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From the stuff your mother never told you, to the stuff your doctor never learned, On Health features taboo-busting conversations that demystify and de-stigmatize our bodies, all while bridging the gap between conventional medicine and wellness. Join Yale-trained MD & midwife Aviva Romm and her line-up of expert guests as they discuss everything from periods to menopause, sex to reproductive health politics, and motherhood to mental health. Each week, Dr. Romm will be exploring the science and wisdom of how our bodies work, what makes us well, what gets in the way, and how we can live our best lives on our terms, authentically and bravely. You can expect to learn more about topics such as women's brain health, cesareans, microbiome seeding, women’s sexual health, and much more. Plus, you'll get Aviva’s musings, tips, and guidance from 35+ years of helping women take back their health—and their lives. The new medicine for women is here!

On Health Aviva Romm

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 40 Ratings

From the stuff your mother never told you, to the stuff your doctor never learned, On Health features taboo-busting conversations that demystify and de-stigmatize our bodies, all while bridging the gap between conventional medicine and wellness. Join Yale-trained MD & midwife Aviva Romm and her line-up of expert guests as they discuss everything from periods to menopause, sex to reproductive health politics, and motherhood to mental health. Each week, Dr. Romm will be exploring the science and wisdom of how our bodies work, what makes us well, what gets in the way, and how we can live our best lives on our terms, authentically and bravely. You can expect to learn more about topics such as women's brain health, cesareans, microbiome seeding, women’s sexual health, and much more. Plus, you'll get Aviva’s musings, tips, and guidance from 35+ years of helping women take back their health—and their lives. The new medicine for women is here!

    Seeing Life Through an Herbalist’s Lens with Olivia Amitrano

    Seeing Life Through an Herbalist’s Lens with Olivia Amitrano

    In this fresh and delightful episode I sit down with Olivia Amitrano,  herbalist, host of the popular What’s the Juice podcast and founder of Organic Olivia, a successful botanical medicines company. Olivia opens up about her transformative journey through herbalism, personal growth, and the essential practice of honest self-reflection on the relationships in our lives and our relationship to ourselves. 
    We dive deep into Olivia’s:
    First encounters with plants and how this sparked her enduring passion for herbal medicine.Insights on the art of noticing and the power of forming deep, meaningful relationships with the natural world.Exploration of how our health is intricately influenced by our relationships and environments.Personal experiences with codependency, the importance of establishing boundaries, and the journey of self-discovery and the courage it takes to face uncomfortable truths.Revelation that deeper personal changes were needed beyond herbs and foods to heal not just her insulin resistance, but her resistance to making changes in her habits.Realizations about the effects of substances like caffeine and cannabis on her health and well-being.Unique practice of hosting internal funerals to release habits and relationships that no longer serve her.Engagement with "parts" work and internal family systems therapy to understand and heal different facets of herself.
    Olivia and I share insights about: 
    The use of herbs in dreamwork and their subtle, yet profound, influence on the psyche. How slowing down and allowing plants to guide us can lead to profound personal growth.The intersection of mindfulness and self-compassion in achieving true well-being beyond herbs and foods.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Breaking the Taboo Around Pregnancy Loss with Chelsea Leyland

    Breaking the Taboo Around Pregnancy Loss with Chelsea Leyland

    Trigger Warning: This episode contains sensitive topics related to pregnancy loss and fertility challenges. Listener discretion is advised.
    In this deeply personal and powerful episode of "On Health," I sit down with Chelsea Leyland, a globetrotting DJ, mother, epilepsy and endometriosis activist, documentary filmmaker, and menstrual health entrepreneur. Chelsea shares her journey through endometriosis, pregnancy loss, and becoming a mother and the importance of breaking the silence around these common issues so we can get the support we need - and so we can support each other with compassion and understanding.  
    We dive deep into Chelsea’s… 
    Long struggle with endometriosis – and her path to finally receiving a correct diagnosis.Challenges finding effective treatments - and what finally helped relieve both seizure and endometriosis symptoms. Pregnancy losses and the importance of open dialogue rather than taboo and silence. Emotional journey following her miscarriages, the steps she took to honor her losses, and how she found the courage to try again.Decision to speak publicly about her experiences with endometriosis and pregnancy loss and why she believes it's crucial to reduce stigma.Heartfelt words of wisdom for women currently grieving a pregnancy loss or struggling with infertility.Daily wellness routines that are essential for managing her chronic conditions while also balancing motherhood - and how she deals with ‘s#it days.’The power of community and shared experiences in healing and empowerment.Chelsea's advice to her younger self and thoughts on resilience and hope.
    Thank you for tuning into On Health for Women. Remember, you are not alone on your journey, and a supportive community is here for you. Please connect with me on social media. Your stories matter and can provide comfort and support to others, too.And don't miss an episode! Subscribe to "On Health" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast platform. Follow Dr. Aviva on Instagram.
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    • 1 hr
    Ending Obstetric Fistula: A Journey of Hope and Resilience with Bonnie Ruder

