I never thought that taking the pill had such a major effect on my body. I took it for years on and off as a way to help deal with Endometriosis. I really thought that all it did was level out hormones and make them less active and once I went off the pill, then my body would simply go back to how it was before I took the pill. The last couple of days I have read and watched two different sources of information which indicate that unfortunately the pill and other synthetic drugs leave heaps of rubbish behind and also create huge imbalances in other areas of the body.
The vitamin that got lost while taking synthetic hormones
One of those things is a vitamin called vitamin B6. It sounds so simple but this vitamin is so vital in our overall health. It plays a part in the breakdown of fats and toxins within the bile ducts of the gallbladder. Without it, we simply don’t break down all the fats in our bodies and that means that they land up back in the bloodstream. It is crucial in fat- and toxin breakdown and also aids the liver in flushing out excess hormones. It is a catch 22, when the very hormones we are trying to control are then not able to be released through the liver, for taking the pill in the first place!
Now, B6 is also one of those vitamins we go through rapidly when we get stressed. It will also keep us from getting more stressed.
According to Dr. Robert Marshall, if we have taken any synthetic hormone replacement treatment in our lives, we are forever dependent on taking B6. That means, we need at least 50 mg per day of B6. I don’t know about you but I don’t eat that much spinach in one day.
If you want to watch the video, check it out on YouTube here.
I did discover that Moringa (my favourite herb at the moment!) has heaps of vitamin B6, so I will make a point of taking it more than once a day.
The candida overgrowth
I am currently reading a fabulous book by Donna Gates, The Body Ecology Diet, which goes into the scary link between immune deficiency and candida or fungal overgrowths in our bodies. She actually lists Endometriosis as a symptom of candida in the book!
Anyway, there is a free candida questionnaire in the book where she runs through common questions which might indicate a candida overgrowth. Each question is given a scoring and at the end you add up your score. Well, for anyone who has taken the pill or any synthetic drug, there is an immediate allocation of 50 points! That is not counting if you have taken antibiotics or any of the other symptoms! Now, that to me indicates the likelihood that we would develop candida just by taking the pill or any other synthetic hormones. I know I used to get thrush heaps when I was younger and have also had heaps of other indicators of candida overgrowth. I still do!
So what? What does that matter? Well, when you have candida, the candida fungus that is now living in your gut eats away all the vital nutrients you really need to heal your body—it is where your immunity comes from.
It eventually runs rampant and can alter your whole body! It can affect everything from your mind to your pain levels!
Check out my article on the connection between candida and endo pain.
So, the point is, the pill leaves us with some nasty problems and though I can understand the “safety net” of taking it, there are better options for you. The very organs we need to work properly to heal endo are the liver and the bowels. The pill and synthetic drugs are affecting both of those in a negative way. It seems wrong to take it then, don’t you think?
I was incredibly scared to go off the pill. When I was on it, my period pain and endo pain was manageable. It was better than it ever was before the pill! So, I stuck with it for years. It was only when a good friend pointed out to me that taking the pill was possibly not the best thing for my body that I even considered going off it.
The key thing is to replenish what the pill has taken from your body as quickly as possible. I would also really focus on detoxing the body as much as you can, to get all those excess estrogens out of the body.
Here are some simple tips:
- Take DIM for a short period to level out the hormone imbalance of going off the pill and flush out the xenoestrogens;
- Replenish zinc, vitamin B6 and iodine as the pill tends to sap these dry—naturally get your levels checked first or eat a diet which is naturally high in these minerals; and
- Exercise heaps to flush out the excess estrogens.