Dr Amanda Selmser, Functional and Chinese Medicine

Dr Amanda Selmser, Functional and Chinese Medicine Amanda uses Functional and Chinese Medicine to balance the body both physically and emotionally. Specializing in women's health and hormones, fertility, thyroid health and more.

*Functional Medicine
*Traditional Chinese Medicine
*Diet and lifestyle consulting
*Specializes in Hormones
*Specializes in Fertility
*Pregnancy and Postpartum Care

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Nourishment + Community + Women’s health We had our first baby in a brand new town. We had almost zero community built h...
06/30/2021

Nourishment + Community + Women’s health

We had our first baby in a brand new town. We had almost zero community built here at that time. I noticed it

We have now been in our amazing neighbourhood (for one final week this week), in our amazing little town for 5 years. I work in our community and we have developed some great relationships here

Baby number two and my community is so much stronger. This week it has showered me with love, connection and nourishment. Meals being dropped off left right and Center. Wine, chocolate, broth………oh my heart

I feel held. I feel supported. I have a chance to sit back and really heal and nourish my body and spirit

This is huge. This community and nourishment is a vital part of women’s health and healing, neglected by us all (harsh but true). Being held, heard, supported, protected and nourished during Postpartum, miscarriage recovery, ART/IVF support, pregnancy. It matters

Thank you to all of my support. Thank you for being a part of my community and nourishing me when I need it the most ❤️🌈

Nourishment + Community + Women’s health

We had our first baby in a brand new town. We had almost zero community built here at that time. I noticed it

We have now been in our amazing neighbourhood (for one final week this week), in our amazing little town for 5 years. I work in our community and we have developed some great relationships here

Baby number two and my community is so much stronger. This week it has showered me with love, connection and nourishment. Meals being dropped off left right and Center. Wine, chocolate, broth………oh my heart

I feel held. I feel supported. I have a chance to sit back and really heal and nourish my body and spirit

This is huge. This community and nourishment is a vital part of women’s health and healing, neglected by us all (harsh but true). Being held, heard, supported, protected and nourished during Postpartum, miscarriage recovery, ART/IVF support, pregnancy. It matters

Thank you to all of my support. Thank you for being a part of my community and nourishing me when I need it the most ❤️🌈

Motion 101- bereavement leave for miscarriage (an addition to current motion)With enough signatures, the government now ...
06/18/2021

Motion 101- bereavement leave for miscarriage (an addition to current motion)

With enough signatures, the government now has 45 days to further our petition!

I can’t thank you enough ❤️

And it keeps going, I have been in touch with another MLA in Edmonton, working on a similar petition from a provincial level (our motion is federal). I am jumping on board their cause as a stakeholder and look forward to voicing our community concerns

We can make a difference 💪🏻

#miscarriage #miscarriageawareness #womenshealth #loss #losscommunity #motion101 #inclusive

Motion 101- bereavement leave for miscarriage (an addition to current motion)

With enough signatures, the government now has 45 days to further our petition!

I can’t thank you enough ❤️

And it keeps going, I have been in touch with another MLA in Edmonton, working on a similar petition from a provincial level (our motion is federal). I am jumping on board their cause as a stakeholder and look forward to voicing our community concerns

We can make a difference 💪🏻

#miscarriage #miscarriageawareness #womenshealth #loss #losscommunity #motion101 #inclusive

If you listen really closely, there’s a time between pregnancy and birth where your whole energy turns inwards. You crav...
06/13/2021

If you listen really closely, there’s a time between pregnancy and birth where your whole energy turns inwards. You crave deep connection to self, and those you love. Quiet, solitude, peace

I’m there

Time to go soak up every ounce of my two people while we await our new arrival (no I’m not in labor lol)

See you on the other side

📸 @sadie.james.creative

If you listen really closely, there’s a time between pregnancy and birth where your whole energy turns inwards. You crave deep connection to self, and those you love. Quiet, solitude, peace

I’m there

Time to go soak up every ounce of my two people while we await our new arrival (no I’m not in labor lol)

See you on the other side

📸 @sadie.james.creative

Depletion is obviously not just a factor of postpartumWe live in a world deprived of nutrients, and most of us live a li...
06/11/2021

Depletion is obviously not just a factor of postpartum

We live in a world deprived of nutrients, and most of us live a lifestyle in which absorbing the ones we do take in is flawed

So what other factors contribute to depletion?
🌿Poor food quality- non organic, food that has sat on shelves for weeks or months, microwaved food
🌿Excess caffeine and alcohol- often taken with food can decrease the nutrients we absorb (there are a few foods that absorb better with alcohol though!)
🌿Eating while stressed
🌿Poor gut health- leaky gut and other chronic gut issues
🌿Poor sleep habits
🌿Chronic illnesses

So it’s pretty easy to see how easy it may be for our nutrient status to fall into deficiency. Add is something like a pregnancy, a miscarriage, a chronic illness and you are likely going to feel zapped

It was such a privilege to see my system working. Yes it is going in the wrong direction, but I have the knowledge and the right support to pump it back up in the months after I deliver. And to me that is so empowering ❤️

Are you wondering if some of your symptoms are coming from depletion?

