Loving your lady parts as a path to success, power & global change: Alisa Vitti at TEDxFiDiWomen

Translator: Monika Kapuscinska
Reviewer: Reiko Bovee I’ve waited all day
to get my hands on you. So, I want to take you back
to where I was about 14 years ago. I was a student
at Johns Hopkins University, and I was ready to begin my life,
I was planning to become OB/GYN. And my body, all of a sudden,
went into total hormonal collapse. And as a result, so did my life,
totally dysfunctional. I couldn’t get up, couldn’t go to sleep,
couldn’t have any energy. It was a non-stop nightmare
to wake up not recognizing yourself and not knowing how to live
in the body that you had. I want you to picture me. I really do want you to look. (Laughter) I was 200 pounds. I know, right? Covered face, chest, back, arms,
anywhere that you could put, in painful cystic acne. It would take me half an hour
in the morning of careful uncomfortable application
of make-up to try to go outside. I was depressed; I was exhausted; I would menstruate once a year, and nobody had any idea
what was wrong with me. It had been getting progressively worse
from about the age of 15. And I was getting progressively
more curious and frustrated. And in one of my insomniac moments
I was at the library, of course, science nerd, sexy scientist,
I’d like to say. Researching in one
of the obstetrics journals. And I saw this small study on a disorder called
Stein-Leventhal disorder. It was named after the gentleman who categorized this grouping of symptoms. I said, “Oh my god, I fit
this description to a tee.” So I felt very naughty,
but I ripped off the document, and the next morning I very vigorously marched
into my gynecologist office. Without an appointment, of course, first thing in the morning, I’m like, “Hi, so I think I just figured out
what’s been wrong with me for the last seven years, and I’d like a transvaginal
ultrasound right now!” She looked at me,
“How do you know what that is?” And I said, “Let’s do this
confirmatory test and let’s see.” I said, “I’m not leaving here
until we do it.” So we did it. And she said, “Look at that!
You do have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. In fact, you were right!” And being a now-what-solution kind of girl I said, “So now what? What do we do?” “Now I know what it is finally! Now what?” She said, “Well…” and I’ll never forget sitting
in that chair in her office. She said, “You have a future
laid out ahead of you of obesity, diabetes, infertility,
heart disease, and cancer. And we’ll medicate you
along the way, so don’t worry.” And I remember sitting in that chair. And it wasn’t out of anger,
or a sense of victimhood; there was no fight;
it was just on a cellular level; my whole being said, “No, thank you,” and I said to her,
“Thank you very much for your opinion. I’m going to take my very
expensively trained Hopkins mind and go figure this out.” So that’s what I did. And I apprenticed myself
with all sorts of healers, and I was doing all sorts
of fun experiments. I had turned orange from drinking
so much carrot juice at one point. My girlfriend at that time
– she’s still my best friend – she grabbed me and she said, “You’ve turned orange.
It’s time to stop this experiment.” And “I have to finish this experiment!” (Laughter) None of these experiments made
any change in my symptoms at all. And then, about ten years ago,
what was coming to the forefront in nutritional science was this idea
of nutritional genomics that you could use food
to manipulate gene expression. Oh, I was so turned on by this. I said, well if that’s possible,
if food could decide– you know, in a set of twins, if the diet in one twin can decide
how her health is going to manifest versus her identical twin
with a different diet, different issues, what can I do with food to recalibrate my hormonal system? And that’s when I dove into my research and studied functional medicine,
opted-out, freaked out my parents, did not become a doctor, and instead became
a functional nutritionist and developed this five-step
nutritional protocol that rebooted my entire endocrine system as you can see how glorious I look now. (Applause) (Laughter) And opened my center
in mid-town Manhattan nine years ago and started treating other women
with similar conditions: menstrual issues, fertility issues,
low energy, low libido. And they’d come into my center, limping with these issues,
periods out of whack, couldn’t get pregnant
if they’ve tried 17 times, can’t function,
can’t remember the last time when they thought about sex,
or pleasure, or anything. And similarly, their lives
were also untethered, uncentered; they were not, they didn’t have
their center point. And we’d apply the protocol, and their health issues
would resolve themselves, miraculous things for me as a scientist, like a woman without a period for 17 years she’d have to go to the doctor once a year to be induced with progesterone
to have a bleed. She menstruates monthly now. And we are close friends, I just find
that whole story so fascinating. Another woman came in
on birth control, on Prozac, in a job she hated,
in a relationship she hated. We got her off all of these medications,
of course, with the support of her doctor, and six months later she wrote me
and she said, “By the way, feeling great,” – that was a given –
and said, “Moved to L.A. and have gotten
my first screenwriter job, and the show that I’m writing for
is now being in syndication.” Love that. Another woman had two businesses, had all sort of things
going on in her life, private Pilates clients
in New York, very fancy, had her own studio
in Greenwich, Connecticut; husband was in transition in his career. And she was having erratic cycles. She’s in her mid-30s. We applied the protocol to her body. And effortlessly – this is the part
that I kind of get excited about – effortlessly, her body restored itself. Remember that game, Connect Four? I love that game, I used to play that
all the time with my brother. So, you know, her whole life
just started lining up. She effortlessly let go
of these clients in New York, allowed one of her partners at the studio
to take on more responsibility. And she realized that she had been putting
off having a child for far too long, and was able to conceive naturally
as a result of the work which was so exciting to see. And, of course, being someone
who is interested in biology, I love the idea
that she was healing herself of these symptoms, all of these women. But the bigger discovery was
that if a woman is in line, in alignment, in harmony
with that internal ecosystem that she has, that begins to impregnate
the ecology of her entire life. With this idea of transformation;
your body is a change agent. And then that can start to affect
the rest of your life. So exciting. And that’s when I fell in love;
I said, “Oh, my God.” Here we are, we are walking around
with these blueprints in our bodies that tell us how to live and work in a way that’s in the flow of our bodies. And if we can become fluent
in the language of our biochemistry, and our physiology, this grouping
of glands and organs – that I like to call lady parts – that we can have access
to an infinite source of energy, and vitality, and clarity,
and unwavering purpose. I mean I was totally hooked. So, Aldous Huxley once said that man is an intelligence
