Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Guide To Begin Shrinking Fibroids While You 'Watch and Wait'


      Hearing from a Doctor that you have something wrong with your body is sufficiently distressing. However, for a majority of women who receive the words "uterine fibroids" as their diagnosis, they are clueless as to the what the heck they are, let alone how they developed, and how to get rid of them. Oddly enough, I am surprised by the alarming amount of women that suffer with fibroids and the lack of newsworthy information that one may hear about the subject.
I hadn't heard about fibroids until I was diagnosed. None of the elder females in the family ever referenced it as 'something to expect' as I got older. In essence, many of us females don't have 'Uterine Fibroids' listed in our life's playbook, as opposed to childbirth and Menopause. Conveniently, the occurrence of fibroids comes smack dab in the middle between the birthing years and the cessation of menstruation. How fun!

     Although it is difficult to account for the exact number of women that currently suffer from uterine fibroids in the U.S., the amount of hysterectomy procedures performed can prove as an indicator. According to the Fibroid Registry, .."(..These symptoms are the most common indication for hysterectomy in the United States, accounting for 30-40 percent of all hysterectomies, or 150-200,000 hysterectomies annually.3 At least 34,000 myomectomies—surgical procedures in which only the fibroids are removed—are performed annually (data obtained from the NIS online query system)."  It is most unfortunate that so many of these hysterectomies are performed, when in fact, many well renown medical professionals have professed that not all hysterectomies are necessary. In other words, a hysterectomy is not the only solution to getting rid of uterine fibroids. There are other less invasive surgical procedures, as well as non-surgical, holistic strategies for treatment, however the jury is still out on how thorough  Gynecologists are(overall) in informing their female patients with fibroids of other options besides a hysterectomy for fibroids.

       The ORACLE Protocol© for Shrinking Fibroids

     After speaking with many women across various Social Media sites over the last four years, there are a high percentage that have echoed the following consistent complaints after being diagnosed with uterine fibroids, or once they have been told to 'Watch and Wait' with asymptomatic fibroids:

Complaint - "My Gynecologist(s)......."

1. ....said the only thing I could do to get rid of the fibroids was to have a hysterectomy.

2. ...didn't explain much about the fibroids, or why I might have them. He/She just said that I was"at   that age".

3....wasn't to keen on my getting a second opinion (but wasn't adverse to the idea, either).

4. ....didn't ask me about my diet, lifestyle, stress factors, any other possible medications I may be taking, didn't seem to take much time/interest in me.

5. ...didn't ask me about hereditary factors (if my Mother or other close relative had fibroids).

6. ....was very quick to recommend a hysterectomy.

7. .....did not mention other minimally-invasive procedures for which I may be a good candidate.

8. .....did not endorse my interest in seeing a TCM/Ayurvedic/Integrative/Naturopathic/Holistic Practitioner.

9. .....did not do any testing with hormones, thyroid/adrenal glands, iodine levels, Vit D3 levels, etc.

10. ....could not suggest anything 'natural' to do to assuage/eliminate fibroids.

The listed complaints above do not reflect the behavior of all Gynecologists when the medical situation/diagnosis involves uterine fibroids, and come from a considerable percentage of women based on their shared experience.

      After I was diagnosed with fibroids, I also shared some of the same complaints above. Extremely heavy periods and an increasing belly is what prompted me to go to the Gynecologist. I thank God that I had no pain! After hearing the fast-talk into a hysterectomy (due to the large size, 16 cm), my head starting spinning with the medications she mentioned I had to start taking, then the time off I needed from work, then the cost, I was a wreck when I left the office, and just sat in my car shivering out of fear of surgery, and pissed that she couldn't suggest any other method of treatment.
(After seeing two other Gynecologists, one six months later, the other eight months later, having been told the same as the first and the push for a hysterectomy, I was more pissed than anything; I saw the same pattern with three different Doctors!

     I made a personal decision to do the 'Watch and Wait' method (Expectant Management Therapy), and going au naturel  with strategies to heal. I strongly believed that I could find and implement means that would heal my body.  Personal research and education, trial and error, using myself as a human guinea pig to test the effects of certain supplements and herbs, and listening and sharing fibroid experiences with a lot of wonderful women prompted me to begin this blog, and share. Over time, I discovered that I was working in a pattern with all of the things I was doing to heal my body. The pattern resulted in The ORACLE Protocol©.

      The ORACLE Protocol© highlights 14 aspects that need to be addressed so that healing of fibroids can begin. When opting to heal without surgery for uterine fibroids, it may take some time, as well as  treading through a variety of paths while on the Fibroid Healing Journey.  However, a woman must deal the trade-offs made with every healing option considered, in  addition to doing some things differently than what one may have been accustomed.

