Environmental Links to PCOS
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO….
For my patients with PCOS, I typically integrate acupuncture therapies along with nutritional recommendations. Acupuncture works to restore the entire sympathetic nervous system including the endocrine system encouraging a healthy cycle, conception and pregnancy. Studies done in Europe in the 1990s on anovulatory women with PCOS showed that electroacupuncture restored ovulation in one-third of the test subjects. Acupuncture also reduced endocrine indicators of PCOS, including LH/FSH ratios, mean testosterone concentrations, and beta-endorphin concentrations.
However, what tends to be the most surprising for many of my patients is that there is an environmental connection as well. Chemicals found in our food, water, cosmetics, as well as many other sources have a profound effect on our endocrine system. In a new study, researchers divided 71 women with PCOS and 100 healthy female control subjects into subgroups matched by age and body composition (obese or lean). Blood levels of BPA, compared with those of controls, were nearly 60 percent higher in lean women with PCOS and more than 30 percent higher in obese women with the syndrome. The following is a list of chemicals to avoid as they have been known to mimic estrogen, and disrupt the endocrine system:
- BPAs: Water bottles, baby bottles, canned food, and more.
- Dioxins: Found in non-organic beef, poultry, and dairy products. Also found in bleach and chlorine products, bleached toilet paper, sanitary napkins, and tampons
- Xenoestrogens: Found in plastic bottles, wraps, and food storage containers.
- Parabens: Found in perfumes, bath and body products, make-up, and anything listed with a “fragrance.”
- PCBs: Pesticides, paints, fire retardants, and wood floor finishings.
- PVCs: Found in plumbing fixtures, rain gear, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, and toys.
- Pesticides & Fungicides: Choose non-chemical treatments whenever possible.
- MSG/Aspartame: Found in the great majority of packaged foods, chewing gum, diet sodas and other diet beverages, "sugar-free" treats, some candies, and more.
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Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery and discovered the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Jessica is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a specialty certification held by fewer than 500 acupuncturists in the United States.
Jessica currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please visit the acupuncture + fertility page. New patients can book online to schedule any acupuncture service including a complimentary consult. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for a number of integrative medical institutes. Her clients include IVF and infertility centers, functional medicine offices, orthopedic facilities, concierge practices, and green spas. Please contact OMBE for more information about these services.
Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. During its ten-year tenure, the center provided services including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, personal training, Pilates, and yoga. Studio offerings included mom and baby programming, Mongan Method Hypnobirthing, natural childbirth education and the Holistic Moms Network. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.