How I Balanced My Hormones and Got Pregnant Naturally

I’m Dr. Yvonne Burkart, a board-certified Toxicologist and a mom of two. Today, I want to share my personal journey of overcoming a high toxic load and fertility issues.

In my latest YouTube video, I share:

  • My complicated health history
  • How things turn a took for the worse
  • My struggle with hormone imbalance and fertility issues
  • The road to recovery
  • Major lessons learned on my low tox journey

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I’m Dr. Yvonne Burkart, a board-certified toxicologist and a mom of two. Today, I want to share my personal journey of overcoming a high toxic load and fertility issues. Growing up, I lived a conventional American lifestyle, consuming regular grocery store foods and using products without questioning their impact on my health. Looking back, I now realize that I wasn’t fine as a kid. I constantly relied on antibiotics, acetaminophen, and had respiratory issues requiring an inhaler.

Things took a turn for the worse during my adolescent and teenage years when my periods became erratic, excruciatingly painful, and lasted for weeks. It was a debilitating time in my life, and the pain often left me in the fetal position on the floor or even passing out. I tried various pain relief products, but they only provided temporary relief without addressing the underlying imbalances in my body.

When I started taking birth control pills, it was the first time I experienced relief. My periods became regular, predictable, and painless. It felt like a miracle. In college, I discovered my passion for toxicology, which led me to study the effects of environmental chemicals on reproductive health during my Ph.D. We focused on how antioxidants, particularly glutathione, could protect the ovaries and testes from toxic insults.

After completing my Ph.D., I joined a research fellowship in the field of reproductive endocrinology and medicine. However, I started missing toxicology and decided to explore other career opportunities. That’s when I found a job in the flavor and fragrance industry, which unexpectedly felt like a perfect fit. Moving to Ohio for the job, I left behind friends and family, and although excited initially, the stress gradually overwhelmed me.

I was constantly anxious, unable to switch off from work even outside office hours. My life became centered around my job, and the initial excitement faded away. As a result, my health began to suffer. I developed acne, experienced severe brain fog, digestive issues, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. It was the lowest point in my life, coinciding with studying for board certification and planning an out-of-state wedding.

During this time, my periods disappeared for nearly ten months. Despite seeking medical advice, the conventional approach didn’t provide any satisfactory answers. Eventually, I discovered I was pregnant, even though I hadn’t been having regular periods. However, my joy was short-lived as subsequent medical examinations revealed that the pregnancy didn’t progress.

Feeling desperate, I knew I needed to explore alternatives. That’s when I stumbled upon functional medicine, which became a turning point in my life. I made significant lifestyle changes, including dietary adjustments, stress management through journaling, meditation, and yoga. Within three months, my period returned, and my energy levels soared. It was a transformative experience.

As I approached 35 years old, the pressure to conceive intensified. Despite trying for a baby, I faced disappointment month after month. It was then that my functional doctor discovered elevated mercury levels in my body, likely resulting from the amalgam fillings I had for many years. I learned the importance of proper dental care and sought the help of a biological dentist to safely remove the fillings and detoxify from mercury exposure.

After about nine months of working with my functional doctor, I finally became pregnant. It was an exhilarating yet nerve-wracking time, given my previous pregnancy loss. However, I had faith in my body’s strength and intuition. Thankfully, my pregnancy progressed smoothly, and I ultimately gave birth to two beautiful children without any medical interventions.

This entire journey taught me a crucial lesson: our environment plays a significant role in our health. Despite my scientific background, it was challenging to acknowledge the impact of toxins on my body and fertility. I realized the need to embrace a low tox lifestyle. Contrary to what some might think, it doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.

Simple changes like removing shoes indoors, opening windows for fresh air, cooking whole foods, avoiding processed foods, minimizing skincare products, and reducing makeup usage can make a world of difference. Even without fancy equipment or expensive treatments, I’ve experienced remarkable improvements in my health and well-being.

