70 episodes

Host Dr. Minni Malhotra MD is an award-winning speaker and author. Crushing PCOS provides inspiring strategies and stories straight from real people who have overcome PCOS, alternative wellness providers, functional medicine specialists, and her own personal story. What was their journey and how did they master their health struggles? Hear from inspiring individuals and learn about their wins, failures, and habits. Plus, their secret tips and guidance. On Wednesday, tune in to Crushing PCOS to get answers to your biggest questions about the hormonal imbalances. Submit your question for Dr. Minni at drminni@anchorwellnesscenter.com

Crushing PCOS Dr. Minni Malhotra, MD

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Host Dr. Minni Malhotra MD is an award-winning speaker and author. Crushing PCOS provides inspiring strategies and stories straight from real people who have overcome PCOS, alternative wellness providers, functional medicine specialists, and her own personal story. What was their journey and how did they master their health struggles? Hear from inspiring individuals and learn about their wins, failures, and habits. Plus, their secret tips and guidance. On Wednesday, tune in to Crushing PCOS to get answers to your biggest questions about the hormonal imbalances. Submit your question for Dr. Minni at drminni@anchorwellnesscenter.com

    EP 69: Hair Loss and PCOS

    EP 69: Hair Loss and PCOS

    Today on the show we are going to address a very pressing experience which is faced by many women who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and that is hair loss. If you are experiencing PCOS-related hair loss this can be very distressing and the negative side effects of many of the conventional approaches to treatment only add insult to injury. Thankfully there are quite a number of alternative approaches based on functional medicine. In this episode, Dr. Minni starts by explaining the four phases of hair growth and addressing the hormonal imbalances caused by PCOS that lead to hair loss. We then take a closer look at some of the mainstream approaches to treatment and the hormonal side effects these can have. Dr. Minni then speaks to the gentler methods of addressing this issue, many of which are focused on treating the cause rather than the symptom. So if you are experiencing hair loss, remember that your diet, lifestyle, and methods of processing stress can play a big role in coping as well as a treatment!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    One of the common effects of PCOS: hair loss.The four phases of hair growth: anagen, catagen, telogen, and early anagen.Knowing which phase of hair growth you are stuck in. The role of androgens in producing male hair patterns and causing hair loss.Methods of treating the hormonal imbalances that cause hair loss and their side effects.The two typical patterns of female hair loss.Natural approaches to treating hair loss that don’t have negative side effects.Remembering the connection between thyroid function and PCOS.The dietary, stress reduction, and cortisol-related approaches to treating PCOS.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Dr. Minni Malhotra Email
    Anchor Wellness Center
    The Institute of Functional Medicine

    • 13 min
    EP 68: Journaling for Manifestation

    EP 68: Journaling for Manifestation

    As our physical health and mental state are so intrinsically connected, one of the best measures you can take to heal and improve your body is to take care of your psychological wellbeing. A very powerful tool for staying mindful and calm is also a very simple one, that is possible for almost anyone to do on a daily basis. Today we are talking about journaling, and specifically how journaling can be used as a tool for manifestation and actualization. The research has shown the positive results of journalling and the psychological effects of a continual practice for individuals. There are many ways to approach journalling and it is up to you to find and decide on a method that suits you and your needs. In this episode we share just a few simple ways to get started, looking at gratitude journaling, moon journals, and more! Tune in today to hear it all.


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Findings on the effects of talking and writing about negative feelings. How journalling moves us closer to our desired results. The rise in popularity of journaling in recent years. Prompts and practices to get started with a healthy journaling practice. Finding and celebrating wins during each day.  Getting clear on what manifestation really is; aiding the fruition of what is already yours. Different routes to the same outcome and finding the practice that suits you The 'I am' journaling method and the manifesting power this brings to your journaling. New and full moon journalling; using the lunar cycle as the guiding force of your practice.  The usefulness of a gratitude journal and the positive reinforcement it brings to your life. 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Dr. Minni Malhotra Email
    Anchor Wellness Center
    The Institute of Functional Medicine

    • 14 min
    EP 67: Epigenetics and PCOS

    EP 67: Epigenetics and PCOS

    The term epigenetics refers to the influence of your environment on your genes. Today, Dr. Minni Malhotra explains how epigenetic mechanisms are involved in the development of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. She goes through the different phases of life from your intrauterine environment before your birth all the way through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood and breaks down a list of different factors that may influence your body to develop PCOS along the way. Dr. Malhotra opens up about how some of these factors influenced her own struggles with PCOS before explaining how the COPE methodology that she developed can be used to combat these epigenetic elements. To find out what factors may have influenced the development of your PCOS and how to overcome them, tune in today! 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    An explanation of what epigenetics is. How epigenetic mechanisms are involved in the development of PCOS. Intrauterine environmental factors that may influence the development of PCOS. The role of a high-carb diet in early childhood and adolescence that may lead to PCOS.The genetic implications of having a mother with PCOS. How diet, lifestyle, and exercise can influence PCOS in adolescence.  The role of nutrition and other factors in PCOS as an adult.The challenges Dr. Malhotra faced as she grew up trying to combat PCOS. How these challenges led Dr. Malhotra to develop her unique COPE methodology. A breakdown of what COPE stands for and how it combats these epigenetic mechanisms that cause the development of PCOS. Information on Dr. Malhotra’s upcoming Hormone Hacking Workshop. 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Dr. Minni Malhotra Email
    Anchor Wellness Center

