Annalise and I have been friends for almost 20 years but it wasn’t until she opened up to me about her fight with a staggering 57 uterine fibroids completely obstructing her ovaries that we became partners in her battle to eliminate them and reclaim her life!
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Her struggle hit home as I personally battled these smooth muscle benign tumors that wreaked havoc on my size two frame for 14 years. I endured 10 surgeries, five of which were to remove fibroids. The other five were a direct result of the complications from the fibroid surgeries.
Annalise’s story was too similar to that of the numerous women I hear daily as a Fibroids & Fertility Coach. The fibroids epidemic affects 70% of women at large and up to 90% of Black women by age 50, according to the National Institute for Women’s Health. Too many are plagued with fibroids — having their personal and professional lives derailed by life-threatening hemorrhaging and resulting anemia, debilitating cramps, embarrassing incontinence and so much more.
Through my partnership with Aboriginal Medical Association naturopathic doctors Dr. Amsu Anpu and Dr. Amun Neb we co-founded the holistic 90-Day Hope Beyond Fibroids Elimination Program. Using the four parts of our program —coaching, diet, herbal supplements and medical Qi Gong, Annalise won her fight!
Here are three critical things every woman battling fibroids should know:
1. The Root Cause: For years, I was infuriated when OBGYN’s told me that the cause of fibroids is unknown. Even more discouraging was the fact little to no research was/is being done to unearth the answer. But one word kept popping up in my research—estrogen. While doctors hesitated to name it as the root cause, they did agree that estrogen made fibroids grow.
In 2015, I learned of the work of Dr. Amsu Anpu and Dr. Amun Neb. While other doctors seemed unsure, they were clear and unequivocally asserted that estrogen dominance is the root cause of reproductive diseases such as fibroids, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis and more.
2. The Process: Estrogen dominance develops in our bodies through:
- Diets rich in estrogen—including, meat, dairy, soy, sugar, hybrid fruits and vegetables and more. Some of the superfoods