There are plenty of myths about what causes Endometriosis. Many theories and thoughts on a subject so few seem to know anything about. When we have the condition, we somehow have a deeper sense, perhaps by listening to our bodies, on where the imbalances truly lie, or perhaps I have delved far deeper than most on the subject and have really considered my personal experience in relation to the information that has been presented.
I have gone so far down the rabbit hole and delved into the body’s personal healing powers, imbalances and even the emotional connection to this condition that perhaps I feel I may shed a brighter light on what really causes Endometriosis from a personal point of view.
To me, it all began with a poor immunity and a weak liver. I was born underweight and developed jaundice at a very young age. To me, this was perhaps the beginning of it all. Many of us start off life in this way. Our immunity is compromised with one interesting fact—we are not breastfed for long enough. Our mother’s milk is crucial to gain that initial burst of immunity from infection.
Added to the mix, we may have “inherited” our mother’s poor liver function. I know this is the case for me. My mom and her mom all suffered from poor liver function. When I look at our family tree, the clues are all over! The conditions are similar or directly linked to poor liver function. Even my sister has indicators of this. Digestive disorders, inflammatory conditions, acne and heart conditions are all miasms of the same source—the liver.
Now, to put this all together in terms of what I believe causes Endometriosis, let me explain the basics of disease:
1. It all begins with an excess of toxins in the body
Our environment and our diets are unfortunately loaded with toxins. They are everywhere and we spend every day using our liver to flush them out. These toxins play havoc on our endocrine system (the one that looks after all the hormones in the body) and will create inflammatory responses in the body.
2. Our excretion mechanisms fail to flush out the toxins
We need our digestion and our kidneys to flush out these toxins effectively. It is likely that a combination of poor diet and a lack of good and frequent water would have limited our abilities to do this. Gluten is one of the big culprits in creating digestive issues. Lack of drinking enough water will affect our kidneys.
3. The toxins then remain in the body and create more imbalances
One of the main things that happens with excess toxins is that we develop imbalances. The thyroid is one of the main organs that is affected by these toxins. Once the thyroid is out of balance, it causes the other hormones within the chain of hormones to become imbalanced. These include our adrenal glands, cortisone, estrogen and progesterone.
The imbalance also creates a reaction by the body to respond with inflammation. It feels under attack by these toxins and the tissues that are affected become inflamed, in an attempt to heal them.
4. The imbalance then creates internal problems
We all have candida growing in our bodies naturally. When the thyroid is out of balance, it stimulates these bacterial growths to become a problem—they grow too rapidly and create havoc in our bodies! Bacterial overgrowths, candida or any other fungal overgrowth will sap us of nutrients, the very nutrients we need to heal the body of disease. They also affect our immune system as they draw out the best nutrients—even some immune supporting nutrients—for their own benefit. We land up feeding the fungus!
These fungi love sugar, wheat and damp, dark and warm spaces. As we feel lousy, we tend to stay indoors. We avoid the sun, drink heaps of water and become addicted to sugar and wheat, just feeding that internal fungus even further.
5. We continue on this path
This path leads to further deficiency of nutrients and ultimately more inflammation, lower digestive ability and in the end… well, a big fat mess. The liver is lumped with all of it! It has to try and clean it up. It is dealing with an excess of toxins, hormones and all the while losing vitamins and minerals to help it do its job.
6. The excess hormones combined with low immune function create the Endometriosis
We have excess estrogen, as the liver can’t flush them out. We have a low immunity as we are fighting this “fungus” living in our body. We are not getting the necessary minerals to get the liver to flush out the excess estrogen or fight the “infection” of the misplaced Endometriosis cells. Inflammation develops and with inflammation comes the pain and reaction from prostaglandins.
There is also an emotional connection here. I believe we develop conditions in areas where our emotional pain might reside. There seem to be many connections with women who have suffered from sexual abuse or pain related to pregnancy, young children etc. To me, the connection was the loss of a baby brother at the young age of six. This connection should not be underestimated and the healing powers of releasing that pain should really be explored alongside the physical side of healing.
With this information you can at least know where to start with your healing journey. What to focus on and how to move forward. There is little point in just focusing on the symptoms and trying to reduce pain. The pain message is there for a reason—your body is trying to tell you something!
Clean out the toxins, support the body with immune supporting substances and give your body a real chance to heal!
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Wonderful explanation Mel. Can’t agree more! Liver has such a big connection with Endo, I lived in India and exposed to DDT at very young age, I always had problems related to immunity and repeatedly prescribed antibiotics. After a lot of research, I have started taking steps which is helping me in healing but still I have to go a long way. Thanks for the blog you have created it has helped me a lot. You are a real blessing!
