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Confessions of a Male Gynecologist

English, Health / Medicine, 1 season, 98 episodes, 2 days, 13 hours, 50 minutes
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A podcast by America’s holistic gynecologist for women 20-80 who are concerned about periods, hormones, perimenopause, menopause, weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, endometriosis, PCOS, and all the other medical issues women aren't listened to about. Dr. Tassone has listened to over 40,000 women and brings to you their stories and success to help you live your life better.
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97: Functional Nutrition & Managing Metabolism with Betty Murray

Today Dr. Tassone is joined by special guest, Dr. Betty Murray, a functional medicine practitioner, who discusses her approach to women's health and the challenges women face in the medical system. She shares her health journey and how it led her to focus on nutrition and functional medicine. Dr. Murray emphasizes the importance of addressing the underlying mechanisms of hormone imbalance and the need for personalized care. She criticizes the conventional medical system for its lack of understanding and treatment options for women's health issues. Dr. Murray also highlights the value of research and data collection in advancing women's health. Dr. Betty Murray discusses her Menopause Metabolism Mastery Program and the future of personalized medicine for women. She emphasizes the importance of addressing the underlying metabolic changes that occur during menopause and offers a comprehensive approach to diet, lifestyle, and supplementation. Dr. Murray also introduces her digital health intelligence platform, Minerva, which aims to provide personalized healthcare for women through data tracking, predictive recommendations, and telemedicine. She envisions a future where technology and AI play a significant role in optimizing women's health. Episode Highlights: What is Functional medicine How to takes a holistic approach to women's health, addressing the underlying mechanisms of hormone imbalance and focusing on personalized care. Why the conventional medical system often fails to understand and provide adequate treatment options for women's health issues. Why research and data collection are crucial in advancing women's health and improving treatment outcomes. How women can take control of their healthcare and seek out practitioners who listen to their concerns and provide comprehensive care. Addressing the underlying metabolic changes during menopause is crucial for managing weight gain and maintaining overall health. Dr. Murray's Menopause Metabolism Mastery Program Minerva, Dr. Murray's digital health intelligence platform, providing personalized healthcare for women through data tracking, predictive recommendations, and telemedicine. Why she believes the future of women's healthcare involves a focus on personalized medicine, utilizing technology, AI, and data analysis to optimize treatment and improve outcomes. Meet Betty Murray Betty Murray, MS, CN, IFMCP is a Certified Nutritionist and Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). She possesses a Master of Science in Human Nutrition Science and Integrative & Functional Nutrition and is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation at Saybrook University. As one of the first 300 certified functional medicine practitioners with the Institute for Functional Medicine (Ifm.org), Betty has been a thought leader and progressive force for the functional medicine movement since 2006. Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible Hormone Archetype Quiz | Hormonal Mapping System Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.
7/18/202440 minutes, 59 seconds
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96: LIBIDO - You Don't Want None and You Ain't Getting None

In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the topic of decreased libido in women. He explores the different factors that can contribute to low sex drive, including hormone imbalances, stress, and relationship dynamics. Dr. Tassone also addresses the controversial pink pill, Addyi, which is marketed as a solution for low libido in women. He shares his thoughts on the effectiveness and potential side effects of the medication. Overall, he emphasizes the importance of addressing the underlying causes of decreased libido and suggests hormone testing as a starting point. Episode Highlights: Decreased libido can be caused by various factors, including hormone imbalances, stress, and relationship dynamics. Addressing the underlying causes of low sex drive is crucial for finding effective solutions. The pink pill, Addyi, is marketed as a solution for low libido in women, but its effectiveness and potential side effects are still debated. Hormone testing can be a helpful starting point for understanding and addressing decreased libido in women. Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible Hormone Archetype Quiz | Hormonal Mapping System Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions. 
7/11/202424 minutes, 39 seconds
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95: Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) - What When Why How

In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the use of low dose naltrexone (LDN) as a treatment for various conditions, particularly autoimmune diseases. LDN has been shown to reduce symptom severity in conditions like fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain syndrome. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and has neuroprotective effects. Dr. Tassone explains how LDN works, the dosing, and the potential side effects. He also mentions the LDN Research Trust as a resource for more information. LDN is being used in various medical fields, including women's health, and can be prescribed by doctors with a functional or integrated medicine background. Episode Highlights Low dose naltrexone (LDN) has been shown to reduce symptom severity in various conditions, particularly autoimmune diseases. LDN acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and has neuroprotective effects. The dosing of LDN is much lower than the typical opioid dosage and can vary based on the patient's sensitivity. LDN is well-tolerated and has minimal side effects, with the most common being stimulation and vivid dreams. LDN is being used in various medical fields, including women's health, and can be prescribed by doctors with a functional or integrated medicine background. Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible Hormone Archetype Quiz | Hormonal Mapping System Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions. 
7/5/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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94: THE NUN: Low Testosterone - What When Why

Today’s episode focuses on the topic of testosterone deficiency in women, which is the number one hormone imbalance across all age groups. Dr. Tassone discusses the impact of birth control pills on testosterone levels and explains the difference between total testosterone and free testosterone. He also discusses commonly overlooked symptoms of low testosterone including fatigue, lack of motivation, and decreased libido. Dr. Tassone emphasizes the importance of checking free testosterone levels and discusses various treatment options, including creams and sublingual tablets. He also mentions his SHINES protocol and recommends lifestyle changes and supplements to help increase testosterone levels. The conversation concludes with the challenges of accessing testosterone replacement therapy for women and what women can do to get the care they need. Episode Highlights What is testosterone deficiency How testosterone deficiency affects women vs men The impact the Birth control pills can have on free testosterone Symptoms of low testosterone in women How to accurately assess testosterone levels Treatment options for low testosterone Lifestyle changes that can help improve testosterone levels Supplements that may benefit testosterone levels FDA-approved options for accessing testosterone replacement therapy for women Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible Hormone Archetype Quiz | Hormonal Mapping System Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions. 
6/20/202426 minutes, 42 seconds
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93: Perimenopause – The Power and The Peril

In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses perimenopause and the symptoms associated with it. He highlights the issue of marketing and selling products related to perimenopause by celebrities and predatory companies. Dr. Tassone explains that perimenopause is not a disease but a time period around menopause, and it is characterized by a range of symptoms. He discusses the importance of addressing symptoms like insomnia, weight gain, fatigue, decreased libido, hot flashes, and hair loss. Dr. Tassone also emphasizes the need for proper hormone testing and finding a healthcare provider who understands and can provide appropriate treatment. Episode Highlights What is Perimenopause Insight on the discussion labeling perimenopause a disease Symptoms of perimenopause including insomnia, weight gain, fatigue, decreased libido, hot flashes, and hair loss. Why proper hormone testing is important How to manage a hormonal imbalance Why finding a healthcare provider who understands perimenopause and can provide appropriate treatment is crucial Why women should be cautious of marketing and false claims made by celebrities and predatory companies. Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible Hormone Archetype Quiz | Hormonal Mapping System Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
6/13/202429 minutes, 44 seconds
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92: The Hormone Bill of Rights

Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the patient's bill of rights and what patients should expect from their healthcare providers. He covers topics such as confidentiality, informed consent, access to medical records, pain treatment, and the right to refuse medical treatments. Dr. Tassone emphasizes the importance of patient advocacy and empowerment in healthcare decisions. Episode Highlights Why patients have the right to expect safe, considerate, and respectful care that aligns with their beliefs Why confidentiality of medical records and communication is a patient's right Reasons patients should be informed about their diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. Why patients have the right to refuse medical treatments, participate in research, and designate additional physicians to receive medical updates How advocacy and empowerment are essential for patients to ensure fair and appropriate treatment in healthcare settings. Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible Hormone Archetype Quiz | Hormonal Mapping System Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
6/6/202419 minutes, 33 seconds
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91: Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer?

How are we at a point where women are terrified of a hormone they've had in their bodies most of their lives? Many of us have heard horrible things about estrogen and its connection to breast cancer. A lot of this public aversion stems from a study that came out in the early 2000s called the Women's Health Initiative (WHI). The WHI was a landmark study designed to define the risks and benefits of interventions, notably hormonal therapy. Unfortunately, when journals and the media reported on the findings, they didn’t put them into the appropriate clinical context and did not mention the study’s limitations. Ultimately, this led to women ditching their hormones en masse, suffering in silence without an alternative. Today I’m sharing what you need to know about the WHI, what the data shows about the connection between hormone therapy and the risk of disease, why we need to shift our perspective on hormone therapy, and alternatives for women who can’t benefit from estrogen therapy. Let’s try not to be afraid of estrogen - it’s not a bad thing. Episode Highlights Telling women across the board not to go on hormones is a misogynistic statement What you need to know about the Women’s Health Initiative study The problem with how the media reported the results of the WHI study Positive outcomes of hormone therapy identified in the study Limitations of the WHI Considerations for women with a history of breast cancer What the studies showed about the benefits for osteoporosis prevention The relationship between estrogen therapy and increased risk of dementia and stroke Detoxifying estrogen in your body My confession for estrogen replacement Alternatives to estradiol for menopause symptoms Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible Hormone Archetype Quiz | Hormonal Mapping System   Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
5/23/202442 minutes, 32 seconds
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90: Metformin, Berberine, Dihydroberberine: Which One Is Best?

In this episode Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the use of metformin, berberine, and dihydroberberine for weight loss in women, particularly those in perimenopause and menopause. He explains that while GLP-1 medications like Ozempic and Monjaro are effective for weight loss, some women may prefer to try metformin, berberine, or dihydroberberine due to concerns or fear of injectable medications. He provides an overview of each medication, including their uses, dosages, side effects, and cost. Dr. Tassone also discusses the differences between berberine and dihydroberberine, and why he prefers dihydroberberine for weight loss. He also emphasizes the importance of consulting with a doctor and monitoring labs while using these medications. Episode Highlights Why Metformin, berberine, and dihydroberberine are medications/supplements that can be used for weight loss Why some women may prefer to try metformin, berberine, or dihydroberberine How Metformin can be beneficial for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Benefits of Berberine The difference between Berberine and Dihydroberberine The importance of consulting with a doctor, monitoring labs, and cycling off these medications/supplements periodically. Cost difference between Metformin, berberine and dihydroberberine How personal preference plays a role in choosing between metformin, berberine, and dihydroberberine for weight loss Why you should avoid supplements advertised as similar to GLP-1 medications Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | Hormone Balance Bible Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormonal Archetype Quiz Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
5/16/202425 minutes, 27 seconds
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89: Mammograms, Thermograms and USPSTF Recommendations

In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the recent recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) regarding mammography guidelines. The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 40 to 74, with a B recommendation. Dr. Tassone explains the incidence and mortality rates of breast cancer, particularly among non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black women. He also addresses the potential harms of mammography, such as false positive results and overdiagnosis. Dr. Tassone discusses thermography as an alternative to mammography and emphasizes the importance of individualized screening based on risk factors. Episode Highlights The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 40 to 74, with a B recommendation. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer and cause of death among women in the US. Mammography has potential harms, including false positive results and overdiagnosis. Thermography is not currently considered an alternative to mammography. Screening should be individualized based on risk factors. Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.
5/9/202423 minutes, 49 seconds
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88: Progesterone and Progesterone Scams: What You Need To Know

In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the misleading claims and false information surrounding hormone creams, specifically wild yam cream. He highlights the lack of regulation in the cosmetic industry and the dangers of using products that are not FDA-approved. Dr. Tassone also emphasizes the importance of reading labels and avoiding products that claim to contain progesterone or other hormones but only list wild yam as an ingredient. He warns listeners to be cautious of companies that make false claims and encourages them to seek reliable sources of information because the effectiveness of the cream is not supported by specific research or data. In this conversation, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the importance of getting hormone levels tested and the potential risks of using over-the-counter progesterone products. He emphasizes the need for prescription-only hormones and warns against self-diagnosis. Dr. Tassone also expresses his opinion that companies marketing cosmetic creams with high doses of progesterone are unethical. He encourages listeners to share the information and do their own research. Episode Highlights Misleading claims and false information surrounding hormone creams. Why you should avoid using products that are not FDA-approved and lack proper regulation How to read labels and avoid products that contain false claim How to seek reliable sources of information when it comes to hormone therapy and treatment options The use of wild yam cream on the skin as a hormone replacement therapy How to spot companies making false claims about their products. Why you should consult a medical professional for hormone replacement therapy instead of self-treatment The absorption of progesterone through the skin Why self-treating with hormones can be dangerous and ineffective Why the concept of cycling progesterone is not a one-size-fits-all approach Symptoms of common hormonal imbalances, such as progesterone Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormonal Archetype Quiz Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.    
5/2/202440 minutes, 4 seconds
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87: Bioidentical vs Synthetic Hormones: What, How and Why

In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the difference between synthetic and bioidentical hormones. He explains that bioidentical hormones are structurally similar to the body's hormones, while synthetic hormones are structurally different. He also delves into the history of hormone replacement therapy, including the use of pregnant mare's urine and the marketing of Premarin. He dispels myths and misconceptions surrounding bioidentical hormones and emphasizes the importance of understanding the differences between bioidentical and synthetic hormones. Episode Highlights: Bioidentical hormones vs synthetic hormone structure Bioidentical hormones and the FDA The use of the term 'bioidentical' as a descriptive term, not a marketing term Understanding the differences between bioidentical and synthetic hormones Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
4/25/202431 minutes, 14 seconds
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EP 86: Estradiol After 65 - Decreases Cancer and Dementia Prolongs Life

In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses a recent study published in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society that challenges the previous negative views on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women over the age of 65. The study found that HRT, specifically estrogen therapy, beyond the age of 65 is associated with significant risk reductions in mortality, breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, congestive heart failure, venous thromboembolism, atrial fibrillation, heart attacks, and dementia. The study also highlighted the importance of individualized hormone therapy, lower doses, and non-oral routes of administration for optimal health outcomes. Episode Highlights -Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) beyond the age of 65 -Results of a new study published by NAMS -How they're associating HRT with significant risk reductions in mortality, breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, congestive heart failure, venous thromboembolism, atrial fibrillation, heart attacks, and dementia -Individualized hormone therapy, lower doses, and non-oral routes of administration are recommended for optimal health outcomes. -Estrogen-only therapy, specifically transdermal estrogen with progesterone, is beneficial and prolongs life. -The study challenges the previous negative views on HRT for women over the age of 65 and provides evidence for the benefits of hormone therapy in improving women's health. -Why women should discuss hormone therapy options with their healthcare providers and consider the potential benefits and risks based on their individual needs and health conditions. Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormonal Archtype Quiz Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
4/18/202431 minutes, 55 seconds
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85: Hormone Pellets and Injections - The Injuring of Women for Money

Confession: "Hormone injections and hormone pellets are horrible. Anybody putting them in, in my opinion, is committing malpractice." - Shawn Tassone, MD, PhD In this episode Dr. T discusses the dangers and drawbacks of hormone pellets and injections, particularly testosterone, and why he believes that using these methods is committing malpractice. He also covers how the companies promoting them are prioritizing profits over patient well-being and more! There are several reasons why he believes hormone pellets, including their high cost, irregular hormone levels, surgical procedure, potential side effects, and the lack of expertise among providers. He criticizes the marketing tactics used by these companies and emphasizes the importance of asking questions and seeking alternative hormone replacement therapies. Enjoy the episode! Episode Highlights: Basic breakdown of hormone pellets and injections Potential dangers and lack of expertise among providers How/why the healthcare providers promoting hormone pellets prioritize profits over patient well-being How the marketing tactics surrounding hormone pellets can be misleading and exploitative Reasons Dr. Tassone doesn't think pellets are beneficial to balancing women’s hormones Alternative hormone replacement therapies How to ask questions, seek second opinions, and be cautious when considering hormone replacement therapies Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice | Tassone Advanced Gynecology Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz Medical Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.    
4/11/202437 minutes, 11 seconds
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84: Washington Post and the Misogynistic Politicization of Birth Control

“Women are getting off birth control amid misinformation explosion.” - a very problematic article in the Washington Post last week. Written by two people with no medical background, the article is highly politicized, filled with anecdotal evidence, and dismissive of women’s lived experiences with birth control. Once I saw it, I had to address it here on the podcast because it’s disgusting. Birth control is obviously not the ultimate evil, but it’s also not the ultimate panacea. It should not be prescribed for problems outside of birth control until the underlying factors have been explored. Anything else is a disservice to our patients and is done for the convenience of the prescribing physician. In this episode, I’m giving you my take and the facts on everything written. I want you to read this article, see the political division that's being created, and see the way they’ve stopped women from responding to what they’ve written. Enjoy the episode.   Highlights The risk of bias and the authors' lack of medical background Misrepresentation of the genuine symptoms some women experience while taking birth control The political implications threaded throughout the article Why I believe it’s misogynistic and hypocritical that the comments were turned off on the Instagram post about this article The reach of social media influencers and their impact on birth control decisions Potential side effects of birth control and the experiences of individuals who have faced complications How social media might be shaping perceptions and decisions related to birth control methods Bias in the medical community’s response to the side effects of HRT versus the pill How this article is promoting political division   Sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
3/28/202437 minutes, 10 seconds
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83: North American Menopause Society (NAMS) - Are You Listening?????

“If you’re already a board-certified OBGYN, why would you pay to become NAMS certified?” Many physicians turn to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) for guidance on menopause-related issues. Every few years, they release a position statement outlining their stance on relevant treatment options, and lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about their recent statements. For the next couple of episodes, I’ll be doing a deep dive into different aspects of NAMS and their position statements. Today, I’m starting by critically examining their 2022 hormone therapy position statement and 2023 nonhormone therapy position statement. In this conversation, I discuss why I question their funding, their focus on certain symptoms, their positions on the use of compounded bioidentical hormone therapy, my skepticism about NAMS certification, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Why I’m talking about NAMS The potential influence of big pharma as the primary funding source for NAMS Highlights from NAMS’ 2022 Hormone Therapy Position Statement The problem with relying heavily on the Women’s Health Initiative and the emphasis on addressing a few specific symptoms NAMS' stance on compounded bioidentical hormone therapy and why I disagree with their assessment Skin and hair effects of estrogen therapy The problem with NAMS’ definition of quality of life How hormone replacement therapy affects common menopause symptoms and the risk of cardiovascular disease Risks and benefits of hormone therapy and different types of cancer Discussion of financial relationships and conflicts of interest within NAMS NAMS 2023 nonhormone therapy position statement   Sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
3/21/202449 minutes, 8 seconds
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82: How You Can Work With Me - The Appointment Process

Finding the right doctor can be daunting, especially if you've been dismissed or mistreated in the past. One of the questions I get asked weekly on my Saturday Instagram Q&A is how we can work together and what that process looks like. For today’s episode, I wanted to share the entire process with you, from setting an appointment to blood testing, what we discuss during a typical visit, and how we handle follow-ups. Whether you’re looking for help with hormone balance, weight loss, Essure removal, or any other gynecological support, this one is for you. Let’s meet and come up with a plan.   Highlights States in which I’m currently licensed and my plan to get licensed in other states Setting an appointment with me for a hormone visit if you’re in a state where I’m licensed What to expect once you call my office to set up a telehealth appointment My approach to ordering labs and the telehealth visit process Developing a personalized protocol based on the SHINES protocol Follow-up appointments and managing hormone levels on an ongoing basis What’s involved in my weight loss program and Essure removal visits Integrative healthcare for various conditions   Mentioned in this episode Call my office to set an appointment for a telehealth visit: (512) 956-0296 States I'm currently licensed in: Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin   Sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
3/14/202418 minutes, 37 seconds
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81: Celebrity Women Selling You Stuff: Beware the Celebrity Trap

If you see a celebrity partnering with a celebrity physician for a product, I'm here to tell you it won't help. It's a money grab. Menopause is getting a makeover, and menopausal women are spending a lot of money. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry, and celebrities in their mid to late 40s and 50s are leveraging their menopause experiences into cash grabs. By sharing their stories and teaming up with doctors - who may or may not be medical professionals - they’re leading women to believe that their proprietary supplement formula is the miracle that saved them from the difficulties of menopause. I'm so sick and tired of seeing these ads, and today, I want to expose this disturbing trend. I’m talking about Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, and Drew Barrymore’s entry into the menopause product space, how they use emotional appeals and unproven claims to sell their products, why it’s crucial to use evidence-based recommendations, red flags that should trigger your skepticism, where you can find real help, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights The trend of celebrities leveraging menopause and perimenopause experiences for financial gain Gwyneth Paltrow's path into menopause offerings and her collabs with doctors The problem with these celebrity-backed menopause supplements Red flags to look out for with “kitchen-sink” style supplements Halle Berry’s menopause products and marketing strategies The lack of scientific evidence behind a lot of celebrity-endorsed products Why it’s risky to rely on the product reviews that brands post on their websites Breaking down some of the claims and deceptive marketing language used for these products Drew Barrymore's on-camera menopause experience and subsequent supplement promotion Why supplements that claim to solve tons of problems at once are often ineffective   Sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
2/22/202444 minutes, 37 seconds
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80: Synthetic vs Bioidentical HRT - We Have to Differentiate

Did you know there are only four bioidentical hormones? The amount of misinformation and confusion surrounding hormone replacement options - especially estradiol and micronized progesterone - is staggering. Many doctors act like synthetic hormones, and bioidenticals are the same thing when in reality, it’s like comparing apples to cars. Today, I’m doing a quick but deeper dive to clear up any confusion about estradiol, progesterone, ethinylestradiol, and micronized progesterone and why I recommend bioidentical hormones. In the maze of hormone replacement therapy options, it's essential to understand what truly aligns with your body's needs. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights The controversy surrounding bioidentical hormones The history of the use of diethylstilbestrol (DES) and the significant adverse side effects What you need to know about ethinylestradiol, which used in most oral contraceptives Concerns around the long-term use of birth control pills, particularly post-menopause Bioidentical hormone replacement options How the Women’s Health Initiative study impacted the collective’s perception of estrogen Why you should be cautious about using conjugated equine estrogens like Premarin Different types of progestins used in contraception and hormone replacement therapy Contraindications of synthetic progesterone medications The four types of bioidentical hormones Differences between synthetic and bioidentical hormones What’s behind the national shortage of micronized progesterone and alternatives A warning against predatory telemedicine clinics The benefits of bioidentical progesterone How different administration methods affect the risks and benefits of hormone replacement   Sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
2/15/202436 minutes, 56 seconds
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79: Semaglutide & Weight Loss - The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful

Semaglutide is a fantastic medication when used the right way. Anybody with a passing interest in weight loss has probably heard about semaglutide. Whether it’s Ozempic, Wegovy, or Rybelsus, these antidiabetic medications have skyrocketed in popularity for the incredible weight loss results they can bring. There have even been shortages for the past couple of months! On the flip side, critics point out that around 85% of patients taking semaglutide gain most of the lost weight back if they stop cold turkey.  Semaglutide really works, and it can be life-changing for many people. But like anything else, there are always side effects and risks. In this episode, I’m giving you a down and dirty on semaglutide, why I’ve used it in my clinic, what you need to know before taking this medication, and more.   Highlights Why semaglutide is suddenly in the spotlight The development of semaglutide and how it works Comparing semaglutide with other weight loss interventions Why I recommend using semaglutide as one part of a broader change Common side effects and criticisms Patients and providers need a mindset shift when it comes to obesity It’s critical to work with a qualified provider before starting these medications What you need to know about the most popular brands Considerations for getting semaglutide from a compounding pharmacy How 43 lbs snuck up on me over 20 years and how I turned it around Why I created H.E.R. University and how the program can support you   Mentioned in this episode Rocio Salas on Instagram @NewYorkEndocrinology https://www.instagram.com/newyorkendocrinology/   Sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
2/8/202439 minutes, 20 seconds
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78: Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer?

