I have recently read the Medical Medium books, Medial Medium and Liver Rescue and while you may think these books have nothing to do with menopause – actually they have a lot of information that is very relevant. Like the strong possibility that an overloaded liver could be the reason for many or all of the symptoms that we are taught to associate with menopause, like hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and more. Also the strong possibility that the liver is overloaded both because of what we eat ( too much fat and/or processed food ) and don’t eat ( too little fruit and vegetables ) and also viral load, such as Epstein Barr virus.
I have personally used all the recommendations listed in the Natural Help page and found that yes, they do help but nothing got rid of the hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, head fog and feeling worn out much of the time. Some things would reduce them but they would always come back to haunt me. Then I read these books and decided to give the 9 day liver cleanse program and the the heavy metal removal protocol a go, after all, what did I have to lose? So, I did the 9 day liver cleanse – and slept through the night for the first time in a long time. Now, continuing with the heavy metal removal protocol, the celery juicing and the detox smoothies, the hot flushes are just about gone. Night sweats are a distant memory. Head fog has lifted and hurrah! I have energy at last! After years of dealing with all this stuff, I can’t tell you how good it feels to have all this GONE. To me – it’s a miracle and I am so grateful. Life is awesome once more!
I do have to say, I did not find the liver cleanse easy, even though it’s only 9 days and you can eat as much of the designated foods as you like – and I really like a lot of the fruits and vegetables that are required. It does take effort. However, it was so worth it, I will do it again, at least once or twice a year from now on.
I would encourage you to read these books – if you don’t want to buy them first up, see if your library has a copy and borrow them first. If they do not resonate with you ( and everyone is different so they may not ) you will not be out of pocket. If they do have value, you can buy them later. That’s what I did, borrowed them from the library first and bought them later.
In a normal adult female, the uterus is roughly the size of her fist and is located in the lower abdomen ( belly ). Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus or womb. It is done for many reasons, such as uterine prolapse, multiple large fibroids, and diseases such as cancer. Unless the ovaries are diseased, they can and should not be removed with the uterus as they produce hormones even after menopause.
When is the surgical removal necessary – when both you and your gynecologist decide it is necessary.
This is my story. I started having problems with super heavy bleeding during periods about 7-8 years ago. I didn’t think much of it – lots of people have heavy periods. I considered myself lucky that I had had very light and very regular periods for my whole life since periods began. Then, they just got really heavy – like bleed all over the bed type heavy. How embarrassing! Still, that wasn’t too bad, or so I thought. Just get on with it. Then, about 4 years ago now, I started having trouble going for a pee in the toilet. The flow seemed blocked somehow. I couldn’t explain it. It wasn’t right. At around the same time, or soon after, I found I didn’t have any energy. Found it hard to get out of bed, which is not like me at all. So, long story short, I went to the doctor, he did an examination, found what he called a bulky uterus ( just means bigger than normal ) and he sent me for an ultrasound scan. He also sent me for a blood test. The scan showed lots of fibroids inside the uterus, some of them really big, bigger than golf balls, which made the uterus bigger than normal and also caused my heavy bleeding. More surface area of the lining of the uterus = more bleeding. So then, my doctor referred me to a gynecologist. His first suggestion was to have a hysterectomy – which didn’t go down too well. He did perform a procedure which checked the lining of the uterus, which turned out to be normal. So, then I thought I would try some other things to get rid of the fibroids. I tried Chinese herbs for a couple of years and fasting ( both water fasting and juice fasting ) and while both of these did make me feel a lot better, they didn’t get rid of the problem – the fibroids.
Back to the blood test, which showed a very low ferritin count ( iron in the blood ). Really low. So low, the doctor almost freaked. Caused by the heavy bleeding. I tried iron tablets, they do have side effects for some people – such as cramping and feeling nauseous and that was me, so I didn’t take them for long. I had 2 iron infusions instead, about 8 months apart. They did make me feel a lot better, certainly able to get out of bed but I really didn’t want to keep having them. To me they were just a bandaid, a temporary fix that didn’t get to the cause of low ferritin count, which was those pesky fibroids. I did keep taking an oral iron supplement, called Maltofer , it was easier on the stomach than the others but felt the time was coming to make a big decision.
