Endometriosis: No, Severe Pain is NOT "Normal"
Endometriosis is a fairly common
but poorly understood
disease that is frequently
undetected, untreated, and misdiagnosed.
of those who are affected by
it range from 2% to 10% of all
women in their reproductive
years. According to the National
Women’s Health Information
Center, at least 5.5 million women
in the United States have
Endometriosis can develop
anytime during a woman’s reproductive
years. It is estimated
that about half of the cases of severe
menstrual cramping may
actually be caused by endometriosis.
The actual number of
women afflicted with endometriosis
is unknown because the
disease is frequently without
symptoms, and is only definitively
diagnosed by surgical
biopsy. Any other method of
diagnosis is considered inadequate
because the disease can
be mistaken for other conditions
with similar sources of pain and
Q & A on Endometriosis
March has been designated Endometriosis Awareness Month, so it seemed fitting to interview Mary Lou Ballweg, founder of and Executive Director for the Endometriosis Association (www.EndometriosisAssn.org). Here are the questions we posed to her:
How did the Endometriosis Association come into existence?
The Endometriosis Association was founded in 1980 after I was bedridden for quite a long time. While ill, I promised myself and the universe that I would do something once I got back on my feet—I couldn’t be the only woman in the world with endometriosis. In fact, the conservative estimate of the number of women and girls with endometriosis now (2013) is 89 million.
It seems like there has been a lot of progress in the last 10 years. Specifically, dioxin exposure has been identified as a cause.
Much progress has emanated from the Association’s discovery 20 years ago that dioxin was able to cause endometriosis. In fact, that discovery involved the Harlow Primate Laboratories in Madison,WI.
How can you detoxify from dioxin?
Detoxification is a very complex subject. We usually encourage women to work with healthcare practitioners who have experience in detoxifying as, typically, our women with endometriosis and related diseases are exquisitely sensitive to these toxins—releasing them from their stores in fat and elsewhere can make a person very sick if not done carefully and correctly. Avoiding these toxins is very critical—we covered this topic extensively in our last two books, The Endometriosis Sourcebook and Endometriosis: The Complete Reference for Taking Charge of Your Health.
Is there more endometriosis in some geographic areas than others?
Endometriosis, Yeast and Hormones—Is there a Connection?
Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy
Wayne Konetzki, MD, a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), has observed that most women with endometriosis have allergies to Candida albicans. He has also discovered that these same women may have sensitivities to luteinizing hormone, as well as to estrogen and progesterone.
Dr. Konetzki claims that Candida albicans yeast may have either progesterone and/or estrogen receptors on their cell walls. Increased hormone blood levels may cause yeast to overgrow, which then exacerbates endometriosis symptoms.
Endometriosis symptoms often diminish with anti-yeast treatment, which of course includes eliminating sugar from the diet. Endometriosis sufferers who are hypersensitive to hormones may also benefit from the desensitization techniques used by AAEM practitioners.
- “An Interview with Wayne Konetzki, MD, an-Endo Treatment Pioneer” by Mary Lou Ballweg; Endometriosis Association Newsletter; Sept 2003; 24(1-2): 3-7.
- The Yeast Connection and the Woman by William G. Crook, MD; Professional Books, Inc.; Jackson, TN; 1995.
- American Academy of Environmental Medicine