How are we at a point where women are terrified of a hormone they've had in their bodies most of their lives? Many of us have heard horrible things about estrogen and its connection to breast cancer. A lot of this public aversion stems from a study that came out in the early 2000s called the Women's Health Initiative (WHI). The WHI was a landmark study designed to define the risks and benefits of interventions, notably hormonal therapy. Unfortunately, when journals and the media reported on the findings, they didn’t put them into the appropriate clinical context and did not mention the study’s limitations. Ultimately, this led to women ditching their hormones en masse, suffering in silence without an alternative. Today I’m sharing what you need to know about the WHI, what the data shows about the connection between hormone therapy and the risk of disease, why we need to shift our perspective on hormone therapy, and alternatives for women who can’t benefit from estrogen therapy. Let’s try not to be afraid of estrogen - it’s not a bad thing.   Highlights Telling women across the board not to go on hormones is a misogynistic statement What you need to know about the Women’s Health Initiative study The problem with how the media reported the results of the WHI study Positive outcomes of hormone therapy identified in the study Limitations of the WHI Considerations for women with a history of breast cancer What the studies showed about the benefits for osteoporosis prevention The relationship between estrogen therapy and increased risk of dementia and stroke Detoxifying estrogen in your body My confession for estrogen replacement Alternatives to estradiol for menopause symptoms   Sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
2/1/202442 minutes, 32 seconds
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77: Hormone Testing 101

Confession: You are being lied to about hormone testing, and, in many cases, you’re either not being tested enough or being tested way too much. There are many “hormone experts” out there, and the information they share is often wildly contradictory. From providers who say hormone imbalance doesn’t exist to those who only want to see results from a specific day of your cycle, how do you filter out the valuable insights from the noise? When it comes to your hormones, I always say, “test, don’t guess.” Today I’m sharing everything you need to know about hormone testing so you can be empowered when you go to your OBGYN, naturopath, or whichever provider you prefer to see. We’re talking about the pros and cons of different hormone tests, how you can determine which tests to ask for, details about how testing is done, how to spot red flags, and more.   Highlights Why a rigid approach to testing doesn’t make sense The right time to test your hormones Why hormone testing is crucial Red flags that suggest your provider isn’t a hormone expert The problem with saliva testing and the cases where it’s worth it Pros and cons of serum/blood testing Hormones and proteins I prefer to check through serum testing How DUTCH tests work Advantages and disadvantages of urine testing Why I believe DUTCH tests are overused   Sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
1/25/202430 minutes, 57 seconds
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76: Estriol Face Creams: The New Scams and Old False Claims

“I think it's scammy. I think it's dangerous. And I'm saddened that many women are being lied to about these products.” Have you seen those ads on social media for menopause or perimenopause supplements and creams that claim that they will fix all your woes? None of these products have a shred of proof behind their dramatic claims, and many of them are backed by huge celebrities promoting them like they’re a godsend for women. The sad thing to me is that, ultimately, they’re spreading misinformation. Today, I’m talking all about these scammy topical face creams, from those promoting the fact that they have estrogen in them to wild yam creams and those that are over the counter while exposing women to prescription-strength progesterone. As a consumer, be cautious, seek medical advice, and opt for evidence-based skincare and nutritional products. As always, if you feel like you're being gaslit by the medical community, keep searching because there are doctors like me out there who want to help you feel better. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Deceptive marketing tactics used by companies promoting menopausal and perimenopausal supplements Potential dangers associated with the use of these products What you need to know about estriol The confusing meaning behind the term “research-backed” Why wild yam creams are one of the biggest scams in women's health What research tells us about the effectiveness of topical progesterone creams The hidden dangers of using over-the-counter progesterone creams marketed as moisturizers Calling out the predatory tactics used by these companies What you can safely do to feel better and look better   Sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
1/18/202434 minutes, 31 seconds
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75: MY KIDS: Third Child Angelo - Covid, Finance, and the Myth of Sisyphus

Welcome back to the final installment of my special series of interviews with my kids. So far, you’ve heard from my firstborn, Hannah, my eldest son, Hunter, and my youngest, Anthony. Today, I’m chatting with my thirdborn, Angelo. Angelo and I share very similar birthdays - only four days apart - and he’s the one who’s most like me emotionally. He was born about five weeks early, right before 9/11, and was the only one of my children who was breech. Unlike his older siblings, I never know what to expect from Angelo in terms of his school and career journey, and it’s always interesting to see where he ends up. In this episode, Angelo and I talk about his early days, experiences in private school, developing self-awareness and empathy, how his academic outlook has changed between high school and college, his career aspirations, how he developed his philosophical outlook, and more. Thanks for your support, and enjoy the episode!   Highlights The unique circumstances around Angelo’s birth Early childhood memories in Tucson What it was like to transition to a new school in the sixth grade in Austin Benefits and drawbacks of attending a private school versus a public school How your socioeconomic background influences your perspective on relationships and interactions with people from different walks of life The impact of distractions and unhealthy coping mechanisms on Angelo’s academic performance in high school What it was like to have senior year in high school and first year of college during the peak of the pandemic The challenges and adjustments in adapting to the environment as an intern at Charles Schwab Angelo’s philosophical outlook on life   Sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
1/11/202446 minutes, 17 seconds
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74: Youngest Child - Navigating Gen Z with a Positive Attitude

Welcome back to part three of my special series of interviews with my kids. So far, you’ve heard from my firstborn, Hannah, and my eldest son, Hunter, and today we’re jumping to my youngest, Anthony. Anthony was born via C-section on November 22 in Tucson, Arizona. Named after his great-great-grandfather, Antonio, his name is in many middle names and first names throughout my family. As my youngest, I often joke about him being my favorite, but one of the things I am most proud of him for is his ability to turn difficult situations into opportunities for growth and leadership. Never one to mindlessly follow the pack, I am confident he will be super successful, and I'm excited to see what he does. In this conversation, Anthony and I talk about his childhood, the experience of moving to a new city and feeling behind in school, how sports helped him to overcome his concerns about his height, struggles, and triumphs in football and theater, Anthony's college experiences at Blinn, his future career aspirations, and more. Thanks for your support, and enjoy the episode!   Highlights The perks of being the youngest in a family of four kids Anthony’s experience of feeling behind starting at a new school in third grade after moving to Austin How sports helped Anthony overcome his doubts about being smaller The transformative experience Anthony had over his years on his high school football team Embracing a love of theater and music The challenges of balancing multiple activities and interests at the same time Anthony’s initial disappointment and ultimate decision to attend the Texas A&M-Blinn TEAM Program The experience of pledging a fraternity and finding your place in college Anthony’s career aspirations   Sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
12/28/202341 minutes, 7 seconds
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73: Hormone Pellets for Women - Misogyny and Malpractice in Women's Health

I can't bring myself emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, or physically to use hormone pellets with my patients. Hormone pellets are tiny pellets containing hormones and medications inserted under your skin and replaced every three to six months. In my clinic, many unhappy patients come to me with complications from pellets. Outside of my clinical experience, I also tried pellets myself a few years ago, which was the worst experience of my life. Looking at the science, there are much better methods of getting bioidentical hormones, such as topical creams and sublingual troches, and they don’t come with the downsides of hormone pellets. Today I’m sharing the top ten reasons why I’m a pellet anarchist, misleading ways that pellets are marketed, the things women need to know before using pellets, and what to do if you’ve had pellets and want to make a change.   Highlights How hormone pellets work Pitfall #1: They’re expensive Pitfall #2: Hormone levels are too high Pitfall #3: It’s a surgical procedure Pitfall #4: Once they’re in, they don’t come out Pitfall #5: You’re subjected to minor surgery every 3-6 months Pitfall #6: Irregular absorption rates Pitfall #7: It’s a cash cow for providers Pitfall #8: Who’s inserting them? Pitfall #9: It’s a club Pitfall #10: You’re a number What you can do if you’ve had pellets and you want to make a change Bioidentical hormones versus synthetic hormones   This episode is sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
12/21/202341 minutes, 21 seconds
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72: MY KIDS: Second Born Hunter: Adaptation, Persistence and Medical School

We’re back for part two of this special series of interviews with my kids. Last week, you heard from my oldest-  and only daughter - Hannah, and today, I’m talking to my oldest son, Hunter. Hunter is 28, and the only one of my children who decided to go into medicine, and he’s currently in medical school. Hunter was born in Oklahoma City during the third year of my residency in 1996. Probably the most adaptable of the four, his mother and I divorced when he was young, and later, in the sixth grade, he came to live with me and his stepmom, Katie. In this conversation, Hunter and I talk about his childhood and education, philosophical views on free will, Hunter’s decision to pursue medicine, his aspirations to specialize in psychiatry, and more. I’m so thankful to Hunter for having this conversation, and I’m so proud of him for his accomplishments and resilience. Thanks for your support, and enjoy the episode!   Highlights Hunter's memories of living in Oklahoma and Arizona during his childhood Moving to Austin during high school and Hunter’s adaptability to new environments Hunter’s interest in studying consciousness and his goal of going to medical school. Debating the concept of free will and Hunter's favorite philosopher Hunter's experience applying to medical school Preparing for the MCAT and improving your application The difference between MD and DO degrees  The history and techniques of osteopathic medicine  Why there’s a lack of utilization of osteopathic medicine despite the extensive training involved Hunter's interest in psychiatry and anesthesia Our experiences choosing a career path The emotional toll of a career in oncology   This episode is sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
12/14/202342 minutes, 45 seconds
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71: MY KIDS: First Born Hannah - Divorce, Abortion, and Weight Loss

This month, I’m doing something different. I have four special guests, my kids, and I’ll share their interviews with you each week. To start things off, today’s guest is my firstborn child, Hannah, who will be turning 30 this month! Hannah was born in Papillion, Nebraska, on December 10, 1993, in my third year of medical school. Later, we moved to Oklahoma, where I did my residency, and when she was around five, her mom and I divorced. Going into the interview, Hannah told me that no questions were off the table, and we had an open conversation on everything from her earliest childhood memories to her divorce and weight loss journey. One of the things I’ve realized as a parent is that if you can raise your kids without injecting your pathologies into them, you've done a good job. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Hannah’s earliest memories, including my divorce from her mom and memories of living in different houses Moving from Oklahoma to Arizona Hannah's emo phase and her identification as a "shadow child" Our experiences with drugs and music The need for euphoric experiences and how Hannah managed to avoid addiction Hannah’s decision to get divorced and how she managed the process Hannah’s thoughts on approaching her thirties and why age doesn't hold much significance for her The decision to have an abortion and Hannah’s reluctance to undergo a medical procedure Considering parenthood and lifestyle Hannah explains her shift in perspective on liberal values and personal protection Why your perspective on taxes change as your financial situation changes How Hannah’s weight loss journey has positively impacted her mental health and overall wellbeing Parenting and self-reflection   This episode is sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
12/7/202355 minutes, 32 seconds
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70: Hormone Harmony for Younger Women – Balancing Hormones Without Taking Hormones

“Hormone balance is the catchphrase for younger women.” - James Frame When you're looking at perimenopause and post-menopause, the goal is to stop the hormone fluctuations or to replace hormones that have been lost. For younger women, the focus is reinvigorating the biofeedback mechanism to balance and regulate their hormone production. Unfortunately, being younger means that many doctors are more likely to simply put them on birth control to mask any period problems they’re experiencing without investigating the root cause. That can have knock-on effects that make it harder to regain balance as they age. So, what can you do to support your hormones and relieve period problems if you don’t want to be on hormonal birth control? Today, I’m joined by James Frame and Dr. Deanna Minich from Symphony Natural Health. James and Deanna are discussing the importance of understanding the body's natural cycle, the potential adverse effects of birth control pills, the uses of maca and the properties of its different phenotypes, the importance of hormone balance for conception and healthy pregnancy, the benefits of Femmenessence for younger women, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights How maca can help younger women by addressing the root causes of their symptoms Breaking the stigma around the menstrual cycle The benefits of women being more open about their cycles and seeking help earlier Why it’s essential to have a regular menstrual cycle Variations in lipids and nutrients throughout your menstrual cycle The role of hormone metabolism and detoxification How environmental contaminants impact the endocrine system and reproductive health Using Femmenessence (https://femmenessence.com/) to detoxify and alleviate menstrual disturbances Getting your body into its best state for preconception health Herbs that are used for cycle regulation How the Femmenessence formulations differ for younger women and post-menopausal women How different maca phenotypes have different physiological effects on the body Recommendations on the use of Femmenessence during pregnancy and breastfeeding Where to start if you’re having problems with your period My experience with endometriosis patients using Femmenessence   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
11/30/202343 minutes, 59 seconds
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69: MASTERCLASS: Fitness and Hormonal Harmony with Lacey Dunn

“A majority of people are overfed but undernourished - eating a lot of calories but not consuming essential nutrients.” - Lacey Dunn When it comes to hormones, diet, and lifestyle are huge contributing factors that are often downplayed in conventional medicine. The chronic stress and inadequate nutrition many of us experience create signals in our bodies that can wreak havoc on hormone production. That’s why it’s crucial to drill down to the root causes rather than simply treating the symptoms. Today, I’m joined by functional medicine dietitian Lacey Dunn (https://upliftfitnutrition.com/)to talk about how fitness and nutrition can help you feel and look your best. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Chronic stress as the key factor for most women with hormone issues Figuring out your target protein intake Lacey’s advice for women who feel intimidated or overwhelmed about starting the gym What you’ll learn in The Women’s Guide to Hormonal Harmony Navigating food guilting, especially around the holidays Understanding macros and their impact on body composition The struggle to get enough fiber and the right carbs What to consider about different types of carbs The challenges Lacey experienced with her supplement company Lacey’s resources and how you can work with Lacey Balancing cardio and muscle-building exercises The role of muscle in longevity and the benefits of walking   This episode is sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Violet Violet is a unique, patented breast health supplement that gives you relief from monthly breast discomfort and tenderness. Violet doesn’t just mask the discomfort temporarily; it actually promotes better breast health over time. Visit VioletDaily.com (https://violetdaily.com/) and use my code DrT to get 10% off today.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
11/25/202338 minutes, 21 seconds
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68: Fertility and the SHINES Protocol - The Info You NEEDED

Infertility is defined as 12 months of trying regularly without conception occurring. Although it’s not common, it happens to many couples, and it can be completely devastating when it does. With no known causes of infertility, the conception rate is about 85%, which means about 15% of couples fall within that definition. Over my career, I’ve sat with hundreds of women and couples who have experienced this. In today’s episode, I’m talking about what you can do to optimize your fertility and support your reproductive health. We’re talking about the various causes of infertility, the importance of considering both male and female factors, common fertility myths, the role of endocrine disorders, lifestyle factors, environmental influences, products, and supplements for fertility support, and more. Enjoy the episode! Highlights The prevalence of infertility and how it’s defined from a medical perspective Factors that can contribute to fertility issues for both men and women Basic guidelines for when to seek medical help Importance of a team approach and seeking help from specialists The primary testing approach for males and females How age can affect fertility Debunking the myth of producing more eggs with age Lifestyle and environmental factors that can affect ovulation Structural problems of the reproductive system The link between infertility and endometriosis Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), premature ovarian insufficiency, and autoimmune disorders Tests that should be included in a fertility workup Lifestyle changes for optimizing your fertility What should be included in a full panel for hormone analysis The benefits of spiritual practices and support groups Nutrition, exercise, and weight management options that support your fertility The problem with most of the prenatal supplements on the market Essential supplements for fertility and pregnancy Why I recommend Needed supplements   This episode is sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Violet Violet is a unique, patented breast health supplement that gives you relief from monthly breast discomfort and tenderness. Violet doesn’t just mask the discomfort temporarily; it actually promotes better breast health over time. Visit VioletDaily.com (https://violetdaily.com/) and use my code DrT to get 10% off today.   Needed Few things are as important in a woman's life as that journey to and through motherhood. There's so much that you can't control, but nutrition is a big one you can. Needed is a perinatal and women's health brand that I recommend to all my clients, whether they're in that perinatal stage or navigating perimenopause. Needed offers radically better nutrition products and education, backed by over 4000 practitioners. Visit ThisIsNeeded.com (https://thisisneeded.com/) and use my code DrT for 20% off your first month.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
11/16/202346 minutes, 44 seconds
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67: Breast Implant Illness With Anthony Youn, MD

Traditional plastic surgery training taught Dr. Anthony Youn that the bigger the operation, the better. This idea was reinforced throughout medical school and residency and stayed with Tony as he built his practice. As he grew, he built up a long waiting list of patients across the country and felt like he had hit the pinnacle of success. Now known as America's Holistic Plastic Surgeon™, Tony has a whole body perspective on aging, the process of reversing aging, utilizing all the different minimally invasive available, and keeping surgery as a last resort. In this conversation, we dive into the history of implants, breast implant illness, holistic plastic surgery tips, and much more.   About Anthony Youn, MD Dr. Anthony Youn is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Award-Winning Author, and Anti-Aging Expert.  He is one of the nation's best-known experts in looking younger with or without surgery, and for the past dozen years, he has also shared his tips for holistic plastic surgery on such programs as The Doctors. He is a strong advocate for responsible plastic surgery, and recommends using actual surgery as a last resort for patients who want to look and feel younger and better.   Highlights Transitioning away from the "cut to cure" culture The whole body perspective brought by holistic plastic surgery How minimally invasive treatments like Botox fit into the bigger picture The history and evolution of breast implants Increasing awareness around breast implant illness (BII) Common symptoms of BII Breast implant illness is a diagnosis of exclusion Dr. Youn's experience with breast implant removal/explant What makes a successful explant? The risks of fat injections to the breasts Complications with informed consent The rise of the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) What it means to be board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons   Connect with Anthony Youn, MD https://www.dryoun.com/   This episode is sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Violet Violet is a unique, patented breast health supplement that gives you relief from monthly breast discomfort and tenderness. Violet doesn’t just mask the discomfort temporarily; it actually promotes better breast health over time. Visit VioletDaily.com (https://violetdaily.com/) and use my code DrT to get 10% off today.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
11/9/202348 minutes, 34 seconds
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66: The Hormone Balance Bible and The SHINES Protocol

