How to Cure Your Endometriosis: End Endo
Padma Lakshmi is a Celebrity with Endometriosis
The Cause and Cure of Endometriosis
The way to cure a disease or health problem, like endometriosis, is by finding the cause. For example the number one cause of death in the United States is heart attacks. This is usually caused by plaque in the arteries that blocks the flow of blood in the heart. If it happens in the brain you have a stroke.
Endometriosis is a reproductive disorder that affects women, often times who are either under-diagnosed, inadequately treated, or unaware of the condition. Over 170 million women worldwide are affected by endometriosis… that’s a statistic even higher than that of breast cancer! About 10% of women of child-bearing age have endometriosis. It can be painful enough to cause some women to go on disability or commit suicide
Please note that Bill Clinton had a stent put into an artery that had closed. The same with Robin Williams. Recently (September 2012) Rosie O'Donnell had a heart attack at age 50 and had a stent put in. These 3 celebrities now eat a plant based diet. A rough guess is that there are about 5 million Americans with endo and 176 million in the world.
If the cure for endometrioisis was a medicine (drug) or a supplement to take, it would be easy to take. But that is not the case with obesity, heart disease or endometriosis. You will need to change your lifestyle that is causing the problem, just like the above celebrities did. So it is important for you to understand what is going on for you to make the changes so your first step is to read this long article.
I saw on the internet a website offers what you need to do to cure it, but they want you to pay them $27 for the information. But you will still need to read it and follow it. If you want to know what endometriosis is in detail, then go to a medical site from the government or a college like Johns Hopkins. If you want to find out if you have it, then go to a doctor. Wikipedia says:
Endometriosis is a gynecological medical condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) appear and flourish outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the peritoneum which lines the abdominal cavity.
Symptoms often worsen with the menstrual cycle.
Endometriosis is typically seen during the reproductive years; it has been estimated that endometriosis occurs in roughly 6–10% of women. [Note how endometriosis is associated with menstruation and bleeding. Are they the same? Can you menstruate without bleeding?]
The other sites and doctors can do the above very well so you do not need me for that. You need me for what they cannot do. They say that endometriosis in incurable, but an operation can help you with it. But the above celebrities, Bill Clinton, Robin Williams and Rosie O'Donnell all had an operation that helped them, but they changed their lifestyle so that they would not need another operation.
Please note that the standard medical disclaimer applies here and to all my articles-- The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please note that instead of just telling you what I believe to be true, I will give you authoritative webpages of where the information is, which does take me a lot of extra time, but I feel that you are worth it.
I will start off with a bunch of clues that point you in the right direction first. Please note what they have in common with the above celebrities that I am sure made other changes like exercise including the major change in their diet. As far as authoritative webpages, first is: womenshealth.gov (Empowering women to live healthier lives!) Endometrioisis Fact Sheet [this webpage was either moved or taken down]. It says the following raises your chances of getting it:
Menstrual periods that last more than seven days
Short menstrual cycles (27 days or less)
It says that the following lowers your chances of getting it:
Keep a low amount of body fat
Avoid large amounts of alcohol
For what causes it, it includes:
New research shows a link between dioxin exposure and getting endometriosis. Dioxin is a toxic chemical from the making of pesticides and the burning of wastes. More research is needed to find out whether man-made chemicals cause endometriosis. [Food that is not organic contains pesticides.]
See that page for all of the listings. Please note that the above 3 are the same things that the CDC says to reduce your chances of getting cancer, especially breast cancer. In fact almost all health problems come from the same thing-- poor health.
Stress makes endometriosis worse. So you can do things likeyoga or meditation to help with the stress. Make sure to get enough sleep. Many Americans have a big problem with this. Also spirulina, a blue-green algae, and greens drinks have a lot of chlorophyll in them (much more than leafy greens) that has a powerful cleansing and detoxification effect on the body.
