Women's Health

Herbals vs. Bioidenticals for Hormones: Which Is Better?


By Ann Melin, Lead Health Coach for Women’s Wellness Collaborative

The question “What do you think of hormone replacement therapy?” is one of the most common I get asked as a health practitioner focused on women’s health.

And, a fair amount of the time, the question is followed up by a client telling me she has been using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy but isn’t sure it’s safe and asks if there are natural hormone supplements that might be effective.

Should You Consider Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Although I have had these kinds of questions arise in women of all ages, the decision about whether to use hormone replacement therapy or to seek natural remedies is most hotly considered when women begin experiencing perimenopause and menopause. Common symptoms of this include hot flashes, night sweats, and emotional swings.

As with everything in the world of health, my answer is often somewhere in the neighborhood of “It depends!” Just what you wanted to hear, right?

Seriously, though, there is no one right answer on this subject and each woman has her own symptoms and health history that needs to be factored into any decision. I have certainly witnessed circumstances in which the use of hormone therapy for women is highly beneficial. I have also seen some women respond extremely well to using herbal remedies for menopause and perimenopause.

The Biggest Problem with Hormone Replacement Therapy

Unfortunately, many women are not properly tested when they start using hormones and even more women do not have their hormone levels monitored after they begin using hormones. I believe this is a major problem that can exacerbate hormone imbalances.

It’s confusing, because many symptoms of progesterone deficiency mimic symptoms of estrogen deficiency (and also mimic symptoms of cortisol dysregulation).

For example, it is not unusual for perimenopausal women to experience symptoms consistent with estrogen depletion, when they actually have elevated levels of estrogen and suppressed levels of progesterone. Many of these same women have been recommended BOTH estrogen and progesterone hormone therapy by other providers based upon symptoms alone. Not desirable!

Blindly supplementing with estrogen when it is already dominant can lead to estrogen dominance. This can be a dangerous condition that drives issues such as uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breasts, endometriosis, endometrial polyps, and even cancers, like breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Although it is natural for perimenopausal women to go through some months when estrogen becomes more dominant, we definitely do not want to provoke those conditions through the unmonitored use of hormones.

Should Anybody Ever Use Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Lest it sound like I’m against hormone replacement in every case, let me assure you I am not. In fact, I have been using progesterone therapy for many years now because I have a personal history of endometrial polyps and ovarian cysts. The progesterone helps to balance excess estrogen and to lighten monthly endometrial proliferation.

Blindly using hormone replacement therapy without knowing the actual levels of hormones is dangerous. But through the use of sophisticated lab work, like the DUTCH test, I can get a clear view of hormonal imbalance and gather information about the potential benefits of varied approaches.  

If you’re going to use hormone replacement therapy, make sure you know why you’re using it and make sure you get properly tested and monitored along the way!

Should You Pursue Natural Alternatives?

Many women are looking to integrate natural alternatives to HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and, as I stated earlier, I have seen some remarkable results. Of course, you still need to know what you’re taking and why you’re taking it.

For example, I have many women who come to me already using herbs like maca and ashwaganda in efforts to promote balanced female hormones. While both of these herbs are WONDERFUL under certain conditions, I often see lab results from these women showing elevations of DHEA without the intended benefits to the female sex hormones.

Despite what any research or anecdotal evidence might suggest, each woman is unique and it is absolutely impossible to know how you respond to any herb, supplement, or medication without looking at the impact on your individual physiology. And it is for this reason that I will always recommend testing rather than guessing!

Once women have their lab results, they often wonder if herbal therapies will actually work and, again, the answer is, “It depends!”

Some women respond very well to herbal approaches; however, it often takes a little bit longer to experience the benefits. In general, you have to use herbs for hormones for about 90 days before they will really start to drive a noticeable shift in hormones.

In many cases, I feel that herbs are a wonderful option in that they promote regulation of hormone production via the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonad axis thereby regulating and stimulating the function of the endocrine organs rather than simply replacing what the body is not producing efficiently. This strategy helps to encourage appropriate levels of hormone production that fall within optimal ranges.

