In my opinion, a strict raw foods diet is the most promising natural approach to uterine fibroids. Here is a comment from a woman physician who ought to know:
"I have suffered from fibroids for 16 years. Because I am so slender, the fibroid is easily palpated from the
abdomen. Mine has shrunk from the size of a lemon to the size of a 1/4"
thick pancake about 1 inch in diameter. I tried many diets and supplements
over the years and gave up dairy and meats. It finally responded to coffee enemas daily and a raw foods diet. It
took 5 weeks. This is much simpler than many other things that I tried. I
enjoy your newsletter (http://www.doctoryourself.com/backissues.html); thank you for writing it." (Jennifer Daniels, M.D.,
Dr. Daniels is describing a diet very much like the Gerson therapy. A quick website search for "Gerson" at the http://www.doctoryourself.com mainpage will bring up a great deal of information on this type of treatment. It is well worth a therapeutic trial.
Max Gerson, M.D., on Fibroids:
Question: Can fibroid tumors be dissolved?
Dr. Gerson’s answer: “Fibroid tumors are mostly benign. Benign tumors take 10 to 20 times as much time to absorb as malignant tumors. This goes for adhesions and scars. Fibroid and benign tumors are dissolved only very slowly because they are not abnormal. It is difficult for the parenteral system to bring its digestive powers to bear on these benign tumors. But when they turn malignant, then they are quickly dissolved.” (Editor’s note: a fibroid turns malignant only very rarely.)
Fibroids often shrink or go away on their own, especially after menopause. Menopause is a big hormonal change for a woman. Hormonal therapy may help. Doing nothing and waiting for menopause may also work, too.
One reader writes:
"I had a partial thyroidectomy at age 22 and then was never "allowed" to have thyroid meds, based on "normal" TSH. I depended on tons of vitamins to get by but developed fibroids in my forties. When I finally got Armour thyroid, and realized I had been hypothyroid all my life, I also needed other hormones like progesterone and DHEA because my adrenals were exhausted. Fibroids disappeared with hormonal support but also I am 55 and postmenopausal now.”
Fibroids are probably caused by vitamin E deficiency (Evan Shute, M.D., 1946, in The Vitamin E Story) Shute was an obstetrician. Vitamin E is very intimately involved with the body’s hormonal balance.
Even though fibroids themselves are mostly muscle tissue, they are related to fat. Generally speaking, the more overweight you are, the more fat you carry. The more fat, the more estrogen in your body. Fibroids thrive on extra estrogen. Exercise helps reduce fat, and is therefore likely to reduce estrogen, too.
MEAT-EATING OR VEGETARIAN?
Meats are dietary sources of estrogen. A low-fat diet is good; a very low meat diet is even better.
“Iodine is also critically important for maintaining estrogen balance within the body. Based on a controlled clinical trial with 1,365 women, 4mg daily of molecular iodine quickly "resolves" fibrocystic breast disease - it makes breast lumps and cysts disappear usually within only two months for most women. Iodine can similarly reduce uterine fibroids and one of the first conventional medical treatments for severe fibroids was to paint the uterus with iodine.” http://www.florahealth.com/flora/home/canada/healthinformation/encyclopedias/Iodine.asp
Fibroid Tumors & Endometriosis Self Help Book, by Susan M. Lark Lark, M.D. Paperback, 320 pages
Celestial Arts; 1995. # ISBN-10: 0890877734; # ISBN-13: 978-0890877739
Although there are no guarantees, you may wish to investigate the following homeopathic remedies:
Homeopathic remedies are generally recognized as very safe. To learn more:
Boericke, William Homoeopathic
Materia Medica (Ninth
This shortened, one-volume listing of homeopathically active substances provides the framework on which to build an intermediate knowledge of the "like treats like" science of homeopathy. Several hundred remedy resumes are provided with over 350 pages of cross-indexing, symptom by symptom. This standard work is unusually inexpensive (because of the publication date) but is in clear need of revision, especially in the Therapeutic Index, which does not always agree with the much more comprehensive and superior Repertory immediately preceding it. Other more recent and more expensive Materia Medicas await the detailed needs of the more experienced homeopath, but Boericke's nearly 75 year old text is hard to beat for everyday reference and home use. (1042 pages, cloth)
H. The Prescriber (Ninth Edition, 1972)
This book is just what the title indicates: a homeopathic prescription guide that is the next best thing to having a personal homeopathic doctor. Clarke's work has stood the test of time. In this one volume, the reader will first find the best 60 page introduction ever written on just how to use homeopathic remedies, plus a list of abbreviations, and then over 300 pages of foolproof cross-indexing (repertory). With The Prescriber, a Materia Medica, and study, one can become a competent homeopath. Simple to use and to the point, The Prescriber is an essential reference for a healthy home.
Harris L. Homeopathic Science and Modern Medicine (1981)
No one is a better historian of homeopathy and allopathic (drug) medicine than Dr. Coulter. He is also a fine spokesman for homeopathy, and here in just over 100 pages makes a strong, logical and well-researched case for "the physics of healing with microdoses." If you've always wanted to know how and why "like cures like" and to read a fine review of the literature on infinitesimal dosage, here's the book. Although merely a pamphlet compared to Coulter's multi-volume homeopathic treatise Divided Legacy, this little book still provides over 250 citations from medical journals, a handy table of remedy dilutions, and an annotated bibliography. A 31-page article by J. T. Kent, MD, on case taking and prescription is also included. (157 pages, paper)
This webpage is still under construction. I would like your input in making it as valuable to readers as possible. What has helped you overcome a problem with uterine fibroids? What have you tried that seems to relieve discomfort? If you find any particularly useful articles or websites on this subject, forwarding them to me may be of help to me in preparing future material. (No product endorsements, please.)
In the meantime, a site search for "menstruation" or "endometriosis" or "uterus" at the http://www.doctoryourself.com home page might be worth your while. Using single keywords one at a time works the best. If this is not sufficiently helpful to you, I would recommend both internet and library searches. You can ask your public librarian to assist you.
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