The 2004 book Bottom Line's Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch MD and Mark Stengler ND says about treating endometriosis:
It is important to eat certified organic foods as much as possible due to the estrogenic effects of pesticides, herbicides and hormone-laden meats.
Regularly consume beets, carrots, artichokes, dandelion greens, onion, and garlic, as these foods stimulate liver detoxification.
Once a day, have a green drink to support detoxification [this is talked about in previous paragraph].
Avoid red meat and dairy products, all of which contain high levels of dioxins that act as environmental estrogens.
Note that modern medicine is a business. The purpose is to make money. Treating patients is a good way to keep patients. Curing patients is a good way to lose patients. Many people coming to America died on the ships due to a disease called scurvy. They cured scurvy by finding the cause of it-- not enough vitamin C.
They cured a terrible bone disease of children called rickets. I thought that only crickets got rickets! They cured it by finding the cause of it-- not enough vitamin D. See How Much Vitamin D Should You Take Daily. Vitamin D helps the body get rid of toxins that contribute to endometriosis. They also blame autism on toxins like from vaccines but the primary cause is lack of vitamin D. Here is information on this by David Wolfe-- Endometriosis Treatment.
More Clues on Curing the Incurable Disease-- Endometriosis Diet
There are environmental estrogens called xenoestrogens. These create a hormone imbalance that help to cause endometriosis. They enter the food supply from eating meat and dairy from animals that have been hormonally-enhanced.
This is the reason that recent Italian research showed that women with the highest consumption of dairy and meat products increased their risk of endometriosis by 80 to 100 percent, while those who ate a diet rich in fresh fruit and green vegetables reduced their risk by 40 percent.
Here are herbal herbs or herbs that help with endometriosis according to the University of Maryland Medical Center website. One herb that helps is evening primrose oil due to the GLA in it. Some experts say that it is better to get GLA from this source than to take borage oil or black currant oil.
Other herbs that help include chaste berry, cat's claw and turmeric. For more on these herbs and when not use them see the University of Maryland Medical Center webpage on Endometriosis. This webpage also talks about diet and it says: "Eat fewer red meats" and "Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine."
Also turmeric is known as the most potent anti-inflammatory herb. To learn more about this herb see 12 Health Benefits of Turmeric. Also to make sure that you get your money's worth, it has a webinar on it (from the National Cancer Institute) about the main plant medicine in turmeric called curcumin preventing cancer. Actually it is free to read all of my articles but I am a perfectionist when it come to health information. I want my article to have everything that you need to know so I keep adding information to them.
Here is another clue. Here is what Livestrong.com-- an official partner of the Lance Armstrong Foundation says in Endometriosis Diet:
According to the Your Health website, it appears that certain foods can contribute to the development of endometriosis, and these same foods can also make symptoms worse. This includes drinking two or more cups of caffeinated coffee or four cans of cola per day, eating seven or more servings of red meat per week and consuming foods containing polychorinated biphenyls. Foods with the highest level of these chemicals include fish (such as salmon, herring, sardines, fresh tuna, anchovies and swordfish), hamburger, bacon, chicken fat, pork fat, beef fat, milk and eggs
Although more research is needed, it may be that these chemicals suppress the natural killer cells that would normally eliminate the abnormal cells growing outside the uterus.
The Your Health website recommends consuming certain foods to help prevent and manage endometriosis. It appears that women who eat 14 or more servings of green vegetables per week can reduce their risk of endometriosis by up to 70 percent. After a diagnosis of endometriosis is made, eating a diet that is mostly low in fat and vegetarian may help to reduce pain and other symptoms. Before making radical changes to diet, however, it is best to consult with a physician or registered dietitian to avoid complications and ensure that the diet is healthy, well balanced and one that can be followed for a lifetime. [Note how the 3 celebrities mentioned above adopted a plant-based or vegan diet.]
