Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Endometriosis is defined as a mysterious process in which the tissue from uterus (endometrium), that lines the inside of the womb, is found outside the uterus. It can be trapped usually in the pelvic area or abdomen.
Symptoms include persistent pain in the pelvic area, painful periods, painful sex, infertility, and painful bowel movements.
– Hormonal imbalance in the form of increased levels of estrogen and low progesterone. In addition to stress-triggered estrogen production, there are also environmental estrogens, known as xenoestrogens that elevate estrogen levels contributing to endometriosis. It was discovered recently that xenoestrogens (such as estradiol present in rivers and tap water) that dramatically affected sexual development and fertility in fish found in British rivers. The same estradiol ingested by women with tap water or fish may elevate estrogen levels and greatly contribute to endometriosis as well as other problems. Read more about FISH CHANGING SEX DUE TO ESTRADIOL IN WATER >
Xenoestrogens frequently enter the body through animal foods such as meat and dairy products that come from “hormonally-enhanced” animals. That’s why research shows that women with the highest consumption of dairy and meat products increase their risk of endometriosis even up to 100 percent. At the same time women who are on a diet rich in raw vegetables (especially green leafy) and fresh fruit reduce the risk by 40 percent. Researchers also found sperm abnormalities and serious female fertility issues created by xenoestrogens.
– A study has shown that diet low in antioxidants is associated with an intensification of endometriosis severity.
– Consuming foods high in dioxin – dangerous toxin found in the fat of fish, meat, dairy, poultry and eggs. Exposure to environmental endocrine disruptor chemicals, such as dioxin (present in animal fat), may promote progesterone-resistant endometriosis. Studies demonstrated that Dioxin exposure to normal endometrial cells resulted in a loss of normal progesterone responsiveness (progesterone resistance) which is a striking feature of endometriosis.
– Candida albicans overgrowth. Endometriosis and fibromyalgia are believed to be the result of yeast overgrowth, which can be caused by BCPs (birth control pills), antibiotics, diet high in refined sugar and other refined carbohydrates.
– Vitamin D3 deficiency. According to a 67 year literature review, published in October 2013, endometriosis is associated with low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is really a hormone and its deficiency contributes to infertility, endometriosis, PCOS. One of the studies associates endometriosis with “an immune-mediated defect”, and suggests that, “since vitamin D is an effective modulator of the immune system, it may have a role in the pathogenesis of endometriosis.” There is a growing amount of research which suggests that a lack of vitamin D could be an important factor in causing autoimmune diseases. Almost every person in England is deficient in vitamin D which is very important for human nervous and immune system. In his bestselling book “China Study” Prof Colin Campbell wrote that, “Autoimmune diseases in general become more common the greater the distance from the equator. This phenomenon has been known since 1922.” This statement leads us to a simple conclusion that Hashimoto disease may have a lot to do with the vitamin D (“sun vitamin”) deficiency as well as the modern unhealthy lifestyle of North America or Europe. Read more about vitamin D >
– There is also some evidence suggesting endometriosis may be associated with an autoimmune response. The following statement comes from a 1987 research titled, “Is endometriosis an autoimmune disease?”: “These observations suggest that endometriosis is associated with abnormal polyclonal B cell activation, a classic characteristic of autoimmune disease.”
– Vitamin B12 deficiency (especially in the form of pernicious anaemia – an autoimmune condition) is linked to endometriosis as many women suffering from endometriosis are at the same time defficient in B12. Here you have a link with clear examples >
– Toxins: Mercury (from dental fillings, tap water, fish, flu shots, etc.) lead, fluoride, and other toxins.
– Food intolerances: Gluten and A1 Casein Allergy. Celiac disease incidence is increased among women with endometriosis, and Gluten free diet has been found beneficial in coping with this condition.
– Stress, anxiety and depression. A number of published papers have shown that stress and negative emotions contribute to all autoimmune diseases and endometrisis.
– Consumption of trans fats, margarine and bad oils (high in pro-inflammatory omega 6) and deficiency of omega 3 healthy fats high in foods such as Flax seed, Chia seed, etc.
– Bad lifestyle, unhealthy diet high in sugar, processed refined foods, nutritional deficiencies, artificial sweeteners, lack of exercise, stimulants, drugs, medication, and in particular excessive stress, depression and pessimism may lead to the oversensitivity of the immune system which changes its nature and starts attacking own body.
– Consumption of meat and dairy products (can trigger autoimmune response and causes hormonal imbalance), refined, junk and processed foods, refined sugar, white flour products, high glucose (high fructose) syrup, stimulants (including coffee, tea, green tea, cola, etc., nutritional deficiencies, white pasta, white rice, processed foods, stress, lack of exercise, etc.
