Working Women and Hormone Balance with Dr. Shawn Tassone


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Welcome back to The Simplicity Sessions, I'm delighted that you’ve joined us today. My name is Jenn Pike, your host, registered holistic nutritionist, medical exercise specialist, the best-selling author of the Simplicity Project and the creator of the women's revolutionary health program, The Hormone Project.

I am very happy to welcome Dr. Shawn Tassone to the podcast. Shawn Tassone MD, Ph.D., is known as America's Holistic Gynecologist. He is the first physician in the United States to be double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and by the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He holds a medical degree in addition to a Ph.D. in mind-body medicine. He’s a practicing OBGYN in Austin, TX, hormone specialist, author, speaker, highly rated patient advocate, and creator of the world’s first integrative hormonal mapping system.

In his 20+ years of practice, Shawn has seen over 40,000 women and he is determined to remove the myths surrounding women's health. As an integrative health practitioner, he believes that you should have an active role in your care. His work includes studies and publications on hormonal imbalances, spirituality in medical care, whole foods to heal the human body, and integrative medicine.

Dr. Tassone is featured in many publications including The New York Times, NBCNews Online, Stanford MedX, and his book (The Hormone Balance Bible, published by HarperCollins), is now available in stores and online!

I speak to Shawn about the reasons he has followed a career path in women’s health care. We also discuss how women often treat pain and discomfort based on society’s rules for women.

Shawn discusses the signs and symptoms of hormone imbalances and how women can find solutions for such imbalances.

Here are the main topics of today’s episode:
  • Why Shawn chose his field
  • Shawn’s inspiration
  • Shawn’s interests beyond the medical field
  • How the strength of women and their mindset can hurt them
  • Functional health tests are not available in our healthcare system until you search for them
  • The SHINES protocol
  • Solutions to reset your hormones
  • Top 3 signs of hormone imbalances
  • Hormone treatment
  • Signs of too much testosterone
  • Estrogen levels
  • Find the connector in your health care

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Quotes -

  • “...what's called the nocebo effect versus placebo where the negativity of what you say can actually change a diagnosis versus the positivity, and just having that open up my brain…”
  • “I'm a robotic surgeon, too. I use the robot for surgery, but then if a woman's having heavy periods, sometimes I'll just recommend yarrow flower instead of birth control pills.”
  • “they're telling me I can't have hormones and I'm just supposed to be miserable for the last five years of my life.”
  • “fatigue, if you're taking a nap at four or five in the afternoon that's probably not normal.”
  • “Testosterone does stimulate hair follicles so it will help with hair growth, but too much can overstimulate it and that is when you get hair on your stomach or your chin”
  • “The reason I think we see a lot of thyroid issues is because the more estrogen that's in the body, the less active your thyroid is going to be. And we have that for one, huge reason: diet. Fat cells make estrogen. So the fatter you are the more fat cells you have, the more your estrogen goes up and your thyroid function goes down.”
  • “ don't put all the pressure also on that practitioner to know everything for you.”

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