The Truth About Fibroids and Fibrocystic Breast Disease.

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Uterine Fibroids are so common that 70-80% of all women get them and 1/3 of all women get hysterectomies before age 50 because of complications caused by large fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis, or cancer resulting from a fibrocystic condition. These stats are alarming and tell us something is definitely not right in our world. The medical profession treats these statistics like they are just commonplace and therefore women should just accept it, get a hysterectomy, and move on. It's a bit disturbing that we have to start cutting out body parts in order to live a healthier life or survive.

Women must start taking matters into their own hands by educating themselves and passing onto their girls the preventative measures that have to be taken early in life to avoid being part of the 3/4 of the female population that has to have their reproductive organs removed. Having body organs cut out is NOT normal. We have to stop the medical profession from treating it like it is. Educate yourself and help to educate others by "sharing" this page.

The doctors that have gone so far as to study the cause of fibroids have determined that they are caused by too much estrogen. Some doctors who are studying fibroids will add that they also seem to be caused by hormone imbalances, specifically too much estrogen and not enough progesterone. A small number of doctors have gone out on a limb and suggested that this imbalance is being caused by the high amount of chemical estrogens in our food supply and environment. Doctor John Lee devoted his practice to researching the cause of the high incidence of fibroid tumors in woman before his death in 2003. He stated....

"Strictly speaking, it's possible that we are all -- men, women and children -- suffering a little from estrogen dominance, because there is so much of it in our environment. You would have to virtually live in a bubble to escape the excess estrogens we're exposed to through pesticides, plastics, industrial waste products, car exhaust, meat, soaps and much of the carpeting, furniture and paneling that we live with indoors every day. You may have on-and-off sinus problems, headaches, dry eyes, asthma or cold hands and feet for example, and not know to attribute them to your exposure to xenohormones. Over time the exposure will cause more chronic problems such as arthritis and premenopause symptoms, and may be a direct or indirect cause of cancer".

"The uterus is one of the first organs to manifest symptoms when a woman's hormones are out of balance. Two of the most common uterine symptoms of premenopause syndrome are an enlarged uterus, and uterine fibroids. Women with PMS often experience painful periods (dysmenorrhea) which are most often caused when the endometrial lining of the uterus extends into the muscular wall of the uterus (adenomyosis). When shedding of the endometrium occurs (menstruation), the blood is released into the muscular lining, causing severe pain. Conventional medicine treats this pain with NSAIDS (non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen, but ignores the underlying metabolic hormonal imbalance that caused it. The problem can often be simply resolved by restoring proper progesterone levels, which restores normal growth and shedding of the endometrium.
Estrogen dominance causes the uterus to grow, and without the monthly balancing effect of progesterone, it doesn't have the proper signals to stop growing. In some women this results in an enlarged uterus that presses on other organs, such as the bladder, and often on the digestive system, and generally causes discomfort and heavy menstrual bleeding. In other women estrogen dominance results in fibroids, which are tough, fibrous, non-cancerous lumps that grow in the uterus. Some fibroids can grow to the size of a grapefruit or cantaloupe, causing constant bleeding and such heavy menstrual periods that the blood loss is akin to hemorrhaging." Dr. John Lee.

Fibroid tumors are 2 to 3 times more common in African-American women than other American women, tend to be larger, more numerous, more symptomatic, and black women get them at an earlier age. A study by researchers at Boston University released in 2009 suggested there may be a link between the kinds of hair relaxers used by millions of black women to an increased instances of fibroid tumors.
Dr. Ray L. Howell, an obstetrician, gynecologist, and surgeon based in Atlanta who has specialized in women’s issues for 25 years, has co-authored the book, “Black Women and Fibroids: A Conversation with Black Women,” that cites the study conducted between 1997 and 2009, involving 23,580 pre-menopausal African-American women. The study found 7,146 cases of fibroids—a rate two to three times higher than for women who did not use relaxers. The increased incidence may be linked to exposure to thyalates, chemicals added to the perfume portion of hair relaxers that mimics estrogen-like materials that encourage fibroid growth. It is believed they may enter the body through scalp lesions and burns caused by hair relaxers.
Howell’s  said the study was not conclusive enough to make a direct link between hair relaxers and fibroids and further study was warranted.  It did urge women who use relaxers, however, to avoid getting scalp burns or scars from the formulas to reduce the chances of thyalates getting into the bloodstream.

"Hormone imbalance is a type of allergic reaction experienced by women from before puberty to old age. It is a heightened reaction to the normal function of hormones. It occurs in almost all women during the premenstrual part of their cycle. In some women it gets so pronounced that there is an actual hormone allergy to their own hormones which heightens their reactions." ~Dr. Russell Roby.

