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Welcome to The Hormone Solution Podcast with Karen Martel – your personal invitation to a world of hormone health, sustainable weight loss, holistic well-being, and embracing life's stages with a big old dose of vitality and confidence. (Remember, we used to go by The Other Side of Weight Loss – just in case you're wondering!)

Meet Karen Martel, your go-to gal, a Certified Hormone Specialist and a total pro when it comes to women's hormones and busting through weight loss resistance. From dealing with all the craziness that comes with midlife to embracing the strength that comes with age, she's here to be your trusty sidekick through thick and thin.

Our mission? Well, it's pretty simple: we're here to dish out practical solutions to those hormone-related puzzles that can drive you crazy, especially when perimenopause and menopause roll around. Expect to hear advice you can actually put into action, insights from the pros, and conversations that might just blow your mind.

Step into episodes filled with enlightening conversations alongside experts, thought leaders, and fellow warriors united in their quest to optimize women's health.

Ready to explore the vast universe of hormones and how they impact every little corner of your life? Yep, that's what we're all about. We're not afraid to shake things up, arm you with real tactics, and empower you with the knowledge to own your health journey.

So, don't be a stranger! Tune in, hit that subscribe button, and let's dive headfirst into this thrilling adventure of transformation and empowerment. Get set to uncover the roadmap to becoming the best version of yourself – from the inside out.

New episodes are released every Saturday!

Take the free hormone quiz over at https://karenmartel.com

The Hormone Solution with Karen Martel Karen Martel Hormone Specialist

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 237 Ratings

Welcome to The Hormone Solution Podcast with Karen Martel – your personal invitation to a world of hormone health, sustainable weight loss, holistic well-being, and embracing life's stages with a big old dose of vitality and confidence. (Remember, we used to go by The Other Side of Weight Loss – just in case you're wondering!)

Meet Karen Martel, your go-to gal, a Certified Hormone Specialist and a total pro when it comes to women's hormones and busting through weight loss resistance. From dealing with all the craziness that comes with midlife to embracing the strength that comes with age, she's here to be your trusty sidekick through thick and thin.

Our mission? Well, it's pretty simple: we're here to dish out practical solutions to those hormone-related puzzles that can drive you crazy, especially when perimenopause and menopause roll around. Expect to hear advice you can actually put into action, insights from the pros, and conversations that might just blow your mind.

Step into episodes filled with enlightening conversations alongside experts, thought leaders, and fellow warriors united in their quest to optimize women's health.

Ready to explore the vast universe of hormones and how they impact every little corner of your life? Yep, that's what we're all about. We're not afraid to shake things up, arm you with real tactics, and empower you with the knowledge to own your health journey.

So, don't be a stranger! Tune in, hit that subscribe button, and let's dive headfirst into this thrilling adventure of transformation and empowerment. Get set to uncover the roadmap to becoming the best version of yourself – from the inside out.

New episodes are released every Saturday!

Take the free hormone quiz over at https://karenmartel.com

    Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Make You Gain Weight?

    Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Make You Gain Weight?

    Today, let’s talk about the correlation between hormone replacement therapy and weight gain, partially inspired by my own unexpected weight gain after starting testosterone therapy. We’ll examine the roles of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, examining how they can lead to both weight loss and gain, influenced by genetics and metabolism. While referencing clinical experience and research, we also discuss personalized HRT, the importance of liver health, and the impact of diet and xenoestrogens.
    In this episode:
    How hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can lead to unexpected weight gain, despite its weight loss associations. Why progesterone's impact on thyroid function and metabolism can lead to weight changes during HRT. How testosterone replacement in women may cause weight gain due to genetic predispositions. Why estrogen replacement therapy sometimes results in initial weight gain in postmenopausal women. How liver health and metabolism optimization can mitigate weight gain during HRT. The influence of diet, alcohol consumption, and xenoestrogens on hormone balance. How estrogen affects body composition through receptor sensitivity. Why understanding the signs of hormone-related weight gain can aid in identifying hormonal imbalances. How excessive progesterone can lead to weight gain, water retention, and mood changes. Why testosterone therapy research is limited for women, but suggests it can aid in muscle maintenance. How estrogen alone may improve lipid profiles and reduce centralized body fat in postmenopausal women. Why adding testosterone to estrogen therapy can shift body composition toward increased lean mass. How estradiol prevents visceral fat storage and impacts hunger regulation and insulin sensitivity.  
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    Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Quick Hits: Beyond The Pill with Dr. Jolene Brighten

    Quick Hits: Beyond The Pill with Dr. Jolene Brighten

    Welcome to Quick Hits: Blasts from The Past where Karen dives into the treasure trove of her podcast archives to bring you bite-sized gems from some of her best episodes. In just 15 minutes, she'll whisk you away on a nostalgic journey through the highlights of her past conversations, giving you a taste of the wisdom, insights, and laughs shared by our incredible guests. Don't worry if you find yourself craving more; we've got you covered with a link to the full episode below in our show notes.

