Laugh, Cough or Sneeze: Incontinence and Vagina Health with Dr. Betsy Greenleaf

Ladies, you know what I’m talking about! Ever since giving birth to our beautiful babies we have found that when we laugh, cough or sneeze it happens…yup, we pee a little. Incontinence is a topic that we women don’t talk about but it’s something that affects many of us. It can be frustrating and embarrassing at times but there are things we can do to help.

Joining me today is Dr. Betsy Greenleaf and she is here to educate us! She specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. She is also the first female in the United States to become board certified in Urogynecology. Dr. Greenleaf explains what exactly is happening to our pelvic floor and the vagina as we age and what are the latest treatments available.  

Here are a few topics we talked about:

  • [6:00]  Oops, I think I peed a little
  • [8:50]  How does age affect this?
  • [9:45]  Gravity and my Pelvic Floor
  • [11:05]  What do you mean it Drops!
  • [14:12]  Ok, why didn’t my GYN tell me?
  • [17:12]  The Pelvic Floor muscles need a work out
  • [20:30]  Do the Finger Squeeze.
  • [24:15]  You age inside too!
  • [26:11]  What about Sex?
  • [28:15]  Lubricants and Osmolality
  • [33:05]  Lasers, Radiofrequency and Infrared Light in the Vagina?
  • [37:58]  DIET…the MOST IMPORTANT! 

About the Guest:

Dr. Betsy A.B. Greenleaf, DO, FACOOG (Distinguished) Premier women’s health expert, inventor, and business leader, who specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery for over 20 years, Dr Greenleaf is a trailblazer as the first female in the United States to become board certified in Urogynecology. She possesses a professional reputation that has led to being sought after by medical societies, associations, and corporations to provide lectures, teaching, and advanced training. Dr.Greenleaf holds prominent positions on many national women’s health organizations and serves as spokesperson for the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Greenleaf takes a holistic body-mind-spirit approach to healing and wellness. She believes many of the answers to a healthy life are found within. 

Cup My Face: The Ancient Art of Face Cupping with Lisa Dowling

Have you ever seen the marks made from Cupping? They’re usually dark, round circles on the skin. Why would people have this done in and why would they have it done on the face?

For centuries Eastern Asian medicine has used natural means to treat a wide variety of ailments. Today, many people use these techniques such as acupuncture, medicinal herbs and cupping. 

Cupping, in recent years, has become a popular method for muscle relaxation and alleviating pain. It’s become a favorite to athletes for its ability to increase blood flow to a particular muscle or to reduce pain. I, myself, have also done cupping for health reasons but I was not sure about cupping my face until I met today’s guest.

Lisa Dowling is an Eastern Asian Medicine Practitioner who not only offers facial cupping therapy in her practice but also teaches the techniques to practitioners around the country.   Today she gives a little history and discusses the health benefits of cupping. She then talks about how facial cupping therapy can help combat those fine lines and wrinkles naturally.

Here are some of the topics that we talked about today:
   [2:40] Medicine and Techniques from the Earth
   [3:48] The sucking instinct
   [8:26] My Cupping experience
   [11:20] Stagnation a.k.a. Congestion
   [12:55] So what is Cupping exactly?
   [14:45] Microtrauma stimulates our Systems
   [15:56] Cupping the Face
   [16:30] Cupping moves Lymph
   [17:34] Cupping Marks on My Face?
   [23:03] Anti-Aging and Cupping
   [24:37] The Worse the Skin, the Greater the Results
   [26:24] Anti-Aging:  Natural vs. Serums

About the guest:   
Lisa Downling is a Practitioner and Facilitator of East Asian Medicine, and has spent the last several years teaching and presenting her original materials to practitioners.She has developed a unique curriculum of facial cupping based on the principles of Oriental Medicine that in combination with Acupuncture produces incredible results for anti aging, scars, chronic sinus issues, headaches and more.

Menopause and the Hormones That Don’t Want Us Anymore with Dr. Ryan Shelton

Women entering their 40s begin a very powerful transition in their life. You have come so far and accomplished so much by this time! Embrace it!