 (See progressive shrinking of my fibroids here)
                  The ORACLE Protocol©

14 Comprehensive and Effective Steps to Begin Healing Uterine Fibroids During Expectant Management/Watch and Wait Therapy                       

Guide Outline:
  • Observe - Be aware of changes/symptoms you experience.
  • Opinion - Talk to more than one Doctor, explore Holistic/Naturopathic/Ayurvedic Practitioners
  • Record -   Maintain a diary of symptoms/ailments, and changes that you notice over time.
  • Research - Find out all you can about Fibroids and treatment options.
  • Ask Questions - Harass (if need be) your Medical Professional(s) about Fibroids
  • Affirm - Don't allow Fibroids to get you down - know that you can heal, remind yourself daily
  • Act - Try natural remedies (first) for at least thirty days to see if changes/shrinkage occurs
  • Consult - Talk with other women who have had successes with Fibroids, other Doctors
  • Listen - Get in tune with your body, and give it what it craves (certain foods, exercise, etc.)
  • Learn - Identify what works for you, your schedule, your lifestyle that is best for you
  • Laugh - Always take time to enjoy yourself and others, laugh as much as possible.
  • Eat well - Discover how you should eat to promote healing from within
  • Exercise - Stimulate your circulation and your body parts with routine movement
  • Exhale - Do deep breathing exercises throughout the day
  • Express - Do what you want to do, and what you do best - take control, release creative energy

     The Oracle Protocol© is not an 'overwhelming' guide book, but it is detailed with important information and options that Women who do the 'Watch and Wait' therapy for uterine fibroids should know, to begin healing/shrinking fibroids naturally. Unfortunately, in many cases, Gynecologists don't share this information. Instead, they steer us towards a hysterectomy, or other surgical procedure that only temporarily alleviates the fibroids. When they grow back, we are subjected to a repeated discomfort of having a second or third surgical procedure.

      I encourage every woman with non-threatening fibroid symptoms to try the Oracle Protocol© before deciding to have surgery. As one may begin to see results from natural efforts, surgery becomes unnecessary.
    Happy Health!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The 'Watch and Wait' Method For Large Fibroids DOES Work....with ACTION.

       This blog post is written to offer a  counter-perspective to another Blogger's post I had come across while doing some research on Expectant Management (the 'Watch and Wait' therapy) of uterine fibroids.  The article is  written under the title 'The 'Watch and Wait' Method For Large Fibroids Doesn't Work' by a female who eventually opted to have a procedure done to relieve her of  fibroids and extreme symptoms.  In all fairness, she did the 'Watch and Wait' Method for some time after being first diagnosed, but didn't experience any positive effects on her fibroids - as a matter of fact, symptoms got worse, and the fibroids continued to grow.  In addition, she had done research and talked with other Doctors/Medical Professionals before making her decision to have an  LAAM minimally invasive fibroid removal technique.

     As Females with Fibroids, we all have similar, but different and unique journeys we course through as we seek out ways to improve the symptoms from these 'manifestations' (fibroids) that evolve and attach to our power source, the uterus.

 My journey was similar, but different from the woman cited above, and I did the 'Watch and Wait' Method to shrink large fibroids - it worked for me by being proactive....take a look:

       This picture was taken a few weeks after being diagnosed with Uterine Fibroids in 3/2011.  Heavy menstrual flow, as well as an increasingly swelling abdomen is what led me to the Gynecologist's office.  I was told to have a hysterectomy almost immediately (due to the size), but wasn't given any other options to consider.  Before consenting to such a drastic procedure, I went home and did some intense research. The total mass measurement of my fibroids was 16cm, the size of a 4-month fetus.

  This photo was taken in 10/2011 after deciding to explore the option of Acupuncture. My body was receptive to the therapy within the first two weeks, and I continued weekly sessions for 18+ months.
 You can see that my belly is not as far over the elastic of my underwear. With the Acupuncture, results of decreasing the large fibroids were evident.

     This photo was taken in 10/2013. By this time I was in the 18th month of having Acupuncture. It was convenient, affordable and effective for me. Results were very gradual, but you can notice the continued reduction of the fibroid mass. 

      This picture shows the results after almost 2.5 years (end of 2013 - beginning of 2014) of trying to shrink my fibroids. At the time of this picture, I had just recovered from a bad cold. For about a week, I consumed nothing but herbal teas, water and fruit juices. I added this photo because I noticed the fibroid mass beginning to get softer. Although I lost about 10-12 pounds, there was rapid reduction in size of the fibroid at this time.

     This picture was taken on February 25, 2015. My fibroid masses have disappeared on the left side, and the one on the right (view of photo) has diminished from the navel area outward. However, the mass is still detectable by touch, although much smaller, and a little "pouch" is right at the top of the lip of the tights. I have also gained  about 10 to 12 needed pounds (both fat and muscle) around the hips, thigh and buttocks area. 


 This picture was taken the day of this post, 4/2016. Shot from the right side to show a steadier decrease in the remaining mass on the right side, my lower abdomen is beginning to align with minimal protrusion. I also lost a bit of the weight that I had gained since the beginning of the year due to emotional pain and stress suffered after loss of my dear Mother on March 27, 2016. In spite of it, the fibroid mass continued it's gradual decrease. I continued to drink tons of water (many times with lemon), and only ate once a day. Within the last week have I jumped back to eating two complete and balanced meals during the day, while including mixed fruit  or a tossed salad (with or without mixed nuts) in the late evenings.
This pic was taken this morning after working out. Over the last five months, I have amped up my workout routine to include yoga and using essential oils in aromatherapy (frankincense). In addition, to break up the remaining fibroid(s) that give me the little bulge in my lower abdomen, I have implemented using castor oil packs for 45 minutes before going to bed (three days on, three days off, begun on 9/11), and doing uterine massages in the morning before breakfast. 

The results I've experienced show that over time, "the 'Watch and Wait' method for large fibroids does work. However, once more, I had to be proactive to see results. What my fellow Blogger may have missed with not getting results  may include a few things:

1. She may not have sought out, researched or tried additional natural alternatives from Holistic/Naturopathic Professionals (as opposed to solely working from the advice of her Medical Doctor).