So then in January 2020, I did it, I made the decision, the time had come to get rid of those unwanted passengers in my uterus. In some cases, just the fibroids can be removed – and this is an option worth exploring if you can. I had too many fibroids, so my only option was removal of the uterus. Having said that – even I had the option to keep my cervix and so I did. This is called a subtotal hysterectomy. I also had the option of keeping my ovaries and I did. Depending on the reason for the operation, a hysterectomy can be removed through the vagina and thereby leave no abdominal scarring. This has been done, very successfully for more than 30 years. My mother had it done this way. However, she had it done for a different reason – uterine prolapse. I did not have this option, nor did I have the option of keyhole surgery. The sheer size of my uterus meant I had to have the same cut as a normal cesarean section, low down on the belly.
Near the end of March, 2020, I had the subtotal hysterectomy and salpingectomy done. Salpingectomy is the correct word for surgical removal of the fallopian tubes. As they are attached to the uterus, it would be pointless to leave them behind. The ovaries were left, that was always the plan – lots of hormonal issues if they are removed and I already have enough of those! I had the good old fashioned cesarean section, with a big cut nice and low on the bikini line. I literally gave birth to a uterus full of about 40 fibroids – or as the surgeon put it ”a Christmas tree full of baubles”.
The operation was a success and healing has been steady, although not as rapid as I would like. Time in hospital was 2 1/2 days, it was a private hospital and the care given by all staff was incredible. One of the risks of a surgical procedure is the chance of DVT, ( deep vein thrombosis ) a very painful and possibly life threatening condition, so several measures are given to avoid it. Several injections of an anti-coagulating agent are given and also compression stockings for the lower legs are worn, both day and night for several days.
So far, even though the healing was quite painful, it has proven to be a good decision and the right decision for me and my personal circumstances. It has now been more than 6 months and everything has healed perfectly. There is life after a hysterectomy! As I still have a cervix, I still have to have pap smears. Cervical cancer is still a possibility. Why did I keep my cervix, then? My choice. One of the reasons I did not want to have a hysterectomy in the first place is because I felt the uterus would have connective tissue that would support and hold other organs in place, rather like the cross beams in a house or building – there for structural integrity. To a certain extent, this is true – and the connective tissue that supports and holds other things in place is on the cervix. So as far as I was concerned, that had to stay.
Everybody knows that the body produces vitamin D from sunlight on the skin but did you know that vitamin D is unique compared to other vitamins? When your body gets enough vitamin D, through a complicated process, it turns vitamin D into a steroid hormone. This hormone is sometimes called “activated vitamin D” or “calcitriol.” Vitamin D is very important for strong bones because it is essential for absorbing the calcium and phosphorus from foods we eat. You can also get a small amount of vitamin D from foods but the main source of vitamin D is sunlight.
Sunlight is a natural cure that helps the body maintain a high state of physical and mental health. In fact, it holds the cure to the vast majority of diseases that are now considered epidemic in the western world. Vitamin D is vital for general good health, and researchers now are discovering that vitamin D is used by the body for so much more than maintaining bone health. Some of the functions of the body that vitamin D helps with include:
Immune system, which helps you to fight infection
Cardiovascular function, for a healthy heart and circulation
Respiratory system –for healthy lungs and airways
It doesn’t end there – Vitamn D lifts your mood – when you expose your eyes to sunlight (without sun glasses), the bio photons of light entering your brain via the visual cortex, stimulate emotional molecules of happiness and joy. So you feel good.And, when you don’t get enough, depression can kick in and take the joy out of life.
Be careful with sunscreens
Most sunscreen are made with chemicals, many of them now found to be toxic.
Because your skin is cytophylactic (like a sponge), it virtually ‘eats’ whatever you put on it – and so if there are toxic chemicals in the sunscreen you are using – they’ll be absorbed into your bloodstream and can cause problems ( like cancer) at a later date. If any of these chemicals are listed as ingredients on the sunscreen you are using, you may want to do some more research before putting it on your skin:
Para amino benzoic acid
How to protect your skin?
Get your sun in the early hours, or later in the afternoon if possible. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, grown locally or at least in the same climate zone where you live and in season. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, after a few months will improve your skin’s tolerance to the sun.
Also, not wearing sunglasses protects our skin – when we are outside the light that comes into our eyes sends signals to the pituitary gland which triggers hormones to be released for skin protection. Humankind has not had sunglasses for the last couple of million years, so what if by wearing them you are also signalling to your brain that you are indoors – when actually you are in direct sunlight. Then your body is not sending the proper protection to your skin. Food for thought. Made me think, I can tell you! I live in a sunny part of the world, Western Australia and I’ve been wearing sunglasses, religiously, for years. So I tried not wearing them, started slowly at first to see how it went. I did not burn, even with extended periods of time spent in the sun, usually from early to mid morning. So now I don’t wear them at all – and keep out of the sun during the middle of the day, where possible. Or I wear a hat but not sunglasses.