merely in servitude to his organs. And I thought, that’s sad, that we look at being in our bodies
as this sort of slavery based trap that we have to deal with. And I’ve really instead found that women
who get into partnership with their bodies end up becoming the fullest
expression of themselves, and living as leaders and change agents
in their lives and communities. So let me introduce you
to your lady parts. I just can’t help myself. If I’m on stage I’m going
to talk about lady parts, I’m going to tell you about them. I want you to at least go home
knowing what they are. (Laughter) Nothing else. So, there are two things
I want you to know. First is the physiological structure
in your body called the endocrine system. Six glands. Hypothalamus in the midbrain, pituitary gland nestled close by, thyroid, here, pancreas, here, adrenals, here, ovaries, here. They work in an interconnected way making sure that your body has
what it needs to function: brain, heart, muscle, tissue, hormones. Fascinating. And they’re so highly sensitive. Hypothalamus works with this thing
called negative bio-feedback so any time that something happens,
the temperature changes outside, hypothalamus picks that up, pituitary gland sends
a message to the thyroid, all of the sudden, you are adjusting
to the temperature. You didn’t have to do a thing.
You were merely enjoying the weather. Love that. Genius. Only in a body could that happen. Anyway, then there’s
this physiological structure: your hormonal ratios; you have four of them
that happen in one month cycle. And it’s really interesting, because we only ever reference that
in a very basic way: “I want to get pregnant,”
or “I don’t want to get pregnant.” That’s how we reference
these hormonal ratios. The ovulation one is
kind of the most famous. And the period, the menstrual part
is the most infamous. But there are four. There are a couple of others. So I want you to start to think
about where you are in that cycle. And here are the four phases. First you have the follicular phase,
fascinating phase. And neurochemically these hormonal ratios
change your brain chemistry. So you are a different person,
week over week within a month. Yeah, you know. (Laughter) In that follicular phase, where the eggs
are kind of coming up to maturity; one is going to make it
to the Fallopian tube, very exciting time. (Laughter) Neurochemically speaking, you have the most access
to creative energy that you will have the entire month. Effortlessly. This is a perfect time
to begin new projects: mastermind, plan, dream big, all of that. In the ovulatory phase,
which we all know very well, so I’m not going to dive into it. In the ovulatory phase,
we have the best communication skills and the most energy
that we will have all the month. This is definitely a time
to have important conversations. Wouldn’t it be genius if you could plan to ask
for a raise when you’re ovulating? (Laughter) Whoever is trying not
to give you the raise is like, “Please take the money.
You’re so irresistible.” (Laughter) Or go on a first date, or have an important conversation
with your partner. Or tell your mother something
you really want her to say yes to. You’re just a magnet at that time. In a luteal phase, B vitamins
are being called into action, because the lining is thickening,
and it is a very energized process. But we become
very detail oriented at this time. So that shoe closet you couldn’t get
to organize before, this is the week. Detail oriented tasks are very easy to do. Try not to plan them
in the other two weeks. In the fourth phase, the menstrual phase,
this is the time of the month when you actually have
the most active conversation between the right and the left
hemispheres of the brain. So amazing! So, if you’re looking into course correct,
evaluate your life in the past 30 days, how you did this month,
this would be the time to do it. You’re most able to receive
those gut feeling body messages. So, take notice, take a moment
to take notice at that time. Gloria Steinem said,
when she was talking about the movie, “Miss Representation”
which I love, she said, “Girls are taught to view their bodies
as unending projects to work on, whereas, boys from a young age
are taught to view their bodies as tools to master their environment.” I literally fell off my chair
when I heard her say that. Because isn’t that the truth? We, as women, get on this hamster wheels
of self-improvement and self sabotage. And we don’t learn about these important,
real physical structures in our bodies that give us this blueprint
to how to organize our lives. I mean, if you actually adhere to the map you learn exactly what you should eat,
when you should eat it, how you should move your body, how you should organize
social commitments, work priorities. It’s all laid out for you. You don’t have to think,
or do, or push, or struggle. It’s just there for you. And unfortunately, the environment
is a little bit mastering us right now. Woman’s bodies are in hormonal
breakdown in epidemic proportions. I think it’s 20 million women
in the Unites States suffer from endometriosis, fibroid, PCOS… In 2009, 1.42 billion dollars
were spent on infertility treatments. Rates of idiopathic
“no-known” cause of infertility are on the rise in both men and women. Cancers of the reproductive organs
are on the rise in men and women. Drugs are being prescribed,
left and right, for treatment of things
that don’t really need medication, but really need a systemic approach. And it’s also interesting, because we’re also in a very equally
interesting historical moment, where we have the most power economically and as the largest consumer demographic
than we’ve ever had before. You can literally vote with your dollars
to say to corporate America, “Hey, I’d like you to custom-fit
an environment for me.” “I’d love to see
more maternal care there.” So, at the center we want to empower as many women as can
to learn this language, and leverage their bodies as a tool. So, I want to give you the three things
that we teach everybody. The first is you have to fall in love. You have to learn what these parts do
and how to eat to support them, so they can function optimally for you. The second thing is
that you need to commit, commit to this new relationship
with your body. I want you to plan your month,
thematically, week over week, in accordance with these hormonal ratios,
so that you can just do more, cross train your life;
I call it “in-body time management”. The third thing is, I want you to start
to leverage your body as a power tool. And I want you to answer the question that none of my patients can ever answer
the first time I ask it of them, which is: if I were to wave a magic wand
and restore your body to perfect vitality what would you do with that energy? How would you be
a change agent in the world? If you can begin to answer that question, then we can really step into our roles
as leaders as women. So, women give birth through the body. The biggest act of our generation
of women is going to be to be in a partnership with the body,
to not leave it out. And I really want to see you
love your lady parts, transform your life, and change the world. I’m Alisa Vitti. It’s been an honor. (Applause)

