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Owtv Fibroids And Endo


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Owtv Fibroids And Endo

  1. 1. The Natural Approach to Fibroids and Endometriosis Lisa Leger, B.A. Natural Health Consultant Pharmasave Health Centre, Parksville Phone:(250) 951-0243 Email:
  2. 2. General Recommendations for Every Woman <ul><li>Do some research and try things. </li></ul><ul><li>Eat healthier food. </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved in a sport or exercise class. </li></ul><ul><li>Chart your cycles and record what you try so you can assess the results. </li></ul><ul><li>Take control of your body. </li></ul><ul><li>Take control of your life. </li></ul>
  3. 3. General Nutritional Recommendations <ul><li>Cut down on fat and eat protein moderately (especially animal source, especially commercial meats with hormones). </li></ul><ul><li>Eat more vegetables (especially organic which would be free of pesticides, especially brassica-type for the indoles which help reduce estrogen). </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid enriched flour products and eat whole grains instead. </li></ul><ul><li>Cut way back on caffeine and nicotine in all its forms (coffee, chocolate, pop). This is especially important for breast fibroids. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Breast and Uterine Fibroids are like Endometrial Tissue <ul><li>Tissue grows in the presence of estrogen. </li></ul><ul><li>Estrogen elimination should be addressed (intestine and liver). </li></ul><ul><li>Excess of fibroid and endometrial tissues is associated with sluggish elimination (constipation, congested liver, deficient kidney, bad skin). </li></ul>
  5. 6. Estrogen 101 <ul><li>There are 3 major types of estrogen made in the body: </li></ul><ul><li>Estradiol, Estrone, Estriol </li></ul><ul><li>A type of estrogen Not made in the body: Xeno-estrogens (estrogen-like chemicals from environmental pollutants) </li></ul>
  6. 7. Estradiol (E2) <ul><li>Most potent estrogen </li></ul><ul><li>– main hormone made by ovaries </li></ul><ul><li>- Falls after menopause </li></ul><ul><li>- Body converts it to other hormones </li></ul><ul><li>- has positive effects on bone, blood vessels, vaginal cells, skin, bladder, and likely the brain. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Estriol (E3) – weak estrogen <ul><li>Comes from Estrone and Estradiol </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t stimulate endometrium the way estradiol and estrone does. </li></ul><ul><li>High during pregnancy. </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t convert to other forms when taken orally. </li></ul><ul><li>Most protective against estrogen stimulated disorders. </li></ul><ul><li>– supplement form has been used for 20 years here and longer in Europe and Japan. </li></ul><ul><li>- Though to be the safest form to supplement in bioidentical hormone replacement. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Estrone (E1) <ul><li>– most predominant after menopause. </li></ul><ul><li>- a more dangerous form, high amounts are found in breast cancer cells. </li></ul><ul><li>- Can be converted to a storage form called estrone sulphate (high levels found in breast cancer tumors). </li></ul><ul><li>- A metabolite called 4-hydroxyestrone is implicated in the initiation of breast cancer. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Getting Rid of Dangerous Estrogen <ul><li>Choline, methionine, and inositol </li></ul><ul><li>facilitates the metabolism of fat by the liver (estrogen is fat soluble). </li></ul><ul><li>Indoles (promote estrogen metabolism and elimination). </li></ul><ul><li>Liver Detoxification </li></ul><ul><li>bitter herbs (stimulate bile production) </li></ul><ul><li>Milk thistle, dandelion, artichoke, tumeric (promote elimination). </li></ul><ul><li>Bowel Health and Microflora </li></ul><ul><li>- Disbiosis lets estrogen get reabsorbed from the intestine in a form that is more dangerous. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Fibrocystic Breast Disease <ul><li>Painful, lumpy breasts </li></ul><ul><li>Worse before menstruation </li></ul><ul><li>Progesterone levels are high </li></ul><ul><li>Poor drainage from the tissues </li></ul>
  11. 12. Fibrocystic Breast Disease <ul><li>Avoid Caffeine – coffee, black tea, pop, chocolate. </li></ul><ul><li>Rule out hypothyroidism. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Supplements for Breast Fibroids <ul><li>General: </li></ul><ul><li>Anti oxidants (Vit. E, CoQ10) </li></ul><ul><li>Vit. A and B complex (especially B6), C, E, minerals (especially magnesium which is essential for detoxifying and excreting estrogens). </li></ul><ul><li>Specific: </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-inflammatories: </li></ul><ul><li>Evening Primrose Oil </li></ul><ul><li>Metabolic Enzymes like Serrapeptase </li></ul>
