Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Truth About Cancer -- Ultimate Live Symposium (shrinking tumors!)

Here is an interesting free event this weekend -- a whole bunch of lectures about cancer prevention. Info here.

Since fibroids are tumors, and also some fibroids hide cancer, looking forward to learning some useful info by listening to this.

The presentation will include the following, which all sound quite interesting:


  • How to prevent Cancer naturally, without pharmaceutical drugs and medications, from Dr. Josh Axe
  • The ideal Anti-Cancer diet, from Dr. Joe Mercola
  • 
The NEW way to detect Breast Cancer early without mammograms or harmful radiation, from Dr. Galina Migalko
  • What to do FIRST if you (or someone you love) is ever diagnosed with Cancer, from Dr. Ben Johnson
  • The chemical compounds found in nature that shrink tumors fast, from Dr. David Jockers 
  • The future of non-toxic Cancer reversing therapies, from Dr. Tony Jimenez 
  • How to tell if all your vitamins and supplements are actually working (or if they’re just becoming expensive urine?), from Dr. Daniel Nuzum and Jordan Rubin 
  • The hidden connection between vaccines and Cancer, from Dr. Sherri Tenpenny 
  • 
About the single most deadly toxin showing up in our food supply now that’s slowly poisoning nearly the entire world (and how to avoid it), from researcher Mike Adams

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How to have a stress-free fertility journey

Fertile Mindset founder Sarah Holland is having a free webinar next week on How to Have a Stress-Free Fertility Journey. (I'm certainly curious as to how such a thing is possible!)

The webinar will be on November 29th at noon Pacific, 3 pm Eastern and 8 pm U.K. time.

Details and sign up here.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

lithium for fibroids?

I just got my hair mineral analysis from Liveto110 done. I'll write in more detail later about what I found and about the various supplements I have been recommended.

One surprising one is lithium. Evidently I'm low. And interestingly, when I researched it I found the following:

When lithium is removed from the diet of farm animals, they appear to develop numerous chronic, degenerative diseases. These include atrophy of the spleen, development of cysts and tumors, severely depressed immune systems, and decreased fertility. 

(Quote is from this page) It also protects cells from heavy metal toxicity.

So maybe the lithium will help the fibroids!  I bought this one to use in my new regimen.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Why the Paleo diet made me fat (and didn't help my fibroids)

Over the past few years, in pursuit of better health and fertility I have been trying to follow a Paleo diet. And having been to a lecture by Sally Fallon in 2016 that was very impressive, and Chris Kresser having been my physician before he got ultra-famous, have been influenced by Weston Price ideas as well. Both Paleo and Weston Price are higher fat than the diet I had been eating prior to that, with Paleo emphasizing a lot of red meat and coconut, and Weston Price recommending full fat dairy, liver pate, and lots of butter.

Unfortunately during this time I have gained about 15 pounds. Thus time period also coincides with my meeting and getting married to my husband, otherwise known as "The Diet Destroyer", who loves to eat in large quantities, and is always looking for the next place to get ice cream, but doesn't seem to gain weight. And also moving to California, where I spend too much time in my car and thus don't get enough exercise. Plus some fertility treatments that led to weight gain (for example when you do IVF they put you on the Pill so they can more easily schedule your procedure, ugh! Still can't get rid of the immediate 4 pound weight gain from just that.)

But that doesn't seem to be the entire explanation, and I just got some new information that has unlocked one of the keys to the mystery of my having trouble losing weight. I just got an email from the genetic testing company 23andMe, whose genetic test I had done last year. They released a new genetic test result (something they do periodically) and this one was about whether one has the gene that means theywill gain more weight than other people on a high saturated fat diet. And of course, I have that gene!

The information provided shows that people with this gene will tend to weigh 6 percent more when eating a high fat diet than those without the gene. So that would account for just over half the difference between my current weight and my ideal weight. 

Now of course we've been seeing a lot in the media lately about how low fat diets are not all that they are cracked up to be, and that saturated fat is necessary for good health. But if you have the gene variation that I do, too much is going to make you fat. So be careful! And don't forget, for those who are trying to shrink their fibroids, fat tissue makes estrogen so it's not helpful to be overweight.

Fortunately, the Rise coach that I am working with is a stickler for avoiding saturated fat. At first it was annoying and I was going to send her some links to the Weston Price site, but now that I have this DNA test result I am thinking it's a good thing. (You can try Rise for a week for free with this code: P75R21)

I will also mention here another reason that Paleo as it is commonly practiced can be problematic - the heavy reliance on dates as a sweetener. So many Paleo bars and dessert recipes make heavy use of dates. However they are a very concentrated sweetener and it is highly unlikely that our Paleo ancestors ate them in such significant quantities. And of course with so much sugar in them, that means calories and the potential for weight gain!

Finally, I'm waiting for results of hair analysis that confirms this, but I suspect that I may have copper issues. Many Paleo products and recipes are high on nuts, especially almonds which have particularly high copper content. So it's possible that by eating Paleo style I may have been exacerbating this problem -- aargh!

That all being said, I am still eating as few grains as possible, and avoid dairy and soy and beans for the most part, so for want of a better term I call my way of eating Paleo. But I'm being careful to watch my sugars and saturated fat. (Specific Carbohydrate Diet might be a better name, but it doesn't have the name recognition of Paleo...)



Why the Paleo diet made me fat (and didn't help my fibroids)

Over the past few years, in pursuit of better health and fertility I have been trying to follow a Paleo diet. And having been to a lecture by Sally Fallon in 2016 that was very impressive, and Chris Kresser having been my physician before he got ultra-famous, have been influenced by Weston Price ideas as well. Both Paleo and Weston Price are higher fat than the diet I had been eating prior to that, with Paleo emphasizing a lot of red meat and coconut, and Weston Price recommending full fat dairy, liver pate, and lots of butter.

Unfortunately during this time I have gained about 15 pounds. Thus time period also coincides with my meeting and getting married to my husband, otherwise known as "The Diet Destroyer", who loves to eat in large quantities, and is always looking for the next place to get ice cream, but doesn't seem to gain weight. And also moving to California, where I spend too much time in my car and thus don't get enough exercise. Plus some fertility treatments that led to weight gain (for example when you do IVF they put you on the Pill so they can more easily schedule your procedure, ugh! Still can't get rid of the immediate 4 pound weight gain from just that.)

But that doesn't seem to be the entire explanation, and I just got some new information that has unlocked one of the keys to the mystery of my having trouble losing weight. I just got an email from the genetic testing company 23andMe, whose genetic test I had done last year. They released a new genetic test result (something they do periodically) and this one was about whether one has the gene that means theywill gain more weight than other people on a high saturated fat diet. And of course, I have that gene!

The information provided shows that people with this gene will tend to weigh 6 percent more when eating a high fat diet than those without the gene. So that would account for just over half the difference between my current weight and my ideal weight. 

Now of course we've been seeing a lot in the media lately about how low fat diets are not all that they are cracked up to be, and that saturated fat is necessary for good health. But if you have the gene variation that I do, too much is going to make you fat. So be careful! And don't forget, for those who are trying to shrink their fibroids, fat tissue makes estrogen so it's not helpful to be overweight.

Fortunately, the Rise coach that I am working with is a stickler for avoiding saturated fat. At first it was annoying and I was going to send her some links to the Weston Price site, but now that I have this DNA test result I am thinking it's a good thing. (You can try Rise for a week for free with this code: P75R21)

I will also mention here another reason that Paleo as it is commonly practiced can be problematic - the heavy reliance on dates as a sweetener. So many Paleo bars and dessert recipes make heavy use of dates. However they are a very concentrated sweetener and it is highly unlikely that our Paleo ancestors ate them in such significant quantities. And of course with so much sugar in them, that means calories and the potential for weight gain!

Finally, I'm waiting for results of hair analysis that confirms this, but I suspect that I may have copper issues. Many Paleo products and recipes are high on nuts, especially almonds which have particularly high copper content. So it's possible that by eating Paleo style I may have been exacerbating this problem -- aargh!

That all being said, I am still eating as few grains as possible, and avoid dairy and soy and beans for the most part, so for want of a better term I call my way of eating Paleo. But I'm being careful to watch my sugars and saturated fat. (Specific Carbohydrate Diet might be a better name, but it doesn't have the name recognition of Paleo...)



Monday, October 3, 2016

toxic phthalates in food

Another toxin that contributes to fibroids. Think plastic wrapping on meats and cheeses. Article here on efforts to do something about them.  Here is an article with background information.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

And you thought your fibroid was bad

This is horrible, and amazing that her doctor's couldn't figure it out! http://www.particlenews.com/n/04cKsx5n

lots of great information on detoxing! and some new detox supplements

Sorry for the late notice but there is another of those telesummits going on featuring informative interviews. This one is called The Detox Project and as readers of this blog know, detoxing is a big topic for everyone interested in fibroid shrinking and fertility.

The summit is going on right now, so get in there right away to catch each day's talks. There is also going to be a replay day on 10/3 where you can listen to anything you missed. There are also a whole bunch of bonus interviews too. Lots of great listening. If you are seeing this later and want to get the replays, you can do so here.

One of the people who is interviewed on this telesummit is Wendy Myers, the hair analysis / mineral rebalancing / detoxing guru who I talked about in my last post. In this interview she covers some of the same ground as the other one, but some new wrinkles. By the way, I also discovered that Wendy posted the interview from the other summit on her site, just click here then pick "podcast" it's #168. By the way, this podcast really looks great, I already listened to the one on infrared saunas and looking at the lineup I think I want to listen to almost all of them, they sound really relevant.

As mentioned in my last post, I signed up for the Mineral Power hair analysis and consultation. I sent in my hair last Friday and can't wait to get my report back.

But in the meantime, based on listening to Wendy's two interviews, I went ahead and ordered some of the things she says that she tells all her patients to take (other than the magnesium which I am gettting a lot of already).  Because I'm going to be on an overseas business trip in October and not sure how quickly I will be able to get my hands on the stuff she recommends. These also might be things that you could try even if you don't work with Wendy. Her description of them in the interviews was pretty convincing, and for me they feel like a fresh approach.

Pectasol-C, this soaks up toxins from your body
Selenium, many people are deficient. I did some research on this and it seems this is a useful adjunct to iodine therapy which I am doing already. This brand is what Wendy recommends. However I read online that if you're really deficient taking a lot at once can be a problem, so I am getting these and will start with a 1/4 of a pill.
Oceans Alive, a source of vitamins and minerals and SOD which is a potent antioxidant
BioSil, binds to many heavy metals
Coffee suppositories. Wendy recommends coffee enemas to help with detox, and indeed I googled and found one woman who says she felt they were really helpful for getting rid of her fibroids. However, I just can't go there with enemas, and also research confirmed that they can be dangerous. I looked into alternatives and found these coffee suppositories, which gets the coffee to the right place but more gently.

I already have a mini far infrared sauna, which is another thing that Wendy strongly recommends. I just need to use it more!

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