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Healing Fibroids: A Doctor's Guide to a Natural Cure Paperback – August 13, 2002
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Also called myomas, fibromyomas, or leiomyomas, fibroids develop from a single smooth muscle cell in the uterus and vary in size and shape. They affect as many as 80 percent of women, of whom one in four will have symptoms serious enough to cause her to seek medical advice and treatment. These two practical, easy-to-read guides offer information on the different types of fibroids and the options for treating them. In Healing Fibroids, Warshowsky, a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist and director of the Women's Program at Beth Israel Hospital's Center for Health and Healing in New York, and Oumano, a certified yoga teacher and bodywork practitioner, combine Western medicine and holistic methods to point the way to optimal health and the avoidance of surgery. After a brief look at surgical procedures and the relationship of hormones and the menstrual cycle to fibroids, they devote chapters to diet, supplements, herbal remedies, exercise, emotional healing, and the effects of environmental toxins, especially xenoestrogens. Skilling, a marketing executive and writer in New York, wrote her first book, Fibroids: The Complete Guide to Taking Charge of Your Physical, Emotional and Sexual Well-Being, when she was first diagnosed with fibroids and could find little information on the subject. She also explores the role of diet, exercise, and emotional well-being in managing fibroids. Arranged by day for the first week after diagnosis, by week for the first month, and by month for the remaining 11 months, the chapters are each divided into two sections, called "Living" and "Learning." The "Living" sections deal with issues and problems, while the "Learning" sections explain the more technical aspects of fibroids. Skilling provides practical tips, such as how to chart the growth of the fibroid and what to wear when you leave the hospital should you need surgery. Readers will find information on current research and medication, the pros and cons of various types of surgery, and hints on diet and lifestyle changes, including exercise and stress management. While both guides are useful, Skilling's arrangement is superior. Her table of contents provides good access points, and the glossary, selected resources, and list of bibliographic references are a definite plus. If you have the budget, get both; but if you have to choose, buy Skilling's. Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn. Lib.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Joel M. Evans, M.D. Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, and Founder and Director, The Center for Women's Health, Darien, CT Healing Fibroids empowers women with the information and inspiration they seek to expand their treatment options far beyond medication and surgery. A must-read for all women with fibroids.
Christine Northrup, M.D. author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause Healing Fibroids is loaded with practical and empowering information that will help thousands of women who suffer from fibroids.
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I knew this book was for me when near the front I read, "...a fibroid condition can become a life-enhancing opportunity." Yes, that is exactly what I was looking for -- a book that looks at the whole picture of health -- physically, emotionally, energetically -- and gives concrete ways, in all areas of your life, that you can start to take responsibility for your own healing and overall health. Again, I believe the word balance is the key. When it comes to the way the body functions, there are tipping points in both directions. Lots of little things you do can add up to bad health -- but it works in the other direction, too, where removing all those little things can tip the other way into good health.
The book starts with a layman's medical overview of how these types of gynecological problems arise in the first place. Then it moves into a thorough discourse on all the areas you can review in your own body and life, so that you can begin working to reduce fibroid aggravators and promote healing -- through diet, supplements, herbs, stretching, exercise, meditation, reducing stress, avoiding environmental toxins, etc. Dr. Warshowsky's writing style makes everything very easy to comprehend. I especially appreciated the "case studies" that are interspersed throughout the book, as they seem to cover all the various scenarios for all the different women out there suffering from fibroids -- young, old, fit/active, overweight/out of shape, single/no kids, married/mothers, extreme symptoms, mild symptoms.
It can be pretty overwhelming when things start to go wrong with your body, and it's definitely a shock to hear your doctor say, "it's time to start thinking about a hysterectomy." Something in you immediately starts to believe it right away, and before you know it, you're resigned to that being your only path. But the fact is, unless and until it's a medical emergency, there are many areas that you yourself can work on, little by little, to start swinging the balance back into your favor. Doctors do the best they can to guide you, given the information they have -- but they really only ever get a snapshot of what's really going on with you. You are the only one who actually lives your life day to day and knows your body best, and it really is a matter of being determined enough to accept the responsibility for your own health and start walking the path that's right for you.
Making changes to your diet is a good first step that you can take charge of right away. In my own case, even though I already had a really good diet (lots of organic foods, low-fat, etc.), I had the feeling that I was indulging in things that were causing a lot of general inflammation. My fibroid symptoms were such that I felt I had to take a big step right away, so I cut out many things at once -- sugar, coffee, gluten, dairy, meat, alcohol. I know that sounds drastic, but I figured I could do it for a month and see what happened. I focused on high-fiber foods, lots of fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, fish, eggs, etc. I also started taking various supplements -- boosting basic vitamins like B, C, D, E. This was all under the guidance of a doctor. Within a month I started feeling SO much better, which strengthened my determination to stay on this path. I then found this book and it has confirmed a lot of what my intuition was already telling me. It has been the perfect resource to now start taking further steps into the other areas where I can work to shift and keep the balance in my favor. This book will help you to take the reins on your own journey to good health!
Along with Vits/minerals, healthy diet, herbs, it gives exercises (pics would be great here) and short stories. Additionally, spiritual and emotional strategies are provided. This book is pretty detailed, which I enjoy. It is a wonderful hollistic type of Women's Healthy Body Bible.
I'm using all in the picture to help. I've cleaned my diet up mostly pretty well even before the book. The Vitamins & Minerals chart goes hand in hand with what the book expresses. The "Fibro Defense" Pills have the Mushrooms and more as the book expresses is great for helping to build a healthy uterus. Cramp Bark and more mentioned in the book are in the "Dherbs Tea". All of this is costs about, less than really, what the natural path products I purchased from natra-pathic physicians cost. It's also healthier for my body than the non-homeopathic medications I was prescribed that didn't help or helped (painfully) only temporarily and were quite expensive.