Speaker 1 – For girls, of course, as a result, we often overlook our own health issues. And here to shed some light on some of the most commonly untreated or undiagnosed problems is Dr. Erica Steele from holistic family practice and Virginia Beach. Hello, Dr. Steele, how are you?
Speaker 2 – I’m so well. Thanks. Good, good. Okay, so
Speaker 1 – what are some ordinary women’s health issues that go undiagnosed or untreated? Well, I
Speaker 2 – really think Adrenal Fatigue is one of them in allopathic medicine, meaning your traditional Western medicine; they don’t even recognize adrenal fatigue, anything with the adrenal glands, they just, you know, as long as ACTH is not elevated, they don’t really see that there’s an issue. But unfortunately, as we know, especially right now, where women are at home, they’re working while homeschooling while, you know, picking 20 Other things that they’re doing in addition. And so what happens is people get burnout over time, right? And so adrenal fatigue, I think, is one of those hot buttons. And then leading up to it, once you crossover adrenal fatigue, you know, there’s all kinds of thyroid imbalances with which, again, often get misdiagnosed, especially the autoimmune components, like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and things like that.
Speaker 1 – oh, my gosh, you’re using big words. Now I saw with the fatigue, adrenal fatigue, a lot of women were sleeping. So does that have to deal with that one of the symptoms that you want to sleep all the time?
Speaker 2 – Yeah, well, you’re just always exhausted. So you know, you don’t necessarily sleep well, or you’re ruminating all the time, your mind’s going 50 million miles a minute. And let’s say you finally do get to sleep, you wake up, you don’t feel refreshed, and then you just do that repeatedly over and over and over again. I am a type A personality. And so very driven, very focused, significantly Go, go go. And women with more of those type A characters often suffer from Adrenal Fatigue. And so rebalancing those adrenal glands is so critical to overall health, because believe it or not, the adrenals will throw everything off, the immune system off, the hormonal system up, even the neurological system in the brain. So
Speaker 1 – yeah, that comes to many problems, especially when you say immune system, because our immune system needs to be strong right now, especially with this pandemic. So how do you approach women’s health care?
Speaker 2 – So when I approach women’s health care, I, of course, as a holistic doctor, will look at everything. So I look. So typically, people come into my practice with a physical issue, they’re rundown, they’re burnout, they’re not feeling well, they feel off, they don’t necessarily have a diagnosis, but they feel off, or I have people that have a ton of diagnosis, or they’ve been on a ton of medication, and nothing seemed to work. And so we start really on the physical, but then we look at the environment, their relationships, their boundaries, toxicity in the body, all of that plays a role, the mental aspect, the emotional aspect, the spiritual aspect, do they have a loss of faith, because if you have a loss of faith, you’re gonna be living in fear all the time. And that, of course, will just be gasoline on any healthcare fire. So it’s essential to think about whole health and balance boundaries, especially now. And really putting your oxygen mask on first, you know, no pun intended, you know, is really very important right now more than anything because we are being stretched in so many different ways. And often, people, especially women, don’t have the support or receive the help we need because we’re super women. Right, right.
Speaker 1 – Right. We’re trying to do it all. Okay, so you have some webinars and some programs that are available so women can get more information,
Speaker 2 – right? Yeah, we do. We have a few webinars coming up specifically for women’s health care; you’ll be able to ask me questions specific to your situation on that webinar. And then we also have some healthy programs coming up, because we’re really launching especially with all the emotional eating going on, sorry, there’s a plane going over, I’m in hilltop. And so a lot of emotionally so people are really stressed out and eating unhealthy. And so we will launch some of our 30 days to healthy eating to get back on track. 21 days, smoke-free, and then a 21 day organ detox. And it’s cool because we have an app that goes along with it so you can follow it daily with meal plans and everything. So we’re really excited to be launching those healthy living programs.
Speaker 1 – Wonderful. Well, Dr. Erica Steele, thank you so much, and you’ll be hearing from me soon. All right.