“Your normal is different than everybody else’s.” There’s so much misinformation out there about hormones. The misunderstanding of the Women’s Health Initiative findings did massive damage to women’s health. It basically ruined an entire generation of physicians who now buy into the false narrative on the dangers of hormone replacement. Today I’m doing a review episode all about my book, The Hormone Balance Bible. I wrote the book not for you to read from cover to cover but so that you can look at the relevant sections as you go through certain stages of your life. In The Hormone Balance Bible, I break down the 12 hormonal archetypes and what to do to start the healing journey for each one.  For this episode,  I’m talking about how you can start figuring out which archetype you are, the characteristics of each type, symptoms you might be noticing, the kinds of women I see in my practice for each archetype, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights What I’m sharing today about the Hormone Balance Bible The concept and creation of the Hormone Balance Bible How I came up with the twelve hormonal archetypes Why it was important to me to include processes with which women could heal themselves Archetype #1: The Queen - Estrogen Dominance Archetype #2: The Unbalanced Heroine - Progesterone Deficiency Archetype #3: The Mother - High Estrogen, Low Progesterone Archetype #4: The Wise Woman - Menopause Archetype #5: The Workaholic - Excess Cortisol Archetype #6: The Saboteur - Low Cortisol Archetype #7: The Nun - Low Testosterone Archetype #8: The Warrior - High Testosterone Archetype #9: The Underdog - Hypothyroidism/Subclinical Hypothyroidism Archetype #10: The Overachiever - Hyperthyroidism Archetype #11: The Chairwoman - Estrogen Dominance + Excess Cortisol Archetype #12: The Philosopher The medical system's poor treatment of menopausal women   This episode is sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Violet Violet is a unique, patented breast health supplement that gives you relief from monthly breast discomfort and tenderness. Violet doesn’t just mask the discomfort temporarily; it actually promotes better breast health over time. Visit VioletDaily.com (https://violetdaily.com/) and use my code DrT to get 10% off today.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
11/2/202346 minutes, 16 seconds
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65: Breasts and Iodine: Violet Daily and Beautiful Breasts

The first step to good breast health is having an intimate relationship with your breasts. Since the person themself catches most breast abnormalities, you are in a powerful position to protect them. In my practice, I see a lot of women with breast pain for various reasons, from hormone replacement to premenstrual syndrome. It can range from mild discomfort to pain that’s interrupting their lives, and it’s not something you should be forced to live with. Today, I’m joined by Dianne Wist, CEO of Violet, a unique, patented breast health supplement that relieves monthly breast discomfort and tenderness. As a physician, I prefer heavily research-backed products that focus on what they do well instead of trying to throw in everything but the kitchen sink. That’s one of the main reasons I recommend Violet so much to my patients.   Highlights The research behind Violet and its proven track record The connection between iodine deficiency and breast tenderness Why iodine is essential for hormone function and overall health Use cases of Violet for a variety of women’s health issues Challenges with obtaining adequate iodine levels through diet alone Why molecular iodine is preferred over other forms Groups of people who are at higher risk of iodine deficiency Recommended use of Violet for cyclical breast pain The relationship between hormone replacement and breast tenderness Violet as a solution for breast tenderness for hormone replacement patients The role of selenium in Violet Recommendations for people with thyroid conditions The company and team behind Violet  Improving your breast health awareness Why self-examination is crucial   Connect with Dianne Wist & Violet Dianne Wist on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/diannewist/ Violet Website https://VioletDaily.com/ Violet on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/violetdailypill/   This episode is sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use my code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Violet Violet is a unique, patented breast health supplement that gives you relief from monthly breast discomfort and tenderness. Violet doesn’t just mask the discomfort temporarily; it actually promotes better breast health over time. Visit VioletDaily.com (https://violetdaily.com/) and use my code DrT to get 10% off today.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
10/26/202342 minutes, 17 seconds
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64: Menopause and Natural Solutions – How does each work and which are the best?

There's so much information out there about perimenopause and menopause that it can get difficult to distill down into actionable advice. Not to mention the difficulty distinguishing between what's fact and fiction. Today, I’m joined by James Frame and Dr. Deanna Minich from Symphony Natural Health. They use a maca product that I'm a big fan of, and there's here for this episode to share everything you need to consider when thinking about natural solutions that can help with the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
10/21/202354 minutes, 48 seconds
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63: Breast Cancer Facts and Prevention with Dr V

One in eight women will get a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, and most don’t have a family history. Despite the billions of dollars pumped into research, the rates continue to increase. I know it sounds scary, but I want women to understand that a diagnosis is not a death sentence. There are things you can do and conventional and alternative therapies that mean you can survive and thrive. Today’s guest, Dr. Véronique Desaulniers - Dr. V - is the perfect example of this. Dr. V is the founder of Breast Cancer Conqueror, the 7 Essentials System®, and co-founder of My Breast Friend™. In this conversation, Dr. V and I discuss breast cancer prevention and treatment, the importance of reducing toxic exposure, how to support the body's detoxification pathways, her journey with breast cancer, her 7 Essentials System®, the significance of balancing energy in the body, the role of natural medicine in boosting the immune system, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Dr. V’s breast cancer diagnosis and her decision to pursue a natural approach How Dr. V created the 7 Essentials System® Understanding what cancer really is The importance of reducing toxic exposure and supporting detoxification pathways How to think about personal care products and reduce exposure to environmental toxins Modalities that can help balance energy and hormones and support emotional healing Potential risks of root canals and treatment alternatives How your mindset can impact your physical health Supplements and natural remedies that can support the immune system  Controversy around mammograms and alternative methods of detection  How Dr. V works with women at different stages of the breast cancer journey Where to start with BreastCancerConqueror.com   Connect with Dr. Véronique Desaulniers Dr. Véronique Desaulniers’ Website | BreastCancerConqueror.com https://breastcancerconqueror.com/   This episode is sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Violet Violet is a unique, patented breast health supplement that gives you relief from monthly breast discomfort and tenderness. Violet doesn’t just mask the discomfort temporarily; it actually promotes better breast health over time. Visit VioletDaily.com (https://violetdaily.com/) to get started today.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
10/19/202338 minutes, 37 seconds
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62: The Mysterious Menopause: HRT, Cancer, Cycling, and How to Thrive

Menopause is not something to suffer from; it’s a natural state. By definition, a menopause diagnosis requires you to go 12 months without a period. However, that doesn’t mean you have to wait 12 months before you can seek out solutions for your symptoms. If you’re having symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, and not having your period, we can order lab work to give us insight into whether you’ve entered menopause. From there, we can start to do something about it. In this episode, I’m talking about how menopause is diagnosed, the misconceptions and stigma surrounding menopause, the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), the role of different hormones in bone and cardiovascular health, the fear surrounding HRT, and more. Remember to advocate for yourselves and recognize that you deserve to feel better. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Defining perimenopause and menopause Lab work and symptoms used to diagnose menopause Why it’s essential to look at testosterone levels Societal expectations for women during menopause The prevalent fear of hormone replacement Dispelling the myth that estradiol causes breast cancer Symptoms, testing, and treatment options for menopause Benefits and risks of estradiol and progesterone replacement in menopause Pros and cons of different forms of progesterone and estrogen The impact of low testosterone in women Considerations before starting hormone replacement therapy Genetic testing and hormone replacement therapy Diagnostic criteria for menopause Differences between natural menopause and surgical menopause   This episode is sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Violet Violet is a unique, patented breast health supplement that gives you relief from monthly breast discomfort and tenderness. Violet doesn’t just mask the discomfort temporarily; it actually promotes better breast health over time. Visit VioletDaily.com (https://violetdaily.com/) to get started today.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
10/12/202338 minutes, 54 seconds
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61: Game Changers with Jessica Cording

We have a lot of responsibility as healthcare providers showing up in the media space. People look to us for information and expect that they can trust what we say. Unfortunately, many people in the health space position themselves as experts without having the relevant qualifications or experience, and the misinformation they share can be very damaging. Today, I’m joined by registered dietitian, health coach, and author Jessica Cording.  One of the reasons I gravitated towards Jessica is because she incorporates both the allopathic and the alternative and offers a balanced and evidence-based perspective. In this episode, Jessica and I discuss how her background has influenced her approach to healthcare, the importance of evidence-based information, avoiding misinformation in healthcare decisions, Jessica’s work as a nutritionist and author, managing stress and anxiety, the challenges women face with nutrition and hormone imbalances, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Jessica’s background and why she decided to pursue a career in nutrition Being exposed to both conventional and alternative approaches The responsibility of healthcare providers to offer balanced advice Transitioning to writing as a profession Jessica’s motivation for writing The Farewell Tour, a book about her experience as a caregiver A holistic approach to wellness The value of combining intuition with evidence and education Jessica’s writing process and what it looks like to get articles published The idea for and development of The Little Book of Game Changers Our experiences with the joys, challenges, and frustrations of writing a book Why Jessica started her podcast and who it’s made for Potential benefits and drawbacks of using semaglutides for weight loss The significance of protein in maintaining a healthy diet Misconceptions around plant-based eating   Connect with Jessica Cording Website https://jessicacordingnutrition.com/   This episode is sponsored by: Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Violet Violet is a unique, patented breast health supplement that gives you relief from monthly breast discomfort and tenderness. Violet doesn’t just mask the discomfort temporarily; it actually promotes better breast health over time. Visit VioletDaily.com (https://violetdaily.com/) to get started today.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
10/9/202343 minutes, 9 seconds
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60: MASTERCLASS - Jenn Reed on Fit in your 50s and Beyond

“Building muscle is key. It's the organ of longevity; we need it.” - Jenn Reed As a midlife woman going through menopause, Jenn Reed faced the same challenges many women have to navigate and lost her sense of self. In trying to figure out what she wanted to do with the next phase of her life, she found her passion for fitness and started sharing her journey on Instagram. Today, I’m excited to welcome Jenn to the podcast to talk about age positivity and makeup and fitness for mature women. We discuss the importance of fitness and self-confidence for women over 50, how social media affects women’s perception of themselves, how the right makeup can enhance natural beauty for mature women, Jenn’s experience with hormone replacement therapy, how you can get started on your fitness journey, and more. Jenn is a fantastic person to connect with for information and practical tips for women in midlife. I highly recommend following her, and I think you’ll learn a lot. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Jenn’s journey as an empty nester, her struggle with menopause, and her motivation to share her story on Instagram Why you shouldn’t worry about getting too bulky from working out Self-confidence and embracing the beauty of growing older Jenn’s recommendations for makeup for mature women The benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopausal women Different dietary approaches and their effects on women in menopause Getting started with your fitness journey Focusing on consistency rather than perfection The importance of nutrition and its impact on various bodily processes Jenn’s approach to supplementation Simplifying workouts and the importance of fitness for women over 50 Jenn’s struggles with sleep and the influence of hormone changes on sleep patterns   Connect with Jenn Reed Jenn Reed on Instagram @TheJennReed https://www.instagram.com/thejennreed/   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
9/21/202343 minutes, 34 seconds
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59: PCOS PRIMER: Options and Treatment Plans

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a relatively common condition that affects many women of reproductive age. Despite that, we still lack clear diagnostic criteria, resulting in many women receiving an incorrect diagnosis of PCOS or having PCOS and remaining undiagnosed. September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month, and in honor of that, I’m doing a bit of a masterclass on what it is and how we can deal with it. We’ve already had a couple of episodes on the podcast with some amazing women who have come on to talk about their adventures, mishaps, gaslighting, and all of the things that happen to women with PCOS. In this episode, I’m sharing the different types of PCOS, why there are so many challenges in diagnosing and treating it, the importance of addressing the primary complaints of PCOS, medications and surgical options for PCOS, and the importance of finding the right health team for you. Whether you were diagnosed with PCOS but don’t feel confident in your diagnosis or if you feel you might have it but it’s been missed, I would encourage you to seek medical advice from another provider. Let’s get you the diagnosis you need to help you along the way. Enjoy the episode! Highlights Challenges in diagnosing PCOS What is PCOS? The current treatment approach for PCOS Frustrating interactions many women with PCOS have with their doctors Foundational elements of a healthy diet, including adequate protein and fiber intake What we know about the genetic component of PCOS Medications used to treat PCOS, how they work, and potential side effects Treating insulin resistance with insulin-sensitizing agents and lifestyle modifications What you need to know about metformin How GLP-1s, statins, oral contraceptives, and low-dose naltrexone (LDN) can help PCOS patients Addressing the problem of vitamin D insufficiency Alternative treatment options like berberine or Femenessence How the different types of PCOS are interconnected Pros and cons of surgical options for PCOS   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
9/14/202337 minutes, 43 seconds
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58: Supplement Quality and Efficacy Unveiled: Wisdom from Industry Insiders

“The most expensive supplement is the one that doesn't work.” Whenever I go on Instagram, I’m inundated with ads from supplement companies. They all make crazy claims about what they can fix, and I’m skeptical. The regulation of the supplement industry is complex, and consumers are faced with labels filled with acronyms and terms that are more confusing than anything else. So, how do you know what’s good and what’s not? Today, I’m joined by James Frame and Dr. Deanna Minich from Symphony Natural Health. James and Deanna are breaking down the industry jargon and sharing insider tips for finding the right supplements for you. In this conversation, we talk about manufacturing practices, product quality, certifications, the importance of clinical evidence, the need for personalized supplements, how to become an educated consumer, what to think about when evaluating the credibility of products and companies, and more. Enjoy the episode! Highlights James and Deanna’s experience in the supplement industry Understanding the different types of claims on dietary supplements Regulations in the manufacturing process and labeling of dietary supplements Product vetting as a consumer and how different retailers curate the products they sell Potential issues and considerations when using proprietary formulas with multiple ingredients. The trend toward personalized supplements The relevance of low FODMAPs in dietary supplements and the type of testing done Why you may want to look for companies following EU standards Issues associated with products produced by third parties Challenges of differentiating between products with similar formulations Why third-party doctors' recommendations and results from clinical practice are key What makes a study a good study The significance of having a medical team to provide support and guidance in determining the  best supplement protocol for you How different packaging makes a big difference between products Industry organizations that work to protect consumer interests Why testing is essential Preconception health and preventing specific genetic issues from being expressed in children   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
9/7/202357 minutes, 6 seconds
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57: America is Failing Women's Health

Culture, politics, medical practices, and scientific understandings of the female body all influence our knowledge of women's health. In today’s episode, I’m doing something different and talking about how the medical field is failing women in the United States. The reality of women’s health in this country leaves much to be desired, from exclusion from biomedical research to gaslighting by providers and everything in between. It’s a controversial topic, and we need to increase awareness because definite improvements need to be made. I’m discussing the social factors that influence the state of women’s health, the silence and stigma surrounding menstruation and menopause, the far-reaching impact of racism on health outcomes, and more. This is my plea for us to do more to promote women’s health. Enjoy the episode.   Highlights The historical exclusion and marginalization of women and the impact it’s had on women’s health Denial of bodily autonomy and the experience of Henrietta Lacks  The lack of biomedical research on women and ongoing challenges in collecting research data Why the Office of Research on Women's Health was established The current state of women’s health in the US Differences in women's health outcomes Limited medical attention given to menstruation and menopause despite the social significance Racial disparities and leading causes of maternal mortality Cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine Poor treatment of women with pelvic pain and the misdiagnosis of endometriosis The high rates of violence against women in the US Opportunities to improve women’s experiences in the medical system and health outcomes The need to promote equity in women’s health and research   Mentioned in this episode Rebecca Skloot’s Book | The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks https://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Life-Henrietta-Lacks/dp/1400052181   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
8/31/202334 minutes, 22 seconds
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56: MASTERCLASS with SILVY KHOUCASIAN - Attachment Types and Relationships

According to attachment theory, there are four different attachment styles: secure, anxious, fearful-avoidant, and dismissive-avoidant. These are shaped by a child’s early interactions with their primary caregiver and, as adults, they tend to show up most clearly in romantic relationships. Today, I’m joined by relationship coach and writer Silvy Khoucasian to explore how these attachment styles show up in our lives and how we can better navigate them and nurture healthy relationships. In this conversation, Silvy and I discuss her work as a relationship coach, what the four attachment styles look like in relationships, how you can figure out your attachment style, the way attachment patterns pass down through generations, strategies for breaking unhealthy patterns, what you can learn from Silvy’s courses and books, why healthy boundaries are crucial, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Silvy’s work as a relationship coach and how she became interested in attachment theory Understanding the four different attachment styles and how they are formed The impact of attachment styles on our romantic relationships, friendships, and work relationships Figuring out your attachment patterns and how they can change over time How attachment patterns can be passed down through generations and strategies for breaking these patterns Why Silvy created the 12 Months of Self-Discovery and how it can help with self-awareness What boundaries are and the four types of boundaries that we need Silvy’s ideal clients and how she works with them How attachment patterns can influence your leadership style The benefits of understanding your partner’s attachment style Navigating different attachment styles while dating Why people are attracted to certain attachment styles and the importance of self-awareness and mindset work First steps you can take if you’re feeling frustrated in your relationship   Connect with Silvy Khoucasian Silvy Khoucasian’s Website | SilvyKhoucasian.com https://silvykhoucasian.com/ Silvy Khoucasian on Instagram @SilvyKhoucasian https://www.instagram.com/silvykhoucasian/   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
8/24/202344 minutes, 58 seconds
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55: MASTERCLASS: NLP - You are what you say with Brandon and Deb Yager

“If we believe we will we, will we. If we believe we won't, we won't.” When my mom died 20 years ago, I went on a spiritual journey, leading to massive growth over several years. Eventually, that growth slowed, and I feel like I’ve stagnated over the last seven years. I knew I needed something but couldn’t figure out what it was. After trying masterminds and other programs, I kept hitting the same roadblocks. As entrepreneurs and professionals, we sometimes forget the importance of personal growth and development and how that influences our capacity to become better leaders. But as Brandon says, embracing our self-confidence can make a massive impact on this planet. Today, I’m joined by Brandon and Deb Yager, the founders of Yager Training, a premier NLP and personal growth training company. I challenge everyone: seek these two out at Yager Training if you need help with a business or just your belief structure. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Deb’s struggles with self-worth and addiction before finding her purpose Brandon’s motivation to create a different life for himself The soul’s journey of personal growth and transformation The belief system that has kept Deb and Brandon’s relationship going through ups and downs How open and honest communication can positively impact our relationships and society Why Brandon and Deb are passionate about working with leaders who want to make a difference Common patterns that sabotage leadership Breaking through feelings of unworthiness The importance of self-worth in entrepreneurship Misconceptions and misuse of NLP in marketing, government, and corporations Exploration of the role of language, beliefs, and unconscious programming in NLP Taking responsibility for personal growth and success Societal programming around self-worth and the significance of confidence in our personal and professional lives What you’ll learn in Deb and Brandon’s upcoming three-part masterclass My transformative experience with Yager Training   Connect with Brandon and Deb Yager Yager Training Website | YagerTraining.com https://www.yagertraining.com/ Deb & Brandon’s Upcoming Masterclass - August 29-31, 2023 | Confidence Accelerator 3 Part Series https://nlp.yagertraining.com/shawn   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
8/17/202344 minutes, 45 seconds
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54: MASTERCLASS with UDO ERASMUS - Godfather of Fats

“A supplement is not a substitute for a good foundation; it's an add-on.” - Udo Erasmus In the early 90s, I found a book that changed my life and career. It was Udo Erasmus’ Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, and it was a groundbreaking read that blew my mind. Udo’s perspective on oils and fats went against all the mainstream recommendations for low-fat diets and butter substitutes and explored how damaged oils negatively impact our health. He has been a massive influence in my career and is one of the reasons why I am where I am today. Today, I’m excited to have Udo on the podcast to explore the topic further and share why we should all be using oils made with health in mind. Udo Erasmus, Ph.D. Nutrition is one of North America's foremost authorities on dietary fats and oils' role in human health. Trained in biochemistry and genetics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Udo has been a guest on over 400 radio and television programs, and his advice on health and nutrition has appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide. In this conversation, Udo and I discuss how he became passionate about oils, the importance of healthy fats, the dangers of processed oils, the essential nature of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, why we need to rethink our approach to carbohydrates, the benefits of omega-3s on brain function and performance, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights The history of margarine and the negative health effects The truth about canola oil How damaged oils impact our bodies Udo’s journey to developing his healthy oil line The need for balancing omega-3 and omega-6 Rethinking our approach to carbohydrates Getting started with supplementing with oils Benefits of omega-3s on brain function and performance How Udo’s Choice oils are different from fish oil or algae-based oils Udo’s perspective on the carnivore diet The need for refrigeration and careful storage of oils to maintain their health benefits The inspiration behind The Book on Total Sexy Health The eight key parts designed by nature on total health   Connect with Udo Erasmus  Dr. Udo Erasmus’ Oils | Udo's Choice https://www.udoschoice.com/ Dr. Udo Erasmus’ Website | UdoErasmus.com https://udoerasmus.com/   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
8/10/202356 minutes, 3 seconds
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53: Current Topics in Women's Health: Vaginal Secretions as a Perfume?

