PCOS, Ammenorhea and More on the Podcast this month

There have been some HOT topics on the podcast this month!  I love the powerful, brillant ladies I've been honored to meet.  I'll recap below:

Amy Medling, Nicole Jardim and Moon Cho

Amy Medling, Nicole Jardim and Moon Cho

1.  First we had Nicole Jardim, women's health coach, talking about the reasons and solutions behind ammenorhea (no period for 3 months or more.)  

Ammenorhea can be caused by post-birth control use, overtraining, under-eating, extreme diets and stress.  There is a good chance you'll experience a bout of ammenorhea in your lifetime.  

Come learn from Nicole how to preserve your cycle, and why cycling matters to your long-term health, on this podcast.

2.  Last week I interviewed Moon Cho from Ying Yang Living.  I think she is my new Korean American soul sister.  I love her strong convictions and New York accent!  She talked about healthy diet and lifestyle following Asian tradition...and we definitely went off on some tangents!  Listen here.

3.  Lastly, I will interview Amy Medling of PCOS Diva.  PCOS is the most common female hormone disorder.  It leads to embarrassing signs like acne, facial hair and balding.  Plus it's linked to more serious and heart-wrenching disorders such as infertility and type 2 diabetes.  

Amy not only took control of her PCOS naturally, but she got pregnant naturally as a result. Listen to her sound advice here.


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High Blood Pressure- Natural Treatment

Got high blood pressure? Monitor your blood pressure with your primary care physician, and know there are also solutions with a functional medicine practitioner like myself to get this condition under control.

Here are some things to consider:

high blood pressure

Check your blood sugar (fasting glucose and HA1C) as insulin resistance increases blood pressure.

Check your stress.  What stressors can you walk away from or manage better?  

Schedule in relaxation.  Read, meditate, sauna, yoga, nap, get together with friends, etc.

Exercise; remember frequency is more important than intensity.

Lose weight as needed.  Even a little weight loss can help.  Excess weight puts a strain on your system.

Do the healthy lifestyle basics:  Sleep, don’t smoke, limit alcohol and caffeine use.

Diet:

Limit sodium to 2400 mg day and always use natural sea salt.  Eating out and eating ‘convenience foods’ like canned soup, chips and frozen meals will have more and low-quality sodium.

 

Increase the following minerals to balance out the sodium:  

Magnesium- almonds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, dark leafy greens, dark chocolate

Calcium- bone broth, white beans, sardines, blackstrap molasses, bok choy, dried figs

Potassium- coconut water, dark leafy greens, baked potato and squash, avocado, salmon, mushroom, banana

 

Many wholesome foods contain all three of the above minerals.

Most of us are eating way too few vegetables a day.  Get veggies with every meal.  Have a salad daily.

Plus have:

Fish oil- from wild salmon, sardine, anchovy, or high quality supplement

Vitamin C- from peppers, lemon, broccoli, rose hips, citrus, camu camu, or a high quality supplement with bioflavonoids

Advanced moves:

Cook with turmeric, garlic and cayenne.

Make barley water.  It reduces swelling and blood pressure.

 

You can schedule individual treatment to create a customized healing plan that works best for you at our schedule link.  Thanks!  Bridgit Danner, Lac

GMO Foods: The Effect on Your Body

Here in Oregon we've got a vote coming up on labeling GMO foods.  I think most people don't have a grasp on which foods these are and how they may effect our health.  So I spent some time today digging deep into the topic.

I was also curious about the battle over GMO labeling.  This initiative already lost in California, and I was shocked to hear it.  Now that the vote is approaching in Oregon, I can see why.  There is a lot of money being invested into this legislation not passing by companies with deep pockets like Monsanto and Pepsico.

As 93% of pregnant women tested had a GMO by-product in their fetal cord blood, it behooves us to understand how these foods could be effecting ourselves and our future generations.

Part 1:  What are GMO Foods?

According to Jeffrey Smith of the Institute of Responsible Technology, there are two categories of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods currently approved in the US.

Both categories fit his definition of "the gene of one species is forced into the genes of another species."

1.  Crops designed to withstand being sprayed with the herbicide Round Up 

2.  Crops that have been altered to release Bt toxin, an insecticide derived from a bacterium

These are the current US GMO crops that qualify:

Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette

Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette

  • canola
  • cotton
  • corn
  • soy 
  • sugar beets
  • Hawaiian papaya
  • zucchini and yellow squash

Seems like a short list, but one of these ingredients is in over 75% of foods on the shelves in the US!  Also keep in mind that many animals are being feed on GMO corn or soy feed, and then those animals are fed to us.  There are more GMO foods awaiting approval, or already available elsewhere such as potato, tomato, rice, wheat and salmon.

Part 2:  How Do GMO Foods Effect Health?

The effect of GMO foods on health is still not fully understood.  There is not a large body of research on the subject, and it's effect over time / generations is not fully grasped.  

However, the information is coming to our understanding.

There are four areas where we can see an effect:

1.  Hormones / Fertility 

Animal studies showed that GMO foods caused an increase of testosterone in women and an increase of estrogen in men.  It's also linked to sterility, abnormal and lower sperm counts, miscarriages, placental cell death, birth defects, and cancer.