Christiane Northrup M.D. is the author of best-selling books on women's health. Here is what I found on a website about her and endometriosis:
Some studies suggest that the fiber in plant food [no fiber in animal foods] may lower a woman's risk of breast cancer and alleviate gynecological problems, notes Christiane Northrup, M.D., in her book Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. Research shows that diets high in vegetable fiber can lower the levels of estrogen circulating in your bloodstream, writes Dr. Northrup, who practices obstetrics and gynecology in Yarmouth, Maine, and is assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington. Overproduction of estrogen seems to be related to the advent of not only breast cancer but also PMS, fibroids, breast and ovarian cysts and endometriosis.
Please note that one woman was saying that she was a vegetarian and had endometriosis. On one forum a woman was saying that dairy was the worst thing for her endo. A vegetarian can consume enough dairy to make it a terrible diet.
John McDougall, M.D. is famous for healing people of many health problems with a plant-based or vegan diet (just like Joel Fuhrman M.D. but he is more famous as the country's leading expert on curing disease with fasting). Dr. McDougall may have had an influence on the above 3 celebrities mentioned. He has a webpage on his website about a testimonial of Paula called Diet Cured My Endometriosis and Helped Me Have My Son.
Reading it can give you false hope. There is no such thing as false hope. If you know what hope means you can see that. Is there true hope also? Merriam-Webster defines hope as: "desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment or expectation of fulfillment or success." Hope is a feeling and you can either feel it or not and you cannot control feelings. You can think about hope because you can control what you think about. As far as fact goes, everyone that is born, dies. Birth is a death sentence. Paula was vegetarian when she had endo, but consumed eggs and dairy.The above webpage says:
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.
[After 20 years of horrible suffering] 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.
Of course, I've raised my son as a vegan. He's very athletic, smart and very rarely sick.
[Under Dr McDougall comments] 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. 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].
Here is what EveryDayHealth.com says under Essentials of an Endometriosis Diet:
Women with endometriosis should avoid fatty foods, such as red meat and [high-fat] dairy foods that may be high in PCBs and dioxins, to reduce their exposure to these estrogenic pesticides,” she suggests. Use organic food whenever feasible, or peel fruits and vegetables, she recommends. Some research suggests a link between dioxins in the environment and increased levels of estrogen.
Sometimes I get comments on Twitter saying that organic food is not that great. This comes from the big corporations with GMO foods and with investments in the drug companies. They do not want you to be healthy and thin. That is bad for their businesses. They want you to be fat and sick. Who in their right mind would want to eat a food if I sprayed pesticides all over it?
Another webpage is Endometriosis-- Diet and Nutrition. Read it and the others for more specific information. When it comes to health, people need education not medication. Read this webpage and the others for additional and specific information. It says:
The role of a controlled diet in Endometriosis management has proved exceedingly beneficial for many women. Some women have even been able to be virtually symptom free with changes in diet. The plan of the endo diet is to relieve or prevent some of the disabling symptoms that occur with menstruation, as well as the general pain of endo. Another goal is to decrease estrogen levels, stabilize hormones, increase energy, alleviate painful cramps and stabilize emotions.
The above goes on to emphasize eating different plant-based or vegan foods. Please note that Americans eat way too much wheat and so it has become very unhealthy. Also to begin with wheat is not a whole grain like whole wheat. So the above suggests avoiding meat, wheat and other unhealthy foods. It says to avoid additives and preservatives. How do you do that? Buy organic foods. You can find healthier foods at a health food store, a Whole Foods or a Trader Joe's food store.
Latest News | October 17, 2012 | Food That Helps This | Blackstrap Molasses
New October 17, 2012: Since I am a perfectionist, I am always looking to improve things. The following is an easy way to improve things quicker. The video below explains how a woman took a food that got rid of her menstrual cramps that were very bad (some have endo and do not know it) and drastically reduced bleeding.
She took a tablespoon of organic blackstrap molasses everyday. Make sure to watch the video below about how she found out about it and how well it works. Now her and the people that she learned it from do not know why it works, but I have an explanation. It is very bad to consume refined sugar but if you do, blackstrap molasses can reduce the bad effects.