I have had clients completely eliminate their hot flashes and night sweats through the use of appropriately developed herbal formulas.

I have had clients experience more comfortable intercourse, enhanced libido, and increased vaginal lubrication from the use of herbal remedies.

The primary caveat to this is that you must have all of your organs in order for this to work; meaning that women who have had complete hysterectomies probably won’t experience much benefit from using herbs to help them regulate their symptoms of low estrogen and progesterone.

My Favorite Herbal Formula for Female Hormone Balance

With all of that said, my favorite formula for working with all kinds of female hormone imbalances includes the herbs mentioned below in the indicated ratios. (And I can’t put this out there without another reminder that everybody is different and I will usually customize the formula when I’m working with people individually.)  

*Note: I usually am referring to volume when I indicate a “part.”

  • 5 parts Vitex. This is an herb that helps to promote production of progesterone.

  • 3 parts Black Cohosh. This is an herb that helps regulate estrogen production.

  • 3 parts Red Clover. This is a phytoestrogenic herb, meaning that it resembles estrogen and has estrogen-like effects on the body.

  • 2 parts Ashwaganda. Supports DHEA production and can help support the adrenal system.

  • 2 parts Motherwort. This herb helps to enhance the synergy and efficacy of the blend of herbs. (Note: Motherwort is generally contraindicated in those with thyroid conditions… another reason to have proper testing and assessment prior to use)

You can use these herbs in tincture form from companies like Herb Pharm or Gaia Herbs. In this form, a reasonable dosage would be about 30-40 drops of the blend up to four times per day.

You can also use the cut and sifted form of the bulk herbs and blend them into a tea. I personally like this approach as it forces you to experience the taste of the herbs (as bitter as they might be), and taste immediately sends certain signals to the brain about what is being ingested and what the body needs to do to integrate it.

If you want to use a tea, you can order herbs from a place like Mountain Rose Herbs. You will make the mixture of herbs and then take 2 tbsp of that mixture, put it in a glass bowl, and cover it with two cups of boiling water. Cover the herbs and let them steep overnight. Strain the herbs out of the tea in the morning and separate the tea into two halves. Drink one half in the morning and the other in the evening.

Of course, both of the above suggestions are labor-intensive yet many women have a lot of demands and prefer something simple! In this case, Pure Encapsulations has a great product called PhytoBalance which contains several of the herbs mentioned above.

How to Properly Test Your Hormones

Knowing your actual hormone levels is the most crucial piece of attaining proper relief from your symptoms. There are many treatment options available and almost all of them have appropriate uses. However, it is nearly impossible to achieve balance if you don’t know exactly what is out-of-balance and how far out of balance it is. Once you know where you’re starting from, it becomes much easier to identify strategies to optimize health and well-being.

The DUTCH test is my favorite way to get a clear picture of hormonal imbalances in my clients. Check out my video, below, to learn which hormones the DUTCH test measures and why the it’s so effective in guiding hormone treatment plan.

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Good Bye For Now with Bridgit Danner

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This is the 195th episode of Women's Wellness Radio. We've been on air for almost 3 years, and done a lot of good work. And I'm ready for a little change of pace. This is our last episode!

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Min 00:30 Changes on the WWR
Min 01:45 Finding our mission in work
Min 03:00 Toxins in our daily lives
Min 04:00 What's next for WWR
Min 07:00 Seeing new clients
Min 07:30 Past episodes on WWR


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Natural Solutions for Hormonal Symptoms with Dr. Mariza Snyder