– According to Dr Michael Greger, “Alkylphenols, flame-retardant chemicals, and perfluorochemicals, industrial pollutants found mostly in fish and meat, may be associated with thyroid disruption in young children and adults. Alpha-gal antibodies in meat may result in autoimmune conditions, including thyroid disorders. The artificial food coloring Red No. 3, too much seaweed of any type, and processed meat consumption may be linked to an increase risk of thyroid cancer. Poultry workers often have thyroid disorders.”
– It is interesting that nearly all of the conditions that accompany endometriosis are associated with magnesium deficiency. Also yeast overgrowth (linked to endometriosis) increase the need for magnesium in the body. Magnesium is also needed to detox heavy metals, and higher levels of heavy metals in the body contribute to candida overgrowth.
Modern medicine insists the cause of endometriosis is unknown and there is no cure. Fortunately it doesn’t seem to be difficult to treat and control the symptoms if you manage to get rid of all the possible causes. Endometriosis is treated with harmful medications, which have bad side effects. Fortunately it is possible to recover from it by practicing healthy lifestyle and using natural remedies. The most important element of the treatment is implementing principles from the HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN >
Hormones used to treat endometriosis pain are progesterone, birth control pills, danocrine, and gonadatropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). Unfortunately, these drugs cause bad side effects and in many women worsening of symptoms.
Current research on endometriosis points to the estrogen dominance as a major factor. Therefore, creating progesterone and estrogen balance often results in symptom relief and, sometimes, even leads to recovery.
Conventional treatment usually means a progesterone cream. However, although progesterone cream is useful in reducing symptoms, it increases the risk of certain health problems and needs to be used very cautiously. It is also much better to use bioidentical progesterone.
However, it is safe and far more important to balance hormones by healthy diet and lifestyle as well as various herbal formulas and supplements listed here.
Apart from that, it is equally important to normalize the adrenal hormones first. Once the stress hormones are balanced, the progesterone levels will get back to normal and you won’t need any cream. Usually it takes about 3-6 months to balance hormones so be patient and do not give up. In the article about ADRENAL FATIGUE you will find information how to regulate stress hormones. Regulating progesterone and estrogen requires proper diet, healthy lifestyle and learning to cope with emotional stress, which causes the adrenal glands to become impaired.
– Vitamin B complex with extra pantothenic acid to support the adrenal glands.
The more of the listed below remedies and supplements you manage to use the better results you should see:
– Since candida albicans overgrowth is believed to be one of the key causes you must reduce candida by avoiding antibiotics (present also in meat and dairy), sugar, and refined carbohydrates. At the same time consume more raw vegetable salads or smoothies, and take caprylic acid, olive leaf extract, and probiotics. Learn more on how to fight candida >
– Mix together: 50 gr organic maca powder, 25 gr Agnus castus powder, 50gr alfalfa, 25gr organic turmeric powder, 100gr ground flax seed. Keep the mixture in the fridge. Take 1 heaped tablespoon 30 min before breakfast and before lunch with vegetable juice or water.
– Take good quality probiotic formula such as Symprove.
– Drink 2 or 3 glasses of raw fresh cold pressed vegetable juices before meals.
– The following is the most powerful formula I know and can recommend. It helped many of our customers to get rid of pain and inflammation, to increase energy, regenerate damaged tissue, and recover from many different conditions: You need to take alternatively three super foods. All of them must be from Pukka Herbs as they are much more potent and powerful than the regular ones: Clean Greens powder (Pukka), Chlorella (Pukka), and Wheat grass juice powder (Pukka – 30 times stronger than regural one!): Start from Clean Greens powder, taking 1 heaped teaspoon 30 min before breakfast and 30 minutes before lunch with 2-3 glasses of vegetable juice or water. After Clean Greens use Chlorella (Pukka), taking 10 tablets 30 min before breakfast and 30 minutes before lunch with 2-3 glasses of vegetable juice or water. If you do this you can expect excellent results.
– Milk thistle to detoxify and regenerate liver, and to boost glutathione (strongest antioxidant) levels. By improving liver function, Milk thistle will also help to reduce oestrogen levels by enhancing its breakdown in the liver. Milk thistle must be standardised for the presence of its key active ingredient – Silymarin. Try to have 100-200 mg of silymarin, three times a day.
– Omega 3 fish oil good quality (Viridian): 3 times 1 teaspoon with meals. Higher omega-3 fatty acid consumption is associated with a reduced risk for endometriosis.
– Agnus castus (Vitex) – Excellent herbal remedy to lower (or regulate) estrogen levels and increase (regulate) progesterone (40 drops each morning).
