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Last updated March 23, 2017 (originally published December 13, 2009)


By Ariadne Weinberg,  Featured Columnist




Have you ever seen the movie "
Alien"? The paranormal
creature lodges itself in the main character's body and comes
out through her chest.
Ew. Creepy and horrific. It may be a
bit of an exaggeration, but some women, when feeling their
fibroids move around, might get that weird sensation: “It's
alive!” Some have simply compared it to pregnancy.


First of all, what are fibroids? They are a kind of benign
tumor that resides in the uterus. They feed off estrogen.
While not cancerous, they are highly problematic, causing:
excessive vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, anemia, infertility,
miscarriage, and painful intercourse. Worse yet, sometimes
they move around in your body, as described above.



You wouldn't expect something to move inside of you unless
it were alive, but in the case of fibroids, there is a certain
class of them that does. They are called "pedunculated
fibroids", and unlike regular fibroids, they hang from a stalk.

There are two classes of pedunculated fibroids: the regular
ones, that grow outside of the uterus, and pedunculated
submucosal  fibroids, which grow inside the uterus. Ouch.



Oddly enough, they are common, and have common causes:
Half of women ages 35-49 have them, and often the culprit
can be something as everyday as growth hormones in meat
or milk or birth control. Other causes include hormone
therapy, ingredients in cosmetics, pesticides and herbicides,
or being overweight or stressed.



Many doctors immediately recommend a hysterectomy for
fibroids, but that isn't always needed.

Here are several other less invasive or surgical options you
can try out first:































1.
Get Some More Vitamin D  


First, have your vitamin D levels checked, recommends Marc
S. Micozzi, senior investigator of cancer prevention at the
National Cancer Institution
, of the US National Institutes of
Health
.

Women who have
Vitamin D levels above 20 ng/ml were
shown to have a 1/3rd lower risk of fibroid tumors.

Even if you already have started to develop them, all is not
lost. Just get outside.

Women exposed to sunlight for just one hour a day have a
40% reduction in rate of fibroid tumors.

Vitamin D supplements are helpful
.  Also, certain foods such
as oily fish (salmon, tuna, sardines) are also rich in Vitamin
D, though it is difficult to meet your daily Vitamin D needs
solely from food. For example, a 2.5-ounce serving of
salmon contains between 394 and 636 IU of Vitamin D. In
contrast, exposing your full body to sunlight for enough time
to slightly tan your skin produces between 10,000 and
25,000IU of Vitamin D.

If you already have fibroids or are at risk, ask your doctor.
Many recommend up to 5,000 IU of
Vitamin D daily, a level
attainable only from exposure to sun or through Vitamin D
supplements.
.



2.
Drink Green Tea


You can drink it in a cup, pop a supplement pill, or both.
Green tea has been found to significantly reduce fibroids. Dr.
Marcozzi references a study in which they recruited pre
-
menopausal women of 19 years or older with moderate to
severe fibroids.

First, they underwent ultrasound studies to see the number
and size of the tumors. Next, researchers randomly divided
the women into two groups. The first group took 800
milligrams of green tea extract each day for four months.
It contained 45% of epigallocatechin gallate, the active
ingredient in green tea. The second group took a placebo.

The post-test ultrasound revealed that the green tea group
reduced tumors by an average of 32.6%. More strikingly, the
placebo group's tumors increased in size by an average of
24.2%.

If you want to significantly reduce your fibroids, Dr. Marozzi
suggests taking the supplements, as they have a higher
percentage of the active ingredient. You can supplement the
supplements with tea, if you would rather have a mix of both.




3.
Consider Image-guided Ablative Therapy


This is one of the most rapidly expanding fields in technology
and medicine. It combines imaging technology and various
tumor ablation techniques.

According a 2010 report by Hu Huei-Shen and colleagues at
the Brigham and women's Hospital and Harvard Medical
School in Boston, the technique involves heat alteration:
Tumor ablation occurs when the clinician introduces it to a
rapid thermal change (more than 55 degrees celsius for
heat, less than -20 degrees or -50 degrees for the cold). To
target the lesion for ablation and assess treatment response,
imaging technology is used.

