In January of this year we reviewed the first part of Aspects of Women’s Health Care (see Nutrition & Healing, January 2015), a comprehensive presentation of mine that’s always popular at seminars. This month we’ll review the rest of the presentation. You’ll learn 10 proven, effective strategies you can start using today to defeat common illnesses that are making life miserable for millions of women – and even threatening their lives.
TIP #1: Fight back against fibrocystic breast disease
We’ll start with Dr. John Myers’ incredibly effective method of minimising, and usually eliminating, even the worst cases of fibrocystic breast disease (FBD). In a 1976 presentation Dr. Myers advised doctors and nurses treating cases of FBD to douse a large cotton swab with iodine (we now use ‘Lugol’s iodine’) and swab it all around the vaginal and cervical area. (Potassium iodide will NOT work.) Although the cysts are in the breasts, not the area swabbed, the treatment works better when applied this way.
The iodine treatment should be repeated once or twice a week until the fibrocystic lumps are gone (or barely findable), and the woman is pain-free. Some women need five or six treatments, a few – those with the most severe cases – need a dozen or more treatments, but 100 per cent of the hundreds of women with FBD treated at Tahoma Clinic using this method no longer have the pain or multiple lumps of fibrocystic disease. And although a few still have very tiny lumps, they remain pain-free.
The most common questions I get asked about this method are: (1) Why does the swabbing need to be in the vaginal/cervical area? (2) Isn’t there another way to do this? (3) Isn’t all that iodine dangerous?
Theoretically, higher quantities of iodine (or iodide) may suppress the thyroid. That’s why it’s wisest to work with a doctor skilled and knowledgeable in natural medicine whenever iodine (or iodide) is to be used over time. We carefully monitor thyroid function for every woman treated for fibrocystic breast disease using Dr. Myers’ method and so far none have had significant thyroid suppression as the result of this treatment.
In less severe instances of fibrocystic breast disease, iodine can be effective when rubbed into the breasts directly or when swallowed. But if that doesn’t work, Dr. Myers’s original method will work every time. But whichever route a woman chooses to follow, she should work with a doctor skilled and knowledgeable in natural and nutritional medicine.
TIP #2: Slash breast cancer risks with iodine
A: Iodine (and iodide) affect to estrogen metabolism
In the 1960s, Dr. Henry Lemon determined that if a woman’s body is producing more of the anti-carcinogenic oestrogen oestriol (E3) than oestrone (E1) and oestradiol (E2) combined, her risk of developing or surviving cancer is greater than a women with less E3 output than E2 and E1. (For the mathematically inclined, E3 > E2 + E1 is favourable, E3 < E2 + E1 is unfavourable.)
Women with fibrocystic breast disease tend to have this unfavourable ratio of less oestriol more often than women who don’t have FBD. But after treatment with Lugol’s iodine their oestriol levels typically increase and nearly every unfavourable oestrogen ratio changes to favourable. And that’s how I learned that iodine favourably affects oestrogen metabolism, lowering cancer risk!
B: Iodine (but not iodide)in breast tissue prevents and kills breast cancer cells
In the 1970s, Bernard Eskin published multiple research reports on the breast-cancer-fighting effects of iodine. In one he wrote: “Iodine deficient breast tissue in rodents and humans demonstrates atypia, dyplasia, and neoplasia, and is more susceptible to carcinogen action, which promotes lesions early and in larger numbers.”1 In English: less iodine means more abnormal breast cells and more susceptibility to cancer. While more iodine means less susceptibility to cancer.
In a breakthrough 2005 publication2 from a Mexican university (which was ignored by virtually every mainstream media outlet in the United States), researchers reported that in breast tissue, iodine combines with a naturally present lipid in breast tissue – a combo called an iodolactone – and kills (!) breast cancer cells without harming other normal breast cells. Then in 2006, researchers at a university in India3 reported that iodine (combined as iodolactone again) killed four of five types of breast cancer cells! Once again, normal breast tissues were unharmed. Also in 2006, some of the same Mexican researchers published confirmatory findings about iodine (but not iodide) killing breast cancer cells.4
For breast cancer prevention my typical recommendation is two drops of Lugol’s iodine daily, but as everyone’s health circumstances are different, make sure to check with your own doctor, preferably one skilled and knowledgeable in natural and nutritional medicine.