Welcome to Dr. Tassone’s tips and tricks for the news cycle of the day! Today, I’m doing things differently and talking about the women’s health topics that are doing the rounds on the news and social media. I’ll be sharing what you need to know about these topics, separating the truth from the fiction, and empowering you to be the best advocate for your health. In this episode, I’m exploring the new over-the-counter birth control pill, TikTok trends, the rising cost of healthcare, issues with telehealth, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights What you need to know about Opill, the new over-the-counter birth control pill Pros and cons of using Opill My thoughts on Texas' low ranking in women's health Tips for safeguarding vaginal health during the summer Debunking the TikTok trend of vaginal secretions as perfume Potential benefits and drawbacks of telehealth Censorship of women's health issues on social media platforms The financial burden faced by women experiencing menopause   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
7/27/202320 minutes, 21 seconds
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52: RANT - Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Dementia

The thing with research is that new studies tend to get passed around on social media, sensationalized, and spread like wildfire. In many cases, it’s probably not something you need to be overly worried about. Today, I’m breaking down a new study that came out earlier this year, reported in the New York Times. It was about menopausal hormone therapy and dementia, and it’s been kicking up a stir. I’m talking about this today as an example of how to look at these types of studies and determine what’s legit in a world where seemingly contradictory research seems to be constantly popping up. In this episode, I’m highlighting the strengths and limitations of the study and discussing the need for critical analysis when interpreting research studies, the differences between bioidentical hormone replacement and synthetic progestin, how to evaluate the risks and benefits of hormone therapy, why you need to do your research and more. I hope this discussion will empower you to examine the next study you see with a critical eye. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Why I want to talk about a new study on menopausal hormone therapy and its potential association with dementia The study parameters, including the types of hormones used, duration of use, and age of participants Results and conclusions of the study Assessing the strengths and limitations of the study The significance of considering the route of administration and dosage of hormone replacement therapy Further research needed to clarify these results Remembering to take sensationalized reports with a grain of salt Why it’s challenging to compare different types of medications used in hormone replacement therapy   Mentioned in this episode New York Times Article | Do Hormone Treatments for Menopause Increase Dementia Risk? https://www.nytimes.com/2023/07/10/well/live/hormone-therapy-menopause-dementia-alzheimers.html Menopausal hormone therapy and dementia: nationwide, nested case-control study https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj-2022-072770   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
7/21/202320 minutes, 1 second
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51: Fibroids 101: Great Balls of Fire with A Little Brimstone

Fibroids are a topic I’m constantly asked about in my office, on Instagram, and whenever I do my Saturday Q&As. They are nasty little tumors that grow on and in the uterus, and around 80% of women will have developed fibroids by the time they reach 60 years old. While they’re super common, most women don’t have symptoms and can leave them without treatment. Unfortunately, fibroids can be difficult to live with for women who do have symptoms.  Today I’m sharing the ins and outs of fibroids. I’m talking about what they are, factors that can contribute to their development, treatment options, how different phases of life can affect fibroids, the best diagnostic techniques, how to find the right doctor for you, and more. Remember, you deserve to feel comfortable and empowered in all aspects of your health, and there are always options for treatment. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights What are fibroids, and how do they present? Common symptoms of fibroids Potential complications of fibroids, including risks during pregnancy Factors that can contribute to the development of fibroids How pregnancy, medications, and menopause can impact existing fibroids Imaging techniques, tests, and procedures used to diagnose fibroids What you need to know about fibroids and cancer Treatment options for fibroids, including medications and medical procedures Understanding the two types of myomectomy: laparoscopic and abdominal Pros and cons of alternative treatments The importance of being given options for treatment and why it’s crucial to keep looking if you don’t feel comfortable with what a doctor presents   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
7/13/202341 minutes, 51 seconds
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50: Stress, Paps, and Pineapples with Dr Doni Wilson

“A lot of times what the body needs is gentleness.” - Dr. Doni Wilson In a world where we’re told to do more and push through the pain, it’s a hard lesson to learn that sometimes less is more when it comes to our health. Whether that means listening to your body and doing a 15-minute low-impact workout or scaling back in your work, it’s not all or nothing. Moderation and tuning in to identify individualized ways of taking care of ourselves is the recipe for good health in the long term. Today I’m joined by my longtime friend and naturopathic physician, Dr. Doni Wilson. Dr. Doni is an amazing human, and she’s here to talk about the impact of stress on your health and what to do about HPV and abnormal pap smears. Through her research and clinical experience, Dr. Doni developed her Stress Recovery Protocol, which takes stress management to the next level by utilizing epigenetics to individualize the optimization of cortisol, adrenaline, and neurotransmitters. In this conversation, Dr. Doni and I discuss the problems with the hustle culture ingrained in us from a young age signals your body is sending that you’re pushing too hard, what adrenal distress looks like, how to start recovering your health, naturopathic approaches to HPV and abnormal pap smears, treatment options for mild or moderate dysplasia, and more. If you’re not already following Dr. Doni, I highly recommend you start now. I also encourage you to get a copy of her book, Master Your Stress, Reset Your Health. It’s a masterclass for any woman struggling with sleep or weight issues, two significant factors contributing to your longevity. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights What adrenal distress really looks like Dr. Doni’s five stress types Methods for testing cortisol levels Dr. Doni’s C.A.R.E. Protocol for adrenal recovery Recognizing that sometimes less is more when it comes to improving your health Naturopathic approaches to HPV and abnormal pap smears Factors that contribute to the persistence of HPV The emotional impact of receiving an abnormal pap smear Treatment options for dysplasia What to expect from escharotic treatments   Connect with Dr Doni Wilson Dr Doni Wilson’s Website | DoctorDoni.com https://doctordoni.com/   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
7/6/202342 minutes, 37 seconds
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49: Must-Have Supplements for Women: What You Need to Know

Which supplements do you recommend? Do they really work? How do you identify which brands are good quality? With so many supplement options available, it can be hard to sift through the noise and find the ones that make sense for you. Plus, just because something is natural doesn’t automatically mean it’s safe.  For over ten years, I’ve worked to hone in on the most beneficial supplements, and today I’m sharing the top ten supplements I recommend for most women. I’ll discuss the right way to think about supplements, what you can expect from each one, how and when I use them, and which brands are worth it. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Supplements are a complement, not a standalone therapy Natural doesn’t mean safe Supplement #1: Omega-3 How to check the quality of oil-based supplements in capsules Choosing the best source of omega’s for you Balancing Omega-3, Omega-6 & Omega-9 How much flaxseed oil to take each day Supplement #2: Magnesium Glycinate The role of magnesium in your body Conditions and symptoms that can improve with magnesium supplementation Whole food sources of magnesium Supplement #3: Maca root Traditional uses of maca Maca for balancing hormones Different types of maca and their properties Potential side effects of maca Supplement #4: Myo-inositol Especially beneficial for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) Typical symptoms of PCOS Research on inositol for improving fertility Supplement #5: Zyflamend™ Who can benefit most from using Zyflamend™? Why I recommend solitary supplementation and why Zyflamend™ is the exception Side effects from Zyflamend™ Supplement #6: Probiotics Why I prefer MegaSporeBiotic™ Understanding the Estrobolome The gut-vagina connection Supplement #7: Vitex/Chaste Tree How vitex impacts your hormones How much vitex to take per day Who can benefit most from taking vitex Research on the mode of action of vitex Supplement #8: Ashwagandha Ashwagandha is part of many proprietary blends Traditional uses of ashwagandha in Ayurveda Benefits of ashwagandha Recommended daily dosage for ashwagandha Supplement #9: Rhodiola Benefits of Rhodiola Who will benefit most from Rhodiola Supplement #10: Hops Transitioning patients off of sleep medication Sedative effects of hops Different formats available   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
6/29/202348 minutes, 21 seconds
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48: PCOS Nutrition: Eating to Win Against PCOS with Cory Ruth

“PCOS is something we have to continuously work on managing, so whatever we choose in terms of diet has to be sustainable.” - Cory Ruth Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common conditions I encounter in my practice, yet it’s surrounded by misinformation. Without a cure, a lot of the information online focuses on restrictive approaches that are difficult to maintain for most women and don’t consider life’s realities. Today I’m joined by dietitian and PCOS expert Cory Ruth to talk about how the right diet can support you in managing your PCOS symptoms. Living with PCOS herself, Cory recognized the power of diet and lifestyle in affecting her symptoms. As a dietitian, she’s committed to evidence-based nutrition and helps women better understand the powerful connection between their body systems and optimal health. In this conversation, Cory and I discuss her experience with PCOS, the prevalence of bad information about PCOS, the need for a balanced approach to nutrition, the challenges of accurate diagnosis, and more. Cory is a fantastic resource for anyone with PCOS. I’ve learned a lot from her, and I know you will too. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Cory’s experience with PCOS and why she decided to make it her specialty as a dietitian Common misconceptions and the major problem with restrictive diets Why it’s crucial to develop a sustainable and balanced approach to nutrition The pros and cons of intermittent fasting Finding the right supplementation protocol and how working with a professional can help you avoid potential harm The challenges of accurate diagnosis How menopause impacts PCOS symptoms Cory’s experience with an infertility diagnosis followed by two successful pregnancies The risks and benefits of using weight loss drugs as part of PCOS management   Connect with Cory Ruth Cory Ruth’s Website | TheWomensDietitian https://thewomensdietitian.com/ Cory Ruth on Instagram @TheWomensDietitian https://www.instagram.com/thewomensdietitian/ Cory Ruth on TikTok @TheWomensDietitian https://tiktok.com/@thewomensdietitian Cory Ruth on YouTube @TheWomensDietitian https://www.youtube.com/@thewomensdietitian Cory Ruth’s Supplements | VITA-PCOS https://shopvitapcos.com/collections/vita-pcos-1   This episode is sponsored by Femmenessence It's a rare occurrence to find a non-prescription supplement that becomes a go-to for hormone health and Femmenessence is just that. Whether you’re pre-menopausal, menopausal, or struggling with PMS, irregular periods, or other hormone imbalances, I highly recommend giving Femmenessence a try. Visit Femmenessence.com (https://femmenessence.com/) and use code SHAWN20 for exclusive savings.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
6/22/202337 minutes, 26 seconds
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47: Birth Control Pills: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Birth control pills have been around for decades, and most of that time, they were viewed as a net positive. Nowadays, you can’t say “birth control pills” without being bombarded with their evils. The truth is, they’re not evil. If you need the pill for birth control, they're empowering and allow you to be in control of your reproductive health. But physicians prescribe birth control pills for every problem under the sun, and I believe we are to blame for the stigma around the pill. The pill has become the band-aid solution for lazy medicine, whether it’s acne, painful cramps, heavy periods, or many more symptoms. Add to that the lack of education these doctors give to their patients, and you find that many women choosing the pill did not do so from an informed place. Today I’m doing a deep dive into everything you need to know about birth control pills. I’m discussing the different types of pills, how they work, benefits and risks, how to choose the right one for you, and more. The most important thing I want you to take from this episode is that you are your best healthcare advocate. Do your own research and make the choice you feel is best for you. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights What’s in birth control pills? Three different types of birth control pills Possible benefits of combination pills The problem with using birth control pills as a band-aid solution Potential benefits and risks of progesterone-only pills How birth control pills work and how to use them Side effects, risks, and considerations of taking birth control pills Myths and frequently asked questions about the pill The good, the bad, the ugly, and the uglier Why it’s crucial to address underlying issues Being your best healthcare advocate     Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
6/15/202329 minutes, 15 seconds
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46: Snake Oil, Semmelweis, and the Sanity of Evolved Medicine

There’s room in the world for all the different ideas. Unfortunately, many of my colleagues would disagree. I’ve been on Facebook a lot lately, and I’ve noticed that many doctors who don’t share my opinion on alternative medicine jump straight to name-calling. Instead of respectful disagreement or sharing of ideas, culturally, we’ve gotten to a place where everything is so polarized that it’s them and us, and there is no room for a middle ground. The sad part is that the patients will suffer the most as a result. Today I’m sharing a little bit of a history lesson and talking about how I deal with the rude and condescending doctors who refuse to have an open conversation about alternative ways of thinking. I’ll also discuss different philosophical concepts and how medicine has evolved. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights How standards of care change and the four humors in ancient medicine Ignaz Semmelweis and his discovery of the origin of puerperal fever The terrible backlash that Semmelweis faced before ultimately being proven right Planck's principle and the unfortunate truth about the evolution of medicine Joseph Lister’s struggle to get mainstream acceptance for his antiseptic practices The dismissal of alternative medicine by modern doctors and the over-weighting of evidence-based medicine Supporting patients’ choices and empowering patients to walk a path that’s right for them How the thoughts and accepted norms of the medical community change over the years Why we need to make room for different ideas and respectful disagreement in medicine The current state of medicine and why doctors need to fight to get medicine back   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
6/8/202332 minutes, 42 seconds
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45: Hysterectomy 101: What, Why, and How Removing the Uterus

Hysterectomy is one of the most commonly performed and probably overutilized surgeries worldwide. In most circumstances, a hysterectomy is not done in a life-or-death situation but as a final course of action after other options have been exhausted. Unfortunately, there's still a lot of misinformation and a big gap between how medical professionals approach hysterectomies and the public perception of the procedure. Patients will call it one thing, and the doctor calls it another, leading to confusion. Today I’m clearing up common misconceptions about hysterectomies because they’re not all alike. From different types and techniques to recovery expectations, I’ll bring all the common issues to light. As usual, I hope you find this valuable, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.   Highlights Types of hysterectomies and how the outcomes are different How the uterus, cervix, ovaries, and tubes are connected The three methods of hysterectomy and the benefits and drawbacks of each My opinion on the benefits of robotic hysterectomies The importance of the vaginal cuff Common reasons for hysterectomy, including fibroids, pelvic pain, and bleeding, and when surgery is considered Getting yourself into the right headspace for surgery What to expect on surgery day and for the recovery period Why it’s essential to contact your surgeon if you have questions about your hysterectomy recovery   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
6/2/202334 minutes, 33 seconds
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44: Semaglutide: Wonder Drug or Chemical Anorexia

Weight loss products are a magnet for controversy. From fraudulent claims to critics and copycats, everybody has an opinion. Today I’m talking about the one currently on everybody’s mind, GLP-1 drugs like Ozemic and Mounjaro. There are a lot of people in the healthcare community, especially alternative health, who are demonizing these medications. And why? I think it’s because they work and put some people out of business. While there are risks and potentially serious side effects, there’s a lot of misinformation out there on these drugs. In this episode, I’m sharing how they work, the truth about the problems, what you need to know before taking them, and why I believe they are an excellent option for many women struggling to lose weight. Being on medication to lose weight doesn't mean you're cutting a corner. It means you need some assistance, and that’s okay. Try not to get bogged down in the negativity, find yourself a doctor that's an expert with these medications, and feel good about yourself. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Red flags around compounded semaglutide Why I’m ranting about the semaglutide offerings from some plastic surgeons My thoughts on the people out there shaming women for taking GLP-1s How Ozempic works Common reactions and risks associated with Ozempic Why you need to be on a good program alongside the medication Lifestyle strategies that can help you to maintain your weight loss The importance of working with a knowledgeable provider   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
5/26/202318 minutes, 33 seconds
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43: Under Your Skin: Hormones And Skin with Dr. Trevor Cates

“The first step is to realize that you deserve to be healthy.” - Dr. Trevor Cates Your skin is your body's largest organ, and one of its most significant functions is protecting your body from the environment. The problem is that many of us are damaging that barrier function between the issues with our gut health and the things we put on our skin. Today I’m joined by Dr. Trevor Cates, a naturopathic doctor specializing in skin health. Dr. Cates has helped patients, especially women, around the world improve their skin and hormones through a more natural approach. She believes everyone can enjoy graceful aging, a clear complexion, and natural beauty when they supplement their body with the right nourishment. In this conversation, Dr. Cates and I discuss the importance of a holistic approach to skin health and hormone balance, the four key factors that can help with hormone imbalances, red flag ingredients to avoid in your skincare routine, and more. The right time to start thinking about your skin health is now. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Dr. Cates’ background and how she got into naturopathic medicine and skin health How hormones can affect skin health and the signals to look out for The connection between the gut microbiome and skin health Why your hygiene practices might be harming more than helping your skin What to look out for in your personal care products How endocrine-disrupting chemicals can alter the way your hormones work in your body Four key factors for harmonizing your hormones Why we need different skincare practices for different seasons Dr. Cates’ resources for supporting your hormones Why your self-worth is the starting point for good health Skincare products for men   Connect with Dr. Trevor Cates Dr. Trevor Cates’ Book | Natural Beauty Reset: The 7-Day Program to Harmonize Hormones and Restore Radiance https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Beauty-Reset-Harmonize-Hormones/dp/163774126X Dr. Trevor Cates’ Skin Care System | The Spa Dr. https://thespadr.com/collections/the-spa-dr-products Dr. Trevor Cates’ on Instagram @TheSpaDr https://www.instagram.com/thespadr/ Dr. Trevor Cates Docuseries | Hormones, Health and Harmony https://www.hormoneseries.com/eg/trailer Dr. Trevor Cates’ Podcast | The Woman’s Doctor https://thewomansdoctor.com/   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
5/18/202330 minutes
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42: You Are What You Eat: Culinary and Integrative Medicine with Dr. Melinda Ring

Culinary medicine exists at the intersection of the art of cooking and the science of medicine. When we understand the connection between nutrition and health, we are empowered to make better choices that strengthen our bodies and put us on the path to optimal health. Unfortunately, many of us never learned how to cook healthy meals. Packaged foods and Wonder bread were staples in our diets, and we carried those habits into adulthood. At the same time, there’s so much conflicting information about what we should and shouldn’t eat, making it challenging to figure out which way to go. Today I’m joined by Dr. Melinda Ring, Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University, to talk about the power of food as medicine. Melinda is an expert in integrative medicine, lifestyle medicine, and culinary medicine, and she’s spent over two decades witnessing the transformative power of food as medicine. In this conversation, Melinda and I discuss the differences between different fields within preventative medicine, why learning to cook is especially valuable, how to use food as medicine, and why we need to tailor our diets according to our individual health conditions, goals, and genetics. Whether you want to lose weight or improve your health, I highly recommend following Melinda on Instagram and checking out all her available resources.   Highlights Dr. RIng’s background and journey to integrative medicine The differences between integrative medicine, functional medicine, and lifestyle medicine Defining culinary medicine and how it can help to promote health How to get started with the right diet for you Why Dr. RIng recommends limiting your consumption of red meat and seafood Addressing concerns surrounding nightshades and autoimmunity What you need to know about oxalates The best types of diets for women with PCOS Shifting mindset and addressing cravings for long-term weight management Dr. Ring’s experience as a caregiver for her husband Why it’s always worth it to focus on prevention How herbalism developed primarily from observing nature The benefits of incorporating fruits into your diet Resources to help you get started   Connect with Dr. Melinda Ring Dr. Melinda Ring on Instagram @DrMelindaRing https://www.instagram.com/drmelindaring/ DrMelindaRing.com https://www.drmelindaring.com/   Resources Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
5/11/202346 minutes, 39 seconds
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41: Time To Bone Up: Bone Health with Kevin Ellis

Strong bones are foundational to leading an active life, yet bone health is a topic that’s often overlooked or ignored until age 60 or beyond. At the same time, women are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis than men, making them more susceptible to fractures and other bone-related issues. Prioritizing bone health helps prevent osteoporosis and contributes to overall well-being and quality of life. Luckily, there’s a lot we can do to improve our bone health and reduce bone loss actively. Today I’m joined by the Bone Coach™, Kevin Ellis, who is passionate about helping people improve their bone health. In this episode, Kevin and I discuss his osteoporosis diagnosis, why we need to think about bone density and quality, different types of bone medications and how they work, common causes of osteoporosis, and more. It's never too early or too late to work on your bone health, and Kevin shares many insights and resources you can apply right now. Enjoy the episode! About Kevin Ellis Kevin Ellis is an Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach, Stronger Bones Solution™ Program Instructor, osteoporosis "thriver," and founder of BoneCoach™. He has made it his mission to help over 1+ million people around the globe address bone loss, build bone strength, stop fearing fractures, and lead active lives. He's most famous for helping people with osteopenia and osteoporosis gain clarity and confidence that improvement is possible.   Highlights Kevin’s experience with osteoporosis and how he became the Bone Coach™  The importance of bone density scans, how they work, and what the scores mean Types of bone medications and their respective effects on bone physiology How hormones impact bone health The differences between primary and secondary osteoporosis How you can figure out if you’re actively losing bone Common causes of osteoporosis Supplement considerations and dosages Kevin’s favorite dietary sources of calcium and supporting nutrients Kevin’s take on bone marrow and bone broth How you can work with Kevin Exercises for building bone strength and preventing fractures   Connect with Kevin Ellis Stronger Bones Masterclass™ - FREE Online Masterclass https://strongerbonesmasterclass.com/ Bone Coach™  Website | BoneCoach.com https://bonecoach.com/ Kevin Ellis on Instagram @BoneCoachKevin https://www.instagram.com/bonecoachkevin/   Resources Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
5/4/202334 minutes, 44 seconds
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40: See Ya Later Ovulator - Menopause with Esther Blum