Along with this achievement, women begin to experience symptoms related to the onset of perimenopause. We will go to our annual check up with questions for our doctor about these changes and we hear the words… Hormone Replacement Therapy.

So, is this what happens when I hit my 40s? Do I need to be replacing my hormones? My guest today walks us through the answers.

Dr. Ryan Shelton is a physician and researcher with vast experience and knowledge about hormones. He clarifies the benefits and explains what we, ourselves, can do to assist in slowing down the aging process.

The woman’s hormonal makeup works like a symphony, with many moving parts that go beyond estrogen and progesterone. Dr. Shelton discusses possible options including the differences between synthetic and bioidentical hormones so you can make the right decision for yourself.

My biggest A-Ha from our discussion…We have more power over our hormones than we think!

Here are some of the topics that we talked about today:

  • [4:04] Are your hormones making you age?
  • [5:31] Menopause only lasts a day?
  • [9:01] It all starts in our early 40s.
  • [13:29] Synthetic vs. Bioidentical Hormones
  • [20:23] Time is of the Essence!
  • [26:07] It all begins with Diet, Nutrition and Lifestyle.
  • [33:00] We have more control than we think!

About Dr. Shelton:

Dr. Ryan Shelton is a physician and researcher rooted in the principles of integrative medicine. His experiences include clinical work in a variety of areas including cancer treatments, holistic medicine and anti-aging medicine. He is committed to the wellness of individuals within clinical practice and the community.

The Ideal Workout for Women Over 40 with Dr. Elke Cooke

Women lead such busy lives today.  We have households to run, kids to raise, careers to establish, and all the stresses that go along with building our life.  

By the time we enter our 40s, all these components together create the Perfect Storm that will directly affect the way we age! 

My guest today is Dr. Elka Cooke, an amazing Functional Medicine physician who specializes in Anti-Aging medicine.

Did you know that muscle strength influences the way we age?  How about hormones and muscles?  There’s a relationship there too!

In this episode we talk about how building muscle is our metabolic currency.  Our muscle strength is the key to all things aging when it comes to body composition and hormone balance.  

According to Dr. Cooke, the greatest impact we can have on our aging is when we focus on our muscle strength.   She tells us how we can do this!

Women always hear about how female hormones impact us as we get older.  Dr. Cooke clarifies their relationship…and it’s not just Estrogen we need to worry about!  

Listen as we talk about maintaining muscle, balancing hormones and weathering this perfect storm  

Here’s a look at what we talk about…

  • [2:30]  Muscle is the Antidote to Aging!
  • [7:24]  The Perfect Storm begins in our 40s
  • [9:22]  Hormonal Balance – More than just Estrogen
  • [10:05]  Why are Heat Shock Proteins important? 
  • [12:26]  Estrogen Balance, Energy and Protective Nature 
  • [15:20]  Cardio vs. Muscle Building – Focus after 40
  • [26:50]  Do you live with Insulin Resistance and not even know it?
  • [33:15]  Intermittent Fasting, LowCarb and Backfiring in Women
  • [34:45]  Biohacking/Anti-Aging is different for Women than Men

About the guest:

Dr. Elka Cooke is an accomplished Functional Medical Doctor specializing in Anti-Aging Medicine.  She did her studies and residency at the University of Michigan and spent eight years as an ER physician at Kaiser Permanente in northern California.  Dr. Cooke was drawn to Functional Medicine because she wanted to better serve her patients with tangible health results.  She has also been featured in several publications including Forbes and Prevention magazines. 

Secrets that Slow Down the Aging Process with Dr. Kristine Burke

Did you know that the process of aging begins long before you start to notice those fine lines and wrinkles around your face?  

Women tend to be concerned about looking good on the outside, whether it’s the fine lines or the way we look in our clothes. The fact is we need to focus on what’s going on inside our body!  My guest, Dr. Kristine Burke, discusses the relationship between inflammation and aging and what we need to do to slow down the aging process.   

One of those secrets is exercising!  Not only does it help build up muscle mass but it’s what literally maintains your brain health!  

