I’ve had so many female patients and online community members tell me about health issues during menopause, that I decided I needed to dedicate a show to it. From hot flashes to weight gain and mood swings, hormone imbalance can have a drastic effect on a woman’s quality of life. So, I’ve assembled a team of experts to debunk the myths and provide answers on how women can stop suffering through menopause. We’ll discuss how you can balance your hormones and get your life back!
Shawn Tassone – How Hormones And Spiritual Health Work Together
My friend, Dr. Shawn Tassone is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He’s also well known for his mind-body approach to medicine. In the ‘90s, while Dr. Tassone was an OBGYN resident, his mother developed ovarian cancer. He tells me she was unable to use hormones to help herself feel better during her five-year struggle. Watching his mother’s misery had a profound effect on him, “As I went through my own training I just said you know what, I don’t ever want to see somebody have to deal with that again.” We talk about how our natural hormones work, the role they play in our bodies and how hormone therapy can be used to alleviate specific issues.
Dr. Tassone also shares the six-step process he’s come up with after talking to 40,000 women over the last 15 years. He calls it the SHINES method, and it incorporates spiritual practices, hormonal modulation, infoceuticals, nutrition, exercise, and supplements. Tune in for our discussion on bioidentical hormones vs pharma created hormones. We also talk about how spiritually-based practices like yoga and meditation can help alleviate your menopausal symptoms.
Rinku Singh – Pelvic Floor Strength and Your Health
Physical therapist Rinku Singh and I discuss the importance of pelvic floor therapy. Rinku clearly explains exactly what the pelvic floor is and the three main functions it provides. Additionally, we talk about the specific health problems that can develop from a weakened pelvic floor. Rinku shares the importance of hormones in keeping this key muscle group healthy, “Post-menopausal women are lacking estrogen,” she tells me. “And when their estrogen levels are low, the tissue integrity of the muscles changes. The muscles aren’t as flexible anymore, they’re going to be dry, they’re going to thin out, and they’re going to become weak.” Among the problems women can experience are incontinence and painful intercourse.
Now, if you’ve always thought of the pelvic floor as only a woman’s concern, you’d be wrong. Rinku shares some of the related issues men have and how they’re surprisingly similar to problems women experience. She also tells me about the emotional effects these problems create. Plus we discuss ways in which you can strengthen and rehabilitate your pelvic floor muscles, and the important role sex plays in keeping you healthy and happy.
Julie Silver – Acupuncture and Hormonal Balance
A certified acupuncturist with almost 20 years experience, Julie Silver joins me to discuss a natural option to balance your hormones. Now, some menopausal symptoms are fairly standard and Julie talks about the way Chinese medicine works to treat the body as a whole. We discuss the theory of how our bodies have an underlying energy called Chi, “It’s really this intangible energy that promotes our body’s own ability to heal,” she tells me, “it promotes self-defenses, many, many functions of chi.”
Importantly, Julie points out that most symptoms associated with menopause are heat-related: hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, etc. Join us as she explains how acupuncture can release the heat and bring back balance. Of course, a lot of us are squeamish when it comes to needles, but Julie explains why we shouldn’t be worried or afraid of those tiny, thin acupuncture needles.
Magdalena Wszelaki – The Nutrition Solution
My guest, Magdalena Wszelaki, is a certified holistic coach. She’s written a book called “Cooking for Hormone Balance” about key foods and herbs that can help women regain their hormonal balance. Magdalena discusses her incredible story about contracting Graves disease when she was in her late 20s and then having to deal with it again about 10 years later. Graves is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid. And around that same time, she was also diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, which suppresses your thyroid hormones. “I also had estrogen dominance. I had adrenal deficiency. I had no idea what was going on,” she tells me.
Magdalena shares how she became depressed and anxious as she began to gain weight, feel fatigued and become forgetful. “I knew that I had to do something,” she says, “and the first thing I started looking at is nutrition.” We also discuss the simple dietary changes Magdalena made that had her feeling better within a month’s time.
Dr. Shawn Tassone is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and by the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He holds a medical degree, in addition to a PhD in mind-body medicine. Dr. Tassone is a highly regarded patient advocate. His work includes studies and publications on spirituality in medical care, whole foods to heal the human body, and integrative medicine.
Dr. Tassone is a highly regarded patient advocate. His work includes studies and publications on spirituality in medical care, whole foods to heal the human body, and integrative medicine. As an integrative health practitioner, Dr. Tassone believes that you should have an active role in your care. He’ll not only treat a certain symptom, but also your body as a whole. This method can help with prevention of chronic illnesses, as well as maintenance, so your body can heal itself.
Rinku Singh is a board-certified women’s clinical specialist and a board-certified pelvic floor specialist with the American Physical Therapy Association. She chose to dedicate her career to pelvic floor rehabilitation after learning about the physical and emotional challenges that it brings patients.
She strives to improve community awareness of physical therapy for pelvic floor dysfunction so that people are informed of their treatment options. Ms. Singh is an active member of the Women’s Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Magdalena is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, a regular Vipassana (insightful) meditation practitioner and a Level II Reiki healer. Her own journey with health issues (Graves’ Disease, Hashimoto’s Disease, adrenal fatigue stage 2, estrogen dominance and high heavy metal toxicity) lead her on a journey that made her wiser, kinder and more patient. She feels better today than she did in her twenties.
She founded “Thyroid Diet Coach”, a highly successful nutrition coaching practice helping women with thyroid conditions to heal and thrive. Hormones Balance is the expansion of my practice. The key focus of her work lies in the restoration of the digestive system, balance of a person’s sugar levels, liver detoxification and emotional wellbeing, like self-love.
Julie Silver, MSW, Dipl. Ac. is president and founder of Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, Inc. Julie is a NCCAOM board Certified Acupuncturist. She has been in practice for 18 years and works with many different patients who have benefitted from acupuncture and are interested in health prevention and wellness. She has received continuing education in treating musculoskeletal conditions with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition, she has trained under Dr. Randine Lewis (author of The Infertility Cure) and Jane Lyttleton (author of Treating Infertility with Traditional Chinese Medicine) with special emphasis on combining Acupuncture with Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Acupuncture is used to create balance in the body and women going through menopause have various symptoms such as “hot flashes”, “night sweats”, Changing skin, weight gain, insomnia. An Acupuncturist looks for a grouping of these symptoms and treat “from the inside out” unlike a pill that is taken to treat from the “outside in”.