Heavy metals

Toxins Testing with Ann Melin & Bridgit Danner

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Ann Melin & I are your guests this week. Ann is our lead coach at WWC. In this episode we talk about some of my own test results, mold tests for the home & body, testing for chemicals in the body, heavy metal testing, and organic acids testing.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 03:10 Tests covered at Women's Wellness Collaborative
Min 04:40 Toxicity in the body
Min 07:10 Hair mineral analysis testing
Min 11:00 Glyphosate test & urine test
Min 17:30 Water test
Min 19:10 The dust test & Marcon's test
Min 21:55 Organic acids test
Min 30:00 Serotonin
Min 34:30 Nutritional markers

Resources:

To learn more about our programs, check out our coaching page here.
To see some of our favorite resources for reducing your toxic load, visit our Hormone Detox Shop.
To learn about our testing recommendations for gut infections, click here.

Here's the video version of the interview with Ann Melin.


5 Easy Detox Swaps for Women’s Health

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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.

Here's what you'll hear:

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

To learn more about Jaclyn Renee, visit her website here and follow her on social media:

Facebook page 

Private Facebook Group for women with digestive issues
Twitter 
Instagram 
Pinterest 

Resources:

Leaky Gut Solutions webinar
Get the free 5-Day Beat The Bloat - A Guide To Healing The Gut by joining Jaclyn's JRWCrew Group on Facebook


5 Easy Detox Swaps for Women’s Health

Are you doing all the ‘right things’ but still feeling blah?

Get my list of 5 Easy Detox Swaps for Women’s Health to start clearing out the toxins and reset your system to feel better today!

Advanced Treatment for Hair Loss and Skin Damage with Dr. Bridghid McMonagle

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Dr. Bridghid McMonagle was the first certified ozone practitioner in Oregon and has trained extensively in ozone therapies. She is certified in Wilson Temperature Protocol, Prolozone, Major Autohemotherapy, LENS neurofeedback system, and IV therapy. In this episode we talk about ozone therapy, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), and heavy metal detoxification.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 03:15 Introducing Dr. Bridghid McMonagle

Min 07:00 Going back to school

Min 09:00 Basics for healthy skin and hair

Min 13:30 Thyroid issues & heavy metal toxicity

Min 15:10 IV therapy, chelation & heavy metal testing

Min 23:20 Ozone therapy

Min 29:20 PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Min 31:40 Risks to using therapies

Min 34:40 Dr. Bridghid McMonagle's resources

To learn more about Dr. Bridghid McMonagle, visit her website here and follow her on social media:

Lake Oswego Health Center Facebook page 

Dr. Bridghid McMonagle's Facebook profile 

Here's the video version of the interview with Dr. Bridghid McMonagle:

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How to Use Toxin Binders

Binders are substances that ‘bind’ to toxins to help move them out of the body.  Some work by trapping the toxins, others also attract the toxin through a negative charge. Read about some common toxin binders here!

Take Down Your Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

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Hashimoto's Thyroiditis involves the body’s immune system breaking down the tissue of the thyroid gland. The possible symptoms are numerous and may include:

  • Hair loss

  • Cold hands and feet

  • Frequent colds and flu

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Fatigue

  • Depression

  • Weight gain

I believe our modern environment has created the perfect storm for Hashimoto’s. Many, many women have a leaky gut due to growing up on processed foods and now Genetically Modified Foods. Most women would report they are chronically stressed, which thins the protective layer of the gut. And we are all exposed to a slew of chemicals from chlorine in water (a thyroid disrupter), to xeno-estrogens in plastics (makes for an increased need for thyroid hormone), to heavy metals in our make-up (linked to irregular thyroid function).

Many of our clients and women in our online community tell me they had gotten a Hashimoto’s diagnosis but have not had any improvement in symptoms as yet. 

Some of them are on thyroid medication and have experimented a bit with dietary changes, but didn’t stick to it.

Thyroid medication can, in some cases, relieve symptoms because more thyroid hormone is made available to the body’s cells and systems.  However, it does not address the inflammatory nature of a disease based on immune dysregulation, with a background of leaky gut.  These things will never be addressed by thyroid medication!

Others have gone full tilt with major, long-term diet changes and supplements but are still not fully improved. While this will make an impact for most women and may be enough to send some women into remission, there are causes that a blanket approach to diet and supplements are not addressing. 

Here are some things to consider if you aren't improving:

  • Do you have heavy metal toxicity from frequent trips to the sushi bar?

  • How about parasite shared with you by your sweet toddler?

  • Or is your stressful job causing a flare-up of once dormant Epstein Barr infection?

Unfortunately unraveling your own root causes of Hashimoto’s can be a long and winding road. So why bother?  Here are three good reasons:

  1. If you have one autoimmune disease, you are likely to add another autoimmune disease to your list every 10 years (reference: The Autoimmune Fix by Dr. Tom O'Bryan)

  2. If you continue to live with a leaky gut your micronutrient levels are likely to decrease, leaving you even more fatigued

  3. Those unaddressed symptoms are limiting you every day, preventing you from reaching goals, affecting your relationships and generally keeping you from a full experience of what life has to offer.

Getting to the root of a chronic illness, any chronic illness, takes tenacity and an investment of your time and money.  Depending on your circumstances, you may have more time or money, but, frankly, it’s going to take a combination of both.

Luckily learning in the internet age is mostly free. Lately, I am trying to listen to about an hour of audio material a day and to read a health book at least once a month (I want to increase that and speed read one per week!)  There are lots of ways to learn:

  • Podcasts

  • Audiobooks

  • Library books

  • Kindle books

  • Online summits

  • Group programs

  • Directly from a practitioner

  • By observing your own body, journaling, and experimenting.

I really want to stress the importance of persistence. As Dr. Izabella Wentz states in her book, Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back, you need to “DIG-AT-IT.” Here’s what her acronym stands for:  

Depletions, Digestion

Iodine, Inflammation, Infection, Immune Imbalance

Gut, Gluten

Adrenals, Alkaline Phosphatase

Triggers

Intolerances

Toxins

Each of these categories entails quite a bit!  I really recommend my friend Izabella’s New York Times bestselling book, Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back.

You can also hear Dr. Wentz speak if you purchase the online Healing Hashimoto's Summit.  She’s a wealth of information, as is Dr. Datis Kharrazian, a functional neurology physician who is an amazing researcher and medical innovator. A new friend, Dr. Natasha Fallahi, DC, is co-host of the summit spoke about a more nurturing, intuitive approach to healing. (As much as I want you educated, please don't beat yourself and take an overly aggressive approach to your healing!) 


TIME TO SUPPORT YOUR THYROID

Check out my free guide on simple hacks for thyroid support!

You want help for your thyroid symptoms ASAP! Cut to the chase with this straight-forward guide, outlining the exact techniques I use to help keep my Hashimoto’s in remission.

Let me help you start addressing your symptoms now!

Questions? Please post below.


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Bridgit Danner, LAc, FDNP, is trained in functional health coaching and has worked with thousands of women over her career since 2004. She is the founder of Women’s Wellness Collaborative llc and HormoneDetoxShop.com.