    Ending Obstetric Fistula: A Journey of Hope and Resilience with Bonnie Ruder

    "I think one of the most important things about fistula is that it is completely preventable and treatable. So this is a solvable problem. We used to have this problem here in the US and now we don't." – Bonnie Ruder
    Obstetric fistula affects around 2 million women globally, with 50,000 to 100,000 new cases each year. This devastating, yet entirely preventable condition profoundly impacts women's lives, causing chronic infections, incontinence, and severe social ostracism and isolation.
    In this powerful new episode, I’m joined by Bonnie Ruder, midwife, medical anthropologist, and co-founder of Terrewode Women's Fund. Together, we explore the:
    The definition and causes of obstetric fistula - and why this should never happen to any woman, anywhere in the world The nefarious history of obstetric fistula surgery on enslaved women in the United StatesThe medical, personal, and social impacts of fistula on women's lives — and their incredible resilienceBonnie's journey from home birth midwife to fistula activistHolistic treatment approaches: medical care, social reintegration, and economic empowermentEfforts to prevent fistula through better access to maternal healthcare  and the role of traditional birth attendants in fistula prevention
    Tune into this heart-wrenching yet inspiring episode to learn more about the impact of obstetric fistula and the incredible work being done to confront it.
    Terrewode Women’s Fund's mission to end obstetric fistula in Uganda are truly inspiring. 🌍 To learn more and support the work of Terrewode:
    🔗 Website: terrewodewomensfund.org
    📸 Instagram: @terrewodewomensfund
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    • 47 min
    Why Metabolic Health Matters and How to Improve it with Casey Means

    Why Metabolic Health Matters and How to Improve it with Casey Means

    "What if your body had a greater ability to heal than you were ever led to believe?" - This question not only challenges conventional health beliefs but also underpins the empowering message that infuse today's discussion.
    Welcome to this - literally - energy packed new episode of "On Health," where I’m joined by Dr. Casey Means, a Stanford-trained physician and the author of "Good Energy." Once on the path to becoming an ENT surgeon, Dr. Means experienced a personal health revelation that steered her towards a deep dive into metabolic health, ultimately leading to her leaving conventional medicine. Today, she’s a leading voice in proactive health practices and metabolic optimization, sharing her expertise to help others ignite their best health.
    About Dr. Casey Means:Dr. Casey Means is a Stanford-trained physician and a pioneer in the field of metabolic health. After leaving her surgical residency, she co-founded a health technology company focused on personalized nutrition and lifestyle optimization. She's an advocate for a holistic approach to health that emphasizes the role of diet, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices in improving metabolic function and overall well-being. Her upcoming book, "Good Energy," explores these themes in detail. Connect with Dr. Means through her website and on Instagram.
    In This Episode We Explore:Life Shift: Discover why Dr. Means transitioned from a surgical career to focusing on metabolic health.Metabolism 2.0: Why metabolism is the mother of root causes - and why it's crucial to your health.The Powerhouses of Your Cells: Learn how environmental exposures and a SAD diet are harming our mitochondrial health - and how you can boost your mitochondrial function. (And learn a fun fact about the matrilineal nature of mitochondria).Lab Tests for Metabolism: Casey and I share the essential lab tests we recommend for monitoring metabolic health.Nutritional Guidance: Get practical tips on what to eat and what to avoid — to optimize your metabolic health every day - and how it’s easier than you might think.Nature and Health: Explore how reconnecting with nature - and our innate feminine bu tuning into your body's natural rhythms— can enhance your metabolic health.The Sickness Industry of Medicine: We discuss the backend healthcare incentives to keep us sick rather than help us be well!Casey’s top meal picks for protein rich, nutrient dense breakfasts, lunches, and dinners - that you can prepare in 5 to 30 minutes!
    Don’t miss this episode filled with actionable insights that could redefine what you thought was possible for your health. Tune in to learn how you can harness your "Good Energy" for a life of vitality and optimal health.
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    [Replay] The Hidden Motherhood Struggle with Catherine Birndorf and Paige Bellenbaum