While it sounds a bit intense, it has proven to be generally
safe, and relatively non-invasive, compared with
hysterectomies and other surgical approaches.



4.
Use Progesterone Receptor Modulators



If you reduce the amount of progesterone hormone, you can
reduce the growth of certain fibroids.  One compound that
helps is called "ulipristal acetate". The idea of these
receptors is that, since fibroids tend to feed off estrogen, in
this way they are balanced by progesterone.

These compounds modulate progesterone pathways by the
use of selective progesterone receptor modulators. Ulipristal
acetate (UPA) manages symptomatic myomas well by
controlling bleeding, and reducing the pain as well as the
size of the fibroids.

In 2016, J. Donnez at the Society for Research on Infertility
(SRI) in Brussels, Belgium, looked throw data from
published reports of randomized controlled trials with UPA,
and it was found to be safe. While it does induce uterine
changes, they are benign and reversible.




5.
Reduce the Sugar in Your Diet



There are various things to munch on that will either induce
fibroids or cause the growth of already existing ones, and
conversely, diminish them.

You have to cut back on your sugar intake.  More broadly,
you should cut back on anything that spikes your insulin
levels --- sugar, white flour, and any other refined
carbohydrates. All of these increase estrogen levels. (Read
more about
foods that help keep blood sugar steady.)

You also should cut down on fried foods and alcohol.

Some yes-foods include
dark, leafy greens, lentils, and beans.

Seaweed is also great because it helps support adrenals and
the thyroid, keeping hormone levels in check.

A 2016 study from Y. Shen at the Zhongda Hospital school of
Medicine at Southeast University in Nanjing China aimed to
find whether a vegetarian diet could reduce the risk for
uterine fibroids.

The case-controlled study was conducted in the hospital
between February 2010 and December 2014. Groups
included 600 Chinese Han women with uterine fibroids
whose clinical diagnosis dated back no more than one year
as well as 600 control patients without uterine fibroids.


Here is what they found. The more cabbage and cabbage-
like foods you eat, the lower your risk for fibroid tumors.

A less frequent consumption of broccoli, cabbage, chinese
cabbage, tomato, and apple was correlated to a higher
instance of uterine fibroids.

They concluded, therefore, that a greater intake of fresh
fruits and cruciferous vegetables may be the answer.

And the bonus is that eating more cabbage and related
vegetables will also help out with weight loss.

Given the fact that estrogen metabolizes in fat cells, heavier
women will often have a higher estrogen content in the
body, contributing to fibroids.




6.
Take Chasteberry Herb


This is an herbal cure from way back in the day, Greek and
Roman times. It was dubbed chaste-berry, in fact, because
monks used it to suppress sexual desire.

The modern herbalist Jessica Godino, co-owner of Clarity
Acupuncture and graduate from the Appalachian School of
Holistic Medicine, says that chasteberry can be used to
regulate female hormones and stimulate the pituitary gland.

Chasteberry aids in increasing progesterone and decreasing
estrogen. By helping to nourish your endocrine system,
chasteberry enhances the ability to obtain hormonal balance
naturally.




7.
Pick Up Some Dandelion Leaf and Root


This is another great herbal way to manage fibroids.

Dandelions are nothing more than weeds to many gardeners.

But dandelions actually are quite beneficial to your health.

Heather Rodriguez, a holistic healthcare practitioner and
member of the American Botanical Council, lists some of its
many benefits: It provides excellent liver support for
improved hormonal balance. As well as being detoxifying, it
is nourishing due to a high quantity of vitamins and minerals.
The root stimulates digestion for improved estrogen
metabolism.  


Bonus:

8. Essential Oils from Bay Leaves and Certain Spices Disrupt
Tumor Formation

The more scientists study spices, the more they learn about
their remarkable powers. One such spice compound is "1,8
cineole" found in bay leaves, cardamon spice and other
spices.

This cineole compound in bay leaves has the ability to cause
cancer cells and tumor cells to go into an early death, a
process known as
"apoptosis", according to a 2002 study
from Japan's Mie University. Other studies from universities
around the world have found that the cineole in
cardamom
spice disrupts the ability of cells to coalesce to form tumors.  

















































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