Allison Mädl, NTPNutritional Therapy & Education
Feminine Health Issues
It is all too common now for women to have suffered one or more of a variety of frustrating health issues, such as:
Irregular or Painful Menstrual Cycles
Yeast Infections (vaginal candidasis)
Urinary Tract Infections
PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
Hormonal Dysregulation and Low Sex Drive
Anxiety and Depression
Low or High Thyroid Conditions
BV (bacterial vaginosis)
While it is generally accepted that all women experience some level of discomfort associated with “being a woman”, it is when the discomfort goes beyond normal that we struggle to express how painful or demoralizing these issues are. In some cases it is considered embarrassing or even impolite to talk about them. Additionally, we may feel a sense of guilt that our body is inadequate or faulty, especially when the health conditions interfere with our intimate relationships or family planning.
I have observed that when women decide to seek medical help for their conditions, oftentimes they continue to struggle for years or even decades. Frequently they get misdiagnoses of these conditions or advice that borders on insulting such as the encouragement to “bathe more often”. Even worse are the correct diagnoses but limited and often potentially harmful treatment options, such as: surgery (including organ removal) / synthetic oral contraceptives / antibiotics / anti-fungal creams, pills, or liquids which contain sugar / hormone replacement therapy (HRT or BHRT) / diabetes medication / expensive fertility treatments / cancer drugs (for women with and without cancer).
“Healthy diet and exercise” is also suggested as a way to treat these feminine health issues, but this phrase is extremely confusing because of the wide variety of information and mis-information about what exactly “healthy diet and exercise” constitutes these days.
My three main observations are that:
- A large percentage of women struggle daily with embarrassing, painful, or guilt-causing feminine issues that seem to have no enduring solution.
- Most obstetricians, gynecologists, dermatologists, and other doctors do not emphasize the crucial role that traditional nutrition plays in feminine health, forcing us women to accept limited treatment options when something is wrong.
- Over time many women experience a profound sense of helplessness and even acceptance of less-than-optimal health.
Thankfully, the truth is that even the most stubborn feminine health issues can be significantly improved or reversed by specifically addressing the foundations of traditional nutrition rather than by chasing fads or becoming dependent on medications. For example, it is easy to be skeptical that improving your digestion and eating a nutrient-dense diet could clear up persistent fungal infections or help you get pregnant, but the fact is that it does. Sometimes it seems miraculous! After struggling with a variety of feminine health issues myself, I became educated in the science of nutrition and subsequently designed the Freedom of Health™ program to strategically target the underlying nutritional causes of the issues above.