51 Replies to “Loving your lady parts as a path to success, power & global change: Alisa Vitti at TEDxFiDiWomen”

  1. I really love the message about understanding how our wonderful female bodies work and its effect on our productivity, health, fertility, mental and emotional processes. We, women and society, so often focus on our external appearance and forget that as trivial as our looks are, it is an entirely seperate and unimportant aspect of who we are as individuals. The power we all have comes from within. What we need to start doing is remove the metaphorical shackles that close-minded, uneducated, and non-independent thinking people try to bind us by. Celebrate our inner beauty and it will defiantly (no typo) outshine our outer beauty.

  2. Loved this talk! menstrual cycle phases for a woman:
    Week 1:Follicular phase, eggs are maturing and getting ready to travel through the fallopian tube (you feel like you have the most energy, begin new projects at this time, dream big!)
    Week 2: Ovulatory phase (best communication skills and good energy, have important conversations at this time, go on a first date)
    Week 3: Luteal phase- need for B Vitamins as uterine lining is thickening, you may feel detail oriented and have the urge to engage in organization tasks. This is the phase where you are PMSing.
    Week 4: Menstrual phase- Left and Right hemispheres in brain are talking to each other, ability to look back to see how you are doing during the month.

  3. My god, that there are women who are prepared to consider such guff is frightening. Did they actually buy tickets for this? The certainly queued up for it and sat through it.
    Does anyone think that men will ever be making equivalent videos?

    If people could be brought forward from the past to see that women would be making videos like this they'd roll their eyes and wonder where it all went wrong.

