I have had endometriosis for several years. The first few years my period pains grew more and more intense. At the worst I was in agony for three days every month, and in moderate pain/considerable discomfort for the rest of the month. Painkillers rarely worked at all.
When I cut out wheat and all grains containing gluten, my period pains lessened considerably, and I am now completely pain free for 26-27/28 days every month. I still miss one day of work every month due to period pains, but cutting out wheat and eating healthily has given me my life back. Painkillers also work much better now.
In addition, I take quite a few supplements and make sure to eat a healthy diet, with lots of fruit and veg, nuts, and fiber. The most important supplements are vitamin C, evening primrose oil and good quality omega 3.
Beware that it may take weeks, even months, for this to give full effect. For me it was more than a year before I gained my present state of health, but I hear from others that they generally experience effect sooner after cutting out wheat. I know that the regiment works, however, because of the few times I have eaten wheat by a mistake and been in a lot of pain for days afterwards. I once went on holiday without my supplements, and within three days abdominal discomfort started growing, increasing day by day until I got my hands on vitamin C.
To be honest it is quite a bit of hassle to always mind what I eat and don't eat. But when the alternative is giving up on my life (my job, an active social life, excercising), it is still the easier path. I have also come to embrace the fact that a varied and healthy diet with good quality ingredients is a more delicious way of eating! I eat lots of healthy fats, never skimp on calories, and try new foods all the time. It is a rich way of eating.
I cured all the symptoms of endometriosis using a homeopathic remedy called Sephia many years ago. I do not remember the quantity taken, but I do remember the time for the treatment was about 45 days.
I have suffered from endometriosis for many years. I also have hypothyroid and wonder if the iodine deficiency mentioned in Ted's educational posting could be related to both?
A study shows that a nutrient called lycopene which is found in Guava, Watermelons, tomatoes, papaya, grapefruit etc, has been very helpful in helping women with endometriosis.
I don't have endometriosis or at least my doctor doesn't think I do but seeing so many women suffer with this just breaks my heart.
I heard a lot of women had success with tomatoes and watermelon, even someone on this site wrote that she found relief from watermelons.
It may take time and you may need to be patient, but I hope there is a cure out there and we can all be healthy and happy. Good luck everyone, God bless.
Hello, my name is Crystal, and my brother in-law has brought mms to my attention recently. I have only been taking it for less than a week, 2 drops twice a day to treat a cold I recently caught working with the public. I have done a bit of research and have seen testamonials from people ailing with things like cancer and hep c, but I am left wondering if it may also aid in a cure for my endemetriousis(please excuse my spelling, medical terms can be impossible at times, lol). I was diagnosed two years ago, after more than nine years of symptoms and exploratory surgeries, and numerous miscarages. By the time I was diagnosed it had attached to my overies, uterious, and recently my lower spinal cord. I am really curious and very hopeful that mms may be able to help me, as my doctors are urging me to have a partial hysterectimy at the age of 26, and I am still hoping to have a child.....has any one heard of mms helping a simular case???????
(Eastern Pa, America)
I found the information provided in "Endometriosis Cures" went pretty much right along with what I have researched myself, and with what my naturopath has recommended to me for the management of my endometriosis.
First off, I was diagnosed with stage 4 endo via laparoscopy in March of 2007. I am in my early 30s. Currently I am using a B vitamin supplement twice daily (NutriCalm by Nature's Sunshine), magnesium (250mg) twice daily, Red Clover blended tincture three times daily and T.-W tincture (dulse, bladderwrack, wild lettuce & irish moss) three times daily, evening primrose oil (1300mg once or twice daily), digestive enzymes (OmegaZyme by Garden of Life), and Carlson's Cod Liver oil once or twice daily. In addition, I use a low-dose progesterone cream twice daily (Phyto Prolief.I may switch; I prefer not to use products containing parabens. Any suggestions or opinions on progesterone cream?).
