Fads. Diets. Memes. Schemes. There are so many of them in the wellness movement, now fast becoming the wellness industrial complex (yes, it's actually, really now called that by some), and the preponderance of these are aimed at women.
Sadly, even otherwise intelligent MDs and other health professionals have fallen under the spell of bad science. Just last week I came across two glaring examples online from people well-known in the wellness space. And honestly, I not only find it frustrating, it pisses me off because if it takes me hours at a time, as a well-trained Yale MD with also 35 years now in women's wellness, how is the general reader, who is also sometimes desperate for solutions, supposed to sort out fact from fiction?
It's also frustrating because there are so many effective natural approaches to preventing and treating so many conditions - but when fake science and bad medicine become popular, and start to get the take-down in the news, it casts doubt on the reliable approaches, and reliable practitioners.
So as part of my commitment to helping you make the best choices for your health, and for your children's common conditions, I am going to be posting more 'fact or fiction' articles and talking more openly about what's on my mind - with corresponding new podcast episodes for those who prefer to listen. The first is today in which I talk about a popular phenomenon touted as beneficial for your hormones called 'seed cycling.' Have a listen to this latest episode of Natural MD Radio or read the article.
If you have questions and you're not sure if something you're reading about or have had recommended is fact or fiction, please feel free to email me through the contact form on my website. I can't answer every email directly, but I do personally read every single one (for real!) and will also answer some questions in a new 'Ask Me Anything' feature on my podcast. I won't answer personal medical questions, but every few weeks will do an episode in which I answer the most commonly asked types of questions.
If you’ve been exploring women’s hormone wellness online, you’ve likely come across articles touting the miracles of seed cycling for regulating the menstrual cycle. In case you missed it, seed cycling is a protocol where you consume specific seed combinations during distinct phases of the men...
Last night I gave a free professional webinar PCOS: A Nutritional Approach to Restoring Hormone Balance. There were so many wonderful questions that I offered to keep the conversation going over here on Facebook. If you'd like to catch the webinar replay and join this conversation, you can get access by registering here.
If you have questions that weren't answered, or are coming in from the replay and have questions, please post them below. I'll be a little slow in answering due to a few days of upcoming work and play travel, but I'll get to as many as I can. If there are a lot of duplicate questions, please note that I'll only answer that question one time so if I've liked your question but not answered it, I probably addressed it in another comment so look for that one. I also can't promise to answer every single one - but will do my best to answer as many as possible. I'll keep this post going until next Monday.
And remember, as a student in my Women's Functional and Integrative Medicine Professional training program, a course for women health practitioners, about women's health, you get access to me directly and personally, many times each week in our private course Facebook group, and in live teleconferences every few weeks, 14 times over our 10 months together. Registration ends on SEPTEMBER 15th at 10 pm ET, and is only open annually. Learn more about the course here:
None of these are experiences we want to have. Yet few humans get through life without being touched by one or another, in some way.
This is particularly so for women.
For many of us, these experiences create trauma that seems to settle into our bones in ways that shape the fabric of our lives.
In this new episode of Natural MD Radio, my personal friend Dr. James Gordon, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and a world-renowned expert in using mind body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma, shares his views on the trauma faced by women in the US, including the impact of sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and microaggressions against women, on physical pain, weight, mood, and self-sabotaging habits, and his wisdom and experience on how to reframe trauma into growth.
We also talk about how we can address our concerns and fears as parents in light of school shootings and other random acts of violence we're exposed to in our world at this time.
You'll also learn about Jim's new book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma. which offers a comprehensive self-care program to help you take your life back from the biological and psychological damage of trauma, to become who you want to be.
Listen to this new episode here or wherever you listen to podcasts. And please SHARE. It's medicine for our times.
My dear friend, Dr. James Gordon, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and a world-renowned expert in using mind body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. The Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington, DC, he's a clinical professor in t...
Even in my medical training as far back as 2005, there was not a word about the microbiome. Now you can’t open a wellness website – or for that matter major publications like the New York Times, Nature, or Scientific American without bumping into an article about the microbiome. Along with this renewed recognition of the gut as important to human health has come a glut of products – everything from at home or expensive in office microbiome stool tests, to probiotics, to clinics performing ‘back alley’ fecal transplants (yes, these really do exist).
However, there are big gaps in what we know really works, and the media hype and product sales being sold to you. To bring you up to speed on the latest in in microbiome research, I’ve invited a special guest to Natural MD Radio – a personal colleague of mine for four years now, and a stellar human being, who also just happens to be one of the world’s leading microbiome experts: Dr. Joseph Petrosino – to have a conversation with me about this. Join me here for a listen! And make sure to SHARE this with your friends.
Microbiome research, though seemingly novel, is not simply a modern revelation. The idea that gut health is central to our total health goes back thousands of years, and the use of fermented foods as part of many, if not most, traditional diets from the Inuits to Eastern Europeans, has been central....
While the connection between your gut and seasonal allergy symptoms might not be instantly obvious, healing your gut is the first step to waving your seasonal allergies goodbye. @avivarommhttps://t.co/SIVvQdwwC8