How I Dropped My Endo Pain by Eighty Percent

Endometriosis is a condition that gets so little publicity, and yet it affects one in ten women around the world. These women frequently suffer in silence and are simply told to accept their life as one filled without hope of ever gaining relief. I was one of those women and I really believed that my fate was sealed when I was diagnosed at 19 years of age with stage four endometriosis.

I spent the next 15 years living with pain and the side-effects from hormone treatments. I endured seven surgeries. My body was beaten and bruised - not always literally but emotionally. My body was suffering and, instead of truly supporting it, I pushed it through all of that, because I didn't know there was a different option.

I spent the last 12 years researching everything I could about endometriosis and truly understanding my body and what may have triggered the endometriosis. Most importantly, I researched how I could finally live without endometriosis dominating my every life decision and day! I now live 80 percent pain- and symptom-free, and I want to share my insights with the world. Here are some introductory points I want to share about endometriosis:

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We need to look beyond endometriosis as just a hormone imbalance

Though estrogen dominance is a key symptom of endometriosis, it is not the only consideration.

I personally treat the hormone imbalance as a symptom of endometriosis, rather than a causative factor. We need to ask ourselves why there is a hormone imbalance and work backward from there. Typically there are signs of poor liver function and poor digestive health.1 When we address these, the liver is able to properly process any excess estrogens and then effectively eliminate them through the bowel, without re-absorption.

One also needs to look at any other hormones that could be triggering an imbalance, such as elevated cortisol levels and how the thyroid may be playing a part.

Address the autoimmune response

Endometriosis has been considered to be an autoimmune condition.2 This basically means the body over-reacts towards the dispersed cells found in the abdominal cavity. There have been studies indicating that many women experienced this displacement of endometriosis but that not all women develop the condition. In my understanding, it is only due to the over responsiveness of immune cells that endometriosis develops.

Another interesting correlation is that endometriosis sufferers typically have lower levels of NK cells.3 These are vital cells responsible for getting rid of rogue cells. When we boost the NK cells within the body, we can aid our bodies in the cleaning up process by getting rid of these rogue endometriosis cells.4

The autoimmune response has been attributed to an excess of toxins within the body and a type of "confusion" in which the immune system attacks the body's own cells instead of unwanted pathogens. Toxin release and ensuring optimum liver function would, therefore, be key to addressing this response.

That inflammatory response

Inflammation is what causes many of the symptoms women with endometriosis experience: pain, bloating, and extreme tiredness. This inflammatory response is often widespread throughout the body and includes conditions of inflammation in the bowel and bladder, such as irritable bowel syndrome and interstitial cystitis.

Addressing inflammation can so easily be addressed with the right diet choices. The key areas of focus should be on antioxidant-rich foods, polysaccharide-rich foods, and ensuring there are plenty of greens in the diet.5

By incorporating these insights through my own journey, I managed to significantly drop my pain levels with stage four endometriosis. I have also helped thousands of women achieve similar results, including plenty of little babies.

My mission is to share my experience with one million women around the world. I want to share a new message when it comes to endometriosis–one filled with hope and possibility–and to stick to the adage, “First do no harm”.
Endometriosis can be managed holistically. We just need a systematic approach and understanding of the condition.

Thanks so much, Melissa Turner.

Melissa Turner

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