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Dr. Mariza Snyder is a Women’s Hormone Practitioner and an essential oils expert. This episode is a recording of a webinar with Dr. Mariza on essential oils for hormones. We talk about perimenopause & menopause, the thyroid, nutritional tips & essential oils.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:10 Dr. Mariza Snyder & her mother's health history
Min 06:20 Dr. Snyder's former client testimonial
Min 07:45 Committing to functional medicine
Min 10:00 Hormonal imbalances & prescriptions
Min 12:10 What are hormones?
Min 13:20 The Charlie's Angels of hormones
Min 16:30 The Foundational 5
Min 21:10 Eating right for your hormones
Min 29:10 Essential oils & herbs
Min 31:50 How to use essential oils
Min 34:05 Essential oil protocols
Min 40:20 Low Progesterone & Dr. Snyder's protocols
Min 47:55 Phytoestrogens
Min 50:00 Dr. Synder's protocols for hormone balancing

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My Real Life Healing Journey with Tami

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Tami is part of our staff at WWC and joined our online coaching program as a client about a year ago. She's our special guest this week where we talk about her health history, menstrual cycle, negative self-talk, working at WWC among other topics.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 03:00 Introducing our guest & her health history
Min 05:12 Puberty & irregular cycles
Min 08:30 Health in high school
Min 11:40 Seeking natural treatment
Min 17:30 Testing with naturopaths
Min 20:35 Online coaching at WWC
Min 23:20 Home cooking & changes experienced
Min 28:20 Negative self-talk
Min 31:45 Personal care products
Min 33:58 Distrust in the medical community
Min 37:10 Testing on the WWC coaching program
Min 43:50 Shifts & improvements experienced
Min 49:30 Working at WWC


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My Real Life Healing Journey with Jaclyn Renee

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Jaclyn Renee is a holistic health coach specializing in digestion & hormone health. She's our special guest this week because she is one of our clients in our coaching program. We talk about her health journey, diet, testing and hormones.

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Min 03:00 Introducing Jaclyn Renee Fracchia
Min 05:05 Jaclyn's health history before WWC
Min 07:15 Jaclyn's digestive issues as a child
Min 10:10 Jaclyn's diet & eating habits
Min 15:45 Testing & results
Min 22:25 Re-testing
Min 25:10 Thyroid, hormones & heavy metal testing
Min 31:00 Jaclyn's private coaching practice
Min 35:17 Jaclyn's free guide to healing the gut

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Essential Oils that Balance Sleep, Mood and More with Jodi Cohen

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Jodi Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils, an essential oils company, and the best selling author of "Healing with Essential Oils". She's a nutritional therapist and essential oils expert. In this episode we talk about the nervous system and how to get into parasympathetic rest mode, getting a good night's sleep, the adrenal glands, and histamine.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:35 Introducing Jodi Cohen
Min 03:25 Jodi's health history
Min 08:40 Essential oil formulas
Min 11:00 How essential oils work
Min 17:45 Jodi's first approach to helping clients: improving sleep
Min 22:55 Mold & clearing the sinuses
Min 23:40 Melotonin and how it detoxifies
Min 25:40 Effects of stress on the body
Min 28:50 The adrenals & HPA
Min 34:10 Detoxifying estrogen
Min 35:45 Using binders
Min 38:40 Mood adjustment with essential oils
Min 45:15 Histamine balance for air cleaning
Min 46:05 Jodi Cohen's essential oils
Min 48:30 Jodi's resources

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Taming Fussy, Hormonal Skin with Megan Schwarz

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Megan Schwarz is an attorney turned female hormonal health advocate, with a specialty in skin care. She offers clients dietary, lifestyle, and hormonal support focused on inflammatory skin issues such as hormonal acne, dermatitis, and hyperpigmentation. In this episode, we are going to focus mainly on the internal aspects of skin issues.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:15 Introducing Megan Schwarz
Min 05:50 The connection between stress, healthy skin & ovulation
Min 10:05 The androgens
Min 12:45 Treating clients with skin issues
Min 16:55 Adult acne & PCOS
Min 19:20 Using the birth control pill for acne control
Min 23:35 The gut & liver
Min 24:40 Good skin care tips
Min 30:50 Megan's resources

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Your Period After 40 with Dr. Lara Briden

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Dr. Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and the period revolutionary—leading the change to better periods. Her book Period Repair Manual is out on its second edition with new sections on perimenopause, how to come off hormonal birth control and the different options for birth control. In this episode, we talk about the new book, perimenopause, managing heavy periods, and histamine intolerance.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:10 Dr. Lara Briden's new book

Min 03:45 Feedback from Dr. Briden's first book

Min 04:30 What is perimenopause?