– Although endometriosis is benign disease, it shares many of the features of cancer cells with a potential for malignant transformation. If this is true, that endometriosis is a benign type of cancer, then we should expect endometriosis to regress in response to various natural substances that have anti-cancer properties, such as Curcumin (in Turmeric), Resveratrol, Rick Simpson Cannabis oil, Vitamin D3, etc. A 2011 study demonstrated that Resveratrol can inhibit development of endometriosis. According to the authors Resveratrol decreased the number of endometrial implants by 60% and decreased total volume of by 80%.
– Medicinal cannabis has been successfully used to control of endometriosis-associated pain. Dr Abbas found β-Caryophyllene (active ingredient present in Cannabis oil), causes regression of endometrial implants with preservation of fertility. Read more about Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil >
– You can take also Turmeric as it has mild anty-estrogenic properties. In addition turmeric also contains antioxidant curcumin which helps to cope with depression, cancer, dementia, and inflammation.
– In 2008 Dr. Guney discovered that melatonin leads to regression and atrophy of the endometriotic lesions in experimental mice. Melatonin is a hormone and a powerful antioxidant which has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
– Iron (up to 60 mg. daily in divided doses, if necessary) to help relieve iron deficiency that may result from excessive bleeding. Use a brand that chelated and/or combined with iron-rich herbs.
– Please read carefully the most important section of this website titled the “GOSPEL OF FREEDOM” and also the “EMPOWERMENT“. It reveals the secret of finding the only source of true inward peace which “surpasses all knowledge”. Combined with true faith this message will lead you to freedom from negative emotions such as anxiety or egsistential fears (one of the key sources of deadly free radicals). It will empower you with moral strength necessary to overcome long-cultivated bad habits or addictions often impossible to defeat on our own. This unique and most wonderful good news of the gospel will give you a powerful motivation to not only practice but also enjoy your new and very healthy way of life.
– Read about the DEADLY CONSEQUENCES OF UNFORGIVENESS >
– The following conditions may accompany or coexist with endometriosis: Chronic fatigue syndrome, Eczema, Food intolerances, Mononucleosis, Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune disorders (Lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, etc.) Interestingly, many of these accompanying conditions are associated with candida yeast overgrowth. The Endometriosis Association agrees that many women with endometriosis also suffer from allergies, chemical sensitivities, and frequent yeast infections. That is probably the reason why many women achieve excellent results in treating endometriosis when they manage to eliminate Candida albicans overgrowth by avoiding sugar and other refined carbohydrates, taking probiotics, caprylic acid, and olive leaf extract.
NUTRITIONAL AND LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS
– Avoid all animal foods including cheese, meat products, all dairy, stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.).
– Go on Hallelujah Diet (the most effective of all diets) or at least a healthy vegan unrefined diet for 6 months. Eat especially with lots of raw vegetables salads and raw vegetable juices.
– Proper stress control and positive thinking – extremely important!
– Eliminate all junk food, processed food, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and anything with bad preservatives and chemical.
– Eating whole, unprocessed foods, and choosing as many organics as possible.
– Getting adequate sun exposure if possible (20 minutes a day during summer time between 10 am and 2 pm) to maintain vitamin D levels.
– Avoid gluten (wheat products, etc.). The molecular structure of thyroid tissue is almost identical to that of gluten and therefore the immune system may start sending antibodies not only against gluten proteins but against proteins found in different organs causing autoimmune diseases . In this way gluten can increase the autoimmune reaction. Many people with autoimmune diseases have an autoimmune reaction to gluten, and it usually goes unrecognized. Gluten can cause gastrointestinal system to malfunction, so foods aren’t completely digested. These food particles can then be absorbed into bloodstream where body misidentifies them as antigens and then produces antibodies against them.
– Avoid all dairy products as heated dairy protein (especially A1 casein) often irritates the immune system stimulating it to produce antibodies against different internal organs. The most common allergies and food intolerances today are from wheat and dairy products because of the hybridized proteins of gluten and a1 casein. These proteins can cause Leaky Gut Syndrome which leads to inflammation.
– Use glass bottles as Bisphenol A (BPA) which is found in plastic bottles and cans (they are lined up with plastic) disrupt endocrine system.
– Avoiding chlorine, fluoride (toothpastes with fluoride, etc.), and bromine as they also contribute to autoimmune diseases.
– Avoid hydrogenated fats and trans fats (margarines, doughnuts, cakes, etc.) and proinflamatory omega 6 fatty acids (soy oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, etc.). Ray Peat Ph.D., a physiologist who has worked with progesterone and related hormones since 1968, says that the sudden surge of polyunsaturated oils into the food chain post World War II has caused many changes in hormones. He writes: “Their [polyunsaturated oils] best understood effect is their interference with the function of the thyroid gland. Unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion, its movement in the circulatory system, and the response of tissues to the hormone. When the thyroid hormone is deficient, the body is generally exposed to increased levels of estrogen. The thyroid hormone is essential for making the ‘protective hormones’ progesterone and pregnenolone, so these hormones are lowered when anything interferes with the function of the thyroid. The thyroid hormone is required for using and eliminating cholesterol, so cholesterol is likely to be raised by anything that blocks the thyroid function.”
