Severe, Debilitating Endometriosis
In seeing one of my endometriosis patients this afternoon I’m reminded of just how severe this condition can be. I first saw her years ago when her lungs were collapsing with each period. Let me repeat that, her lungs were collapsing with her periods! It’s a condition called catamenial pneumothorax. It’s caused by endometriosis tissue affecting the lungs. Yes, it can get that far up and affect the lungs. At the time her periods were also extremely heavy and painful. She came to me to treat endometriosis, Her periods became lighter, not painful and the lung collapse issue stopped. Fast forward through a few years where she was doing well and I didn’t see her. Today she came in again. Her lungs are no longer collapsing and her periods are still not as heavy or painful as before treatment, but a little while ago she started coughing up blood with her period and her surgeon wants to remove one lung. After a reassessment today, we are tackling endometriosis again and we’ll probably add nebulized glutathione to her treatment to help heal her lungs. I hope if you are affected by this debilitating condition, it isn’t as severe as it is for this woman, but if it is, even in severe cases naturopathic treatment can help.
3 Things that Help Treat Endometriosis
- Avoid dioxin exposure. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, our most significant dioxin exposure comes from the consumption of beef and dairy products.
- Check hormone levels. Excess estrogen is often the culprit with endometriosis, but it is also important to have healthy levels of all the estrogen balancing hormones like progesterone, testosterone, and DHEAs. Deficiencies of these will appear as an excess of estrogen because they aren’t keeping estrogen in check.
- Help the liver with detoxification. Whether it’s estrogen or dioxin or estrone that is causing the problem, it is the liver’s responsibility to break these down through phase I and phase II liver detoxification so that your body can get them out. Healthy phase I and phase II detoxification require pyridoxal-5-phosphate, 5 methyltetrahydrofolate, vitamin B12, magnesium, indole-3-carbinol and calcium-d-glucarate.