Women’s Health Issues

Natural Approach to Correcting Women’s Health Concerns

From unbalanced hormone systems, women derive a number of pre-dispositions to very common health concerns: Menstrual Irregularities & P.M.S., Infertility, P.C.O.S., Hormonal Weight Gain, Migraine Headaches, Estrogen/Progesterone Regulated Cancers, mood disorders and Libido changes.

A female patient will present to my office in their teens with P.M.S., in their 20’s & 30’s for fertility related issues and in their 40’s or 50’s with breast or uterine cancer and all be treated for the same hormone imbalances. The impact of that statement is better understood if I point out that the patient who treats the root of the simple hormone imbalance in their teens, does not develop the fertility or cancer issues later in life. That is the definition of true health care. Successful treatment is still available at any stage of the disease pathway but correction of the problem early and prevention of disease is the key.

The Functional Medicine approach understands that using medications to treat the symptoms could be a mistake by not first addressing the cause and underlying hormone imbalance. It is overwhelming to observe that there are 11,000 approved cleaning supplies used in America that bind to the Estrogen Receptors and act like Estrogens. So often, hormone imbalances can be corrected by improving the ability of the body to excrete these foreign  Xeno-Estrogens and helping women to decrease daily exposure.

Plastics, dryer sheets, air fresheners, straws, personal care products, cash register receipts and chemical treatments on your lawn all fit in and bind to the Estrogen receptors triggering a cascade of damaging events. To the genetically pre-disposed, we are describing the “why” behind estrogen related cancers.

The issue is only getting bigger. Is focusing on the best most effective cancer treatment really the best cure for breast cancer? Or is opening our eyes to 7 year old girls menstruating and acknowledging that the 200 billion tons of plasticizers being produced yearly are binding to our estrogen receptors sites a better use of our collective intelligence and clinical insight?

Hormone imbalances are correctable. It is shocking to think that a huge part of that correction comes from cleaning up your house. Not cleaning it with “cleaning products”. The average woman leaves the home at 8:00am exposed to 152 toxic chemicals. 53 of them are carcinogenic. Ladies, if you put it on, you absorb it through your skin. It is time to make a change.

— Dr. Conan Shaw – Functional Medicine, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Pittsburgh, PA

Learn more about these common health concerns, by clicking the health topics below.

Cancer
Hormone Imbalances
Infertility
Menstrual Irregularities
Migrane Headaches
P.C.O.S.
Systemic Candida
Weight Gain / Loss