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Is Blood Sugar Dysregulation Related To Chronic Pelvic Pain?

Is blood sugar instability related to chronic pain, especially chronic pelvic pain? The short answer is, “Yes!” Usually, until a woman is diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, she doesn’t know that she has blood sugar instability. But, there are some simple ways to determine if your patient’s blood sugar instability and/or insulin resistance is related to her pain. When mindfully listening to your patient share her health history, consider the…

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Gluten and Endometriosis

Gluten and Endometriosis Is there a link between gluten and endometriosis?  Should women avoid gluten to lower their risk of endometriosis or to help to resolve the symptoms of endometriosis? Let’s look at the research… First, it’s important to consider that endometriosis has many characteristics of an autoimmune disease (Eisenberg, et al., 2012).  It is clear that endometriosis is an inflammatory disease process.  In endometriosis, the presence of endometrial glands…

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How to Heal PCOS with Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine

What is PCOS? Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder affecting between 5%  and 13% of women, depending on ethnicity and criteria used for diagnosis (Ding et al., 2017). African-American and Afro-Brazilian women experience the highest rates of PCOS; Chinese and Caucasian women experience the lowest rates. PCOS Diagnostic Criteria The most updated criteria for diagnosis was made by the Androgen Excess Society in 2006.  The diagnostic criteria…

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Alumni Spotlight: Brianne Grogan and Casie Danenhauer Create Healing Global Retreats

Have you considered the possibilities for your career as a Women's Health Coach?  In our alumni spotlight series, I want to introduce you to some of the amazing things that our Women's Health Coaches are doing all over the world to spread an integrative approach to healing for chronic women's health concerns. Have you ever wanted to do your healing work by supporting women around the world to come together,…

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Reduce Male Infertility Risk with The Healthy Sperm Diet

The Healthy Sperm Diet Male infertility is rarely discussed.  But, it's as common as female infertility.  Generally, the cause of infertility for a couple is 30% a male infertility factor, 30% female, and 30% both or undetermined.  Good nutrition can reduce male infertility risk, improve sperm health, and support more stable genetic material in the sperm. A whole-foods, plant-based diet, rich in a variety of vegetables, fruits, and antioxidants are…

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Skin Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate and Collagen

The skin is a window to a woman’s general health.  While there are many health benefits of dark chocolate, skin health tops the priority list for many women. Dark chocolate with collagen, plus an anti-inflammatory nutrition plan, hydration, and sleep are a winning combination for optimizing skin health. Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate In my practice the skin health issues that women tend to struggle with include acne related to…

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Fertility Strategies to Improve Egg Quality

For the woman over 35 who has been told she has "old eggs," can egg quality be improved for IVF or natural conception? In my practice, women over 40 (or even younger!) who are struggling to conceive are often told by their physicians that they have “old eggs.” What does that mean?  And, are there fertility strategies to improve egg quality? First of all, it’s always important to have perspective. …

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Physical Therapy and Nutrition: A Powerful Combination To Heal Pelvic Pain

She’s been dealing with increasing pelvic pain symptoms for years. Newly married and ready to start a family, she worries about the effect that her pelvic pain will have on her relationship with her husband and whether she will even be able to get pregnant. She’s been coming to see you in your physical therapy practice for the last couple of months in hopes of finally resolving the pain that…

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5 Steps to Improving Your Patient Compliance

My patients seem to want to get better, so why aren’t they doing their home exercises/ taking their supplements/ eating gluten free/ giving up sugar/ going to bed by 10pm? I was working as a women’s health specialist physical therapist, working with a client struggling with postpartum back pain. It was 4pm on a Tuesday. I walked into the treatment room to see her, the last patient of the day.…

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The Three Magic Pills Method: The Secret to Optimal Health for Women

The Three Magic Pills Method(TM):  The Secret to Optimal Health for Women My clients are always asking me, “What is the magic pill that I need to take to relieve my pain?”  They go from doctor to doctor, therapist to therapist, nutritionist to nutritionist, and more... to find the magic supplement, medication, surgery, or manual therapy technique to relieve their pain, fatigue, hot flashes, and other chronic, debilitating symptoms. I…

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