Contrary to their name, fibroids are not fibrous at all. Rather, they are
growths of smooth muscle and connective tissue that most often appear on
the walls of the uterus. Although it can be frightening to hear that you
have a growth of any kind, rest assured that fibroids are non-cancerous and
usually harmless. They are also quite common: Fibroids affect more than 50
percent of women overall and are the most common reason for major surgery.
For reasons that we don't yet understand, they appear much more often in
women of African or Caribbean descent than in any other group. Most women
with the condition tend to have several fibroids at once.
Many women who have fibroids experience no symptoms at all; the growths are
usually discovered in the course of a routine exam or an ultrasound. In
some cases, however, fibroids inside the uterus wear away the organ's
lining, resulting in heavy or prolonged menstrual periods, bleeding between
periods, or pain and bleeding during sexual intercourse. Persistent blood
loss can cause anemia. A fibroid may also grow so large that it distends
the abdomen as it presses on the bladder or the intestines. A woman with a
large fibroid may feel pain in her back or lower abdomen; if the growth
distorts the bladder, she may feel a frequent urge to urinate. Sometimes
the fibroid doesn't cause any pain but simply gives the abdomen a distended
appearance. Women may also feel pressure, heaviness, and pain with sexual
intercourse, as well as increased urinary frequency. Occasionally, a
fibroid will block the fallopian tubes and lead to infertility or compress
the ureters (the urinary tract from the kidneys to the bladder), causing
impaired kidney function. In some instances the fibroids become calcified.
Fibroids are thought to be dependent upon estrogen; they tend to grow
during reproductive years and pregnancy, and they shrink with menopause
when estrogen levels recede. Fibroids often increase in size during
perimenopause, when women do not ovulate regularly and thus have relatively
higher estrogen levels (as ovulation increases progesterone). Thus hormone
balance is the key factor with this condition.
Although estrogen is obviously an important factor in the development of
fibroids, doctors do not know why the growths appear in some women and not
in others. A tendency toward fibroids may fun in families; the disorder is
also more common in women who are obese or who have an underactive thyroid
(which contributes to estrogen excess).
It is important that liver function is optimized in women with fibroids.
The liver is responsible for breaking down estrogen (and other hormones)
and secreting the metabolites into the large intestine for elimination. If
the liver does not metabolize estrogen and its metabolites properly, then
it is recycled throughout the body.
While the liver is the dominant player in estrogen metabolism, the flora or
"friendly bacteria" in the large intestine are also important in estrogen
metabolism. They prevent the reactivation and recycling of these unwanted
estrogens. Conversely, "unfriendly bacteria" secrete an enzyme called
beta-glucuronidase that causes estrogen to be recycled back through the
body via the large intestine. A low-fiber and high-fat intake increase the
activity of this enzyme.
Conventional medical treatment for fibroids has long been surgical removal
of the uterus, a drastic option that should be considered only in those few
cases in which fibroids cause severe pain or bleeding or pose a significant
health threat. For mild to moderate cases, it is usually far wiser to
follow a treatment program of conservative, noninvasive therapies until
menopause is reached and the fibroids abate on their own.
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Super Prescription #1
- LifeSource Product This balances out
estrogen, regulates the menses, and relieves pain. Apply
1/4 teaspoon (20 mg) to your skin twice daily from days 6
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Vitex balances the estrogen/progesterone ratio. Take 160 to
240 mg of a 0.6 percent standardized extract of 80 drops
daily. Do not use Vitex if you are currently taking the
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Super Prescription #3 Indole-3 carbinol
Take 300 mg daily. It assists the liver in estrogen
Super Prescription #4 Dandelion root (Taraxacum
Take 300 to 500 mg in capsule form or 1 ml of tincture with
each meal (three times daily). It improves liver
Super Prescription #5
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daily. It helps with estrogen metabolism and inflammation.
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Super Prescription #7 D-glucarate
Take 500 mg daily. This phytochemical assists the liver in
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In most women with fibroids, the condition is asymptomatic, especially in
the early stages when the fibroids are small. If symptoms do appear, they
usually take the following forms:
Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding
Bleeding or unusual discharge between periods
Pain and bleeding during intercourse
Swelling in the lower abdomen
A frequent urge to urinate
Back or abdominal pain
Relatively high levels of estrogen and low levels of progesterone,
Perimenopause low-fiber, high-fat diet
Caution: If you bleed so much that you need to change tampons or
sanitary pads more than once every hour, see your doctor.
It is important to eat certified organic foods as much as possible, due to
the estrogenic effects of pesticides, herbicides, and hormone-laden meats.
Since diet affects hormone balance, it's wise to give your body good
general support with wholesome, freshly prepared meals. Base your diet
around whole grains, vegetables, fruits, fish, beans, and soy products. To
limit your exposure to pesticides, buy organic food wherever possible, and
always wash your produce thoroughly.
Soy products and flax seeds are good sources of phytoestrogens, substances
that regulate the body's estrogen production.
Vitamin K will encourage proper blood clotting and may reduce an excessive
flow of menstrual blood. Green vegetables are high in this nutrient.
Include sea vegetables like kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum) in your diet. These
foods are high in iodine, a mineral that's necessary for a healthy thyroid.
If you have heavy or prolonged periods, you need extra iron to ward off
anemia. Take a spoonful of un-sulfured blackstrap molasses every day.
For additional EFAs, add 2 tablespoons of flax seeds to your daily
protocol, along with 10 ounces of water. Flax seeds have been shown to help
balance estrogen levels.
Eat fruits and vegetables such as apples, cherries, broccoli, cauliflower,
and brussels sprouts. They contain the phytochemical indole-3-carbinol,
which supports the liver's detoxification of estrogen. Regularly consume
beets, carrots, artichokes, dandelion greens, onions, and garlic, as these
foods stimulate liver detoxification.
Eat organic cultured yogurt to increase levels of friendly flora in the
Once a day, have a green drink to support detoxification.
Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours. Water will help flush
impurities from your body and reduce pain.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid red meat and dairy products, all of which contain high levels of
dioxins, which act as environmental estrogens.
To keep pain under control, stay away from inflammatory substances like
sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
Don't eat anything that depresses your immune system. Processed foods,
fried food, refined sugar, and alcohol all limit your body's ability to
fight your disorder.
Many fibroid sufferers have found that regular fasting results in
significant relief of pain. Plan a three-day juice fast every three months;
be sure to drink a wide variety of vegetable juices and green drinks during
the three-day period.
If you have fibroids, you should not take estrogen-replacement therapy.
Moderate exercise like walking will stimulate blood flow to the pelvic
region and will help relieve pain.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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