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5 Powerful Strategies to Lift The Brain Fog

One of the most frustrating symptoms, second only to intense pain, that my patients struggle with is brain fog. I don’t have time in my life for brain fog (and neither do you!) Let me share 3 of my most powerful tools for clearing the (brain) fog! I do a lot of writing, researching, teaching and working with patients every week, in addition to cooking dinner, taking care of my…

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What Causes Acne? Get Glowing and Clean Skin From The Root

Conventional creams and pills don’t address what causes acne. Acne is a common problem for teens. Eighty-five percent of 12-24 year olds experience acne. It’s a growing problem for adult women as well. Fifteen percent of us also struggle with acne. For most women with acne, whether it’s in their teens or beyond, the conventional recommendations for treatment are either hormonal birth control pills, topical benzoyl peroxide and/ or topical…

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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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Unraveling Values Conflicts is Essential to Hitting Health Goals

As soon as someone decides that they want to lose weight, get stronger, sleep better, recover from a painful injury, or hit any of their health goals, all they have to do is decide and then it’s as good as done, right? Wrong. Wait… I know. They need the correct knowledge and strategies for how to hit their health goals, right? Wrong. I am going to take a wild guess…

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Top 3 Signs of Professional Burnout

Since 2017, healer burnout has been flagged as a public health crisis. If you work in health or wellness, you know that burnout is common. But, you may not think that it’s happening to you. What are some of the signs of burnout? Blaming yourself when your patients or clients don’t fully recover. Did you know that 60% of the risk of premature death (to your patients or clients) is…

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2019 is The Year of The Women’s Health Coach

This year my goal for us as a community here at The Integrative Women's Health Institute is to see you GRADUATE from The Women’s Health Coach Certification Program. This year I’m not just focused on our enrollment numbers. I am focused on our graduation and employment rates. I am so committed to your success that I have created a team of amazing Master Coaches and support staff to help you…

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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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