    Are you using the birth control pill to stop heavy bleeding? Stop acne? Regulate your period? 50% of birth control contraception is prescribed now for ailments other than for preventing pregnancies. In this episode, I speak with a leading advocate for women’s health Dr. Jolene Brighton. Jolene shares with us what the detrimental side effects are for women taking the birth control pill. What the root causes and solutions can be for heavy bleeding and acne. Plus how to come off birth control safely and how to detox yourself from the harmful chemicals that are in birth control.

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    • 22 min
    The Testosterone Replacement for Women Conundrum: Libido Highs and Hair Loss Lows with James O’Hara

    The Testosterone Replacement for Women Conundrum: Libido Highs and Hair Loss Lows with James O’Hara

    James O'Hara is a family nurse practitioner who utilizes a utilizes an integrative approach to health which combines lifestyle interventions, appropriate supplementation, and medications when indicated to empower patients to feel better and live longer, healthier lives.
     
    Today we’re speaking with James about testosterone replacement for women plus the benefits and drawbacks that come along with it, particularly during the transformative stages of perimenopause and menopause. We’ll talk about how testosterone and other hormones play a role not just in sexual desire, but also mood, energy, and cognitive functions. From sleep patterns to genetic predispositions, we explore how to address different health concerns while also recognizing the importance of prescription medications and the power of lifestyle changes.
     
    In this episode:
    Why testosterone therapy can both boost libido and cause hair thinning in women. How hormonal balances involving testosterone, estradiol, dopamine, and progesterone impact sexual health. Why androgens like testosterone and DHT enhance libido through increased dopamine. How women's sensitivity to androgens influences their response to testosterone therapies. Why natural and pharmaceutical 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors manage DHT levels. How cardiovascular health and blood flow play crucial roles in sexual wellness for women. Why supplements like citrulline can improve sexual function. How peptides like PT-141 and Melanotan affect sex drive and overall health. Why the melanocortin receptors link sunlight exposure to sexual drive. How early-onset baldness in women can relate to genetics, stress, and hormonal changes. Why ferritin levels and thyroid function are vital for hair growth. How treatments like dutasteride and oral minoxidil offer solutions for hair loss. Why patience is essential when using medications for hair loss, and side effects to consider. How different treatments, like herbal DHT blockers and copper peptides, aid hair health. Why bridging functional and conventional medicine creates personalized health plans. How integrating lifestyle changes with prescription medications optimizes treatment approaches.  
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Sweat It Out: Reduce Stress, Chelate Heavy Metals, Lower Inflammation, Build Collagen and MORE Through Infrared Sauna with Vic Riffel

    Sweat It Out: Reduce Stress, Chelate Heavy Metals, Lower Inflammation, Build Collagen and MORE Through Infrared Sauna with Vic Riffel

    Back in 2019, I made a startling discovery—I was filled with heavy metals. This prompted me on a relentless quest to find the safest and most effective way to detoxify my body. After extensive research, I found that one of the safest methods for heavy metal detoxification is through the use of infrared saunas.
    After years of trying various chelation protocols, I decided to invest in a Sunlighten Infrared sauna. In today's episode, I'm thrilled to welcome Vic Riffel from Sunlighten to delve into the world of infrared saunas. The benefits extend far beyond detoxification, and this episode is packed with invaluable information that everyone should know.
    We'll discuss the differences between traditional saunas and infrared saunas, the science behind infrared wavelengths (mid, near, and far), the added benefits of red light therapy, techniques to optimize sweating, and how to maximize the benefits of sauna sessions. From blood sugar control to reducing inflammation and boosting collagen production, infrared sauna therapy can truly revolutionize your health.
    Vic Riffel, is a central figure on the Partner Team at Sunlighten, a leading producer of infrared saunas. Deeply connected to health and wellness, Vic leads initiatives that widen access to infrared therapy and facilitate collaborations with top wellness experts. These partnerships highlight the significant health benefits of infrared therapy and foster a holistic approach to wellness, delivering expert insights directly to consumers. Beyond work, Vic is dedicated to supporting generational health changes, actively championing projects as a board member of Small Changes Big Shifts to promote whole-person health.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Navigating Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Navigating Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Today I present to you a special replay of myself appearing as a guest on The Resetter Podcast with Dr. Mindy Pelz as we chat about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. We discuss the misconceptions stemming from a Women's Health Initiative study in the 90s and talk about the unique roles of sex hormones in menopause. We then examine the various methods of administering bioidenticals, such as creams and injections, explaining how hormone therapy can be customized to meet each person's unique needs. We’ll also highlight the importance of a holistic lifestyle alongside hormone replacement therapy for optimal health.
     
