Dec 23, 2021
Menopause and perimenopause shouldn’t be something you just
power through, yet that’s the way that many women deal with their
hormone or energy issues. There’s a better way, and it doesn’t
involve being afraid of estrogen and hormone therapy. Dr. Shawn
Tassone answers your questions on cancer, estrogen, hormones, and
health, and talks about why the narrative matters in getting to the
root cause of a patient’s problems.
- [3:05] Being a man in the arena of women's health gives him a
different perspective. As the author of The Hormone Balance Bible,
Shawn helps women transform their body and life during
perimenopause and menopause.
- [4:10] Shawn found that if he could share stories of hormonal
archetypes with his patients, it connects much better than just raw
data. It gives women a starting point to get the information they
are looking for and points them in the right direction to learn
- [5:50] Hormone issues can feel very isolating, like you’re not
being acknowledged. Hearing the stories of other people and how it
affected them is affirming.
- [6:20] If 10,000 men’s penises fell off tomorrow, there would
be a national outrage and inquiry. But when hundreds of thousands
of women are complaining of endometriosis, pelvic pain, or
fibroids, they are told that it’s just what happens when they get
- [8:10] The more women physicians that experience the menopausal
period of life the more natural options and reception that women
will get in our culture.
- [8:45] Speak up and share what’s on your mind. There is always
one next right step and the answer is never “come back next year
and I’ll check again.” In the case of perimenopause and menopause,
there is always a next right step for being healthier next year
than you are now.
- [10:50] Half of Shawn’s patients bring labs from other
physicians that say everything is normal. You can’t just look at
the numbers. You have to look at the person and how they personally
feel. The narrative part of your patient’s history matters.
- [12:10] Shawn tells the story of a mother run ragged trying to
maintain and support her family and how the narrative of the
saboteur helped her understand her situation. Women have a tendency
to power through painful sex or exhaustion or stress.
- [15:40] Shawn’s mother passed away from ovarian cancer and that
started his own journey to learn how hormones influenced the
situation. Oncologist’s jobs are to help you live longer. They
aren’t particularly interested in quality of life.
- [19:10] When it comes to cancer, it’s always important to try
to identify the root cause whether it was a hormone disruptor or
toxic exposure. With every single patient that Dr. Anna has seen
with cancer, the issue was never their own natural production of
- [21:10] There are a number of factors when it comes to cancer.
Shawn will typically do a genetic test to identify their individual
risk as well as their genetic risk.
- [23:50] There is a clean way to do keto and a dirty way to do
keto. The keto green diet has shown to have improvements on
multiple health markers as quickly as two weeks in.
- [24:40] For women in menopause who’ve had cancer and have
restrictions around estrogen, the treatment is piecemeal. If the
issue is vaginal dryness, the recommendation is Julva. If it’s
overall health, Shawn points them to a macha product or fish oils
- [28:10] It’s important for healthcare providers to communicate
with each other. Dr. Anna had a patient that had been treated for
breast cancer and had a Vitamin D hydroxy level of 11, where the
optimal number is closer to 80. This was a major failure on the
part of her healthcare team since Vitamin D is a key hormone
- [31:15] Estrogen is crucial in slowing bone loss while also
maintaining brain, cardiovascular, and skin health. If your quality
of life is impacted negatively because you’re afraid of hormones,
you’re putting the cart in front of the horse.
- [33:05] There is a study that is ongoing that looks at the
effect of hormones like estrogen on rates of cancer and it looks
like there is no increased risk of breast cancer. The media has
demonized estrogen to the detriment of both women and men.
- [34:10] Vitamin D doesn’t make you feel any different, but it
is helpful for the long term. The silent factors like Vitamin D
levels are often the most overlooked. The cancer we get from a lack
of sun exposure is much worse than anything you can get from too
much sun exposure.
- [35:30] Hormone imbalances can make you into an entirely
different person. Fixing your hormones can have near immediate
results where you feel considerably better over the course of a
week. Add in vitamins and supplements which work over a long period
of time and you have a solid protocol.
- [37:45] At one point, progesterone was only prescribed to
protect against uterine cancer. Shawn likes and prescribes
progesterone for a variety of reasons, whether or not the patient
has a uterus.
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