Betty’s Endometriosis Research

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Most days I hear people having some sort of issue with pain. I am not by any means an expert, but I am a good researcher and the following article on endometriosis is a culmination of information that I have researched. I am merely passing on what I have found. Always check with your physician first.
My first article is for a co-worker that has an issue with endometriosis. From what I have heard, endometriosis easily spreads, is hard as heck to get rid of and is gruelingly painful!
A debate continues as to why endometriosis is on the increase. Possibly the high estrogen levels in American women are a factor, but genetics, and immune dysfunction also play a role. Clinical experience shows that emotional issues are often involved but a general theme of the cause is hormonal imbalance. The good news is there are alternatives to using drugs or surgery that has shown great results.
First I would like to explain in simple terms what endometriosis is. It is simply tissue growing where it doesn’t belong. It is the outgrowth of the normal menstrual cycle. Each month the tissue inside the uterus (the endometrium) thickens and then drops off with the onset of your period. In endometriosis, the same type of tissue that lines the uterus occurs in other parts of the body. It can appear on the fallopian tubes, the ovaries the outside of the uterus the lining of the abdominal wall (peritoneum), or the intestines. Each month the displaced tissue responds to the hormonal changes that regulate your menstrual cycle congesting itself with blood the first half of the cycle and often releasing a small amount of the blood in the second half, which causes irritation to the surrounding tissue. Over time this causes scarring or adhesions to develop in the reproductive organs, pelvis, and intestines which some doctors say can cause infertility.
Symptoms such as chronic pelvic pain, menstrual pain, bloating, painful sex or pelvic discomfort between ovulation are suspicious signs of endometriosis but not definitive. Some women have the condition without symptoms while others have symptoms and no endometriosis. Although an experienced physician can tell a lot about this from a pelvic examination the only definitive diagnosis is surgical. Whether estrogen or immunity is to blame, all of your body’s systems need to be operating at optimal efficiency to regulate hormones, maintain you immunity and keep endometrial implants at bay. This is why maintaining you immune system with nutritional support, alternative therapies such as, acupuncture and herbal therapy helps to control and lessen the pain caused by endometriosis.
If you are looking for natural ways to keep your estrogen levels low to reduce recurrent episodes of endometriosis, try boosting your intake of B-complex vitamins. The liver is responsible for breaking down disposing of excess estrogen, where as the vitamin B’s are important in regulating estrogen because they promote a healthy liver. Studies show that Vitamin B alleviates symptoms of excess estrogen such as premenstrual syndrome and fibrocystic breast. Here are some simple steps to maintaining a simple healthy diet.
• Change your diet to minimize estrogen exposure through elimination of non-organic dairy, beef, and chicken. (Organic foods don’t contain added growth hormones)
• Increase nutrient rich foods, especially broccoli, brussel sprouts, cold water fish and fiber, all of which support hormonal imbalance and clear excess estrogen from the body.
• Limit alcohol consumption; follow a whole food diet, being mindful of complex carbohydrates to support a healthy insulin metabolism.
• Maintain healthy levels of fat (excess fat means excess estrogen)
• Supplement with vitamins and minerals to make up for what is lacking in your diet including calcium and magnesium.
• Supplement with omega-3 essential fatty acid as a natural anti-inflammatory.
• Minimize environment exposure- don’t microwave in plastic wrap or containers and try to minimize the use of plastics for food storage.
• Add acupuncture or physical therapy with pelvic massage. Try castor oil packs which will help reduce inflammation.
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Dr. Susan Lark recommends the following:
Beta- carotene 25,000-50,000 international units
Biotin 200 micrograms
Folic acid 400 micrograms
Niacin 50 milligrams
Pantothenic acid 50 milligrams
Riboflavin 50 milligrams
Selenium 25 milligrams
Thiamin 50 milligrams
Vitamin B6 30 milligrams
Vitamin B12 50 micrograms
Vitamin C 1,000-4,000 milligrams
Vitamin E 400-2,000 international units
ALERT: Always check with your doctor first, this is not medical advice just information passed on.
Before taking Vitamin E, check with doctor. Doses of Vitamin E can cause some side effects and if taking an anticoagulant, you should NOT TAKE vitamin E.
In addition to physical factors there is a clear connection between endometriosis and unresolved emotional issues. Those issues are varied but are most often unresolved issues with family. Dealing with those issues now especially combined with a dietary change can be a major component in dealing with your health. There is solid evidence now that correlates emotional experiences with a host of dis-eases and health conditions, from heart conditions to depression to obesity and chronic pain.
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