Going gluten-free significantly slashed endometriosis pain!

Two months ago, you read about the remarkable, but ‘buried’, 2004 research report about a very successful treatment for endometriosis. The researchers reported that 1,500 to 5,000 IU of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) treatment once or twice a week for three months ‘led to a highly significant reduction of endometriosis-related pain (p < 0.001) and to improvement of disease-related parameters such as sleeplessness (p < 0.001), irritability (p < 0.001), overall discomfort (p < 0.001), depressive moods (p < 0.001) and painful defecation (p = 0.01). Dyspareunia [painful sex] and dysmenorrhoea [painful menses] also clearly improved (both p < 0.001), though HCG did not lead to significant reduction of dysuria [painful urination] (p = 0.66).’1

This is a terrific breakthrough for an excruciatingly painful condition for which there has been no effective treatment! And now there’s even more good news about endometriosis relief: it appears to be yet another condition that responds significantly to gluten elimination.

In 2011, Swedish researchers reported2 that women diagnosed with coeliac disease (one of the two major types of gluten intolerance) had an increased risk of endometriosis. Although they didn’t report about endometriosis risk in women with ‘non-coeliac gluten intolerance’ as well, there’s good reason to suspect the same increased risk.

In 2012, Italian researchers published results3 on a study in which 207 women with chronic pelvic pain caused by endometriosis were placed on a gluten elimination diet for 12 months. One hundred and fifty six (75%) of the women had significant pain relief; 51 (25%) did not. None had worsening of pain. But even though pelvic pain was relieved in ‘only’ 75%, all – 100%! – of the women reported what the researchers termed a ‘considerable increase’ (p<0.005 for the technically inclined) in vitality, social functioning, and mental health.

Since women get such dramatic relief from endometriosis using HCG it might seem like eliminating gluten is unnecessary, but for the best total body health results anyone with endometriosis should always use HCG and go gluten-free. Even if HCG eliminates the pain of endometriosis, the underlying gluten sensitivity, especially if ‘hidden’, will cause many other health problems usually undiagnosable by conventional medicine. In fact, non-coeliac (‘hidden’) gluten sensitivity almost always inhibits the assimilation of multiple nutrients, resulting in a variety of health problems.

Just a thought: all of this breakthrough research for women with endometriosis was done in Austria, Sweden and Italy. However, none of it was publicised by the UK media. Makes one wonder what other non-patent-medicine remedies for other chronic problems are also being ignored.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing

Vol. 8, Issue 11 – November 2014

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