2. Due to her ever-increasing symptoms, pain and growth of her fibroids, she was open to an allopathic* means of getting rid of her fibroids.

3. 'Patience is a virtue' - her patience may have run out.

4. She (or her Doctor) were obviously not aware of the Oracle Protocol for Shrinking Fibroids©.

*Western Medicine - A system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery. Also called allopathic medicine, biomedicine, conventional medicine, mainstream medicine, and orthodox medicine.

      What I have learned while going through my Fibroid journey, is that there are many paths that one treads to get to the prize - shrinking, then eliminating the fibroids.  Also, every woman has to find which paths work. Sometimes she has to change directions, go back to a path fore-travelled, and/or  jump back and forth between two or more paths, simultaneously.  Just as Doctors have difficulty figuring out why women get uterine fibroids in the first place, the strategies to heal them are just as difficult to determine.  However, a hysterectomy is not the only option for uterine fibroids. If a Gynecologist tells you that, seek another opinion, and tell him/her to check out my proof!

      There is no 'one size fits all' remedy that can be applied to all women. Unfortunately, if you want to heal yourself of uterine fibroids naturally, you may have to include several options over a period of time to see results. As my situation with fibroids only included initial discomfort (excessively heavy periods and distending abdomen), the lack of pain greatly influenced my decision to resort to natural alternatives instead of having a highly suggestive resolve offered  by three different Gynecologists during a two-year period  to have a hysterectomy.  I just couldn't believe there was nothing I could do to rectify my uterine fibroids without having surgery. I'm so glad I followed my uterus!!  It led me to figuring out how to listen to it, and give it what it needed. When we establish a relationship with our bodies/body parts, we become attuned to a certain vibrational level that puts our brains and bodies in sync with the principles of healing - it takes practice, and patience.

      Although I have been on my Fibroid Shrinking Journey for about 5 years, I have had success without having a hysterectomy, or other invasive procedures. The strategy I used/use is what is known as the Oracle Protocol for Shrinking Fibroids©, which incorporates sound practices with diet, exercise, stress relief, spiritual nourishment, herbal/vitamin supplemental assistance, and maintaining a positive attitude. All of the aspects of the Oracle Protocol contribute to, and promote hormonal balance** (over time), which is the "golden" key to shrinking/dissolving uterine fibroids.

**estrogen dominance

     It is unfortunate that when a woman is doing Expectant Management for uterine fibroids, the course of (in)action is to just 'watch and wait', and do nothing else. Doctors don't offer any suggestions about what can be done during this time period that can help the situation. Women, in essence continue on their same life-style schedules with no alterations, and the fibroids may bring about worse symptoms, and/or an increase in size. The Oracle Protocol for Shrinking Fibroids© addresses healthy, natural strategies that can be implemented to bring about improvement.  Personally, I believe it should be included as a complement to Expectant Management of fibroids, instead of just watching and waiting. The protocol promotes ACTION, based on what causes fibroid formation:
  1. Estrogen dominance
  2. Internal toxicity
  3. High Stress (physical, psychological, emotional)
  4. Hereditary factors
  5. Imbalanced diet
  6. Smoking/alcohol/drug use
  7. addition to several other secondary factors        
Re-phrase of title: 

With the Oracle Protocol©, the 'Watch and Wait' method for large fibroids DOES work, as a result of ACTION.

                   I watched, I waited, and I ACTED to shrink my uterine fibroids.   

!!!!!!!! P S: There are certainly times that surgery is needed for uterine fibroids. Please seek as much medical feedback about your diagnosis from a variety of Health Professionals before making a decision to have surgery.  The latest consensus within the last 10+ years from many Doctors has been that thousands of hysterectomies performed yearly in the U. S. due to uterine fibroids are NOT needed - make sure yours is absolutely, unequivocally a necessity, depending on your symptoms, risks of a compromised uterus/Uterine Cancer, and current quality of life.

**Check out the outline/steps for the Oracle Protocol© here.

Happy Health!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Can Coconut Oil Alleviate Hot Flashes?: A Personal Experiment

      On July 27, 2015 at 12 P.M., "a day and time that will live in infamy", I had one of the most dramatic experiences of my life – my Menopausal phase of life, that is. I discovered the positive effects of Coconut oil on hot flashes, (and several other symptoms associated with both Menopause AND Fibroids).

About 8 hours prior.....
     Around 2:30 A.M.,I'd finally gotten home from a long stressful night, and my frustration was over the top. As I tried to eat and relax before going to bed, my flashes were fiercely coming in waves every 20 or 30 minutes! All I could do was pace up and down my apartment with a damp cloth in hand and continuously wipe myself down. I couldn't even finish my late dinner/early breakfast because every time I would sit down to take a few bites, I would begin sweating. I felt as though I had an incinerator inside of my body, and the profuse sweating was unbearable. I was exhausted and miserable. Intense and constant hot flashes during the day, with night sweats that left me swimming in my bed,  anxiety, insomnia,  low physical  energy level, and mental fogginess ( which began to get out of control to the point where it was affecting my job performance). I was in a state of all-around low.