“You’re just getting older.” When it comes to menopause, women are getting dismissed by doctors, and their symptoms are ignored. With the subject being largely ignored in medical school and residency, it can be a struggle to find a practitioner who is both knowledgeable and willing to dig deeper and provide the care that’s needed. Today I’m joined by my friend, Integrative Dietitian and Menopause Expert Esther Blum, to debunk menopause myths and discuss how you can go through menopause like a rockstar. Recognizing the gaslighting and lack of education surrounding menopause, Esther aims to help women with a comprehensive approach that considers mind and body. In this episode, Esther and I talk about how she came to this work, her experience with alternative modalities like acupuncture, how to start dialing in your diet and lifestyle to improve your symptoms, what you need to know about testing, common menopause myths, the importance of self-advocacy, and more. Menopause is not something to simply accept and endure. With an understanding of our bodies and hormones alongside the proper support, you can take control of our health and well-being. Esther has been a huge teacher for me, and I highly recommend checking out her book, See ya later, Ovulator!   Highlights The persistent gaslighting and under-informing of women by medical professionals Esther’s tips for going through menopause like a rockstar The importance of eating enough protein and strategies for dialing in your nutrition How you can exercise smarter as a post-menopausal woman What you need to know about testing and supporting your detox pathways Why we all need a spiritual or stress management practice How Esther uses continuous glucose monitors with her patients Esther’s approach to helping women with insulin resistance Debunking menopause myths Overcoming the intimidation factor and finding ways to advocate for yourself   Connect with Esther Blum Esther Blum’s Website https://estherblum.com/ Free Program | Overcome Your Sugar Cravings in 3 Days https://estherblum.com/cravings/ Esther Blum on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/gorgeousesther/ Esther Blum’s Book | See ya later, Ovulator!: Mastering Menopause with Nutrition, Hormones, and Self-Advocacy https://www.amazon.com/See-later-Ovulator-Mastering-Self-Advocacy/dp/195701329X/   This episode is sponsored by Örlö Nutrition Örlö Nutrition has the best supplements to supercharge your health and immune system. Get you all the health benefits you desire without all the worry. Get 12% off your first purchase by going to OrloNutrition.com (https://orlonutrition.com/discount/CONFESSIONS) and using code CONFESSIONS at checkout.   Resources Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
4/27/202342 minutes, 8 seconds
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39: Top Health Myths: Don't Let Grandma Listen

“Starve a fever; feed a cold!” Whether it’s from grandma, a friend, or the internet, a lot of health-related advice is passed down through generations or amplified through social media. There’s a reason they persist - they seem logical and sound like good advice, so it’s easy to assume they’re true. Some are harmless but ineffective, while others might stop you from living your best, healthy life. Today will be a fun episode where I’m breaking down the most common medical myths and sharing the sometimes surprising facts. Enjoy the episode!   Myths busted in this episode: Egg yolks are bad for you Coffee can stunt childhood development If you eat a lot of carrots, you’ll have better night vision Cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis Addiction is a choice Bottled water is better than tap water Energy drinks have brain-boosting ingredients Eating right before bedtime makes you overweight Crunches give you six-pack abs Tryptophan in turkey makes you sleepy Chocolate causes acne Chocolate is an aphrodisiac The flu shot gives you the flu Starve a fever, feed a cold Cold, wet weather will cause you to catch a cold You should apply deodorant first thing in the morning Your fingernails keep growing after you die The bigger you are, the less healthy you are Yogurt, fat-free snacks, and veggie chips are healthy foods Gluten is bad for you Weight training makes you bulky and manly You have to complete a certain number of steps/reps for exercise to be worth it Sitting is the new smoking Women don’t get heart attacks until they’re older Estrogen causes breast cancer If you’re breastfeeding, you can’t get pregnant Cranberry juice cures UTIs Mammograms cause breast cancer You must get a pap smear every year Cervical cancer is genetic   Mentioned in this episode Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 37: The Bull$hit Fear of Estrogen: I’m Ranting Again https://tassonemd.com/podcast-37/   This episode is sponsored by Örlö Nutrition Örlö Nutrition has the best supplements to supercharge your health and immune system. Get you all the health benefits you desire without all the worry. Get 12% off your first purchase by going to OrloNutrition.com (https://orlonutrition.com/discount/CONFESSIONS) and using code CONFESSIONS at checkout.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
4/20/202333 minutes, 10 seconds
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38: Adrenal and Thyroid Power with Dr. Izabella Wentz

“If you want to feel well, you've got to let your body know that it's safe.” - Dr. Izabella Wentz There are only two hormonal issues that are life and death: thyroid and adrenals. Unfortunately, when it comes to adrenals, what you think you should be doing is probably the opposite of what you should be doing. Whether you identify with the burned-out Saboteur or the Workaholic who’s constantly pushing, you’re not alone. Today I’m happy to be joined by Dr. Izabella Wentz, author of the upcoming book, The Adrenal Transformation Protocol, and one of the books I recommend to all my Hashimoto’s patients, Hashimoto's Protocol. Izabella takes a whole-body approach to healing, with nutrition and lifestyle changes alongside mindset and self-care shifts. In this episode, Izabella and I discuss her Hashimoto’s journey, her decision to develop a healing protocol for herself and how it led to helping others, why she made the transition from focusing on the thyroid to adrenals, what you need to know about adrenal fatigue, how you can start taking steps to turn the ship around, and more. If you’re struggling with thyroid issues or burnout, you’re not alone. Izabella is a wealth of knowledge and experience and has so many resources you can tap into. I really enjoyed this episode, and I know you will too.   Highlights Izabella’s snowballing symptoms and her frustrating search for answers The motivation behind writing The Root Cause Why many doctors prescribe medications like Synthroid over desiccated glandulars and other options Izabella’s whole-body Hashimoto’s protocol and why she focuses on approaching it as an autoimmune condition Why Izabella shifted her focus from thyroid to adrenals, despite her initial disbelief of adrenal fatigue How Izabella developed her adrenal protocol that’s helped thousands of people, including herself Symptoms of burnout and adrenal dysfunction Self-care and mindset work are crucial for improving your adrenal health Why you might need to step back to move forward when it comes to weight loss Simple tips you can use to start heading in the right direction Targeted supplementation and adaptogens that can help to find pleasure in your day-to-day life   Connect with Dr. Izabella Wentz Website | ThyroidPharmacist.com https://thyroidpharmacist.com/   This episode is sponsored by Örlö Nutrition Örlö Nutrition has the best supplements to supercharge your health and immune system. Get you all the health benefits you desire without all the worry. Get 12% off your first purchase by going to OrloNutrition.com (https://orlonutrition.com/discount/CONFESSIONS) and using code CONFESSIONS at checkout.   Resources Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
4/13/202352 minutes, 22 seconds
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37: The Bull$hit Fear of Estrogen: I'm Ranting Again

Estrogen has many protective effects, from bone and heart health to thyroid function and sexual motivation. I can't tell you how often I’ve put a woman on estrogen only to return, saying she felt better for a couple of weeks but decided to stop the medication. Why? Because her friends told her that estrogen causes breast cancer. This narrative is spreading like wildfire, and it’s frankly misogynistic. Why should women have to suffer the life-altering adverse effects of low estrogen when they have an alternative? How can you say across the board that no one should use this treatment when it has improved the lives of so many people? We’ve already done a couple of episodes on estrogen, and today I’m diving in again to get the message across that estrogen should not be feared. While it may not be for everyone, every woman suffering the effects of low estrogen deserves to make a well-informed decision about their treatment. In this episode, I’m sharing how the “estrogen causes breast cancer” myth started, the crucial roles of estrogen in your body, why many menopausal women experience a significant improvement in quality of life with bioidentical hormone therapy, estrogen alternatives you can consider, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Why women shouldn’t be afraid of estrogen causing cancer What you need to know about the Women's Health Initiative study The many vital roles of estradiol in your body We shouldn’t force women to suffer the negative effects of estrogen deprivation for decades How estrogen impacts the thyroid The potentially protective effects of estrogen against heart disease Risk factors associated with breast cancer Questions to ask people pushing a no-estrogen narrative Why you need to combine estrogen and progesterone The critical importance of vetting your sources before making a decision Making informed decisions about your health Supplements that can help with symptoms of low estrogen   Mentioned in this episode Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 10: Estradiol, Estrone, And Estriol - OH MY: Estrogen 101 https://tassonemd.com/podcast-10/ Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 12: Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? https://tassonemd.com/podcast-12/   This episode is sponsored by Örlö Nutrition Örlö Nutrition has the best supplements to supercharge your health and immune system. Get you all the health benefits you desire without all the worry. Get 12% off your first purchase by going to OrloNutrition.com (https://orlonutrition.com/discount/CONFESSIONS) and using code CONFESSIONS at checkout.   Resources Dr. Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
4/6/202328 minutes, 7 seconds
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36: Blue Algae + Sustainability with Örlö Nutrition

Every year, millions of people take dietary supplements hoping to improve their health. The problem is, most of us have no idea what’s in the pills we’re taking. This is particularly true for omega-3 fatty acids, one of the top three supplements I recommend for women of all ages. So many of the omega-3 products on the shelf are low-quality, rancid oils that are a waste of money and can cause more harm than good. On top of that, there are serious issues around the sustainability of the fish oil production process, which is the traditionally recommended source of omega-3. If you're going to invest in your health, it’s crucial to find a high-quality product but also a company that you can get behind, and that’s what I found with Örlö Nutrition. Today I’m joined by Örlö’s Corinna Bellizzi to discuss the benefits of algae-based omega-3 fatty acids. In this conversation, Corinna and I talk about the role of omega-3 in hormone production, the benefits and challenges of different sources of omega-3 supplements, why we should pay attention to the bioavailability of the supplements we take, the advantages of polar omegas over standard fish oils, how Örlö’s sustainable production process works, why you don’t need to worry about fish burps and stomach issues with polar omegas, the problems caused by low-quality omega-3 supplements, and more. If you aren't already taking omega-3, I want you on an omega-3. I'm switching from fish oil to algae from Örlö, and I highly recommend you consider it too.   Highlights The benefits and challenges of krill-based supplements Why the omegas in Örlö Nutrition’s products are significantly more bioavailable than fish oil The advantages of polar omegas over standard fish oils How Örlö’s sustainable production process works The issue with relying on eating fish as your only source of omega-3 fats How sustainability is integrated into every aspect of Örlö’s products Why you don’t need to worry about fish burps and stomach issues with polar omegas How you can quickly tell if your oils are rancid The issues caused by rancid fats The top three supplements I recommend: maca, magnesium, omega-3 How omega-3 fats can help with period symptoms Questions to ask when choosing a high-quality omega-3 supplement Why Corinna is no longer personally in support of fish oil   This episode is sponsored by Örlö Nutrition Örlö Nutrition has the best supplements to supercharge your health and immune system. Get you all the health benefits you desire without all the worry. Get 12% off your first purchase by going to OrloNutrition.com (https://orlonutrition.com/discount/CONFESSIONS) and using code CONFESSIONS at checkout.   Resources Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
3/30/202347 minutes, 1 second
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35: Endometriosis- Taming the Monster with Khush Sra

Endometriosis is a debilitating condition affecting millions of women worldwide, yet many go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years. Early diagnosis leads to better outcomes and improved quality of life. As part of our Endometriosis Awareness Month series, I’m joined by holistic health coach Khush Sra today. In addition to being an Endometriosis Nutritionist, Khush has personally suffered with endometriosis and was diagnosed around 20 years ago. She knows the ins and outs of endo, not just from a practitioner’s perspective and as a woman and a patient. In my practice, I’ve found the best approach to treating endo is multifaceted and covers multiple angles. Many surgeons who are excellent at removing endometriosis tissue don’t have a plan for preventing recurrence beyond prescribing the pill. This is where nutritionists like Khush can come in and provide additional tools and expertise. In this conversation, Khush and I discuss her journey from years of deteriorating health with severe endometriosis to being completely symptom free, her approach to working with endometriosis patients, the importance of understanding the individual when creating a treatment plan, and more. This interview was one of my favorites so far, and I believe this is one of the most important topics we’ve discussed. I know you’ll get a lot of value from what Khush shares.   Highlights Khush’s endometriosis diagnosis and deteriorating health despite multiple surgeries and medications The recognition that the traditional medical path wasn’t helping Pushing through fear and guilt without enough resources Characteristics of the four stages of endometriosis The isolation that comes with invisible illnesses The pivotal moment when Khush decided to take back her life Helping other women as a nutritionist and holistic health coach Having a health team is the best approach What it’s like to work with Khush Holistic healing with endo (https://www.instagram.com/p/Cpa1ccEO74E/) Khush’s recommendations for intermittent fasting with endo How you can start prioritizing yourself Why it’s essential to work with someone who can customize a sustainable program with you Khush’s message for women in the early stages of endo   Connect with Khush Sra Khush Sra’s Website https://khushsra.com/ Khush Sra on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/endonutrition/   This episode is sponsored by Örlö Nutrition Örlö Nutrition has the best supplements to supercharge your health and immune system. Get you all the health benefits you desire without all the worry. Get 12% off your first purchase by going to OrloNutrition.com (https://orlonutrition.com/discount/CONFESSIONS) and using code CONFESSIONS at checkout.   Resources Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
3/23/202351 minutes, 20 seconds
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34: Endometriosis - The Misinformation Darling of Women's Health

Endometriosis is a long-term disease, but it’s not a terminal illness. While endo symptoms usually present at a young age, it takes approximately seven to ten years for most women to get diagnosed. It’s not uncommon to hear of women being bounced around the medical system and silenced with birth control pills to mask their symptoms, with no one taking a closer look. Plus, a doctor needs to confirm the presence of endometrial implants through surgery before you can get a definitive diagnosis. March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and in honor of that, I’m sharing an end-to-end rundown of endometriosis from symptoms to diagnosis and treatment. In this episode, I talk about theories around why endo develops, why it’s become a highly-charged topic, the stages of endometriosis, common symptoms, treatment options for endometriosis, how to find the right practitioner for you, and more. If you’ve struggled with this, you have to become your best advocate. Let's not waste more of your life. Let's figure this out and get you the support you need to improve your quality of life. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Why many women experience a significant delay in getting their endometriosis diagnosis Theories about why and when a woman develops endometriosis Endometriosis has become a highly-charged topic There are many different ways endometriosis can present Characteristics of the stages of endometriosis Pelvic pain and endometriosis Key statistics on endometriosis How different doctors manage endometriosis Why endometriosis can sometimes lead to infertility and what you can do The most prevalent symptoms of endometriosis What you need to know about dysmenorrhea and dyspareunia Treatment options for endometriosis Why I prefer taking a multi-faceted approach to treatment Putting your endometriosis diagnosis into perspective How to find the right practitioner for you   This episode is sponsored by Örlö Nutrition Örlö Nutrition has the best supplements to supercharge your health and immune system. Get you all the health benefits you desire without all the worry. Get 12% off your first purchase by going to OrloNutrition.com (https://orlonutrition.com/discount/CONFESSIONS) and using code CONFESSIONS at checkout.   Resources Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
3/16/202340 minutes, 43 seconds
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33: Thyroid Nation with McCall McPherson, PA

The thyroid gland is a contentious topic in the medical community. In my practice, I’ve seen many women with debilitating symptoms dismissed by doctors only interested in checking TSH levels and sending them on their way. Clinicians react from a place of defensiveness, not wanting anyone to question their authority. With the latest research pushing for TSH ranges to be expanded, it seems like the medical field truly under-appreciates the severity of symptoms of hypothyroidism and the massive impact it can have on the quality of life. Today I’m joined by my friend and colleague, McCall McPherson, PA, to discuss the issues many women with thyroid problems experience. She’s the creator of Thyroid Nation and an authority on all things thyroid. After suffering from the mismanagement of her hypothyroidism, McCall lives, breathes, and thrives in understanding the nuances of proper thyroid care. In this conversation, we talk about why most medical providers aren’t doing enough for thyroid patients, misconceptions about weight loss, everything you need to know about thyroid testing, dietary and supplement recommendations, and more. Despite what you may have been told, none of this is in your head. With the proper guidance, these issues are controllable and fixable. Enjoy the episode!   About McCall McPherson McCall McPherson is the founder of Modern Thyroid Clinic, a thyroid-centered functional medicine practice in Austin, Texas, and the now owner and Chief-Thyroid-Hope-Giver of Thyroid Nation. She is a physician assistant, and her philosophy is simple: There is no reason to still have thyroid symptoms. She spends her time helping to make it so by giving her patients their lives back while teaching and advocating for the other millions suffering who aren’t her patients.   Highlights McCall’s thyroid story and journey to advocacy Why most medical providers aren’t doing enough for thyroid patients Misconceptions about weight loss from optimizing your thyroid What you need to know about thyroid testing Low-dose Naltrexone (LDN) for Hashimoto’s and Graves’ Disease Dietary and supplement recommendations for autoimmune disease McCall’s highly individualized approach to medications Thyroid Nation advocacy group   Connect with McCall McPherson TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@mccallmcpherson Website http://www.thyroidnation.com/   This episode is sponsored by Örlö Nutrition Örlö Nutrition has the best supplements to supercharge your health and immune system. Get you all the health benefits you desire without all the worry. Get 12% off your first purchase by going to OrloNutrition.com (https://orlonutrition.com/discount/CONFESSIONS) and using code CONFESSIONS at checkout.   Resources Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
3/9/202334 minutes, 22 seconds
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32: Q+A with America’s Holistic Gynecologist: Paps, Estrogen, Progesterone + HRT

We’re back for another round of Q&A with Dr. T! So much misinformation is shared when it comes to women’s health. There are also a lot of doctors who seem to prescribe things willy-nilly, following guidelines without digging deeper and using science. Many of these topics come up in questions on my Instagram (@ShawnTassoneMD), and in this episode, I’m exploring eight common questions and sharing brief but informative insights. We’re talking about the difference between Biest and estradiol, whether progesterone causes weight gain, weight loss recommendations, whether you need a Pap smear and more. I love responding to your questions, so if you want an opportunity to have your question answered here, head to Instagram at @ShawnTassoneMD on Saturday and ask away! I can't give medical advice specific to you, but I can tell you what I might do for my patients. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Q1: What's the difference between Biest and estradiol? The three types of estrogen How Biest works and the key differentiator with estradiol Why I don’t use Biest anymore Q2: Does progesterone cause weight gain? Progesterone stimulates the appetite The most common reasons people experience weight issues Q3: Do I need to take progesterone? The situations where it’s crucial to take progesterone Why you might want to take progesterone even if it’s optional Side effects of unopposed estrogen Q4: I have a history of breast cancer. Can I take estrogen? Why you might want to consider genetic testing Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 12: Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? Q5: Do you train other doctors? Women’s Hormone Mastery + Mentorship https://tassonemd.com/hormonemasterycourse/   Q6: Do you have weight loss recommendations? Bad labs and my weight loss journey My weight management programs Q7: How long can I take my hormone replacement What studies show about long-term hormone therapy Don’t feel guilty for feeling better Q8: Tell me about Pap smears. The #1 cause of cancer death in women in the early 1900s was cervical cancer The history of Pap smears Current recommendations for Pap smears Special considerations for women who have had a hysterectomy   Mentioned in this episode Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 25: Q+A with Dr. T: PCOS, Fibroids, Essure, Weight Loss, Hormones and Hysterectomy   This episode is sponsored by Örlö Nutrition Örlö Nutrition has the best supplements to supercharge your health and immune system. Get you all the health benefits you desire without all the worry. Get 12% off your first purchase by going to OrloNutrition.com (https://orlonutrition.com/) and using code CONFESSIONS at checkout.   Resources Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
3/2/202324 minutes, 15 seconds
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31: Period Perfection with Nicole Jardim - The Period Fixer