TIP #3: Two nutrient combo conquers ‘morning sickness’
In 1952, a report was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology5 explaining how to eliminate nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. A combination of vitamins K3 and C relieved morning sickness in 64 out of a group of 70 pregnant women (92 per cent) within three days. In three women (4 per cent) vomiting was relieved, but nausea remained, and in three women (4 per cent) there was no relief from symptoms. The researcher (Dr. Merkel) emphasized that the two vitamins must be taken at the same time, or it wouldn’t work.
Considering where the report was published – a mainstream obstetrics medical journal—this simple and effective ‘morning sickness’ cure should be common knowledge to obstetricians and gynaecologists everywhere, but few seem to have ever heard of it. And the right combination of nutrients remains hard to find; a supplement named Prostay contains the correct amount of vitamin K3 and more than enough (but not too much) vitamin C. (For those who haven’t heard of vitamin K3, it was safely used for decades in newborn infants to prevent what was then termed ‘haemorrhagic disease of the newborn’.)
TIP #4: Simple nutrient eliminates heavy and painful periods
When a woman regularly has abnormally heavy and prolonged menstrual periods it’s referred to as menorrhagia. This heavy bleeding is often accompanied by painful cramps that can become so severe that some women are forced to stay at home for several days every month.
A single nutrient solution to menorrhagia was published way back in 1977.6 Unfortunately, it isn’t patentable and therefore of no interest to the drug companies, so we are never told about it. Even worse, if a supplier or distributor of this simple nutrient tried to share the research that supplier or distributor would quickly find itself in ‘hot water’ and threatened by the medical authorities. In fact, this very thing happened relatively recently to Diamond Foods, growers and sellers of walnuts, and to the producers of Michigan tart cherry products when they tried to publicise the true, scientifically proven health benefits of these foods in the United States.
It turns out that for over half a century, while countless women have been forced to suffer unnecessarily with the heavy bleeding and intense pain of menorrhagia, a daily dose of 50,000 IU of vitamin A could have eliminated the problem.
According to the research published in 1977, out of a group of 40 women who were given the 50,000 IU of vitamin A daily, menstruation normalized in 23 (52.5 per cent), and was substantially improved in another 14 (35 per cent). As the researchers wrote: “37 of 40 (92.5 per cent) had complete relief or significant improvement of menorrhagia.”
The researchers also noted that a large number of the women suffering with menorrhagia had lower serum vitamin A levels unlike the healthy women they were compared to. In other words, it appears that for the majority of women menorrhagia may simply be a vitamin A deficiency.
TIP #5: Curb menstrual clotting
Menstrual clots, and the pain that can accompany them, are a problem for many women. And while there’s no published research on this method for eliminating them there are a lot of first-hand success stories.
In the 1970s a 38-year-old nurse – let’s call her Kelly – shared her own success using this simple approach with me. She asked me to pass it along to others, so I have. And the success stories have continued to roll in.
Kelly came in about a problem with bruising too easily, which had been going on for years. After talking it over and checking the few bruises she had that day, I advised her that flavonoids often put a stop to easy bruising, and if that didn’t work, vitamin K could also do the job. She asked which one to try first, and after reviewing her diet, I recommended the flavonoids for at least six to eight weeks, and if there was no difference by then to try the vitamin K.
We didn’t talk again for nearly eight months before Kelly came in for routine examinations and tests. As she had no visible bruises this time, I asked her what had worked for her. She replied the flavonoids had no effect she could see by eight weeks, so she switched to vitamin K. Within three weeks her bruising was improving, so she continued, and was quite surprised that another problem she’d been struggling with for years – menstrual clotting – had improved too.
At 22 Kelly began her work as an RN in hospitals. Every month her co-workers knew she’d be absent two to three days because of very heavy menstrual bleeding and debilitating pain due to what she called ‘giant menstrual clots’.
Around three weeks after starting vitamin K, her regular menstrual period arrived. Kelly was pleasantly surprised that although her menstrual clots were still present they were visibly smaller and less painful. By her fourth period after starting vitamin K, she no longer had any clots at all, and her bleeding had subsided to what her nurse friends agreed was a ‘pretty normal’ flow. By then, she wasn’t bruising easily any more, either.
Kelly asked me to pass her story on in case it could help other women too, and I have ever since. Most of the women who’ve tried it say their menstrual clots disappear.
TIP #6:Slash menstrual cramps with the ‘Omega solution’
In the 1970s I was just beginning to learn about natural medicine, but one thing I already knew was that pro-inflammatory producing omega-6 fatty acids are balanced out by anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. I also was aware that omega-3 fatty acids were one of the top two nutrient deficiencies (the other being folate).
