of the reasons that relieving pelvic pain is so challenging is that pain in different systems within the pelvis can overlap.  For example, in rats where experimental colitis (colon irritation) was induced, many of the rats also experienced bladder and urethral pain (Yoshikawa et al., 2015).  Thus, there is clear overlap between bladder pain and gastrointestinal symptoms. Root cause relief for SIBO and interstitial cystitis related bladder pain requires…

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From Carb Loading to Gluten Free: Field Notes from an Active Mom (and Physical Therapist)

What are the benefits of going gluten free for female athletes?  Please enjoy this guest post from Dr. Carolyn Dolan, DPT of Renosoar... As a past college athlete and now an everyday athlete in the form of active-mother and occasional Crossfit athlete, I have dramatically changed how I fuel my body to optimize my performance. In one word to encompass how I fuel my body today is the word “gluten…

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Vulvovaginal Pain and The Immune System: Practical Steps for Vulvovaginal Pain Relief

It is well accepted that the nervous system is the ultimate “decider” when it comes to an individual’s pain response in any given moment.  You have surely experienced this yourself when a paper cut feels like your whole hand is on fire, or when you wake up with a giant bruise on your leg and don’t even remember the injury (and you haven’t been drinking!) What is the influence of…

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Celiac Disease and Infertility

What is the impact of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease on unexplained infertility? A recent study prospectively examined the role of undiagnosed celiac disease in couples with unexplained infertility (Karaca et al., 2015).  Several important pieces of information came out of this report.  First of all, it’s essential to test both partners for celiac disease as celiac can influence female reproductive function and male reproductive function including sperm motility and…

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Inspiring Health through Beautiful and Delicious Pizza

Here at The Integrative Pelvic Health Institute we believe that it's essential for health and wellness professionals to understand the research (or lack there of) supporting their clinical practice.  We encourage our professional students to participate in informal (or formal) research.  We believe that the best healers put in the hours of practice building strong clinical and coaching skills.  But most of all, we believe that our professional students can do…

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Painful Sex? 5 Ways to Find Relief without Drugs or Surgery

It’s not normal for sex to hurt. (In fact, it’s not normal for your periods to hurt either, but that’s a topic for another day.) But, for women with vaginismus, endometriosis, chronic yeast or bacterial infections, ovarian cysts, fibroids, or birth or other traumatic injuries sex can be intensely painful. If you suffer from painful sex, you are not alone. While the number of women who suffer from painful sex…

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