#functionalmedicine #womenshealth #depletion #nutrientstatus #vitamins #minerals #postpartum #guthealth #thyroidhealth #fertility #TTC #smallbusiness #cochranemomscomingtogether

Depletion is obviously not just a factor of postpartum

We live in a world deprived of nutrients, and most of us live a lifestyle in which absorbing the ones we do take in is flawed

So what other factors contribute to depletion?
🌿Poor food quality- non organic, food that has sat on shelves for weeks or months, microwaved food
🌿Excess caffeine and alcohol- often taken with food can decrease the nutrients we absorb (there are a few foods that absorb better with alcohol though!)
🌿Eating while stressed
🌿Poor gut health- leaky gut and other chronic gut issues
🌿Poor sleep habits
🌿Chronic illnesses

So it’s pretty easy to see how easy it may be for our nutrient status to fall into deficiency. Add is something like a pregnancy, a miscarriage, a chronic illness and you are likely going to feel zapped

It was such a privilege to see my system working. Yes it is going in the wrong direction, but I have the knowledge and the right support to pump it back up in the months after I deliver. And to me that is so empowering ❤️

Are you wondering if some of your symptoms are coming from depletion?

#functionalmedicine #womenshealth #depletion #nutrientstatus #vitamins #minerals #postpartum #guthealth #thyroidhealth #fertility #TTC #smallbusiness #cochranemomscomingtogether

Postpartum DepletionI’m no stranger to fatigue, depletion, mental fog………After my first baby I was diagnosed with hypothy...
06/10/2021

Postpartum Depletion

I’m no stranger to fatigue, depletion, mental fog………

After my first baby I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I’ve been battling it and winning ever since 💪🏻

That being said, I have to be very careful and diligent about how my thyroid continues to function during times of stress, illness, and right now- pregnancy

I have had my blood taken 6 times this pregnancy, basically a VIP at my local lab 🤣

Why?

Because women’s health changes quickly. Especially during pregnancy. I have watched my thyroid levels improve to the point of needing no medication, to my most recent reading at 36 weeks looking quite different

Within this final month of pregnancy my thyroid panel has worsened, my iron stores have dropped, my vitamin B12 levels are not ideal

If I didn’t know my body, if I didn’t have a support system, I’m one month I would be walking right into postpartum with a weak and deficient system. I would probably blame it on sleeplessness and ignore it for far to long- putting myself right into the arms of potential future illness

My clients come to me years after having babies with these same issues

This knowledge is exceptionally powerful. Once postpartum I will begin the process of fueling my system back up with all of the things it has had stolen from it over the course of the past 9 months- supplements, injections, IVs oh my!

Do you feel stronger after having a baby? Do you feel like you too could be suffering from some deficiencies? Would you be interested in seeing some of those lab numbers to find out?

#functionalmedicine #depletion #womenshealth #knowledgeispower #questioneverything #hormonehealth #bloodwork #thyroid #thyroidhealth #anemia #B12injections #supplements

Postpartum Depletion

I’m no stranger to fatigue, depletion, mental fog………

After my first baby I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I’ve been battling it and winning ever since 💪🏻

That being said, I have to be very careful and diligent about how my thyroid continues to function during times of stress, illness, and right now- pregnancy

I have had my blood taken 6 times this pregnancy, basically a VIP at my local lab 🤣

Why?

Because women’s health changes quickly. Especially during pregnancy. I have watched my thyroid levels improve to the point of needing no medication, to my most recent reading at 36 weeks looking quite different

Within this final month of pregnancy my thyroid panel has worsened, my iron stores have dropped, my vitamin B12 levels are not ideal

If I didn’t know my body, if I didn’t have a support system, I’m one month I would be walking right into postpartum with a weak and deficient system. I would probably blame it on sleeplessness and ignore it for far to long- putting myself right into the arms of potential future illness

My clients come to me years after having babies with these same issues

This knowledge is exceptionally powerful. Once postpartum I will begin the process of fueling my system back up with all of the things it has had stolen from it over the course of the past 9 months- supplements, injections, IVs oh my!

Do you feel stronger after having a baby? Do you feel like you too could be suffering from some deficiencies? Would you be interested in seeing some of those lab numbers to find out?

