45 episodes

Kyle McAvoy (N.P.) and Candace Burch (M.A.) lead lively conversations that address the essential issues women face throughout life’s transitions. They bring decades of experience specializing in hormones and women’s healthcare to shed light on PMS, menopause, sex, aging and more. Their episodes cover topics you might be afraid or embarrassed to ask about, including dynamic “let’s-get-real” discussions with experts about the heart, head, and health topics that matter most to women!

Women Talking Frankly Candace Burch and Kyle McAvoy

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

Kyle McAvoy (N.P.) and Candace Burch (M.A.) lead lively conversations that address the essential issues women face throughout life’s transitions. They bring decades of experience specializing in hormones and women’s healthcare to shed light on PMS, menopause, sex, aging and more. Their episodes cover topics you might be afraid or embarrassed to ask about, including dynamic “let’s-get-real” discussions with experts about the heart, head, and health topics that matter most to women!

    Ep 44: A Discussion of Ayurvedic Medicine with Shivani Gupta, PhD

    Ep 44: A Discussion of Ayurvedic Medicine with Shivani Gupta, PhD

    This week’s guest is Shivani Gupta, PhD, an Ayurvedic Practitioner who completed her PhD on Turmeric and its various uses. Shivani’s vision is to support allopathic medicine with the ancient practices of ayurvedic medicine.  She started the women-only run company of Fusionary Formulas (https://fusionaryformulas.com). Her formulas are designed to help with inflammation, pain and adequate rest.



    Shivani is also a national speaker, the author of an upcoming book, has her own TV show and podcast (Vibrant Health) and a private consulting practice.



    In this episode we discuss:



    What is ayurvedic medicine?: A system of healing, health and medicine over 5000 years old from India. Goal is to have mind, body and spirit in alignment.



    Six main pillars:


    Know your dosha (Vata, pitta, kapha)
    Detoxification
    Circadian rhythm: how to live in sync with nature
    Nutritional support: how, what, when to eat
    Gut health: at the base of everything
    Self care practices: to manage your health



    Shivani reviews the 3 main doshas; we each have a predominant one and a secondary one. Treatment is aimed at supporting our doshas. Knowing one’s doshas helps us to get in alignment with what we need to live a balanced life.

     

    CONNECT WITH SHIVANI:




    Take the quiz to discover your dosha: https://shivanigreenliving.clickfunnels.com/quiz-page1671373749045.
    Take 15% off “Unwind Tea” (great for stress) - use code “Womentalkingfrankly” and get 15% off of your first order (https://fusionaryformulas.com/products/unwind-tea)
    Follow on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.shivanigupta/



    CONNECT W/CANDACE + KYLE



    Candace Burch:

    YourHormoneBalance.com

    Info@yourhormonebalance.com



    Kyle McAvoy:

    kylebmcavoy@gmail.com

    • 49 min
    Ep 43: The Epidemic of Knee Pain: New Strategies for Treatment with Dr Riggs. (Hint: you may not need surgery after all!!)

    Ep 43: The Epidemic of Knee Pain: New Strategies for Treatment with Dr Riggs. (Hint: you may not need surgery after all!!)

    On today’s episode, we do a bit of a pivot and learn the causes and treatments of the epidemic of knee pain. Both Kyle and Candace have traveled this journey and have a personal interest in learning more about this topic and sharing this knowledge with our listeners.

     

    Our guest today is Dr. Russell Riggs, who spent 25 years in the ER treating all kind of patients. His interest in treating knee pain grew from his father’s experience, as well as his own, plus from all of the patients he saw in the ER who struggled with this issue.

     

    Many factors have made knee pain one of the top conditions globally: three of the leading causes are obesity, aging and an unprecedented number of knee injuries. Another common cause is the tendency for young athletes to concentrate on one sport while growing up, which can lead to overuse injuries of the knees.

     

    Dr. Riggs co-opened Reflex Knee Clinic in Tigard, OR back in 2011 and has since opened two more: One in Bellevue, WA and a third in Scottsdale, AZ. During today’s episode, we delve into various non-surgical options for knee pain/injuries/conditions.

     

    Some of the topics that we cover during our time with Dr. Riggs:


    What sets his approach apart from more traditional ones
    The parts of the knee & how different activities can be hard on knees
    Why he uses ultrasound to evaluate knee problems
    How does a doctor make a decision to do a total knee replacement (TKR): are these often done too soon? What can people do to avoid this?
    What happens with a TKR: what is the usual outcome and what limitations are there afterwards?
    What is stem cell treatment? What is the cost and what is its effectiveness?
    What is PRP (Platelet rich plasma)? What is its cost/effectiveness?
    What makes some PRP treatments more effective/less painful: Dr. Riggs explains how various machines work and why some are better


    What is hyaluronic acid? Cost/effectiveness?
    Which of these treatments are covered by insurance? What is the outlook for the future in terms of insurance coverage?


