Are Phytoestrogens Good or Bad for Endometriosis?

byHeather Jacobsen February 23, 2023 2

A few months ago I asked my Facebook group to tell me what supplements they use to help them improve their endometriosis. I’ve sometimes seen women using herbs that might not be appropriate for their situation (e.g. black cohosh or red clover), and I had in mind that I’d review each herb for their potential estrogenic-activity, then present it in a handy-dandy chart for easy reference. However, my question produced…

Giveaway Contest: Natural Health Gift Basket

byHeather Jacobsen September 9, 2022 3

In celebration of reaching 10,000 members in our Facebook group, that is, ten thousand women choosing natural health for their endometriosis and adenomyosis, I’m giving away a gift basket containing items to help you on your natural healing journey. Enter to Win! A Natural Health Gift Basket* Items include: One box of Roasted Dandelion Root tea, one Womb Potion cold-pressed essential oil blend, one bottle of Magnesium Glycinate, one Aura…

Benefits of Dandelion

byHeather Jacobsen June 16, 2022 0

All hail the ubiquitous dandelion. Once prized as much as roses,[[Sanchez, A. The Teeth of the Lion. The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion. The McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company. Blacksburg, VA. 2006.]] they’ve now been reduced to the ranks of lowly weeds, especially where chemical lawns now reign supreme. But why? Dandelions are so full of vitamins and minerals, and have powerful therapeutic actions, they should instead be…

Benefits of magnesium for endometriosis

byHeather Jacobsen May 11, 2022 0

Benefits of magnesium for endometriosis Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body (after calcium, potassium and sodium) and the second most intracellular mineral. That is, inside the regular cells of muscles, bones, and soft tissues (rather than serum and red blood cells).[[Jahnen-Dechent W, Ketteler M. Magnesium basics. Clin Kidney J. 2012;5(Suppl 1):i3-i14. doi:10.1093/ndtplus/sfr163]] Because of its abundance in the body, magnesium plays a role in over 300…

What’s the link between endometriosis and stress?

byHeather Jacobsen March 9, 2022 0

The vicious cycle of stress and endometriosis If you’ve tried everything—conventional or natural—to relieve your endometriosis and/or adenomyosis, and you still aren’t feeling better, maybe its time to think about stress. Now, I know some women are resistant to the idea that stress could have anything to do with their symptoms. But that’s probably because they’ve been told their litany of complaints are all in their head, or callously handed…

The Best Diet for Endometriosis and Adenomyosis

byHeather Jacobsen November 17, 2021 4

One of the first questions new women ask when they join our Facebook Group is, what’s the best diet for endometriosis and/or adenomyosis? Should you go vegan or paleo? Low fat or low carb? Or is there an official “endo” diet? And what’s the deal with soy? There’s no simple, one-size-fits-all diet for endometriosis. Instead, the answer lies somewhere in the intersection of circles on the Venn diagram, with added…

12 Reasons Not to Have a Hysterectomy

byHeather Jacobsen October 21, 2021 2

(updated June 9, 2022) When the nurse practitioner gave me my diagnosis of adenomyosis (over the phone), in the same breath, she told me I would probably have to have a hysterectomy. My story is not new. Thousands of women in our Facebook Group have been told the same thing. This is because conventional medicine has, so far, not figured out how to cure adenomyosis, so their only solution is…

Is There Really a Difference Between Adenomyosis and Endometriosis?

byHeather Jacobsen September 30, 2021 0

Even though endometriosis and adenomyosis are considered distinct from one another in the medical literature and our doctors’ offices, both diseases share the same definition: the presence of endometrial-like tissue in places other than the endometrium. In the case of endo, this occurs outside the uterus, “most commonly within the lower abdomen and pelvis.”1 In the case of adeno, it occurs “deep within the myometrium,”2 the muscle of the uterus.…

Is Endometriosis an Autoimmune Disease?

byHeather Jacobsen September 17, 2021 0

Way back, as early as 1987, researchers observed that a large percentage of endometriosis patients had “classic” characteristics of autoimmune disease.1 Similarly, autoantibodies—antibodies against one’s own body tissues—were detected in adenomyosis patients a few years later.2 More recently, HLA-G, a gene prevalent in several autoimmune diseases,3 was found in a significant number of patients with adenomyosis.4 And even as recent as this year, researchers are talking about using autoantibodies as…

Top 3 Tips for Healing Endometriosis and Adenomyosis Naturally

byHeather Jacobsen September 1, 2021 28

Top 3 Tips for Healing Endometriosis and Adenomyosis Naturally Both adenomyosis and endometriosis — which really should be considered the same disease — have debilitating symptoms no woman should have to suffer through. So far Western medicine has found no cure, but that doesn’t mean one doesn’t exist. When the nurse practitioner told me over the phone, after giving me my diagnosis of adenomyosis, that I’d probably have to have a hysterectomy, I was…