“Instead of looking at each person's bio-individuality, we’re all treated with one protocol.” When we slap a band-aid solution like the pill on PCOS, irregular periods, acne, and PMS, the women behind the symptoms are left disempowered and without a real solution. That’s what today’s guest, Nicole Jardim, is passionate about changing. Through her work as a Certified Women’s Health Coach, educator, author, and more, Nicole has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people worldwide by addressing the root cause of what’s going on in their bodies and minds rather than just treating their symptoms. In this episode, Nicole and I talk about the glaring issues in how the medical system has treated women, how we can shift the stigma and shame around periods, her passion for educating women about their bodies, the rift between the traditional medical community and health coaches, and more. Nicole is a wealth of information, and I highly recommend checking out her book, Fix Your Period, and connecting with her on Instagram. She’s a lovely person, and I know you’ll love this episode.   About Nicole Jardim Nicole is a Certified Women’s Health Coach, writer, speaker, mentor, and the creator of Fix Your Period, a series of programs that empower women and menstruators to reclaim their hormone health using a method that combines evidence-based information with simplicity and sass. Her work has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world, and as a result, she’s earned the nicknames “Period Girl” and “Professional Period Fixer”. She recently released the book Fix Your Period: 6 Weeks to Banish Bloating, Conquer Cramps, Manage Moodiness, and Ignite Lasting Hormone Balance.   Highlights Nicole’s health journey and how it led to her becoming the Period Fixer How Nicole developed a passion for helping women and connecting with other practitioners Why it’s so difficult for women to get adequate education and support for their health Nicole’s inspiration for writing Fix Your Period and what you'll learn Women are constantly being dismissed by the doctor-archy The biggest issue with automatically prescribing the pill The most common misconception women have about their bodies and cycles Doctors aren’t incentivized to spend time getting to the root cause of your issues The massive rift between traditional medical doctors and health coaches Nicole’s mission for empowering women’s health practitioners   Connect with Nicole Jardim NicoleJardim.com https://nicolejardim.com/ Book | Fix Your Period https://www.fixyourperiod.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nicolemjardim/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
2/23/202339 minutes, 42 seconds
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30: Weight Loss! Semaglutide - The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful

Semaglutide is a fantastic medication when used the right way. Anybody with a passing interest in weight loss has probably heard about semaglutide. Whether it’s Ozempic, Wegovy, or Rybelsus, these antidiabetic medications have skyrocketed in popularity for the incredible weight loss results they can bring. There have even been shortages for the past couple of months! On the flip side, critics point out that around 85% of patients taking semaglutide gain most of the lost weight back if they stop cold turkey.  Semaglutide really works, and it can be life-changing for many people. But like anything else, there are always side effects and risks. In this episode, I’m giving you a down and dirty on semaglutide, why I’ve used it in my clinic, what you need to know before taking this medication, and more.   Highlights Why semaglutide is suddenly in the spotlight The development of semaglutide and how it works Comparing semaglutide with other weight loss interventions Why I recommend using semaglutide as one part of a broader change Common side effects and criticisms Patients and providers need a mindset shift when it comes to obesity It’s critical to work with a qualified provider before starting these medications What you need to know about the most popular brands Considerations for getting semaglutide from a compounding pharmacy How 43 lbs snuck up on me over 20 years and how I turned it around Why I created H.E.R. University and how the program can support you   Mentioned in this episode Rocio Salas on Instagram @NewYorkEndocrinology https://www.instagram.com/newyorkendocrinology/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
2/16/202336 minutes, 23 seconds
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29: Bad Breasts: Breast Implant Illness And Gaslighting with Candice Barley

It’s not all in your head. As you probably know, I’m a firm advocate for the removal of foreign bodies and foreign materials, particularly within my practice with the Essure coils. Many women go through a long journey to have the problem acknowledged and often spend years dismissed by doctors. A big part of this podcast is about patient advocacy and empowering you to stand up and speak your mind regarding your health. Today I’m joined by actress Candice Barley, who has become a patient advocate after her harrowing experience with breast implant illness. Within a few months of getting breast implants at age 24, Candice started experiencing extreme chronic fatigue, which her doctor dismissed as a side effect of having two young children. From then on, Candice experienced one issue after the next, with increasingly debilitating symptoms, until she connected her implants and her illness. Almost immediately after her explant surgery, everything began to improve. In this episode, Candice shares her journey with breast implant illness and explant surgery, the symptoms many women experience but never connect to their implants, the dismissive response most women receive from their doctors, what to do if you think you might be experiencing breast implant illness, and more. Breast implant illness is a relatively new topic, and many people in the medical community still shrug it off. If you have breast implants, you’ll get a lot of insights from this episode and the resources on Candice’s website. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights The first signs that something was wrong Candice’s repeated saline ruptures and implant exchanges Escalating health and hormonal issues after each procedure Misinformation about the safety of silicone implants How Candice made the connection between her implants and ongoing illnesses Why it’s crucial to remove the capsule in explant surgery Candice’s rapid symptom reversal after explant Why many doctors won’t make the connections between these symptoms and breast implants The ongoing lawsuit between women and the breast implant companies The emotional and psychological impact of implant removal Where to start your journey if you are considering removing your implants Critical considerations for a post-explant protocol   Connect with Candice Barley Website https://www.olisticolife.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/olisticolife/ Explant Surgeons https://www.olisticolife.com/explant-doctors   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
2/9/202336 minutes, 49 seconds
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28: PCOS: The Devil Inside with Angela Grassi

“You have to trust your gut and be an advocate for yourself.” - Angela Grassi There is no one-size-fits-all approach for managing polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It’s a very common, very misunderstood condition that often goes undiagnosed for years. Even after diagnosis, many women are quickly put on birth control pills that mask the symptoms and do nothing to address the underlying issues. Today I’m joined by nutrition and health expert on PCOS, Angela Grassi. After a long, complicated journey to her diagnosis, Angela took matters into her own hands and gained control over her PCOS. Since then, she has dedicated her career to being on the leading edge of helping people with PCOS improve their health and their lives through evidence-based nutrition. In this conversation, Angela and I talk about why PCOS is so misunderstood, the difficult situations many women are forced to endure with doctors, why you need a multi-faceted approach for managing PCOS, common signs and symptoms, how you can start to establish sustainable lifestyle changes, Angela’s supplement recommendations, and more. If you've been diagnosed with PCOS, but you’re still struggling, get a second opinion, educate yourself, and know that you have options. Angela is a fantastic resource for anyone with PCOS, and I highly recommend checking out her website and all she has to offer.   Highlights Angela’s long journey to her PCOS diagnosis The problem with the way many OBGYNs diagnose and treat PCOS Common signs and symptoms of PCOS Why Angela starts all her patients with a PCOS nutrition assessment The most critical piece is establishing sustainable lifestyle changes The potential connection between PCOS and eating disorders Elements of a balanced plate Anti-inflammatory foods to include in your diet Angela’s love-hate relationship with metformin Why Angela recommends inositol for her clients Building your healthcare team The protective effects of muscle Exercising for PCOS Key considerations around intermittent fasting A typical daily schedule for Angela - supplements, diet, exercise, mindfulness Paying attention to trends, not numbers The pros and cons of GLP-1 drugs How you can work with Angela What you need to know about berberine Testing and markers for a PCOS diagnosis Angela’s message for anyone who’s frustrated with their PCOS journey Angela’s confession: Being shamed and criticized by doctors   Connect with Angela Grassi Angela Grassi’s Website | PCOS Nutrition Center https://www.pcosnutrition.com/ PCOS Nutrition Center on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pcosnutrition/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
2/2/202343 minutes, 11 seconds
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27: Do It For Your Heart: Heart Disease Prevention with Dr. Joel Kahn

“If it’s made in a factory, skip it. If it’s made in nature, eat it.” - Dr. Joel Kahn Diet has become a controversial topic, and people quickly turn confrontational. From the carnivore diet to keto to veganism, chances are that talking publicly about what you eat will be met with opposition. So how can you navigate these conversations and figure out the best diet for you? Today I’m joined by integrative cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn. After years as a traditional cardiologist, Joel committed to a plant-based vegan diet, changed his focus, and started a practice devoted to preventative medicine. In this episode, Joel shares his approach to heart health and how he counsels patients to treat disease ten years before a heart attack. We talk about Joel’s lifelong interest in nutrition, the simple rule that we should all be following when it comes to diet, what research shows about how different diets affect the body, what you need to know before taking statins, Joel’s testing recommendations, and more. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women, so it’s essential to do as much as possible to support your heart health. This was a fantastic interview, and I learned a lot. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Making a move from traditional cardiology to a focus on preventative medicine Dr. Joel’s lifelong interest in studying nutrition The simple rule that we should all be following when it comes to diet What research shows about the benefits of plant-focused diets Why we need to take a more personalized approach to statins Testing you should consider before taking statins Post-menopausal hormone therapy for heart disease prevention The connection between your hormones and cardiovascular health Dr. Joel’s testing recommendations   Connect with Dr. Joel Kahn Dr. Joel Kahn’s Website | DrJoelKahn.com https://www.drjoelkahn.com/ Dr. Joel Kahn’s Clinic | Kahn Longevity Center https://www.kahnlongevitycenter.com/ ​​Dr. Joel Kahn on Instagram @DrJKahn https://www.instagram.com/drjkahn/ Dr. Joel Kahn’s Podcast | Heart Doc VIP with Dr. Joel Kahn https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/heart-doc-vip-with-dr-joel-kahn/id1268172276?mt=2 Dr. Joel Kahn’s Books https://www.drjoelkahn.com/products-shop/ Dr. Joel Kahn on The Joe Rogan Experience https://open.spotify.com/episode/5JV8Qco8cLa1NCMI1n4UI0?si=uRhvLwW2QFmADnJFI50XzQ Dr. Kahn’s Joe Rogan Experience Podcast Reference Guide https://www.drjoelkahn.com/joe-rogan-experience-reference-guide/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
1/27/202340 minutes, 28 seconds
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26: Hard To Kill with OBGYN Dr Jaime Seeman

“Those that don’t have time for wellness will eventually have to make time for illness.” - Dr. Jaime Seeman You should be the number one advocate for your health. Like I tell my patients, I can give you the tools, and I can give you ideas, but ultimately you've got to do it yourself. We all have an innate drive to propagate our DNA. Do you want that to be a legacy of heart disease, or do you want it to be a legacy of longevity and healthiness? Today I’m joined by OBGYN and author of Hard to Kill, Dr. Jaime Seeman. While pregnant with her third daughter, Dr. Jaime tragically lost one of her best friends, and the experience made her consider her mortality for the first time. Wanting to be an example for her patients and daughters, she started walking the walk and went from pre-diabetic and sedentary to strong and healthy. Health is all-encompassing, and being Hard to Kill is about more than being physically fit. In the book, Dr. Jaime covers the five pillars of becoming Hard to Kill and the steps you can take to get there. This was one of my favorite interviews, and Dr. Jaime shared a ton of actionable recommendations. In this conversation, we talk about her journey from nutritionist to OBGYN, why she decided to train in integrative medicine, why the five pillars matter, how you can start integrating them into your life, and more. Dr. Jaime is an all-around badass and a wealth of information, and I know you’ll enjoy this episode.   Highlights How Dr. Jaime became Doctor Fit & Fabulous Dr. Jaime’s integrative medicine training The vast majority are going to have to live for a long time with the choices we make about our health The inspiration behind Dr. Jaime’s book Hard to Kill: Master the Mindset to Maximize Your Years Healthy doesn’t only look like an Instagram model Nobody’s coming to save you The five pillars of Hard to Kill #1: Nutrition #2: Movement #3: Sleep #4: Mindset #5: Environment Dr. Jaime’s confession How you can get started on the five pillars for your health   Connect with Dr. Jaime Seeman Dr. Jaime Seeman’s Book | Hard to Kill: Master the Mindset to Maximize Your Years https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B8D5X736/ Dr. Jaime Seeman on Instagram @DoctorFitAndFabulous https://www.instagram.com/doctorfitandfabulous/ Dr. Jaime Seeman’s Website | DoctorFitAndFabulous.com https://www.doctorfitandfabulous.com/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
1/19/202348 minutes, 46 seconds
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25: Q +A with Dr. T: PCOS, Fibroids, Essure, Weight Loss, Hormones and Hysterectomy

Every Saturday for the past year, I’ve been doing “ask me a question” on my Instagram (@ShawnTassoneMD). Over time, I’ve noticed specific questions and themes that come up over and over. Now, I’m bringing them to the podcast! Starting with today’s episode, I’m going to create some Q&A episodes where I hit some of the more popular questions and go a little deeper than I can on Instagram. I love responding to your questions, so if you want an opportunity to have your question answered here, head to Instagram at @ShawnTassoneMD on Saturday and ask away! I can't give medical advice specific to you, but I can tell you what I might do for my patients. Today we’re exploring questions like “Do I have to take birth control pills to manage my PCOS?” “Are bioidentical hormones safe?” and “Should I try weight loss drugs like Wegovy, Mounjaro, and Ozempic?” Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Q1: I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS); why does every doctor want to put me on birth control? What is PCOS, and what are the most common symptoms? PCOS affects 20% to 30% of women in the U.S. Why a multi-pronged approach is needed My treatment approach when working with women with PCOS   Q2: Are bioidentical hormones safe? Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 12: Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? No medication is 100% safe Potential side effects associated with hormone replacement Protective effects of bioidentical hormones Like anything else, some people could have side effects.   Q3: What do you think of the weight-loss drugs: incretins, GLP-1s, Wegovy, Mounjaro, and Ozempic? They work on multiple levels How incretin-based drugs work Potential side-effects of these drugs Why it’s crucial to source these medications from the right places   Q4: What are your favorite supplements? Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 8: 10 Must-Have Supplements for Women The Big 3: maca, fish oil, magnesium glycinate   Q5: What are the different types of hysterectomies? Total vs partial hysterectomy How laparoscopic hysterectomies are performed What you need to know about pelvic floor prolapse Other types of hysterectomies Why I prefer minimally invasive surgeries   Q6: Can you update me on Essure? Why many women chose Essure The three categories of women who had Essure implanted Essure’s removal from the market Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 4: Working It With The Betty Rocker: Essure, Exercise, and Energy   Q7: What are my options for fibroids? Fibroids are muscular knots that happen in the muscle of the uterus Different types of fibroids and treatment options   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
1/12/202331 minutes, 35 seconds
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24: Hemp Your Hormones with Hemplily

“Consider natural alternatives; your body wants to heal.” - Terri Long For years Terri Long suffered from chronic pain and fatigue that left her struggling to function in everyday life. She bounced from doctor to doctor before finally being given a fibromyalgia diagnosis. But even with the medication she received, she still felt horrible. Eventually, fed up with being stuck and believing her body could heal itself given the right circumstances and environment, Terri decided to take matters into her own hands. Her research started her natural healing journey and led to her discovery of the benefits of cannabis and hemp products. In 2017, Terri founded Hemplily with the mission of helping people get to rid of their pain and balance their minds and bodies. Today Terri is joining us to dispel a lot of the misinformation about hemp and CBD products. Since CBD hit the mainstream, tons of new products hit the market, and many bad players have come out with low-quality products sold under misleading labels. Unfortunately, that left many people with a negative impression of CBD. In this conversation, Terri and I talk about how hemp extracts have been integral on her healing journey, what you need to look for in a high-quality product, the pros and cons of different formats, how you can get started, and more. In my practice, I’ve prescribed it for issues like menstrual cramps, migraines, fibromyalgia, insomnia, and anxiety. I encourage you to be open to exploring natural alternatives and how the right hemp extracts could be helpful for you.   Highlights Terri’s fibromyalgia journey and the start of the natural wellness journey that led to Hemplily The critical distinction between hemp seed oil and plant extract How hemp extract is made The active components of full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate hemp extracts Understanding the different formats of hemp extracts How Hemplily Menopause Complex helps women with menopause symptoms What to do if you don’t see results while using hemp extracts Finding relief for period pain When to use a topical versus an internal format Federal and state laws around CBD and hemp products How to find the right product for your needs Cognitive benefits of functional mushrooms Getting started with Hemplily   Connect with Hemplily Website | Hemplily.com https://hemplily.com/ - use my code DRT for a discount on your first order! Hemplily on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hemplily/ Hemplily on Instagram @hemplily_helps https://www.instagram.com/hemplily_helps/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
1/5/202338 minutes, 56 seconds
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23: Shut Your Pie-Hole: Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss with Cynthia Thurlow

“We would not have evolved as a species if we could not have gone through periods of food feasting and famine.” - Cynthia Thurlow From ancient Rome to the Industrial Revolution, people have been fasting for various reasons, including religious rites and social customs. But while it's not a new practice, modern-day intermittent fasting exists in a new environment where food is abundant, but nutrient density is much lower than in the past. Today I’m joined by my friend, intermittent fasting expert Cynthia Thurlow. A nurse practitioner and bestselling author, Cynthia used intermittent fasting in perimenopause to reverse some of the changes she didn’t like seeing in her body. Now she’s passionate about helping women find wellness through the healing power of nutrition and fasting.   About Cynthia Thurlow Cynthia Thurlow is a nurse practitioner, author of the best-selling book Intermittent Fasting Transformation: The IF45 Plan, a 2X TEDx speaker, with her second talk having more than 10 million views, and she's also the host of the Everyday Wellness Podcast. With over 20 years of experience in health and wellness, Cynthia is a globally recognized expert in intermittent fasting and women’s health and her mission is to educate women on the benefits of intermittent fasting and overall holistic health and wellness so they feel empowered to live their most optimal lives.   Highlights Cynthia’s pivot from allopathic nurse practitioner to entrepreneur Why Cynthia decided to focus on helping women in particular How being metabolically flexible saved Cynthia after her appendix ruptured What allopathic medicine lacks when it comes to prevention and chronic disease management Benefits of allopathic and integrative perspectives coming together The driving factors behind our collectively rising metabolic issues Why what you eat for breakfast matters and the crucial role of protein Understanding the role of digest and rest Does the length of your fasting window matter? Fasting at each stage of the menstrual cycle Why it’s important to work with a medical professional to determine the best course of action for you The connection between fasting, longevity, muscle protein synthesis, and insulin sensitivity What you can expect from Cynthia’s book, Intermittent Fasting Transformation Who will benefit the most from intermittent fasting, and who should avoid it? Cynthia’s Confession: Evolving as an allopathic practitioner   Connect with Cynthia Thurlow Website https://cynthiathurlow.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cynthia_thurlow_/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
12/29/202241 minutes, 35 seconds
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22: The Power Of Progesterone and The Unbalanced Heroine

Progesterone is the great calmer. It’s the hormone responsible for pregnancy and is probably my second favorite (right after testosterone). With its central role in the menstrual cycle, I’ve seen progesterone help many women in my practice. In my book, The Hormone Balance Bible, the archetype for progesterone deficiency is the Unbalanced Heroine. It’s a common archetype associated with insomnia, irritability, and feeling out of control. Unfortunately, in the media, they are often portrayed as the stereotypical “hormonal” woman and are typically cast as the mean girl or the laughing stock. For today’s episode, I’m sharing what progesterone deficiency typically looks like, how progesterone levels fluctuate over the four stages of the menstrual cycle, what you need to know about testing and hormone replacement, and how Unbalanced Heroines can get back in balance using my S.H.I.N.E.S. protocol. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Understanding the Unbalanced Heroine archetype How progesterone levels change throughout your menstrual cycle A patient story: Anna, the Unbalanced Heroine Why I look at the estrogen-progesterone ratio Common symptoms of progesterone deficiency How Unbalanced Heroines can use my S.H.I.N.E.S. protocol to get back in balance Famous Unbalanced Heroines and cultural stereotypes Why I don’t prescribe pregnenolone Dr. T’s Confession: "I've taken progesterone"   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/       Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
12/22/202235 minutes, 47 seconds
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21: Feminade and Affordable Hormone Testing: Roya Pakzad, CEO

“Honor your body. If something doesn't feel right, it's because it's not right.” - Roya Pakzad Being in control of your health is empowering, but often, that’s easier said than done. High deductibles, restrictions on insurance coverage, and the cost of working with functional medicine practitioners are just some of the barriers that prevent women from accessing the full range of testing and modalities that could provide them with the help they need. Today I’m joined by Roya Pakzad, CEO and founder of Feminade, to talk about women's health and hormones and how the medical system has minimized women. After dealing with hormonal imbalances and nightmare experiences in the traditional medical system, Roya was determined to create a platform that gives women answers. From that mission, Feminade was born. In this conversation, Roya and I talk about why most women would benefit from annual hormone testing, the problems with access to appropriate testing and understanding the results, why Feminade has been life-changing for so many people, what you can do to support the women-led uprising in Iran, and more.   About Roya Pakzad Roya Pakzad is a fierce doer with the mind of an engineer and the heart of an advocate. Her interest in helping all women take charge of their hormones is personal. Her journey led to many naturopathic and functional medicine doctors who listened to her story and helped her get to the root cause of her symptoms. Along the way, she discovered protocols that balance hormones instead of masking them. Because she wasn’t satisfied with simply healing herself, she founded Feminade to make holistic healthcare that targets hormonal imbalances accessible and affordable for everyone with a uterus.   Highlights Roya’s repeated negative experiences with doctors, starting with her first visit to a gynecologist at age 19 The motivation and inspiration behind starting Feminade Highlighting the problems of affordability and access to quality healthcare Getting started with Feminade’s extremely accessible options for at-home testing and telehealth The markers tested in Feminade’s hormone testing kit Why most women will benefit from hormone testing What you need to know about the current women-led uprising in Iran How you can support the movement in Iran Roya’s message for women getting minimized by the medical system   Connect with Roya Pakzad & Feminade Website https://feminade.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/feminadeinc/ Twitter https://twitter.com/feminadeinc   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
12/16/202238 minutes, 56 seconds
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20: Stressed The F#CK Out: Cortisol And Your Health