    [Replay] The Hidden Motherhood Struggle with Catherine Birndorf and Paige Bellenbaum

    In recognition of Maternal Mental Health Month I am re-sharing this 2023 conversation with the founders of The Motherhood Center in NYC. With Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS) being the #1 complication associated with birth in the US and the #2 cause of maternal mortality, this remains a critical conversation.
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    It’s not just you. You're not crazy. You're not a bad mom. You're not alone. These are words and deep beliefs that resonate through and form the backbone of today’s guests, Catherine Birndorf, MD, and Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW. Catherine and Paige are dedicated to changing the perinatal mental health terrain, and they do it through The Motherhood Center, a place of radical acceptance, nurturance, and individual and group support. On today’s episode, we pull back the curtain on motherhood and redefine what is considered "normal" and "typical". With PMADs (perinatal mood and anxiety disorders) being the #1 complication associated with birth and the #2 cause of maternal mortality, this is a critical conversation. On today’s episode, we unpack why it’s so important that we talk more about these conditions, how to do your best to prevent PMADs, and what to do if you or someone you love has symptoms. 
    Aviva, Paige, and Catherine discuss: 
    The definition of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS) and the different diagnoses that fall under the PMAD umbrella What PMAD taboos still exist today, why this needs to change, and how Roe v. Wade affects these taboos Paige and Catherine’s personal stories with perinatal mood disorders and what brought them to the point of specializing in PMADS and opening the motherhood center The kinds of physical and psychological feelings and symptoms associated with PMADs and signs birthing people and their providers should watch out for Why we need to move in the direction of making it mandatory for OB-GYNs, midwives, pediatricians, and any providers who come in contact with newer expecting mothers to begin educating their patients about PMADS and screening for symptoms  The effects of the pandemic, social isolation, and potential cultural contributors on PMADS  The role of medication and psychotherapy in treating conditions 
    For more information or to reach out visit themotherhoodcenter.com or call (212) 335-0034. 
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    [Replay] Adaptogens & Burnout

    [Replay] Adaptogens & Burnout

    I've been wanting to share this episode with you for awhile, so I finally dusted off the archives and here it is. The sound quality is not as sharp as our more recent episodes - our production values have definitely improved - but I'm certain you'll find it timely and useful.
    Despite increased attention on the dangers of burnout, recent surveys report that a majority of the population across many countries report feeling burned out. This epidemic of overwhelm has a profound impact, especially on women.
    In this episode, we dive into the world of adaptogens, remarkable herbs that help prevent and reverse the effects of stress and burnout. Discover how they work and which ones are best suited if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
    What you will learn:
    The physical and mental symptoms of burnoutHistorical background of adaptogensThe role of adaptogens in regulating stress responses and supporting adrenal healthHow adaptogens can be used to enhance physical health and mental well-being.Choosing the right adaptogens Detailed profiles of calming and nourishing adaptogensUnderstanding dosages and potential interactions of adaptogens
    Adaptogens offer a powerful way to manage stress and recover from burnout, but they should be part of an integrative approach to health that includes proper self-care, nutrition, and rest. Tune in to learn how to harness the healing power of adaptogens to refill your energy reserves and enhance your life.
    For the accompanying article go to https://avivaromm.com/adaptogens-burnout/
    If you'd like to receive a copy of my free ebook, Adaptogens: Herbs for 21st Century Stress, go here.
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    The Mama Pathway is not your average childbirth education program. It's a powerful virtual membership community and online education experience where traditional midwifery wisdom and modern medicine meet to support you on your most empowered path through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Go to https://avivaromm.com/mama-pathway to learn more
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    • 52 min

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Things every woman should know about their body

I discovered this podcast after seeking knowledge about hormone imbalance after being on the pill for over 10 years! Aviva has taught me more knowledge in 4 weeks than the 14 years I have been menstruating. There is so much detail in every episode, all structured in a way that is super easy to follow, which is also written in her blog so there is nothing to miss. These episodes are things every woman should know about their body! I can feel her warmth, love and passion about woman's health on every episode. She has inspired me not only to share with friends and family but hopefully in the future to take on a new path of woman's health within my career. Thank you Aviva! With love from beautiful Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 X

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My fav podcast!

I love this podcast and the way she makes so much interesting info so easy to digest and understand!

philippayoung ,

Talks over guests but good info

Amazing subjects but she talks over her guests soo much, and it’s a bit annoying hearing her eat and drink. It would be significantly better if Aviva just let people tell their own stories, and wasn’t so into telling her own.

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