Meet Professor Rebecca Murray, APRN., MS., CDE

Prof Rebecca Murray

Founder of the American Institute of Integrative Oncology Research and Education 

Prof Murray is Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Yale University (Adjunct Faculty) and has been a preceptor for the Yale University Family Nurse Practitioner program students for over 20 years. She specialises in women’s health issues and functional endocrinology in her private practice in Connecticut and is also a consultant for the Institute for Hormonal Balance in Florida. She has been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner for over 28 years, specialising in the integrative approach to the prevention, evaluation and treatment of medical problems. .

An Integrative Approach To Metabolic Syndrome & PCOS

The hallmark symptoms of acne, hirsutism, and menstrual cycle abnormalities which are associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are often dealt with treatments that lessen or obscure the symptoms, such as acne preparations, laser treatments, anti-androgen medications, and birth control pills. Or in the case of infertility, we have medication induced ovulation and In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This is considered a “band-aid” approach as none address the most common underlying etiology of “abnormal insulin metabolism” and “compensatory hyperinsulinemia” and its association with Metabolic Syndrome. Elevated insulin levels not only affect hormone level abnormalities such as hyperandrogenism and estrogen dominance, but also contribute to early onset of hypertension, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease, and an increased risk of embolic events such as stroke, heart attack, pulmonary emboli, and deep vein thromboembolus.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the co-morbid medical sequelae of Metabolic Syndrome 
  • Review the normal physiology of the menstrual cycle
  • Define Phase 1 and Phase 2 of estrogen metabolism and detoxification
  • Understand the contributing of effect of inflammation and environmental factors in regard to acquired “insulin resistance” 
  • Understand how dietary, nutraceutical, and lifestyle interventions can have a positive effect in the treatment of Metabolic Syndrome and PCOS.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the physiology, assessment, and treatment of abnormal insulin metabolism and how it affects the hormonal imbalances seen in PCOS.