A few weeks ago my body simply gave out. The all over pain was excrutiating. I was laid off months ago and lost my insurance coverage and to be honest I cannot think of a time where the medical community has actually HELPED me. After a few days I finally braved sitting upright so I could research what my problem was online. I have been a big fan of Earth Clinic for a few years now, so it was the first place I went.
47 year old female
hypothyroidism-taking .175 mg Levothyroxine daily
fairly good health-slightly overweight
fluctuating temperature-high fever/chills-extreme coldness in extremities
From this site I was able to determine:
1. Menopause had set in and the extreme hormonal imbalance had basically knocked out all benefits of my thyroid medication..in other words...it was NOT working.
2. The extreme body aches were actually my system shutting down due to the menopause and hypothyroidism shutting down my organs one by one.
So....I bought a multi-vitamin, Natural vitamin E 400IU (d, no L), epsom salt, evening primrose oil, baking soda and ACV. (had to go with what they sold-did not have the energy to go anywhere else)
Now I have 2 lemon trees, so I picked a bunch of lemons when I got home. I started by upping my Levoythyroxine to about .200 mg. (Many of the symptoms were reminiscent of those times when I was unable to secure a prescription and went without this med) First thing I did was the oil pulling-used olive oil. Then I used the Lemon juice and baking soda cure. 2 Tbls Lemon juice with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Took it on an empty stomach right after my thyroid meds. Next...ate breakfast-oatmeal-couldn't stomach anything else. Later in the afternoon- ACV and baking soda-same measurements. Lunch-then vitamins. I even drank the epsom salts dissolved in about 4 oz of water-that was nasty. Could not stomach anything for dinner and went to bed about 11:30 pm.
I awoke the next morning about 8am without being drowned in sweat. I got up...and was able to sit upright without having to cry from the pain. I managed to get myself up, and followed the same regimen as the day before. It took roughly 3 days, but I was able to actually move around in a somewhat normal manner with virtually no pain, tinnitus on only one side of my head, memory coming back, brain fog gone and energy on the upswing.
Residual symptoms-nausea (vomiting), vertigo, ear infections...ears plugged.
After about 2 weeks-I still was unable to overcome these symptoms. Back to Earth Clinic. Eventually, what I thought was an UTI was actually now what I believe kidney stones. The pain was located on my left side, just under my rib cage and burned down to my groin area (left side only). A burning unlike anything I ever experienced. In too much pain to get on the computer at 3am...I drank some cranberry juice along with 2 aspirin and tried to get back to sleep. My Earth Clinic research the next day alerted me to the Lemon juice/olive oil cure. 2oz Lemon juice and 2 oz olive oil. That worked almost immediately. I had originally scoffed at the posters saying that they could actually feel the stone moving...how stupid was I? I felt it almost immediately. Really strange.
The kidney stones were obviously the source of the nausea-as that was yesterday that I did the cure and I am fine today. I slept like a baby, by the way.
I have come to the conclusion that the ear infection-which is constant and plugging up my ears, also causing the tinnitus, is actually a sinus infection. I tried inhaling the steam from ACV this morning, which seemed to alleviate some of the pressure. I believe it is actually the oil pulling that is causing the mucus to come up....but still have this awful block of something in my head. It is affecting my eyesight...seeing stars type of thing, giving me a head ache, and still blocking my ears. I have put Hydrogen Peroxide in my ears and have had some success...
All in all...After breaking down my symptoms and curing them one by one with the wonderful community here on Earth Clinic...I think I have had GREAT success. I was even able to go outside today and pull weeds! I can't thank Earth Clinic posters enough for the difference your input has made in my life. Seriously, from near death to on my way to recouping the energy that I have always been so proud of....Thank you all!