      Out of frustration, I got on the computer and feverishly searched for some herbal remedy to this Menopausal heat/tidal wave. I began to search for “natural things to cure hot flashes”. However, I soon realized that I should be looking for “natural things to balance hormones”. After all, the hot flashes were symptoms. I needed to get to the source, which centered on the thyroid gland. This gland regulates the release of various hormones in the body. In the case of Uterine Fibroids and Menopause, the production of estrogen is too much, or too little. After a few moments, a surprising result appeared with over six hundred, thousand results – Coconut oil. It seemed to be the 'Go-to Guy' to make a body feel good.
Noted benefits of Coconut oil for symptoms of Menoupause included:
  • Support of healthy thyroid function – many women with Uterine Fibroids and those going through Menoupause frequently suffer with hypo/hyperthyroidism.
  • High Lauric acid and MCFA (medium chain fatty acids) content helps boost metabolism – the fat from Coconut oil is used by the cells for energy, as opposed to being deposited on our bellies and thighs.
  • Used as a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora (Vitamin E oil works well, too)
  • Facilitates weight loss due to ability to regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Improves sleep when taken daily.
  • Increases absorption of Calcium and Magnesium (which is important in maintaining bone strength, and maintaining metabolic functions as estrogen levels drop during Menopause).
  • The 'good' fats in coconut oil have been found to help with depression and anxiety (a classic trait of Menopause, sometimes indicating the possible onset of Adrenal Fatigue)
  • Increases circulation.
  • Increases mental alertness when taken daily.
    (partial list courtesy of

       I was sold on Coconut oil (and still sweating), and luckily all I had to do was walk into the bathroom and grab my Extra Virgin, Unrefined, Organic Coconut oil off of the counter. I had already been using this stuff for my body, hair and teeth (oil pulling, natural toothpaste). But, I guess since I didn't cook with it I didn't make any connections with benefits from taking Coconut oil internally.

      I took one healthy teaspoon, and went to bed at 5 A.M. When I arose at 12 P.M., I was like a Phoenix, reborn, brighter and better than ever! Actually, I felt like my 'old' self again.  I sat up in bed, and looked around. The first thing I noticed was that I had on the same T-shirt that I put on when going to bed. Also, my sheets were the same. I came to realize with a smile on my face that I didn't move out of my bed at all during the course of my slumber.....and the fact that I had even slept through the night for (roughly) seven hours straight was a miracle in and of itself. I had no night sweats during the course of the night! I was comfortable and cool, and completely overjoyed. So much so, that I ran to call my Dad to tell him about it. Of course, calling one's Father to discuss symptoms of Menopause is not the norm. But both my Mom and Dad have been with me on my journey with healing my Uterine Fibroids, and, since the onset of Perimenopause within the last two years, they've come to know about the additional changes my body is going through. I must say, they have been a great support.

      From the time I had awakened until about 6 hours later, I noticed that I hadn't had 1 hot flash. It wasn't until I went to meet a friend around 7:30 P.M. that I felt one swell up. It wasn't as intense as those the morning before, and I had moderate perspiration. There were 3 more during the course of the rest of the evening, all moderate with a bit of beading on my brow. Once I arrived home, I located a small note pad and began making documentations. I decided to do a personal, thirty-day experiment in taking the Coconut oil to see some longer-term, consistent effects.

      This is my third attempt (by the way) in having to resort to something (different) to alleviate my hot flashes. The first time they occurred, I used Iodine, or more specifically, Liquid Kelp. That worked fine, and the flashes dissipated, to the point of disappearing. After a few months of freedom from the profuse sweating, the flashes started again, and were fast and furious both day and night. Vitamin D3 did the trick the second time. Several months went by, and I noticed something happening around February of 2015. However, the frequency and intensity built up slowly, and lingered at that pace until May.....then they started again.....and were hitting fast, and furiously, from May until the referenced date above, July 27. 2015.

 A Personal Experiment with Coconut Oil

Hypothesis: Can Coconut Oil Diminish/Alleviate Hot Flashes?

Patient Profile – Female, Age 48, diagnosed with Uterine Fibroids (since 2011), and experiencing Perimenopausal symptoms to include hot flashes/night sweats.

Additional symptoms suffered: Insomnia, anxiety, lack of mental stamina and alertness, fatigue, high cortisol levels.

Experiment dates: July 27, 2015 to August 27, 2015 (and weekly notations through December 31, 2015.

Resource used: Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Unrefined

                                                     Experiment Log

July 27, 2015: Took 1 tsp. of Coconut oil at 5 A.M., awoke at 12 P.M.

  • I was able to sleep through the night for the first time in weeks.
  • There were no feelings of hot flashes for up to seven hours. Three hot flashes recorded after seven hours, with less intensity and moderate sweating (didn't have to run to a bathroom, strip and wipe myself down).
  • Experienced 3 to 5 hot flashes before going to bed by 1:30 A. M., all spaced out with frequency of one to two per hour, or less.
July 28, 2015:
  • I began regimen of taking Coconut oil in the morning before leaving for work, and doing it consistently between 930 A.M. And 10 A.M. Everyday.
  • I slept soundly through the night a second time. By about 5:30 A.M. I began to feel warm. I pulled the covers back, and did deep breathing exercises as I sat up in bed. The sweating was moderate, but I didn't have to change night clothes. I was able to return to sleep for another 3 hours.
  • Feelings of excitement and high energy as I headed to work. I felt as though a weight had been lifted from my body.
  • I gauged the intensity of hot flashes while at work, and they were mild, and passed quickly. During a 5 hour period at work, I had experienced 3 to 4 hot flashes.
  • Frequency and severity of hot flashes seemed to dissipate quickly (48-hours since first table-spoon).
  • Feelings of normalcy began to settle in.