I am not clinically hypothyroid, but am on the low end and it runs in the women on my mother's side (my great grandmother even died of goiter). My naturopath said I exhibited many symptoms of a declining thyroid and I felt the same, which is why I am on the T.-W.
The Red Clover Blended and primrose oil have estrogenic properties; however research shows when ingested, the body uses it to balance out estrogen levels as I am estrogen dominant (one of many indicators I have-I started my period at age 10!). Also, the Red Clover Blended will help "clean up" the areas where endo was/is, which is a result of balancing the estrogens.
The B vits, magnesium and cod liver oil (I love omega 3s!!) have drastically balanced my mood and reduced my anxiety/panic attacks. I still have my days, but it is much much better than it was just a few months ago.
The enzymes I have actually used for a few years now, before I even knew I had endo. Now I realize how much they benefit me in helping my body digest and utilize all the foods I eat, especially proteins (and especially cooked meats, which have no enzymes at all).
In regards to food, I have done hours and hours of reading and research on my own. By far, the best book I have read is Endometriosis: A Key to Healing Through Nutrition by Dian Shepperson Mills & Michael Vernon. Some of it is a tough read, but I soaked it up, wanting to know so badly now my body works and what I can do to help it heal. I think one can make nutrition very complicated, but from all the information I have gathered, it is very simple, basic nutrition to me! Eat lots of organic (when you can) vegetables, fruits (avoid moldy fruits like cantelope), lean meats and eggs (absolutely no antibiotics or hormones and pasture-raised when possible), nuts (organic is really important here), wild caught small fish, and no-gluten or low-gluten organic grains. Healthy oils are super important-of course the fish oil, but on salads using olive oil is great and in addition I occasionally use coconut oil in other dishes (smoothies, etc.). Avoiding most dairy is a good idea, I believe, as it has helped lower my inflammation levels (an easy sign-less phlegm in the mornings!). I still have raw milk organic cheese, organic kefir or yogurt a few times a week, and soon we will have access to raw milk to drink (cow share program), which I will have once in a while, but not daily like I used to.
I believe if you follow a healthy diet as I mentioned above, in addition to drinking water or green tea with lemon every day, your body's pH will naturally become less acidic and more alkaline. I have pH strips that I use every few months and so far it has gone up almost .5 (I'm at about 6.45 using saliva.). I don't see a need to use baking soda or vinegar (unless the vinegar is part of homemade salad dressing) to up the pH unless you like that sort of thing. It may, however, speed up the process. I have also always been a "no salt" kinda girl, but recently I started using a good quality mineral salt on my foods (just a dash here and there-and not on canned/high sodium foods, but raw or gently cooked foods). It really helps with flavor and is decently good for you.
As far as the nanoinsects and fungus, I am a firm believer in garlic, onions, ginger and turmeric! I eat one or more of them almost every single day in some form (garlic and onions raw, ginger crystallized and turmeric powdered). If you are getting those and plenty of fiber from fruits and veggies, I believe this is a great cleanse for your intestines and also for your whole body in general. I have not had a cold or flu for over 2 years! This is something we should do our whole lives, as those foods are so beneficial, in so many ways.
In addition, other important foods I consume several times a week are flax seeds (fresh ground from whole as needed in a cheap coffee grinder), organic raspberry leaf tea, dried fruits such as figs and currants (great with nuts!), organic local broccoli (The perfect vegetable! However, it is a goitrogen which may hamper thyroid function, so I don't go overboard). And of course, lots and lots of fresh, filtered water.
I feel so very fortunate to live in a small eco-minded community, as we have many local farms growing organic produce and pasture-raised livestock. This gives me the opportunity to support my community, eat seasonally (which I have been trying to do-I love it!), in addition to having organic, freshly harvested produce and clean, nutritious meats! And even for those who are not that lucky, if you look around, there are great little shops with food sections and even some of the bigger chains are carrying lines of organics (which usually is better than conventional at least). With all these options, there's no reason to resort to trans-fatty fast foods or pre-packaged, preservative-laden convenience foods!
