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Helping women move from confused, overwhelmed and overrun by their health towards understanding, confidence and wellness. The mission of Women's Health Unplugged is to educate and empower women across all generations how to advocate for themselves in their healthcare and how to support themselves through better health education. This podcast is hosted by Dr. Jordan Robertson, Naturopathic Doctor and Women's Health Author.

Women's Health Unplugged Dr. Jordan Robertson ND

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 82 Ratings

Helping women move from confused, overwhelmed and overrun by their health towards understanding, confidence and wellness. The mission of Women's Health Unplugged is to educate and empower women across all generations how to advocate for themselves in their healthcare and how to support themselves through better health education. This podcast is hosted by Dr. Jordan Robertson, Naturopathic Doctor and Women's Health Author.

    Are you okay ignoring your cramps? I’m not, and here’s why.

    Are you okay ignoring your cramps? I’m not, and here’s why.

    The research on chronic pelvic pain in women should be changing the way we think about menstrual cramps, and today’s episode will help you question your own cramps, think about possible diagnoses that could be contributing to your cramps (like endometriosis) and give you insight into why we need to take care of your cramps - like yesterday. 
    Endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain has always been this elusive conversation. People’s pain is not correlated to the size of their endo lesions (meaning you can have very small lesions but very big pain), pain is also present after surgical removal and pain can persist when we give people medications that suppress hormone production (which in theory makes endometriosis and cramps very quiet). 
    Why does this happen? Probably central sensitization. 
    The research on chronic pain has looked at the changes that happen in the brain and central nervous system (which includes the spinal cord) rather than only looking at the changes that happen at the “spot” that it affected. Endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain actually change your brain. It makes your brain feel pain more often, and to a lesser “stimuli” than before. 
    THIS is why we need to assess you. 
    The diagnostic delay for endometriosis averages 8-10 years, which means that people experience pain for years before we finally flag them appropriately. Which means that the brain has plenty of time to learn that the world is painful. And that’s what it does. 
    I want you to listen to this episode and think about your own pain experience. Do we need to support you better to reduce your daily or monthly pain? Do we need to test you to be sure that you don’t have endometriosis or some other condition (like IBS) that’s affecting your pain? We can change your brain and your pain experience, but only if we flag you and support you. 
    Enjoy the episode, and if you need support, reach out to Clarity Health in Ontario to get support. We have an entire team of practitioners who work with people with endometriosis. 
    This episode was sponsored by our Women’s Health Summit in January 2023. You can grab a ticket to attend virtually (or a VIP in-person ticket) here. 

    • 41 min
    Your Neurological Reserve and How to Protect It

    Your Neurological Reserve and How to Protect It

    The concept of Neurological Reserve is probably new to you, but to Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Pamela Hutchinson, who works with patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and MS, she is acutely aware of how important neurological reserve is for ALL women. 
    Our brains are a sensitive but amazing organ that literally runs our lives. 
    Do we ever stop and think about how things are going up there? 
    Do we ever consider how many programs or noises are running in the background? Or whether we are giving our brains enough time to reboot every day to face the demands we place on it?
    Whether you have struggled with a neurological disorder or not, your brain has a reserve that will affect the way you can show up in your life, recover from illness and trauma and may protect you from future neurological decline. Dr. Pamela and I discuss the ways you can start to take care of your brain today so that it's there for you in the future. 
    For over 21 years, Dr. Pamela Hutchison has been a passionate advocate for mental and neurological wellness through her work as a naturopathic physician in Victoria BC, Canada.  Her decades-long clinical focus on supporting folks with these conditions has provided Dr. Pam (as she is known affectionately by staff and patients) with a unique perspective on overall health and wellness, especially as it pertains to Brain Health.
    In addition to her private practice, she is the founder and CEO of Acacia Health, a large collaborative team of healthcare professionals providing patient-centred, evidence-informed care.  A firm believer in practicing what she preaches, Dr. Pam is an avid runner and cyclist, a keen consumer of fresh vegetables, and a continual learner.  She values time connecting with animals and nature and has fostered a rewarding relationship with a family of wild crows who live near her home.
    You can follow Dr. Pam on Instagram @dr_pamela_hutchison_nd 
     

    • 1 hr 2 min
    You can learn to love slow food. Even if you don’t have time.

    You can learn to love slow food. Even if you don’t have time.

    When was the last time you had a biiiiiiiig loooooooong family meal?
    Do you even remember? 
    Was it mashed in between days of PB and banana on the way to hockey and a fast french toast dinner because nobody had the energy to make anything good (not that french toast isn’t amazing). 
    When I wanted to have a conversation about the Mediterranean diet and Slow Food, I knew I had the perfect person to join us as a guest. Dr. Antonella Aguilera-Ruiz ND is a chef, Naturopathic Doctor, lover of olive oil and teaches her patients the slow-food way.
    Although you can’t see us talking with our hands about communities, kitchens and olives, I promise this episode will leave you feeling re-inspired to create a Mediterranean-focused kitchen. Even if you don’t think you have time. 
    Antonella is hosting a course for our Confident Clinician network that is a perfect pairing of the Mediterranean diet principles and the behaviour change that people need to be successful. It’s intended for NDs, nutritionists, dieticians and any professionals that recommend nutrition changes to their patients. She has years of experience in getting up to her elbows in flour, olive oil and research and will help you feel more confident prescribing this diet practice that is the best-studied nutritional intervention on earth. 
    Her one-day course registration is open now.  You can learn more and join here.
    For the listeners! Enjoy this heart-filled conversation about food. It has helped me reconnect with my love of cooking and being in my kitchen - even when I don’t feel like I have the time. 
     

