Dr. Beth Bartlett special guest podcast interview on Inflammation.
They talked about inflammation, hormones and so much more! They discussed the many effects of inflammation on the body and how your body can respond beautifully to the right treatment. And how often we don’t realize we are suffering from inflammation. Dr. Beth is a natural medicine practitioner, she focuses on chronic disease prevention and management, using nutritional recommendations and holistic remedies to balance body chemistry – functional medicine.
Joint pain? Inflammation.
Chronic headaches? Inflammation.
Sleep troubles? Inflammation.
Gut issues? Inflammation.
Belly fat? Inflammation.
Even wonky hormones can be worsened by inflammation.
Hormones, inflammation, brain concerns, sleep, weight loss, nutrition and more are all in this episode so settle in!
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Following is an excerpt from the video
Michelle McCoy of Treasured Wellness in Wendell, North Carolina:
Dr. Beth Bartlett, thank you so much for joining the show. I’m so excited to share you with my listeners and to get into all the wonderful stuff we’re going to talk about today. You are such a wealth of information. And I just love talking with you and picking your brain. So welcome to the show.
Dr. Beth Bartlett:
Thank you and thank you for having me.
I would love for you just to take a few seconds to share a little bit about yourself and what brought you to more functional medicine. What made you interested in functional medicine?
My background, i.e. my training is in chiropractic. I went to the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois and the focus there really was about primary care and diagnosis. We learned how to do chiropractic adjustments, but we also learned how to draw blood, and how do male and female physical sensitive exams. That in-depth training really appealed to me and it was something that I wanted to carry forward into my practice.
When I first started out, I bought a primarily musculoskeletal practice in Lisle, Illinois, and I was there for about eight years. Then I actually heard about SHAPE and the SHAPE ReClaim program. One of my really good friends was doing the SHAPE program and she said, “you know, you really ought to check this out and incorporate it into your practice”. So I became a SHAPE practitioner.
Soon, I started learning about different supplements, different modalities, and things like that. Around 2017, my Apex Energetics account rep invited me to The Institute for Functional Medicine, the IFM, hormone module in Chicago. And so I got to see what the Institute for Functional Medicine was about. After that two-and-a-half-day weekend, I was all in! I’ve got to do the whole thing, become a certified Functional Medicine practitioner. And I did just that, and it has been just a wonderful, wonderful journey.
Wow, that’s awesome. Once you get a taste of functional medicine, you can’t go back right? You just can’t because it’s the best of both worlds. You’re blending what you learned conventionally with a holistic way of living, and the outcome is so much better. So how could we ever go back once we know what we know?
Absolutely. That is so true.
For those that don’t understand what the SHAPE ReClaim program is, can you give a little bit of information about that?
SHAPE ReClaimed is really based on inflammation, ridding the body of inflammation. Yes, you are going to lose some weight in the process, but the process of decreasing inflammation, and increasing immune function, is so beneficial. As a SHAPE practitioner, I teach how to live a better life, and how to incorporate meal prep and cooking into your life. It’s a great program to strive to follow. Nobody’s going to be 100%. SHAPE done about 10% is so much better than SHAPE done not at all. Keep on learning, keep on improving yourself. Keep on improving yourself.
I agree. And there is no perfection, right? There’s only progress, consistent, intentional progress, … action. It’s all good. Your body will benefit from SHAPE. What I love so much about SHAPE is that it does affect us on the cellular level. The brain benefits that we get, are life-changing. One of my favorite client testimonials said “I feel like the lights have been turned on for the first time in years.” She was talking about the brain fog that constant brain fog, that many women tend to be dragging around with them, that is at the root of inflammation, right? We are all struggling with inflammation and I would even say women in midlife specifically are struggling with inflammation because of changing hormones. After spending almost all of our lives focusing on our family, our kids, our job or career – meanwhile our own health is suffering. It’s like a perfect storm. For some of my clients and myself included after your kid moves out you become an empty nester then all of a sudden here you are and you feel like total crap and you don’t know what to do about it. So it’s just so interesting. So I want you to speak about how does inflammation specifically affect women’s hormones?
First of all, I think we’re all inflamed. You can’t be living in today’s environment, without being inflamed. But as you said, this time of the year, a lot of women in specific are struggling with kids, going back to school, or leaving for the workforce, and that stress level is just so high in terms of things going on at home, not to mention things going on in the world. And people are I feeling really bogged down by these things. The body is being forced to handle it. And sometimes, you know, you talk about maladaptation to stress I think that is the basis for inflammation in general. What body part takes the hit? Is it going to be your pancreas and type two diabetes is it going to be your brain and dementia, you know, the list, the list goes on.
What happens if we don’t interrupt that constant stress cycle? Are you are you shunting everything to produce cortisol? And none of your other hormones are being made? For each person, it is just so individualized, so specific. This individualized approach for each person is what makes functional medicine – functional medicine. There’s no cookie-cutter approach. It is looking at each person and saying asking, you know not what’s wrong but what’s not right.