I am so gratefull for this site. Thank you everyone for the time and effort it takes to do this. I went into menapause about 1.5 years ago. I developed an overgrowth of yeast that ended up breaking out all over my body in different rashes at different times. Nothing would make it go away. I tried silver. I tried creams . I went on 2 week cleanses and nothing worked untill I tried ACV. I read that this would kill yeast so I started to bathe in with a cup of it in my bathwater and i started to take 2 Tbs with 1/2 tbs, Baking soda with a little hot water and a dash of pure apple juice 3 times a day . Within a week, my rash's had cleared up. One more sore broke out the next week but I have been rash free for almost 3 weeks now and I am so gratefull. I then took Teds advise and took 250 ml of Magnesium Citrate, liquid for w 400 iu of Natural Vitamin E.Capsules and as he said, my body is cooling down. I barely have hot flashes anymore. All this incouraged me and I have totaly illiminated white floor & Sugar from my diet. I find myself giggleing now and feel so much lighter...Thank you so much...
Oil pulling cured keratosis pilaris, coated tongue, ear wax greatly diminished, softer skin, sounder sleep, white teeth, pinker gums and tongue, reduced menopause symptoms. 'I have been oil pulling for 4 1/2 months. I pull for 20 minutes with organic coconut oil. Keratosis Pilaris has no known medical cure. I will oil pull for the rest of my life.
Hi, Ted. I have a few questions.
I have had a chronic dull pain in my lower right side of my abdomen and during the past year have no periods. During that time of the month, my lower right side hurts but no menstruation. I am only 39. I have had a million tests, scans, etc. They found a very small fibroid and a small cyst on my right ovary. My FSH and other levels show that I have premature menopause. The Dr. wants me to take birthcontrol or hormone replacement therapy. Over the course of the year, I have also had extreme bloating, flatuence, strange stool, etc. It almost sounds like a gastro and gyno issue. Help!
Due to multiple food and gluten allergies, I've had a history of both constipation, and more recently chronic diarrhea. Psyllium capsules taken at night with a full glass of water, or between meals with a full glass of water has been a lifesaver. I find starting with 2 capsules a day of psyllium husk, then working up gradually by adding 1 or 2 capsules a day to a total of about 10 taken in divided doses of 2 or 3 at a time between meals with lots of water gives no symptoms of gas, bloating, or bad breath. After a week or two of this I usually back off to a small maintenaince dose of 3 capsules, which is about 2 grams of total additional fiber a day.
Unexpected side effects for me included the complete relief of menopausal type hormone flucuations and hot flashes because of the fact that the fiber binds to excess hormones like estrogen and escorts them safely out of the system before they can have side effects. For this reason I would recommend it to anyone who was suffering from hormone related cancers including prostate. It may also help in chemo therapy to bind to the toxins of the drugs that are used and to help remove dead cancer cells from the body. Also pysllium can be a lifesaver when a bout of food poisoning or flu occurs because it binds with the toxins that are the byproduct of the offending bad virus or bacterias. For ANY use of pysllium husks , make sure that after your body becomes healthy and regular, see if you can't wean down on the number of capsules you take by substituting high amounts of quality fruit and vegtables into your diet, then let your body have a complete pysllium break and see how you do. You may have fixed the problem. For some of us who are allergic to many grains we just can't get enough fiber into our normal diet and need to add a little extra. Another help has been to add additional enzymes like bromelain and papaya, to the diet to help properly break down foods and repair intestinal damage. It is important to note that pysllium is NOT a laxative and that your body does not develope a dependency on it, but it DOES bind to vitamins, minerals, and medicines so for that reason is best taken on an empty stomach at leaast 2 hours after food or medicine is ingested, and at least an hour before you eat again.
VERY IMPORTANT: Drink at least one extra 8 oz. glass of water for every 2 capsules taken!
Hot flashes stopped when my ND gave me a supplement containing extract of rhubarb root, it works fast, but pricey. I'm also taking organic unsulphered blackstrap molasses, 1 tablespoon twice daily, and one high quality (no soy) Vitamin E 400 IU's and a multiple vitamin. No hot flashes anymore.
soy after menopause HIGHLY recommended
I use 100 mgs of soy isoflavanes daily since menopause and my skin looks better than before menopause. Not perfect, but softer, more refined, less dry, less wrinkled. I take 1 50mg twice a day. And the hot flashes that I also originally took it for are reduced by 80 to 90%.
