Sunday 17th September 2017 the FX Medicine LIVE team attended the Endometriosis Symposium held at Sydney's L'Aqua at Cockle Bay Wharf.
This event was an overwhelming success for the hosts, the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS).
This event showcased a new educational format, bringing together experts from a variety of modalities to present exclusively on the topic of endometriosis. An event that was so well received, it sold out many weeks prior. A testament we're sure, was largely attributed to the noteworthy experts ATMS assembled.
The FX Medicine team was delighted to take part in this event as a media partner and to be able to share with you some highlights we were able to bring back from the event.
FX Medicine LIVE: Andrew Speaks with Naturopath, Leah Hechtman
Leah Hetchman is an experienced and respected clinician who specialises in fertility, pregnancy and reproductive healthcare for men and women. Her primary passion is her clinical practice where she is inspired and humbled by her patients. She has completed extensive advanced training and is currently completing her PhD through the School of Women’s and Children’s Health (Faculty of Medicine [UNSW]). She is a keynote speaker, author and educator to her peers; Director of The Natural Health and Fertility Centre, Sydney; and mother to two gorgeous boys.
Leah and Andrew discussed:
- The intersection of immune symptoms and endometriosis
- Underlying 'Bugs' or infections as drivers of inflammation
- Parasites driving pro-inflammatory cytokine production
- Elevated 1,25 Vitamin D and immune supression
- Clinical issues with Vitamin D testing
- The role of curcumin, NAC, EGCG and Quercetin in therapy
- The role histamine plays in pathology
- Estrogen dominance vs. estrogen driven
- The role methylation plays in endometriosis
- Cautions to be mindful of with supplements
FX Medicine LIVE: Andrew Speaks with Physiotherapist, Taryn Hallam
Taryn Hallam is a physiotherapist who has worked in the field of Urogynaecology, Chronic Pelvic Pain and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction for 17 years. In the past (2000 – 2011), Taryn was a Senior Clinician in Women’s Health Physiotherapy at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney and has been the NSW Representative on National Committee of the Men’s, Women’s and Pelvic Health Special Interest Group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Taryn currently spends her time working two days per week clinically at Alana Health Care for Women, and the remaining three days per week running Women’s Health Training Associates.
Taryn and Andrew discussed:
- The protective and compensatory mechanisms of muscles
- How endometriosis overwhelms pain signals via the nervous system to the muscles
- Why taking a detailed history is crucial
- Why surgery may not bring releif as expected
- Differentiating co-morbid conditions
- Pain and injury neurobiology
- Physical changes within the nervous system
- Good pain vs. bad pain
- Hyperactive nerves and nerve entrapment
- Endometriosis and exercise
- Pelvic pain and pelvic floor
- Re-breathing techniques
- Disempowered patients
- Managing sexual pain
FX Medicine LIVE: Andrew Speaks with Naturopath, Lara Briden
Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor with twenty years clinical experience and a passionate communicator about women’s health. She’s the author of the popular book Period Repair Manual and has also written dozens of women’s health articles for mainstream media. Lara qualified in 1997 from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She practiced in Canada for five years before moving to Sydney in 2002 and setting up Sensible Alternative Hormone Clinic, where she still practices. Her clinical focus includes polycystic ovarian syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, perimenopause, Endometriosis and coming off hormonal birth control.
Lara and Andrew discussed:
- "Endometriosis is 2 things; it's both an inflammatory disease and dependent upon estrogen"
- Why estrogen supression may not be the only option
- How natural medicine can fill a gap in the conventional treatment of endometriosis
- Modulating estrogen metabolites
- Immune modulation and dysregulation
- Curcumin's benefits are medicine-like
- The delicate balance of estrogen and progesterone
- Hormonal effects upon the immune system
- Estrogen can be a driver in underlying infections
- The relevance of lipopolysaccharides (LPS)
- Screening for infections
- The link between SIBO and hypothyroid - and the consequences in endometriosis
- Bio-identical hormones
- Progesterone resistance - an epigenetic byproduct of toxin exposure
FX Medicine LIVE: Andrew speaks to Naturopath and TCM Women's Health Specialist, Dr Andrew Orr
Dr Andrew Orr is a Reproductive Medicine and Women’s Health Medicine Specialist, with medical degrees with a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and a Masters of Women’s Health. He is also Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Naturopath, Chef, has a degree in food science, and also runs his busy practices in Brisbane where he has helped over 12,000 babies into the world with his successful fertility program. He uses his clinical experience and research to bring the best possible treatments via an integrative medicine approach.
Andrew and Dr Orr discussed:
- Finding appropriate clinicians to manage Endometriosis
- Prioritising comorbiditys
- Misdiagnosis and 'being missed and dismissed'
- The staging of endometriosis
- The TCM vs medical view of blood stasis
- Adenomyosis vs Endometriosis
- Selecting treatment options
- The value of mindfulness
- Blending natural medicines into therapy
- "Endometriosis women need a team"
**Please note: this interview is AUDIO ONLY
The endometriosis symposium was an event by The Australian Traditional Medicine Society. The FX Medicine Team would like to thank them for having us.