Episode 222: Aches in Pains in Perimenopause; What is Going On?

Why are my joints hurting? What are these aches and pains that come and go? If these are questions you are asking yourself, then this episode is for you! It isn’t in your head; the hormonal fluctuations in perimenopause and beyond can increase our experience of pain and inflammation. But, there is hope. Listen in to find out from Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni, what is happening and what you can do about it.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • How your hormones are involved in inflammation and pain signals in your body
  • The importance of sleep, stress management and nutrition to impact your perception of pain
  • What blood work and other lab tests you can discuss with your doctor to get a thorough assessment if you experience pain
  • The different hormonal and non-hormonal treatment options to effectively manage pain and inflammation

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of her Costco membership for shopping for the family

Dr. Toni loves using locally made body butter with shea butter on her feet to prevent dry skin and cracking on the heels

What’s Happening?

Join Dr. Toni online to learn more about self-hypnosis to support your health and hormones in 2024. Click Here and use the code MAMA2024 for a special deal. 

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Disclaimer: The information provided is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

Episode 212: Celebrating 2023 and Welcoming 2024!

Happy New Year! In this newly-released episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr.Toni share their highlights from 2023, along with their intentions and “words” for 2024.

Do you create a “ta-da” list celebrating your wins? Or do you just plough through without acknowledging all the hard work you have done? The act of appreciating and recognizing all of your hard work puts you in a state that allows you to bring more abundance and success into your life, moving forward.

If your New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick, this episode is for you! Discover ways to approach change with gentleness and kindness, not with aggression and restriction.

What’s Happening?

Join Dr. Toni online to learn more about self-hypnosis to support your health and hormones in 2024. Click Here and use the code MAMA2024 for a special deal. 

Dr. Lisa’s “Make 2024 Your Best Year Yet” free webinar, on Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:00pm. You can register HERE. This will be the only time Dr. Lisa is  offering this as a free webinar. She shares practical tips from Gretchen Rubin’s, “The Four Tendencies”, along with valuable snippets from James Clear’s book, “Atomic Habits”. Feel free to share the registration link with a friend/neighbour/colleague.

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this presentation is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

Episode 209: Holiday Reminder to Avoid “Shoulding” on Yourself 

In this episode, Dr. Toni reminds you to stop “shoulding” on yourself and question the unconscious programming that has you stressed and spending way too much energy worrying about the expectations of others. By taking the time to question and re-evaluate what you “have to”, “need to” or “should” be doing, you can start to practice paying attention to your own needs and wants with healthy boundaries for more calm and peaceful holidays as we approach 2024. 

We cover:

  • The unconscious programming you receive from your family and culture
  • What can cause you stress and energy leaks
  • How social media conditions us to judge yourself and others
  • The importance of increasing your awareness around your automatic reactions, as well as giving yourself some grace and self-compassion
  • How to re-evaluate your boundaries with healthy conditions and consequences
    • Review the boundary setting process with Dr. Liz Bolen on Episode 197

Today’s Mama Must Have: 

Dr. Toni is a big fan of practicing self-hypnosis daily for 15 minutes to relax and support positive state and mindset for the day.

What’s Happening?

Join Dr. Toni online to learn more about self-hypnosis to support your health and hormones in 2024. Click Here and use the code MAMA2024 for a special deal. 

Thanks for listening!

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You can also support us by visiting our Patreon page.

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Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this presentation is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

Episode 205: What Dr. Lisa Is Into Lately, Plus Some Healthy and Sustainable Holiday Gift Ideas and Deals

In this newly released solo episode, Dr. Lisa shares what is her energy and a mood boost during these darker, shorter days. She also discusses how she uses her oura ring and the insight timer app to modify her workouts and meditation timing, as well as some quick and easy drink and meal ideas to warm up and get more vegetables in every day. She shares some tips from her Holiday Gift Guide, along with some amazing Black Friday deals on gifts for you and the whole family so you can make this holiday season more affordable and sustainable.

You can access the complete Holiday Gift Guide HERE.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • How you can beat the winter blues by using a light box
  • What veggies you can eat when you’re sick of salads
  • How you can support Canadian charities with the 24 Good Deeds Charity Advent Calendar

“Never, ever, ever let your mood dictate what you do. You have to take action first, because movement changes your mood.” – Mel Robbins

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of othership visits, to be able to sit in silence and just be, not do.

What’s Happening?

Register for Dr. Lisa’s free webinar, “Beat Those Winter Blues”, on Monday, Nov 27th at 7:00pm.

