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Holistic Fertility with Stephanie Risinger :056

Natural Fertility Options can Replace or Enhance Medical Intervention

Stephanie Risinger is a Fertility Coach, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a holistic wellness advocate and the creator and host of The Holistic Fertility & Wellness Podcast.

In this interview she shares the ups and downs of her journey as well as natural fertility options.

This story is complete with a happy ending!

Serendipitously, after she decided to begin her own podcast to help others through their fertility challenges, she became pregnant and after nearly 10 years since beginning their journey to conceive and have a healthy baby, share and her husband are expecting their baby girl in May of 2017!


Here are some highlights of my talk with Stephanie Risinger of Holistic Fertility & Wellness Podcast:

  • What is fertility coaching?
  • How Stephanie uses her counseling background and personal experience to coach women on their journey to becoming pregnant.
  • Losing ones identity while trying to conceive. What were you doing before you started trying to conceive?
  • Stephanie’s journey
  • Looking into holistic approaches after 2 years of unprotected sex and no pregnancy.
  • Fertility Awareness Method
  • Achieving pregnancy after 4 years of “trying” which very sadly ended up being an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Miscarriage
  • Going through the adoption process.
  • The healing process.
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional changes
  • Yes I Can Get Pregnant – Aimee Raupp
  • The reasons why she and her husband did not choose to use medical intervention
  • “I just knew my body could do this!” – Stephanie Risinger
  • What helped: essential oils, eliminating gluten, multivitamins, fish oils, exercise
  • The importance of taking a break
  • Preserving your marriage when struggling to conceive
  • “Last year… I see as the year that I pursued what I love – and that’s the year that I got pregnant!” – Stephanie Risinger
  • Stephanie shares an amazing message of how seeking a sense of self or worth from another person sets us up for disappointment and pain.


About Stephanie

Stephanie Risinger - Holistic Fertility & Wellness Podcast

Stephanie Risinger is a Fertility Coach, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a holistic wellness advocate.

Stephanie was born and raised in Southern California and has recently relocated to the MidWest with her husband of 12 years and their German Shepherd.  Stephanie has been a therapist for nine years and a successful network marketer for four.  She decided to start The Holistic Fertility and Wellness Podcast after experiencing several years of fertility challenges and pursuing holistic approaches to improving fertility.  She found that the information she sought was not as easily accessible as she had hoped.  She worked hard to find resources and would like to share those resources with you, as well as hear from you and what you’ve learned on your own journey.

With a background as both an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and a Marriage and Family Therapist, Stephanie brings a unique perspective to the show.  She believes true wellness involves the mind, body, and spirit; as all are interrelated and interconnected.  In addition to interviewing experts on The Holistic Fertility and Wellness Podcast, Stephanie personally provides you with the tools you need for emotional and relational support on your fertility journey.



Should I go Gluten-Free? with Dr. Rory: 003

“Going Gluten-free” Does it really matter?

  • Is it just a fad?
  • What are familiar and unfamiliar signs of Gluten-Sensitivity
  • What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?
  • Am I genetically destined to be sensitive to gluten?
  • Tips on how to start and stick-to a Gluten-free lifestyle


Dr. Rory Faherty will be a regular guest on the Weight Free Wellness Podcast and in his first appearance he shares his personal experience and that of working with patients for nearly 20 years helping people on their health journey. He is a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine practitioner.

*Show notes are a summary of the guest’s and, to some extent, the hostess’ thoughts in this podcast. Please listen or watch the podcast for full, complete content!


Familiar and Unfamiliar signs of Gluten-sensitivity?

  • Abnormal fatigue
  • Brain-fog and poor memory ( Dr. Rory says that this is usually the symptom that gets peoples’ attention the most and prompts them to come in for a help.)
  • Bloating
  • Painful digestion
  • Abnormally sore muscles
  • Stiffness
  • Chronic pain
  • General decrease in will
  • Skin problems
  • and a host of newer symptoms that are showing up in patients

Patients may report any of the symptoms listed above (and others) which may indicate gluten-sensitivity on some level.




Should I go Gluten-free? 003


Dr. Rory mentions that a number of patients have come to him after visiting the Gastroenterologist, with information that they test negative for Celiac Disease but still experience any number of the uncomfortable symptoms mentioned above.


This condition is called Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity…

A person can test negative for Celiac Disease (i.e. they do not have the auto-immune responses based on tests) but still be highly reactive to gluten because they may be reacting adversely to other proteins not targeted in the Celiac Disease testing.


“Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive are people who can eat a little bit of gluten and get a lot of response… for example bloat.” says Dr. Rory



With symptoms like these in mind, Dr. Rory may:

  • look into the toxin levels in the body
  • may suggest allergen testing or an elimination diet (ideally testing for 30-60 days)


So, can I still have a few Gluten-containing foods every now-and-then?

Everyone’s body is different. Keep in mind:

  • Gluten can create burden on the body. This is where chronic inflammatory states come from resulting in myriad painful and problematic conditions. (Dr. Rory and Tara share their personal experiences.)
  • Research shows that Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity could be more detrimental on a body in the long-term than Celiac Disease.
  • Gluten-Sensitivity is linked to mal-nutrition, causing stunted growth and other nutrition-related problems. Our diets are calorie-dense, but nutrient-deficient.



Certain populations like the Northern Europeans have a higher percentage of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitive diagnoses.

There are estimates that approximately 20-30% of the population experiences the condition Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.

BUT, Dr. Rory emphasizes, just because we have the genetic markers, does not mean that gene will be expressed as disease. In other words, you may see the genetic marker for breast cancer on your DNA report for example, but there are factors of environment, lifestyle and even a person’s thoughts that can turn the switch on for this gene and for the disease to show up as breast cancer in the body.


Why is so much gluten-sensitivity “popping up”?

It’s hard to say definitively, but clinical practice and observation show that factors such as: stress, toxicity, lifestyle, and the ways in which our food crops have been cultivated and genetically altered can be significant factors.


How will I get nutrients if I eliminate grains from my diet?

Compared to other foods such as organ meats, meat, fruits and vegetables; grains are relatively low in nutrients, says Dr. Rory.


What about fiber?

Considering that fruits and vegetables can easily provide our bodies with enough fiber, the risks far out-weigh the benefits to consume grains for fiber.


How to do an elimination diet, change cooking, and stay on-track?

Doing an elimination diet can be equally daunting and enlightening.

Here are a few great ways to start:


Will I even get to eat gluten again?

Each person’s case is different, but rest-assured, this process doesn’t have to be complicated.

Will and hope go up when we get data- whether this is in the form of lab tests or personal experience.

It’s about balance. Be informed. Take action!


About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome, 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work
Rory Faherty, D.C.