One other important thing I have changed in my life is what goes ON my body. It's taken me a few years (as I had interest in this, yet again, before endo), but I have drastically reduced what I use in the shower and for toiletries. I try to get products with no parabens, lauryl/laureth sulfates, phthalates, or any other weird stuff that I don't know what it is. Just don't be fooled by stuff that says "all natural" until you read the ingredients list. Burt's Bees is a pretty good brand that is more affordable than some. And most recently, I got an inexpensive shower filter (less than $100) that removes chlorine and VOCs which may be directly related to endo, and a host of other problems/diseases. For lotion, I use the same organic virgin coconut oil that we eat!! I really feel these small changes have drastically reduced the toxic load on my body, and I hope within the next year or two it really shows. One crazy thing I have noticed-my sweat only stinks when I eat junk! (I don't wear deodorant anymore! Will sometimes spray lavender hydrosol under my arms.) To me, that says a lot!
The last, but not least, of the changes I have made is movement. I have been pretty sporadically active in the last decade, and need to lose weight-about 60 more pounds (Excess body fat = excess estrogen! Not to mention contributing to many other problems!). My naturopath suggested yoga for me for activity but even more importantly, reducing stress and anxiety. I have fallen in love with it. I recommend it especially to women who don't like strenuous exercise or just need to slow down (which is all of us, right?? (: ). You would be shocked at what you can do in yoga class-and will love how it helps you focus mentally AND reshapes your body. I am slowly working in more aerobic activity (biking, walking, etc.).it gets easier as I become more fit and more self-confident.
As for my own rate of healing, I feel I have really taken control of a few areas of my health-less stress and more activity. The food changes have come slowly and not always consistent, but I am still trying and know that a year from now I will be a different woman!! I never had debilitating pain, but my pain is much much less now, and only seems to flare up when I am eating non-nutritious foods for more than a day or two (aka fast foods or junk food!). The more I read and hear about other women and how they are changing and bettering their health, and the more knowledge I have on endometriosis and also how our amazing bodies have the capacity to heal themselves, the more motivated I become!!
So, after this novel of information (it's so easy to go on and on.there's so much to learn!), the main ways I believe to support your body and "heal" endometriosis include: balancing body pH, supporting thyroid function, boosting immunity through correct nutrient intake (including temporary supplements if necessary), detoxing often (but gently through daily diet and drink and no crazy fasts or diets!), and moving more. Those are the main things, and there's so many little things that help you support them. One other suggestion-even if you have already seen many doctors, I think seeing a naturopath or kinesiologist is so important, so you can find out what you specifically are deficient in nutrient-wise. Although there seems to be emerging constants for us with endo, everyone is still different. I am finding my naturopath a continual and necessary resource for my endo.
So, that's my story. I hope this has been a source of good information for anyone wanting more on how we rise above endometriosis and receive good health in return. I would love to hear from anyone regarding your experiences!!
(Auckland, New Zealand)
(Wellington, New Zealand)
(Gippsland, Vic. Australia)
I found out in February that I had endometriosis. After refusing to be thrown into menopause, which was suggested by my gyno, I decided to do lots of research. So far I have found out that you have to avoid soy and wheat products completely. I have been trying at this for quite awhile. It is hard to avoid foods I love, but it is worth it. Anytime I make a mistake the pain comes back within 20 min, but as long as I avoid it, I have no pain. Other things I found online to avoid is dairy, bad fats, and artificial sweeteners. The point of all of this is to avoid inflammation which causes the pain to worsen. The soy and wheat is avoided because they help your body produce the bad estrogen. I am now trying MSM to keep inflammation down. I am starting slowly at 500mg and upping that each week by 500mg till I find a level that helps the best. (on a side note the MSM got rid of my acid reflux two days after starting this). Another thing I read online through my researching is if you have metal fillings you need to get rid of them. I do not have the money yet to do this, but I have several and the endo came within 3 years after getting them. There are a lot of articles online that focus on how the mercury throws a lot of things out of wack in the body and can be the environmental factor that triggers a lot of diseases. I plan on doing this ASAP and the MSM also helps to detox the heavy metals, that is why I am slowly building on the MSM, to not get too many toxins at once. I read that sweating helps to release the mercury through the skin after the MSM releases the toxins from the fat and such. So exercising or using a sauna or something will help to sweat out the toxins. Hope this helps. Endo was very hard to accept for me and I know when I go to a restaurant or a party it is hard to avoid the temptation of foods with soy or wheat, so I eat before going to these things. Restaurants sometimes have allergy lists that you can ask for to find out which foods don't have soy or wheat in them. Look at the ingredients list on everything. Soy hides everywhere. If you need support with this please email. Figuring this out alone has been hard so I get it and am willing to help others.