#functionalmedicine #depletion #womenshealth #knowledgeispower #questioneverything #hormonehealth #bloodwork #thyroid #thyroidhealth #anemia #B12injections #supplements

Something that gets missed ALL OF THE TIME! Being a functional medicine practitioner means I often see people who have l...
06/08/2021

Something that gets missed ALL OF THE TIME!

Being a functional medicine practitioner means I often see people who have literally tried everything! Cleanses, diets, supplements, multiple doctors both natural and conventional

Some have stacks and stacks of impressive private medical results that they have paid for out of pocket

And even when I look through it, I would agree with what they have been told, “from what I can see here, everything looks “normal””

But what I never see are questions about what illnesses, environmental factors and stressors my client may have been exposed to starting from early childhood on

Food poisonings, mold exposures, viruses (hepatitis, Epstein Barr etc), indoor second hand cigarette smoke, insect bites

If you are sick, with symptoms all over the place, reeking havoc on multiple body systems, it might be worth digging up

Testing is critical in most cases, the root illness is deep and has potentially been there a very long time. But what a life changing discovery ❤️

#functionalmedicine #rootcausemedicine #womenshealth #toxinoverload #hiddendisease #wellness #testdontguess #fertility #thyroidhealth #TTC

Something that gets missed ALL OF THE TIME!

Being a functional medicine practitioner means I often see people who have literally tried everything! Cleanses, diets, supplements, multiple doctors both natural and conventional

Some have stacks and stacks of impressive private medical results that they have paid for out of pocket

And even when I look through it, I would agree with what they have been told, “from what I can see here, everything looks “normal””

But what I never see are questions about what illnesses, environmental factors and stressors my client may have been exposed to starting from early childhood on

Food poisonings, mold exposures, viruses (hepatitis, Epstein Barr etc), indoor second hand cigarette smoke, insect bites

If you are sick, with symptoms all over the place, reeking havoc on multiple body systems, it might be worth digging up

Testing is critical in most cases, the root illness is deep and has potentially been there a very long time. But what a life changing discovery ❤️

#functionalmedicine #rootcausemedicine #womenshealth #toxinoverload #hiddendisease #wellness #testdontguess #fertility #thyroidhealth #TTC

Trying to conceive AND/OR labour preparations Herbs and supplements are often multi purpose. They may not be marketed th...
05/31/2021

Trying to conceive AND/OR labour preparations

Herbs and supplements are often multi purpose. They may not be marketed that way but it’s true 🌿

⭐️Red raspberry leaf tea- relieves PMS, strengthens the pelvic area (muscles and uterus), aids in cervical ripening
⭐️Prenatal vitamin- vitamin stores, including folate (not folic acid) are very important for TTC all the way through 6-12 months postpartum
⭐️Probiotics- gut health and inflammation support for fertility, potentially decreasing the risk of GBS in pregnancy, healthy postpartum
⭐️Homeopathic- used for symptom support of all kinds
⭐️Evening primrose oil- PMS and cervical ripening in late pregnancy

What’s in your supplement cabinet that you’ve forgotten about?

#TTC #fertility #womenshealth #womeninbusiness #cochranesmallbusiness #labouranddelivery #endocrinehealth #PMS #laboursupport #supplements #functionalmedicine

Trying to conceive AND/OR labour preparations

Herbs and supplements are often multi purpose. They may not be marketed that way but it’s true 🌿

⭐️Red raspberry leaf tea- relieves PMS, strengthens the pelvic area (muscles and uterus), aids in cervical ripening
⭐️Prenatal vitamin- vitamin stores, including folate (not folic acid) are very important for TTC all the way through 6-12 months postpartum
⭐️Probiotics- gut health and inflammation support for fertility, potentially decreasing the risk of GBS in pregnancy, healthy postpartum
⭐️Homeopathic- used for symptom support of all kinds
⭐️Evening primrose oil- PMS and cervical ripening in late pregnancy

What’s in your supplement cabinet that you’ve forgotten about?

#TTC #fertility #womenshealth #womeninbusiness #cochranesmallbusiness #labouranddelivery #endocrinehealth #PMS #laboursupport #supplements #functionalmedicine

Grab a tea or Java ☕️And whip out the local @cochrane_now paper to read this mommas article on the petition!I can’t than...
05/17/2021

Grab a tea or Java ☕️

And whip out the local @cochrane_now paper to read this mommas article on the petition!

I can’t thank you enough for the shares, likes and support. This has sparked the conversation it was intended to and I am so honoured

The newspaper link is in my bio if you’d like to read and be connected again with the petition for signing

📸: @sadie.james.creative
🏠: @foundbookshop

Grab a tea or Java ☕️

And whip out the local @cochrane_now paper to read this mommas article on the petition!