The process of aging doesn’t just happen because time passes.  Aging is actually due to the inflammation in the body.  

Inflammation is the hallmark of aging!  When we are able to pinpoint the root cause of your inflammation it can help set a plan on how to slow down the aging process! 

Here are some of the topics that we talked about today:

  • [3:07]   Inflammation is the Hallmark of Aging!
  • [7:10]    Troublesome Two: Chronic Illness and Inflammation
  • [9:40]  Losing Muscle Mass changes everything!
  • [16:46]  What are Root Causes and Why are they important?
  • [26:18]  It’s So Important to MOVE! 

Dr. Kristine Burke is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda School of Medicine and an educator for the Institute for Functional Medicine where she teaches other doctors and health care practitioners about the power of root-cause medicine to change people’s lives. She is passionate about the role of inflammation in healthy aging and the reversal of chronic diseases such as Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Dementia, she continues to innovate the delivery of healthcare in her role as Medical Director and CEO of the True Health Center for Functional Medicine in El Dorado Hills, CA.

Coronavirus – AN UPDATE with Dr. Ellie Campbell

Dr. Campbell is our guest on today’s episode of Evolving Ageless, Dr. Campbell is a native Chicagoan with a BS and MS from the University of Illinois, a DO degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a Family Medicine residency from the Medical College of Georgia. Board certified in Family Medicine for over 25 years, she also holds certification from the American Board of Integrative Medicine. For thirteen years, Dr. Campbell practiced indigent healthcare in a Community Health Center, but since 2005 has championed a solo, concierge-style integrative, holistic, functional medicine-based family practice.

Dr. Campbell has specialty interests– and lectures internationally on– innovative medical practice design and management, community partnerships, Functional Medicine, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, cardiovascular disease prevention, the oral-systemic connection, solutions to physician burnout and Vitamin D.

I spoke with Dr. Campbell on March 29. During this interview Dr. Campbell gave some great updated information on what is going on in our world right now. I know like me, you probably still have several questions that you would like answered. Dr. Campbell gives a great update as to where we are now and how we are dealing with Covid-19 as we are moving forward with what is our new normal right now.

Here is the breakdown of what we talked about.

  • [1:47] Where we are at since we last spoke.
  • [5:50] Coronavirus testing.
  • [14:43] What should you do if you think you have Coronavirus?
  • [25:01] Items to have at home.
  • [33:00] Doctors are learning to treat this more effectively.
  • [39:20] Your mental health.

Coronavirus – Prepare but Don’t Panic! With Dr. Ellie Campbell

Dr. Campbell is our guest on today’s episode of Evolving Ageless, Dr. Campbell is a native Chicagoan with a BS and MS from the University of Illinois, a DO degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a Family Medicine residency from the Medical College of Georgia. Board certified in Family Medicine for over 25 years, she also holds certification from the American Board of Integrative Medicine. For thirteen years, Dr. Campbell practiced indigent healthcare in a Community Health Center, but since 2005 has championed a solo, concierge-style integrative, holistic, functional medicine-based family practice.

Dr. Campbell has specialty interests– and lectures internationally on– innovative medical practice design and management, community partnerships, Functional Medicine, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, cardiovascular disease prevention, the oral-systemic
connection, solutions to physician burnout and Vitamin D.

Today we are taking a deep dive into what has the entire nation talking, the Coronavirus. Dr. Campbell shares her expertise on every area of this pandemic that we can’t stop talking about. She is sharing insight on how to prepare for this virus while easing our fears. Dr. Campbell touches on who is more at risk for Corona, ways to prevent Corona, tips for traveling during this time and which supplements you should be taking, just to name a few.

Here is the breakdown of what we talked about.