– Increase consumption of omega 3 fatty acids in the form of ground flax seeds, chia seeds. Omega 3s are the building blocks for hormones that control immune function and cell growth.
– Detoxifying body from heavy metals by using combination of: Chlorella, Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Cilantro.
– Remove any dental fillings containing mercury.
– Increasing intake of healthy fats such as raw coconut oil, coconut milk, avocado, chia seeds (soaked for at least 30 minutes or overnight), ground flaxseeds, and hemp seeds as they will balance hormones. Coconut oil is one of the best foods for thyroid. Coconut oil is a saturated fat comprising medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are known to increase metabolism and promote weight loss. Coconut oil is very stable (shelf life of three to five years at room temperature), so body is much less burdened with oxidative stress than it is from many other vegetable oils.
– Increase consumption of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene found in carrots, apricots, green leafy vegetables, etc.
– Eliminate stimulants (anything with caffeine or other similar harmful alkaloids: coffee, tea, green tea, mate, yerba mate, cola, chocolate, etc.).
– Exercise at least 30–60 minutes per day.
– Get enough sleep.
– Practice deep breathing.
– Address adrenal fatigue. A prolonged stress response can lead to adrenal exhaustion (also known as adrenal fatigue). Find out more about ADRENAL FATIGUE >
– Treat unresolved emotional issues as a source of stress. Autoimmune diseases reflect emotions and mental attitude. When people with autoimmune diseases make progress in treating unresolved emotional issues, their symptoms subside. Stress, anxiety or depression are often key culprits. It is important to identify the stressors and learn use ways such as prayer that can help to control stress and negative emotions.
– Drink and use for cooking only distilled or at least filtered water. Not all water filters remove fluoride, so make sure the one you have does or use only distilled water (buy a water distiller). Taking chlorella and turmeric help to get rid of fluoride and heavy metals such as mercury.
HERBAL REMEDIES & SUPPLEMENTS
– Apart from Ashwaganda (Pukka makes an excellent one) you can use other herbal remedies and adaptogens such as Rhodiola and Three Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea or capsules (Pukka).
– Boost Glutathione levels which is a most powerful of all antioxidants and strengthens the immune system and is one of the most effective remedies against autoimmune diseases . It boosts body’s ability to modulate and regulate the immune system. It is also important to provide body with ingredients that increase glutathione production in the liver by taking turmeric, milk thistle, NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), bioactive whey protein, Glutamine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, bilberry, vitamin C, asparagus, broccoli, peaches, avocado, spinach, garlic, squash, grapefruit.
– Taking selenium supplements and increasing consumption of foods high in selenium (Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, garlic, onions, etc.).
– Supplement magnesium (800 mg of magnesium citrate a day).
– Take good quality omega fish oil supplements (Viridian makes an excellent organic omega 3 fish oil with antioxidant to prevent oxidation): 1000-2000 mg a day with meal.
– Vitamin B12: 1,000 to 2,000 mcg a day under the tongue (must be sublingual Methylcobalamin!). Many people with autoimmune diseases have low levels of this most important vitamin. Read a fascinating article on B12 >
– Zinc (helps produce thyroid hormone) – 30 to 50mg a day after breakfast.
– Take good quality probiotic formulas as 20 percent of thyroid function depends on a sufficient supply of healthy gut bacteria.
– You must take Vitamin D3 because almost all patients suffering from autoimmune diseases patients are deficient in Vitamin D! While using vitamin D3 supplements always remember to take also well absorbed magnesium (such as citrate) as vitamin D supplements lead to magnesium deficiency over time. If you can’t afford higher doses take at least 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day with meal. But since deficiency of this vitamin is so widespread (especially in the UK) it would be better to take 10,000 to 30,000 IU a day with meals with appropriate doses of magnesium. Another requirement for proper absorption of vitamin D is 200 mcg of Vitamin K2 MK-7 (Derived from Natural Natto) a day. Read more about vitamin D >
Paula: Cured Endometriosis!
Diet Cured My Endometriosis and Helped Me Have My Son
Because of the McDougall Program I was able to rid my body of a painful chronic female condition, endometriosis, that causes suffering and infertility for millions of women, and eventually have a baby.
I went through menarche in 1971 at the age of 13 and from my first period, I had severe dysmenorrhea, the medical term for menstrual cramps. With each subsequent menstruation the cramps got worse. By the time I attended college, the dysmenorrhea was so debilitating I spent the whole first day of my cycle in bed with a hot pack and a “barf bowl” nearby because the severe pain caused me to throw up.