I can’t thank you enough for the shares, likes and support. This has sparked the conversation it was intended to and I am so honoured

The newspaper link is in my bio if you’d like to read and be connected again with the petition for signing

📸: @sadie.james.creative
🏠: @foundbookshop

https://cochranenow.com/articles/local-doctor-launches-petition-for-bereavement-support-for-those-grieving-miscarriage-o...
05/17/2021
Local doctor launches petition for bereavement support for those grieving miscarriage or stillbirth

https://cochranenow.com/articles/local-doctor-launches-petition-for-bereavement-support-for-those-grieving-miscarriage-or-stillbirth

I can't thank my small town CochraneNow enough for supporting myself and this petition

Dr. Amanda Selmser is a holistic medicine practitioner in Cochrane who has witnessed in her practice and through her own personal experience the devastating effects caused by a loss through miscarriage. It was after New Zealand’s parliament moved to provide paid leave for parents suffering the los...

Motion 101: Petition for bereavement leave for the loss of a living child, now includes the loss of a pregnancyTwo month...
05/13/2021

Motion 101: Petition for bereavement leave for the loss of a living child, now includes the loss of a pregnancy

Two months ago I proposed a petition to the House of Commons for paid leave from work for birthing peoples experiencing a miscarriage

Why does this matter? There is already EI sick leave in place, although very hard to find and unknown to most

I’ll tell you why it matters......

When I experienced my second loss, I was 13.5 weeks pregnant, at a second ultrasound, because the 12 week ultrasound did not look promising. It was a 30 second appointment. The tech looked at the screen, unable to find a heartbeat, and left the room. A very empathetic doctor came in, said “I’m sorry”, and off she went. My husband and I sat in that room alone, until our eyes were dry and we had the strength to walk out the door

That was it. No talk of resources for mental health care. No talk of what to do next. No talk of anything. Silence. My body, my baby, my grief was silenced. The support I received after that was solely from my midwife, which many people would not have had

I am not okay with silence

I was enraged after that heartbreaking ultrasound. And it got worse. There was no one there to guide me, help me, educate me. I had to fight for answers, pester people and make continuous phone calls to speed up my miscarriage process

I healed. I found support. But the silence still eats me alive, every time I hear a similar story from one of my clients

And the situation becomes more more silent for the LGBTQ2+ birthing community. Again enraged

This petition is a voice for birthing people. It is my voice, for all of those like myself, who were silenced. It is my demand for support. For appropriate language. For rights and education. My demand for human conversation. My demand for empathy and compassion

This petition is NOT about paid leave from work. That is helpful yes. But it really is about creating a space in that heart wrenching ultrasound room, for a birthing person to be seen, heard, held, helped and honoured

It is about standing up against the silence surrounding miscarriage

❤️Find the link to petition in my bio. Please sign and share ❤️

Motion 101: Petition for bereavement leave for the loss of a living child, now includes the loss of a pregnancy

Two months ago I proposed a petition to the House of Commons for paid leave from work for birthing peoples experiencing a miscarriage

Why does this matter? There is already EI sick leave in place, although very hard to find and unknown to most

I’ll tell you why it matters......

When I experienced my second loss, I was 13.5 weeks pregnant, at a second ultrasound, because the 12 week ultrasound did not look promising. It was a 30 second appointment. The tech looked at the screen, unable to find a heartbeat, and left the room. A very empathetic doctor came in, said “I’m sorry”, and off she went. My husband and I sat in that room alone, until our eyes were dry and we had the strength to walk out the door

That was it. No talk of resources for mental health care. No talk of what to do next. No talk of anything. Silence. My body, my baby, my grief was silenced. The support I received after that was solely from my midwife, which many people would not have had

I am not okay with silence

I was enraged after that heartbreaking ultrasound. And it got worse. There was no one there to guide me, help me, educate me. I had to fight for answers, pester people and make continuous phone calls to speed up my miscarriage process

I healed. I found support. But the silence still eats me alive, every time I hear a similar story from one of my clients

And the situation becomes more more silent for the LGBTQ2+ birthing community. Again enraged

This petition is a voice for birthing people. It is my voice, for all of those like myself, who were silenced. It is my demand for support. For appropriate language. For rights and education. My demand for human conversation. My demand for empathy and compassion

This petition is NOT about paid leave from work. That is helpful yes. But it really is about creating a space in that heart wrenching ultrasound room, for a birthing person to be seen, heard, held, helped and honoured

It is about standing up against the silence surrounding miscarriage

❤️Find the link to petition in my bio. Please sign and share ❤️

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