104: Uncovering the Root Causes of PCOS, Endometriosis, and More

104: Uncovering the Root Causes of PCOS, Endometriosis, and More

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Uncovering the Root Causes of PCOS & Endometriosis (And How to Fix Them)

Pharmacist turned naturopathic doctor Brooke Kalanick uses the best of both natural and conventional methods to treat women with PCOS, Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, perimenopause, menopause, and other female hormone imbalances.

Dr. Brooke works to find the root cause of these troubling conditions. Her practice takes a holistic approach to reset hormones, heads, and habits so women can finally feel at home in their bodies.

What a great (and much needed!) mission.

Dr. Brooke Kalanick on Ways to Manage PCOS

PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, happens when multiple follicles on the ovaries are working abnormally. Symptoms can vary and range from severe to vague, which can make PCOS difficult to diagnose.

If you have one or more symptoms like an irregular or missing cycle, infertility, fatigue, elevated blood sugar, mood swings, acne, and/or excess facial hair, you may want to consider whether PCOS is at the bottom of it.

Conventional treatment often consists of long-term use of the birth control pill, but Dr. Brooke shares other more holistic options that actually get to the root cause and eliminate symptoms (rather than just masking them).

Dr. Brooke makes such complex issues really understandable. Here are just some of the topics we dive into!

In This Episode You’ll Learn

  • the problems with diagnosing PCOS (and why many have it without knowing it)
  • common symptoms to look for to know if you have it
  • how cortisol and thyroid hormones have a direct impact on PCOS and endometrosis
  • how to address endometriosis naturally
  • a great explanation of insulin resistance, and why Dr. Brooke’s PCOS protocol starts with managing this
  • the inflammation connection to PCOS and other hormone problems
  • the problem with using birth control pills to remedy PCOS
  • what your carb intake has to do with hormones
  • the most important thing for a woman with PCOS to do when it comes to food
  • ways to address the weight gain from hormone imbalance
  • exercise dos and don’ts for hormone balance, and why the answer varies
  • the two groups for PCOS sufferers, and how to know which group you fall in
  • why to ramp up omega-3s to fight hormone imbalance
  • the unusual reason to avoid animal fat if you have PCOS
  • Dr. Brooke’s quick start diet and supplement protocol for tackling hormone issues
  • how PCOS or endometriosis impacts the transition to menopause
  • why women’s hormones are a moving target … and how to keep up!
  • life after PCOS: is there really a cure?
  • and more!

Resources We Mention

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Do these symptoms sound familiar? Do you suspect or have you been diagnosed with PCOS or other hormone imbalance? What would you ask Dr. Brooke? Please share in the comments!

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Reader Comments

  1. Thank you. I really enjoyed this podcast. Very informative. If you’re still breastfeeding , I feel like I’ve been breastfeeding forever. Currently 5 the child is 8 months. Are the supplements ok to take? I know and can feel there’s an imbalance. Do you wait until after breastfeeding to ‘repair ‘/ rebalance or can you do the suggestions while still breastfeeding.
    Thank you for an amazing site and all the informative emails. I read every one of them???

    • I’ve taken all but Berberine and NAC while breastfeeding, but I’d definitely do some research and check with a doc or midwife to make sure.

  2. I have PCOS and doc is pushing meds. I believe in holistic healing

  3. Is there a capsule you would recommend for glutathione? I’m not going to do well with liquid form.

  4. A study of levels of 7 hormones in people who lived within 500 meters of a cell tower showed 6 of the 7 hormones, including testosterone, T3, T4, estrogen, declined, prolactin increased. The study lasted for 6 years and the levels changed more over time. The list of symptoms included many of the symptoms of PCOS including infertility and loss of libido. Fortunately for couples men had a loss of libido also. I characterize it as over time the cell tower will be the only erection in the neighborhood.
    Brooke’s protocol of using exercise probably does as much as diet to balance hormones. I would add maca powder which helps balance hormones for men and women. Also vitamin C and Epsom salt baths or even better ocean swimming if possible. All the 60 or so minerals the body uses are there in the ionic form the body uses and in this Roundup world of gut and soil destruction the skin is a better absorber and moderator.

  5. I have severe insulin resistance. I have gone very low carb (no grains, sugar or starch) with excellent results, Including regular menstrual cycles again. I keep my carb intake to less than 15g per meal.

    My question is about berberine. I would really like to be able to use beans, honey, maple syrup, arrowroot starch again in my cooking. Do you have a post on using Berberine, dosages, side effects, and effectiveness for insulin resistance? I would love to use it if I could increase my healthy dietary carbs.

    • I haven’t written about this but am interested in researching more!

  6. I’ve had irregular cycles since they began and thought it was great when I was younger. I didn’t even think about it until I was about to get married and we were hoping for a baby right away. I was diagnosed with PCOS when we were struggling to conceive and NFP tracking was difficult. I wasn’t overweight(I exercised a lot) and had pretty much no symptoms other than my irregular cycles. For me, nutrition was everything. I cut out all grains, dairy, processed food, and sugar (processed and natural, the sweetest thing I ate was cashews) I supplemented with inositol, vitamin D, and flax oil as well as taking a prebiotic and probiotics. I found out I was pregnant just a month after starting the diet. It is so nice that more people are talking about PCOS. I had never heard of it before I was diagnosed but now know a bunch a women that are dealing with it. My baby girl is now two months old!

  7. That’s very interesting: I followed all kinds of diet plans to deal with endometriosis. Nothing has cured it as yet but the best I’ve felt with high fibre diet with a lot of flax seeds and kale, beans and wholegrains, less dairy and caffeine and more fatty fish. Seems very similar to what she says except cutting out grains and beans made things a lot worse for me. But it’s so inspiring to see how the body can heal and show us what it needs.

  8. I have PCOS. I am one of the women who you wouldn’t think is suffering from any symptoms, I eat healthy, take supplements, exercise, low carbs. Since being diagnosed I’ve done anything and everything recommended by wellness mama, the doctor (minus taking pills, basically he just suggested to exercise so I increased how many time I go to gym), other natural recommendations based on research. Results were there with definite significant improvement, but nothing game changing. My natropath started doing BIE (Bioenergetics Intolerance Elimination) on my hormones. INCREDIBLE RESULTS. but still I was just shy of completely solving my issue. until she recommended to be MYO-INOSITOL. this is the piece I was missing, its incredible. Nothing has ever affected my body like this. My body is clearly telling me this was the missing piece. I don’t eat sugar, barely eat carbs, cook our own healthy foods, I’m only 28 -29. I’m not over weight to a great degree. We have a relatively chemical free. I don’t understand why this has happened to me and i’m desperate for answers. I want to know more about Myo-inositol, what it is, how it works and why. This podcast is really great but the woman talks so fast, its hard to understand and i’m trying really hard to understand PCOS and what happening in the body. I have to keep replay the episode over and over to catch what she is saying. If there is anymore places I can get information to understand what is happening in the body with PCOS and what is MYO-INOSITOL and why it works that would be wonderful. Thank you so much!

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