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UTERINE FIBROIDS: THE EPIDEMIC 

by William E. Richardson, M.D. and John D. Richardson, MBA whom together direct 
the Atlanta Clinic of Preventive Medicine, Inc. 
They can be reached at (404) 350-9607 


Dr. Richardson’s
UTERINE FIBROID THERAPEUTICS


A Program designed to Eliminate/Minimize Uterine Fibroids, as well as their Bothersome and/or Life-Threatening Symptoms

Featuring:

• Elimination of Known Suspected Risk Factors
• Extensive Cleansing and Detoxification
• Natural Hormone Balancing
• Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Super Foods, Smoothies, Juices, Teas
• Major Dietary and Lifestyle Enhancement
• Healing Exercise, Poultices, Techniques
• Extensive Education and Study

.According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 75% of Hysterectomies performed may be unnecessary!!!


UTERINE FIBROIDS: THE EPIDEMIC

We should understand most benign (that is.... non-cancerous growths) that arise in the female reproductive system are caused by the "same risk factors": whether they be ovarian cysts, breast lumps, or yes, even Uterine Fibroids!!! Again, my friends, I want you to realize that most benign growths along the Reproductive System, whether referred to as cysts, lumps, or Fibroids, mostly arise from similar causes. And it is these causes of the Reproductive Growths that will be our focus in this article.... So.... what about Uterine Fibroids.... The FACTS are as follows:
·Uterine Fibroids primarily occur in women in their 20's thru their late 40's
·at least 40% of American Women develop Fibroids
·50% of Women with Fibroids develop symptoms so severe that it can have a "major impact" on their Quality of Life
·Fibroids can vary in number and size. Often multiple fibroids arise over time. Physicians performing surgery on fibroids have found as many as several hundred tumors on a single woman. Fibroids range in size from tiny pinpoint areas of tissue to rare cases of tumors weighing up to 25 pounds or more!
·Many women with Fibroids don't know it and/or do not have any noticeable symptoms.
·Fibroids are benign growths (i.e. non-cancerous) that can actually arise in muscle tissue anywhere in the body but are most commonly found in the uterus. Unlike Cancer, they do not invade surrounding tissue or distant organs, nor will untreated fibroids kill the affected person. In fact, less than ½ of 1 percent of Fibroids ever become cancerous.
·Amazingly, over 800,000 Hysterectomies (which is surgical removal of the uterus and basically "sterilization") are performed each year in America, with 30+% of the Hysterectomies being done due to Fibroids. Equally amazing, we note that only 75,000 myomectomies (i.e. specific surgery to remove only Fibroids, thus leaving the uterus intact) are done.
·Finally, we note that African American Women are 5 times more likely to develop Uterine Fibroids than Caucasian Women.

What are the Symptoms of Fibroids?

1.Heavy Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Approximately 1/3 of women with Fibroids suffer from excessive Bleeding, where they run the risk of
becoming severely Anemic or low in Iron
2.Abdominal PAIN and/or Swelling that may cause:
·Pelvic Fullness or a dragging sensation
·Chronic Constipation due to interference of Fibroids with Bowel Functions
·Frequent Urgency to Urinate due to Fibroids causing reduction of Bladder Capacity
·Unpleasant Cramps due to inflammation of surrounding tissue
3.Tenderness and Fatigue and wanting to eat "ICE" due to severe Anemia or Iron Deficiency
4.Lower-back Pain due to Added pressure in the Abdominal Area
5.Infertility Yes, Fibroids represent 5 to 10% of the infertility cases because Fibroids can inhibit implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine lining by altering transport of the sperm, compressing the fallopian tube, or, disrupting the lining of the uterus.

How are Fibroids Diagnosed?

Fibroids can be diagnosed in several ways. Most commonly a preliminary diagnosis is made through an abdominal and pelvic examination. A uterus that contains fibroids will often feel enlarged, with an irregular contour. The uterus will probably have a hard, lumpy feel, although some fibroids may feel more soft and cystic. A diagnosis based on an abdominal and pelvic exam is correct about 85% of the time. Other conditions, such as an ovarian cancer or cyst, a pelvic inflammatory mass, a mass originating in the bowel, or even an early pregnancy, may occasionally be mistaken for a fibroid.

For further diagnosis, a pelvic ultrasound can be done. This is a visualization technique to identify lesions by their shape and density. Fibroids have specific visual characteristics on ultrasound that differentiate them from cysts and other structures.

When bleeding is the main symptom of a possible fibroid, the physician may take a tissue sample of the uterine lining or endometrium for diagnostic purposes. Once a definitive diagnosis of the fibroid is made, effective treatment can be instituted to alleviate the symptoms, promote regression of the tumor, and prevent more from forming.

The Question of Hysterectomy as a Solution to the Fibroid Epidemic

Many people question why over 800,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States each year. Very few of these operations are performed because of a life-threatening situation, and it is likely that many of them are actually unnecessary. Per capita, half as many hysterectomies are performed in Great Britain as in the United States, and American women show no health benefits for their higher incidence of surgery. Outside the United States, very few hysterectomies are performed for what doctors often term "quality of life" reasons. Hysterectomy effectively and permanently causes sterility, and this may be a motive (conscious or subconscious) for some women and/or their doctors. Financial motives cannot be overlooked entirely, either. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services statistics show that far fewer hysterectomies are performed under managed care plans, in which doctors receive a set fee for their services each year, than when surgeons are compensated directly for each operation performed.

While a Hysterectomy is a definitive "cure" for Uterine Fibroids, many complications and side-effects can occur also including:
1.Osteoporosis
2.Arthritis
3.Cardiovascular Disease
4.Depression
5.Memory Loss
6.Loss of Libido - "Sex Drive"

Clearly many women will tell you about these complications personally, but these somewhat Catastrophic Health Effects of a Hysterectomy are not Advertised in the Media.