And yet, although a number of very prominent doctors recognize estrogen dominance, treat it with great success, and publish studies on it, you would be amazed the number of gynecologists that have never heard of estrogen dominance or won't admit such a thing exists. I went to 5 different gyn doctors in my area and not a single one had ever heard of it. (Michael Lam, M.D., M.P.H., A.B.A.A.M and Dr. Christine Northrup M.D are two more doctors among an increasing number who have been brave enough to publish their estrogen dominance findings publicly.)

Fibrocystic Breasts: More than half of all women have fibrocystic breasts at some point. 30-60% of women and at least 50% of women of childbearing years. Research from a 2001 study reported in the journal Fertility and Sterility shows women who consume 500 milligrams of caffeine daily, the equivalent of 4-5 cups of coffee, produce 70% more estrogen in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle than women who consume less than 1 cup of coffee. If you like beef, you should know that Italian research reported in Obstetrics and Gynecology shows while eating red meat doubles the risk of developing uterine fibroids, eating plenty of vegetables cuts fibroid risk in half!
Feedback we've had from birth control users suggests that even the newest low dose oral contraceptives can cause breast swelling, and aggravate fibroid problems and endometriosis for susceptible women.

There exist studies that link low iodine levels to fibrocystic breast disease. Also, there is evidence that the low breast cancer rates in Japan are due to their high iodine intake (form seafood). It is not only our thyroid that needs iodine -- breast tissue (and other glands) do as well. Increasing your iodine intake is definitely something worthwhile as it can help breast pain and fibrocystic breast changes.

While caffeine may not cause fibrocystic disease all on its own, it definitely aggravates the condition, and if a woman is borderline fibrocystic, it will push her to have fibroids or fibrocystic breasts. Caffeine increases estrogen production.

What's a Woman to Do?
Astonishing isn't it: that there is literally tons of studies and research that have been out for a while now on the cause of this condition and yet so many gynecologist refuse to acknowledge it, and the ones that do, treat it with chemical hormone replacement therapy, the pill (which adds insult to injury by adding even more estrogen to the situation) or removal of reproductive organs? This is why women need to start taking their health into their own hands. If you want to decrease your odds of developing this overwhelming condition, here are the smartest choices you can make and the earlier in life the better:

• Stop drinking coffee, eating chocolate, green tea, caffeinated sodas, energy drinks and anything with caffeine in it. It has been my experience that even the tiniest amount of caffeine exasperates a fibrocystic condition. How do I know this? I felt it. Take note of how your breasts feel after consuming caffeine of any kind for an extended period of time. Then go off of caffeine for a minimum of 2 months and see if your breasts don't feel softer, less lumpy, less swollen, tender and painful. I did. That was all the evidence I needed. Now imagine what caffeine is doing to your uterus over years and years of consumption - which you can't feel until it's often too late.

• Cut back on red meats. All commercial meats have growth hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals added. Eat only hormone-free organic meats and cut back on all meats, even organic. Meats have animal estrogen in them naturally and the average American can easily cut back their meat consumption by half and never miss it. We consume too much meat and not enough fresh fruits and vegetables, which is detrimental to our health in many ways.

• Get regular daily exercise. Some research suggests that a sedentary lifestyle also aggravates hormone imbalances because lack of exercise can stop hormone production or lead to excess estrogen being stored in fat reserves.

Herbs and Vitamins: Take iron if you know you have fibroids because fibroids tend to use up a great deal of your blood supply which can leave you exhausted and anemic. Take Vitex (also known as Chasteberry) because it helps promote the production of progesterone in the body and greatly helps to balance hormones. Take Milk Thistle to help out your liver because it will surely be under a heavy overload for a long time while trying to eliminate excess hormones and toxins. It is said through research that Beta Carotene, turmeric root and oregano can help increase progesterone production as well. I would highly recommend taking the turmeric and oregano oil to help with all the inflammation a woman has throughout her body being caused by the hormone imbalance. If you are experiencing bloating and digestive problems as well, these two herbs will help a great deal. Reishi mushroom is fantastic for balancing hormones, as an anti-histamine blocker if you are experiencing allergies due to the hormone imbalance, anti-inflammatory and just balances the body and sets it right in general.

Alternate the reishi with the vitex to balance your hormones while you take the progesterone cream because it's next to impossible to know from day to day how much cream to use since hormones change daily and depending on what you eat and are exposed to. Using these two herbs to do the balancing act for you is very effective.

