Sandy Baird DC of Riverstone Chiropractic
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Featured on RiverstoneChiropractic.com: Acupuncture and Post-Surgical Care

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share my newest article, which was featured on riverstonechiropractic.com (my favorite—and LGBTQ-focused!—chiropractor). Click to read more. “In Chinese medicine, surgery is considered to block the flow of the meridians (similar to nerve and blood vessel damage in Western medicine). Improperly healed scars and old scar tissue can have the … Continue reading

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Treating Post-Surgical Constipation

photo credit: Practical Cures on flickr CC Constipation is extremely common post-surgery, especially in combination with constipating pain killers, less physical activity, and irregular fluid and food intake. Often a bowel movement is required before a hospital will let a patient go home, so encouraging this process is especially beneficial to get you home sooner. … Continue reading

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Herbal Trio for Breast Development

Trans women can use herbal estrogens and progesterones with a medical provider to: if you don't want to use hormones or undergo surgery, but still want to create physical changes in your body. after being on synthetic hormones for many years to maintain the changes that you have made without the side effects of continued … Continue reading

is soy okay to eat when you're taking estrogen or testosterone
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The Soy Controversy

"Women consuming the equivalent of two cups of soy milk per day provides the estrogenic equivalent of one birth control pill... men who consumed the equivalent of one cup of soy milk per day had a 50% lower sperm count than men who didn’t eat soy. -Chris Kresser's Paleo Code Soy is often touted as … Continue reading

Four queer patients of color, including masculine of center nonbinary transgender patients and trans men
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Herbs for Transitioning: Masculinizing Herbs

This is a follow-up post to “The Basics.” Also see the feminizing herbs post here. For gender affirming transition, herbs can be used alone to create very mild 'energetic' effects or to support the body to counteract any side effects of synthetic hormones. Note: Most herbs are unlikely to have a significant effect without any other … Continue reading

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Androgel: Info for Trans Men

Androgel can be used to initiate or maintain the development of male secondary sex characteristics, as well as virilization (clitoral enlargement) and cessation of menstrual periods. Though testosterone levels return to baseline 48-72 hours after last dose, most changes (such as cessation of the menstrual period and muscle/fat redistribution) reverse if Androgel treatment is stopped; … Continue reading

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Estrogen and Blood Clot Risk in Trans Women

Estrogen produced by the body lowers blood concentrations of several clotting factors and speeds the rate at which clots dissolve. Estrogen also suppresses production of a factor which is involved in enlarging the size of a clot, and is also beneficial to cholesterol levels. (This may be why cisgender men are about 18% more likely … Continue reading

yin yang of masculine and feminine can be trans inclusive
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Yin and Yang; Masculine and Feminine

  “Instead of saying that all gender is this or all gender is that, let's recognize that the word gender has scores of meanings built into it. It's an amalgamation of bodies, identities, and life experiences, subconscious urges, sensations, and behaviours, some of which develop organically, and others which are shaped by language and culture. … Continue reading

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Herbs for Transitioning: The Basics

This is a follow-up post to "The Basics." Also see the transmasculine post here, and the feminizing herbs post here. For information on estrogen and progesterone supportive herbs, check out my follow-up article on Feminizing Herbs For gender affirming transition, herbs can be used alone to create very mild 'energetic' effects or to support the body to … Continue reading