Wednesday, September 21, 2016

copper toxicity, fibroids, and hair analysis -- great new resource I just found

The Supplements Summit that I wrote about a little while ago just ended. I thought this was a particularly good telesummit with some interesting speakers, and especially liked the talk by the gal who put it together, Wendy Myers. Her talk was about detoxification, and I thought I knew a lot about this topic but she was mentioning so many different detox supplements I hadn't heard of that I had to grab a piece of paper to start jotting them down.

What was particularly interesting about her talk was her description of how she uses hair analysis to determine the detox protocol that she puts each person on. I had done some hair mineral analysis ten years ago but was not sure how helpful it was. But I was really impressed with how she talked about it.

I went to her site, and do what I always do when I look at one of these practitioners who is on a Telesummit, I went to the search box to type in "fibroids". In most cases it says "no results" or there is a page on fibroids that doesn't tell me anything new. But in Wendy's case, there was a very interesting article, with a really clear description of how copper toxicity can lead to fibroids, and talking about how she has helped people to deal with their fibroids using her Mineral Power detox and rebalancing program. That's her program that uses the hair analysis to create customized programs. In addition to getting rid of copper and heavy metals that can have an estrogenic effect in the body, the program also can deal with the root causes of estrogen dominance and resolve it (rather than just put band-aids on it, which is what we do when we take DIM if you ask me).

I have been too busy to write about it, but I have been doing a lot of work with a functional medicine practitioner lately, addressing various issues including getting rid of SIBO and balancing my gut flora. However something still feels off, and also my fibroids are still there. Have been starting to feel that I've reached the limit of what my current practitioner can do for me. So I'm excited to have discovered Wendy and to see what she says about my hair mineral analysis. I'll keep everyone posted. I am going to my hairdresser on Friday and have her cut the hair sample in a way that won't be too visible, and will send it in. Meanwhile, you can read more about her hair analysis service here (click "discover the program".

On her site there is also a really interesting looking podcast series, with segments about estrogen dominance, thyroid, mercury, and other topics relevant for fibroid shrinkers, plus explaining more about the hair analysis. Looking forward to listening to those. You can find them here then click on "podcast."

This looks like a great resource, am so excited!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

good source for discount healthy food and supplements

I recently discovered Thrive Market, an online site that sells health foods and supplements at a big discount -- so much less than Whole Foods, plus they have products I can't find easily elsewhere. And free shipping too.

They charge a yearly fee, but there is a guarantee that you will save enough to pay for it. You get a 15% discount on your second order too. It really seems worth it.

Recently been working with a nutrition coach from the Rise App, who recommended Beanitos Skinny Dippers and certain types of jerky, all of which could be found at Thrive.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Everything you ever wanted to know about supplements

Here's another one of those informative telesummits, this one featuring a bunch of really interesting sounding lectures about supplements -- how to tell which ones you should be taking, which are best, etc. I'm looking forward to the deep dive on fish oil, how to know if you are absorbing your supplements, functional medicine testing to help you know what supplements to take, supplement ingredients to avoid, and the best ways to detox. I've become a supplement fiend while working on my fibroids project and this all looks like good stuff.

Here is the signup link, the telesummit will be held in September. And if you are reading this after it has ended, you can get access to the lectures here.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Exploring The Connection Between Fibroids And Obesity

Interesting article. Fat produces estrone. So doesn't hurt to lose weight! Link here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

sleep and fertility interview -- listen today

Listened to a really interesting interview about sleep and fertility on the Sleep Success Summit today. The guy who is being interviewed sounds like a great resource too -- does both functional medicine and Chinese medicine.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

sleep and fertility, sleep and hormones, plus other sleep stuff!

Here's another summit, they seem to be popping up like mushrooms!  This one is all about sleep and starts on August 8th. Signup is here.

Talk topics include:

  • Does Gut Health Prevent Quality Sleep?
  • Is Your Past Preventing You from Sleeping?
  • Your Hormones Could Be Affecting Your Sleep
  • Link Between Fertility and Sleep
  • Creating Energy from Better Sleep
  • Telomeres and Sleep

Looks interesting.  Sleep is important to anyone on a fibroid healing or fertility journey as it's a basic building block to health, so this looks like a good one.

If you are seeing this after it's over or if you want to listen to the presentations at your leisure, you can also purchase all of them here.

Monday, July 11, 2016

At-home weekend fertility retreat

Here's another cool thing that is also free, an at-home weekend fertility retreat that is happening at the end of the month. Here's a link to the signup page.  It is a bit short on details but does sound interesting and worth trying! Since it doesn't cost anything, can't hurt to check it out.

Radical Self-Healing

There is a telesummit this week called "The Soul of Healing" which caught my eye due to its focus on "radical self-healing" --- something that fibroid shrinkers and those having trouble conceiving surely want to do.

