How My Uterus Led Me to Raw, Living, Sprouted, Super Foods!

 

Mid-April 2008.  My gynecologist told me my uterine fibroid tumors (aka “fibroids”) had grown to a size equaling a 16-week fetus.  Lots of women — 25% of all women, 50% of Black women — have fibroids.  Not a biggie.  But carrying the equivalent of a 4-month old fetus can start to affect your quality of life.  (And I don’t just mean being denied a flat stomach!)  I had been enduring pain and “inconveniences” for awhile, and my doctor advised me to have the tumors surgically removed.  Well, I might have considered that as an option… until she explained the procedure:

First, my uterus (a woman’s is normally the size and shape of an upside down pear) would be lifted out of my lower abdomen and placed on top of my stomach where it would then be manually searched for the hardened growths that are to be cut away.  She compared this to pinching and squeezing a pillow with your fingers to find embedded objects that feel harder than the rest of the pillow, and then pulling and cutting those objects out of the pillow.  (Sophisticated, huh?)  The search is done by touch, moreso than by sight, because the tumors aren’t easily seen.

Hearing all this made my hips hurt.  I didn’t want my fragile fallopian tubes pulled on like cheap rubber bands.  I didn’t want my precious uterus wrung out like a kitchen sponge.  The whole thing sounded SAVAGE and BARBARIC to me.  My legs were crossed.  My arms were crossed.  And I was entirely resistant to this myomectomy.

Now, as a Black Woman who has many Black Women in my life, obviously I have heard numerous first-hand accounts of post-myomectomy experiences and recoveries.  (Interestingly, not one of them had doctors as graphic and descriptive as mine, and they had no idea what was actually happening to them during their sedation.)  But you know what’s interesting?  Half of them had their tumors return!  And medical journals confirm this statistic.  Excuse me, but a 42% - 55% likelihood of recurrence tells me that surgery is not the best treatment option.  It may be the easiest, as I could simply turn over my womb and my responsibility to someone else.  But easy rarely equals best.

I thanked the doctor for being so clear with me and told her I would take some time to decide my course of action.  She said that was perfectly understandable, but she warned me not to take too long with this “benign negligence.”  She wanted me back in 3 months…

From mid-April up to this very moment, I have immersed myself in literature about non-surgical healing of fibroids.  And this is where and how my Gateway Experience happened:

I learned that fibroids are made of fibrin.  →  I learned that enzymes “eat” fibrin.  →  I declared enzymes my new best friend.  →  I learned that uncooked vegetables, fruits and sprouts offer the highest levels of natural enzymes.  See where this logical progression is headed?

My uterus led me to enzymes.  →  And enzymes led me to the wonderful world of RAW!

This journey — which now feels more like an irresistible gravitational pull – is just getting started.  I’ve only been applying the information I’ve read for a couple months now (since June), but already I see and feel radiant changes.  I’ve jumped in with both feet… all chambers of my heart… all quadrants of my brain… and, yes, all centimeters of my uterus. :-)

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UPDATE! (04.17.09) – Thanks, Marina, for requesting this.  I can’t believe it’s been 8 months?!  Yes, an update is long overdue.  Here goes.

Q:  “Please tell us if you succeeded staying on a raw diet.”

I started out gung-ho… striving for 100% raw intake.  Key word: striving.  After a few months, I found it very difficult to sustain, and I didn’t like the unnecessary guilt I was carrying around about, say, a salad dressing that was processed, or in-a-pinch water that came from a plastic bottle.  I allowed “100%” to become a perfectionistic monkey on my back that, temporarily, had me concerned and confused about whether I could completely embrace this as a lifestyle long-term.  I cut myself some slack, stopped snubbing the idea of 75%-raw (aka “high-raw”), and am much more happy and steady at that level.  I do believe that as I continue to grow and evolve in living food, I’ll eventually find no satisfaction in any dead, processed food whatsoever.  But at this moment in my life, pushing for 100% perfection drove me nuts, and away from raw living.  While allowing myself grace and wiggle room actually reinforced my love of raw, and my ability to now see it as a part of my identity, moreso than my diet.

A:  “And if it made a diference to the fibroids.”

I have not returned to my OBGYN for a follow-up.  But even without her sonohysterogram (saline ultrasound) — which was very painful to me — I know that they have shrunken in size.  I know this because:  (1) my cramps are nowhere near as painful now (5 out of 10) as they were pre-raw (9 out of 10); (2) I have actually passed considerable amounts of fibrin during flowing times (trying to euphemize here); and (3) I see a visible difference.  In addition to these benefits, I’ve also been enjoying increased energy, optimized creativity and perception, strong, growing nails and hair, and — amazingly — improved eyesight!