Pure sugar cane is not unhealthy but they take out the blackstrap molasses to make sugar which then has calories but no nutrients! Then they sell the blackstrap molasses in the health food store. The blackstrap molasses has nutrients like chromium that the body need to metabolize the sugar. Just do a search for chromium and sugar metabolism.
So this woman is consuming refined sugar in processed foods (not talking about the sugar naturally in fruits and vegetables) that is like a poison. The blackstrap molasses acts as like an antidote to that poison. Actually everyone who consumes refined sugar (called sugar on ingredient list) should consume blackstrap molasses as an antidote to that poison.
Note that she says that it tastes terrible. Must be all the junk food that she eats. It is very sweet and you can put a tablespoon of it right in your mouth. it tastes great putting it on pancakes, hot cereal or sweet potatoes. I have been putting it on sweet potatoes for many years.
Also note that a tablespoon of it has over 700 mg of potassium making it the best source of potassium of any food (a banana has only 400 mg of potassium). Also note that a tablespoon of organic blackstrap molasses has over 200 mg more potassium than regular blackstrap molasses of the same brand!
Menstruation and Diet
Please note that the webpage above has lots of different sources of information on what causes heavy bleeding. It also tells the story of a woman, Laura, that I helped to cure her endometriosis. I will add this to the bottom of this article.
The foods that have the least toxins are also known as alkaline foods. Acidic or acid-forming foods do not help the body to get rid of toxins like alkaline foods do. Note that the animal foods and grains are acid foods whereas most fruits and vegetables are alkaline.
Heavy bleeding due to menstruation is the main cause of endometrioisis. This is also related to PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) that is talked about on the site above. The cause of heavy bleeding is an excess of toxins in the body. The bleeding is an effort of the body to get rid of toxins. It is like this. Does it take more time to clean a clean house or to clean a very dirty house?
Now if you want the information behind this, see the site above. They had even found that a diet with meat causes more bleeding than a diet without meat. Also a raw foods diet was even better for menstruation. At the beginning of this article I ask if bleeding is menstruation. The webpage above explains that it is not. Bleeding is due to lots of toxins. If you have very little toxins, then instead of bleeding you have a creamy discharge for one day and that is your menstruation. This means that you avoid all the problems associated with menstruation like cramps and more. The cramps are similar to the contractions a woman has when she is having a baby but not nearly as painful.
The webpage above and the internet has many examples of this. So the first step is an easy one since you will be only adding something to your diet instead of avoiding unhealthy food that you are addicted to. Note that they have designed processed foods to be as addictive as possible just like with cigarettes.
You do not want to be consuming vitamins and minerals since they are just man-made chemicals. They are not foods. The exceptions to this is the only ones that you may have a problem getting from food like vitamin B-12 and vitamin D. But I strongly suggest that you take a food supplement known as greens drinks.
Here is the Story of How I Cured Someone of Endometriosis
This is taken from something that I wrote many years ago. Around 2003 I was friends with a woman, Laurie, who had just got divorced. Due to this, she had very little appetite. I told her to not listen to what people say about forcing herself to eat. I told her to listen to what her body is telling her. Eating while upset, hurts digestion and makes the food toxic. She had endometriosis (inflammation of uterus) which caused painful menstruation and she could not get pregnant after many years. She was concerned about this since she was almost 40 and now not involved with anyone. Laurie had had an operation for this which helps for awhile but now needed another one. There is no cure for endometriosis. She smoked cigarettes, ate meat and was overweight.
She had already gotten the surgery for endometriosis but now (years later) she needed it again. This fits in with the above information about celebrities getting stents put in. They knew that if they followed the same lifestyle then they would need to get more stents put in and they did not want them.