Cortisol gets a lot of bad publicity, but if you didn't have it, you would die. Produced by the adrenal glands, cortisol is your body's primary stress hormone released as part of the body's response to a threatening situation. But when cortisol levels are on the low or high end of the normal range, many women experience symptoms that significantly impact their quality of life. In my book, The Hormone Balance Bible, I explore this in detail through the lens of two archetypes that revolve around cortisol: the Workaholic and the Saboteur. Today I’m sharing the characteristics of these archetypes, common symptoms, and recommendations for how each archetype can use my S.H.I.N.E.S. protocol to find balance. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights The role of cortisol in the body The Workaholic archetype is at the high end of the normal range of cortisol levels Common characteristics of Workaholics Symptoms of high cortisol levels The best ways to test your cortisol levels How Workaholics can use my S.H.I.N.E.S. protocol to get back in balance Book recommendations for Workaholics If the Workaholic never slows down, they become the Saboteur The Saboteur archetype is at the lower end of the normal range of cortisol levels The four phases of the Saboteur Busting the myth of the pregnenolone steal A case study of the Saboteur Primary symptoms of adrenal fatigue How Saboteurs can use my S.H.I.N.E.S. protocol to get back in balance Book recommendations for Saboteurs Dr. T’s Confession: I’ve never had my cortisol checked   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/       Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
12/8/202243 minutes, 1 second
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19: Magic and Medicinal Mushrooms with Mason Taylor of SuperFeast

Medicinal mushrooms are a fantastic tool for mitigating risk and cultivating health. From Reishi to Tremella, Lion’s Mane, and beyond, the Western world is finally waking up to the magic and medicine of mushrooms. With that increasing popularity, more and more research is being conducted that confirms what ancient traditions have long known about the medicinal benefits of mushrooms. Today I’m joined by mushroom expert Mason Taylor to guide us through what you need to know about getting started with medicinal mushrooms. Mason is the founder and CEO of SuperFeast. In this conversation, we talk about Taoist tonic herbalism, why it matters how your mushroom formulations are sourced, SuperFeast’s sustainable approach to cultivation, the various health benefits of different types of mushrooms, and more. I’ve been using SuperFeast mushrooms in my coffee every morning for a couple of years now, and I would highly recommend them. With the wide-ranging benefits of carefully sourced mushrooms, I consider them a highly underutilized form of medicine from which almost everyone could benefit.   About Mason Taylor Mason Taylor is the CEO and Founder of SuperFeast. He is the creative juice running through the veins of SuperFeast HQ. The dreamer, weaver, educator, and creator. He's a wellness educator, co-host of the SuperFeast podcast, professional speaker, and retreat facilitator.   Highlights Why Mason was drawn to the magic of Taoist tonic herbalism The Three Treasures: Jing, Qi, and Shen Transformation through medicinal mushrooms How herbalism empowers the individual to keep themselves healthy Two approaches to getting started with medicinal mushrooms There are so many protective effects that everyone can benefit from mushrooms Why Mason created SuperFeast The importance of Di Dao mushrooms and herbs and why SuperFeast sources from China The true magic of mushrooms The exploding popularity of Reishi and Lion's Mane Health benefits of Reishi Mushrooms for women’s hormones How you can learn more and try SuperFeast   Connect with Mason Taylor & SuperFeast Mason Taylor on Instagram @MasonJTaylor https://www.instagram.com/masonjtaylor/ SuperFeast’s Website | SuperFeast.com.au https://www.superfeast.com.au/ SuperFeast on Instagram @SuperFeast https://www.instagram.com/superfeast/   Mentioned in this episode Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 5: Hormones From Down Under with Nat Kringoudis https://tassonemd.com/hormones-from-down-under-with-nat-kringoudis/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
12/1/202241 minutes, 45 seconds
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18: The Pitfalls of Hormone Pellets: The Bad, The Worst, and The Ugly

I can't bring myself emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, or physically to use hormone pellets with my patients. Hormone pellets are tiny pellets containing hormones and medications inserted under your skin and replaced every three to six months. In my clinic, many unhappy patients come to me with complications from pellets. Outside of my clinical experience, I also tried pellets myself a few years ago, which was the worst experience of my life. Looking at the science, there are much better methods of getting bioidentical hormones, such as topical creams and sublingual troches, and they don’t come with the downsides of hormone pellets. Today I’m sharing the top ten reasons why I’m a pellet anarchist, misleading ways that pellets are marketed, the things women need to know before using pellets, and what to do if you’ve had pellets and want to make a change.   Highlights How hormone pellets work Pitfall #1: They’re expensive On average, pellets are around three times more expensive than other delivery options for bioidentical hormones Pellets average around $100-125/month versus around $45/month for sublingual troches, tablets, or topicals from a compounding pharmacy Pitfall #2: Hormone levels are too high The sawtooth pattern that occurs with pellets: initially dramatically increased hormone levels followed by a steep decline Pitfall #3: It’s a surgical procedure Adverse side effects from the procedure Although it’s a minor procedure, it’s one you’ll have to have repeated every couple of months Pitfall #4: Once they’re in, they don’t come out If you have side effects or complications, you’re stuck with the pellets for 3-6 months Pitfall #5: You’re subjected to minor surgery every 3-6 months Two irreversible side effects of pellet testosterone therapy if the levels go too high Pitfall #6: Irregular absorption rates Pellets are sold as being the ultimate in stable absorption rates, but research shows that’s not true Pitfall #7: It’s a cash cow for providers The financial upside incentivizes providers to push pellets as the top hormone replacement option Pitfall #8: Who’s inserting them? Lots of times, the providers putting in pellets are hormone dabblers, not experts Pitfall #9: It’s a club Hormone pellet companies charge providers a monthly fee to use the company name, logo, and product Pitfall #10: You’re a number Hormone treatment plans should be personalized Why I don’t like protocol-driven hormones What you can do if you’ve had pellets and you want to make a change Bioidentical hormones versus synthetic hormones   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/       Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
11/23/202238 minutes, 25 seconds
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17: Penises, Prostates, and PHAT Syndrome: Confessions of a Men's Health Provider with Dr. Jerry Bailey

You can’t biohack your way out of your symptoms; you have to address the root cause. Where many testosterone clinics are quick to identify low testosterone and start testosterone therapy, it’s often a sign of many deeper issues. This is where poly-hormonal adrenal testosterone (PHAT) syndrome comes in. PHAT syndrome presents with a host of symptoms, including lower testosterone levels, insulin resistance, increased body fat, and sexual dysfunction, and it’s something today’s guest has identified more and more in his patients in the 35 to 60-year-old range. Today’s guest, Dr. Jerry Bailey, joins me to talk about something I hardly ever get the chance to discuss: men’s health. In our conversation, we talk about globally declining testosterone levels, what PHAT syndrome really is and how it presents, what you can do if you or your partner have symptoms of PHAT syndrome, prostate health and causes of elevated PSA, and more. I learned a lot from this conversation, and I know you will too!   About Dr. Jerry Bailey Dr. Jerry Bailey practices Precision Performance Medicine utilizing cutting-edge epigenetics, nutrition, injections and IV therapies along with the most cutting-edge performance and lifestyle therapies at Lakeside Holistic Health, PLLC. Dr. Bailey is a prominent expert on men’s medicine and leads the world in the emerging science of Poly-Hormonal Adrenal Testosterone Syndrome (PHAT Syndrome).   Highlights What is poly-hormonal adrenal testosterone (PHAT) syndrome? Pan-membrane permeability issues, including leaky testes Common symptoms of PHAT syndrome PHAT syndrome is often associated with low free testosterone levels Dr. Bailey’s perspective on aromatase inhibitors for men taking testosterone The markers Dr. Bailey tracks for patients on testosterone Why Dr. Bailey prefers testosterone pellets or injectables Diagnosis and treatment of PHAT syndrome Declining testosterone and fertility in men globally Contraindications for testosterone therapy Potential causes of elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels First steps for men experiencing symptoms of PHAT syndrome The importance of morning erections How you can work with Dr. Jerry Bailey   Connect with Dr. Jerry Bailey Lakeside Holistic’s Website https://lakesideholistic.com/ Lakeside Holistic on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lakesideholistichealth/ Lakeside Holistic on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lakesideholistic/ Dr. Jerry Bailey’s Website https://www.drjerrybailey.com/ Dr. Jerry Bailey on Instagram @drjerrybailey https://www.instagram.com/drjerrybailey/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
11/17/202237 minutes, 37 seconds
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16: Testosterone: The Hormone Of Desire And Life

Low testosterone in women is the plague of the 21st century. Testosterone is one of the most important parts of women’s hormone replacement. While most women feel their best with testosterone levels in the middle of the normal range, I see a lot of women with levels at the low end of that range. Unfortunately, because testosterone is so misunderstood, it often gets overlooked. Today I’m busting testosterone myths and sharing the important role testosterone plays in women’s health, symptoms of high and low testosterone, key considerations for testing, contributing factors that impact your testosterone levels, what to look for in a qualified practitioner to help you with your hormones, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Testosterone in women is one o the most underrated hormones Where testosterone is made in women’s bodies The role of testosterone in bone and muscle health Muscle density has been shown to correlate with longevity Higher testosterone is known to decrease body fat, especially in post-monopausal women The relationship between testosterone levels and sex drive in women Protective effects of testosterone for the cardiovascular system Why it’s essential to test total testosterone, free testosterone, and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) Testosterone testing options Symptoms of low testosterone Common factors that contribute to low sex drive Tell-tale signs and risks of high female testosterone levels Why I hate hormone pellets Causes of high testosterone Treatment options for low testosterone The problem with Addyi (the pink pill) Pros and cons of different forms of testosterone replacement How to lower high testosterone levels Testosterone replacement dosage What to look for in a qualified provider to treat your hormones   Connect with Dr. Shawn Tassone, MD, PhD Instagram @ShawnTassoneMD https://www.instagram.com/shawntassonemd/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3rKOqycMebP0Sb6G83lQJg Call his office: 512-956-0296   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/       Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
11/10/202245 minutes, 57 seconds
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15: Thyroid, Adrenals, and Metabolism OH MY! with Dr. Alan Christianson

Hormone replacement is not usually life or death, except in the cases of the thyroid and adrenals. Thyroid disease has tripled in the last few decades, and thyroid medication is consistently among the top three most prescribed medicines in the world. At the same time, many women find themselves with adrenal insufficiency due to a workaholic lifestyle and burnout. Today, I’m joined by the most prolific writer that I know, naturopathic physician Dr. Alan Christianson. Dr. Christianson has written many books on hard topics like adrenal glands, thyroid glands, and metabolism, and I’ve learned a lot from him and his deep expertise. In this conversation, we talk about the problem with how most doctors test for thyroid issues, natural versus synthetic thyroid, whether you should supplement with iodine at home, the best way to test cortisol, why your cortisol slope matters, how to keep your blood sugar stable with resistant starches, and a lot more. This was one of my favorite interviews so far, and I know you’ll learn a lot from the conversation!   About Dr. Alan Christianson Dr. Alan Christianson is a New York Times Bestselling Author and a Phoenix, Arizona-based Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) who specializes in natural endocrinology with a focus on thyroid disorders. He is the author of the Adrenal Reset Diet, the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease, and The Metabolism Reset Diet.Dr. Christianson was a member of the premier class of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) graduating in 1996. He has been actively practicing in Scottsdale ever since.   Highlights The problem with the standard practice of testing TSH alone Thyroid antibodies are the earliest indicators that can show up years before thyroid disease manifests Clearing up misconceptions about natural versus synthetic thyroid Why recalls happen a lot for thyroid medications The relationship between iodine and thyroid disease How the Thyroid Reset Diet can help you to reverse thyroid disease What is your cortisol slope and why does it matter? The best way to test cortisol How to get started with burnout recovery Why you shouldn’t buy into the “pregnenolone steal” myth The higher goal is to keep your blood sugar stable How resistant starches work and common examples We don’t need to be afraid of white potatoes, rice, and beans   Connect with Dr. Alan Christianson Website: DrChristianson.com https://www.drchristianson.com/ Books https://shop.drchristianson.com/collections/books-multimedia/ Instagram | @DrAlanChristianson https://www.instagram.com/dralanchristianson/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
11/3/202237 minutes, 5 seconds
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14: A Tale Of Two Thyroids: Testing and Treatment of Hypo and Hyperthyroidism

Thyroid hormone is one of the two hormones that are critical to our survival. Unfortunately, thyroid disease is very common, and women are around five to eight times more likely to be diagnosed with a thyroid condition than a man. In my practice, I see many women who have either been diagnosed with thyroid disease or who have subclinical thyroid disease, where they have all the symptoms but have often been dismissed by doctors because their labs are within the normal range. Today I'm exploring the role of the thyroid in our bodies, different types of thyroid disease, why I don't think we should be satisfied with being on the low end of normal lab ranges, common symptoms of thyroid disease, my approach to thyroid testing, how you can advocate for yourself with your doctor, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights My approach to interpreting hormone levels What is the thyroid and where is it located? Your thyroid plays an essential role in keeping you alive Why I often choose NP-Thyroid for patients with hypothyroidism What your TSH levels really mean Why you might not feel good even though your thyroid hormone levels are "normal" Women are at higher risk for thyroid disease Conditions and medical history that can increase the risk of developing thyroid disease Common causes of thyroid problems and the differences between them Taking iodine without being supervised by a medical professional can be dangerous Diabetes increases the risk of thyroid disease Why TSH shouldn't be used to diagnose thyroid disease Symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism Thyroid disease and hair loss How thyroid disease is diagnosed It's important to look at symptoms in conjunction with thyroid hormone levels My recommendations for thyroid testing When imaging is useful in diagnosis You have to be a persistent advocate for yourself Understanding treatment options for thyroid disease What you can learn about the Underdog (hypothyroidism) and Over-Achiever (hyperthyroidism) archetypes in the Hormone Balance Bible A thyroid panel should include: Basic: TSH, free T4, and free T3 Advanced: TSH, free T4, free T3, thyroid peroxidase antibodies, thyroglobulin antibodies, and thyroglobulin Why I rarely order the reverse T3 test What your thyroid panel results mean   Mentioned in this episode Integrative Therapeutics BMR Complex https://www.integrativepro.com/products/bmr-complex   Connect with Dr. Shawn Tassone, MD, PhD Instagram @ShawnTassoneMD https://www.instagram.com/shawntassonemd/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3rKOqycMebP0Sb6G83lQJg Call his office: 512-956-0296   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/       Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
10/27/202241 minutes, 38 seconds
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13: Essentially You: Essential Oils and Women's Health with Dr. Mariza Snyder

“This ain't your Mama's menopause. You get to define what it looks like moving forward.” - Dr. Mariza Snyder During perimenopause, it can feel like everything is falling apart. Your body is changing, sex hormones are declining, and ovarian function shifts towards retirement mode. But the more metabolically flexible you are heading into menopause and beyond, the more control you have over how this time in your life plays out. Functional practitioner Dr. Mariza Snyder believes that by focusing on your mindset and metabolic function, the transition into menopause can become an excellent opportunity to pivot into living the life you want. In this conversation, we talk about Mariza’s daily practices for good metabolic health, how she uses essential oils in her home and with her young son, the significant impact of mindset on the perimenopause transition, how to start using essential oils in your life, and more. Mariza is a great friend of mine with a substantial depth of knowledge regarding essential oils, perimenopause, and menopause - she wrote the books on them. If you’re already using essential oils or just curious about how you could incorporate them into your life, I highly recommend Mariza’s books because she is the authority.   About Dr. Mariza Snyder Dr. Mariza Snyder is a functional practitioner, women’s hormone expert, and the author of eight books: The newest book, The Essential Oils Menopause Solution, focuses on solutions for women in perimenopause and menopause and the #1 National Bestselling book, The Essential Oils Hormone Solution, focuses on balancing women’s hormones naturally.   Highlights Mariza’s focus on helping women through the transition of perimenopause How Mariza’s mother went from the poster child of menopause symptoms to living the life she wanted in her 50s and beyond Mariza’s priorities for good metabolic health Essential oils pair beautifully with a lot of self-care practices How Mariza uses essential oils throughout her day The best way to start learning about using essential oils What to look for in high-quality essential oils Expert guidance is crucial for using essential oils therapeutically   Connect with Dr. Mariza Snyder Dr. Mariza Snyder’s Website https://drmariza.com/ Dr. Mariza Snyder’s Podcast | Essentially You https://drmariza.com/podcast/ Dr. Mariza Snyder on Instagram @DrMariza https://www.instagram.com/drmariza/ Dr. Mariza Snyder & dōTERRA Essential Oils https://drmariza.com/essential-oils/ Dr. Mariza Snyder’s Books https://drmariza.com/books/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
10/20/202231 minutes, 40 seconds
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12: Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? No - Well, Maybe

How are we at a point where women are terrified of a hormone they've had in their bodies most of their lives? Many of us have heard horrible things about estrogen and its connection to breast cancer. A lot of this public aversion stems from a study that came out in the early 2000s called the Women's Health Initiative (WHI). The WHI was a landmark study designed to define the risks and benefits of interventions, notably hormonal therapy. Unfortunately, when journals and the media reported on the findings, they didn’t put them into the appropriate clinical context and did not mention the study’s limitations. Ultimately, this led to women ditching their hormones en masse, suffering in silence without an alternative. Today I’m sharing what you need to know about the WHI, what the data shows about the connection between hormone therapy and the risk of disease, why we need to shift our perspective on hormone therapy, and alternatives for women who can’t benefit from estrogen therapy. The bottom line is hormone replacement therapy is a personal choice. We have to look at the risks versus benefits, not expecting it to be a panacea for everything that ails you, but as something that could significantly improve your quality of life when done with caution. Let’s try not to be afraid of estrogen - it’s not a bad thing.   Highlights Telling women across the board not to go on hormones is a misogynistic statement What you need to know about the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study The problem with how the media reported the results of the WHI study Positive outcomes of hormone therapy identified in the study Limitations of the WHI Considerations for women with a history of breast cancer What the studies showed about the benefits for osteoporosis prevention The relationship between estrogen therapy and increased risk of dementia and stroke Detoxifying estrogen in your body My confession for estrogen replacement Alternatives to estradiol for menopause symptoms   Mentioned in this episode The Women's Health Initiative https://www.whi.org/ Women’s Estrogen–Progestin Lipid-Lowering Hormone Atherosclerosis Regression Trial - WELL-HART https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/clinical-trials/2010/02/23/19/26/wellhart HABITS (hormonal replacement therapy after breast cancer--is it safe?), a randomized comparison: trial stopped https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14962527/ Nordic Naturals ProOmega® https://www.nordicnaturals.com/en/Products/Product_Details/515/?ProdID=30 Udo’s Choice Flaxseed Oil Femenessence Maca Products https://femmenessence.com/ Magnesium Glycinate   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/       Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
10/13/202239 minutes, 35 seconds
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11: Breast Implant Illness with Anthony Youn, MD

Traditional plastic surgery training taught Dr. Anthony Youn that the bigger the operation, the better. This idea was reinforced throughout medical school and residency and stayed with Tony as he built his practice. As he grew, he built up a long waiting list of patients across the country and felt like he had hit the pinnacle of success. Then he had a horrible complication with a patient that transformed his perspective and approach to his work. Now known as America's Holistic Plastic Surgeon™, Tony has a whole body perspective on aging, the process of reversing aging, utilizing all the different minimally invasive available, and keeping surgery as a last resort. Dr. Anthony Youn is a very dear friend of mine who has a fantastic way of sharing information in a very entertaining way. In this conversation, we dive into the history of implants, breast implant illness, holistic plastic surgery tips, and much more.   About Anthony Youn, MD Known as America's Holistic Plastic Surgeon™, Dr. Anthony Youn is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Award-Winning Author, and Anti-Aging Expert.  He is one of the nation's best-known experts in looking younger with or without surgery, and for the past dozen years, he has also shared his tips for holistic plastic surgery on such programs as The Doctors, and many others. He is a strong advocate for responsible plastic surgery, and recommends using actual surgery as a last resort for patients who want to look and feel younger and better.   Highlights Transitioning away from the "cut to cure" culture The whole body perspective brought by holistic plastic surgery How minimally invasive treatments like Botox fit into the bigger picture The history and evolution of breast implants Increasing awareness around breast implant illness (BII) Common symptoms of BII Breast implant illness is a diagnosis of exclusion Dr. Youn's experience with breast implant removal/explant What makes a successful explant? The risks of fat injections to the breasts Complications with informed consent The rise of the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) What it means to be board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Dr. Youn's mostly vegetarian diet Dr. Youn's Confession: The risks of speaking up   Connect with Anthony Youn, MD Website https://www.dryoun.com/ Anthony Youn, MD's Books https://www.amazon.com/Anthony-Youn/e/B004D1J152 Podcast | The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show https://www.dryoun.com/podcast/ TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@doctoryoun YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/tonyyounmd Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tonyyounmd/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
10/6/202246 minutes, 13 seconds
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10: Estradiol, Estrone, and Estriol - OH MY: Estrogen 101