July 30, 2015 – August 5, 2015
  • During this time period, I recorded noticing that I wasn't in a mental funk, and that I hadn't been anxious like before. It occurred to me while I was driving in traffic. I wasn't stressing, although I knew I would be late for work. I was calm, no heart palpitations, it was wonderful!
  • In addition, several co-workers noticed I wasn't breaking out into hot flashes while working as I had done prior to taking the Coconut oil. It was to the point where some of them even noticed that I wasn't running to the walk-in freezer to cool off, or hiding in an empty dining room to disrobe and dry off in front of an air conditioning vent. When the co-workers and Management started making comments, I knew the Coconut oil was kicking butt with the hot flashes.
  • At this time, my overall outlook was more positive, and I just felt really good. I also began telling other women in forums and within my Social Media circles of the results I had been getting from the Coconut oil. I informed them of my thirty-day experiment, and suggested to those who were still complaining of hot flashes to try the oil for at least 7 days (I am currently coordinating research to get feedback from other women who have tried Coconut oil for hot flashes/Menopause symptoms. If this works for enough people, more research can be done, and Coconut oil may be used formally in the healing process for Menopausal AND Uterine Fibroid symptoms).

August 6 to August 18:
  • During this time period, my documentation becomes pretty scanty. Why? Because all I have recorded is that I am not having any more hot flashes. It has come to the point that I can barely tell when I'm having a flash. Due to the constant temperature changes at work, I seem to go in and out of hot and cold patches. If I think I'm having a flash, I just verify with the people around me, and ask “Are you hot too? Or, is it just me?' As a matter of fact, my sweating reduced so much, that I noticed I was barely sweating at all, especially on active nights. I thought it to be so funny - everyone else around me would sweat, but my sweat glands seemed to dry up (by comparison).
  • My mood was up, energy levels were high, the World was a beautiful place , and I was able to enjoy it fully, again.

August 19 – August 31, 2015:
  • I continued to enjoy complete comfort, and went for days without having a semblance of a hot flash. During this period, I reduced the amount of Coconut oil taken daily from 1 tsp. to half of a teaspoon.
  • On August 23, I was able to actually feel a hot flash come about, but it was a slight warming sensation that lasted less than a minute. I did not even perspire. Two nights later, I felt the same right before dawn. It was more obvious, as I was sleeping in an air conditioned room. The same thing happened: I sat up in bed, just waited, and the flash went away in less than a minute (I timed it). I didn't even do any deep breathing, it disappeared to quickly.

September, 2015 – I had no extraordinary occurrences of hot flashes to document. The frequency of a hot flash was down to one, every-so-often. They came so infrequently, that I forgot about them.

October, 2015 – No notations of symptoms made. Hot flashes have left the building, and I am sleeping longer than 5 hours. There is also noticeable increase in libido, and decrease in vaginal dryness.

November, 2015 – No notations of hot flash symptoms made, still feeling good, still sleeping more than 5 hours. However, bed mate is running from me because I can't seem to get enough sex. I must admit that I have not felt like this in over a year. Its as if my hormones are out of control!

December 31, 2015 – No notations of hot flash symptoms made, except to commit to taking half of a teaspoon of oil every morn, as I go forward in the New Year (I may also have to replace my bed mate if he fails to keep up!).

January 26, 2016 – Before, and up to the time I've made this post, I have only recorded 3 hot flashes within the last 2 weeks, with all three occurring at or around dawn. They were all mild, lasted less than a minute, and there wasn't even a hint of perspiration.

***Bed Mate update – After suggesting drinking green smoothies in the morn to my mate, over the last three weeks, things have been lookin' up! :)


       Based on the evidence from my personal, thirty-day trial of taking Coconut oil to diminish/alleviate hot flashes, the hypothetical is affirmed: Coconut oil does work to improve hot flash symptoms of Menopause, and has shown to improve other related symptoms, as well.

(Disclaimer: This blog and the contents therein are meant for informational purposes only, and does not claim to diagnose or cure any medical affliction. The information is subjective to the author and her experiences. Before you take Coconut oil, please consult your Doctor or Medical Professional. This blog takes no responsibility for the actions of any readers.)

Happy Health!



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Herbal/Fruit-Infused Water May Help Fibroids Shrink

      As I have been researching and educating myself about Uterine Fibroids and how to shrink/ dissolve them, my focus has been to do it by natural means. Over the last 2 years, Acupuncture has helped to dramatically decrease my large uterine fibroids. This was the initial option I chose after pondering the prescribed hysterectomy.  Having stopped Acupuncture sessions during this last year, I've experimented with some things, and researched specific herbs, fruits and vegetables that are used in extract form in many 'Fibroid Cure' supplements. After a lengthy review of 18 of the more popular 'Fibroid Cures' that exist, I paid attention to the ingredients, as well as the customer reviews (over time) of the products.  These ingredients were in the form of enzymes  that were derived from food sources. Since the price of these supplements turned me off, I decided to incorporate the foods from which the enzymes were derived into my diet to see if their natural properties would work as well as they seemed to in extract form. I figured if a certain vegetable or fruit had inherent properties to perform or enhance the performance of a bio-activity that would assist in getting rid of my fibroids and help my body get into a healthier state, why not just consume it with some frequency to see if it works.