On the home page of this site (link to it above), one fat loss tip is to stay away from negative people. The mistake that Laurie made was becoming friends with me and asking for my help. She would fast for 3 days before her menstruation which was the main cure of her endometriosis. She also (all within a couple of months) lost her excess weight, quit smoking and after looking at a vegan website became a vegetarian. Her endometriosis was totally cured. I mailed her that article by Diane and warned that it may happen to her.
She was concerned when it happened and asked me about it. Please note that she had become a vegetarian, stopped smoking and lost her excess weight and looked great! I told her that I warned her about it and sent her the article about it. She said that if I had not, she would have been freaked out when she no longer had menstruation but since I had warned her she was just concerned. Still with no menstruation she met someone, got involved (and married) and got pregnant. She gave birth to twins-- a boy and a girl!
Here is information from a letter from Laurie before she got pregnant: "Today would normally be day 5 of my period, except my period lasted less than a day.... Almost no blood, no weight gain, no bloating, no irritability, no tender breasts, no sign that I was even menstruating.... It's important that other women know about this. There must be tens of thousands of women in the U.S. alone who are in agony every month, because their doctors don't know squat [squat-- slang for nothing]."
This is easy since you are not avoiding something that you want to eat, but you are adding something to your diet.
They have concentrated foods like spinach, kale, broccoli, spirulina blue-green algae, chlorella (a green algae), wheat grass, barley grass and more. They will have a strong alkalizing effect on the body. It also helps the body to get rid of excess weight. Most important is that it has a super powerful cleansing effect on the body as far as getting rid of toxins.
In fact they have even put a greens drink into a chocolate bar and the combination of greens and chocolate is extremely delicious. See the amazon.com products below for examples of greens drinks. Here is a testimonial about a greens drink that I found in a magazine. It is by a woman who lost 90 pounds in 90 days. It has before and after pictures and she looked great in the after picture. She said
A lifetime of poor choices left me tipping the scales at 240 pounds. I was sick and bedridden with a variety of symptoms for 2 months. I began drinking 5 to 6 greens drinks a day. [That sounds excessive to me but I guess being 90 pounds overweight is excessive.] The more greens I drank, the stronger I felt and my health challenges, including migraines and vertigo, disappeared. Four years later I've kept all the weight off.
Conclusion: Endometriosis, Menstruation and Fertility
Many people cannot get pregnant because of endometrioisis so it affects fertility. Since all the above is great for health someone may use them on someone with an incurable disease and cure them. The webpage above tells about someone that I cured of endometriosis. She had been married for many years and could not get pregnant.
She was getting close to 40. She stopped smoking and stopped eating meat. She was overweight but lost the extra weight and looked better than she had in years. She also no longer had bleeding from menstruation, that I told her could happen. She said that without me warning her about this, she would have been very upset. After many months of this (menstruation without bleeding), she got pregnant with a boy and a girl-- twins. They are healthy pre-teens now and do karate. She is also a teacher now (we are Facebook friends).
So try to eat a very healthy plant-based diet and have a lifestyle that helps your body be free of toxins. As far as getting enough vitamin D, you cannot get too much vitamin D from sunlight and sunbathing helps to detoxify the body. See: How Much Vitamin D Should You Take Daily.
I have saved the best for last. The most powerful part of this is also the hardest part of this so some may try to avoid it and see if the above works without it. But the main part of this cure is the most powerful way of cleansing the body of toxins. The bible has 74 references to it since it was used to cure almost everything. It was used by Moses, Jesus, Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi.
For 3 days before menstruation begins, fast and drink only pure water. This is the most powerful way to cure endometrioisis. This method works the fastest since it is the most powerful. Plus it actually helps you to improve your diet.
Now you can experiment to see how diet affects menstruation. During these 3 days before your period, try eating a lot of meat, dairy, ice cream and lots of what is on the video below. Then see how it goes. Then at another time use these 3 days to avoid these foods and eat lots of fruit and greens and see how you feel during menstruation. Then you can see that your life is in your hands not in the hands of the doctors. Studies show that the more one takes part in their own healing, the more effective the healing.