Okay, so you all know I am not a doctor or proclaim to be one but I do know an awful lot about this stuff and the more I learn, the more I understand how the body works. Sure, I am just hypothesizing but it is fun to do and it is heaps better than just sitting and hoping someone else figures out this disease!
I was reading all about Endometriosis through the Gerson Therapy Technique. They claim to have healed women who had severe Endometriosis by using their diet and techniques, so naturally my ears are going to perk up when I hear any of their theories on Endometriosis. One of the key elements they mention is that Endometriosis is a condition caused by a poor immune system. Okay, I am sure we have heard this before and to be honest it sounds a little “loose” and personally I have always found the term “umbrella” for disease annoying. It is not definite enough when you first hear the words: immune system. Like when you go to the doctor and you describe you have bowel trouble and abdominal pain and they tell you straight away, “It must be irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).” Oh, sure doc, that helps me feel so much better! Irritable bowel? Why is it irritated? Can you give me more specifics on why it is irritated? You get what I mean though.
The term low immune system essentially means that our defence mechanism is low. When we get attacked by anything, we aren’t able to fight it off well enough. This is why we get colds and flu, get bugs in our gut easily and are just generally sensitive to any foreign invaders.
What I find interesting though—and this is where my theorising comes into it all—is that we also suffer from allergies and skin irritations and various inflammatory reactions within the body, besides endo. Chances are we suffer from interstitial cystitis (IC), IBS and abdominal bloating, all inflammatory in nature.
Okay, so this is where it gets interesting…
Perhaps—I must stress that this is just one of my theories—endo is also just an auto-immune reaction by the body. What does auto-immune mean? It basically means the body reacts to toxins and what it sees as “invaders” with an over-reactive response. You know, like allergies? So, we have these pollen enter our noses and the body thinks it is a massive invader, so it turns on the sinuses, sneezes, sends in the guys that make our eyes water and become inflamed. It is silly because the pollen doesn’t actually cause us any harm, not to that extent anyway!
Well, what if Endo is the same thing?
Let me try and explain my theory. Okay, so we have these cells which are dispersed and misplaced within the uterus. How they get there is anyone’s guess but it has been proven that “normal” women also get them and their bodies are able to get rid of them quite easily. In us, however, these misplaced cells cause heaps of chaos.
My theory is that the body interprets these cells being displaced as a major problem. It sends the prostaglandin guys in, as it thinks the area needs healing. This means it sends heaps more “repearers” into the area than really needed. These “repearers” go in and inflame the area, cause extra scarring (as they think they need to fix things) and create more clotting. Though the body doesn’t realise this is making our Endometriosis worse, the same way it gives us a runny nose when we have hayfever, it actually is. It is only doing what it thinks it needs to do to protect us. Essentially an auto-immune reaction.
Interesting? Could this make sense?
Well, according to that theory we simply need to retrain the immune system to know what are “real invaders” and which are not. How do we do that? We make our immune system stronger than it currently is.
The best way I can describe it is like Matt Damon in one of the Bourne movies. In his movies he is generally a hit man and on edge, expecting to get shot at by anyone at any moment. Well, if someone walks in on him while he is sleeping—even if it was someone he loved—chances are he would jump up with a gun pointing at their head.
Same thing with our immune system. If we actually had a protective mechanism that was stronger, our immune system wouldn’t react to every little thing so easily.
So, our focus is on supporting the immune system… that is to follow in the next few articles.
For now though, what do you think of my theory? Does it make sense? Do you think it could be the reason why we develop endo and others don’t?
Feel free to ask me any questions if you don’t have a clue what I am on about.