  • [2:42] Dr. Campbell’s overview of Corona
  • [7:00] Who is more at risk and why.
  • [12:24] Are there 2 strains?
  • [13:56] Is this just a winter disease? Three reasons why it could be just that.
  • [16:57] Ways to prevent the Coronavirus
  • [21:30] Hand Washing – this is the most preventative thing you can be doing!
  • [29:08] Ways you can be boosting your immunity
  • [34:15] The CDC specifically says to NOT wear face masks.
  • [35:33] Dr. Campbell tells us 4 recommended supplements (with a bonus one)
  • [39:23] Is it okay to be traveling? Who can travel and what places should you avoid?
  • [40:10] What will happen if you catch the coronavirus?
  • [42:47] Final thoughts and tips from Dr. Campbell.

Skin Care Science with Rachel Varga

Rachel Varga BScN, RN, CANS is a Board Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist since 2011, an international clinical trainer, speaker and academically published award-winning author in the field of plastic and aesthetic nursing. Through education on skin care, skin and laser rejuvenation, non-surgical solutions, and healing lifestyle practices, Rachel helps inspire others with her unique toolkit to navigate and strategize aging impossibly well – using the SCIENCE of BEAUTY.

On today’s episode I am talking with Rachel Varga. Rachel is one of the top leaders in her field and she is sharing so many great beauty secrets with us. After today’s episode you will learn how important your daily skin care routine really is, where you shouldn’t be buying beauty products and so much more.

Here is the breakdown of what we talked about.

  • [4:55] Getting started with a skin care routine.
  • [8:00] Rachel’s favorite ways to stimulate collagen. 
  • [12:40] Rachel discusses different laser options.
  • [18:35] Rachel shares her sophisticated skin cheat sheet.
  • [21:08] Medical grade skin care and what that looks like.
  • [24:35] A final wrap up.

Finding Your Inner Power Through Difficult Times with Carmen Hunter

Finding Your Inner Power Through Difficult Times with Carmen Hunter

Carmen Hunter is the founder of The Institute for Functional Health Coaching and the creator of the proven functional method of coaching Education, Preparation & Action ©. During her own ten year journey trying to get to the bottom of her mystery health symptoms she became her own best advocate and now teaches others to do the same. Carmen learned during that experience that we have to be willing to do the work to get well. She became a health coach and created a way to make a bigger impact in the world by opening IFHC and teaching others how to do the same. She has over 10 years of health coaching experience to include hundreds of one-on-one clients, group training, live and online talks and teaching with clients. She has been educating and mentoring coaches for over 7 years and has collaborated her teachings on low risk health coaching with top wellness professionals from around the world.

Today’s episode is a good one! We are talking with Carmen Hunter. If you don’t know Carmen and her amazing story you will be glad you listened to this episode. I suggest you grab your favorite drink, find a cozy (and quiet) place to sit and get ready to fall in love with Carmen the way I did once I heard her story. So many women can relate to her story and that is why Carmen is doing what she does now and she is changing lives everyday.

Here is the breakdown of what we talked about.

  • [2:58] Carmen’s incredible story.
  • [21:59] Carmen’s impact.
  • [24:39] Connecting with other women.
  • [29:36] This is biochemistry!
  • [35:09] What would Carmen tell her younger self?

Age Defying Fatigue Fix with Dr. Evan Hirsch

Dr. Evan Hirsch suffered with fatigue for 5 years before he achieved resolution using the Fix Your Fatigue Program that he pioneered in his medical practice. Through his best selling book and online programs, he has helped thousands of people across the nation optimize their energy and he is on a mission to help 1 million more. He is board certified in family medicine and integrative medicine and when he’s not at the office, you can find him singing musicals, dancing and playing basketball with his family.y we are talking all about fatigue and why so many of us are suffering from it. Dr. Hirsch lets us in on the causes, treatment and even has a give a way for everyone listening to today’s episode. So make sure to listen to the end.

Here is the breakdown of what we talked about.

  • [2:11] Dr. Hirsch’s personal story.
  • [6:38] The causes of fatigue.
  • [14:10] Why fatigue is so hard to treat.
  • [19:10] Dr. Hirsch has developed an effective 4 step process for finding your fatigue.
  • [27:22] Chronic infections.
  • [38:58] Dr. Hirsch shares the first steps in finding what type of fatigue you have.
  • [42:12] Final thoughts.