     I began experimenting in October (2014) with an infusion of a specific mix of  fresh fruits and herbs that (through research, trials and traditional usage) promoted:
  • fibrinolysis*
  • support of the liver and kidneys
  • vitamins, antioxidants
  • blood cleansing and increased circulation
*Fibrin develops naturally in the body, but when there is an excess, fibroids/tumors occur.  Fibroids are made from bands of fibrin that adhere to red blood cells.  Agents or enzymes that can break down fibrin are referred to fibrinolytic, or are said to be able to promote fibrinolysis.

      I drink about 3-4 12 oz. cups of this water by adding more water when I've drunk half of  the cup. The herbs and fruit consistently marinate in the water, infusing it with healing enzymes. So, instead of taking  3 or 4 supplements 3 times a day to promote some shrinking action on the fibroids, drinking the water throughout half the day is more natural, and the only side effect (which is good), is that toxins are being flushed out of the body (and I make a couple more trips to the bathroom).

     Since doing this routine with the infused water 5 - 6 days each week since the beginning of October, I have noticed a significant decrease in the size of my biggest fibroid mass on my right, as well as a complete decrease on my left side - I don't even feel fibroids on my left side anymore!

     This water infusion recipe has been working for me, and because it is made with natural ingredients, if you decide to try it, there should be no harm. I began notice softening of my fibroids on my left side within a week of drinking the infusion. To be clear, I also drink 1 tbls. of Blackstrap Molasses, and ACV with about 6 oz. of water alternately every other day.

 Before taking any supplement or product (or trying a natural water infusion), please consult your Medical Professional. This blog is for informational purposes, and does not take responsibility for the action of its readers. The blogger can only attest to what results have occurred from a personal standpoint.

Ingredients to infuse:

Use room temperature or warm (90 degrees), filtered water (if possible) - 12 to 16 oz.
2 to 3 fresh pineapple cubes (2 - 2.5 inch cuts)
4 raspberries
1 inch cut off of fresh ginger root or 4 pieces (slices) of crystallized ginger
2 to 3 stalks of cilantro (preferable) or parsley
1 to 2 branches of fresh rosemary
1 lemon wedge (one-fourth of a lemon)

     Add all ingredients to water and let stand for about half an hour so that the enzymes can seep into the water, then sip.  Note: If the water is hot, it will destroy the enzymes and nutrients. If using crystallized ginger, naturally there will be a pleasant sweetness from the sugar. To cut down on the sugar content, rinse crystallized sugar slices with water before adding to cup. As you sip down to half of a cup, continue to add more water. The fresh, earthy(grassy) and fruity taste is refreshing on the palette. Also, you will feel motivated to drink more water with the infusion because it:

  • works to dissolve the fibroids - raspberry and pineapple
  • cleans out your organs - parsley or cilantro
  • keeps you hydrated - water content
  • addresses inflammation/bloating - ginger, rosemary
  • alleviates clot formation - raspberry
  • eases fibroid symptoms - ginger, rosemary, pineapple
  • helps you expel the excess estrogen and toxins - lemon, parsley, cilantro

     All of the ingredients, when infused in water can offer these benefits, providing an internal environment that is anti-fibroid. (See individual benefits of ingredients by pressing links)

     With these factors working together from the properties of the fruits/herbs, results of softening/shrinking fibroids have occurred for me.

     I will offer an update before the beginning on the new year with (hopefully) continued shrinkage.

     (When I am home from work, I may drink green tea or half juice/half water. I have been taking  Vitamin B, D3, a Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo, low-dose Iron, and Milk Thistle. My diet is mostly vegetarian, cooked and raw, and I concentrate on eating foods that are anti-estrogenic, and mostly alkaline).

     If you decide to try, feel free to let me know how the infusion works for YOU.

Happy Health!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Can Pineapples Shrink Uterine Fibroids?

The Power of the Pineapple

      From recent research about the various systemic enzymes used in 'Fibroid Cure' supplements, one stood out to me: the enzyme Bromelain. Bromelain comes from pineapples (heavier concentrations in the stem and core), and has fibrinolytic properties that can help shrink uterine fibroids.

      I found the use of Bromelain in the majority of the 'Fibroid Cures' I came across, and did some in depth investigating about the powers of the pineapple. I was impressed with the review of the fruit, as well as the myriad of benefits that Bromelain has exhibited in clinical studies. The most current study I've found includes the use of Bromelain in assisting Cancer patients, and enhances recovery time for those that have undergone chemotherapy. It showed that the body in Cancer recovery reacted better to doses of Bromelain than conventional drugs used after chemo treatments, and there were no side effects.  In addition, Bromelain is used/suggested for:

  • reducing swelling (inflammation), especially of the nose and sinuses
  • after surgery or injury
  • hay fever
  • treating a bowel condition that includes swelling and ulcers (ulcerative colitis)
  • removing dead and damaged tissue after injury (debridement)
  • preventing the collection of water in the lung (pulmonary edema),
  • relaxing muscles
  • stimulating muscle contractions
  • slowing clotting
  • improving the absorption of antibiotics
  • preventing cancer
  • shortening labor
  • helping the body get rid of fat
      The highlighted benefits are on cue with shrinking fibroids. Bromelain, is an enzyme composite made up of several other enzymes. An extract of Bromelain is what is used in many Fibroid supplements.  It falls under the classification of being both a systemic AND digestive enzyme. That translates to benefits that assist in better digestion of food in the stomach and through the intestines, which allows for increased nutrient absorption, and by working within the blood to exert anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, and fibrinolytic properties that can assuage fibroid symptoms, help shrink, and eventually dissolve fibroids.
                               Fibrin development over red blood cells
      Fibroids are composed of layers of fibrin, along with red blood cells and dead cell tissue. Fibrin, is made up of protein. Bromelain is an enzyme that is characterized as proteolytic, which means it can breakdown protein. This, in turn, will cause a breakdown of fibrin, and THAT will assist fibroids to shrink.
      Keep in mind that the regimen to heal oneself of fibroids involves a multi-pronged approach. Balancing hormones, inhibiting excess estrogen production, expelling estrogen by supporting a healthy liver and kidneys, consuming anti-estrogenic, fibrinolytic, and organic foods, exercise, relaxation techniques, and a host of other actions work together in shrinking fibroids. 
     With all the wonderful benefits pineapples offer, it is a travesty that more research hasn't gone into this 'Super Food'. Traditional, cultural use offers evidence of the healing powers of the pineapple, limited medical research has attested to many of its health benefits, but not enough research has been done to declare it "viable" enough to be promoted as bona fide healing agent (along with being a great nutritional source).
    While maintaining my natural approach in dissolving my fibroids, I choose to use food/herbs as means to reset my body back to a healthier, balanced state. Eating to heal is the one of the paths I follow to shrink my fibroids. I believe that God provided Man with herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables that he would need to heal himself, as He would surely run into some natural, human afflictions that would arise while existing on Earth. 

My adopted mantra by Dr. Carl Pfeiffer goes:
"For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect."
     The pineapple is one of many natural options that exist to help shrink fibroids, due to the presence and effects of Bromelain. 

      Check with your Doctor first, and get a professional medical opinion if you consider using Bromelain extract, or (my suggested method) incorporating more pineapples into your diet to help shrink your fibroids. Also, do as much research as possible. What may work for one, may not work for another.
Happy Health!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ingredients In Fibroid Shrinking Supplements

      The ingredients in  many fibroid shrinking supplements can consist of any combination of vitamins, herbs and/or enzymes in varying proportions. Many formulas offer convincing reviews on their web sites as to their effectiveness, that the product is natural and safe, and guarantees of success.
      In choosing the natural route to shrinking my fibroids (no surgery/anything invasive), I was curious to find out what specific 'natural' ingredients seemed to be causing fibroid shrinkage in these supplements. Moreover, I wanted to explore  a DIY approach by seeking the same/similar results of further shrinkage with my fibroids through consuming the actual fruit or vegetable sources, as opposed to taking the manufactured supplements.
       Below is a list of ingredients I frequently found included in many popular fibroid cures, their sources, and the (possible) beneficial effects they have on fibroids that research has offered through limited testing:
Bromelain - An enzyme derived from the pineapple,  bromelain is more abundant in the stem but pervades throughout the fruit.  It is said (through limited/varied research) to have anti-clotting properties due to its ability to breakdown protein. This, in turn can greatly assist in alleviating painful cramps and heavy clotting during menstruation, and work to dissolve fibrin.
Papain - This enzyme is found in papayas, and also has the ability to break down protein. Hence, it is fribrinolytic. Fibroids are made of fibrin, which consists of protein.....are you following me here, ladies? The breakdown of fibrin leads to shrinking fibroids.
Quercetin - This is a compound found in many vegetables, fruits and grains including: onions, apples, and buckwheat. Tea, especially matcha or green teas possess substantial amounts. Quercetin is said to control inflammation (according to some studies). The use of  quercetin may address bloating and pain.
Rutin - This compound can  be found in apples, asparagus and citrus fruits, among other fruits and vegetables. It is similar in chemical make-up as its cousin quercetin above, and offers the ability to inhibit blood clot formation, and work as an anti-inflammatory.
Amla - Also known as Indian Gooseberry, amla is a fruit that is high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Among its many uses, it serves as a base additive for many Ayuruvedic healing blends, and is known to invigorate the body (by detoxing the liver, and cleansing the blood). Fibroids result due to an overproduction of estrogen. The liver is where estrogen is absorbed out of the body and expelled. If the liver is not working properly, it will not be able to filter the estrogen out, and a reabsorption of estrogen in introduced back into the body. This in turn will lead to the formation of newer fibroids and contribute to current fibroids increasing in size.
Vitamin D -  Exposure to sunlight allows our bodies to naturally produce this vitamin, although other  food sources include eggs, salmon, eel, fortified cereals and processed cheeses. Recent studies have suggested that Vitamin D3 may reduce the risk of uterine fibroids, and assists in shrinking fibroids.
Vitamin E - (Recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil)  Sources of Vitamin E include almonds, wheat germ, peanuts, turnip/mustard/collard greens, safflower oil and spinach. "

How does it work?  "Vitamin E is an important vitamin required for the proper function of many organs in the body. It is also an antioxidant. This means it helps to slow down processes that damage cells.