Hi Tawnya and welcome to my blog. I am sorry to hear of your struggles and yet you are blessed to have 4 lovely children! I would get onto some Exclzyme which will clear out the dead cells which are dispersed throughout your body. The liver is definitely the key and doing a few liver flushes might be exactly what you need to feel better. Do some research on them or read the book “The amazing liver and gallbladder cleanse”. It really does explain a whole heap about disease and how to flush it out of the body. All the best and happiness and health to you, Hugs back!
I am just so happy and blessed to find this sight! I am trying to read and absorb all the info here! I have had problems with my periods since I was about 15 ( at the time I was dating a VERY controlling, abusive and mentally disturbed boy) I was told that I needed to be on BC pills and that is what my parents did ( my periods would last for 30 days with only a few weeks in between). Well, at 18, I said ENOUGH to the pills and just went off every medication. I was always so sick with my cycle- shaking, suddenly falling into a deep sleep- almost coma like, waking to more violent shaking, then vomiting. At the age of 22 or 23, I was given an exam by a OBGYN and was told within a fe minutes of speaking with her that I more than likely had endo. She suggested I do a diagnostic lap.- well, to me, the girl that was not really open to any sort of medical treatment, said NO WAY! WEll, after much prayer and thought, I decided o go ahead and have the scope done. Sure enough I had stage 4 ( The doctor said it was the worst she had ever seen) It was everywhere including my liver and diaphragm, those two places it could not be removed she said. Not to mention I had two golf ball sized cysts on my ovaries.
Well, I am now 35 and have 4 children that I love and adore and was able to have them without any other sort of treatment or fertility meds. My youngest is now 3 and I feel as though my endo is slowly creeping up on me. I have such terrible pain on my right side I ALL the time, under my breast, my rib cage, my hip etc…. and I can sometimes barely get a deep breath in once my cycle begins. Not to mention I have those moments where I suddenly feel like I cannot stay awake no matter what- and I fall asleep like that- middle of the day, no matter what I am doing.
Sorry to go on and on, but I too have recently felt as though, all of this has to do with my liver and other nutritional aspects. I have always been concious of healthy eating, but ALWAYS have known I have room to improve.
My biggest fear is that my 3 daughters may one day have to face the same sufferings and I wish this upon no one! I am so excited to read hear and see what I can start doing now for myself and for my 3 sweet wonderful girls who deserve a life of happiness and health!
You’ve just articulated EXACTLY what I think is the root to development and worsening of endometriosis – poor immunity and liver function. I have had endo for 15 years but it worsened dramatically after I lived in Africa for a several months and took an anti-malarial. My liver enzymes shot through the roof and the pain I experienced from endo was almost crippling. This was within ONE menstrual cycle after starting the anti-malarials. I couldn’t get any of my Western doctors to prescribe to this theory and thought I would go mad before I found an acupuncturist/herbalist who listened and worked to balance out my body naturally with sessions, herbs and a strict diet.
I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts as we all continue this journey together.
That is wonderful to hear! Thank you Shannon and welcome to my blog 🙂
Interestingly enough, I did a trip to Zimbabwe when I was 18 (close to when my endo arrived) and took those same maleria tablets! Hmmmm interesting 🙂
Very good point Christina! I think that has a massive part in all of it!
I don’t know if this has any connection, but my mother had severe kidney disease as a child. I’ve never noticed any liver or kidney problems myself, but maybe there is a connection?
I also think that stress causes such a huge disturbance in the body. It really wouldn’t surprise me that a great deal of stress suffered as a child – when our bodies are growing and most influenced by outside events – would make our immune systems weak and us far more susceptible to things like endo. :-\
I’ve always thought the same thing!
Thanks Jenny. Took me ages to work all this stuff out 🙂 Glad you always thought it!
Thanks Darlene. It all adds up on some level….
Thanks for asking Barbara. I will explore them each independently on this blog but for now, here is a basic list for you:
Ashwagandha, He Shou Wu, Reishi & Shitaki Mushrooms, Siberian Ginseng, Peony Rubra, Shisandra Berry, Gynostemma, Rhodiola….oh so much to explore!
Thanks Liz! Glad you agree 🙂
Great article… I’ve always wondered if my mom not breastfeeding me contributed to endo… makes sense!!!
I think you’re right on target! 🙂
what are the “immune-boosting substances” that you have in mind? (you refer to them at the end of the article)?