I doubt the fibroids are completely dissolved, but I may very well be in a better position now than some of my friends who endured the surgery, only to have them return.  This may sound odd, but my fibroids actually gave me two gifts:  (1) the motivation to research and, therefore, learn about high-vibe eating; (2) the reminder to stay mindful of my feminine and creative energies, as well as my emotional well-being (metaphysically, fibroids represent repressed creativity and nurtured emotional hurts).  So, eating consciously, living truthfully and creating/expressing freely are necessary for my uterine health.  Having to be so conscious of  my uterus feels empowering to me as a Woman.  Our culture makes such  a big fuss over boobs, butts and legs… what about our glorious uterus?  (I know I’m a little over the top, but I don’t care).

Anyway, the fibroids don’t threaten my life.  They’ve actually improved it.  And I just don’t see how an M.D.’s surgically-biased diagnosis can be more powerful or meaningful than my own.

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31 Responses to “How My Uterus Led Me to Raw, Living, Sprouted, Super Foods!”

  1. Rawbin Says:

    Your story sounds similar to mine. Fibroid cysts, prolapsed uterus, endometriosis, diverticulitis. These all directed me to raw foods and relief. (I had the surgery first but didn’t improve as much as expected) I’m so glad you’ve found raw and I really hope it helps you and many more women hearing your story.
    -Rawbin

  2. lifeblazing Says:

    Thanks for your encouragement, Rawbin!

    Also, your before & after pix (http://rawbinsrawbin.blogspot.com) are AMAZING! Keep that bold coming ;-)

  3. Ginger Says:

    rAWESOME!! Looking forward to your updates!

  4. Aviva Says:

    This is a very interesting account and I really like your philosophical approach. I also have a very large fibroid and was under the impression that my uterus was trying to ruin my life! Although I know about the powers of raw food, I’d never heard of fibrin before and that enzymes eat it.

    Please include me in any more informational updates.

  5. How to Get Six Pack Fast Says:

    Hey, nice tips. Perhaps I’ll buy a bottle of beer to the man from that chat who told me to visit your site :)

  6. Erika Harris Says:

    @How to Get Six Pack Fast – Ooooh, who told you to visit? Maybe I’ll get him a beer, too ;-)

  7. Marina Says:

    Thank you for the sharing the information about Fibrin and enzymes. I have wanted to go raw for years now but I guess I am one of those people who had to get a problem before they do anything about their health…
    can you please tell us if you succeeded staying on a raw diet and if it made a diference to the fibroids.
    wishing you love and health.
    Marina

  8. Erika Harris Says:

    @Marina – Thanks so much for your prompt! I gave an update in the post itself.

    Love & Health Right Back Atcha,

    P.S. I know lots of raw foodists who got started by an unwanted health condition. Who cares what got us on the path? The thing that really matters is that we’re on it!

  9. seanstargazer Says:

    Thanks, Erika!

    I, too, was told I had “fibroids.”

    Now I am here on your website reading about how to heal them with raw food.

    I choose to heal mine from more holistic means instead of steroids and surgery. My russian massage therapist was present with me when I received the diagnosis; she told me later that it was bollocks! She believed that I could heal using whole foods and herbs because Russia that’s what everyone does!

    Your story was both inspiring and eye-opening.

    Viva healing!

    Sean Stargazer

  10. Garolyn Says:

    I am an Afroi-Canadian woman, who is vegetarian and I am on and off on the live food lifestyle. for the past 2 years I have been 100% live foods and has decided that this is the best path for me. I too am working on getting rid of Fibroids

  11. mariel Says:

    I am in the same position you were in: my doctor is pushing partial hysterectomy for large fibroids that have seriously affected my health and quality of life. I am incorporating more raw foods into my diet and am considering going at least high raw. I see you gave an update some months ago but would love to hear how you are doing now and if you still feel the raw diet has helped. I know there are lots of women in this position who don’t want to have their uteruses removed! Thanks for your posts on this topic. Great blog!

  12. Denise Milfort Says:

    Hi,
    I have a fibroid, the size of an 8 week fetus, funny I’m always bloated but skinny and in good shape so I never thought that could be it.
    Either way, I’m a health-nut, Haitian descent,
    the whole enzyme thing makes sense, we Haitians cook everything all the way, in fact I never heard of medium or rare until I came to the US. I like meat medium and rare and I love sushi but it makes sense you know, an island where refrigeration used to be a luxury, everything needed to be cooked thoroughly to kill parasites, microbes and any other creepy thing that could make you sick or kill you.

    I was vegan for three years, I think all of that tofu and glue food contributed to this but that’s not the point.