    • 51 min
    Joint Pain and Food. What Should You Do Here?

    Joint Pain and Food. What Should You Do Here?

    It’s common for people to think about supplements for joint pain. Maybe you’ve even tried one. The greatest challenge in treating joint pain with supplements is how consistent patients need to be, even if their joints are feeling a bit better. 
    Nutrition is an amazing opportunity to support joint health and today’s podcast discusses the what and how around food for joint pain. You have to eat every day, so how can we best support your nutrition plan to be supporting your joints every day too. 
    The vast majority of joint pain in people over 40 is arthritis (sorry to say!) and nutrition can change the way your joints feel. In this episode we cover
    The diets that have ZERO evidence for joint pain such as keto, carnivore and low nightshades.  The nutrition plan that can reduce joint pain in people with arthritis.  With the amount of noise online about food and inflammation, let’s set the record straight! 
    Enjoy the episode. 

    • 32 min
    Exercise and Your Cycle. Facts and Frills with Dr. Alyssa Olenick, PhD

    Exercise and Your Cycle. Facts and Frills with Dr. Alyssa Olenick, PhD

    Even if you’re living alone on a tropical island you’ve likely heard the online trend of syncing your menstrual cycle with your exercise. 
    Is it real? Or just another way to keep women small?
    I’ve taken my time bringing this conversation to the stage because I had a single woman in mind to bring on the show to discuss it. Dr. Alyssa Olenick has a Ph.D. in exercise physiology and specifically studies the impact of female hormones on training, adaptation and recovery. 
    We share a vibrant (read: passionately pissed) conversation about the cycle syncing trend and whether you should be changing your exercise each week of your cycle. 
    Alyssa is one of my favourite female scientists and I was thrilled we could share this conversation together. 
    What we covered in this episode: 
    What is “cycle syncing” and what happens through your cycle with respect to exercise.  What the research actually says about hormones and training.  Our thoughts on the commodification of women’s menstrual cycles and how this particular trend might be causing women to move less.   
    Enjoy the episode, and give Dr. Alyssa Olenick a follow @doclyssfitness
     
    Dr. Alyssa Olenick holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and is a certified sports nutritionist and Crossfit Level 1 Trainer. Alyssa completed her doctoral training in exercise and post-prandial metabolism. Specifically in the areas of metabolic flexibility, sex differences and menstrual cycle physiology. Alyssa runs her online business ‘Doc Lyss Fitness’ and is a strength athlete, ultra-marathon runner, and all-around fitness lover who is passionate about educating people on science-based fitness to get them into the gyms and on the roads/trails — or often, doing both at the same time! You can learn more about Dr. Alyssa Olenick and her programs at www.doclyssfitness.com
     

    • 1 hr
    Why I won’t use the DUTCH test

    Why I won’t use the DUTCH test

    Dun dun dunnnnnnnnn. This episode has been a long time coming. I’ve talked around this topic before in episodes sharing why testing is hard for women, and what we need out of good diagnostic and screening tests, but I’ve never tackled this topic head-on. 
    So, here we go. 
    I don’t want you to be frustrated when you listen to this if you’ve ever felt unheard by your doctor and chose to do a test that offered the hope of answers. 
    I don’t want you to be frustrated if you’re a practitioner and you’ve been using this test with your patients. 
    I don’t want you to be frustrated at all. 
    We do our best with the knowledge that we have. We also make patients feel like they have to figure things out on their own because nobody is listening. Wellness also markets to our insecurities, and women are often worried about their hormones. 
    For tests to be considered “good” they have to be better than what they already do, teach us something we don’t already know and guide our treatment of women better than what we would have done anyways. This test doesn’t do any of those things. 
    Have a listen and stay open-minded. I’m happy to change my mind about this test if someone would run a real study on it. Science changes. I’ll change too. But I’m also not willing to lean on a test that doesn’t stand up to the test of evidence-based practice. 
    Enjoy the episode!
     

    • 31 min

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82 Ratings

82 Ratings

rachelmurrayholisticnutrition ,

Wish I’d found this podcast sooner!

I’m a new listener and can’t believe I didn’t find this podcast until just recently! Every episode has been gold. I love the thorough, measured approach that Jordan has on all topics related to women’s health. You have a new lifelong fan here!

lthalla ,

Best podcast

I look forward to new episodes every week. Dr. Jordan is a master of taking complicated topics and laying them out in a clear and easy to understand way, while still giving you a ton of information and making it easy to digest. She has great guests too.
Bottom line: she knows what she’s talking about, and you will enjoy listening to her!

Happy Trails 48 ,

If only I knew then...

At age 73, I so appreciate listening to this podcast...and wish I’d had this resource 20 years ago. My trial and error process has brought me to a good place, today, but your understanding could have saved my body much stress, wear and tear. My daughter found your site. She has different queries than I, but she recommended your podcast series that I and she will continue to access. For me, a highlight is body kindness and acceptance, as well as intuitive eating as I continue this aging journey...aka ‘season’. Thank you!

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