Growing Pains

| October 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

The number one cause for hysterectomies (Hyster=uterus. Ectomy=cut out. Hysteria=uterus induced crazy. Hysterectomy=cutting out your crazy) is uterine fibroids. Fibroids are a form of “hyperplasia”–excessive growth of cells with normal DNA. Hyperplasia is a cellular response to an irritant. This is the same process by which pearls are created by oysters. Some foreign irritant enters the oyster and it gets walled off. A callus from working with your hands is another example of hyperplasia. Hyperplasia is seen in a variety of tissue spaces. In breasts, it’s called fibroadenomas or fibrocysts. In the prostate, we see benign prostatic hypertrophy–BPH. Hyperplasia in the colon produces colon polyps. Uterine cells are highly vascular and estrogen sensitive. For this reason, uterine fibroids can produce excessive menstrual bleeding. This or painful menstrual cycles are the common reasons for hysterectomies. However, fibroids can grow so large as to cause other problems. Fibroids are not a form of cancer and are rarely associated with cancer. There are many ways to deal with fibroids. A hysterectomy should be a last resort. Uterine cells, like fat cells, are sensitive to 3 primary hormonal influences–estrogens, insulin, and inflammatory growth factors. Fibroid tumors will often stop growing or even regress with menopause and lower estrogen levels. Increased insulin production will make fibroids grow. As thyroid levels go down, insulin production must increase in order to keep blood sugar flowing into cells for energy. This increase in insulin will fuel the growth of fat cells and uterine fibroids. Diabetics are more likely to have fibroids because of low thyroid and increased insulin. The increase in fat cells produced by insulin causes the production of estrone, the body’s second most potent estrogen. Estrone is more gasoline on the fire for uterine fibroids. Critter overgrowth plays 2 roles in the evolution of fibroids. First, they can act as an irritant the body wants to wall off as with the creation of a pearl by the oyster. Secondly, critter overgrowth causes inflammation. One class of chemicals produced by inflammation is “growth factors”. As the moniker indicates, growth factors make cells grow.

How do you address fibroids? This depends on several factors. If fibroids become an issue, get the book “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” by Christianne Northrup, MD. Dr. Northrup is the obstetrician/gynecologist that first trained me in women’s health issues. She devotes an entire chapter to the uterus. Fibroids are a symptom. Simply cutting out the uterus does not change the condition that caused the fibroids to appear.

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(MSU is a commonly used Robyism that typically stands for “make science up” or “make sh*t up”. “Critter” is commonly used to reference Candida yeast overgrowth and inflammation.)

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Category: General Health, Hormone Support, Women's Health

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