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Hormone Balancing Spring Salads

For women with endometriosis, interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome, bloating, and other hormone issues, salad can be tricky. On the one hand... "Salad is healthy, right?" On the other hand..."Salad makes me bloated!" is a common refrain in my practice. When do raw vegetables help vs. when do they make things worse? Adding raw vegetables is most helpful when the digestive function is improving and there is less bloating.…

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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: 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 share this as personal experience and let you look up the literature yourself for…

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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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Pelvic Floor Muscle Health at Home with Intimate Rose

  Jessica Drummond: Hey everybody. It's Jessica Drummond here with the Integrative Women's Health Institute, and I have a very special guest for us today, Dr. Amanda Olson. She is a Physical Therapist who specializes in pelvic pain, and she originally graduated from Pacific University in 2005 and got her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008 from Regis University, graduating as a member of the Jesuit National Honor Society. Jessica…

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Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays! The holiday season is finally among us, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate by sharing the women’s health love with your friends and family (plus, get a little something for you!) Here at IWHI we’re picky about the products we recommend. We are personally connected with each of the small businesses we support, and use the products ourselves. This year our holiday focus is on women’s immune…

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The Role of Rehabilitation Medicine in Chronic Pelvic Pain

It was my honor to interview Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, MD, founder of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine about the role of rehabilitation medicine in chronic pelvic pain. Rehabilitation medicine includes the tools of pain and nervous system modulation medications, specific injections to improve local pain in the pelvis, including pelvic nerve pain, and management and referrals for integrative healing. At Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, the physicians are on the cutting edge of pain…

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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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CBD Oil, Cannabis, Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain

Seventy-six percent of women with endometriosis use self-care strategies to manage their pain and other symptoms. (Armour, et al., 2019). In a recent study out of Australia, women with endometriosis related chronic pelvic pain reported that four self-care activities had the most positive effects on their pain: "Cannabis, heat, hemp/CBD oil, and dietary changes were the most highly rated in terms of self-reported effectiveness in pain reduction (with mean effectiveness…

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Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Weber Brings Women’s Health Coaching and Fitness to Women with Prolapse and More

How Can I Market My Services as a Health Coach AND a (fitness professional, massage therapist, physical therapist, nutritionist, physician, and more...)? We're often asked by our Women's Health Coach students and potential students... "I love health coaching, but how can I combine it with (fitness, yoga, nutrition, physical therapy, medicine, and more...)?" Michelle Weber shows us how to be a multi-passionate women's health expert and practitioner and grow a…

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Healthy Travel Guide for Healthcare Practice Owners

When you're building a successful niche coaching practice, you'll often have to travel to learn, network, and share your wisdom on stages. This kind of travel is different from vacation. You need to be on, brain focused, and energized. How do I stay sharp while traveling for business? One of our most popular IWHI Live topics was my healthy travel tips. These are the tips I have used to travel…

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