This is the third time in four months that I’ve written to you about research-proven relief for endometriosis. Perhaps you’re wondering why I keep hammering on about the topic. It’s because hundreds of thousands of women with excruciating endometriosis pain have been sent home by their doctors to suffer in silence.
They’ve been told to simply pop a pain reliever when the agony gets to be too much to tolerate. And they’re assured that waiting for menopause, or submitting to a hysterectomy, are their only options. No matter your age, this news would be devastating, but imagine the distress it causes for women diagnosed in their teens or 20s!
Even worse, it turns out this suffering may have been unnecessary. A safe, natural, effective remedy for endometriosis was first revealed in 2004 (a decade ago!) and then again in 2012 and 2013! You’d expect that the mainstream science press would have jumped on those stories; after all, an incurable, incredibly painful condition, affecting hundreds of thousands of women had been safely relieved. Yet these proven remedies have essentially been ignored. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to find anything about them online, and no one’s talking about them.
Could the silence be because none of them are patentable (two of the three are even ‘do it yourself’ approaches) so there aren’t enormous profits to be made? I’d say it’s a distinct, and even probable, possibility. But let’s move on to endometriosis relief!
Slash endometriosis pain with HCG
In September’s Nutrition & Healing, you read about the remarkable 2004 research on a very successful treatment for endometriosis. The researchers reported that 1,500 to 5,000 IU of human chorionic gonadotrophin (‘HCG’) treatment given 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
Go gluten-free to be PAIN-FREE
In October’s Nutrition & Healing, you read about the Swedish research report2 revealing that women diagnosed with coeliac disease (one of two major types of gluten intolerance) have an increased risk of endometriosis. You also learned about the 2012 Italian study of 207 women with chronic pelvic pain caused by endometriosis who followed a gluten elimination diet for 12 months.3 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 – that’s 100%! – reported what the researchers termed a “considerable increase” (p<0.005 for the technically inclined) in vitality, social functioning and mental health.
Melatonin slashes endometriosis pain!
Now it’s December 2014, and we’ve recently learned of research on relieving endometriosis pain with melatonin, the hormone best known for its sleep-inducing activity.
The Brazilian researchers reported on 40 women, ages 18 to 45, with endometriosis. For eight weeks half of the women took a placebo and the other half 10mg of melatonin. Analysis showed that when compared with the placebo the melatonin treatment reduced daily pain scores by 39.80% (p<0.01, for the technically inclined) and pain with menstrual periods (dysmenorrhoea) by 38.01% (p<0.01 again). Melatonin also improved sleep quality and reduced painkiller use by 80%.4
All of this breakthrough endometriosis research took place overseas in Austria, Sweden, Italy and Brazil. None of it was done in the United States or the United Kingdom and none of it received any publicity from the American or UK press. Makes one wonder what other non-patent-medicine remedies are also being ignored. In the UK, melatonin is available on prescription only so speak to your doctor if you are interested in using it.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Vol. 8, Issue 12 – December 2014
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