  4. i watched this a few weeks ago and then bought the book the other day not realising it was written by her <3 fait, thankyou xx

  5. .i like her and what she's saying. i wanna learn more. how does change agent work before puberty and during and after in menopause?

  6. There is an extremely high pitched whine in the audio far at least the first 30 seconds of this video that makes my ears hurt, so I'm sorry but I can't watch this video (no, this is not a sexist joke. It's sad that I have to say that)

  7. Funny … or cute … ya call em parts, i call em bits … lady parts … lady bits … it's all good … as long as it's in the spirit of communicating there's everything right there 💝 the heart with a golden ribbon is for the bits … or parts … as wonderful within the body as a whole ☺

  8. can someone pls explain to me why my doctor treated me of polycystic ovaries as a teen, then never had another problem with it again and other people are saying it's a lifelong illness?

  9. Interesting! Good for her.. She's smart; beautiful, she's honest; she's funny, she's willing to except herself for who and what she is. Why are people threatened by her?

  10. I'm a middle-aged guy who happened upon this video while looking through my YouTube homepage. And because women have played such an important part in my life, Positive and negative, I have an occasional interest in information that might teach me how to understand or appreciate them better. And this is that kind of information. Most notably, the knowledge regarding the (4 phases of the month) and why it's Urgent that more women know about them and begin to align their lives with the Empowering Aspects of each one. Very Enlightening! Thus, I'd like to thank you Alisa Vitti, for sharing your Wisdom about Women, especially with a guy like me who's striving to not be so clueless. And in return, I'd like to share a simple insight about men, that perhaps some women, for whatever reason, still may not know of, and that is this. Most men are INSTINCTIVELY and strongly attracted to Women with CURVES! Trust me on this one, I'm a man. Of course there can be a few exceptions to anything, but in general, this is the rule. FYI, I have also been in relationships with women who weren't as curvaceous, but were Extremely Attractive in other ways, even personality wise. Btw, Alisa Vitti, you are a gorgeous woman!
    In conclusion,
    Ladies, Love Your Lady Parts as a path to Success, Power and Global Change. Thank You

  11. Ha, I get what she was saying with turning orange from carrot juice. I drank sooooo much for over a year my feet, hands, and nose had become orange/yellow..

  12. I went vegan two years ago for lent (was vegetarian for 5 years before that) and I could not believe how good I felt. Firstly, exogenous hormones found in dairy products absolutely mess with your hormones, as it is the lactations of another mammal. Menses got more bearable and my acne cleared. Regardless of how that animal is raised, there will always be hormonal issues, which unlike phytoestrogens actually have a major impact on our own hormone levels. It is great knowing that I really don't have to consume any animal products to thrive. One of the best decisions was to go whole food plant based despite nay-sayers. ☕Cheers! ~4NeonFun

  13. But what are the effects of these endocrine glands and energy including different types of birth controls. because most women are taking birth control and increasing their hormone levels…and most of the time the birth control doesn't work for women. I wonder how these birth controls are effecting women. Amazing speech and point of view! thank you Alisa Vitti. Our bodies are always adapting and reacting

  14. I've been using myFLO app for tracking my phases and symptoms for more than a year now and it has opened my eyes to what a woman's body really is. I think she's doing something innovative, I'm happy I get to benefit from her knowledge

  15. Been an ethical vegan for 5 years. My husband gladly went too! Best decision/force of will in my life!!! Easy. Healthy. Feels amazing. Tasty food. KINDER. I’ve gotten in touch and connected with my core.

  16. Wow. This woman carries herself so very well, beautifully, elegantly and gracefully. I totally love this woman.

    For men who are watching this, they can share this video with any of their women friends who might be interested.

  17. I thought this talk was absolutely enlightening, especially with the struggles I have faced hormonally I do believe this has brought to light many issues with the stages I go through in a month and how to embrace them. Awesome talk loved it!

  18. sounds a lot like the ancient pagan, and shamanistic cultural connections that women used to have in correlation to the moon and it's cycles

  19. With all the environmental factors going on over there, it's very hard to be a holistic practitioner and naturopathic medical professional, especially one who deals with female issues.

  20. What a beautiful, powerful woman! Imagine if all women had that confidence! The world would be a very different place

  21. Nobody taught me to use my body to "Master my environment" lmao

    Where do they come up with this stuff? 😂

  22. Every profession is doing what they are teached. So the problem is that information that is teached is actually not necessarily true and the solution but a framework.

  23. I was listening to this while organizing my closet and had to pause the video when she mentioned that we become really detail oriented in our luteal phase, so it’s a good time to organize your shoe closet. I thought she was watching me because I am in my luteal phase lmaoo 😂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *