5 ways to detox

http://www.naturalnews.com/039338_mercury_heavy_metals_detox.html   Castor oil packs are used to increase lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation and swelling, improve digestion, and for detoxification. Castor oil appears to have a unique ability to sink transdermally (through the skin) to relax smooth muscle. This simple mechanical action has a beneficial influence on all hollow organs, specifically the blood and lymph vessels, the uterus, fallopian tubes, bowels, gall bladder, and even the liver. A castor oil pack is placed on the skin to increase circulation and to promote elimination and healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. It is often used to stimulate the liver, relieve pain, increase lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion. Castor oil packs have many applications, and are specific in cases of uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts that are not cancerous. Packs also relieve ovarian pain or help with healing after a ruptured ovarian cyst. ************ I had a uterine fibroid that totally dissolved after using castor oil packs! A lot of the experts draw a connection btwn mind/body medicine and recommend imagery/visualization while you apply the packs to really harmonize and address the problem. It’s pretty relaxing, I recommend it. You’re supposed to wash the oil and toxins off afterwards, and it’s pretty messy (sticky) so plan on showering after. Good luck!

Fibroids and Food: Is There a Connection?

Exploring the Relationship Between Fibroids and 3 Common Foods

Phyllis Wheeler

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This article focuses on the three foods that affect fibroids that were mentioned most in my research for this article. We’ll talk about two foods fibroid sufferers might eliminate, reduce or change and one to add to or increase in their diet.Uterine fibroids are extremely common. My sources estimate that at least 20% and possibly as many as 80% of American women have uterine fibroids. The majority of fibroids (especially if you consider the 80% number) aren’t troublesome but for those that do experience symptoms, they can be debilitating. While it isn’t known for sure what causes fibroids the main suspects are heredity, hormones (especially excess estrogen) and having a high level of body fat. I personally know three women whose fibroid symptoms (not the actual fibroids; but the problems caused by the fibroids) went away or significantly declined after they either eliminated meat and dairy or changed to only hormone free meat and dairy. Prior to these dietary changes, one of these ladies had such horrible monthly pain and heavy bleeding that she had to take at least 3 days off work and was barely functional for a whole week every month. Now it’s as if she doesn’t even have the fibroids anymore. Of course, this could just be a coincidence, but it certainly seems like it’s certainly worth a try. Fibroids and Food: Standard Dairy I truly believe that we are what we eat. If fibroids are influenced by excess estrogen then it makes sense that reducing the amount of estrogen in our foods should help the fibroid situation. Mothers who breast feed their children are usually warned by their doctors that any medicines they take can influence their baby’s health and to stick only to what is recommended or prescribed. Similarly, the growth hormones and other chemicals given to dairy cows can infiltrate the dairy products and affect the person consuming them. Women with fibroids would be wise to either switch to organic, hormone-free dairy products or eliminate dairy from their diet (substituting with another calcium source). Ideally, the dairy that is consumed should be low in fat as excess fat consumption contributes to being overweight and obesity is thought to be linked with increased fibroid risk. Fibroids and Food: Standard Commercial Meat Today a lot of the nonorganic meat, particularly red meat, comes from animals pumped full of artificial hormones. Eating the meat can cause your body to absorb some of those hormones, which can affect your own body’s hormone balance and possibly worsen fibroid symptoms. A lot of meat is also high in fat and eating high fat foods can lead to weight gain. As mentioned above, excess weight has also been cited as a potential risk factor for fibroid problems (fat produces estrogen; the more fat a person has the more estrogen her body is likely to produce). By either eliminating meat from your diet or switching to only organic hormone free meat, you may reduce or eliminate your fibroid symptoms. Fibroids and Food: Green Vegetables Now for the good news. It’s possible that significantly increasing your intake of green vegetables, especially leafy greens may not only help reduce fibroid symptoms but also help protect against developing new fibroids. Greens are packed with nutrition and beneficial phytochemicals. Personally, I aim for at least four cups of greens a day (three cups of raw leafy greens and one cup of cooked green vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus or green beans) along with other colorful vegetables. Eating this large quantity of healthy vegetables fills me up (preventing me from snacking on less healthy options) and, by themselves, most vegetables are very low in calories. Just be careful not to eat them with loads of dressing or other high calorie toppings if you want to keep your heart healthy and waistline trim. I hope this article helps you or someone you love lessen their fibroid woes and wish you all the best of health. Sources:

By Susun Weed

Wise Woman herbal and home remedies are simple, safe ways to help yourself when you have a diagnosis of uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are solid muscle tissue growths in the uterus. They are also called fibroid tumors, myomas, or leiomyomas. Fibroids occur so frequently (in up to half of all women over forty) that they could be considered a normal irregularity. The occasional fibroid can become enormous (medical literature reports one that was 100 pounds!), but the majority (80%) remain as small as a walnut. Fibroids are the number one reason American women have hysterectomies. The causes of uterine fibroids are unknown, but estrogens, especially estradiol, promote their growth. After menopause fibroids disappear. But because estrogen levels can rise during the early menopausal years, previously asymptomatic fibroids may grow in the years just before the cessation of menses, resulting in symptoms such as feeling of heaviness in the belly, low back pain, pain with vaginal penetration, urinary frequency or incontinence, bowel difficulties, or severe menstrual pain and flooding. Women of color are three to nine times more likely to have fibroids than white women, and theirs will grow more quickly. Fibroid tumors are not cancer, not malignant. Tumor means a swelling or a growth, not a malignancy, not cancer. Less than 0.1% of all uterine fibroids are malignant. Small fibroids often disappear spontaneously. Larger fibroids are more difficult to resolve, but not impossible to control with natural measures.

  • The “root chakra” (lowermost energy center in the body, which includes the uterus) said to store unexpressed anger. It is believed that any unwanted growths in these organs can be countered by allowing the anger to safely discharge.
  • One woman’s fibroids (and menstrual cramps) disappeared within three months of beginning a vigorous exercise program. Exercise helps insure regular ovulation, and irregular ovulation seems to worsen fibroids.
  • Consuming three or more servings of whole grains or beans daily not only reduces the size of fibroids but offers protection from breast and endometrial cancers as well.
  • Red clover flowers (Trifolium pratense), are one of my favorite infusions, but use during the menopausal years may increase difficulty with fibroids.
  • Strengthening the liver with herbs such as dandelion, milk thistle seed, or yellow dock root helps it metabolize estrogen out of the body, thus reducing fibroids.
  • Vitex or chasteberry tincture, 25-30 drops two to four times daily, often shrinks small fibroids within two months. But results come from long-term use – up to two years.
  • Ask someone to burn moxa over the area of the fibroid while you envision the heat releasing the treasures in your uterus. What is locked up in this fibroid? What can you give birth to?
  • Acupuncture treatments can shrink fibroids.
  • Poke root (Phytolacca americana), used internally as a tincture (1-10 drops per day; start small) and externally as a belly rub oil, has gained a reputation as a profound helper in relieving pain and distresses from fibroids. CAUTION: Poke is considered poisonous; it is not often found for sale. This is one remedy you may have to make yourself to try.
  • Warm castor oil packs on the belly, or ginger compresses (soak a towel in hot ginger water) relieve pain and help shrink the fibroids.
  • The use of progesterone to treat women with uterine fibroids is hotly debated. One side holds that fibroids are created by lack of progesterone. The other side makes, to my mind, the better case: that progesterone increases fibroids. Evidence? Fibroids increase in size during pregnancy, when progesterone production is high, and atrophy after menopause, when progesterone levels decrease. Whichever side is right, eating more whole grains and beans usually changes estrogen/progesterone ratio for the better and shrinks fibroids.
  • Reduce fibroids by reducing your exposure to estrogen: avoid birth control pills, ERT/HRT, estrogen-mimicing residues from herbicides and pesticides used on food crops (eat organically-raised products). Tampons that are bleached with chlorine may mimic the bad effects of estrogen, too.
  • Lupron (leuprolide acetate), a drug which induces “artificial menopause”by shutting down the body’s production of estradiol causes a significant decrease in fibroid size within 8-12 weeks. Fibroids do regrow to about 90 percent of their original size when the drug is withdrawn however.
  • Major advances have been made in surgical treatments for women with fibroids. There are many options now besides hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), including hysteroscopic resection, uterine embolization, myomectomy, and suprecervical hysterectomy. Since these are fairly new procedures, take the time to find a surgeon who is skilled in the procedure.
  • Hysterectomy can be a life-saving procedure, but by the age of sixty, more than one-third of American women will have given up their wombs to the surgeons. The presence of non-symptomatic fibroids is never sufficient reason, to my mind, for a hysterectomy. Of my students and apprentices who have had hysterectomies because of fibroids, those who “did their homework” – that is, helped themselves before and after their surgery with all the tools at their disposal – seemed to fare much better than those who did not.
  • With very few exceptions, no woman is healthier without her ovaries. So, even if you elect a hysterectomy, keep your ovaries.

copyright 2002, Susun S. Weed, reprinted here with express authorization from the author.

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