    What is a cortisone injection? When is it appropriate/what are its limitations/are there long term undesirable effects?
    The importance of staying active and stress management
    Best diet & supplements for knee health

     

    TAKEAWAYS:


    Avoid processed foods, added sugar and simple carbs. Fats are NOT the enemy
    Helpful supplements: Vit D, Glucosamine/chondroitin, ginger, turmeric, fish oil, MSM (all excellent for joint health)
    Manage stress: too much cortisol being released can have an effect like a cortisol injection and causes more inflammation and damage
    Estrogen is protective against joint damage. Postmenopausal women not on (Bio-identical) hormones have accelerated joint damage.

     

    Join us today to learn more about how you can keep and/or get your knees healthy again!

     

    WORK WITH DR RIGGS


    Use code “STAY ACTIVE” to receive a $150 credit/discount on your 1st treatment at Reflex. Find locations here: https://reflexkneehealth.com/


    CONNECT W/CANDACE + KYLE

    Candace Burch:

    YourHormoneBalance.com

    Info@yourhormonebalance.com

    Kyle McAvoy:

    kylebmcavoy@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep 42: The Happy Menopause with Jackie Lynch

    Ep 42: The Happy Menopause with Jackie Lynch

    Candace and Kyle are delighted to interview British nutritionist and author, Jackie Lynch, founder of the online Well-Well-Well nutrition clinic and host of the hugely popular diet & lifestyle podcast The Happy Menopause - which was shortlisted for the 2022 International Women’s Podcast Awards. She is also the author of The Happy Menopause: Smart Nutrition to Help You Flourish (Watkins, 2020) which was Highly Commended in the 2021 UK Health & Wellbeing Awards. You can visit Jackie on her website www.well-well-well.co.uk. Follow her on social media at @WellWellWellUK.

     

    Here are some of the main areas we covered in our fast paced conversation with Jackie about the key elements of a happy menopause - from practicing optimal nutrition and stress management to taking bioidentical hormones (if you can get them) and creating a positive mindset around the menopause experience:

     


    Cross cultural differences in Menopause symptoms.


    In the UK most women have to rely on nutrition supplements and herbs for relief from menopause symptoms; what they find helpful.


    the 3 key macronutrients; the importance of getting the basics right.


    Key nutrients to help manage menopause symptoms, especially for women who can’t take hormones.


    Most effective dietary changes for alleviating symptoms/preventing osteoporosis, heart disease.


    Sourdough as a good alternative for those struggling with gluten sensitivity.


    Menopause friendly nutrients and minerals: leafy greens - a one stop shop.


    Crucial importance of blood sugar balance.


    Specific diet/lifestyle/self-care practices that soothe and reduce stress levels. 


    Cultivating positivity during the change.


    We all share our personal philosophy of a “happy menopause” and must-haves for getting there.


    CONNECT W/CANDACE + KYLE

    Candace Burch:

    YourHormoneBalance.com

    Info@yourhormonebalance.com

    Kyle McAvoy:

    kylebmcavoy@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep 41: Feeling What we Do!! The WTF Wrap Up for 2023, Aspirations and ‘Nudges’ for the New Year

    Ep 41: Feeling What we Do!! The WTF Wrap Up for 2023, Aspirations and ‘Nudges’ for the New Year

    In this episode, Candace and Kyle take the time to pause, reflect and kickoff the New Year with a wrap up of the best of WTF 2023, our favorite episodes and yours, what we learned, accomplished, enjoyed, or indulged in, and how we tried to make our world - the world of women’s health - a better place.



    Much is being talked about how to make and keep effective New Year’s resolutions, and we introduce a phrase that particularly resonates with us; How to imagine our better future selves and spinoff with a few new concepts we like better than To Do lists and resolutions.



    In this episode, we reveal your favorite and most frequently shared WTF episodes of 2023 and some exciting analytics, including the astounding increase in our followers (up by 64%) and streamings (up by 91%) - and we celebrate going global with WTF listeners in 20 countries worldwide!

    We are growing (!) and think we can say that you told your friends about us (!) and are really feeling what we do!



