Thursday, April 17, 2014

yams helpful for fibroids?

That's what this article mentions -- it's due to progesterone. Be careful though because not everything that is called a yam is really a yam...see info here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

superfoods for health

This is a nice concise post from my physician on key foods to eat to be healthy.  How many of these have you eaten this week?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

acai for sinus/allergies and better sleep?

Lately I have been having trouble with spring allergies, and also waking up in the morning not feeling refreshed.  Somewhat by chance, last night I took a scoop of Sambazon Acai powder right before going to bed, and this morning I awoke refreshed and without the big allergic reaction I normally have in the morning. Wow, huge difference from normal. I am going to make this my nighttime routine!

I couldn't find any information online that acai is good for sinus or helping with sleep.  And of course as with other "miracle berries" there is a lot of low quality information out there online.  I looked specifically for info on acai and fibroids, but there doesn't seem to be anything out there, although it does seem to be an ingredient in a couple of specious-looking supplements available out there. There is some evidence it might kill cancer cells.  Here's a summary of its good qualities and one more. Certainly can't hurt, and seemed to be very helpful for me!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

why juice detox may not be best way to get rid of excess estrogen

Interesting article, and they have a webinar coming up. Spring is the time for detoxing!  Link here.

Monday, March 3, 2014

interesting information on how fibroids form

Blame genetic mutations and too much of those growth factors.  Details here.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Recommending Good Eggs

No this is not about good eggs for IVF, but the food from the Good Eggs delivery service could well help in building some good eggs.  Lots of terrific stuff, including pastured eggs, fermented veggies, fresh raw fruit and veggie juices, fresh veggies, and gluten free bread and pasta.  Really helping me with eating healthily.  And only $2 to have it delivered to your door!  Suggest you check them out, if you're in one of the areas they serve: Brooklyn, Los Angeles, New Orleans and SF Bay Area.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

bone broth for beauty

Daily bone broth is a standard part of my routine. Now the beauty benefits are being pointed out!  Article here.

radical forgiveness and other keys to healing -- this week!

I've written in this blog before about the Emotional Freedom Technique. This week is the 6th annual Tapping Summit, and there are some great events for fibroid shrinkers, including a session on radical forgiveness tomorrow that looks really good.  Check it out here, EFT is powerful stuff, and all the sessions are free and can be listened to online at your convenience.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

progress report: 20% shrinkage over past 4 months

I started a new protocol at the beginning of November and it's been working!  Some of the elements are continued from previously, and some are new ones.  In particular, the homeopathic cell salt I think is the key element.

My Chi Nei Tsang practitioner estimates that I have had about 20% shrinkage since the beginning of November.  So it looks like I have found an approach that works for me, and will keep tweaking it to continue and accelerate the shrinkage! (Note, I am going to wait to get an ultrasound for exact measurement until I have more shrinkage, but I too can see and feel the difference so I am very sure there has been shrinkage.)

Key elements:

  • Homeopathic cell salt aimed at addressing sycosis. I'll write more about this later when I have more time, it's a homeopathic tendency to create excess growths.  Homeopathic doctors 100+ years ago got great results in fibroid shrinking by addressing sycosis. The one I am using is calcarea fluorica, I have mostly used the 30c but also sometimes use 6x.
  • Additional homepathic remedies by Unda and also Gemmotherapy remedies (red raspberry and rosemary) prescribed by my naturopath.
  • Chinese herbs:  Sparganium 12 most of the time, occasionally rotating with Gui Zhi Fu Ling and Four Substances for Women.  Sparganium 12 has a combination of the best mass-shrinking herbs and also it's very reasonably priced compared to some other Chinese herb formulas with similar ingredients.
  • Slender Tea, one packet per day.  I don't think it necessarily makes you slender, but the astralagus strengthens the spleen and it has green tea (a proven green tea shrinker) in it too. Bonus -- it's currently on sale!  And I love how it tastes. Occasionally for a break rotate out with White Peony Tea.
  • DIM and d-calcium glucarate, each 2-3 times daily.  For estrogen metabolism.
  • Not very consistent but when possible doing the Shangri-La Diet, with refined walnut oil and also taking my 2x daily fish oil (Ultimate Omega) away from meals instead of with.
  • Working with a new acupuncturist who has been focusing on my stomach and spleen channels, and also with a Standard Process nutritional response testing expert who has put me on some of their products.
I'm doing a lot of other things too but these are the ones that I am doing differently so it's one or a combination of these that seem to be doing the trick. As I said, I think that the calcarea fluorica is likely the big key.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

did anyone see the Dr. Oz show on fibroids today?