2.  Gut Health and Digestion

This is the big one.  Let's review that there are two categories of current GMOs in the US.  The first is 'Round Up Ready' crops.

Round Up's chief ingredient is glyphosate.  Glyphosate works by decreasing healthy organisms in the soil and increasing soil pathogens.  Simultaneously it is weakening a plant's immunity.  

This same action is basically taking place in our bodies when we ingest Round Up Ready foods. Our good bacteria are being attacked, while pathogenic bacteria can abound.  When we lose our good bacteria, we have a decreased level of butyrate, a fatty acid that lowers inflammation and build cells in the gut.  Butyrate also increases insulin sensitivity.

Round-up also binds to vitamins and minerals in crops, especially to trace minerals. It does the same in your body.  Even as you may swallow down a whole food supplement, if you are eating it with a GMO soy-based power bar or a GMO corn chip, the glyphosate will bind with the nutrients.

Translation:  Eating GMO foods will result in gut bacteria imbalance, which can in turn cause inflammation and weakness in the gut, which can result in high blood sugar, overeating and colon cancer.  Plus it's stealing your nutrition.

The second category of GMO foods is those injected with Bt toxin.  Bt toxin is used to 'poke holes' in insects; it's in insecticide.  Although Monsanto pushed the safety of these Bt toxin crops to the FDA, they are now known to actually poke holes in human cells as well. This can cause leaky cells / leaky gut.  And it's suspected these toxins can even be absorbed into our own cells and released again.  

Lastly GMO foods are connected with a sharp increase in trypsin inhibitor.  Trypsin is a enzyme that helps us break down protein.  When it's inhibited, our protein digestion is slower / incomplete, resulting in a feeling of indigestion, possible malnutrition, and possible autoimmunity as these under-digested proteins enter the bloodstream through what is now a leaky gut, thanks to consumption of GMO foods.

3.  Immunity

If over 70% of immune activity happens in the gut, you can imagine that an imbalanced gut will effect immunity.  

Farm workers exposed to Bt toxin frequently report skin rashes.  Villagers exposed to glypohosate report illness, sometimes even death.

It makes you wonder what happens as we eat it bit by bit, day by day.

The increase in food allergies worldwide is suspected to be related to the introduction of GMO foods into our diets in the last 10-20 years.

4.  Brain health

If inflammation is running wild in the gut, it will 'travel' to other parts of the body, including the brain.  Plus the lack of nutrients being bound with GMO foods or being mal-absorbed in an inflamed gut could effect the brain.

The rise is ADHD and autism in children has a suspected link to GMO foods.  

Part 3:  How to Avoid GMO Foods and Heal Your Body

In part 1 you read the list of GMO foods in the US.  However they are often in foods you don't quite suspect: 

  • A can of soup you buy has a little canola oil in it (90% chance of being GMO.)
  • You eat a delicious meal of beans and tortillas at your neighborhood Mexican food cart. (Those corn tortillas have an 88% chance of being GMO.)
  • You buy some granola bars for your kid's lunch and don't notice the soy flour in the ingredients. (The soy has a 94% chance of being GMO.)
  • A food may not be GMO, but it's sprayed with Round Up before harvesting.

So what can you do?

  1. Read labels.  Don't assume a food is GMO free, even if it's from the health food store.  You can look for the Non-GMO Verified label, show to the right.
  2. Buy organic.  Certified organic food cannot contain GMOs or be sprayed with Round Up.
  3. Cook for yourself.  It's a lot easier to know your ingredients when you make it yourself.  Never cook with canola oil (it's bad for a lot of reasons), and always choose organic soy and corn products.  
  4. Make your best decisions when you eat out.  Most meat will be grain fed, most oils will be canola; it's sad but true.  And ask questions!  It only raises awareness.
  5. Get involved.  Hopefully you are now more aware of the seriousness of this issue. Here in Oregon you can vote yes on measure 92.  You can applaud gestures like Whole Foods made, when they voluntarily chose to label GMO foods (by 2018 in their case.) You can even become a certified GMO speaker through the Institute for Responsible Technology.

Thanks so much for reading and I truly hope it can have a positive impact on your family's health and on our planet's health as well.

Feel free to share this article at the links below to help others understand the impact of GMO on health.

Bridgit Danner, LAc

 

 

 

 

Get a Second Opinion on Your Digestion through Functional Medicine

I'm pretty darn excited about the upcoming Digestion Sessions, part 2 of the Second Opinion Series hosted by Underground Wellness.


Registration is now open, and there are some sweet freebies before the event starts in early November.  


Click on the above image  to see a very exciting preview trailer for the event.  

All the event videos are shot in person with beautiful, high-quality production.  It's so cool to see our 'alternative' health leaders looking like true media leaders on the big screen!

Register here

We will be celebrating all things digestion this month on our podcast and blog.  Digestion is critical in supporting all the other systems in the body, as you will learn in the Digestion Sessions.

Stay tuned for talks on kombucha, blogs on GMO foods and more.  

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Bridgit Danner, LAc  

Functional Medicine for Women's Health