Nattokinase - "... is an enzyme extracted and purified from a Japanese food called nattō. Nattō is made from fermented soybeans and has been eaten in Japan for about a thousand years."
In relation to fibroids, nattokinase has been shown through various, yet few studies to be a strong fibrinolytic agent, and natural blood-thinner. These two benefits may help with circulation and fibroid shrinkage.
Serrapeptase - This enzyme has its source from the intestine of a silkworm. It allows the worm to dissolve its cocoon. Comparable to nattokinase, serrapeptase is considered to be a stronger fibrinolytic agent. Some research done, given traditional use and effectiveness.
Honorable mentions:
Kelp - Kelp is also known as Seaweed (algae). It is nutrient rich, and an excellent source of iodine. Iodine is involved with hormonal production. If hormones are off with over production of estrogen (a factor that causes fibroids), I can see why a kelp additive would be included in a fibroid formula. Read here to get a better perspective on the importance of iodine in your diet.
 (I personally found relief in taking sublingual liquid kelp in alleviating hot flashes. They came back five months later, and I added Vitamin D3 to my regimen and stopped taking the liquid kelp. After almost two weeks with the Vitamin D3, the hot flashes subsided. I have been hot flash- free for almost nine weeks, as of 9/14. Feel free to check out my personal experiment to get rid of my hot flashes here.)
Motherwort - This plant is included in the Mint family. It has been used traditionally to tone the heart and the uterine muscles, and lessen the heavy/constant flow that can lead to anemia. 
Dong Quai - This herb is also known as the "female ginseng".  Used for over 2,000 years as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dong Quai is said to offer vitality and energy to the body. In addition, some research has shown that Dong Quai works as an anti-clotting agent.
Raspberry Leaf - Used traditionally for a wide range of female health symptoms, Raspberry Leaf tones and cleans out the uterus, helps to balance hormones, and can ease pain before and during delivery by relaxing the muscles....(Could it provide a natural alternative to an epidural???)
Chasteberry - Also known as Vitex or Chaste Tree, this plant is the most versatile in its ability to address all issues related to the health of uterus, and female health in general, no matter at what stage a woman is in her life.  Chasteberry alleviates symptoms with menstruation, menopause, pregnancy, infection, and yes, uterine fibroids. 
Ginger - Taking ginger  will alleviate inflammation and pain (cramps, intense headaches), promote better blood circulation (easier menstrual flow), assist in removing toxins out of the body, add a bit of pep to your step, and assist with alertness and concentration.
Cinnamon - This popular spice has anti-coagulant properties (among others), which means it can
prevent and break down clot formations, i.e. fibroids. It also stimulates the liver.
Tumeric - A cousin of Ginger, Tumeric ".....contains curcumin, which is believed to have a wide range of biological effects including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumour, antibacterial, and antiviral activities, which indicate potential in clinical medicine."
                           Know your options in treating Uterine Fibroids
       The information above was compiled to shed light on other options that you may not have considered (that have shown success based on positive reviews and traditional, long-term use) in healing yourself of fibroids. If your Doctor has not mentioned anything for your treatment regarding any of the listed 'natural' ingredients and their possible beneficial effects for your fibroids, ask. Bring all the information you discover to your Doctor about your fibroid protocol, and discuss if something natural' could, or should be added to help you alleviate symptoms and promote fibroid shrinkage, and internal balance. The goal is to cure yourself of fibroids naturally, without surgery -  it can be done.
"For every drug that is given to a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect."  -   Dr. Carl Pfeiffer
Happy Health!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

List of Popular Supplements for Shrinking Fibroids


      Although I have chosen Acupuncture as an alternative treatment (as opposed to having a hysterectomy) in helping me to shrink my fibroids, I am always curious to find out what else is out there that works on a natural level. Some companies try to present their supplements as a "magic bullet" to cure fibroids. Truth be told, in healing oneself of uterine fibroids, it is a drawn out  process. It takes a variety of repeated steps that work in coordination with each other to bring your body and hormones back in sync. So, if you come across a product that you believe may work for you (hopefully you choose it after some extended research), please know that it will take time, and you will have to 'work' in other areas of your life so that there is a gradual, restorative resonance internally that promotes healing; change in diet, no smoking, no alcohol, no caffeine, low stress, exercise, use of natural products, etc. Just taking a "fibroid cure" alone won't do it.

        If you decide you may want to integrate a natural supplemental plan within your fibroid-shrinking routine, here is a list of 18 popular supplements for shrinking fibroids that you may want to review:

Wobenzyme - N
Fibroid Cleanse and Regiment (
Life Source Products
Fibroid Away
      These 'fibroid cures' are not listed in any special manner. They just happened to be the ones that came up with a variety of different key word searches. There are tons more (I'm sure), especially in addition to personally contoured supplemental regimens that a Naturopath or Certified Herbalist would prescribe. One of the biggest features that all of these products have in common is that they are all advertised as being 'natural', and having the highest dosages and quality with their ingredients.
      In this post, I do not condone, nor condemn the use of any of the products above. I present them solely as additional information and options that a female who suffers with uterine fibroids can consider if resorting to a more holistic approach to heal. 
      There is so much information that women don't know when it comes to treating and healing oneself of uterine fibroids. My goal is to spread as much information as possible that I research, so that females can be educated about uterine fibroids, and make better decisions in the course of
action(s) they choose to shrink their fibroids naturally (non-invasively).

If you choose to use one of the listed products, do so at your own risk!!!!

Please consult a Doctor or Health Care practitioner before taking any supplement.

Happy Health!