Welcome to Natural MD Radio with Aviva Romm

Welcome to Natural MD Radio!

Thirty years ago I was a hippie home-birth midwife and herbalist, a pioneer on the cutting edge of natural medicine and living. Now I’m an internationally known, Yale-trained MD practicing integrative and functional medicine. This show is all about sharing the whole truth about health, helping you sort through fact and fiction about health and medicine so you can make informed choices and take back your health.

What if I told you that your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has ever permitted you to believe? Well, it’s true. Every fiber of our being is designed for self healing and self renewal. At some point along the way though, we have all been taught to look to the medical system instead of our own bodies for the answers to our health problems.

What I’ve seen in 35 years of working in the medical field, is that amazing things can happen. We don’t need a pill for every ill. We need an integration of believing in ourselves, believing in our body’s ability to heal, believing in the power of nature, and being empowered in making choices about our own bodies. I hope to use my years of experience in both traditional and alternative medicines to help you find balance, pleasure, and peace of mind.

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“I love science, I love curiosity, I love exploration, I love the little eureka moments that I get when something I read about from traditional medicine connects with something I read about in science and physiology and they support each other.” – Aviva Romm

Show Notes:

  • Why don’t we believe that our bodies can heal themselves?
  • The danger of over medication and too many surgeries
  • Why I decided to become a doctor
  • The turning point when I decided that enough was enough
  • My heroine’s journey
  • How I learned about midwifery
  • What is birth trauma?
  • When my eyes opened to the world of women’s empowerment
  • Why I decided to leave school

“Part of why I went to medical school was to help people, to help you, know when to use conventional therapies and when not to.” – Aviva Romm

  • The power of food as a preventative and healing tool
  • How I became an expert in women’s natural medicine
  • My first book about natural pregnancy
  • The goal of this podcast
  • Why I decided to start practicing medicine again
  • The continuum of alternative and conventional therapies
  • What is transformational healing?
  • How our life experiences shape our experiences and expectations of our bodies
  • That we all have the power to make the best decisions for ourselves

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“I believe we all have the chance to take back our health. ” – Aviva Romm

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Robyn Kemp

Enjoyed listening to your podcast. I have been receiving your emails throughout the year and finally decided to take Control of my life and health. Your podcast has inspired me to stay focused and work on the new me guided by your enthusiasm for native living!!! Thank you Robyn

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Cindy Laurel

I LOVE what you are doing for women!!!! Will you ever consider covering other women's health issues such as female prolapse? A lot of women need your help!

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    Yes -- I have an old article I wrote for Ina May Gaskin's Birth Gazette 2 decades ago -- will do a new one!!!

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Stephanie Mauri

Fabulous, articulate, brilliant and brave story, Dr. Romm. I am very glad you are working so hard to bring natural medicine and wisdom to public consciousness. I will tune in for life, I believe. Thank you! Sincerely, Stephanie Mauri RDH, BS, LAc, MS Kent Biomedical Acupuncture Kent, CT

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I am thrilled that you are starting a podcast! I'm mom to a busy toddler with another due in March, and podcasts are such a great way for me to consume information & wisdom lately. I do have a question. I'm 30 weeks, and started feeling like I had s UTI coming on, so went to get lab work done. I tested positive for GBS through urinalysis, and am now concerned that the homebirth we had been planning might not be the best choice for baby since I won't be able to get IV antibiotics? Are oral antibiotics as effective for GBS? What's the purpose of IV antibiotics? Thanks!

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Meka Hall

I am a podcast lover! In a busy world podcast allow me to listen to what your saying and cook dinner or complete birth records or chart bottom line I can multitask with a podcast and I can't if I have to sit and read. Horrible I know but the truth. I loved hearing the journey your life has taken thus far absolutely fantastic. Please more podcast! Atlanta, Ga.

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    More coming!!! And thank you! <3

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Thank you! I've enjoyed reading your blog, and now have really enjoyed sitting here this morning, listening to this podcast. I would like to know what you think about mammograms. Since I was a young woman, I've followed the conventional advice to have one yearly. In my thirties, there was a period of time when the results would come back as "suspicious," and typically I needed to go in again or follow-up with a scan. About ten years ago, I had a biopsy. Before surgery, I was told by the doctor, "I'm pretty sure that you don't have cancer, but I'm going to prove it to you with this biopsy." The biopsy did in fact prove that I did not have cancer, but I was told that I have "lumpy breasts" (flattering vocabulary). I would like to avoid repeating this yearly stressful experience, but I know what my GYN is going to say. So, I would like to know your opinion about mammograms. Is there an alternative? What can/should women be doing?

