Dr Lara Briden


Lara Briden is a pragmatist and a naturopathic doctor with 20 years experience in women’s health. Through her work with thousands of patients with PCOS, thyroid disease, and other conditions, she’s had the opportunity to witness first-hand the transformative power of ancestral health principles.

Lara comes from a strong science background and formerly worked at the University of Calgary studying sex differences in the foraging behaviour of bats (Eptesicus fuscus). She’s also an avid wilderness walker and the author of the book Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods.

PRESENTATION: Women Are Not Small Men: The Women’s Health Talk for People Who Think They’re Not Interested in Women’s Health

Women’s health is not just about periods and reproduction. It’s about health in general for half the humans on earth.

The humans who are women have been largely omitted from the ancestral health conversation because, until recently, almost all medical and nutritional research has been done on men. Yet, men differ from women in many aspects of health including metabolism, circadian rhythm and microbiome. In this talk, Lara will present emerging research about those sex differences and their clinical consequences. She’ll also explore the radical idea that women’s hormones are a normal standard part of human physiology, and not something to be switched off with hormonal birth control.


  • Assess sex differences in nutritional requirements
  • Consider the physiological benefits of oestradiol and progesterone
  • Explore the concept of ovarian set-point