Note from Liz: I am so grateful to be surrounded by extremely knowledgeable (& gracious) local professionals when it comes to fertility. My contributing guest bloggers today are Joelle Samples (Health Coach & Merciér Therapist) with yinRoot and Dr. Natalie Marshall (Physical Therapist) with Vitalize Physical Therapy.
I have known Joelle for over two years and have recently gotten to know Dr. Natalie this past year. They are each passionate about sharing their knowledge and agreed to co-author a special piece this month for #endometriosisawarenessmonth all about how we can care for our bodies when we are affected by an endometriosis diagnosis (or even if we just suspect that we may have the disease). Enjoy the read and if this strikes a cord with you, don't hesitate to reach out to Joelle or Natalie for more information on working with them.
Endometriosis (aka endo) affects women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and body types — endometriosis does not discriminate. Approximately 176 million women worldwide (1 in 10) are impacted by endometriosis, a women’s health issue that occurs when endometrial lining grows outside of the uterine walls. This tissue can grow on organs within the pelvic cavity, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes and outer walls of the uterus. In addition, it has also been found on other organs like the bladder, rectum, and small and large intestines, leading to urinary and digestive issues. In extremely rare cases, it has also been found on the lungs and in the brain.
When a woman is on her menstrual cycle, the endometrial tissue bleeds and sheds from these different areas causing inflammation, scar tissue, and adhesions. Because endometriosis affects the internal structure of the abdomen and pelvis, the associated muscles, nerves, fascia, blood supply and lymphatic system can be comprised. This can result in reduced mobility, pain, and fertility challenges.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
Endometriosis can look different from woman to woman based on to the severity of her diagnosis. Women may experience one or all of the symptoms listed below; in rare cases, she may not experience any of these symptoms.
Holistic Ways to Manage your Endometriosis Diagnosis
Creating a team of like-minded practitioners that are dedicated to addressing the root cause of endometriosis, is key to managing the symptoms. While endometriosis may never completely go away, in our experience, many women that implement these recommendations live with little to no symptoms at all.
If you suspect you have endometriosis, and you are looking for support in the Indianapolis area, we would love to connect!
About Joelle Samples
After receiving her Bachelor of Science from Ball State University, Joelle went on to receive training as a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Merciér Therapist. As a Women’s Health & Fertility Coach, Joelle works with her clients to address the root cause of their fertility and menstrual cycle challenges. She provides guidance, education, support and encouragement as the woman seeks a more gentle approach to care. You can learn more about Joelle, her personal story, and the services she offers at yinRoot.com.
About Dr. Natalie Marshall
Natalie is a pelvic and orthopedic physical therapist helping women and men live, work, and play free of pain and embarrassment. She combines her passion for unconventional therapy with her extensive professional training, making a great blend of “east meets west” physical therapy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a Doctorate degree from Belmont University and continues to take speciality courses. You can learn more about Natalie and her practice at vitalizeindy.com.
12/28/2017 9 Comments
Note from Liz: Dawn Parker and I met through our mutual interest in health and wellness and because we both operate our businesses in Zionsville, Indiana (and are part of a networking group for women Zionsville Women in Network- ZWIN). I am grateful to have met Dawn and enjoy hearing how the work she does with her clients is changing lives and empowering people to be deliberate about their health choices. I'm excited for her to share with all of you what endocrine disruptors are, why they matter to your health and fertility, and about an upcoming opportunity to increase your knowledge about this topic and change your own life for the better.
Many of the chemicals we are exposed to everyday in this country are carcinogens, which are cancer causing, or neurotoxins, which are toxic to the brain. But many are also endocrine disruptors, that can have a profound impact on our health. The endocrine system is a complex network of glands and hormones that regulates many of your body’s functions including metabolism, growth, development and reproduction.
The endocrine glands include:
Endocrine disruptors can affect any of the above glands. They are thought to work in the following ways:
• Mimic naturally occurring hormones in the body like estrogens (female sex hormones), androgens (male sex hormones), and thyroid hormones.
• Bind to a receptor thereby blocking your body’s natural hormone from binding.
• Interfere or block the way natural hormones or their receptors are made or controlled, for example, by altering their metabolism in the liver.
They can produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, they can cause:
• Fertility issues
• Abnormalities in male reproductive organs
• Early puberty
• Breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers
• Increases in immune and autoimmune diseases
• Neurodegenerative diseases
So obviously it makes sense to do our best to avoid endocrine disruptors. If you want to learn more about this topic, please join me on a month long journey to learn more about where these chemicals lurk in your life and simple tips to reduce your exposure. Course content will be shared daily in a private Facebook where you can read the posts each day at a time that is convenient for you. There is also the opportunity to comment and ask questions on each day’s topic. Areas covered will be food, toxins in our home’s water and air, cleaning products, personal hygiene products as well as many items around the home like cookware, candles, flooring and more. The program is only $40 and runs for one month starting on January 15th.
This is a great time of year to “clean house” and make healthy changes. For more information see the Facebook event here. And to register, go here.
About the writer:
Dawn Parker is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who helps people look and feel their best through nutrition changes, stress reduction strategies, better sleep, reducing toxins and other lifestyle changes.
Dawn does private coaching both in her office in Zionsville and remotely via Skype. She works with clients wanting to eat healthier and those with chronic health conditions, such as autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, thyroid disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, migraines, joint pain, allergies, asthma, food intolerances and more. She is the author of the cookbook, “The Healthy Chocoholic” full of healthy chocolate recipes, free of gluten and dairy.
(Above) Dawn Parker
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