Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
– A young black lady by the name Priscilla wrote the following testimonial after recovering from infertility:
“I couldn’t get pregnant for about 1.5 year in spite of using different conventional methods and medical consultations. Apart from that I was always tired and had some skin problems. I was told that probably hormonal imbalance was the key cause of the inability to get pregnant. Finally I decided to use a natural therapy and herbal remedies so I visited the Healing Place health food shop and had a long conversation with Mr. Swavak who suggested me to live according to the Health Recovery Plan, to go on a plant based unrefined diet, drinking raw vegetable juices before meals, eating more raw vegetables, and avoid refined sugar, white flour products, caffeine, meat and dairy. Apart from that he recommended also using some supplements, antioxidants and herbal remedies. As a result of improving my diet and using those natural remedies I got rid of my fatigue and skin problems. But the most importantly, after about three months I got pregnant and I’ve been carrying my baby for 5 months now without any problems! Thank you so much.”
FEMALE CAUSES OF INFERTILITY
– Irregular or abnormal ovulation, called anovulation, is one of the biggest reasons for female infertility and can be attributed to 25% of all female infertility problems. Agnus castus (Vitex), which is very effective in regulating progesterone and menstruation, may have had a positive effect on fertility for some women who had trouble becoming pregnant. Researchers report about occasional restoration of fertility by Agnus castus treatment. Sometimes infertility is caused by hormonal imbalance and can be treated by healthy lifestyle, diet and herbal remedies such as Agnus castus (Vitex), which I often recommand to our menstruating female customers with very good results. Also online you can find many testimonials about effectiveness of Agnus castus. here you can read one of them (taken from Amazon): “I initially bought this product to help with my anxiety and hormonal imbalance problems, but all that happened to me in the two months of taking it was PREGNANCY! This is not what me OR my partner expected at all and it was definitely this stuff that did it. We are over the moon though and remarkably my anxiety and hormonal problems have dispersed – but I do think this is due to the pregnancy NOT the Agnus Castus.”
– Endometriosis is a common cause of infertility. The scar tissue formed from this condition can lead to infertility. 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. Find out how to recover from endometriosis >
– Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) > is a hormonal imbalance resulting in lack of ovulation, irregular periods and infertility. It is characterized by the appearance of many small cysts in the ovary as seen on an ultrasound. It also is often associated with insulin resistance. Weight loss, medication therapy and techniques like IUI and IVF can help PCOS sufferers. Find out more about PCOS >
– Fibroids > are non-cancerous, oestrogen-dependent benign tumours growing in the uterus that can cause pelvic pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. They also can cause infertility and recurrent miscarriages. A physician might recommend a myomectomy as the best surgical intervention to remove fibroids for women who want to get pregnant.
– Premature Ovarian Failure (POF). Women are diagnosed with POF if they are 40 years old or younger and their ovaries no longer function to ovulate eggs.
MALE CAUSES OF INFERTILITY
– Azoospermia (complete absence of sperm), oligospermia (few sperm cells produced), and low sperm count can lead to infertility are the most common causes of male infertility. Other causes include malformed sperm cells and sperm cells that die before they reach the egg.
OTHER POSSIBLE CAUSES
– Vitamin B12 deficiency is a common cause of infertility! Find out more facts about B12 and how to use it >
– Vitamin D deficiency may lead to infertility, cystic fibrosis, depression and other conditions. Also pregnant and lactating women are encouraged to take vitamin D3 supplements. A 2013 study by University of Kentucky researchers found out that low levels of vitamin D causes damage to the brain. 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 >
– Toxins: Mercury (from dental fillings, tap water, fish, flu shots, etc.) lead, fluoride, and other toxins.
– Stress, anxiety and depression. A number of published papers have shown that stress and negative emotions contribute to all autoimmune diseases and infertility.
– Bad lifestyle, unhealthy diet high in sugar, processed refined foods, nutritional deficiencies, artificial sweeteners, lack of exercise, stimulants, drugs, medication.
– 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.
– Consumption of trans fats, margarine and bad oils (high in proinflamatory omega 6) and deficiency of omega 3 healthy fats high in foods such as Flax seed, Chia seed, etc.
– Magnesium and Zinc deficiency.
Fortunately it is often possible to recover from infertility by practicing healthy lifestyle and using natural remedies. The most important element of the treatment is implementing principles from the HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN >
– Find out how to recover from common causes of infertility:
– Normalize the adrenal hormones first. Once the stress hormones are balanced, the progesterone levels will get back to normal. Usually it takes anout 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.
– If you believe in God remember that He “is love” (John 4:8,16) and if you surrender your lives completely to Him and keep on asking He will give it to you if it is what you really need.
The following beautiful and true story will encourage you to surrender, ask and trust:
“There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham. He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none… Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. Her husband Elkanah would say to her, ‘Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?’
Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, ‘Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life…’ As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, ‘How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.’ ‘Not so, my lord,’ Hannah replied, ‘I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.’ Eli answered, ‘Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.’ She said, ‘May your servant find favor in your eyes.’
Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. Early the next morning they arose and worshipped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, ‘Because I asked the Lord for him.’ When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfil his vow, Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, ‘After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always.’ ‘Do what seems best to you,’ her husband Elkanah told her. ‘Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make good his word.’ So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.
After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli, and she said to him, ‘Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.’ And he worshiped the Lord there.” SOURCE: 1 Samuel chapter 1, New International Version (NIV)
Find out more about SPIRITUAL ASPECT OF LIFE >
HERBAL REMEDIES & SUPPLEMENTS
– 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 regular 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.
– Take good quality Omega 3 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 women with infertility have low levels of this most important vitamin. Read a fascinating article on B12 >
– Alpha lipoic acid – 200mg a day before meal.
– 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 deficiency of this vitamin is rampant and may contribute to infertility! 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 >
– Zinc – 15-30 mg after breakfast or good quality multivitamin and mineral formula which includes at least 5mg of zinc in 1 tabl. Selenium and zinc may also help to reduce the size of the fibroids according to some studies.
– Some women who have problems conceiving got pregnant after increasing intake of PABA in their diet.
– Since candida albicans overgrowth is believed to be one of the possible 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.
– 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.
– Agnus castus (Vitex) – Excellent herbal remedy to lower (or regulate) estrogen levels and increase (regulate) progesterone (40 drops each morning).
– One of the potential applications of L-carnitine is male infertility.
– L-arginine may be helpful in infertility cases alongside l-carnitine, vitamin C, EFAs, and antioxidants particularly pycnogenol and grape seed extract for regulation of nitric oxide.
– 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 anti-oestrogenic properties. In addition turmeric also contains antioxidant curcumin which helps to cope with infertility, depression, cancer, dementia, and inflammation. – Turmeric (Solgar 1 caps a day or pukka 3 x 1 caps) with vegetable juices. Test-tube studies have shown that curcumin can reduce the growth and increase the death of fibroid cells.
– 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.
– 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 infertility. 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).
– Detoxifying body from heavy metals by using combination of: Chlorella, Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Cilantro.
– Millions suffer also from Magnesium deficiency without even knowing it. Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests as only 1% of the body’s magnesium is stored in the blood. According to Dr. Norman Shealy, “Every known illness (including fibromyalgia) is associated with a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.” Dosage: Try to use a good quality magnesium of high bioavailability such as Magnesium citrate (powder by Viridian): 2 x 400mg 60 min before breakfast and about 1 – 3 hours before bed. If you take high doses of vitamin D3 you need 2 x 800mg (2 x 1 teaspoon).
– Vitamin B6: 50mg a day with meal.
– Vitamin K2 MK-7 (derived from natural Natto): 200 mcg a day.
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.
– 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 pro-inflammatory 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.
– Get Folate (Folic acid) by consuming green leafy vegetables every day.
– 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 flaxseed, 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.
– The only oil to use is raw coconut oil.
– Avoid products with refined sugar, dairy, cheese, glucose, fructose, pizza, white flour products, and anything that weakens immunity.
– Eat more raw vegetables, cabbage family vegetables, carrots, etc.
– Never use refined salt but only Celtic salt (regarded as most healthy), Himalayan (pink, rock) salt or sea salt.
– Avoid stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine (in coffee, chocolate, green tea, cola drinks, etc.), theophylline (in tea) or and theobromine (in cacao and chocolate) because although they appear to give you a short time energy boost yet it is only a borrowed energy, which means sooner or later you will have to pay for it with the loss of energy. And, as soon as you feel exhausted you it will force you to use stimulants again and again thus causing a vicious circle and addiction. Apart from that stimulants also weaken your immune system and lead to nutritional deficiencies and may contribute to depression and other health problems. Dr. John Minton of Ohio State University discovered that the primary causes of breast cancer in women are coffee, tea, colas and other caffeinated foods and drinks. Dr. Minton eliminated caffeine and theobromine (chocolate, cocoa) from the diet of women with breast lumps and gave them a diet that consisted primarily of organically-grown plant foods. As a result, pain, swelling and lumps disappeared within two to six months.
– Every day include in your diet the 5 CRITICAL and MOST POWERFUL SUPER FOODS: Fresh raw sprouts; Freshwater algae (chlorella); Super grasses (barley grass, alfalfa, wheat grass); Fresh cold pressed vegetable juices; Fresh raw organic turmeric powder (Pukka) or holistic turmeric capsules (Pukka) with 10 x better bioavailability than powder.
– Drink 1 or 2 glasses of fresh raw and possibly cold-pressed (using slow juicer) vegetable juices (carrots, beets, broccoli, kale or spinach, etc.) 2 to 3 times a day before meals or instead. It is even better to have them with chlorella or spirulina, alfalfa, turmeric and barley grass.
