Women's Health

Effects of Childhood Trauma on Women's Health With Nikki Gratrix

Nikki Gratrix is our second guest on Mental Health Month and we're talking about the effect of childhood trauma on women's health. This is a great under-talked about epidemic that affects many people for years. And these childhood traumas could go from the very severe to the much less severe. But the good thing is that we can reverse them with interventions we can employ today. So this is a very interesting talk packed with facts and suggestions.

Nikki is an amazing speaker who has done a lot of research into the connection between childhood trauma and illness. She studied and was working in banking, economics & finance before moving to the health industry. She wanted to do something with more meaning and to help people directly.

Nikki trained and worked as a Clinical Nutritionist in the UK, and during this time she became more of a mind-body expert rather than just looking at nutrition and functional nutrition.

Click here to download an mp3 of “Effects of Childhood Trauma on Women's Health With Nikki Gratrix”

Free E-Book: Notes From Mental Health Month

We put all information from Nikki Gratrix and notes from the other speakers on Mental Health Month together in an E-Book for you. You can get a copy by clicking the image below:

What You Will Hear:

  1. How often emotional trauma and history plays a part in women’s illness
  2. The correlation between adverse childhood events and risk of disease onset in later life
  3. Types of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  4. Diseases in relation to ACEs
  5. Emotional trauma and fertility
  6. The identity level of childhood traumas
  7. Steps to healing emotional traumas and recharge rituals

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Meditation Challenge

During this Mental Health Month, I'll be doing a free Meditation Challenge meant to challenge you to meditate every day for a month and have support while doing it. And you don't have to do any huge amount of meditation; even just 1 min per day is fine because meditation is a great tool that can help us find peace of mind! Grab this chance to meditate with a supportive community.

Click here to learn more about this free challenge and if you'd like to join, please share you name and your goal in the blog comments below, or on our private Facebook group.

Essential Oils for Women's Health with Dr. Mariza Snyder, DC

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Essential oils are really growing in popularity.  They are fun and easy to use, but there is a lot to learn!  Which ones are best for you?  How do you use them?  What about the quality?

We answer many of these questions with Dr. Mariza Snyder, an essential expert and women's health expert.  

Tune into the podcast interview (see player below) to hear the interview.  

We also recorded a short video together, and I have that link playing below as well.  Lastly, I was inspired to create an eBook to organize all the juicy details Dr. Mariza was throwing down!  You can pick that up below too.

What I love about Dr. Mariza is that she makes health information really accessible and practical for women to use.  (She's a virgo like me so that's our thing!)

Podcast Interview


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Addressing Pelvic Pain and Infertility with Dr. Jennifer Mercier

Dr. Jennifer Mercier is a triple threat: naturopath, massage therapist and midwife.  I kind of fall in love with her work on the episode, as you'll hear!  

It was Jennifer's own experience with stage 4 endometriosis, coupled with her medical training, that helped her develop the Mercier Therapy.

Mercier Therapy is her own system of abdominal therapy that works with the ligaments and organs to move them into alignment with the goals of restoring function and /or reducing pain.

For women, it can help us have a smoother cycle, recover from surgeries, improve our fertility and heal trauma.

I find so many have strange sensations in their abdomens that they worry about. And many have complications form C section or even a natural birth, and feel there are no options to heal.  Still other have unexplained infertility, that can potentially respond to a new approach.

Jennifer works locally in St. Charles, IL, but also trains practitioners in other states and countries.  That means if this type of work speaks to you, you may be able to fidn a practitioner in your area.  And if you are practitioner, training is available.  

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The Mercier Movie

We are hosting a free Recipe Party Jan 9 -31, 2016. See new blog post to join!

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Re-Thinking Women's Nutrition with Dr. Ann Childers, MD

Does what you eat matter for your mental health?  According to Dr. Ann Childers, MD, it sure does.  

Dr. Childers is a child and adult trained psychiatric physician with a passionate interest in regaining our physical and mental health through nutrition and sleep. 

The Reproductive Continuum

On the podcast recently, we talked about perimenopause with Andrea Thorpe.  The next week we heard from Dr. Joleen Fuller, who walked us through thyroid disorder, from fertility to post-partum.

What do all these various stages from first periods to births to waning periods have in common?  They are all on a continuum of our reproductive years.

Cycle Changes After 35 with Andrea Thorpe, MS, LAc, FABORM

If you are experiencing new hormonal symptoms as you age, check out this episode.  

Our guest Andrea Thorpe, of Lotus Center of Integrative Medicine in Los Angeles, is an acupuncturist, a functional medicine practitioner, and PhD candidate in Chinese Medicine.  She specializes in treating women's health and infertility in her practice, and is often treating women who are 35 and up and stuggling with their hormones.

Women and Autoimmune Disease, part 1 of 3

Women and Autoimmune Disease, part 1 of 3

According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc, “autoimmune diseases strike women three times more than men.” They further state that autoimmune diseases are the 4th highest reason for female disability, and are in the top ten for cause of death. 

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.

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!

Healthy Decision Making: part 1

If you are stuck in elevator, between floors, it's a great time to use your wits to figure out how to get the heck out of there.  And, thankfully, in our culture today, we are encouraged to follow our hearts when choosing a mate.

But what about all the decisions in between these two extremes, when we are deciding what to eat, or when to exercise?  How about deciding our career, or what we are going to say next? 

Are You Getting Enough VARIETY in Your Veggie Choices?

When you visit the produce section, do you tend to grab your usual stand-bys? Maybe a lettuce, a broccoli and a bag of carrots?  How often do you venture out of the box, and try a fresh herb or vegetable you've never cooked with before?

In today's article, we'll explore why it's important to find variety in your veggie selection, and how to do it.

Why Fiber is Fabulous for Women's Health

Fiber is a filament substance found in plants that the human body cannot break down. The two types of fiber are soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber can dissolve in water and is found mainly in oats, beans, tubers and fruit. Soluble fiber helps to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Soluble fiber can be broken down by bacteria in your gut. For healthy flora in the large

Summer Reading: Best Women's Health Books

My Five Favorite Women's Health Books

If you are a health geek like me, you love a great health book. 

Here are some of my favorites:

Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

written by local naturopath, Tori Hudson

This book details the origins and best natural treatments of twenty of the most common women's health issues from cervical dysplasia to menstrual cramps.