    Episode References and Mentions:



    Your Favorite WTF podcast 2023: From the Horse’s Mouth, Dr. David Zava, PhD sets the record straight on how hormone testing and bioidentical hormones can help women feel great again! 

    https://open.spotify.com/episode/7DUBLiqEyl8o6eXABlqUC0



    Your Most Shared WTF podcast 2023: The Art and Science of Natural Hormone Balance in Perimenopause and Menopause with Kenna Stephenson, M.D. 

    https://open.spotify.com/episode/6MMdiw0d5RZeHvY5d2l3Pl



    Kyle's Favorite Episode: Women and Cardiac Disease: Getting to the Roots with Andrea Nakayama, Functional Nutritionist 

    https://open.spotify.com/episode/2zdeJCPGL98nnz6REMZQJc



    Candace’s Favorite Episode: Pro-Aging with Gabby Reece, Volleyball legend, Fitness guru and podcaster

    https://open.spotify.com/episode/2dGbbrJptdeveYOctJy07a



    Favorite Alternatives to the New Years Resolution:

    The Nudge Word or Motto

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nudge-words-resolutions-and-nostalgia-the-week-in-well-being/ar-AA1maFCt

    The “I WON’T Do” list. How Women Rise, by Sally Helgeson and Marshall Goldsmith 

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36204301-how-women-rise



    Favorite Concept: Healthspan vs. Lifespan – Read this great discussion in TIME magazine

    https://time.com/6341027/what-is-healthspan-vs-lifespan/



    Favorite Read: Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age, by Mary Pipher 

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38884171-women-rowing-north?ref=nav_sb_ss_1_18#CommunityReviews



    Favorite Sleep supplement:

    Cortisol Manager by Integrative Therapeutics

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOisS8PeK2g

     

    Favorite Quotes:

    Let us take a moment to honor Suzanne Somers, the glamorous, comedic actor turned hormone guru who, sadly, passed this year, and whose blockbuster book, The Sexy Years, blew open the dialogue around menopause and put bioidenticals on the map. Suzannne was one of the first to empower women to insist on safer treatment options during menopause! “One thing I love about aging—and I do love aging—I’ve got a wisdom that no young person can buy. You earn it.”

    The Sexy Years:

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/120110.The_Sexy_Years?ref=nav_sb_ss_1_14



    "So many women I've talked to see menopause as an ending. But I've discovered this is your moment to reinvent yourself after years of focusing on the needs of everyone else. It's your opportunity to get clear about what matters to you and then to pursue that with all of your energy, time and talent." — Oprah Winfrey



    "Gravity and wrinkles are fine with me. They're a small price to pay for the new wisdom inside my head and my heart.” – Drew Barrymore



    "My belief is that it’s a privilege to get older. Not everybody gets to get older.” — Cameron Diaz



    “The trick is to age honestly and gracefully and make it look great so that everyone looks forward to it.” – Emma Thompson



    CONNECT W/CANDACE + KYLE

    Candace Burch:

    YourHormo

    • 56 min
    Ep 40: How Menopause Affects Women of Color with Dr. Monica Williams (founder and medical director of Deep Rooted Health)

    Ep 40: How Menopause Affects Women of Color with Dr. Monica Williams (founder and medical director of Deep Rooted Health)

    In this episode, Kyle and Candace tackle one of the most challenging conundrums in healthcare for women in menopause: in particular, how the symptoms can be more severe in women of color (WOC) than they are for white women and last longer - a fact that goes largely unrecognized by doctors!



    Landmark research into the racial discrepancies in menopause, the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) (launched in 1994) followed a group of over 3,000 women in perimenopause and menopause for decades and found significant differences: that Black and Hispanic women reach menopause earlier than white, Chinese and Japanese women, and also experience certain menopausal symptoms for 10 or more years — almost twice as long.



    Even more concerning, the Office of Minority Health (a division of the DHHS), reports that black women are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease, strokes, cancer, asthma, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.



    The disparities extend further into the realm of maternal health as WOC are far more likely to suffer from fibroids and 3-4 times as likely to be affected by pregnancy related deaths.



    Furthermore, when WOC seek treatment for these symptoms, they often encounter physicians who are unaware of the differences and dismiss their concerns — a common experience for all menopausal women, but even more familiar among women of color.



    Dr. Monica Williams-Rilley is NOT one of those doctors! As the founder and medical director of Deep Rooted Health, and a Cliovana expert practitioner, she is leading the charge towards more inclusive healthcare for WOC with hormonal issues. Dr Williams is a Board-Certified Family Physician specializing in Functional Medicine, sexual health, and wellness. She has dedicated the last 25 + years in practice to teaching her clients how to meet their goals of living healthier lives through strategic lifestyle planning. 