The doctors I saw while I was in high school and college suggested that with more exercise I might feel better. However, I was already riding my bike 6-15 miles a day, taking ballet 5 mornings a week, swimming on the high school swim team, and playing tennis 2 times a week. I wasn’t sure what more exercise I could do. I took up Yoga because one doctor told me it might help. It was fun, but didn’t help the menstrual cramps. At this time I was 5’8″ and 112 lb. and appeared to be the picture of good health to those around me.
I did get some temporary pain relief with Darvocet and alcohol, though I’d often throw this combination up also. When the first anti-prostaglandin drug, Ponstel (a NSAID), came out in the late 70’s I tried it, but I only got mild and temporary relief—I still couldn’t function well enough to leave the house on the first day of my cycle.
In my 20’s I started trying to have a baby. Many people, including medical doctors, assured me that the cramps would improve after giving birth. But of course, I couldn’t conceive. In 1987, at the age of 29, I had a laparoscopy by an infertility specialist to find out the cause. He diagnosed me with endometriosis. This specialist, who had performed hundreds of similar surgeries, told me I had the worst case of this female inflammatory disease he had seen in someone in their 20’s. He removed some of the endometrial tissue that he could see through his scope, but explained that surgery alone could not cure the condition. I needed medication to stop my menses so that my body could heal. I started on Danocrine (a male-like hormone) after surgery, but I had to stop it after only 10 days due to the side effect of severe depression.
Next I was offered an experimental injectable drug, Lupron, which is used to decrease the body’s production of both male and female hormones and is commonly prescribed for the treatment of prostate cancer. I decided that even if I never got pregnant, just being free of the dysmenorrhea was worth trying the new drug. I received an injection once a month for 6 months, and promptly went into menopause, complete with hot flashes. Even after stopping the Lupron, I remained in menopause for an additional 6 months.
A year later, when I started menstruating again, my husband and I, wanting to have children, sought the help of an infertility specialist The specialist told me I probably wouldn’t conceive without the help of in vitro-fertilization. In the 80’s the process had only a 25% success rate, and cost close to $10,000 per try. We decided that we didn’t want a baby that badly. I was just happy to be free of the menstrual cramps. But the dysmenorrhea returned! Within 6 months of resuming menstruation, I was back to spending the first day of my cycle in bed, and desperate for any pain medication I could procure.
My turning point came in 1991, when my vegetarian sister sent me a copy of The McDougall Plan (originally published in 1983). I had been a lacto-ovo vegetarian since reading Diet for a Small Planet at 16 years old, and though I ate no meat I ate copious amounts of dairy products. Dr. McDougall’s instructions were simple: eat a diet based on starches with the addition of fruits and vegetables, and eliminate all sources of dairy from your diet. I stopped consuming milk, butter, ice cream, yogurt & cheese, and as instructed, eliminated all crackers and other products containing whey and casein. For good measure, I stopped eating eggs as well. My family worried I would get sick, but I figured I was already sick. I had nothing to lose.
The changes started in about 4 months; I started having less severe pain with my menses. By 8 months after eliminating dairy, I no longer had any dysmenorrhea at all, something I had never experienced since puberty. I was thrilled. I had forgotten about trying to get pregnant. I was just happy to be free from pain! But then a miracle happened. Two years after eliminating dairy, at the age of 35, I spontaneously got pregnant without assistance from an infertility specialist. I was so amazed, I went to visit the infertility MD to show him what had happened. He congratulated me but then warned me that I might not want to tell many people I was pregnant—because of the severe scarring from the endometriosis, I was likely to have a miscarriage.
So I told only close friends and family that I was pregnant, and continued to follow the McDougall vegan diet. When the pregnancy progressed to a point where I could no longer hide it, I admitted to people that yes, I was expecting a baby. And when I told them why—my change in diet—they wouldn’t believe me. Many people cautioned me about eating a vegan diet while pregnant. Many others, my midwife included, wanted me to take supplements to assure a healthy baby. But I figured this diet enabled me to get pregnant in the first place, I best stick with it. I politely refused the supplements, getting what I needed in the way of nutrition from food. I didn’t even take B12 because I decided my stores were probably adequate. I did start eating walnuts at the suggestion of the perinatologist at work, because she believed they contained something crucial for brain development, and I ate greens daily for the folate.
Nine months later, my healthy 7lb. 12oz son was born on his due date at our home in Manhattan Beach, CA. The uneventful delivery was attended by two nurse-midwives. My blood loss at delivery was so minimal they joked that it was the cleanest delivery they had seen in a while. The only effect we noticed from the endometriosis scarring was that I had a tearing sensation across my abdomen while pushing. A hot pack took care of the pain, and allowed me to push the baby out. I never felt like I needed medication for the pain in labor. Interestingly, labor pain was easy compared to the dysmenorrhea I’d had with my menses.