Min 05:55 The connection between hormones and symptoms of perimenopause

Min 11:10 Dr. Briden's rescue prescription for perimenopause moods:

  • Magnesium
  • Natural Progesterone
  • Taurine
  • Magnolia
  • Ziziphus
  • Ashwagandha
  • Vitamin B6

Min 20:20 Pregnancy in perimenopause women
Min 23:35 Managing heavy periods/flooding

Min 29:30 Going into perimenopause with health conditions

Min 35:35 Histamine intolerance

Min 44:15 Dr. Lara Briden's resources & help for teenagers

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Are You in Prediabetes? With Dr. Alan Hopkins

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Dr. Alan Hopkins is the CEO of YOURLABWORK, LLC and is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. In this episode, we continue with the conversation on blood sugar that we started last week with Diane Sanfilippo. Hopkins talks about what prediabetes is, testing and blood sugar numbers.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:45 Dr. Alan Hopkins' background & work
Min 04:25 Diabetes research
Min 08:40 Lab testing at Your Lab Work
Min 10:25 Taking a stand for your health
Min 12:35 Prediabetes & diabetes numbers
Min 13:20 Blood sugar markers & your risk potential
       - Blood sugar of 85 or less is considered perfect
       - Blood sugar of 100 is prediabetes
       - Blood sugar of 125 is diabetes
       - Blood sugar of 126 & above is consistent with Types 2 diabetes
Min 18:00 Early blood sugar screening
Min 24:50 Insulin resistance
Min 28:40 Effects of exercise & food on blood sugar
Min 33:10 Dealing with Prediabetes
Min 36:45 Custom lab work
       - Metabolic panel
       - Sugar metabolism & Diabetes screening
       - Thyroid tests (TSH, Free T3, Free T4), Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies (for Hashimoto's)
       - Advanced cholesterol panel

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Detox Your Personal Care Products with Bunny Ghatrora

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Bunny Ghatrora runs Ellebox, an online delivery service for organic tampons, pads and other treats you can use during your cycle. In this episode, we will talk about toxins, tampons, deodorants, and different personal care products.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:25 Introduction to Bunny Ghatrora & Ellebox
Min 07:50 What's in regular tampons?
Min 10:40 Tampons vs pads
Min 13:00 The Tween box & transitioning into puberty for girls
Min 19:00 Other menstrual options for women
Min 21:10 Personal products from Ellebox (Antiperspirants & deodorants)
Min 27:00 Phthalates in personal care products
Min 31:00 Customer testimonials on using Ellebox
Min 33:25 Bunny's resources

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Get Your Sex Drive Back!


Having low sex drive or poor sexual response can damage not only your full experience of life but also your relationship, as sex is a part of bonding with your partner.

There are lots of reasons that you can have low sex drive, including:

Stress, exhaustion, bloating, body image issues, depression, unresolved conflict with your partner, distraction, worries about fertility, worries about your own or your partner's sexual performance, medications like birth control or anti-depressants, headaches or pain.

In this article, I'll focus mainly on the hormonal aspect of healthy sex drive.

A term I learned while researching this article is SIAD or Sex Interest/ Arousal Disorder. I think this acronym portrays the spectrum of what goes on both with a lack of interest in sex and an inability to become aroused and orgasmic during sex.

This research study describes that there are three parts to sexual experience: desire, arousal, and orgasm. I'll explain each stage and also how hormone imbalance can come into play to disrupt each stage.