The summit started today and I listened to one of the presentations this morning, it was very interesting. Unexpectedly more than anything else it was relevant to my relationship with my husband. Looking forward to more listening this week.

Here is the description that got my attention:

While diet, exercise and supplements may produce remarkable results, if the vital role of the mind, emotions and soul are not taken into account, lasting health may not be possible. Body, mind and soul cannot be separated; they work together. When operating in a unified and optimized way, they have the power to create perpetual health, wellness, wholeness and long-term fulfillment.

Sounds good to me!  And indeed a big focus of the healing work I have been doing in the last year is focused on dealing with my mind and emotions. So this feels very timely to me.

You can sign up for the telesummit, which is free and has several speakers each day, here.

If the telesummit is over when you see this, or if you want to listen to the interviews at your convenience, you can purchase access to the interviews here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Eat more fruit, veggies, citrus and preformed Vitamin A to prevent fibroids

This study shows that all of those are inversely associated with uterine fibroid incidence in African American women.

The A is "preformed" which means that it's from animal sources rather than fruits and veggies. You can get that eating fish or taking Cod Liver Oil (the one linked to here is a particularly high quality one) or liver (if you don't like eating it, try these handy desiccated liver capsules)

Friday, April 22, 2016

absorbent underwear designed for use during periods

This sounds really interesting. And site is not dorky. Link here.

Digging in the dirt, with the Emotion Code / Body Code

Busy busy busy lately, sorry no time to be blogging much recently.

However thought I would share a bit about something I have been doing that seems to be helping.

It's long been my belief that my fibroids and other physical issues are a buildup of old emotions trapped in my body, and I need to release them. The question is, how? I've done some EFT and tried a couple of different shaman type people, and while that seemed to help, didn't seem to quite do it.

I've had several sessions of Emotion Code / Body Code sessions, and I think I may have finally found something that works. Seems to be very systematic and targeted at identifying very specific emotions and issues. Doing this work is proving to me that I do indeed have a lot of trapped stuff, and also unfortunately that it's going to take a lot to get rid of it.

Today I worked with a different practitioner than I had before. I decided to work with her on sycosis miasm, which is the homeopathic term for the body creating lumps to sequester things. I have lots of lumps -- my fibroids, a lipoma, breast cyst, a new lump that appeared on my neck a little over a year ago, etc. Thought that by addressing the sycosis miasm, we could work on the underpinnings of all of them.

While delving into what is causing this sycosis miasm, in the hour we ranged over a whole lot of topics. From past life stuff from ancestors, to a negative chord with my mother, to stress inherited from both my parents, to a lack of one color (deep blue -- and indeed realized I don't own a single blue shirt despite having a very varied wardrobe) and allergy to another (maroon, the color of the company my father used to work for, which was an alienating environment for him that I must have picked up on), issues with my first grade teacher, and an upsetting incident in high school. Issues blocking my ability to express myself. All these old emotions, stuff upon stuff, some of which was not even mine in the first place. So am digging in the dirt as the song goes, and releasing all this stuff bit by bit. A lot of work, but seems to be the most efficient thing I have found so far for dredging up and clearing stuck emotions.

If you're curious about this work, you can read more about it here. You can find practitioners here.

Oh and another thing. Over the past year I have also done some work with Priscilla at the Bioenergy Balancing Center. This has been very helpful and works on the same principle of clearing out stuck emotions and energies. Difference is it's hands-on and in person, and also she looks more at the body's physiological functioning and prescribes supplements too.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

this sounds more like an ad than an article

but it does make me curious about this new fibroid treatment. Link here.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Positive approach to planning for the new year

I thought this was a refreshing change from the usual! Link here.

weight loss approach that is working for me

Between the IVF drugs and not wanting to go on strict diets due to not wanting to have it affect my fertility, and being married to a man who is way too interested in food, I've gained some weight the past few years and not been able to figure out how to get rid of it.

Recently started using the Rise app, which is a really great application of mobile technology.  You take photos of your food and a nutritionist comments on them. You get three months of it for less than what one session with a nutritionist would cost you.

Between being more careful about what you eat because you know you have to report it, and helpful tips from the nutritionist, it really works -- I have lost 5 pounds so far and am going into the usual January resolution period feeling optimistic!

If you sign up with the referral code P75R21 or this link, you can get your first week free.

This New York Times article gives a pretty accurate idea of what it's like working with the app.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

link between lymph and PMS/menstruation issues

It logically would serve to reason that lymph would be related to fibroids too. Good article. Link here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

NEWS: high testosterone also a risk factor for fibroids

Details here.  High testosterone and high estrogen together is even worse.

too many stims lead to poor IVF prognosis

Nor surprising but finally there is some proof. Details here.