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11/6/11 1:56 A

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Thank you, DAY2DAY45. I have not yet gotten a diagnosis, we're in the process of trying to figure out for sure what's going on inside me, but I really appreciated your post here. If I do have endometriosis, I am most definitely going to take a natural approach to it and your words here are very encouraging.

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10/13/11 1:24 P

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I've been suffering wiht Endo for more than 30 years! Within the past 7 years I have been to so many doctors that want to give me the pill or Depo Prevara or seriously nod and send me on my merry way!

This past month was so unbearable I decided to do do heavy research on the internet and found a very holistic way to help (I'm starting this weekend)!

I just blogged about it so visit my SparkPage if you like. But in a nutshell....

Estrogen (in a sense) feeds endometriosis. If you take the xenoestrogen out of your diet and your beauty products (detergents/shampoo/makeup/lotions) you will significantly cut back on the affects of endometriosis. In addition, Progesterone in a blocker of estrogen. I found that if you use an all natural progesterone oil daily (topical) this helps to block any xenoestrogines that you can't avoid.

To avoid xenoestrogens, you need to eat organic and non processed foods, never drink from a plastic bottle, or microwave in a plastic container and look for detergents and beauty products that are Parben Free.

I'm still learning about this but there are awesome websites if you google "estrogen & endometriosis".

I hope this helps!

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10/9/11 8:53 A

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Daiya cheese is a Great vegan alternative....comes in shredded packs and actually melts and isn't too ridiculous ingredients-wise.

Also, some members of that websites board have found it ok to use small amounts of goat cheese with no ill effects...and I have found the same, but so long as it's not regular use.

The gluten is HUGE....in my opinion/experience it is the most detrimental, but meat and dairy are also a very close second. Perhaps I am biased in noticing the gluten because I don't have a lot of meat and dairy to begin with (vegetarian)...well ok, I have been known to have a lot of dairy, lol. Stupid cheese and chocolate. ;)

When I followed this diet though, wow...the first month I didn't notice any improvement but the second and third month was so much better that I wouldn't even know I had endo at all...almost normal and I suspect had I not started cheating and gotten worse with that etc, etc, that I would've noticed continual improvement.

Good luck with it....maybe just go into it as an experiment? :)

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10/9/11 1:36 A

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That's a great link! Some of that is actually what my Naturopathic Doc was trying to get me to do, especially the gluten free diet side and really backing off on meat and dairy (which sucks for me because i LOVE cheese!). I am still reading through but this is great info.

Thanks :)

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10/8/11 12:25 P

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http://www.endo-resolved.com/support-files
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This ebook has a wealth of helpful info. I followed this diet for a few months and it literally brought my endo into nearly complete remission. Fell off the wagon but am currently moving my way back to this type of eating...just because it works That good.

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2/16/11 12:35 A

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Glad you didn't have pain on your last cycle. Mine kicked my butt!! This one was pretty bad. So I really do need to get myself back on track again. Definitely worse one i've had in awhile.

so there seems to be some merit to a lot of the diet changes the suggest to help control the pains and flares.

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2/16/11 12:26 A

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Post all you like :)

I have that book. It's a good one. I was following it pretty good for like two weeks and then i slipped back into bad habits. so I just need to be more disciplined. It is a very good book tho! I have a tough weekend ahead of me eating wise, so maybe when I get back, I will buckle back down and watch myself on my estrogen foods better like I originally started the year out on.

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2/13/11 8:40 P

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sorry to keep posting. i found this book from amazon as well. it's less expensive than the other book.

The Anti-Estrogenic Diet:

http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Estrogenic-Di
et-Estrogenic-Chemicals-Making/dp/1556
43684X/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

I hope this will help you. I'm going to try this book and see what happens first before I get the other one.


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2/13/11 8:33 P

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I just found a few articles but the one that stood out the most was the one that said this, "Fast: Stop all solid food three days before the beginning of each menstrual period. Use steam-distilled water and fresh juices."

Read more at Suite101: Help for Endometriosis Pain: Diet Away Abdominal Discomfort http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-hel
p-with-debilitating-symptoms-of-endome
-a209671#ixzz1DtMrEdFH

Omg....last month, I tried the 4 day diet by Dr. Ian Smith, I detoxed a week prior to my cycle without knowing that would help. That is why I didn't have the extreme pain last month. We both will have to increase our fruits and veggies.

Have you ever heard of an endo cookbook? I never have until just now. It's being sold at amazon if you are interested. I'm going to get the the book as soon as I can. Endo is starting to ruin my career.

http://www.amazon.com/Recipes-Endometrio
sis-Diet-Carolyn-Levett/dp/0955678501/
ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top



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2/13/11 8:19 P

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You can do it! We are in the same boat. I love cheese too. Any type of cheese. That will be so hard for me. I usually add cheddar cheese to my broccoli. I know...that's bad. Milk, I will say I increased drinking milk and also began taking vitamin D capsules this month. I even tried soy milk too this month. Maybe that is why the endo is worse this month than last month. I found a web site that list all the trigger foods. I'll try to find it for you and post it. I hope I can find it. I can't find the print out that I had for months!

I also saved an ebook about endo. Hope I will be able to find that too. Thanks for sharing the info your doctor told you.




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2/13/11 7:52 P

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Yeah, my naturopathic doctor I was working with suggested eliminating dairy (especially cheese and milk... I LOVE cheese. thats a problem for me. hah!), chocolate, and trying to go gluten free. And to stick with veggies like broccoli to help kinda of "Detox" my liver to process the estrogen better in my body.

In my readings, I also have learned that trying to be more conscientious about the type of meat you eat, can also contribute to the hormone levels in your body that can effect the endo.

I"ve honestly had trouble sticking to not drinking milk or eating cheese or chocolate. I do try to limit my chocolate as much as possible. Cheese is a little more difficult. My doc was trying to suggest soy milk but reading further into that, soy adds to the xenoestrogens in the body too. So it's all tricky - trial and error. I do seem to do better when I eat more veggies, especially broccoli, and try not to go crazy on processed things, I seem to do better. Unfortunately for me, i haven't been as diligent on my eating habits as I should be when it comes to this kind of stuff. Sad thing is, my resolution was to make sure i was eating better to keep my hormones and pain levels down!

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2/13/11 1:28 P

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Hi Jenniaun, I too am changing my diet. Wheat was a trigger for me as well as processed foods. Stress is what brings the intense pain for me. Working hard in that area. Good luck to you and your journey.


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2/7/11 12:29 A

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I don't know if you're still around but i've been experimenting with different balances of food. I still eat things I shouldn't, but overall it does seem to lessen the pain. I just need to be more diligent when eating my foods.

I worked with a Naturopathic doctor before, trying to alter my eating habits. I am working on putting some of my research and her advice together to post on here for everyone's information, if they would like to apply.

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I have read that eliminating certain foods help control the symptoms of endometriosis. Has anyone done this?

Also, I thought I read somewhere that grape seed extract helps. Any thoughts?

Thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ coming into my life and changing me!


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