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The Girlfriend Doctor w/ Dr. Anna Cabeca

Mar 24, 2017

I want to share a fabulous discussion that I had recently with Dr. Michael Ruscio about women's hormones and how gut bacteria can have such a tremendous effect on them!

He is a functional medicine practitioner with an emphasis in gut health. He also specializes in autoimmune, thyroid, and digestive disorders. He is a wealth of knowledge and provided many great insights.

Listen to our discussion on “The Hormone to Gut Connection”

Key points from our interview include:

  • Pylori - dangerous or protective?
  • Pylori and Hashimoto’s thyroid autoimmunity connection
  • How Hashimoto’s may be improved with H. Pylori treatment
  • Hormonal changes that affect the GI tract, and solutions such as the use of chasteberry for PMS
  • Melatonin disruption effects on Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Did you know melatonin, the hormone of sleep regulation, is anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant, too?
  • How Vitamin D improves IBS, and is the "great mediator"!
  • Stress and a causal decrease in protective GI bacteria
  • Benefits of exercise on gut bacteria - who knew? (Just like Goldilocks, too little and too much are not good).

Meet Dr. Michael Ruscio

Dr. Ruscio gives smart, busy people suffering from symptoms like daily bloating, constant fatigue, and unexplained weight gain, simple steps to start living a health, enjoyable life again, no matter how long they’ve been suffering.

He is a Functional Medicine Practitioner, a Doctor of Chiropractic, and is lead researcher in a current study on IBS. He is a working on Post-doctoral Functional Medicine study with educational bodies such as: The National College of Naturopathic Medicine, The Institute of Functional Medicine, The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Kalish Research, and Defeat Autism Now.

He has spoken at the SIBO Symposium Summit, Paleo FX, Ancestral Health Symposium, Sean Croxton’s Digestion Sessions, as well as many other International conferences and top health podcasts.

You can find out more about his simple, evidence-based approach to healing chronic illness at

Really enjoyed this podcast with Magdalena Wszelaki, the founder of Hormones Balance.

Magdalena talked about the significant health crisis she went through as a result of a highly stressful career in advertising. A high profile and demanding lifestyle, stressful in every way! Mentally stressful, never in the same time zone, lack of sleep, hotel, and fast food on the run. This eventually ended in complete adrenal fatigue, autoimmune conditions, estrogen dominance, and even depression.

But she was able to heal herself and go into complete remission from her health issues through truly using "food as medicine". She adopted a number of key nutrition principles as well as her signature method of cooking for hormone balance.

In the interview she discusses:

  • Anchoring and her three-legged stool analogy about healing the gut and liver, and stabilizing sugar levels
  • The importance of an elimination diet (she lives gluten, dairy, and soy-free)
  • How eating the right foods is key to cooking for hormone balance
  • Her "day in the life of cooking for hormone balance"... This starts with warm water with a squeeze of lemon and apple cider vinegar, and includes a PFF breakfast (Protein, Fat, and Fiber)
  • Her weight loss secret!
  • Quick and easy five-minute lunch and dinner selections

I loved the discussion, which included her back story, coming from a communist country and living without the luxuries of life. Her family had to improvise, and she learned to improvise, too. Along with some of those stories she also shares with us the "roots" of her health problems, going back to her birth and early childhood.

I encourage you to watch or listen in...I think you'll enjoy it!

Oh...and after watching the video don't forget...Magdalena has a special gift for you... a free cooking workshop where you will learn much more about healing foods and preparing easy, nutritious and hormone balancing meals!

About Magdalena Wszelaki

Magdalena Wszelaki is the founder of Hormones Balance, a nutrition coaching practice. Her practice is dedicated to helping women rebalance their hormones with nutritional and lifestyle changes. She is a certified nutrition coach, speaker, educator, and a soon-to-be-published cookbook author. Her hormonal health journey encompassed grappling with Graves’ and Hashimoto’s Disease (autoimmune conditions causing thyroid failure), adrenal fatigue, depression, and estrogen dominance. Today she lives a symptoms-free awesome life and teaches women how to accomplish the same in her online programs and education. 

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