October 2006 I had uterine cancer and had a Laparoscopic hysterectomy. I did not have radiation or chemo. Prior to my surgery, I was told I was making too much estrogen. Is Myomin safe for me to take? Thank you.
I am glad to hear your uterine cancer was removed successfully.
You're absolutely right that you need to address the elevated estrogen as increased estrogen levels are a major risk of uterine cancer and other common female-related cancers such as breast cancer.
Before any product, lifestyle or dietary change is done, I recommend measuring your estrogen levels and the different types of estrogens prior to starting any changes so you have a baseline to compare how you estrogen levels are responding. There are harmful estrogens and beneficial estrogens. It is very important to know which estrogens we are dealing with so we can act accordingly.
Myomin is safe to take if your estrogen levels are elevated. Myomin is useful for those with mild to moderate elevation of estrogen. Begin with the recommended dosage on the product label which is 2 to 3 capsules 2 to 3 times a day. Take Myomin with right after meals.
For those with higher levels of estrogen, a more potent product may be needed to break down circulating estrogens. Diindolemethane (DIM) and Indole-3-Carbinol (I-3-C) are known to metabolize estrogen effectively. I formulated a product called DIM+I3C which has both DIM and I-3-C in it as I found women with more severely raised estrogen levels were not getting the results they needed with Myomin alone. Consider taking 1 capsule in the AM and one capsule in the PM. Take with food.
It is important to monitor your estrogen levels. Getting the estrogen hormone level opimized is what we want and that entails a few things.
- Ensuring your liver is functioning well. If your liver is lethargic, you will not be able to process hormones, toxins or fats well. This leads to a build up of toxins, some of which are estrogen mimics. Estrogen mimics are at times many times more potent than your own natural estrogen. These estrogen mimics are a huge risk for estrogen based cancers. Thus, optimizing your liver function and encouraging elimination of toxins is paramount in optimizing your overall estrogen balance.
- I recommend n-acetyl-cysteine as it is a major nutrient used by the liver in removing toxins. Consider taking 2 capsules of n-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) twice a day with a small amount of food. There is a side benefits of NAC. NAC not only helps metabolize toxins from your liver, but it is also excellent immune and lung support.
- Each morning make a mixture of 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with the juice from 1/2 a lemon. Dilute with 1 cup of filtered water. Sip slowly before meals. Do daily. This mix helps fight oxidation, stimulates digestion and bowel movements. Ensuring that the bowels are moving stool through well is key in eliminating toxins and estrogen. Constipation leads to toxins being reabsorbed through the intestines and back into your blood stream.
- Optimizing weight is obtained by eating whole food meals
- Avoiding fast food
- Avoiding processed foods
- Eating smaller, more frequent meals which stabilize blood sugar and reduce cravings and binging
- Eating protein with each meal to stabilize blood sugar
- Detox to remove toxins which are known to increase weight.
- Exercise by walking or some form of aerobic exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
- Do not eat large meals at night but rather for breakfast and lunch. This is because calories are not burned much in the evening. Eat the most food during the hours you are most active.
- Have a simple fast weight loss smoothie in the morning to get your going quickly and with optimum nutrients.
- Common estrogen-mimicing toxins are: bisphenol-a, pthalates, many pesticides, herbicides to name a few. These estrogen-mimicing toxins are called xenoestrogens.
- Do not eat canned food except if it is from Eden Foods. Eden Foods does not use BPA in their canned foods.
- Do not eat drink or otherwise cook with plastic containers. I highly recommend glass or stainless steel storage containers, stainless steel water bottles, stainless steel straws and other stainless steel or glass products.
- Get into a sauna at least a few times a week at low temperature - around 120 F - for as long as you can comfortably tolerate. Saunas are the most effective method to remove numerous toxins effectively through your bodies largest detoxification organ: your skin. At the first sign of fatigue, headache, nausea, get out of the sauna. I highly recommend the Far Infrared Sauna by High Tech Health. Mention Dr Benjamin Lynch or HealthE Goods to receive $500 off your sauna purchase. (disclosure: I receive a small commission for this recommendation) I personally own and use the 3 person sauna often.
- Myomin or DIM+I3C will not reduce the risk of cancer. NAC helps reduce the risk even more but additional nutrients are needed.
- Given that you are a women, I recommend Women's Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations as your multivitamin. It contains breast protection nutrients, eye support, cardiovascular support and daily nutrients in their bioactive forms.
- Fish oil that is lab tested for purity and contains potent amounts of DHA and EPA is beneficial at reducing inflammation and supporting the formation of healthy cell membranes. I recommend Finest Pure Fish Oil by Pharmax.
- Sprinkle Chia Seeds on your salads along with excellent tasting Nutritional Yeast for extra vitamin B's and healthy oils.
- Research shows that taking 2,000 IU of Vitamin D3 reduces the risk of getting many types of cancer: breast, lung, colon are a few.
- Water is one of the fastest ways to introduce toxins into your body, besides breathing, touching and eating.
- Ensure you drink, cook, shower and bathe with filtered water.
These recommendations should help reduce your elevated estrogen levels which reduces your risk of other estrogen-related cancers.
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