Stages of Sex Drive


Sexual experience usually starts with thoughts and fantasies about sex, although the article says that it's not always required for a successful sexual experience.

Hormonally speaking, if you have low levels of testosterone, you'll have less desire. Low thyroid hormone activity could also sap your desire.


The next stage is arousal. When there is an initiation of the sexual stimulation does your arousal grow? Arousal is both physical and mental and, usually, both components need to come into play, with the physical arousal coming first and then the mental arousal deepens your interest.

Estrogen is an important hormone to keep your vagina and vulva lubricated. This lubrication increases during sex and without it sex can be uncomfortable and you’ll lose the desire to continue.


This arousal leads the body towards orgasm. According to Women’s Health magazine, “The big bang is the moment when the uterus, vagina, and anus contract simultaneously at 0.8-second intervals. A small orgasm may consist of three to five contractions; a biggie, 10 to 15.”

If you have a high level of cortisol due to chronic stress, it can sometimes be hard to move from your stressed-out state to a relaxed state of enjoying sex that leads to orgasm.

What to Do

As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of mental and physical factors that come into play for a healthy sex life. You may want to review the list at the start of the article and determine if health, work or communication challenges are getting in the way of your satisfying sex life.

If you want a great 'shortcut' to a better sex life, I recommend a product we carry called Libido Stim F, which can support all three stages of your sexual experience.

I tried this product last Spring. At the time, I certainly wasn't thinking about sex much and I did sometimes have a hard time to become aroused- which as you know is super frustrating! So I tried this product, Libido Stim F, without getting my hopes up too high.

I didn't really notice anything until I had been taking it a couple weeks. Then I noticed more desire and even fantasies of sex. I was really surprised! I found arousal and orgasm became much easier as well. I can definitely recommend Libido Stim F as being effective.

The mechanisms of action in Libido Stim F are:

  • Increase hormone production

  • Maintain hormone balance

  • Improve adrenal function

  • Increase blood flow both to the genitals and the brain (two sex centers!)

Libido Stim F is in a capsule form and one bottle taken at the recommended two capsules a day will last one month. It is important to take it daily for the effect, and please give it some time to kick in. Please see warnings and considerations below before purchasing.

This formula contains a synergistic blend of stimulating and balancing herbs, plus a very small dose of DHEA. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone that is a precursor to other sex hormones being produced.

I'll highlight one of Libido Stim F's eight herbal ingredients: Tribulus Terrestris.  Tribulus Terrestris is a thorny flowering plant also known as Puncture Vine.  It has been used medicinally in Ayurvedic and Chinese traditions for thousands of years. According to Herbwisdom.com, "the active ingredients in Tribulus Terrestris include saponins, lignin amides, flavonoids, alkaloids, and glycosides."

A small double-blinded, randomized study showed, "a significant improvement in the domains of desire, arousal/lubrication, pain, and anorgasmia in women who used T Terrestris, whereas no improvement was observed in the placebo group. Moreover, free and bioavailable testosterone levels showed a significant increase in the T Terrestris group."

Warnings and Considerations

  • Libido Stim F is not recommended if you have had breast cancer, as it take contains a very small amount of DHEA which is a precursor to estrogen.  

  • This product is not recommended in cases of dominant PCOS or hirsutism (excess hair growth). Note: I myself am on the PCOS spectrum and get acne very easily and I prefer to take this one capsule a day instead of two. I find the taking one a day still helps my sex drive and I avoid the extra testosterone (another hormone produced from DHEA) stimulating my skin cells too much.

  • This product is not vegetarian.

  • Always consult your primary care physician before starting a new regime, especially if you have a complex case.

  • It is dangerous to buy this product from an unknown vendor online.

  • This article is not meant to diagnose or treat disease and is not meant to replace your relationship with your primary care doctor.

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Working on your sex drive and ability to arouse is not only something you do for yourself but for your relationship. You may be surprised at how much your relationship shifts overall when you are connecting well sexually again.

Here’s to your healthy, happy sex life!