Today, as a toxicologist and a mother, I’m passionate about spreading awareness of the importance of reducing our toxic load. Our bodies have an incredible ability to heal and thrive when given the right environment and support. I hope my story inspires others to take control of their health and consider the impact of toxins in their daily lives.

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Best Natural Sunscreen for the Body: Non-Toxic Mineral Sunscreen

Many of us believe that applying sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from harmful UV rays. However, what if the product we rely on for protection is actually posing a threat to our health? In this article, we will delve into the secret of sunscreen that the industry doesn’t want you to know. As a Board-Certified Toxicologist and concerned parent, my mission is to help you navigate the world of environmental toxins and make informed choices to safeguard your family’s well-being.

In my latest YouTube video, I show the reasons why you might want to choose non-toxic mineral sunscreen for your family.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The Dark Side of Chemical Filters
  • Environmental Impact and Body Accumulation
  • Safe Alternatives: Mineral Sunscreens
  • Safety Tips for Choosing Low-Tox Sunscreens
  • Dr. Yvonne’s Top Low-Tox Sunscreens for 2023

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The Dark Side of Chemical Filters

Chemical filters like oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octinoxate have long been used in sunscreens. However, recent studies have raised concerns about their potential toxicity. Oxybenzone, a common sunscreen ingredient and endocrine disruptor, has been found to interfere with hormone systems, leading to reproductive issues, hormone imbalances, and even cancer. The European Union Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety has highlighted the health risks associated with these chemical filters. Moreover, these chemicals do not easily wash off when we swim or sweat, resulting in their absorption into our bodies and potential long-term damage.

Environmental Impact and Body Accumulation

Disturbingly, these chemical filters are not only harmful to our bodies but also have adverse effects on the environment. Up to 97% of people have detectable levels of oxybenzone in their urine, indicating its presence in their bodies. Sunscreen is recommended for daily and frequent use, including on children as young as six months old. However, children are particularly vulnerable to toxic substances, and their exposure to harmful chemicals should be minimized. Sun protection shouldn’t come at the cost of introducing toxins that negate the benefits and potentially cause long-term harm.

Safe Alternatives

Mineral Sunscreens Fortunately, there are low-toxicity alternatives available that effectively protect our skin from the sun without compromising our health. Mineral sunscreens, also known as physical sunscreens, create a physical barrier on the skin’s surface, deflecting harmful rays. Non-nano mineral sunscreen ingredients, such as zinc oxide, are considered safe as they do not absorb into the bloodstream through the skin. These alternatives offer adequate sun protection without the potential environmental and human health concerns associated with chemical filters.

Safety Tips for Choosing Low-Tox Sunscreens

  1. Avoid aerosol sunscreens to minimize inhalation risks and ensure even application.
  2. Steer clear of synthetic UV chemical filters, including avobenzone, homosalate, and oxybenzone.
  3. Say no to fragrance or scented sunscreens, as they may contain endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, or allergens.

🏆Dr. Yvonne’s Top Low-Tox Sunscreens for 2023

Badger Baby Sunscreen

Made with organic ingredients, this unscented sunscreen is widely available online and in health food stores like Sprouts or Whole Foods.

Beauty by Earth Sunscreen

Offering both tinted and un-tinted versions for face and body, this sunscreen utilizes organic ingredients like aloe vera to nourish the skin.

Dakota Tallow Mineral Sunscreen

Made with non-nano zinc oxide and grass-fed tallow (beef fat), this sunscreen comes in a glass jar, making it eco-friendly and non-leaching.

The Importance of Reading Ingredient Labels

Always read the ingredients list of sunscreen products thoroughly, paying attention to both active and inactive ingredients. Some manufacturers may include potentially harmful substances, such as Butyloctyl salicylate, that bear similarities to other sunscreen chemicals with toxic concerns. By being conscious of the ingredients, you can make healthier choices for yourself and future generations.

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As consumers, it is crucial for us to be aware of the potential dangers lurking in our everyday products. Sunscreens, intended to protect our skin, can sometimes introduce harmful chemicals into our bodies and the environment. By opting for low-toxicity alternatives, such as mineral sunscreens, and understanding how to read ingredient labels, we can make more informed decisions about the products we use. Let’s prioritize our health and take steps towards a safer and healthier future for ourselves and our loved ones.