(Picton, Ontario, Canada)
Hi, I suffer from endometriosis. I was diagnosed back in 2009! I've been struggling with it ever since I started doing some natural research because I believe that God gave us the green earth to heal ourselves. What helped me is sea moss and burdock root. I make my own sea gel and order organic burdock root off of Etsy. I make a tea out of it every morning and afternoon. It helps a lot with the mucus and extra minerals in my body.
Has anyone used serrapeptase to cure endometriosis? About two years ago I saw it while searching for alkalizing body.
(Bar Harbor, ME)
One of my daughters suffers from Endometriosis; the other from fibroids and cysts. They both have gotten a great deal of relief from using Serrapeptase (Enteric coated), Pine Bark Extract, and Turmeric. Good Luck on Journey to Heal!
Serrapeptase 250,000 iu per evening before bed on an empty stomach (to literally dissolve the excess fibrin) plus natural progesterone cream (to balance estrogen) rubbed into skin at night is the winning combo to put endometriosis into remission. Find your dose of natural progesterone cream. I personally take 150-200mg per eve which is 3-4 pumps of the cream.
I've purchased most of the supplements/vitamins recommended for the reduction of cysts & for treating endometriosis, however have run into a view obstacles. i just need clarification on a few matters.
my first question is on alkalization. if i have a water ionizer which produces alkaline water at selected ph levels, could that be used instead of the baking soda & water combination or in conjunction with it?
i also noticed that among the list of supplements are magnesium & magnesium citrate or magnesium chloride. does this mean that both magnesium & citrate or chloride needs to be taken? would it be enough to take the magnesium citrate or chloride?
how about niacin? is it the same as niacinamide or is it a form of niacinamide?
I'm somewhat of a novice at this so i'm trying to educate myself in this whole process, which at times can be a bit overwhelming.
i've had little or no success in finding a couple of things on the list, such as tungsten, disodium edta, molybdenum & molybdenum. any suggestions on where to look for them?
last question - any suggestion on how to take all of these in a day without upsetting your system.
please respond in a timely fashion, as time is of the essence for me.
mahalo for your cooperation
(Durban, South Africa -kzn-durban)
(Moke Hill, California)
I have endometriosis and have very painful periods (understatement). One capsule of vitamin e (natural) and one capsule of borage oil have helped and I no longer have pain. It took 2 menstrual cycles to work. Hope this helps someone.
Like Maria from Sydney, I've had success with watermelon as well, the only pain-free period I've had in my entire life! My friend had experienced a great deal of relief as well by eating it. I'm currently trying to eat it daily in hopes of having a break from the dreaded cramps. I will report back and update on how it turned out!
It's a miracle! I've taken ACV & coconut oil for many years, herbs from an amazing Chinese herbalist who's healed me for many ailments and nothing has worked. Endometriosis has been a persistent problem. I've eaten a quater of a watermelon a day for the past 2 weeks for no other reason than I was craving it. I'm on the second day of my period - NO PAIN and NO CLOTS!!!!!!! I just googled the two together, apparently it's the Lycopene in watermelon, it contains more than tomato's. I can't quite believe it!
(Tyrone, Pa, Us)