Chronic Illness

ectopic pregnancy can cause extreme pelvic pain

Ectopic Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, & Recovery

All women’s health and wellness professionals who are working with women with pelvic pain must be knowledgeable about the risk of this common pregnancy complication. What is ectopic pregnancy?An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, 1.Ectopic pregnancy is common, accounting for 1-2% of all pregnancies. What are the associated risk factors?Women and people with a history of a previous ectopic pregnancy, pregnancy loss, previous Chlamydia trachomatis…

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Functional Medicine: Women’s Health Coach Certification

What is functional medicine?Functional medicine is a systems biology based approach that looks for the root causes of diseases and symptoms. Functional medicine aims to optimize functioning of the body’s cells, systems, and the environmental systems where the person lives.The goal of a functional medicine perspective is not simply to quiet the symptoms, but to relieve the symptoms at the root cause.Functional Medicine vs. Functional Nutrition Technically, functional medicine is only practiced by providers…

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Best Probiotics for Endometriosis and Chronic Pelvic Pain

It can be hard to determine the best probiotics for endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. The "best probiotic" can be challenging to choose from among the many options.  It's even more difficult to determine which probiotics are best for endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. As health and wellness professionals who support clients with endometriosis and pelvic pain, we have to educate ourselves about the research on the best probiotics for…

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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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Sleep, Melatonin, and Endometriosis

Sleep issues and endometriosis often go hand in hand. Patients with endometriosis frequently struggle with a variety of sleep issues, including insomnia, pain-insomnia, poor sleep, chronic fatigue, restless leg syndrome, and more. But...why is it so common for people with endometriosis to struggle with poor sleep and sleep issues? When cortisol goes up, melatonin goes down. Cortisol, a key stress buffing hormone, inhibits melatonin, and melatonin is an important hormone…

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CBD Oil and Cannabis for Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Relief

Why are we talking about cannabis and CBD in relation to endometriosis? Because a whopping 76% percent of people with endometriosis use self-care strategies to manage their pain and other symptoms. (Armour, et al., 2019). If you know someone with endometriosis, you know that pelvic pain relief is always a priority. Recent studies indicate that CBD and cannabis are powerful tools for combating endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. In a…

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How to Relieve “Endo Belly”

One of the most frustrating challenges that our clients with endometriosis face is how to relieve the chronic bloating known as “Endo Belly.” Over the years, my practice has seen thousands of women struggling with this, and we have developed an integrative protocol for relieving the bloat for good. What is “Endo Belly”? Before we get into the steps to relieving Endo Belly, let’s talk about what it really is.…

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Histamine-Intolerance

Histamine Intolerance, Autoimmunity, and Endometriosis

Histamine is essential to a variety of physiologic functions, and it is a versatile biologic amine involved in fine-tuning the balance between immunity and tolerance.Immunity is the ability to fight infection or clear abnormal cellsTolerance is the ability of the immune system to tolerate “outsider molecules” like foods, dust, environmental chemicals, etc.Histamines affect dendritic cells (cells that boost the immune responses by showing antigens on their surfaces to other cells…

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My Long Covid Recovery: Perspectives from a Nutritionist and Physical Therapist

My Long Covid Recovery: Perspectives from a Nutritionist and Physical Therapist As an introduction to this article, I would like to share a few details about how I decided to write this post about long-covid recovery: Normally when sharing something like this with my colleagues of clinical relevance, I would cite as much literature as possible to explain my decision-making process. While I may add this later, I decided to…

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Life With Endometriosis: Interview with Margaret Kalms

Enjoy this interview with Margaret Kalms, author of Life With Endometriosis   Margaret Kalms created her art and a book of her art to raise awareness of the daily impact of endometriosis through her imagery and conversations with women with endometriosis. Tune in to hear the story of the creation of her Margaret's new book, Life With Endometriosis. Interview Transcript: Jessica Drummond: All right, hi there, everyone. It's Jessica Drummond…

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