• If you are experiencing a hormone imbalance - such as severe PMS, excessive bleeding, cramping, pain, bloating, moodiness, adenomyosis. fibroids, fibrocystic breasts, endometriosis etc. - use natural bio-identical progesterone cream which can be purchased at most health food stores or online. Bioidentical creams more closely mimic the body's natural progesterone and do not lead to cancer as studies have proven the chemical hormone replacement therapy doctor's prescribe does. Natural progesterone is made from Mexican Wild Yam, and when shopping for a natural cream, make sure it is at least 400 USP or more.
Severe progesterone depletion can cause red bumps on the eyelids, rashes, hives, muscle weakness and chronic fatigue along with the severe PMS symptoms mentioned above, fibroids and a condition known as adenomyosis - an abnormal buildup of the uterine lining - as well as be a precursor to breast, uterine, ovarian and cervical cancers. As you use the bio-identical natural progesterone cream - just a small dab at a time until you see how your body reacts - you will experience immediate relief, but depending on just how deficient you are on progesterone, you may need to apply it 3-4 times a day, every day, during the last 2 weeks of your cycle, every month, or as little as just once a day for 3-4 days. Every woman is different, and your body will tell you how much you need. Doctors who specialize in estrogen dominance in women say that these women benefit a great deal from a smaller dose of progesterone than what the manufacturer's often recommend. With hormone supplementation, more is not always better. These Doctors recommend a small dab or bioidentical cream no larger than a pea for a 400 USP cream once or twice a day. If you are just starting to use natural progesterone cream and are suffering a great deal, you can start with the recommended manufacturer's dose for their cream for the first 2-3 days (what's called a loading dose) then cut it back to the pea-sized dab the doctor's have witnesses as being the most beneficial for estrogen dominance. In this case, less seems to be better and more effective than more. Over time, the key is to try and achieve a maintenance level of progesterone cream to balance the amount of estrogen you are getting from foods, what your body makes and your environmental exposure. And yes, this is a bit tricky since your hormones change daily. Once I hit on my ideal maintenance dose of progesterone cream, I felt better than I had my entire life.

**A word about progesterone creams: Try to find a brand that does NOT package it in plastic, as this will only be adding chemical estrogens to your body that you don't need. We searched high and low and only found one brand so far: Serenity by Health Science. that contains the fewest xenoestrogens, although it is still packaged in a plastic jar, it doesn't seem to leach as many xenoestrogens into the product as the soft plastic tubes do. Serenity is also 3 times more potent than other progesterone creams on the market, including the popular Progest by Emerita, and we found it works far better than any other creams we have tested. See our sidebar in the left column for more information on Serenity.

• Avoid foods packaged in plastics, microwaving food in plastic, new cars with that plastic "new car" smell, and inhaling fumes from plastics AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, including from new carpeting, which can take up to 3 months to fully off-gas. Given the recent alarming studies that show we have been poisoning ourselves with excess chemical estrogens in plastics for years, this is the single largest improvement women can make to improve their overall health not just with fibrocystic conditions. And it's free.

• Avoid body care products in plastics, including toothpaste, moisturizers, soaps etc. They will only add chemical estrogens to your body and cancel out the progesterone cream you are using. Also avoid bras made with spandex, lycra and if possible, that use plastic underwire. When you sweat, these petro-chemical materials will leach into your skin. Try to buy only 100% cotton bras; nylon is okay, but cotton is better.

Note: The limitations above may seem a bit impossible to attain to some women, but they are the minimum of what it will honestly take to reverse your fibrocystic / estrogen dominant condition and avoid hysterectomy, chemical hormone replacement therapy, surgeries and severe health complications. The question you need to ask is how important is your health and your life to you? Keep this in mind: No amount of money or vanity will help you if you lose your health. Without your health, you have nothing, anybody who has ever been chronically or terminally ill has attested to that. It boils down to quality of life - which should be everybody's primary focus and achievement regardless of any small sacrifice they may have to endure to get there.

Another Note: Breast cancer is often missed on a mammogram. New technology called MBi is much more accurate.

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Photos from top: 1.) Uterus between two large fibroids found during surgery. 2.) Typical fibrocystic tissue is white on a mammogram. 3.) Different types of fibroids. 4.) Powerpoint presentation on fibroids. 5.)The arrow points to cancer cells that were easily missed on this mammogram.

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Read more on fibroids, estrogen dominance and how it's all linked to our food supply. You can also look up past articles by subject in our article archives. Information on this topic is still developing while we publish this, so we will be updating this information and the list of articles that pertain to it as more information and studies become available.

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