    Here are some of the key points of discussion we cover in this podcast episode:

    -Major factors contributing to the racial disparities and increased risks in health care for women of color



    -Health impacts of systemic racism and the multiple stressors unique to WOC



    -Symptoms and imbalances most common in WOC during Perimenopause/Menopause



    -Why Fibroids are more prevalent, “the norm”  among black women



    -How keeping things inside makes menopause worse… in the community of color, women are taught to keep this to themselves, the importance of speaking up and expressing ourselves ….



    -Example of a routine visit, evaluation doing a health history back 10 years, all the way to the womb; the vital importance of listening



    -Which treatments and lifestyle changes bring most benefit – diet, exercise, lifestyle changes (ending toxic relationships), acupuncture, meditation



    -How we can create a more equitable health care system through healthy communication and becoming better listeners



    -How to help providers who work with WOC to recognize the earlier/more persistent symptoms they are experiencing  perimenopause and menopause.



    CONNECT W/ DR WILLIAMS

    Work with Monica: Deep Rooted Health

    @deep_rooted_health



    CONNECT W/CANDACE + KYLE

    Candace Burch:

    YourHormoneBalance.com

    Info@yourhormonebalance.com

    Kyle McAvoy:

    kylebmcavoy@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep 39: An update on bioidentical hormones (present & future) and a look into the world of compounding pharmacies, with Natalie Gustafson, PharmD

    Ep 39: An update on bioidentical hormones (present & future) and a look into the world of compounding pharmacies, with Natalie Gustafson, PharmD

    Kyle and Candace chat with Natalie Gustafson, PharmD, pharmacist/owner of Lloyd Central Compounding Pharmacy: https://lcrx.com whose expertise and insights on bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) we have relied upon for nearly 2 decades!

     

    In today’s episode, we review the basics of how and why bioidenticals work, who benefits, how to relieve symptoms, if and when you can’t take hormones, along with other important awarenesses – from bone, breast and cardiovascular health – to the threat from Big-Pharma that could limit our access to BHRT compounding and what we can do to protect our access to bioidenticals.

    Some of the key talking points from our wide-ranging discussion :


    The numerous benefits of BHRT and how without them disease risks increase dramatically after menopause
    The results of the Women’s Health Initiative Study (WHI, 2002) that led to a 60-70% drop in prescribing of synthetic hormones and skyrocketing demand for BHRT
    Non-hormonal, natural options for symptom relief in women with a history of breast cancer
    Smart use of Calcium, Vitamin K2, & Magnesium to protect bone health/prevent osteoporosis
    Why cardiovascular disease is actually a greater threat to women than breast cancer; what we can do to reduce the risks
    How pushback from Big-Pharma since the WHI aims to limit the types of hormones compounding pharmacies can produce. We encourage you to contact your local representative/Senator to voice your concern, share your personal story and protect your access to bioidenticals: https://p3rx.org/
    Information for patients about hormone compounding restriction concerns: https://compounding.com/
    To help offset costs of BHRT not covered by insurance, get a GOODRX card https://www.goodrx.com &/or a Health Savings Account (HSA) to help cover costs.


    CONNECT W/CANDACE + KYLE

    Candace Burch:

    YourHormoneBalance.com

    Info@yourhormonebalance.com

    Kyle McAvoy:

    kylebmcavoy@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Bunnymumm ,

Women Talking Frankly

This Podcast has so much valuable information, I am so glad I came across Candace through her and her daughters’ Instagram and website Your Hormone Balance. I have just begun menopause and have learned so much on staying in balance using bio-identical hormones, maintaining a healthy immune system and so much more. I am always learning when I listen. Ep 34 where they interviewed Gabby Reece is a favorite of mine. Gabby has so much knowledge on maintaining health and it’s interesting to hear some of her habits and unique strategies for reaching her goals that apply to many of us. Grateful for this Podcast!

kaceylillybugz ,

Finally!

This podcast has been exactly what I’ve been needing. After reading sooooooo many books articles and listening to podcasts I finally found you two that are talking about how I’m feeling! Early onset menopause here at age 39 .... and no Dr has been able to explain to me why I feel the way I do! Headed over to your website to see what my next stop will be on my road to better health and contentment ❤️ thank you so much -I look forward to each episode!

Lisa in Gresham ,

Episode 8

Thank you so much for this, I really appreciate you three. This episode so spoke to me when I needed it! I was feeling very frustrated, stressed and depressed and this message was exactly what so needed. I think the intermittent fasting is what might be what I needed and was starting to play with the Mediterranean diet so that made feel I was on the right path. You actually made me cry, it so spoke to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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