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Happy Bones, Happy Life

Jul 14, 2020

"If we are not managing what's happening around us and to us... we're not going to fulfill our purpose." -Dr. Tabatha Barber

Dr. Tabatha Barber has devoted her life to giving women a voice and a choice when it comes to their health and well-being.  As a young girl, she struggled with self-esteem and identity issues and survived the ridicule and stigma of becoming a teenage mother As she shared in her first published book titled, From White Trash to White Coat: The Birth of Catherine’s Purpose.

Dr. Tabatha is double board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a certified Menopause Practitioner. She has also completed training through the Cleveland Clinic’s Institute for Functional Medicine and The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.  She cares for women one on one in her clinic as a functional gynecologist, and is creator and host of The Functional Gynecologist Podcast; where she shares her wisdom and knowledge with women everywhere to reclaim their health. She is also a keynote speaker, clinical instructor, mentor, medical director, wife, mom, and grandma! By incorporating functional medicine into her women’s health practice, she is able to provide women with the tools they need to optimize their health and happiness, which, in turn, allows those women to pursue their purpose in life.

During today’s talk we delve into bone health from the eyes of a functional gynecologist. We talk about the role of estrogen – what estrogen deficiency looks like, important testing Dr. Tabatha uses and what she has found to work for women going through menopause and beyond. Stay tuned because there is so much to learn from Dr.Tabatha.




[00:35] Introduction

[03:35] Dr. Tabatha’s story and an Introduction to functional gynecology

[11:14] How often should a woman see their gynecologist?

[13:49] When should a woman start thinking about bone health?

[16:19] What can we do early on to improve bone health?

[18:45] “A voice and a choice.”

[21:25] Estrogen, proton-pump inhibitors, and menopause

[27:45] Hormones and stress without estrogen

[30:45] Testing, what should you ask for?

[37:32] Cortisol and stress

[44:19] Practicing what you preach: meditation


DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Bissinger and the Happy Bones, Happy Life program.