Thanks for listening!

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Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this presentation is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

Episode 69: Understanding Uterine Fibroids: Risk Factors, Prevention and Treatment Options

In this week’s episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni are discussing what you need to know about uterine fibroids. Did you know that by the age of 50, almost two-thirds of women experience fibroids? Listen in to discover risk factors, racial disparities, conventional and natural treatments available for fibroids.

What are uterine fibroids?

Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that grow in the uterus and range from pea to football sized. 

Fibroids disproportionately impact women of color. Black women are diagnosed with fibroids roughly three times as frequently as white women, develop them earlier in life and tend to experience larger and more numerous fibroids that cause more severe symptoms.

In the US, nearly a quarter of Black women between 18 and 30 have fibroids compared to about 6% of white women. By age 35, that number increases to 60%. 

Potential causes and risk factors:

  • Estrogen dominance, as estrogen can feed the growth of fibroid – see Episode 21 and 22
    • Xenoestrogens and hormone disrupting compounds – for more info see Episode 65
      • Commercially-Raised Animal Products:
      • Plastics & Canned Goods (many have plastic lining)
      • Personal Care Products (makeup, lotion, & perfumes)
      • Oral Contraceptives or birth control pill
      • Pharmaceutical medications
      • Food Additives & preservatives
      • Styrofoam products
      • Laundry & Dishwashing detergents
      • Household cleaners & air fresheners
      • Pesticides & Herbicides
    • Perimenopause due to with lower progesterone levels
    • Weight gain, as your fat cells make more estrogen
  • Poor liver detoxification of hormones
  • Low vitamin D status – impacted by your skin tone and levels of melanin in your skin 
    • Vitamin D deficiency occurs 10X in Black women compared women from other cultures
    • Vitamin D inhibits uterine fibroid growth
  • Stress – see Episode 24 for more info on stress and your adrenal glands

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Menstrual periods lasting more than a week 
  • Anemia and fatigue
  • Pelvic pressure or pain, can be during intercourse
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Constipation
  • Protruding abdomen or bloating
  • Backache or leg pains

3 locations:

  1. Subserosal – on the outside surface of your uterus
  2. Intramural – within the muscular wall of your uterus
  3. Submucous – bulging into your uterine cavity

May impact your fertility in the following ways:

  • Block fallopian tubes, cervix
  • Reduce where implantation can occur
  • Increase risk of miscarriage
  • C-section may be recommended for birth

Conventional Treatments:

  1. Uterine Fibroid Embolization
  • Non-surgical; outpatient procedure
  • Incision in upper thigh with catheter inserted into femoral artery using x-ray to guide/locate blood supply to fibroid
  • Microscopic inert particles injected into vessels that nourish the fibroid to block blood supply resulting in fibroids shrinking
  1. Myomectomy: 
    • Fibroid only taken out
    • Black women 2x more likely to get complications like excessive blood loss, scar tissue, fertility issues
  2. Hysterectomy 
    • Removal of uterus
    • Black women 2.5x more likely to get than other cultures in the US

Prevention:

  • Optimize vitamin D levels
  • Supporting liver detoxification pathways
    • Green tea
    • Cruciferous vegetables
    • Garlic, onions, beets
    • Herbs: turmeric, milk thistle, yellow dock

Support regular bowel movements – see Episode 63 for more info on addressing constipation

Avoid xenoestrogens and plastics (even BPA free plastic) – see Episode 65 for more info

Limit alcohol

Support healthy weight and body fat percentage

Exercise 

Reduce stress

Consider hormone testing and if needed:

  • Support progesterone with vitex or bioidentical progesterone
  • Support estrogen detoxification with DIM, I3C 

Naturopathic treatment includes:

Above prevention strategies plus

  • Replace iron if deficient
  • Castor oil packs topically on abdomen to reduce inflammation and support circulation
  • Herbs to reduce bleeding like yarrow, shepherd’s purse

This Week’s Mama Must Have: 

Dr. Toni is loving the inspiring and motivational book Untamed by Glennon Doyle.

Dr. Lisa has committed to daily reading time and has read 4 books so far since Jan 2021. She loves getting books from free little libraries and just started Girl on a Train.

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing info session for expecting parents looking for increased calm, confidence and comfort during labour and birth is May 30. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register

Dr. Lisa’s Wild Collective in Fall 2021: get on the waitlist: wildcollectivetoronto.com

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