Word was just starting to circulate – even in mainstream scientific publications – that the majority of Americans have out-of-balance essential fatty acid levels. Most Americans have way too much omega-6, and not nearly enough omega-3 on board. So I guessed that the reason so many women were helped by some of the common over-the-counter menstrual cramp remedies was because they blocked the metabolism of (and inflammation caused by) an overabundance of omega-6 fatty acids.
I began to advise women suffering from monthly menstrual cramps to try taking a tablespoonful of omega-3 rich cod liver oil (or other fish oil) daily and to let me know if it had any effect on their menstrual cramps. Most reported that it only helped a little for their first period but by the second one there was a definite difference. By their third month the cramps were considerably better, and by the fourth or fifth month they were gone completely.
After the cramps were gone I typically recommended women taper down their dosage. Too much tapering can lead to the cramps returning, but if this happens simply raising your dosage a bit should relieve the cramps again.
TIP #7: Reverse gestational diabetes in just 2 weeks?
Adelle Davis (1904-1974) was a pioneering advocate of natural health and medicine. She wrote many books for the public, some of which contained citations to scientific research published in medical journals. I learned considerably more from her about working safely with human biochemistry than I was ever taught in medical school.
In one of her books Ms. Davis introduced the work of Japanese researcher Dr. Kotake. Dr. Kotake found that high levels of xanthurenic acid (I’ll have more on xanthurenic acid shortly) binds with insulin so that the insulin can’t do its job of moving glucose (blood sugar) from the bloodstream into the cells. When that happens, blood sugar rises into the diabetic range.
Xanthurenic acid is one of many metabolites of the essential amino acid tryptophan. Ordinarily, only small amounts of xanthurenic acid are produced in our bodies as tryptophan has many other metabolites including serotonin, melatonin, niacin, niacinamide, and the little known picolinic acid.
When vitamin B6 is insufficient or just plain deficient, tryptophan metabolism shifts towards making more xanthurenic acid. This is a well-known process. In fact, this link was so well known that 1940s laboratory test manuals even stated that high levels of xanthurenic acid are an indicator of vitamin B6 deficiency.
And now for the connection to gestational diabetes: A woman’s oestrogen levels are higher during pregnancy than at any other time in her life, and those high levels interfere with vitamin B6 dependent enzymes. This interference causes significantly more tryptophan to be metabolized into xanthurenic acid, leading to abnormally high levels. And, as explained earlier, the xanthurenic acid then binds with active insulin and inactivates it, leading to gestational diabetes.
In 1975, researchers reported a study in which 13 of 14 women diagnosed with gestational diabetes had abnormally high xanthurenic acid levels. All 14 women took 100mg of pyridoxine daily for two weeks; their xanthurenic acid levels decreased to low levels, and their blood sugar levels improved considerably, with only two of the 14 remaining high enough to still be considered gestational diabetes.
The researchers wrote: “Treatment with vitamin B6 makes the production of xanthurenic acid normal by restoring tryptophan metabolism and improves the oral glucose tolerance in patients with gestational diabetes.”7 Other researchers reported very similar results in 1977.8
In other words, an effective natural treatment for gestational diabetes has existed since 1975! And what is mainstream medicine doing about gestational diabetes in 2015? WebMD recommends diet and exercise. And “if your blood sugar remains high despite these changes, the doctor may prescribe diabetes pills… if they don’t do the job, the next step may be insulin injections.”9
But if manufacturers and suppliers of vitamin B6 try to tell you the truth about how research has proven that this natural vitamin can control gestational diabetes in just two weeks, the medical authorities would close their businesses!!
And it gets worse…
Study reveals vitamin deficiency linked to autism
A recent AMA Journal article, ‘Association of Maternal Diabetes with Autism in Offspring’, reported on a study of 322,323 infants born from 1995 to 2009. Those infants whose mothers were diagnosed with gestational diabetes (not type 2 diabetes) before 26 weeks of pregnancy were found to have a significantly higher rate of autism spectrum disorder.
Since gestational diabetes is almost always associated with high xanthurenic acid levels due to vitamin B6 deficiency, we can then quite logically conclude that adequate vitamin B6 could PREVENT this fraction of autism! But vitamin manufacturers and distributors are prohibited from telling you this, even though the research appeared in the AMA Journal. So children will continue to be born with this fraction of autism unless we all spread the word on our own.
