ANCESTRAL HEALTH MORNING: WOMEN'S WELL-BEING
Come and join us in Christchurch to discuss the health issues facing women in the 21st century. From the all important topic of contraception and reproductive health, to the nutritional and lifestyle contributors to depression and anxiety, to maintaining our self-esteem in the world that demands that we have it all.
Three strong inspiring women from the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand will share with you their knowledge, experience, and their thoughts on the challenges facing us today. At the end of each talk we'll open the floor to discuss these ideas with you and hear your take on these issues. We hope to see you there. Men welcome!
"Beyond Hormonal Birth Control. What hormonal contraception does to women’s bodies, and why it’s time to consider other options" by Lara Briden, BSc, ND
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"When it's not in your head - the psychological expression of physical deficiencies or excesses." by Dr Karen Faisandier
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“The War on Women’s Bodies. How the 21st century is crushing our self-esteem and why the ‘self-love’ movement is doing more harm than good” by Dr Anastasia Boulais
9am "Beyond Hormonal Birth Control. What hormonal contraception does to women’s bodies, and why it’s time to consider other options" by Dr Lara Briden, BSc, ND
In the wake of the new study linking hormonal birth control to depression, it’s time to take a long, hard look at contraceptive drugs, and what they do to women’s bodies. In this presentation, Lara will discuss common side effects of hormonal birth control including depression, weight gain, and loss of libido. She’ll also survey available methods of non-hormonal contraception, and provide treatment alternatives for menstrual difficulties such as PMS, acne, and irregular periods.
Bio: Lara Briden, ND is a naturopathic doctor with nearly 20 years clinical experience. She has a strong science background, and formerly worked as an evolutionary biologist. Thousands of patients have entrusted Lara with their PCOS, thyroid disease, endometriosis, and many other health issues, so she has had a chance to learn what really works for hormones. She has distilled that knowledge into her blog and book “Period Repair Manual.”
10am "When it's not in your head - the psychological expression of physical deficiencies or excesses." by Dr Karen Faisandier
Psychological problems including anxiety and depression are a reported epidemic of our current societal time, with almost 50% of New Zealanders qualifying for a mental health disorder at some point in their life. This doesn’t count people living with subthreshold anxiety, mood, or cognitive difficulties, which become their norm. These rising rates are correlated with alterations to our standard food production and intake, exposure to environmental stress, and changes to daily habits or behaviours. We’ve moved further and further away from eating and living in ways that support optimal mental health. This talk unpacks several modern scenarios which may present as a psychological difficulty or disorder, however for many people may resolve or reduce after addressing nutrition, toxicant, and lifestyle factors.
Bio: Karen is a born and breed NZer, mother of two, and Director of a private psychology practice based in the Wellington CBD. While she is a conventionally-trained clinical psychologist specialising in addiction, her interest in nutrition in health care led her into the study of nutritional and environmental medicine and its application to psychology. She is passionate about forging an “integrated” and ancestral approach to individual adult psychological assessment and treatment. This involves the evidence-based application of nutritional, nutraceutical, and ancestrally oriented lifestyle interventions so as to assist people to understand, prevent, and recover from psychological distress.
11am “The War on Women’s Bodies. How the 21st century is crushing our self-esteem and why the 'self-love' movement is doing more harm than good” by Dr Anastasia Boulais
“Do you have flawless skin, shiny thick hair, pouty lips, big perky breasts, six-pack abs, a thigh gap, a firm booty, long lean legs? No? Too bad. But we can fix that for only $49.99. We can also fix you if you have leg hair, if you sweat after a workout, if you develop stretchmarks in your pregnancy and wrinkles in your old age.” We hear this every day. We believe it and we dutifully hand over our money and our sanity to be “fixed”, to be improved, because what we have now is not enough. On the other hand, the self-love movement tells us that all we need is to have a candlelit bath with a glass of wine at the end of the day and learn to love ourselves. We try that too and no matter how often we say “I love my big thighs” to the mirror we still have this gnawing feeling that this is not working. They wage a war on our bodies and we are the willing warriors in that war. How do we say no? There will be no simple answers in this talk but possibly a fresh perspective that can point towards a light in a dark tunnel.
Bio: Anastasia is a medical doctor with a passion for preventative health based evolutionary principles. She currently works as an urgent care doctor in Christchurch, New Zealand. Together with her partner, Jamie Scott, they founded the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand, a community of scientists, health professionals and laypeople who share their passion for promoting healthy lifestyles. Anastasia follows ancestral health principles in all aspects of her own life, from food to movement, sleep, connection to nature, and maintaining meaningful relationships. She believes that the radical changes to the way we eat, sleep, move, work, interact with nature and with each other, contribute heavily towards our burden of disease. We created an environment which is foreign to our genes and restrictive to our potential. The way forward is to address those mismatches within the context of our modern society and without giving up the comforts of civilisation.