Unfortunately the clip linked to does not show the whole thing.  I'm glad he's talking about fibroids and promoting that hysterectomy can be avoided, but just diet alone doesn't sound like enough to shrink fibroids...  Here is the article I saw.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

healing exercises for fibroids

Found these on the web, appear to be related to jin shin jyutsu.  Link here.  Also this other site has some different ones, it's near the top of the discussion thread.

For more about jin shin jyutsu, an energy technique originally from Japan, try this self-help book.  I will say though that I just had a session with an expert and they can go beyond what you can do yourself.  Also here is some information about how it helps with fertility.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

fibroid shrinking drug -- progesterone receptor modulator -- approved in Quebec

Details here.  It's call FIBRISTAL.  Can't use it for more than 3 months due to endometrial thickening, according to this Wikipedia article.  Here's more about it, but it doesn't say how much it shrinks them, only that the effects last for 6 months after treatment.

This is all related to the theory that progesterone is what causes the fibroids to grow.  Which argues against the progesterone cream that many women try to shrink their fibroids.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

risk of uterine fibroids lower with 2 servings of fruit per day

Link to study here.  Wonder why -- the vitamins, the fiber, or just eating fresh foods instead of the bad for you stuff?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

chromosome shattering behind fibroids?

Interesting report of academic research, see link here.  Unfortunately, no practical applications at this point.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

more on vaginal steams

This article gives more information on vaginal steams, including what herbs to include, when to do it, etc. Also includes a link to sets of herbs the author sells (there is a specific formula for fibroids) and to her special exercise videos including a "down there" one for women.  Worth checking out.

Also Whole Living did a nice piece on this topic a little while ago...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

fibroids as potential marriage ender?

Found this to be a rather depressing story -- what every happened to "in sickness and in health"?  As if those of us suffering with fibroids didn't have enough to deal with.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

technique used in laproscopic hysterectomies can spread hidden cancer

It's called morcellation, and wow this woman's story is scary. Article here.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Are fibroids caused by viruses

I had seen someone this summer who did muscle-testing for disgnosing problems and choosing Standard Process supplements.  I liked the process but didn't like the practitioner or their rather inconvenient location. Found someone who is located closer to me and visited them today.  The last person had done a general approach, but she honed in right on the fibroids to try to figure out what is preventing them to be healed by the body's normal mechanisms.  She tested against the four categories that SP uses, foods, chemicals, immune and scars.  She said that there was an immune issue and isolated it to saying it's a virus.  She didn't test the chemical issue yet, she wanted to start with the virus. For that purpose she put me on 4 Cyruta and one Antronex per day, she said I would need to be on them about 4 months. And that once the blockage caused by the virus is cleared out, I would see a big difference.

I thought the idea of viruses affecting fibroids was strange, but I did some poking around on the internet and evidently quite a few people have the theory that a virus is the trigger that starts the formation of a fibroid.  I mentioned this to my husband and he mentioned that he had heard something similar about cancer.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

yoga for hips

Went to an excellent workshop on the hips and hamstrings at Prajna yoga center in San Carlos CA today.  The hips DVD in this set seems to have similar material, will try this for keeping up the work.  It's cheaper to get in this 3-DVD set, I have shoulder issues so that DVD sounds good and the core one has the following description which sounds very relevant for those of us working on fibroids and fertility:   "a unique Yoga-based practice specifically addressing physical, emotional and spiritual issues lodged deep inside your core. Unlock the power of your center and reconnect to the natural vitality buried within. This series of extraordinarily deep abdominal exercises strengthens you from the inside out and is designed to penetrate weak muscle tissue, awaken sluggish organs, stretch scar tissue and cultivate vibrancy throughout your nervous system."

tune up your mitochondria

A good article on this topic -- important not just for energy but also for egg quality.