TIP #8: Halt hair loss and fix those fingernails
If you’re dealing with either hair loss or fingernails which crack, split, peel or ‘layer back’ you’re not alone. But the good news is you can combat these conditions naturally.
Pre-menopausal women in particular tend to have low (or low normal) fasting plasma essential amino acids, as well as significantly low (or below median) essential mineral levels as shown in a hair mineral test. Without sufficient quantities of these essential nutrients on board, our bodies go into conservation mode, and as hair and fingernails are not essential to life, they’re the first to go.
These deficiencies can often be tied to poor digestion due to low stomach acid. The same deficiencies can also be caused by a hidden gluten sensitivity (often called gluten intolerance) blocking absorption of these same nutrients. Some unfortunate women suffer from both problems.
If you’re a woman who is losing scalp hair, or are dealing with poor quality fingernails, check with a doctor skilled in natural and nutritional medicine for testing. Once he’s pinpointed the exact cause of your hair or nail troubles, your doctor can tailor a nutritional plan specifically for you.
TIP #9: Say ‘No!’ to surgery for painful endometriosis
You’ve read about using HCG to treat endometriosis in Nutrition & Healing before (see the September 2014 issue for details). Briefly: In a 2004 study, HCG 1,500 IU to 5,000 IU injected once or twice a week for three months significantly improved endometriosis pain as well as other related symptoms including sleeplessness, irritability, over-all discomfort, depressive mood, painful defecation, painful menses, and pain with intercourse. Only one symptom, pain with urination, wasn’t significantly improved. The HCG benefits remained as long as the treatment was continued.10
Removing gluten from your diet can help relieve endometriosis, too. In one study 207 women suffering with the excruciating pain of endometriosis were placed on a gluten elimination diet for 12 months. One hundred and fifty six (75 per cent) of the women had significant pain relief. And while 51 (25 per cent) of the women didn’t experience any pain relief, none had worsening of their pain. In addition ALL of the women (100 per cent) saw an improvement in vitality, social functioning and mental health.”11
Melatonin has been shown to significantly reduce endometriosis symptoms as well. For example, in one eight-week study of 40 women with endometriosis, 20 took a placebo, and 20 took 10mg of melatonin daily. Melatonin treatment reduced the women’s daily pain scores by an impressive 39.80 per cent, and pain with menstrual periods by 38.01 per cent. Melatonin also improved sleep quality, and reduced painkiller use by an astounding 80 per cent.”12
In the UK, melatonin is available on prescription only, so speask to your doctor if you think you could benefit from it.
TIP #10: The massage oil ‘miracle’ women have been waiting for!
We’ve all heard and read – endlessly, it seems – of remedies for ‘ED’, the politically correct term for a man’s inability to achieve or maintain erections. Perhaps it’s because I’m a guy, but I haven’t noticed any advertising for similar products for women – to help promote female sexuality. But I accidentally tripped over one recently, in a major patent-medicine store (chemist), no less.
Of course, I inspected the label, and was amazed to read that it is – gasp! – all natural and apparently harmless. And there’s a very good chance that it may even work, at least for some women.
When I checked out this product’s background, I was also pleasantly surprised to find actual scientific research… Admittedly not a large amount, but enough to pass this along. So what exactly is this little publicized but promising remedy? It’s a topically-applied product called Zestra for Women®.
According to a 2003 double-blind placebo-controlled study, ‘Zestra for Women’ is a botanical feminine massage oil formulated to enhance female sexual pleasure and arousal when applied to the vulva. We conducted this randomized, double-blinded, crossover study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Zestra for Women compared to placebo oil in 10 women with and 10 women without female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD)… Both normal and FSAD women showed statistically significant improvements, relative to the placebo, in level of arousal, level of desire, satisfaction with arousal, genital sensation, ability to have orgasms, and sexual pleasure.”13
Sounds great, but you might be wondering what, exactly, is in Zestra for Women®? According to the label, it contains borage seed oil, evening primrose oil, angelica extract, coleus forskohlii extract, theobromine, ascorbyl palmitate (an oil-soluble form of vitamin C), tocopherol, and natural flavour. All quite natural – even the flavour (the purpose of which I’ll leave to your imagination).
Zestra for Women® is available without a prescription online.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Nutrition and Healing Vol. 9, Issue 6 • June 2015
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