I was truly inspiring to talk with Win Charles and Juan Carlos of Butterflies of Wisdom about how to live a healthier life, no matter your circumstances. Here is a link to the interview if you’d like to listen in for some inspiration for a healthier 2017.
Butterflies of Wisdom is an inspirational podcast that is created entirely by persons with disabilities in order to showcase the beauty of the spectrum of humanity.
Juan Carlos asked me a question I couldn’t answer, so I followed up with them with my answer (which I’ve also pasted below). You must first learn a little about Win Charles, the creator of the podcast:
From Win Charles:
The reason why I became an artist is to have an outlet in my life, living with a disability. In 2006 my life got out of control, so to speak, due to me having a six hour back operation that almost killed me. Up until 2006 I was walking under my own power. The summer of ’06 was the hardest recovery of my life, and my operation is still very emotionally painful for me to speak on because it changed my life forever.
The story of my art. During the summer of ’06 I was doing physical therapy (PT) two to three times a week trying to get good at walking using a walker. One day, near the end of my PT my physical therapist at the time said to me, “Win, you’re getting angry and depressed from all this. You need to see a counselor to help”. My answer to my physical therapist was, “Sure”. On the way home I thought, that’s nuts, I’m not doing it. So that same day I looked online for a painting program and found one that I fell in love with and still use today. It took a lot of time for me to achieve where I am today as an artist. Then, this past Summer, my mom, who was also my aid for 23 years became Ill on july 12th. Sadly, she passed away on August 12, 2010. That said, I feel I’m capable of doing most any art.
Kathryn’s response to Juan Carlos’ question about PCOS (yay for ongoing education!):
I did some research on PCOS, and since it is associated with insulin resistance, I would suggest following an eating plan that is specific to reversing diabetes. I talked to a nutritionist/health coach on this episode, which you can share with your listeners. She talked about how she reversed her diabetes through a whole-foods, low glycemic index eating plan: http://www.makewellnessfun.com/radio/helping-reduce-diabetes-risk-denise-pancyrz/
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Overview
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrom is a relatively common hormonal disorder that causes a number of different symptoms in women of reproductive age. Common to all women with PCOS is an irregularity in the menstrual cycle and the presence of excess male hormones (androgens). The condition was named because of the finding of enlarged ovaries containing multiple small cysts (polycystic ovaries). Although most women with PCOS have polycystic ovaries, some affected women do not. PCOS has also been referred to as Stein-Leventhal syndrome and polycystic ovarian disease (POD).
The exact cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome is not clear, although a number of abnormalities have been documented in women with PCOS. There is some evidence for an inherited (genetic) cause for PCOS, although no specific genetic mutation has been identified as the cause. It has been shown that the ovaries of women with PCOS may produce excessive amounts of male hormones, or androgens, which lead to disruptions in the menstrual cycle and impaired fertilitPCOS is also associated with insulin resistance, or an impaired ability to utilize insulin, and this abnormality is also likely related to the cause of PCOS.
The presence of small cysts in the ovaries is not specific for PCOS, since women who do not have PCOS may have ovarian cysts. Therefore the presence of cysts is not likely to be the cause of the symptoms of PCOS.