A common illness, as many as 1 in 5 women will have uterine fibroids during their childbearing years (the time after starting menstruation for the first time and before menopause), with half of all women having them by the age of 50.
Fibroids are rare in women under 20, and are more common in African-Americans than Caucasians.
Fibroids can be so small that a microscope is needed to see them, but they can grow very large and may fill the entire uterus and weigh several pounds. Although it can be possible for just one fibroid to develop, there is usually more than one.
Fibroids are often described by their location in the uterus:
- Myometrial – in the muscle wall of the uterus
- (Submucosal – just under the surface of the uterine lining
- Subserosal – just under the outside covering of the uterus
- Pendunculated – occurring on a long stalk on the outside of the uterus or inside the cavity of the uterus
More common symptoms of uterine fibroids are:
- Bleeding between periods
- Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), sometimes with the passage of blood clots
- Menstrual periods that may last longer than normal
- Need to urinate more often
- Pelvic cramping or pain with periods
- Sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen
- Pain during intercourse
Note: There are often no symptoms. Fibroids often shrink and cause no symptoms in women who have gone through menopause.
Complications of fibroids include:
- Severe pain or excessively heavy bleeding that may require emergency surgery
- Twisting of the fibroid, which causes a blockage in nearby blood vessels feeding the tumor
- Anemia (low red blood cell count) if the bleeding is very heavy
- Urinary tract infections, if pressure from the fibroid prevents the bladder from fully emptying
- Cancerous changes called leiomyosarcoma (rare)
In rare cases, fibroids may cause infertility. Fibroids may also cause complications if you become pregnant, although the risk is thought to be small:
- Some pregnant women with fibroids may deliver a premature baby because there is not enough room in the womb.
- A C-section may be needed if the fibroid blocks the birth canal or causes the baby to be in a dangerous position.
- Some pregnant women with fibroids have heavy bleeding immediately after giving birth.
The cause of the illness is unknown, but the growth of uterine fibroids has been linked to the hormone estrogen, and as long as a woman with fibroids is menstruating, a fibroid will usually continue to grow gradually.
Uterine fibroids can be caused by excess estrogen in the body. Therefore, changing your diet to avoid foods high in estrogen, while including high-fiber foods that support detoxification and estrogen-inhibiting foods may help shrink fibroids.
Try to maintain a healthy weight, as this can keep estrogen levels in check. Try also to incorporate the following into your diet:
Whole grains and high fiber – Binding with excess estrogen in the digestive tract and helping to remove it from the body during elimination, eating plenty of fiber can speed up the waste process and help remove estrogen more quickly. Whole grains are a great source of fiber and contain special anti-estrogen compounds called lignans. Barley, corn, buckwheat, flaxseed, millet, oats, rice and wheat are especially high in anti-estrogenic lignans.
Estrogen-inhibiting foods – Choose foods which help block estrogen production, such as wheat, rice, tapioca, millet, buckwheat, squash, onions, green beans, corn, cabbage, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, figs, grapes, melons, pineapples and pears. High in fiber and valuable nutrients, these should be included in your daily diet where possible. Plus, broccoli and cabbage are members of the cruciferous vegetable family that contain a compound known to supress thyroid function. This compound, called a goitergen, is deactivates by heat, so cook broccoli and cabbage, along with other cruciferous veg like Brussels sprouts and mustard greens.
Limit dairy – You may get up to 80% of the estrogen you consume from dairy products, particularly cow’s milk and cheese. According to an article in the Harvard University Gazette, milk from conventional or factory dairy farms is high in hormones as cows are milked during pregnancy. Therefore, the further along the pregnancy the more estrogen. You can avoid extra hormones by buying skim or low fat milk, as hormones are stored in fat.
Naturally occurring estrogen – Some foods naturally contain estrogen and therefore should be eaten in moderation, especially animal protein. Animals store estrogen in their fat cells, which means eating high fat meats may add too much estrogen into your diet and increase your risk of developing uterine fibroids. Soy and products made from soy, like edamame, tofu, tempeh, miso and soy sauce, should be eaten in small quantities.
Some fruits and veg also contain estrogen, but much less than animal products and soy. If you’d like to limit consumption, these foods offer essential nutrients and fiber: apples, carrots, beets, cherries, cucumbers, eggplants, garlic, peas, plums, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, yams and pumpkins.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
You can try any of the following supplements if you’re suffering from uterine fibroids:
DIM – Diindolylmethane – A powerful metabolizer of estrogen assisting in removing excess estrogen and benefiting conditions associated with estrogen dominance, such as uterine fibroid tumors.
Natural progesterone – Natural progesterone is used to supplement low progesterone levels and balances the ratio between estrogen and progesterone, thereby assisting in promoting proper hormone balance. It can be safely used by menstruating women, pre- and peri-menopausal women, as well as those who are menopausal.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/recommends/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com
Natural Ayurvedic remedies for fibroids: www.homeveda.com/women-health/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-fibroids.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Uterine Fibroid Remedies: Herbs Supplements and Vitamins, by Jeffrey Fisher
Healing Fibroids: A Doctor’s Guide to a Natural Cure [Kindle Edition], by Elena Oumano
Exercise to reduce uterine fibroids: www.livestrong.com/article/372759-exercises-to-reduce-uterine-fibroids
Herbs for uterine fibroids: www.livestrong.com/article/250305-which-herbs-reduce-uterine-fibroids/
Diet and uterine fibroids: www.livestrong.com/article/285179-uterine-fibroids-diet
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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