    I just found out about this fibroid recently so, I used to take supplemental enzymes but I found that they dried me out, so I’ve given that up two years ago, that was before I knew about the fibroid and today the enzyme thing is coming together in my head, so I’m thinking, papaya and pineapple have a lot of enzymes and I’ve been craving them lately and eating them a lot so I hope that helps, organic of course. It’s nice to have a site with information and the opportunity to discuss this.
    I’m happy!
    Smiles all around for everyone!
    D

  13. Michele Spector Says:

    Glad you’re doing your research. But check out this book: Sexy Hormones by Lorna Vanderhaege. http://www.hormonehelp.com Did you know that we have the highest amount of hysterectomies due to fibroids in the industrialized nations. Estrogen is what makes fibroids grow. Get all the excess estrogen out of your life. No plastic bottles, no eggs, dairy. Calcium D-glucarate which is from fruits and vegetables containing glucaric acid helps your liver package the bad estrogen and get them out of your body. Our body makes glucaric acid but only in small amounts. Also the xenoestrogens (estrogen mimicking substances) in the environment have an effect on our bodies. Did you know that regular perfumes and colognes contain phthalates which make them last longer are actually endocrine disrupters. Get all the chemicals like parabens out of your life. Nix the dryer sheets. I hope this helps. Good luck with your cleanse!

  14. anon Says:

    could you expound on the passing of fibrin? don’t euphemize! i need to know! i too am starting a raw food diet and juicing to try to alleviate uterine cramping and pain… trying to go 75% for the same reasons you are. getting too fanatical can be crazy! have not been diagnosed with anything because i am terrified to go to the doc and find out i have to get my uterus abused… came across your site on a google search… it’s so great that you went with your own wisdom instead of letting the dr. tell you what to do.

    • Erika Harris Says:

      “could you expound on the passing of fibrin? don’t euphemize!”

      Okay, no euphemizing. The passing happens during/in your menstrual flow. The fibrin comes out as very thick clots — like a soft solid, and its color is much darker than regular menstrual blood.

  15. Gail Says:

    This is exactly the information I was hoping to find! Thank you so much for sharing this. Like others here, I had to get an ailment to show me I needed to change my diet. Last summer I got rheumatoid arthritis, which shows a high fibrin level. Gradually I started on raw foods and I am now at about 75 % –and in remission (I will say ‘cure’ because it is no coincidence, since I made a concerted effort in this direction). Your article has tied the two together for me: fibrin plus enzymes equals cure. Thank you.

  16. kimberleyjones Says:

    Fabulous!
    Thanks Erika. Very inspiring story. I LOVE your writing style too…looking forward to reading your books….?

    Love & blessings,
    Kimberley xxxxxxxxxxx

  17. Lisa Haspel Says:

    Thanks for sharing, Erika.

    I found your site because I too have fibroids– my waistline is but a distant memory, my periods are like suffering a shotgun wound (sorry to be so graphic– but after a youth of very light flow, it’ as bloody as a civil war battle down there!), none of my clothing fits.

    I’m no fan of unnecessary surgery, so I took a wait-and-see approach, since an MIR showed that the largest was degenerating (I completely understood your euphemism, lemme tell you!). After two years ignoring the fibroids, hoping they’d just go away, I started to have terrible lower back pain, which radiated into my pelvis & legs. I could barely walk, I had to have my husband help me put on my shoes, even. I suspected that they were growing instead of shrinking. Desperate, I researched diet vis-a-vis tumors, and immediately changed my diet radically.

    After a mere two weeks (!) of eating a mostly raw diet, and cutting out dairy, the pain has almost completely disappeared– I’m amazed, delighted, and am looking forward to “passing a bit of fibrin” myself. Good riddance, Fibrin!

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  19. Chandra Says:

    So if you aren’t suppose to eat dairy, what do you eat to supplement the necessary vitamins that we get from Dairy? Soy?

  20. Stephanie Says:

    I’ve heard that soy isn’t an option. I have not researched it yet, but soy is supposedly high in estrogen, which contributes to the growth of fibroids. You may have heard the suggestion that women who consume soy regularly go through menopause with few, if any symptoms. If soy does, in fact contain estrogen, that would make sense, suggesting that the soy provides the body with some of the estrogen it’s losing, making a smoother transition through menopause.

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  23. Viv Says:

    Thanks for this post and follow up- your words “(metaphysically, fibroids represent repressed creativity and nurtured emotional hurts)” really resonates with my observation as a yoga and mindfulness teacher. I”m beginning to work with women online and locally to use the energy bound up in illness (esp fibroids) to create joy and happiness via yogic healing techniques and diet. It’s now 2012 would love for you to do a follow up on health.

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