Of course, I’ve raised my son as a vegan. He is a healthy child, whose first and only ear infection was in 2nd grade after being introduced to cow’s milk ice cream at school. He is 10 1/2 years old now, in the 90th percentile for height and 65th percentile for weight. He’s very athletic, smart and very rarely sick. Over the years, my son has remained a vegan, though like many children his age, he doesn’t consume enough fruit and vegetables to please his mother.
I have toyed with the idea of adding meat & fish to my diet. I’ve found at conferences and when traveling that classifying myself as a vegetarian often prompted meals that contained dairy. Since I wanted to avoid dairy, I often chose a meat dish. After doing that for the last 4 years, I’ve gained close to 20 lb., at a rate of 5 lb. a year. This last year I decided it was time to go back to being vegan again, and without difficulty the weight is slowly melting off. Attending the VegSource Expo this last October, 2005 gave me the chance to meet Dr. McDougall in person and thank him belatedly for his role in helping me become pain free and a mother. His only request of me was to share my story so others could be helped.
Dr. McDouall’s Comments:
Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological problems affecting an estimated 5.5 million women in North America, but this condition may occur at a subclinical level in half of all women following the Western diet, as discovered by autopsy.1 This disease occurs when the endometrial tissues lining the inside of the uterus spread outside of the uterus and become attached to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the bowels and other internal abdominal parts. This misplaced endometrium responds to the menstrual cycle in the same way as the original tissues of the uterine lining: each month the tissues build up, then break down, and shed. In the abdominal cavity the internal bleeding results in inflammation, causing pain, infertility, scar tissue formation, adhesions, and bowel problems.
Every scientist and doctor agrees that the cause and course of endometriosis involves female reproductive hormones. However, few of these experts know about the connection between hormones, endometriosis, and diet—but they should. Studies of populations of women show the risk of developing endometriosis is much higher with the consumption of red meat and beef, and much lower with consumption of vegetables and fruits.2 A similar dietary connection is found with other diseases of the female reproductive organs, including uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and cancers of the uterus (endometrium) and ovary.2-6
The rich Western diet changes female hormones and as a result causes the development of disease in tissues that are hormone dependent—those of the uterus, ovary, vagina, and breast. Environmental chemicals, lack of dietary fiber, excess dietary fat, estrogens in cow’s milk, lack of plant-derived phytoestrogens, and resulting obesity are some of the means by which diet adversely affects hormones.6-10 Most importantly, when a woman changes to a low-fat, plant-food based diet her reproductive hormones correct and most troublesome female problems, like heavy menstrual bleeding, fibrocystic breast disease, and PMS are alleviated. Her risk of future health problems such as breast and uterine cancer are also greatly reduced.
Too little research has been done on fertility and diet but, what is known is that a low-fat diet and/or weight loss will improve the function of the ovaries and reproductive qualities of a woman.11-12 Clearly, this Star McDougaller’s experiences attest to the health and reproductive benefits of a low-fat plant-food-based McDougall diet.
Paula showed great courage by following a non-traditional diet while pregnant, and then raising her son as a vegan. Hardly a dietitian or doctor in the entire world would have supported her, but she was right—the best diet for a pregnant woman and a growing child is the McDougall Diet (vitamin B12 is recommended). Anyone willing to open their eyes can see that the dairy- and meat-laden Western diet is at the root of the epidemic of obesity and sickness that plague people young and old, even those with child. Unfortunately, diet seems to be the last remedy anyone tries—after all the modern miracles from the medical and pharmaceutical industry have failed. (source >)
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- Parazzini F, Chiaffarino F, Surace M, Chatenoud L, Cipriani S, Chiantera V, Benzi G, Fedele L. Selected food intake and risk of endometriosis. Hum Reprod. 2004 Aug;19(8):1755-9.
- Chiaffarino F, Parazzini F, La Vecchia C, Chatenoud L, Di Cintio E, Marsico S. Diet and uterine myomas. Obstet Gynecol. 1999 Sep;94(3):395-8.
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- Bosetti C, Negri E, Franceschi S, Pelucchi C, Talamini R, Montella M, Conti E, La Vecchia C. Diet and ovarian cancer risk: a case-control study in Italy. Int J Cancer. 2001 Sep;93(6):911-5.
- Rock CL, Flatt SW, Thomson CA, Stefanick ML, Newman VA, Jones LA, Natarajan L, Ritenbaugh C, Hollenbach KA, Pierce JP, Chang RJ. Effects of a high-fiber, low-fat diet intervention on serum concentrations of reproductive steroid hormones in women with a history of breast cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2004 Jun 15;22(12):2379-87.