Risk Factors Associated with Fibroids

1.High FAT Diet

2."High" PROTEIN Diet

3.Diet High in Red Meat or even Chicken that contains "excessive" or unnatural levels or estrogen

4.Lack of Good, Regular Exercise that cleanses the blood, oxygenates the blood

5.Diet Low in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

6.Consuming Foods and Medicines that contain Methylxanthins including Caffeine, Tea, Coffee, Chocolate, Soft Drinks, and Various Drugs, because there is a Strong Connection between Uterine Fibroids (and any Fibroids) and consumption of Methylxanthins that Prevents certain enzymes from functioning thus resulting in a build-up of unwanted biochemicals which when overproduced reside and collect in a build up of Lumps, Tumors, and Cysts especially in the female reproductive system (namely breast, ovaries, uterus).

7.Unmanaged or poorly managed STRESS - Unresolved conflicts, Unrelenting, Prolonged Stress, whether psychological or physical, encourages the continual production of steroids which inhibits the function of the Immune System, thereby increasing the growth of tumors, lumps, growths, and cysts.

8.Chronic Constipation and a TOXIC SYSTEM, where we know that at least 80% of Americans are constipated and TOXIC.

9.Smoking, 2nd Hand Smoke, and Alcohol

10.Poor Sleeping Habits

11.Refined Sugar and Fried Foods and Too Much Salt: these are Hard on the Liver and tend to overwork the LIVER which is the major organ that cleanses and detoxifies our body and also balances and manufactures hormones.

12.Birth Control Pills or any other Medicines high in Estrogen.

Pro-Active Plan to Reduce, Reverse, or Avoid Uterine Fibroids

1.Low FAT, High FIBER, moderate PROTEIN Vegetarian Diet full of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.

2.Avoid Animal Protein especially Heavily Laden with Estrogen artificially injected into animals to promote unnatural growth.

3.Exercise Regularly: Aerobics, Weight Training, Yoga, Tai-Chi (internal & external exercises).

4.Avoid all Foods and Medicines that contain Methylxanthins including Caffeine, Tea, Coffee, Chocolate, Pop, and Various Drugs.

5.Manage Your Stress Well: Besides regular exercise, Meditate, Yoga, Deep Breathing, Prayer, Spirituality, Release, Forgiveness, Relaxation, Laughing, Fun.

6.Cleanse (Regularly) your Colon and Liver with enemas, liver flushes, coffee enemas in severe cases, Liver and/or Colon Detox, Herbal and Nutritional Formulas.

7.Avoid second hand smoke and traffic exhaust fumes. No smoking or alcohol.

8.Get Good Sleep as this builds your "Immune System" which your body can activate to dissolve or combat fibroids, growths, cysts, etc.

9.Avoid using any Birth Control Pills or Medicines high in Estrogen.

10.Additional Dietary:
·Increase intake of B vitamin-rich foods, such as brown rice, wheat germ and wheat germ oil (4 tsp. daily), and brewer's yeast
·Add miso, sea vegetables, leafy greens to alkalize and neutralize toxins. Eat diuretic foods - cucumber and watermelon to flush them out
·Have fresh apple or carrot juice every day during healing
·Avoid: Saturated Fats, Dairy products, Salt, Sugar

11.Vitamins, Minerals, and other Supplements Helpful for Fibroids: Vitamin A, B Complex, Vitamin C, Bioflavonoids (help regulate excessive estrogen in the body), Multivitamins, Zinc, Vitamin E, Iron (especially to offset heavy menstrual bleeding and anemia), Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium (to reduce cramps and menstrual pain and to maintain normal muscle tone), EFA's (essential fatty acids). Good Sources of EFA's (the raw materials the body uses to produce what's called "prostaglandins" which are hormone-like chemicals that induce muscle-relaxant and blood vessel-relaxant properties that can significantly reduce muscle cramps and tension and also have an anti-inflammatory effect) are: Raw Seeds and Nuts, Certain Fish (salmon, mackerel, and trout), Flax Seed Oil and/or Evening Primrose Oil (especially Good!!!), Germanium or Co Q10 for High Powered Anti-Oxidants, Iodine Therapy (for 3-4 months, more effective with Vitamin E, for underactive Thyroid due to Iodine deficiency), L-Arginine and L-Lysine (amino acids that enhance immune function and may retard tumor growth).

12.Also, highly consider External Poultices (Green Clay and Castor Oil Packs applied Directly), Reflexology, and Massage.

13.Herbs for Uterine Fibroids: Echinacea/Goldenseal to flush lymph glands and stimulate immune system, Cramp Bark for Pain, White Willow Bark and Meadowsweet to reduce Inflammation, Shepherd's Purse to stop excessive menstrual flow, Yellow Dock and Pau d'Arco to prevent or reduce Anemia due to low Iron and excessive Bleeding, Damiana to shrink Fibroids by balancing estrogen levels.

14.Finally, be sure to get Regular Gynecological Exams (to monitor your Uterine and Reproductive Health!!! It is important for us to realize that it is the "Early Diagnosis" that gives "YOU" much more flexibility and time to investigate Treatment Options.)

15.In closing, it is advisable to consider getting Intravenous Chelation Therapy to remove possible heavy metals, improve circulation, and reverse atherosclerosis.... Chelation Therapy is a tremendous therapeutic to help correct the perils of living in the U.S. where most of us are subjected (at least for a time) to the Standard American Diet (high fat, high salt, high meat, high sugar) and Environmental Pollution.

 


 



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