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Acne, Weight Gain, Facial Hair, Hair Loss, Infertility: Is PCOS The Cause? with Dr. Elizabeth Boham

Acne, Weight Gain, Facial Hair, Hair Loss, Infertility: Is PCOS The Cause? | This episode is sponsored by Kettle & Fire and Dr. Hyman’s Sleep Master Class

PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, affects between 5 to 10 percent of all women. PCOS symptoms include irregular or heavy periods, acne, facial hair, scalp hair loss, increased belly fat, and increased levels of testosterone. It is also strongly correlated with infertility. While conventional medicine typically views PCOS as a gynecological issue, it is actually commonly driven by things such as diet, environmental toxins, genetics, and more.

In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Boham to discuss the Functional Medicine approach to treating patients with PCOS. They delve into topics including the relationship between PCOS and insulin resistance, gut health, and much more.

Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices functional medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the functional medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well.

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In this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Boham discuss:

  • The continuum of symptoms that can occur with PCOS

  • The role that insulin and insulin resistance plays in PCOS

  • How conventional medicine treats PCOS

  • Common drivers of PCOS, including diet, environmental toxins, genetics, and more

  • The hormone/gut microbiome connection

  • The Functional Medicine approach to treating and testing for PCOS

  • How dairy affects hormones and can cause acne and digestion problems

  • PCOS and infertility

Additional Resources

The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

A Simple Diet Experiment That May Solve Most Of Your Health Issues with Lisa Dreher

Clara’s Case Study: Overcoming Infertility

Why Most Everything We Were Told About Dairy Is Wrong

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Autism: Getting To The Root Cause With Functional Medicine with Dr. George Papanicolaou

Autism: Getting To The Root Cause With Functional Medicine | This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens and BetterhelpRates of autism have skyrocketed over the years, from an estimated 1 child in 5,000 in the 1960s and 1970s to just 1 in 54 kids today. The diagnosis of autism can be shocking and difficult for parents and families which may leave them feeling isolated, alone, helpless, and hopeless, but it doesn’t have to be that way. While we don’t have all the answers, and more research is needed to identify and validate the causes and treatment of autism, there are new signs of hope. And there is no such thing as “autism.” Rather there are “autisms”—different patterns of biological dysfunction unique to each child that result in multiple insults to the brain that all manifest with symptoms we call autism. Like every condition or illness, the key is to dig into the layers and peel the onion to discover what is really happening. It is not usually one thing but a collection of insults, toxins, and deficiencies piled on susceptible genetics that leads to autism.In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. George Papaicolaou to discuss the Functional Medicine approach to treating children with autism. They also share specific patient stories that they have treated.George Papanicolaou is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine from Abington Memorial Hospital. He is also an Institute for Functional Medicine Practitioner. Upon graduation from his residency he joined the Indian Health Service. He worked on the Navajo reservation for 4 years at the Chinle Comprehensive Medical Facility where he served as the Outpatient Department Coordinator. In 2000, he founded Cornerstone Family Practice in Rowley, MA. He practiced with a philosophy centered on personal relationships and treating the whole person, not just not the disease. He called that philosophy “Whole Life Wellness”. Over time as the healthcare system made it harder for patients to receive this kind of personal care Dr. Papanicolaou decided a change was needed. He began training in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. In 2015, he established Cornerstone Personal Health – a practice dedicated entirely to Functional Medicine. Dr. Papanicolaou to join The UltraWellness Center in 2017.This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens and Betterhelp.Athletic Greens is offering Doctor’s Farmacy listeners a full year supply of their Vitamin D3/K2 Liquid Formula free with your first purchase, plus 5 free travel packs. Just go to to take advantage of this great offer.Betterhelp lets you get affordable counseling anytime, from anywhere. They’ll match you with a licensed, professional therapist based on your unique needs. As a Doctor’s Farmacy listener you can get 10% off right now by going to this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Papanicolaou discuss:The significant rise in autism casesRecent changes to environmental factors, including food and toxinsThe role of inflammation in autismConventional vs functional medicine treatment of autismSleep and behavioral issues in children with autismAutism, gut health, and mitochondrial dysfunctionEliminating gluten and dairyAdditional Resources:New Science-Based Approaches to Treating Autism with Dr. Theresa Lyons Functional Medicine Approach to Autism Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Does a Gluten and Dairy Free Diet Really Make a Difference? Elizabeth Boham on The Doctor’s Farmacy: How to Find the Real Cause of Your Disease and How to Fix It