- Bagga D, Ashley JM, Geffrey SP, Wang HJ, Barnard RJ, Korenman S, Heber D. Effects of a very low fat, high fiber diet on serum hormones and menstrual function. Implications for breast cancer prevention. Cancer. 1995 Dec 15;76(12):2491-6.
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- Ganmaa D, Sato A. The possible role of female sex hormones in milk from pregnant cows in the development of breast, ovarian and corpus uteri cancers. Med Hypotheses. 2005;65(6):1028-37.
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AN ATTEMPT TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF AN AUTOIMMUNE RESPONSE
(IT IS VERY IMPORTANT PART! PLEASE READ EVERYTHING!)
Autoimmune diseases are becoming extremely common nowadays, especially among women. Researchers have proved that all autoimmune disorders basically reflect the same strange phenomenon: The irritated and weakened by different factors (including unhealthy diet, dairy, gluten, toxins, stress, or vitamin D deficiency) immune system, mistakes healthy tissue or organs as foreign and begins to attack them. The only difference between numerous autoimmune diseases is the type of organ or tissue which is attacked. In case of vitiligo, eczema or psoriasis it is skin; in Parkinson’s disease it is dopamine producing brain cells; in lupus it can be different parts of the body including joints, skin, liver, etc. When leukocytes attack pancreas they cause type I diabetes. With ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, it is the colon; and with multiple sclerosis, it is the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. In case of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and Graves’ hyperthyroidism, the thyroid is the target of the immune system.
It is very interesting that Hashimoto’s disease (the most common cause of underactive thyroid) as well as Grave’s disease (the most common cause of overactive thyroid) are both an autoimmune conditions. However, there is an important difference between these two diseases with regards to the role and influence of the immune system: In Hashimoto’s leukocytes, instead of protecting the gland, strangely treat thyroid cells as if they were some dangerous invaders and destroy thyroid cells making them unable to produce enough hormones. In Grave’s disease, on the other hand, white blood cells go into another extreme, and although there is no physiological need to do this, they stimulate thyroid to make way too much of its hormones.
It means that in both cases the immune system gets “crazy” and instead of protecting thyroid cells it behaves in a very strange way and either decides to kill thyroid gland or cause another harm by forcing overproduction of thyroid hormones!
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to find a medical website or a scientist that would at least attempt to explain this extremely weird behaviour of human immune system. They are unable to do it probably because scientists look for a very complex scientific answers while the solution may be surprisingly simple and logical. Apart from that, for them the immune system is just a bunch of unintelligent cells that came into existence as a result of evolution and only mechanically perform their physiological functions.
Fortunately, back in Poland I was very lucky to have a privilege of translating a series of health lectures by American physitian Dr. Sang Lee who developed a very interesting explanation of this phenomenon. So let me try to share with you a few thoughts I still remember from his fascinating and unique health seminars.
When we carefully study the physiology of our immune system we quickly get an impression that somehow our immune system behaves in an incredibly intelligent way. It is also clear that the immune system is very closely connected to the brain and nervous system and that white blood cells respond to different physiological and even psychological needs. One scientist trying to express this idea even suggested that leukocytes behave like “pieces of brain scattered all over the body”.
There is no doubt brain is the most important part of human body. Brain in our organism is like a “king” or a “boss” and because of that, no cell, including the immune system cells ever question any information, signals or anything coming from the brain. That is why the placebo or nocebo effect (a positive or negative attitude of the brain) can impose such a powerful effect on body’s physiology and health.
Knowing this we can draw some very important conclusions which will help us to understand how mental attitudes and emotions can influence the immune system cells to either destroy thyroid or stimulate it to make more hormones.
We know that great majority of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are caused by abnormal and harmful response (behaviour) of the immune system. The autoimmune form of hypothyroidism is called Hashimoto’s disease and in case of hyperthyroidism it is Graves disease.
Another fact we need to take into consideration is that autoimmune diseases (including both thyroid autoimmune conditions) are much more prevalent among women than man, even if their diet and lifestyle are similar. Now, that doesn’t mean bad diet, and lack of exercise do not contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, but that there is another cause which should be regarded as even more significant.
The simple conclusion, therefore, is that it is anxiety, depression, worrying and negative mental attitudes that must greatly contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, simply because poor mental health is also much more common among women than men.