    In this episode:
    Hormone replacement therapy versus bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and their respective histories. Why the Women's Health Initiative study significantly impacted perceptions of HRT. How sex hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone uniquely affect the body. Why administration methods of bioidenticals matter. How individualized care in hormone therapy is essential for managing menopause effectively. Why progesterone is vital for symptom management and overall protective benefits. How estradiol contributes to bone density and should be monitored in therapy. Why testosterone is crucial for energy and vitality during menopause. Why a holistic lifestyle, including diet and stress management, is crucial alongside HRT. How environmental factors play a role in achieving hormonal harmony. Why health coaching and community support can be powerful resources in navigating hormonal health. How bioidentical hormone therapy is not one-size-fits-all and requires personalization. Why ongoing education and awareness are needed to dispel myths around HRT and menopause.  
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Quick Hits: Healing Through the Art of Orgasm with Betsy Blankenbaker

    Quick Hits: Healing Through the Art of Orgasm with Betsy Blankenbaker

    Welcome to Quick Hits: Blasts from The Past where Karen dives into the treasure trove of her podcast archives to bring you bite-sized gems from some of her best episodes. In just 15 minutes, She'll whisk you away on a nostalgic journey through the highlights of her past conversations, giving you a taste of the wisdom, insights, and laughs shared by our incredible guests. Don't worry if you find yourself craving more; we've got you covered with a link to the full episode below in our show notes.

    In this episode I talk with Betsy Blankenbaker about the importance of sexual healing and discovering your orgasm.

    Betsy Blankenbaker writes about sensuality and her path to enlightenment through the body. Her first book, Autobiography of an Orgasm, goes beyond the physical to the emotional and spiritual experiences of being a woman and a mother.

    Listen to the full episode here: https://karenmartel.com/healing-through-the-art-of-orgasm/
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
237 Ratings

237 Ratings

jenn.730 ,

So informative

I’ve been following and listening to Karen’s show for years. She is consistently one of the best I’ve found when it comes to all things hormones and weight issues. Her knowledge and depth on these topics is mind blowing! Thanks for all you do!

81T Mac77xy ,

Insightful education. Worth the listen!

’ve learned a lot from Karen. Hard to believe I’m about to qualify for an AARP card and have had little education about hormone health! 40+ years of faithfully showing up for annual office visits and I’ve learned more in a few days of listening to Karen. I respect & rely on my doctors, but they’re not offering this type of support/education. They should, we would all benefit. Thank you, Karen, for the credible information & guests. Love your mission and delivery. Love listening to your pod with sharpened pencils!

Di23,, ,

Wish Her program actually worked, but once again it’s all sales

On track review:

I came to ontrack 4 year post menopause in order to lose the stubborn 20 lbs that i couldn’t seem to loose. After speaking with the team I decided on GOLD which seemed as though it was a supportive investment.

After 8 months on the program here are my take always.

My only menopause symptom prior to beginning was weight gain.

After 8 months. I now have:
⁃ hot flashes
⁃ Night sweats
⁃ Gained 10 more lbs
⁃ My insomnia got tremendously worse
⁃ I have WORSE acne than i did as a teenager
⁃ My hair is falling out
⁃ Insane mood swings
⁃ Chronic fatigue
⁃ Brain fog

The RSM got my prescription wrong more than a handful of times. (Not only wrong dosages but wrong prescription). Multiples of phone calls and emails did not resolve the problem. The team is rude and unsupportive. The doctor gives different recommendations for prescription dosages than Karen (ONtrack) does,leaving the client (me) completely lost as to what to do…. Then each 3 months each blames the other for the lack of progress and for the wrong dosages.

RSM (the medical side) NEVER provides receipts. Trying to get one is worse than pulling teeth. Which I find odd, considering it’s medical. We all have to submit to insurance (even a gas station gives a recipes).

I’ve been hung up on, emails ignored, community forum posts ignored….

Needless to say. If you desire to spend THOUSANDS of dollars only to walk away with a LONG LIST of health problems you didn’t have before… take this path.

Otherwise, look elsewhere.

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