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Tricia collier

Really enjoyed your podcast I Am looking forward to the next one! Thank you so much for the work you are doing . Can you do give some information on women's health post menopause? Thank you

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    YES YES YES!!!! :)

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Chaya Aronson

I loved listening to your story about how you got to where you are. I felt a lot of resonance in so much of what you shared. I love Stan Grof's work. I consider the matrix in my own healing of my birth and the birth of my son, as well as the work I do with clients and their postpartum healing and birth prep. It was neat to hear that he was part of shaping some of your early thoughts and reflections... Thanks so much for the work you are doing!

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Aviva, this is just incredible. I love listening to your voice :) I look forward to hearing more stories about your personal life, how you manage family, a multi-pronged career, and how to stay sane with so much content to sort through in the field of medicine. You rock! xo

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Mara Penfil

Thank you for sharing your story, Aviva! It is beautiful and touches my heart in many ways that are both inspiring and humbling. I look forward to hearing and learning more =)

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Great story Aviva. Thanks for sharing. I've been a follower of yours for about a year and a half and have made many changes in my diet. Things are getting better very slowly. Last year, I did nine months of intensive counseling, one on one and as a group. Things got so intense for me, I had to go onto anti depressant medication. I have a healthy fear of medication and didn't want to be on it unnecessarily long. I ended up stopping my counseling based on how I felt and family and my spouse's advise. I do want to go back to counseling, but I'm scared what will be uncovered may force me to go onto anti depressants. What would be a natural way of uncovering my past w/o pushing myself too hard and needing to go on anti depressants?

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    Hi Eva, Great question! MY friend Dr. James Gordon has an excellent book called Unstuck and also mind-body training programs that you might find beneficial.

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Hi Dr. Rom, I recently listened to the episode regarding breaking gender stereotypes at the doctors/clinics. I learned a lot about how to express what us women must say and speak up for ourselves and not get our symptoms and conditions be categorized on the charts as "complaint" so thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom. I wanted to write to you today because within this podcast where you were trying to breakdown the barriers created by stereotype towards women, you inadvertently strengthened another stereotype and I felt uncomfortable about it. You gave an example of a women patient that didn't want to speak up about the lump in her breast--and that she was a "demure Japanese woman". Since the podcast was indeed about breaking down the barriers for women, identifying this particular patient's gender is necessary, but I thought that specifying the ethnicity of the woman was completely unnecessary, and in fact, further oppresses Japanese (and other Asian women, who are typically known as being demure, submissive, quiet, shy, meek, modest, etc.) women. I assume that you this was completely unintentional nor was there any thought about the effect. However, from a lay listener of an Asian decent, who is boisterous, outspoken, and have strong opinions and do express them in hopefully appropriate ways, I was surprised that you disclosed the ethnicity of your patient that had nothing to do with the topic. Lastly, I follow a plant-based diet and lifestyle so other than the podcasts that talk about bone broth, and other meats, I enjoy listening to your Natural MD podcasts! :) Thank you for reading.

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    Aviva Romm

    Thank you! I hesitated to make that connection - was trying to describe her background - but you are absolutely correct and I appreciate your writing in!

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Christie Pilossof

I LOVED listening to your story Dr Aviva! I also found myself relating to so much of what you had to say. I too was raised by a single mother with financial difficulties and ended up working really hard and excelled academically as a child and decided I wanted to be a doctor. I wasnt quite as smart as you though and did finish high school before going to university. I didn't go straight to medical school as I changed my mind and decided to study IT. I hated every second of it but finished it and only then went to medical school. I graduated top of my class but by then I think I was already a bit "burnt out" and disillusioned. I was also very much the 'science' type, even though or probably because of the fact that my mum was quite the hippie! However despite being 'sciency' and a doctor I never liked to take medication and always tried to wait out an illness or do things as naturally as possible. Anyway it's taken me many years to finally come to the point where i'm starting to practice more as an integrative/functional doctor. However i'm not really far along enough at this stage to really be confident about what im doing and what direction im going. I loved what you said about a "supplement for every symptom" as I often feel when I go to seminars/course on functional medicine, that although everyone talks about the importance of looking for root causes and reversing these, it seems often thats not the case in reality and a "pill for every ill" is just replaced by a "supplement for every symptom". Oh how I would love to be able to be your "apprentice" and learn from all your wisdom. I guess in a way you have become a kind of mentor to me without you knowing! I'm avidly listening to all the Natural MD radio episodes and I often refer to your blog for advice for my own patients. I'm also currently reading your Natural Pregnancy book and hoping to consult with you (from a distance) regarding a hopefully successful and as natural as possible pregnancy sometime soon. I know this is an old episode and you may never see this comment but it has been almost cathartic in some way for me to write this and think about my journey thus far. It's great to feel inspired by you and to know that there are like minded women out there to walk with as sometime the journey can feel a bit lonely. love Christie

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Just listened to your comprehensive podcast on histamine intolerance. Thank You for the cohesive breakdown. Is there any chance you might speak to menopause and the histamine connection? I read histamine is a neurotransmitter to the uterus and all I can say is testify.