Taking into consideration all those facts Dr Lee suggested that when a woman suffers from chronic anxiety or depression, when she has negative attitude toward life, keeps on thinking about death or suicide, or if she is overwhelmed by any other negative thoughts and emotions, her intelligent and closely connected to the brain immune system gets a clear impression that the “boss” (which is the brain) doesn’t want to live. Therefore, like obedient soldiers the white blood cells feel obliged to fulfil the desire of the “boss”, so they turn against its own body and begin to attack different organs. In case of Hashimoto’s disease it is thyroid.
The whole situation is made even more dangerous when a depressed woman does not exercise, and since only dead body does not move, the leukocytes draw a conclusion that she is already dead so why they should protect the dead body? If she is dead it is more reasonable rather to attack the body and accelerate the decaying process!
There are also some nutritional ways to trigger an autoimmune reaction. We already know that heated animal protein, especially the one found in cow’s milk and dairy, is often treated by human immune system as a foreign invader. Because of that leukocytes send antibodies against those heated proteins which get into human body with milk and dairy products. The problem however is that in our bodies there are certain proteins which look exactly like those heated milk proteins so the weakened immune system often mistakenly and simultaneously attack also those body’s own proteins, causing different autoimmune problems.
Apart from pessimism and sedentary lifestyle there are still other “death signals” that may “inspire” the immune system to attack own body. For instance, using stimulants such as alcohol, smoking, illegal drugs, coffee, tea, cola, sugar, etc. could be discerned by the immune system as the “death wish” (“death signals”) of the brain and thus “inspire” the immune system with the idea that the “boss” wishes to die (due to the suicidal lifestyle and diet). The immune system may get this impression because stimulants are harmful and toxic chemicals which slowly contribute to the death of the body.
Also regular consumption of meat products may trigger similar reaction because meat comes from dead animals.
In addition, any heated (cocked, boiled, fried, grilled) animal protein always triggers immune reaction causing leukocytes to start mobilising and thus leading to increased number of leukocytes in the blood. This phenomenon is called leucocytosis and has bad influence on the immune system. As a result of frequent consumption of heated animal proteins (cooked dairy, meat, poultry, fish, or eggs) the immune system is frequently alarmed, has to overwork and may change its nature. Eventually it often turns against its own body causing numerous autoimmune diseases, including thyroid problems.
In case of the Graves hyperthyroidism, however, the behaviour of the immune system seems to be very opposite than in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or other autoimmune conditions because in Graves hyperthyroidism instead of attacking and destroying the tissue leukocytes just stimulate thyroid to make even more hormones! Now, why on earth in this case the immune system changed its tactics and instead of killing thyroid gland it just decides to “help” it to work very hard?
Well, also in this case Dr Lee got a very interesting explanation. He suggests that if a woman lives a very stressful lifestyle, always tries to do her best in performing her duties at home and work, often in a hurry, dealing with many different things at the same time, if she doesn’t rest and sleep long enough at night, gets often nervous or irritated, drinks coffee or uses other stimulants to increase her energy so that she could be more efficient, then guess what the “intelligent” immune system, which responds to the physiological and psychological needs, do? The immune system says, “Ok, the boss is very restless, wants be more energetic and efficient in performing different duties, let us then go to thyroid and stimulate it to make more hormones, and in this way we will fulfil the wish of the boss.” When over a decade ago I heard this idea for the fists time I said, “Wow! It is so fascinating how our immune system works and how it can be influenced by mental attitudes!”
Well, if this idea is true, and to be honest I personally like it very much, then the best way to prevent and treat autoimmune diseases (including Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and Graves hyperthyroidism) is by stress control, positive thinking, laughter, frequent smiling, taking care of others, helping people in need, going for a walk and enjoying life and the beauty of the nature. It can be done by avoiding “death signals” (stimulants, meat products and other heated dead foods, etc.). In this way you will show the immune system that you want to live and actually enjoy life. As a result those smart and intelligent invisible tiny soldiers (the white blood cells) will never attack your own body (or will stop doing that) but will protect and fight for you like Kamikazes.
Unfortunately, from my long experience I know that for many of us it is very difficult and often even impossible to become a positive thinking person because those negative emotions and fears seem to be part of our nature. Sometimes we even feel like slaves of pessimism.
And that sad truth is the very reason I included on my website a very special, unique and even most important section called “EMPOWRNMENT”. So please read it carefully and then study the even more significant article titled the “GOSPEL OF FREEDOM“, as it reveals the secret of finding the only source of true inward “peace” which according to Apostle Paul “surpasses all knowledge” and which can “guard (protect) our hearts and minds (emotions)”.
Combined with true strong faith this message will lead you to freedom from negative emotions such as anxiety or existential fears (one of the key source of deadly free radicals). It will empower you with moral strength necessary to overcome long-cultivated bad habits or addictions, often impossible to defeat on our own. This unique and most wonderful good news of the gospel will also give you a powerful motivation to not only practice but also enjoy the new and very healthy way of life.
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