Estrogen is probably the most misunderstood hormone. The demonization of estrogen by the Women's Health Initiative has done a disservice to women's health and caused a lot of fear. Between the patients who don’t want to take it and the doctors who refuse to prescribe it, many women are missing out on estrogen’s protective effects and suffering needlessly for years and years. I want you to know you don’t need to fear estrogen. Today I’m talking about what research shows about the benefits of estrogen, the three types of estrogen, how they're prescribed, the metabolism of estrogen in the body, what you can do to maximize your estrogen breakdown, what I’ve found works best for hormone replacement, and more. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Common fears around estrogen Setting the record straight: estrogen and breast cancer The three types of estrogen Why testing for estradiol alone is typically enough What you need to know about Biest and Triest The function and protective effects of estradiol Adverse effects of the demonization of estrogen Why estriol is no longer widely used The comparative strength of estradiol, estriol, and estrone Why estrone was removed from the market How your body gets rid of estrogen Why DIM and I3C are not suitable for decreasing estrogen levels How you can improve your estrogen metabolism Estrone’s potential for increased cancer risk Why I stopped prescribing Biest Pros and cons of different methods of delivery for estrogen Typical starting dosage for estrogen How to test your body’s estrogen metabolism What to do if you have low methylation Today’s confession: hormone testing is valuable   Mentioned in this episode Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 3: Test Don’t Guess: Hormone Testing 101   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Learn more at https://tassonemd.com/podcast/.       Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
9/29/202238 minutes, 42 seconds
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9: Maca, Julva for the Vulva, and MenuPause with Dr. Anna Cabeca

The medical community is often critical of new ideas. Yet, if we don’t evolve as providers, we’re doing our patients a disservice. As someone who’s been at the forefront of women’s health throughout her career, Dr. Anna Cabeca never let the naysayers deter her. Back in her first practice in a small town in Georgia, Dr. Anna often found herself with patients with little resources. That experience forced her to get creative in treating her patients; she also recognized the value of empowering the body to heal itself. Today I’m excited to welcome Dr. Anna, a great friend, and a true hormone expert, to share her insights and experience with you. In this episode, we talk about hormone replenishment, why she created her all-natural products, restorative health, why she is a big fan of compounding pharmacies, the benefits of bioidentical hormones, how being in ketosis helps the body, what it means to live by design, and more.   About Dr. Anna Cabeca Dr. Anna Cabeca is a medical doctor, mother, advocate for women’s health, researcher, and educator. Dr. Cabeca frequently lectures nationally and internationally regarding restorative health and women’s health issues.   Highlights Dr. Anna’s medical background and why she became passionate about advocacy and empowering the body to heal itself Recognizing the opportunities to improve patients’ lives through sexual medicine Why we must evolve as healthcare providers Dr. Anna’s constant drive to be at the forefront of women’s health research Busting the myths about estrogen being the bad guy How our understanding of hormones and hormone replacement therapy has developed in recent years Why Dr. Anna created Julva® and how it helps women The transformative role of organic Peruvian maca in Dr. Anna’s healing journey Why Dr. Anna does hormone replenishment, not hormone replacement The benefits of Mighty Maca® Plus for men and women The benefits of regularly getting into ketosis How MenuPause can help you overcome common dietary plateaus How to connect with Dr. Anna and where to find her products Dr. Anna’s Confession   Connect with Dr. Anna Cabeca Website https://drannacabeca.com Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thegirlfrienddoctor Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thegirlfrienddoctor TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@thegirlfrienddoctor The Girlfriend Doctor Club https://go.drannacabeca.com/the-girlfriend-doctor-club Books https://drannacabeca.com/collections/books Julva® - Vulva revitalizing cream https://drannacabeca.com/products/julva Mighty Maca® Plus - Superfood drink https://drannacabeca.com/products/mighty-maca   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
9/22/202245 minutes, 12 seconds
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8: 10 Must-Have Supplements for Women

Which supplements do you recommend? Do they really work? How do you identify which brands are good quality? With so many supplement options available, it can be hard to sift through the noise and find the ones that make sense for you. Plus, just because something is natural doesn’t automatically mean it’s safe.  For over ten years, I’ve worked to hone in on the most beneficial supplements, and today I’m sharing the top ten supplements I recommend for most women. I’ll discuss the right way to think about supplements, what you can expect from each one, how and when I use them, and which brands are worth it. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights Supplements are a complement, not a standalone therapy Natural doesn’t mean safe Supplement #1: Omega-3 How to check the quality of oil-based supplements in capsules Choosing the best source of omega’s for you Balancing Omega-3, Omega-6 & Omega-9 How much flaxseed oil to take each day Supplement #2: Magnesium Glycinate The role of magnesium in your body Conditions and symptoms that can improve with magnesium supplementation Whole food sources of magnesium Supplement #3: Maca root Traditional uses of maca Maca for balancing hormones Different types of maca and their properties Potential side effects of maca Supplement #4: Myo-inositol Especially beneficial for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) Typical symptoms of PCOS Research on inositol for improving fertility Supplement #5: Zyflamend™ Who can benefit most from using Zyflamend™? Why I generally recommend solitary supplementation and why Zyflamend™ is the exception Side effects from Zyflamend™ Supplement #6: Probiotics Why I prefer MegaSporeBiotic™ Understanding the Estrobolome The gut-vagina connection Supplement #7: Vitex/Chaste Tree How vitex impacts your hormones How much vitex to take per day Who can benefit most from taking vitex Research on the mode of action of vitex Supplement #8: Ashwagandha Ashwagandha is part of many proprietary blends Traditional uses of ashwagandha in Ayurveda Benefits of ashwagandha Recommended daily dosage for ashwagandha Supplement #9: Rhodiola Benefits of Rhodiola Who will benefit most from Rhodiola supplementation Supplement #10: Hops Transitioning patients off of sleep medication Sedative effects of hops Different formats available for taking hops Today’s Confession & my current supplement protocol   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Learn more at https://tassonemd.com/podcast/.     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
9/15/202247 minutes, 7 seconds
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7: The Betty Body with Dr. Stephanie Estima

Early in her clinical career, Dr. Stephanie Estima recognized through her patients that men and women required very different approaches to achieve successful outcomes. That realization led to Stephanie developing a standard of care uniquely focused on female health and wellbeing. Now, her mission is to inspire women globally to be the best versions of themselves physically and emotionally through the power of easily accessible female health education. Stephanie has been a friend of mine for several years, and her approach to women’s health and fitness is unique and fascinating. In this conversation, Stephanie and I talk about the role of diet and lifestyle in your brain health, the benefits of a female-centric ketogenic-style diet, why women should lift heavy weights, what you’ll learn in The Betty Body, and more.   About Dr. Stephanie Estima Dr. Stephanie Estima is the Founder of Hello Betty, a community centered around female empowerment through health and business coaching. She is a doctor of chiropractic with a special interest in metabolism, body composition, functional neurology, and female physiology. She is also the Host of the Better! Podcast With Dr. Stephanie, featuring the world’s leading voices on health and wellness.   Highlights Stephanie’s training and clinical experience as a chiropractor What led Stephanie to develop a standard of care that uniquely focuses on female health and wellbeing Implications of the differences in serotonin and dopamine synthesis and receptors between the sexes Measuring brain function and brain metabolism How nutrition and lifestyle directly impact your brain health Why Stephanie advocates for the ketogenic diet as a great starting point for improving your brain health The stumbling block many people encounter around 4-5 weeks into the ketogenic diet Potential harmful effects of chronic protein restriction What to look for in a good protein source How to start weight training What you will learn from reading The Betty Body The two-phase approach of the Estima Diet™ Stephanie’s Confession: Feeling abandoned by the traditional medical system   Connect with Dr. Stephanie Estima Dr. Stephanie Estima’s Book | The Betty Body: A Geeky Goddess' Guide to Intuitive Eating, Balanced Hormones, and Transformative Sex https://bettybodybook.com/ Dr. Stephanie Estima’s Podcast | Better! with Dr. Stephanie https://hellobetty.club/podcast Dr. Stephanie Estima on Instagram @dr.stephanie.estima https://www.instagram.com/dr.stephanie.estima/ Dr. Stephanie Estima’s Website | Hello Betty https://hellobetty.club/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
9/8/202241 minutes, 11 seconds
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6: Knock Knock, Who's There? What Are Your Provider's Credentials?

Many patients are choosing providers outside of the traditional medical system because of negative experiences with MDs. In a time where there are so many doctors, experts, and gurus to choose from, there’s no need to stay with a provider that is failing you. At the same time, figuring out who is well-positioned to help you has become quite confusing. From doctors who aren’t medical doctors to specialists advising outside of their specialty, how are you supposed to know what to look for? With this episode, I want to get you thinking about your providers and to be empowered in choosing whose advice you follow. I’m sharing what the letters behind providers’ names mean, the differences between similar-sounding specialties, and the red flags that you should be aware of when selecting a provider.   Highlights The confusion caused by non-medical practitioners with the title “Dr.” Core tenet for credential clarity: Always clarify what type of Dr. you are Getting clear on the training and experience behind: MD: Medical Doctor; 4 years of undergrad, 4 years of medical school, residency and possibly fellowship DO: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine; similar training path to MDs but with an additional study on manipulative therapy Naturopath/Naturopathic Doctor: operate on the six principles of naturopathic medicine; usually a 4-year program Chiropractic Physician/Doctor of Chiropractic: Focus on the musculoskeletal anatomy DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy; Graduate degree; required to indicate that they are physical therapists when using the title of Dr. Clinical Nutritionist: analyzes a person's diet along with their medical history; often licensed and can usually order labs Registered Dietitian (RDN): food and nutrition experts; internship after completing their degree; can sometimes order labs Certified Nutritional Consultant (CNC): educates clients on their lifestyle and dietary habits; can sit for a certified board exam after completing education and experience requirements Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN)/Integrative Functional Nutritionist: receive nutrition training but don’t necessarily have a medical background Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners: lengthy degree requirement; aim to find the energetic body aspect of your illness and correct it from that angle Acupuncturist: degree program differentiated them from someone who does needling Keys differences between: Psychologists vs. psychiatrists Plastic surgeon vs. cosmetic surgeon Nurse practitioners (NP) vs. physician assistants (PA)     Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Learn more at https://tassonemd.com/podcast/.     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
9/1/202234 minutes, 28 seconds
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5: Hormones from Down Under with Nat Kringoudis

Nat never planned to treat women’s health. Coming out of her studies, she opened up her clinic and found herself inundated with women desperate for answers to the symptoms they were experiencing. After turning many women away, thinking she couldn’t help, she started to recognize a pattern of common symptoms in most of their cases. Years of study, practice, and experience later, Nat is now known as the Hormone Revolutionist, and she’s empowering women and girls to understand their bodies and hormones better. Nat is a great friend who’s been instrumental in getting to where I am today. We’ve been through some fantastic adventures and times together, and I’m excited to have her on the podcast to share her expertise and insights. In this conversation, we’re talking about how our modern lifestyle is reflected in common symptoms women experience, her approach to addressing the root cause of your symptoms, the revolutionary shows, and books Nat has created, what she’s learned since her son’s cystic fibrosis diagnosis, why she wrote her first-of-its-kind book Beautiful You to empower young women, the changes we experience in different phases of our lives, how to figure out which information to trust, and more.   About Nat Kringoudis Nat Kringoudis is a two times best-selling Author, two-time podcast host, and all-around women’s health and natural fertility practitioner. She founded Melbourne’s home of natural health - her clinic, The Pagoda Tree, where she has helped over 20,000 women rescue their hormones and reclaim their best life.   Highlights Why Nat decided to specialize in supporting women’s health Nat’s approach to addressing the root cause of women’s symptoms The revolutionary YouTube series Nat created  Nat’s experience of having a child with a cystic fibrosis Moving forward with a difficult diagnosis and finding your path How Beautiful You empowers young women when it comes to their bodies and their health Western medicine’s one-dimensional approach to perimenopause The changes that come in different phases of our lives Recognizing typical symptoms vs. red flags in perimenopause How to vet sources of information and identify who to trust   Connect with Nat Kringoudis Nat Kringoudis’ Website https://www.natkringoudis.com/ Nat Kringoudis on Instagram | @NatKringoudis https://www.instagram.com/natkringoudis/ Nat Kringoudis’ Podcast | The Wellness Collective https://www.listnr.com/podcasts/the-wellness-collective Nat Kringoudis’ Book | Beautiful You: Your body is talking, it's time to listen https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1698013051/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
8/25/202238 minutes, 48 seconds
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4: Working It With The Betty Rocker: Essure, Exercise, and Energy

All too often, it’s women who bear the brunt of medical device failures. A major example is Essure, which came on the market in 2002 as a female sterilization device. It was sold to physicians and patients as a non-surgical, FDA-approved option that could be inserted without much downtime. Sounds good, right? That’s what many of us thought at first, but by 2016, many women reported issues, and I started removing them. At the end of 2018, Essure production was stopped, and the distributors took it off the market. Today Women’s Fitness and Nutrition Coach Bree Argetsinger, also known as The Betty Rocker, joins me to talk about her experience with Essure and ultimately having it removed. In this episode, we talk about her decision to try Essure, how she realized that it was the source of health issues she was experiencing, how you can benefit from a health team, her Essure removal experience, and more.   About Bree Argetsinger, The Betty Rocker Bree Argetsinger, The Betty Rocker, is a C.H.E.K. (Corrective Exercise and High-performance Kinesiology) certified Exercise Coach, a Nationally Certified Structural Integration Practitioner (realignment of the body through manual therapy), an ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) certified fitness nutrition practitioner and an all-around fitness motivator and champion of personal growth.   Highlights Bree’s long history with hormonal birth control since age 14 The attractive promises of a future with Essure Why so many women and their providers felt confident about Essure The three types of patients who encounter issues with Essure How exposure to black mold ultimately led Bree to dig deeper into Essure side effects The unusual circumstances around Essure being taken off the market Why the main components of the device and its mechanism of action can be problematic How we connected after Bree’s recognition that Essure was at the center of her issues Major issues that occur due to botched Essure removals How I approach Essure removals after performing over a thousand via laparoscopic surgery Managing the mental and emotional aspects of losing a part of yourself Bree’s post-op and recovery experience Why it’s important to be health conscious instead of body conscious How an “all or something” mindset will help you to reach your goals more consistently The faster healing Bree experienced after her Essure removal   Connect with Bree Argetsinger Bree Argetsinger’s Website https://thebettyrocker.com/ Bree Argetsinger on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebettyrocker/   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
8/18/202237 minutes, 9 seconds
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3: Test Don’t Guess: Hormone Testing 101

Confession: You are being lied to about hormone testing, and, in many cases, you’re either not being tested enough or being tested way too much. There are many “hormone experts” out there, and the information they share is often wildly contradictory. From providers who say hormone imbalance doesn’t exist to those who only want to see results from a specific day of your cycle, how do you filter out the valuable insights from the noise? When it comes to your hormones, I always say, “test, don’t guess.” Today I’m sharing everything you need to know about hormone testing so you can be empowered when you go to your OBGYN, naturopath, or whichever provider you prefer to see. We’re talking about the pros and cons of different hormone tests, how you can determine which tests to ask for, details about how testing is done, how to spot red flags, and more.   Highlights Why a rigid approach to testing doesn’t make sense The right time to test your hormones Why hormone testing is crucial Red flags that suggest your provider isn’t a hormone expert The problem with saliva testing and the cases where it’s worth it Pros and cons of serum/blood testing Hormones and proteins I prefer to check through serum testing How DUTCH tests work Advantages and disadvantages of urine testing Why I believe DUTCH tests are overused   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Practice https://www.drshawntassone.com/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Learn more at https://tassonemd.com/podcast/.     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
8/18/202228 minutes, 1 second
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2: Hormones 101

Many women have a similar experience: you’re feeling like crap, but when you go to the doctor, you’re told everything is normal, and you’re fine. Understanding your hormones is a critical foundation for advocating for yourself and being empowered when it comes to your health. To start things off, this week is all about your hormones. I’m sharing the basics every woman needs to know about her hormones and some insights into what you can expect from upcoming episodes of this podcast. Enjoy the episode!   Highlights What I’m looking for when testing estrogen levels Busting common estrogen myths Symptoms of high and low estradiol levels Why progesterone’s effects are higher in the second half of your menstrual cycle Benefits and therapeutic uses of progesterone Why women aren’t often treated with testosterone The role of testosterone in women Why you need to test specifically for free testosterone The connection between dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), estrogen, and testosterone The critical importance of thyroid hormone Why it’s not enough to test for TSH How FSH and LH directly affect ovulation The many functions of cortisol Understanding “The Saboteur” archetype from The Hormone Balance Bible Dr. T’s Confession This week’s challenge: Find out your Hormonal Archetype   Resources Blog Post | The Pitfalls of Pellets https://tassonemd.com/the-pitfalls-of-pellets/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Learn more at https://tassonemd.com/podcast/.     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
8/18/202223 minutes, 21 seconds
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1: Confessions of a Male Gynecologist

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Confessions of a Male Gynecologist, a cheeky-sounding name for an unconventional show. I’m Dr. Shawn Tassone, a board-certified OB-GYN who’s also board certified in integrative medicine. It’s an unusual combination, rooted in my recognition that I couldn’t help my patients as much as I wanted to through allopathic medicine alone. How we respond to our health and how we respond to each other tells a story. I created this podcast not only to share the stories I’ve experienced and encountered over the past 20 years but to create a space for colleagues and patients to share their stories. In this episode, I’m sharing what you can expect from Confessions of a Male Gynecologist, my background and what drove me to want to be a better healer, what I’ve learned from my patients, and how the conversations we’ll share on this podcast will empower you in your health journey. I’m excited to welcome you on this journey. Now, let’s get to those confessions.   Highlights What you can expect from the Confessions of a Male Gynecologist podcast How 20 years in practice have turned me into a storyteller How my mother’s cancer diagnosis changed my perspective on medicine and healing The spiritual crisis that led me to train in integrative medicine Exploring healing with your mind The meaning behind “Confessions of a Male Gynecologist” Second-class citizens and the doctor-archy The mission to get you the vetted information you need to advocate for yourself   Mentioned in this episode Andrew Weil’s Book | 8 Weeks to Optimum Health: A Proven Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power https://www.amazon.com/Weeks-Optimum-Health-Program-Advantage/dp/034549802X Shawn A. Tassone MD & Kathryn M. Landherr MD’s Book | Spiritual Pregnancy: Develop, Nurture & Embrace the Journey to Motherhood https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Pregnancy-Develop-Nurture-Motherhood/dp/0738735515   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/   Learn more at https://tassonemd.com/podcast/.     Disclaimer This podcast and website represent the opinions of Dr. Shawn Tassone and his guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any medical questions.
8/18/202224 minutes, 57 seconds
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Introducing Confessions of a Male Gynecologist

Have you ever wondered why you need to worry about your hormones? Or how hormones impact your overall health and well-being? Have you made the connection between your weight gain, heavy painful periods, hot flashes, severe fatigue, or thinning hair? Maybe you have, but like so many other women, you've been told you're fine or you're just getting older. How do you make the connection and bridge the gap between integrated, functional, and allopathic medicine with so much conflicting information across the internet and social media? How do you find the right road to navigate all this and one concise, well-designed plan that's actually going to help you feel better? Consider this podcast your saving grace. I'm Dr. Shawn Tassone America's holistic gynecologist. I'm double board-certified in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Integrative Medicine but what's most interesting about me is I have a Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine and Philosophy. I guess you might say, I'm not your average OB-GYN. As part of my mission to change the way both physicians and patients approach women's health, I wrote a book called The Hormone Balance Bible and created the world's first Integrative Hormonal Mapping System. Now, Confessions of a Male Gynecologist is a little bit tongue in cheek. In each episode I'll take a deep dive to find answers to your most burning questions with experts from both sides of the aisle, to finally get you that vetted information with solid research so you can get clarity and start advocating for yourself. What makes this podcast different from the others? Well, I've curated the experts I'll bring you and some are going to be my friends, while some of them are people that may not like me. But these discussions are meant to be civil and cordial with topics ranging from the craziness of perimenopause and menopause to hormones, how to achieve optimal health of the mind and body, right through to things like relationships, and other general women's health concerns. I'll share with you the most up-to-date information and research on endometriosis, fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and I'm going to show you why your hormones are the business. I'm bringing you all the information you wanted and needed but might have been afraid to ask for. And the confessions? Well, they're going to come from me, my expert guests, and you. If you've told any stories, or if you have a story to share, this right here is a safe and open space where the discussions will allow each of us to grow and learn. Are you ready? Let's confess our sins.   Resources Dr. Shawn Tassone's Book | The Hormone Balance Bible https://tassonemd.com/hormone-balance-bible/ Dr. Shawn Tassone's Integrative Hormonal Mapping System | Hormone Archetype Quiz https://tassonemd.lpages.co/hormonearchetypequiz/
3/22/20222 minutes, 44 seconds