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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Xenoestrogens and Breast Cancer

Xenoestrogen Exposure is a Clear Risk Factor for Breast Cancer and Others For our clients and patients with exposure to xenoestrogens, the first step is to reduce the exposures, lowering their overall toxic load, and in turn reducing the risk for breast cancer. Everyone is exposed to some level of xenoestrogens; it’s impossible to completely avoid them. Thus, it’s important to emphasize the benefit of small, consistent reductions of exposure,…

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Environmental Toxins!

  Environmental Toxins and Women’s Health!

The world is waking up to the fact that everyday toxic exposures are not only real, but a big part of the rise in chronic health issues. In fact, it’s crystal clear that the connection between environmental toxin exposures and women’s health issues is incredibly strong. Health practitioners (and especially those who work with female patients) must become fluent in this topic so they can better support their clients and…

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Endometriosis and Fatigue: Relieving pain and fatigue, and improving fertility with an integrative approach

  Up to 80% of pelvic pain is related to endometriosis, and 176 million girls and women worldwide suffer from endometriosis. Helping women to overcome endometriosis requires a multidisciplinary, integrative approach.  There is no silver bullet solution to endometriosis, but when we take a collaborative approach and dig until we find each patient’s individual healing recipe of therapies, mindsets, and support, healing is available. What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a…

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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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Can Women Healthfully Drink Alcohol?

It's the morning after. Your client (or you!) woke up after a night of celebration tired, with a headache, dry skin, dry mouth, just Ugh! Is alcohol ever healthy?  And, are there ways to enjoy alcohol and protect your liver, preventing the next day hangover?  In this video, I explain the evidence... How does alcohol impact hormone health?  Are there any health benefits to drinking alcohol? Sometimes our clients simply…

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Exercise and Hormones for Women over 40

80% of adults don’t even get the minimum recommended amount of exercise recommended by the CDC and similar public health organizations - 2 days per week of strength training and 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic exercise.(1)  Exercise for women over 40 is essential.  But, it's important to consider a number of factors before starting a fitness program. Starting with an intense spinning, Cross Fit, or other training program…

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Healthy Estrogen Detox Smoothie

Enjoy my recipe for this Healthy Estrogen Detox Smoothie, which is perfect for anyone struggling with estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is a common issue for women with endometriosis, ovarian cysts, PCOS, PMS, painful periods, fibroids, and breast tenderness. Also, for women who struggle with weight loss resistance or insomnia, elevated estrogen compared with progesterone (otherwise known as estrogen dominance), is a serious challenge. Fortunately, there are nutrition and lifestyle strategies…

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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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Canned Tomatoes Impacting Fertility | IPHI

Are Canned Tomatoes Ruining Your Patient’s Fertility?

Today I want to talk about a 2012 study that looked at how the toxin bisphenol A (BPA) affected fertility in women using in vitro fertilization treatments for infertility. This study measured the number eggs that were able to be retrieved during an IVF cycle, the number of eggs that then went on to be fertilized, and finally the number of eggs that progressed to become blastocysts (the next stage…

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