The Fast Fix to Better Menopause You’re Overlooking | A Doctor Speaks

If I told you a doctor was talking about a better menopause today, what is the first thought that comes to mind? What do you suspect we’re going to talk about?

I’d be willing to bet it’s not this conversation. If you’ve been spending 15 minutes in the office when you visit your doctor, feel like you’ve got to have questions written down not to miss the chance… then this will feel completely foreign… but welcome.

Better Menopause with Personal Training?

Before we dive in, this episode is sponsored by the Flipping 50 Fitness Specialist and the 6-week group business coaching course that helps personal trainers and health coaches not just get CECs but work with women in all stages of menopause and get found easier by you – women looking for them. If you’re not already working with a trainer, check with us to learn if there’s a trainer nearby on our directory.

And now my guest:

Dr. Karyn Shanks is a physician who lives and practices in Iowa City. Her work is inspired by the revolutionary science of Functional Medicine, body-mind principles, and wisdom gleaned from the transformational journeys of thousands of clients over her twenty-eight year career. Karyn believes that health and vitality are essential for the highest expression of our human potential, and the bones of our healing are in what we do for ourselves.

Questions we answered in this episode:

  • Why Iowa? How did you happen to land there?
    Healing from anything… autoimmune disease, emotional injury, chronic injury… is a topic women in the Flipping 50 community are familiar with. As a functional doctor you have something to share about the healing process that’s kind of unique and involves more than a simple…”selfcare” suggestion. Describe your version of “selfcare”?
    How do certain life stories can become roadblocks to healing: stories about power, worthiness, belonging, change/uncertainty, time?
    In order to make room for healing or add things to our lives, it sometimes is about the power of subtraction, speak to that in your experience?
    How we can make space for healing to occur by removing the irritants, toxins, and negative energy in our lives?
    At 50 or beyond inevitably every listener here has experienced a failure… starting an exercise program, beginning a healthier eating plan, giving up alcohol for a time, or something similar…
    You’ve got something to say about failure, can you share that?
    How could a listener reframe “failure” and why is it such an essential for healing?

Learn more about Karyn’s practice:

and her book

Connect with her on social: 

Do you have a question I didn’t ask? One we thought of after is how can you work with Karyn. She is based in Iowa City, depending on where you are in the world or in Iowa, that may be a reach. However, she can practice and treat patients after a single in person visit.

You can get all the juicy links mentioned on the show and connect with Karyn at

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