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"Health, Hormones, and Fertility After COVID: A Journey from Obstetrics to Functional Medicine"

Dr. Alex Pankoke on our newly launched, Dr. Mama Bird Talk Show, recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Christensen, the owner of Carpathia Wellness in Dallas who has had a fascinating career journey. Let's dive into her story and insights on women's health, fertility, and functional medicine.

From Obstetrics to Functional Medicine

Dr. Christensen started her career as an ObGyn at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, where she practiced for ten years. She pioneered the inclusion of nurse midwives in private practice and supported natural birth and holistic women's health. Her commitment to understanding women's health from a natural and comprehensive standpoint set her apart early on.

However, her journey took an unexpected turn when she developed a chronic environmental illness. This personal health challenge led her to explore functional medicine, which focuses on holistic and integrative approaches to health. Now, 24 years later, she runs Carpathia Collaborative, a large functional medicine practice, and teaches nationally on women's hormones and functional medicine. She has also authored a book, "Birthing a Better Way," and contributed to various textbooks on the subject.

Early Calling and Professional Path

Dr. Christensen knew from the age of nine that she wanted to be a doctor. Initially aspiring to be a pediatrician, she discovered her passion for working with women during medical school. Her calling was not just a professional choice but a spiritual guidance that shaped her path.

The birth of her first child, which she experienced unmedicated, profoundly influenced her. This powerful spiritual experience led her to question why such natural and empowering birth experiences were not more widely taught in medical school. This inspiration fueled her dedication to obstetrics and eventually to functional medicine after her own health crisis.

Functional Medicine and Environmental Toxins

Dr. Christensen's transition to functional medicine was driven by her chronic illness and the lack of understanding from her medical colleagues. It took eight years to diagnose that she and her family were suffering from toxic mold poisoning. This experience opened her eyes to the broader issue of environmental toxins and their impact on health.

She has since developed expertise in a wide range of health issues, including women's hormones, fertility, autoimmune diseases, and neurological conditions. Dr. Christensen emphasizes the significant role of environmental toxins in the rising rates of infertility, chronic illnesses, and other health problems.

The Impact of Environmental Toxins on Fertility

Infertility rates have been increasing dramatically, and Dr. Christensen points to environmental toxins as a major factor. The combination of genetically modified foods, pesticides, hormone-disrupting chemicals, and an excessive number of vaccines contribute to the total toxic load on the body. This toxic burden impacts both men and women, affecting fertility and overall health.

Dr. Christensen highlights the alarming decline in sperm counts and motility in men, which has been exacerbated in recent years. She also discusses how environmental toxins and lifestyle factors during pregnancy and early childhood can have long-term effects on fertility and health.

Raising Awareness and Taking Action

One of the positive outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic is the increased awareness about vaccines and their potential impacts. Dr. Christensen notes that more young parents are becoming conscious of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the need to reduce environmental toxins.

She urges parents to take action by advocating for cleaner food, air, and water, and to work together in communities to create healthier environments for their families. Dr. Christensen emphasizes the power of collective action and the importance of educating and empowering each other to make informed health decisions.

Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy

For those planning to start a family, Dr. Christensen recommends preparing at least six months in advance. This preparation includes adopting a clean and organic diet, detoxifying the body, and supporting overall health through proper nutrition, hydration, and stress management.

She also stresses the importance of mindset, believing in the body's natural ability to conceive and give birth. Both men and women should take steps to reduce their exposure to toxins, such as keeping cell phones away from their bodies and avoiding harmful chemicals.

Continued Health Beyond Childbearing Years

For women beyond childbearing years, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial. Dr. Christensen advises focusing on a positive mindset, regular health practices, and stress management. Understanding that life's journey is to be enjoyed, she encourages women to support their bodies and minds through daily practices, whether through prayer, meditation, or other forms of self-care.

Dr. Christensen's journey from obstetrics to functional medicine showcases the power of personal experience in shaping professional paths. Her dedication to holistic women's health, environmental awareness, and functional medicine provides invaluable insights for women at all stages of life. By raising awareness and taking proactive steps, we can create healthier futures for ourselves and our families.

Find out more about Hormonal Havoc: The COVID Fallout and How to Fix It


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