Monday, 2 April 2012

What Is a Normal Period, Dian Shepperson Mills

Video posted to YouTube by Nutricentre, Sep 2010.


Video summary notes:


Dian is founder and leading nutritionist at the Endometriosis and Fertility Clinic.


Some 35% of cancers are related to diet. Could there be the same link to all diseases?


Some 80% of women are falling short of nutrients in their diet. We no longer have the same level of nutrients in the soil as in the past. The nutrition-laden top soil has largely disappeared. It's reckoned that you need to eat about 8 times the number of oranges as your grandparent's generation to get the same level of vitamin C.


B vitamin complex has shown that it can play a role in reducing period from 7 days to 3-4 days.


Blood clots can be reduced by a combo of vitamin C & E. Omega oils found in primrose oil and fish oils have oestrogenic properties and can also play a role in thinning the blood. Oestrogen is an oil-based hormone.


The redder the blood, the more oxygenated it is. This suggests fresher and better conditions for fertility.


The HPA axis (discussed in earlier posts) is also responsible for triggering hormonal release in the menstrual cycle.


The ovaries are the only organ in the body with a double blood supply.


High blood sugar levels are often linked to decreased fertility. Polycystic ovaries in conjunction with high insulin levels encourage increase of testosterone and doesn't allow eggs to get fertilized.


Excess dairy and eggs are suggested to play a role in very large cysts.


Pain is a warning system. It indicates an abnormality. Some 8-10% of women are affected by endometriosis, with a total of around 200 million sufferers worldwide. It takes on average 10 years before a diagnosis is made.


Endometriosis symptoms sound in many respects quite similar to those of M.E. - bloating, diarrhea, irregular periods, nausea, dizziness, frequent infections, low grade fever.


Other minerals that help reduce pain: zinc and selenium.


Dark green, leafy vegetables, nuts & seeds, olive oil, linoleic acid metabolize to prostaglandin series 1 & 3 - all has an anti-inflammatory effect.


B12 taken with B1 & B6 also has an analgesic effect. Perhaps they support morphine production.


Magnesium helps to produce ATP in the energy process - helps prevent cramps in muscles, and helps pre-clampsia. (This mention of magnesium and ATP production is interesting here. I've also heard of another side effect of magnesium deficiency resulting in jumpiness at something. I definitely have that jumpiness and combined with a lack of energy, magnesium could thus be a really strong player in my case.)


Proanthacyanadins (?) are also anti-anflammatory due to flavonoid content. This covers the foods such as red wine that were discussed in an earlier post.


Bowel health is vital. Consider a bowel cleanse. (Actually, I'm really starting to consider this, as it seems that nearly every speaker on nutrition and inflammation has highlighted the important of a healthy bowel.)


Oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) disrupt the gut flora.


Soluble fiber is important in helping the body dispel spent oestrogen - ie. a waste product, and thus a toxin.


Co-enzyme Q10 - another antioxident nutrient.


Women with endometriosis are more likely to have auto-immune diseases such as M.E.


Excess wheat, soy, folic acid, licorice, and vit C (? - thus implies contrary to other speakers' claims of benefits that there is actually a drawback of taking too much vit C) can raise oestrogen levels. Cruciferous vegetables, such as brocoli, sprouts, and cabbage, help control oestrogen. Vegetarians typically excrete 2-3 times the amount of oestrogen in their stools as non-vegetarians.


Eat organic foods and peel fruit and vegetables to reduce intake of heavy metals or even PCBs, which are found in some GM foods. These types of toxins build up in fat cells.


Belgium and Japan have the highest rates of endometriosis in the world.


Another advocate of getting enough sunlight on the skin and through the eyes each day.

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