    • 12 min
    EP 66: Healing The Gut and Applying Mind Mastery

    EP 66: Healing The Gut and Applying Mind Mastery

    In today’s episode, we look at a case study of Sonia, one of Dr. Malhotra’s patients, and how she was able to heal and lose weight through her treatment program. Dr. Malhotra inspects Sonia’s patient history, which goes back all the way to her birth, and identifies some of the factors that may have contributed to her hormone imbalance. We hear from Dr. Malhotra about the lab results she received from Sonia’s tests, how she was able to interpret them and what that meant for her treatment. Tuning in you’ll hear about the various factors that can disrupt your hormone balance, from mold exposure to chronic stress, and why starting with nutrition is so important to healing. Dr. Malhotra gives a detailed description of her treatment process and shares how she was able to help Sonia heal and lose 25 pounds in the first three months of treatment. For all this and other special insights into treating PCOS, tune in today!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    In today’s episode, we look at the case study of Sonia, one of Dr. Malhotra’s patients.How being born by C-section can increase a child’s chances of developing leaky gut syndrome.How being breastfed is important for your immunity as a baby.How these are some of the preceding factors that could have affected physiological changes in her hormones.The psychologically damaging effect of being obese as a child.Dr. Malhotra breaks down the lab results they received from Sonia’s tests and what that meant for her treatment.Why Dr. Malhotra chooses to start her treatment by healing the gut, combined with mind mastery.Dr. Malhotra outlines her multi-pronged approach to treating the various issues she had identified in Sonia, like fungal overgrowth and an excess of cortisol.The positive effects of the treatments for Sonia.Why it’s important to eliminate inflammatory foods from your diet.Dr. Malhotra offers her advice for listeners who want to take steps towards finding balance.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Anchor Wellness Center

    • 12 min
    EP 65: Alkaline Wellness, Treating PCOS without Prescriptions with Dr. Connie Jeon

    EP 65: Alkaline Wellness, Treating PCOS without Prescriptions with Dr. Connie Jeon

    In today’s episode, Dr. Minni Malhotra discusses an alternative method for treating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) that does not involve prescription medications. While the treatment is considered alternative, it arguably deserves to be seen as a mainstream option. She is joined by Dr. Connie Jeon, a Doctor of Physical Therapy to discuss how she approaches treating PCOS. Dr. Jeon holds a Master's in Public Health, is a licensed dietitian and has been certified with IFM.  She is also a certified yoga and Pilates instructor, having undergone 500 hours of training in yoga. Dr. Jeon shares her unique methodology, the Alkaline method, and how she incorporates yoga, diet, and other exercises into her treatments. She reflects on the fact that many of her patients come to her after having lived with PCOS for a long time and have a history of suffering from inflammation and post-surgical scarring. She also explains how past traumas are often present in her patients and emphasizes the role that stress can play in PCOS. Tune in today to learn more about the Alkaline method and how lifestyle changes can treat PCOS!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Meet today’s guest, Dr. Connie Jeon.Dr. Jeon shares how she became interested in functional medicine after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.Dr. Minni Malhotra shares the story of how she became interested in functional medicine after her daughter was diagnosed with PCOS.The ubiquity of Ayurvedic medicinal practices in Indian households from an early age.How physical therapy can help a patient with PCOS.How diagnoses are conducted in functional medicine without having rigid diagnostics criteria.The compounding factors that affect the many of the women that Dr. Jeon treats.How cranial sacral therapy can help in difficult cases.The ways that yoga and physical therapy are different.How the breathwork in yoga can assist in calming down the central nervous system.Dr. Jeon discusses how traumatic events can affect the immune system.Why obesity is common with PCOS: insulin resistance is a key feature of the syndrome.Why it’s important to be in partnership with your patient to ensure enduring lifestyle changes. The role of stress in aggravating PCOS symptoms.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

    Dr. Connie Jeon
    Alkaline Wellness
    The Tribe of Autoimmune Health Rebels on Facebook
    Functional Yoga Medicine on Facebook
    Dr. Connie Jeon on LinkedIn
    Dr. Connie Jeon on Twitter
    Dr. Minni Malhotra Email
    Anchor Wellness Center

    • 22 min
    EP 64: Factors That Could Be Promoting PCOS

    EP 64: Factors That Could Be Promoting PCOS

    As common as a disease like PCOS is, its causes still aren't fully understood, and it’s likely that a combination of genetic and environmental factors interplay. In this episode of Crushing PCOS, Dr. Minni Malhotra expands on last week’s topic, which dealt with the genetic or endogenous causes of PCOS. Today, she covers the different environmental and exogenous factors that could be promoting PCOS, such as chemical, lifestyle, dietary, and occupational. Tune in to learn more about the roles that insulin resistance, oxidative stress, and hormone imbalances might be playing in causing PCOS and how Dr. Malhotra’s unique COPE methodology can help! 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    How prenatal exposure to excessive androgens might cause androgenization of the fetus.The important issue of PCOS diagnosis in the community.The relationship between PCOS and higher rates of depression and anxiety.Find out why insulin resistance or hyperinsulinism are key factors of PCOS.Learn about the effects of enzymatic default, variation in the gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, and correction in insulin action.The various chemical, physical, dietary, lifestyle, occupational, and environmental factors that could be promoting or causing PCOS.Why further research on the environmental causation of PCOS is necessary.How oxidative stress and free radicals may be a contributing factor.Dr. Malhotra speaks to the impact of dietary factors, hormone imbalances, and AMH levels.Hear why Dr. Malhotra believes that functional medicine is helpful in treating PCOS.How her unique COPE methodology can help with the environmental factors of PCOS.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Anchor Wellness Center

    • 15 min

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Excellent and informative data coming from a real doctor, great guidance and tips for reversing PCOS. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the Podcasts and hopefully visiting this doctor soon!!

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