– Avoid refined sugar and high glucose.
– Drink 3 times a day 2 or 3 glasses of distilled (or at least filtered) water about 30 to 60 minutes before each meal or about 2 hours after. During hot days you need even more. Your urine should be transparent, if it is yellow it means you don’t drink enough water.
– Try to avoid soy products as in some women they seem to have anti-oestrogen effect and contribute to the lack of ovulation.
– Cold-pressed vegetable juices (beets, carrot, broccoli, tomatoes, kale, etc.) – 1 glass every hour or 3 glasses 3 x a day. >
– 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. Drink 3 times a day 2 or 3 glasses of distilled (or at least filtered) water about 30 to 60 minutes before each meal or about 2 hours after. During hot days you need even more. Your urine should be transparent, if it is yellow it means you don’t drink enough water. >
– No milk, dairy or meat products!
– No sugar or products that include sugar, glucose, fructose, artificial sweeteners.
– Proper stress control and positive thinking – extremely important!
– You must always think positive and be free from fear as fear and anxiety. The only way to experience true peace and freedom from fear is through the gospel. Every day carefully read (or listen to) one chapter from the book Steps to Christ by Ellen White.
– To understand how important is mental health in treating fibroids every day read one chapter from the book Ministry of Healing by Ellen White (starting from chapter Mind Healing).
– 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 existential 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 UNFORGIVINGNESS >
– In the morning and evening take the alternative (contrast) hot and cold shower as it will give a tremendous boost to the blood circulation (including in your ears), improve metabolism, the elimination of toxins, and stimulate both the nervous and the immune system. Always start with hot shower and after about 3 – 5 minutes when your body is warm enough take a 3 – 5 min cold shower slowly reducing the temperature until it is really cold. After that, repeat this procedure alternating the flow of water from hot to cold, back and forth 3-5 times in a row. You can also start the whole treatment with hot shower followed by prolonged cold bath. Cold water stimulates blood to flow toward the internal organs whereas the hot water directs blood toward the skin. Hot water enlarges blood vessels while cold water causes them to shrink. Therefore, the alternating hot and cold makes the circulation move in and out like an accordion. This has the effect of increasing the rate of detoxification and moving nutrients more readily to various parts of the body. Hot and cold showers can be taken 1 to 2 times a day. The cold shower or bath, which is even more beneficial than hot, will not harm you if you precede it with good hot shower. Cold water by cooling our body forces it to burn more calories by activating the brown fat which boosts fat burning. Brown fat can play a very important role in controlling body weight because it is a heat-generating type of fat which burns energy instead of storing it. Although it is called “fat” it actually works more like a muscle than fat. Apart from cold also hot treatments such as sauna can be beneficial in treating inflammations, infectious diseases, skin problems, poor blood circulation, obesity, etc. as it boosts immune system and helps in eliminating toxins from our body. In addition it is also effective in removing excess fat which can be explained by the fact that fats become water-soluble when they are exposed to the temperature higher than 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) thus forcing the body to eliminate the excess fat together with water during the process of sweating triggered by sauna or another prolonged hot treatment such as hot foot bath, hot shower, etc. Sauna is recommend especially after exercising. Also remember that although sauna or other hot treatments can be beneficial it must be frequently interrupted with cold showers. Apart from that, during any prolonged hot treatment a cold compress on the forehead and neck should be applied constantly. If you experience any health problems please consult the use of sauna and other prolonged hot or cold treatments with your physician.
SPIRITUAL ASPECT OF TREATMENT
– Learn to control stress, depression and anxiety by positive thinking, frequent smiling and laughter exercises, taking care of others, helping people in need, going for a walk, enjoying life and the beauty of nature. In this way you will boost good hormones, program cells to live longer, build new strong neural pathways, greatly reduce the number of free radicals, and show the immune system that you enjoy life. As a result those smart and intelligent tiny soldiers (leukocytes) will never attack your own body (causing autoimmune diseases) but will protect and fight for you like Kamikazes.
Unfortunately, from experience we know that for most of us it is very difficult and often even impossible to control stress, overcome fear, anxiety and depression, or to become a positive thinking person simply because those negative emotions and fears are so deeply rooted and even seem to be a part of our nature. Sometimes we even feel like slaves of those negative attitudes and bad emotions.
And that is the very reason I included on my website a very special, unique and even most important section called EMPOWERMENT >. So please read it carefully and then study also another article – the GOSPEL OF FREEDOM >, which is even more significant 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 also empower you with moral strength necessary to overcome long-cultivated bad habits or addictions, often impossible for us to defeat on our own. Finally, this unique and most wonderful Good News of the Gospel will also give you a new strength and a powerful motivation to not only practice but also enjoy the new and very healthy way of life.
Paula: Cured Endometriosis and Infertility!
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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