  13. 14. Herbs for Fibrocystic Breasts <ul><li>Kelp - provides iodine (Dr. Ghent, Queen’s University, used Lugol’s solution then casienated iodine “iodaminol”) </li></ul><ul><li>Poultices: </li></ul><ul><li>Poke root (topical only) or sage. </li></ul><ul><li>Clay poultice daily (except during menstruation) </li></ul><ul><li>Massage with essential oils. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Uterine Fibroids <ul><li>Sometimes no symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes painful, prolonged menstruation, cramps, heavy bleeding </li></ul><ul><li>Complications can include painful intercourse, bleeding, pressure on internal organs </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of blood can result in anemia, weakness </li></ul><ul><li>Associated with high levels of Human Growth Hormone </li></ul>
  15. 16. Uterine Fibroids <ul><li>Hysterectomy was the standard surgery, but myomectomy (a more exacting procedure that removes the fibroids) is preferred because it leaves the uterus intact. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Supplements for Uterine Fibroids <ul><li>General: </li></ul><ul><li>B complex (especially B6 which supports progesterone), C, E, minerals (especially magnesium). </li></ul><ul><li>Specific: </li></ul><ul><li>Anti inflammatories (Evening Primrose Oil, Metabolic Enzymes) </li></ul><ul><li>Poultices: </li></ul><ul><li>Castor oil pack. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Herbs for Uterine Fibroids <ul><li>Liver support herbs (as mentioned) </li></ul>
  18. 19. Endometriosis <ul><li>Endometrial tissue displaced and growing outside of the uterus. </li></ul><ul><li>Grows under estrogen stimulation and breaks down when progesterone level drops at the end of the cycle. </li></ul><ul><li>Painful, heavy periods, cramps, painful intercourse </li></ul><ul><li>Can be associated with infertility </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Doctors note associations with candidiasis and allergies. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Causes of Endometriosis <ul><li>Many theories: </li></ul><ul><li>Retrograde menstruation </li></ul><ul><li>Embryonic development </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to radiation (NASA) </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to dioxin (EPA) </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to PCB’s (NIEHS) </li></ul>
  20. 21. Treatments for Endometriosis <ul><li>Hormone-induced menopause </li></ul><ul><li>Surgical removal of endometrial tissue lesions (Dr. Redwine Method is more thorough). </li></ul><ul><li>Use menstrual pads instead of tampons (to prevent congestion and reduce pain and cramping). </li></ul>
  21. 22. Supplements for Endometriosis <ul><li>Vit. E, B complex, minerals </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin C with Bioflavanoids (repair small capillaries, prevent leaking) </li></ul><ul><li>Iron to correct anemia from bleeding </li></ul>
  22. 23. Herbs for Endometriosis <ul><li>Green drinks </li></ul><ul><li>Alfalfa for vitamin K (clotting factor) </li></ul><ul><li>Nettle leaf (rich in iron) </li></ul><ul><li>Herbs that balance hormones: gromwell, chaste tree berry, yarrow, blackcurrant, raspberry leaf. </li></ul><ul><li>Herbs for pain: white willow bark. </li></ul><ul><li>Homeopathy to promote drainage: Lyphosot </li></ul><ul><li>(consult a herbal practitioner) </li></ul>
  23. 24. Traditional Chinese Medicine <ul><li>Avoid fear, anger, excessive emotion. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid fatigue before / during menstruation. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t dwell on frustration which can lead to stuck Qi flow and stagnation. </li></ul><ul><li>avoid cold raw foods before / during menstruation (eg. ice cream at night). </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid sex and vigorous exercise during menstruation. </li></ul><ul><li>Eat and drink moderately, get regular sleep, try to be happy, maintain balance in all things. </li></ul>
  24. 25. Aromatherapy <ul><li>Cypress, hyssop, angelica, oregano, geranium, tarragon, basil, lavender, rosemary, camomile. </li></ul>
  25. 26. Homeopathy <ul><li>Remedies to manage symptoms. </li></ul><ul><li>Formulas to promote drainage: lyphosot (lymphatic drainage) </li></ul>
  26. 27. Tissue Salts <ul><li>Magnesium, lithium, zinc, copper, manganese. </li></ul><ul><li>(consult a practitioner). </li></ul>
  27. 28. Better Living Through Chemistry? <ul><li>The pill and other hormones are not a cure, they just mask the problem by imposing a fake cycle. </li></ul><ul><li>Side effects include PMS symptoms, flattened libido. </li></ul><ul><li>Long term risks are constantly debated. </li></ul><ul><li>Hormones deplete B vitamins which promote energy, better mood and help with stress. </li></ul><ul><li>Hormones deplete magnesium which relaxes the muscles and reduces cramps. </li></ul><ul><li>Synthetic progesterone nullifies the benefits of estrogen. </li></ul>