Women’s Wellness: Taking Charge of Our Health Naturally with Dr. Aviva Romm MD & Dina Falconi

Original Air Date Wednesday, February 23, 2022 

The research of women’s health issues is an underserved area of study.

Many women resort to becoming citizen scientists to sort out their symptoms in an effort to put the puzzle pieces together to achieve wellness. Conventional medicine rarely uses natural methods or plants to help women achieve proper wellness, opting instead for pharmaceuticals, which normally only serve to hide symptoms.

To get to the root of women’s wellness, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two women authors who prescribe a natural form of health outside of conventional medicine. Aviva Romm has been a healthcare practitioner for over 30 years. She shares key takeaways from her book, Hormone Intelligence: The Complete Guide to Calming Hormone Chaos and Restoring Your Body’s Natural Blueprint for Well-Being, and details her unique journey through medical school. Clinical Herbalist, Dina Falconi describes how she treats patients with whole foods and herbs she has collected in the wild and incorporated into everyday recipes. Her book, Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook offers tips for wild food identification, collection, and culinary use.

Aviva Romm — Taking Charge of Our Health Naturally:

  • Taking an unconventional path, Aviva left the conventional medical model to become a top Western herbal medicine practitioner and a midwife. [2:47]
  • Public health is changing for women as they become more empowered, more body literate, and additional outlets of information are available. [9:25]
  • In her book, Hormone Intelligence, Aviva focuses on the root causes of inflammation empowering women to become Citizen Scientists. [12:40]
  • Signs an individual has moved from grief into Prolonged Grief Disorder. [17:57]
  • The INTERHEART study researched the dangerous impact of loneliness on women’s health. [20:28]
  • The pros and cons of herbs and supplements and hormone replacement therapies. [24:35]

White women with dark hair and gray shirt, guest of new podcast episode about health and women's wellness with Aviva Romm and Dina FalconiAviva Romm, MD, is the mother of four grown children, a Yale-trained physician specializing in integrative medicine for women and children, a midwife, an herbalist, and an award-winning author. Aviva has spent nearly 30 years as a health care practitioner and advocate for the health and environmental concerns of women and kids. She is on fire about creating a better world for all.

Book: Hormone Intelligence: The Complete Guide to Calming Hormone Chaos and Restoring Your Body’s Natural Blueprint for Well-Being



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Dina Falconi — Natural Women’s Health:

  • Dina describes common nutrient requirements and the importance of regulating blood sugar levels. [38:58]
  • There are therapeutic properties in food and herbs that can not be met with pharmaceuticals. [43:47]
  • In her book, Foraging and Feasting, Dina shares how to find, identify and incorporate wild plants into recipes. [47:54]
  • How to nourish our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves in nature. [54:30]

Dina Falconi watching at green plants with a red sweater, guest of new podccast episode about women's wellness and health with Aviva RommDina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. An avid gardener, wildcrafter, and permaculturist, Dina has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and personal care, including wild food foraging and cooking, for more than thirty years. She offers online courses “In The Wild Kitchen with Dina Falconi”.

Book: Forging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook



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Dina Falconi on Youtube

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“There is something about wisdom and intelligence that is built into the aging process.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Pharmaceuticals can and do save lives but they are not a long-term substitute for self-care.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Back in the day, natural medicine was not what it is. Homebirth-Midwifery was fringe, in fact, illegal where I practiced.” @AvivaRomm on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Young women are becoming more body literate, more sexually literate, more confident, and more empowered in their voices.” @AvivaRomm on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“In medical school, we are not taught about women’s health which is on the lowest possible research agenda medically.” @AvivaRomm on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“At least 90% of all chronic illness has nothing to do with genetics. It has to do with inflammation, diet, exercise, stress and smoking.” @AvivaRomm on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“For women, loneliness increased the risk of heart attack or stroke more than diabetes, cigarette smoking, and obesity combined.” @AvivaRomm on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Our hormones are chemical messengers. There is a deep inner knowing I think is connected with hormone intelligence.” @AvivaRomm on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Foods don't have the same nutrient quantities as our grandmother's food. An orange today doesn't have the same amount of Vitamin C as an orange in 1950.” @AvivaRomm on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Getting outside into the elements is a large part of what I consider therapeutic.” @foragingandfeasting on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The premise for health is nutrient density from whole food form in a way that keeps our blood sugar stable.” @foragingandfeasting on @HH_TalkRadio Click To TweetWomen’s Wellness: Taking Charge of Our Health Naturally Click To Tweet“We feed our body so it can take care of us. We have the ability to live a full life if we feed our organism well.” @foragingandfeasting on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We are a culture of high sugar, high caffeine consumers so the adrenals and hormones just drop out and the body gets wasted.” @foragingandfeasting on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet




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