Healthy Fats for Female Athletes

Over the last few decades there has been a lot of confusion about how much fat one should eat and what types of fat are healthy.  When it comes to dietary fat recommendations for female athletes, there is a lot of good data that demonstrates the cardiovascular and performance benefits of eating the “right size”… Continue Reading

An Interesting Pilot Study on Diet and Exercise to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

An Interesting Pilot Study on Diet and Exercise to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

It is well known that eating healthfully and exercising can help to reduce breast cancer risk.  But, there are still many questions about what specific influences diet and exercise can have on cancer risk factors.  Researchers performed a pilot diet and exercise intervention to look at lifestyle factors on breast cancer risk markers in seven… Continue Reading

The Future of Lifestyle Medicine: Health Coaching, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Fitness, Bodywork, and Herbalism

The Future of Lifestyle Medicine: Health Coaching, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Fitness, Bodywork, and Herbalism

It is well known that the global health crisis is being caused not by acute illnesses, but by chronic disease such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.  Sixty percent of all global deaths are caused by chronic illness, and many more people are suffering with chronic morbidity from chronic pain conditions,… Continue Reading

A Foundation of Stability – Guest Post by A.J. Grzesiak, PT, DPT, OCS of STEPRIGHT™ Stability System

A few months ago I met A.J. Grzesiak, PT, DPT, OCS of STEPRIGHT™ Stability System at The American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Section’s Meeting.  He has created a piece of functional training equipment that I believe could be of value for our clients who struggle with the structural instability that can contribute to pelvic pain… Continue Reading

Are Sunscreen Chemicals More Risky Than Sun Exposure?

Are Sunscreen Chemicals More Risky Than Sun Exposure?

Living near the beach in Connecticut is interesting because for more than half of the year, we spend our time at the beach fully clothed because it’s so cold.  When that first really warm day hits, everyone heads to the beach and is surprised by how sunburned they get.  Yesterday, my daughter and I spend… Continue Reading

The Impacts of Air Pollution on Fertility

The Impacts of Air Pollution on Fertility

When women are struggling with infertility for no apparent medical reason it can be extremely frustrating. Thus, I decided to review the literature on the impact of air pollution on fertility in women to determine the impact of this less modifiable variable (compared with variables such as nutrition, exercise status, sleep, etc.) In a systemic… Continue Reading

Inspiring Health through Beautiful and Delicious Pizza

Inspiring Health through Beautiful and Delicious Pizza

Here at The Integrative Pelvic Health Institute we believe that it’s essential for health and wellness professionals to understand the research (or lack there of) supporting their clinical practice.  We encourage our professional students to participate in informal (or formal) research.  We believe that the best healers put in the hours of practice building strong clinical… Continue Reading

How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

There is a growing understanding that the microbial composition of the digestive system, urogenital system, and urine of women with pelvic pain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), interstitial cystitis (IC), and chronic yeast infections varies from those in healthy women. For example, women with IC have significantly higher percentages of Lactobacillus in their… Continue Reading

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

Recovery from birth or surgery both require similar care for the soft tissue to regain it’s strength.  Collagen is important for healing from surgical incisions, C-section incisions, and episiotomies or tears.  Collagen is also essential for maintaining bone density post-menopausally (Shan, 2006), and though it has not been studied, likely in the childbearing years as… Continue Reading