Using Chinese Medicine for Hormone Balance with Dr. Eric Karchmer

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Dr. Eric Karchmer is a doctor of Chinese medicine and co-founder of DAO Labs. In this episode we talk about his clinical experience, the concept of Chinese medicine and how it applies to women's health, and Chinese formulas.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:20 Introduction to Dr. Eric Karchmer & his education
Min 07:50 Dao Labs & Chinese medicine
Min 11:25 The concepts of Chinese medicine for women's cycles
Min 19:20 Eating cold food
Min 21:45 Blood deficiency & Dao Labs' formulas
Min 29:10 Formulas for perimenopause & menopause
Min 36:50 Selling formulas directly to consumers
Min 43:10 Formulas for PMS
Min 44:40 Seeing & treating clients
Min 47:35 Sourcing for herbs & testing for purity

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Is Your Gut Messing Up Your Hormones?

Hormones can really drive you crazy.


You may feel you have zero no control over the headaches, bloating, exhaustion and moodiness that can come with hormonal shifts. 

You’re right; there is someone else in control of your hormones, and her name is bacteria.

There are trillions of bacteria in your gut (1) and they are busy either keeping your hormones in balance or helping your hormones fail you.

There is a lot happening in your gut.  My instructor, Reed Davis, used to say, “the gut is more like a party than a tube.” So let's learn a bit about the gut and how it's helping or harming your health as a woman.


What a Healthy Gut Party Looks Like

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  • Friendly bacteria are hanging out on healthy villi (the shag carpets that line the gut.)

  • Fresh, whole foods, including fats and fiber, are being served at the party, and your bacterial guests are loving the menu.  

  • They are snacking on your appetizers and living it up, and actually producing things like B vitamins and antioxidants as a result.  

  • They spill amino acids and fat globules onto the villi carpet, but those nutrients pass right through and your body manufactures healthy hormones out of them.

  • There are a few questionable characters at the party but the friendly bacteria are keeping an eye on them and will put them in check as needed (this is called quorum sensing.)  

  • Every morning the party room is swept clean and the guests are ready when new healthy food is served.


What an Unhealthy Gut Party Looks Like

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  • There are not many friendly bacteria in attendance, and instead, some thugs are dominating the show.
  • This seedy environment allows for bigger bad guys, like parasites, to feel comfortable to join in, and some low-level suck-ups by the name of Candida Albicans also take advantage.  

  • There are certainly no healthy snacks being served, and instead, the constant influx of sugar and processed foods is giving these bullies more strength.  

  • There are fewer nutrients being made, and less being absorbed because the poor shaggy carpet villi are all stepped on and flattened.  

  • The room is never swept and the rude guests never want to leave (constipation), unless the cops scare them out (diarrhea).

  • This sad situation allows toxins and estrogens to recirculate back into your body.  

  • The released toxins may be stored in your fat tissue to be dealt with later, and this increased fat tissue makes even more estrogen, leading to further imbalance.

  • With all this confusion, the brain does not know what hormones to make and ends up making less.  

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A Deeper Look at Hormones with Dr. Shawn Tassone, MD

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Dr. Shawn Tassone is a board certified OBGYN and integrative medicine practitioner. In this episode we talk about hormones, infoceuticals & self care.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:50 Introduction to Dr. Tassone
Min 07:35 Dr. Tassone's practice
Min 10:20 Treating with bio-identical hormones
Min 14:50 Infoceuticals
Min 19:20 Self care - helping yourself first before others
Min 26:30 The wounded healer archetype
Min 30:10 Aging, hormones & identity

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From Oct. 30 - Nov. 5 2017, we will be having a special week on the podcast called Mold Week. This is a week I created to teach you on how to protect yourself from toxic mold. We will have an interview every day and you'll get an email everyday for the duration of the event with a link to the day's interview. Sign up for Mold Week here.

Here's a video version of the interview I did with Dr. Shawn Tassone.

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Bridgit Danner,

Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative