In today’s podcast, I’m joined by my colleague Dr. Fiona McCulloch ND and author of 8 Steps To Reverse Your PCOS. Fiona is a passionate advocate for better research and treatment of women and people with PCOS and in today’s episode, we break down the impact of epigenetics, the different types of PCOS, and the future directions that we both hope to see this endocrine condition go in. PCOS is the most commonly diagnosed hormone condition in women and presents with acne, hair loss, unwanted...
In this episode, I’m joined by my close friend, Dr. Kim Bretz ND for an honest conversation about where we go wrong in making recommendations for patients with gut symptoms, how hardly any people have SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), and why we need a new solution for patients with chronic constipation other than magnesium.
Kim gives us a lot to think about as both patients and practitioners and highlights what the unintended consequences are when we label patients with gut...
Last weekend I participated in a masters age Olympic weightlifting competition and needed to lose some weight to make weight. I gained weight through covid and hadn’t tried to reduce my weight intentionally since my last powerlifting competition in 2019. The competition cutoff was a little below my natural body weight, and so I had to try pretty hard to change my body weight. The last time I lost weight I posted that it took me 100 days to lose 10 lbs and a bunch of ‘gurus’ online told me...
I never had any fear about money until the pandemic. I always figured that I’d find a job, or “figure it out” if I needed to. I had a good education, great communication skills, and my hand in many pots I could turn towards if I needed to. Then the pandemic.
My security turned to fear.
My husband was unemployed for 5 months, I canceled 500 appointments at my clinic and had to close aspects of our business because we couldn’t compete with Amazon.
2 years later, with the pandemic costing...
Today’s episode is about the use of botanical medicine and the symptoms of menopause. From hot flashes to low libido, menopause can show up in everybody system and women are often looking for solutions to smooth the transition. Botanical medicine offers a romantic solution for menopause, but does it have the clinical evidence to back it up? We’ll talk about it in today’s episode. You’ll find many promising products in the market that offer possible solutions to our hormonal woes, but are they...
“Are you stressed?”
This question doesn’t usually elicit the kind of answer that we want from patients, and yet it’s the way we often screen for stress in a health appointment. When we ask patients if they are stressed they immediately compare their stress to others, compare their current stress to past stress, or compare their perceived stress against how they “feel like they should feel” about their life.
None of this is helpful.
When I asked my colleague and teammate Dr. Dominika...
Let’s be clear, there aren’t any magical nutrition solutions. If things “work” for people it’s because it’s a strategy that they can do and that makes a difference. The end.
So why does intermittent fasting get such a good review in the weight loss space? Lots of the claims about it aren’t evidence-based (meaning that we don’t have compelling human studies that show benefit). Fasting can also show some positive cellular benefits which have led us to make some pretty bold statements about...
When Dr. Anne Hussain was growing up in Pakistan, periods were not something that was talked about openly. When her periods became irregular, not only was there nobody to ask about it, but it prevented her from being properly assessed and diagnosed.
Fast forward to moving to Canada, Anne was able to be formally assessed and diagnosed with PCOS, but only after advocating for herself and learning about her hormones on her own.
Anne realized there was a gap in menstrual education not just in...
The Very Real Consequences of Self Improvement
Two total bosses get together on a zoom call and what do you get? A very real cost is about pursuing your goals, chasing your dreams, and risking everything for what you truly desire.
Lori Kennedy is a business coach that I have admired and worked alongside for years. We’ve talked to each other’s audience back and forth and shared our wisdom with each other’s respective clientele.
But never have we sat down and talked about our own journeys...
One of the largest barriers to health I see in women I work with is the amount of “stuff” on everyone’s plate. Women are overwhelmed by their work, family and other obligations. These same women are tired, not exercising and don’t have time to make themselves a meal. If you want to get better, you need to do less. I know it’s scary, but today’s episode will give you the 3 strategies you need for more effective delegation.
It’s an episode that will help you if you
Feel like you’re the...
Do you overreact? Try and guess what your partner will say next? Do you withdraw over conflict? Do you vocalise your desires?
Dr. Shyamala Kiru knew she had a book inside her. She sat down and thought about what was really (and we mean really) getting in the way of her female clients from excelling in their relationships, careers, and lives. She has written the book we all need. The book teaches us the skills we need to level up.
The skills of emotional intelligence.
With her debut book...
I’ve actually shied away from researching acne. I remember being taught when I was in school that if you had acne (which I did) that there was some special diet or special potion that needed to be discovered to help it heal. I was always left feeling like I didn’t have the willpower to follow a strict diet, or that I had some weird deficiency that was getting in the way of healthy skin. I was always worried when a patient wanted help with their acne because I was a secret “professional...
Do you create your day? Or get swept along in the emotional vortex of it all?
This week’s podcast is not just about your morning routine, it’s about the mindset you use to start your day and how that predicts your success. Mindset coach Adele Tevlin (who I’ve worked with personally in the last few years) joins me for a real conversation about how our mind can be harnessed to create the day we want.
We know what you’re thinking! “I can’t create my day, my day is ruled by my work and my kids...
Is it about lack of trust? Is it about misinformation? Is it part of our human flaws? These were the very questions I asked today’s podcast guest, David Robert Grimes, Physicist, cancer scientist, and author on the very question of why conspiracy theories are part of our world (especially in the last 2 years).
We talk about the basics of critical thinking, how to spot the difference between “just asking questions” and “conspiracy tendencies” and why we are sometimes drawn towards radical...
In today’s episode, I’m joined by my friend and brilliant colleague Dr. Stephanie Bayliss, a Naturopathic Doctor who focuses on mental health in women. In this episode, we help you understand if your mood deserves some attention and how to be assessed.
Many women feel their mood isn’t “bad enough” to be flagged or treated, because their picture of depression in their mind is a different woman than what they see in themselves. Women imagine a person who needs mental health support is...
When I was in university, my first-year facilitator handed me a book on perfectionism and told me I should read it. I didn’t understand. How on earth could a student who couldn’t spell, barely paid attention in class, and struggled to care about assignments she didn’t like be a perfectionist?
Perfectionism might be showing up in your life differently than the “gets it all perfect all the time” definition we often think of. it's not about having a manicured lawn and perfectly curled hair...
There isn’t really an area of medicine that has led to as much self-proclaimed expertise than nutrition. If someone knows how to make a great smoothie they seem to have the credentials to give other people smoothie advice. But why with that same logic, do we never see someone who owns a beating heart claim to be a cardiologist or someone who owns a brain to be a neurosurgeon. And yet, for some reason, if you own a blender, you could be nutrition’s next big thing. Nutrition as a science has...
Amanda Thebe embodies everything I want for women in menopause: strength, resiliency and a healthy dose of swearing.
Amanda’s journey from a horrible personal experience to the menopause advocate she is today is a gift to all women, and she shares her knowledge, wit and the tips you need in today’s episode.
If you’ve ever found yourself dreading menopause - this episode is for you. We love Amanda so much we have given away many copies of her book to our participants of Bulletproof Your...
Why am I not scared to turn 40? Because I’ve spent the last 10 years getting ready for this moment.
Our health is built on habits and daily practices, and as women slide into their 40s as exhausted, kid-taxi-driving shells of themselves they are caught off guard when their hormones start to change.
The hormone changes in perimenopause are natural, but what isn’t natural is how depleted women are when they get there. In today’s episode, I’m joined by Dr. Leigha Saunders, ND, my best friend...
I freaking love social media BUT have had to ask myself some big questions in 2021 about the role, amount of time, and the use of social media in both my business and my personal life. In this “New Years” episode I give you the questions I reflected on about my own relationship with social, and how I’m moving forward in 2022 with intention and positivity.
I break down some of the “triggering” content I used to engage in, how to spot confirmation bias in your own feed and the type of content...
I love researching PMS. It’s a huge area of focus in my clinical practice and something I’ve spent thousands of hours on. Part of what I love about PMS is the integrative solutions that look at the impact of nutrition and stress on how resilient the brain feels during this (otherwise simple) hormone fluctuation.
Calcium has emerged as a “nutrient of interest” in PMS because it fluctuates widely through the cycle (especially in the brain), impacts serotonin and mood-related chemicals in...
When Dr. Laura Von Hagen sat down to write her book, she had A LOT to work with. Not only did she experience PCOS herself but she had spent years supporting many women with PCOS to achieve better health, more regular cycles, and the family they dreamed of.
In this personal episode, Laura shares how she shifted her mindset around her own PCOS, stopped blaming herself for her symptoms, and took control of her own fertility journey. This episode is for you if you:
Have been diagnosed with...
I’ve wanted to tackle this topic for ages. I’ve even started recording it a few times and ended up deleting it. It felt too scary to address. It felt to vulnerable to share. It felt like feathers were going to go everywhere.
But I’m not here to be small. So let’s rip off the bandaid.
Today’s episode is about your quitting stuff. And how it’s getting in the way of your real progress. I talk about both cancel culture and health-related google reviews. Both are a problem, and I’m going to...