Dr Mark Hyman, Lenox, Doctors Pharmacy discussed on The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.
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Friend and my partner at the center, the medical director Dr Elizabeth Boheme who you probably know well by now. Who shared so much about so many cases that are tough to deal with with traditional approaches and today we're GonNa dive deep into infertility, which affects one in seven couples and is getting worse. So what does infertility have to do with anything? We do in functional medicine. Like what is the typical approach that we do in traditional medicine? And how's that different from how we think about this with with functional medicine? You know I think that one of the most important things we do in functional medicine is we asked that question? And it's it's it. That's very important with infertility. As it is with everything we're dealing with because because for each if we had multiple different people with infertility issues, there'd be multiple different reasons for why they're having a problem, so you know it's really critical to get that very detailed history that we always get with functional medicine. Get a really. Careful physical exam do some evaluation to try to determine for that individual person, and that individual couple why they're what's going on with their fertility. Infertility their infertility he's does infertility, so yes, and everybody's different, and you have to dig in and their common patterns for sure, but but we do a method of evaluation and really figure it out, so so tell us what is the definition of infertility? How many people have it and what's the deal? Aso infertility occur for for a woman. You're considered having problems with fertility. If you've been trying actively trying to get pregnant for over a year, have been unable to get pregnant, so that's that's considered infertility about like you mentioned a lot. It's very common about ten percent of women in the. Reproductive Ages are having are struggling with infertility, and there's multiple multiple reasons, but you're right. We are seeing an increase receiving increase, maybe because of some of the toxins in the environment. Poor Diet you know we're going to get into way. Did you say that what you eat plays a role in fertility huge raw? We're going to get into that. Yeah, a huge role. You know. There's so there's lots of different reasons for why that back and be going on for that individual person, hormonal imbalances that we need to evaluate toxin exposure you know thyroid is not working optimally things like. That, we're going to be talking about. There's so many reasons that people can have issues with fragility that we need to delve into traditional deficiencies. I, mean I think that so often? You know we're thinking everybody in the United States if just the people in developing countries. They're just doing fine nutritionally, but when we actually start to look, we start to see nutritional deficiencies can have a huge impact on somebody's fertility. It's really true you know. I think I. Look Back Thirty Years of practicing and twenty five years of practicing functional medicine. And I can't tell you. The number of patients that have struggled with infertility that once we work with them and functional medicine. They get pregnant. You know and it's like. It's not an obstetrician gynecologist I'm a family doctor. I'm not a fertility expert, but just following the principles of functional medicine and optimizing People's health allows them to kind of reset their hormones and their immune system, and actually get pregnant, and we always start with those lifestyle factors, because for so many people that makes a huge difference, right? We make sure that the person is sleeping enough getting enough rest, because if the body is under stress, it's less likely to get pregnant. We make sure that you're managing stress. We make sure that you're doing some exercise daily because that helps, that helps in so many different ways. We make sure that somebody's eating the right diet because as I mentioned. If somebody is having some nutritional deficiencies or not eating enough calories, we often see that people are under eating or not eating enough calories, or maybe they're over exercising. We know that can impact to a body fat. Yeah but and even if and even if that's okay, but they're just. You're putting too much stress on your body with. Training or not eating enough calories that can talk about it I mean. If you had no no access to calories and you're. You're under stress. Your body's like I'm not getting pregnant right now. Bad News for me to get pregnant. It's a dangerous environment, but everybody hasn't realized that we're living in the twentieth century and a different. I just want to come back to traditional approach because I think it's. It's really instructive most of the time when you go to fertility doctor, they don't find anything. True the sometimes you have you know Tubal problems sometimes low sperm count sometimes you know there's some obvious structural issue or some hormonal thing going on. It's fixable, but most of the time it's unexplained infertility. Yes, and so, what do they do? They pompey full of hormones. They extract your ovaries I. Mean Your your eggs from your race. They printed test to baby. They put it back in hopefully it sticks. It's enormously stressful, enormously expensive like fifteen twenty thousand dollars. Each time you want to do it yet. And it off doesn't work right and. So we're we're. We're batting far better average here with functional medicine. In terms we're getting families started and helping women and couples get pregnant than with traditional artillery treatments, and why is that? I think that it's because we're asking that question. Why and when we asked that question why and get some clues as to why there's an imbalance in somebody's body were so much more likely to be successful in our treatment approach. right because if we just treat everybody the same, it might work for some, but it's going to miss all these other reasons that people are having issues, so you have to ask that question. Why and like you said a lot of times? Many of these other approaches are less expensive, less toxic. And easier to do than than than that hard hitting approach that of course works for for for some people, but but we've got a really ask that question. Why and I think you know that's? That's one of the things with this first woman who who came to see me. Yeah you know she? She was.