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Toxicologist Reacts to Hailey Bieber’s Skin Care and Makeup Routine

In a recent video posted on the Vogue YouTube channel, Hailey Bieber shared her beauty and skincare routine, revealing some of her favorite products. As a Board-Certified Toxicologist and advocate for reducing toxic exposure, I’ll provide insights on the ingredients used in Hailey’s routine and highlight any potential concerns for consumers. Remember, this analysis is for educational purposes, and it’s essential to do your own research to find the best skincare options for you.

In my latest YouTube video, I react to Hailey Bieber’s skincare routine and her very own Rhode Skincare brand.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Which of Hailey Bieber’s skincare products contain questionable 🚩ingredients
  • How I feel about her Rhode Skincare line
  • Low tox dupes for these cult classics to get you glowing without the dose of toxicants! (Links in the blog post below and the Description for the video)

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Hailey uses an Environ toner, which contains several ingredients. For a simpler alternative, I recommend using plain rosewater, such as Cocokind’s USDA certified organic rosewater toner. It consists of just rosewater with a touch of preservative to maintain freshness. This minimalistic option, available at Target and online, can be a healthier choice.

Peptide Glazing Fluid and Barrier Restore Cream

The peptide glazing fluid Hailey uses contains synthetic thickeners derived from petroleum. These thickeners may undergo processes involving carcinogens, leading to potential contamination. While the long-term health risks of such ingredients are uncertain, it’s worth considering alternatives with more wholesome and minimally processed ingredients. Earth Harbor offers a low-toxic organic peptide serum that avoids synthetic thickeners like carbomer.

Occlusive Patches and Eye Cream

Hailey applies silicone sheets as occlusives to enhance product penetration. However, this technique can increase the risk of toxic absorption if the underlying product contains harmful ingredients. I recommend using organic and low-toxic skincare options, like the Herbivore Nova eye cream, especially when using occlusive layers like these Pacifica Reusable Undereye Masks.

Foundation and Concealer

Hailey’s Chanel foundation includes glycols, synthetic petroleum derivatives with higher risks compared to plant-derived ingredients. Fragrances in cosmetics can contain various chemicals, including phthalates, and provide no functional benefits. Choosing fragrance-free options is advisable. Kosas offers a cleaner concealer, while 100% Pure provides an organic alternative that is Dr. Yvonne Approved.

Powders and Palettes

Talc, a common ingredient in powders, carries the risk of asbestos contamination, a carcinogen. Brands like Tom Ford and Dior use talc and synthetic vinyl-like ingredients, making them less safe choices. Opting for 100% Pure’s food-based powder ingredients or other low-toxic brands can be a better option.

HAN Skincare Cosmetics eyeshadows are another great option!

Eyebrow Products

Some Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow products contain parabens, which may activate breast cancer genes. Look for low-toxic alternatives like Plume, known for its amazing brow pomade and refillable brow pencil.

Mascara and Lip Products

MAC and Dior mascaras, as well as the Rhode lip treatment, contain synthetic and potentially harmful ingredients. Avoiding toxins in lip products is key to reducing your toxic load since some is ingested.

Switching to cleaner options like Lily Lolo Mascara, Plume Mascara, or FitGlow Beauty Lip Colour Serum, and FitGlow Overnight Lip Mask can provide safer alternatives.


While Hailey Bieber’s routine has room for improvement, she did make cleaner choices with certain products.

Key considerations include avoiding talc, synthetic thickeners, and fragrances. Opting for products with organic and minimally processed ingredients can be beneficial. Remember to read ingredient labels and do your own research.

For further guidance on understanding ingredient labels and detoxifying your skincare routine, consider exploring the Safe Ingredient Academy, an online program focused on clean beauty and personal care products.


By making informed choices, you can prioritize your health and well-being while enjoying a beauty routine that aligns with your values.