(New York, Ny)
For the past year, I have been a wreck! I am post-menopausal and the hot flashes and emotional ups and downs were making me feel like I was losing it. I wanted to edure this and go all natural, figuring this was a natural part of my body's process...I could not take this one more second. I went to see my Dr. and begged her for HRT's...anything to give me relief. She is a huge pill pusher so I was rather shocked when she told me to dring soy milk. I asked her about bioidentical therapy and her reply was, "drinking soy milk is bioidentical"... I know there will be those who disagree, I can only speak for myself. I started drinking about 8 oz of soy milk right away. For me, it has been nothing short of a miracle. I feel like a human being againl. The depression is gone and so are the hot flashes. If I do feel one coming on, I run and get about 4 oz in me and they immediately subside. I cannot tell you what a blessing this has been. I have not experienced one negative side effect. If this helps just one person who is suffering like I was, please give it a try.
Over a year ago I underwent surgery and had a total hysterectomy. I still have yet to have a hot flash, night sweat, etc. I believe my secret to this success has been to have alot of soy (soy milk, tofu, LUNA proteing bars which have soy) and my best ever salad dressing using Apple Cider Vinegar and Flax Seed Oil.(2 talbs. of each, mixed with garlic,oregano, pepper. I usually use 1/8 teaspoon of each spice). I do take multi vitamin along with other herbal and mineral supplements that are recommended in the book, Prescription for Natural Healing. Oh yeah..I exercise 2-3 times a week, garden.
I would have to disagree with the soy for menopause. I tried soy for 6 months and it didn't help, actually made it worse. I got off soy and started taking APV and a natural vitamin everyday and all that symptoms were gone. I feel 30 again....
Hi, Thank you so much for your website, because my whole family is healthier and happier due to the natural remedies that I have found here. I am so very happy that I came across this particular remedy, as you can imagine. It was a bit by accident because I had bought my 16 yr old some protein drinks by Bolthouse Farms because, after reading the ingredients, I was impressed by how natural the product was and it also had added vitamins and minerals. My son is playing sports and growing really fast (6'5") now, so I wanted the best for his body. The drink has soy protein in it, and I had heard that soy was one of the best sources for protein. My husband & I also drink it off and on after working out, and the taste is great (believe me, I don't work for the company even though it may sound like I do!) But one night I decided I would warm a cup of it up and drink it before I went to bed.....so I did, and I have not slept this good in a long time. I have not had one hot flash since that first night of the warm drink, and I am sleeping in a more deep sleep than I have done in years! I then remembered that I had read a few months back that in countries where women do not suffer from hot flashes and other menopause problems, it is because they have a diet high in soy. Then it all made sense to me as to why the before bed soy drink had helped me so much. It did not really help my menopause symptoms till I did the warm drink at night. I don't know if it will help others like it did me, but I am going to keep drinking it! Thank you so much...
It was getting to the point where I could not enjoy going out to eat or spend any time with my friend due to the sweats that left me wet from from my head, neck, arms and under my breast. It was so uncomfortable that I felt as if I was going to combust from the heat. Only a women can explain the feeling and how awful it makes you feel. A glass of soy milk a day stopped them, and if I did get one it was very, very mild.
I've been reading about the benefits of turmeric and honey taken in glass of warm water for joint pain and inflammation, however I wonder would turmeric be too heating in menopause and worse heat symptoms? I don't have sweats or hot flushes but throat gets very dry at night and also internal dryness. I had tried a joint supplement that seemed to add heat and when I checked the ingredients it contained tumeric and cayenne but whether that was the cause or not I'm not sure. I'd be very grateful for any feedback!
i tried taking powder of turmeric -- it has been a great thing for the skin and my menopause symptoms are going smooth. Turmeric is best of all the spices -- good for all the ailments basically inside the body and physically also.
Vitamin E Works! I breezed right through all the signs of change of life by daily taking 800 IU of vitiamin E . My sisters were have a fit taking hormones. I wasn't sure I was in menopouse until my monthly stopped flowing. That how smooth it was.