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Diet and Menstruation

If you do read the study below, remember that dysmenorrhea is pain associated with menstruation. According to Obstetrics & Gynecology 2000;95:245-250  (© 2000) from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (link to study done), eating a vegetarian diet may ease premenstrual and menstrual symptoms. A study found that when women changed to a low-fat, meatless diet they felt less pain than when on their usual diets. This diet also helped to improve mood changes and water retention. At the end of this page it shows the association of endometriosis (inflammation of uterus) and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) with menstruation.

It appears that the main problem with meat is that it has too much protein. This makes your body too acidic. Studies show that fruits and vegetables prevent cancer. Meat causes cancer according to a study done with 500,000 people. A study shows that the blood from a vegan has 8 times the cancer stopping power of regular blood. See this 2012 article Latest Science on Health Benefits of a Plant-Based or Vegan Diet.

See the article on protein, carbs and fats, to see what is wrong with too much protein, on this page with health articles. Actually it is lifestyle that makes the difference in menstruation. Diet is the biggest part of lifestyle but it also includes mental health (keeping stress low), exercise (which helps reduce stress), getting plenty of sleep, fresh air and sunshine.

First, for relief of the pain of cramping right now use a heating pad on your belly or as other women suggest, produce an orgasm. Taking drugs like Tylenol will destroy your liver. I first learned of this from an article called Menstruation and Diet by Diane Olive in the January/February 1995 issue of New Frontier magazine. When I read about the women wanting advice about this I did an internet search for Diane Olive and this subject. All I could find was info on Diane's book, Think Before You Eat. So maybe this info is in that book which is about eating living (raw)  food. But nowadays people want to be able to find this information on the internet so here it is.

After reading the article I sent copies to my female friends. The article starts like this: "This information is the most exciting breakthrough for women: A healthy diet and menstruation are related. The number of days you bleed, how much you cramp, and your mood swings correlate to how healthy you eat. A diet consisting of fruits and vegetables can change your menstruation to a lighter blood flow of a few days or even less."

This was just added on March 7, 2013. This woman's period came and went with only a discharge so she was asking about a bloodless period or bloodless menstruation. Also I mentioned it on the blog of a woman going to naturopathic college (in 2013) and she said that a teacher talked about this same thing. A woman commented and even quoted a book telling about this. Here is that blog page. Here is a July 2012 video about how it is normal to have menstruation on a raw food diet by raw food experts who have been doing it many years. ADDRESSING FEMININE ISSUES ON A RAW FOOD DIET.

Here is a 24 year old teacher who wrote an article on this in 2008 and tells how she had bloodless menstruation while eating a raw food diet. Also she has a link to this webpage to learn more about this phenomenon that most people still do not know about. I wonder how long it will take for people to learn that autism and type 1 diabetes are preventable. It is up to the pregnant mother getting ENOUGH vitamin D (lifeguard levels). For information on how vitamin D affects fertility, PCOS and endometriosis according to PubMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine) see How To Cure PCOS

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First medications or medical problems can cause the above so you can go to a doctor first to get checked out and make sure that serious problems are not causing this. At age 29, Diane had problems with depression, arthritis, Candida, stomach aches, an irritable bowel, painful liver, TMJ, indigestion and food allergies. She changed to a healthy vegetarian diet with many raw foods and in 4 months her "health problems were vanishing." Also her menstrual periods vanished-- no cramping, no blood flow, no pain and no mood swings. Occasionally she would eat junk foods and they would come back and last a day. When she would go back to no junk food she would have 0 days of menstruation. Later she became pregnant without a blood flow but unlike her previous pregnancy, this one resulted in a very easy birth.

She explains the medical reason for menstruation and tells how people eating more junk food have more days of bleeding and says that changing to a vegetarian diet almost always lessens the days of bleeding. Difference in diet may be why American girls and Chinese girls, with an American diet, start bleeding at age 12. While Chinese girls with a Chinese diet (mostly vegetarian) start menstruating at ages 15 to 19. Some women with a pure diet just have 1 day of white creamy discharge every 28 days.

There are cases when menstruation stops due to a highly toxic diet. The body could be weakened to the point where it cannot cleanse itself. Eating while upset impairs digestion making the food you eat more toxic and fattening. According to the book (not part of this article), Formula For Long Life by Morris Krok (Copyright 1967) "In the study of primitive people and also of those persons who changed to a purer diet and a more rational way of living [Morris practiced yoga], menstruation was non-existent or ceased after a time." He also explains that it can stop due to bad health and how cravings during pregnancy could be caused by the body cleaning out those substances to make a purer environment for the fetus.

In a book Natural Way to Sexual Health (1972), Dr Beilar writes "When toxic blood seeks an outlet through the womb via the menstrual function, the resulting inflammation and irritation to the delicate mucous membrane throw the organ into spasms which are registered as pain or cramps. If the toxin is milder or more dilute, the patient simply feels heavy or congested in her pelvis. Once the flow has started, nature pours out as much toxic material from the blood as possible." Menstruation is the body cleansing itself of toxins before possible childbirth.

Since women still have children, the menses have not stopped, just the bleeding and other negative things. Also without the bleeding there is not the tiredness or depression that goes along with blood menstruation. Many female athletes who do not have the best diets do not have bloody menstruation since they get rid of toxins with increased sweating and breathing.

Mrs. P.B. had many health problems. She improved her diet and felt much better and her "once-a-month blood flow disappeared." She read that when the body works properly it is more like a light cream discharge. Her doctor told her that she can never get pregnant without the monthly blood flow. But 2 months later she did and had a healthy boy. Her grandmother would tell her stories of native American women who had monthly light cream colored discharge and also would become pregnant.

The book Is Menstruation Necessary? by Wendy Harris and  Forrest McDonald said that blood menstruation went away when women switched to a raw foods diet. The book (from around 1900) Mucusless Diet Healing System by Arnold Ehret says "If the female body is perfectly clean through diet, the menstruation disappears. Everyone of my female patients reported their menses as becoming less and less, followed then by a two, and four months intermission, and then finally entirely disappearing." Forty percent of women by age 40 have myomas ( common benign fibroid tumors of the uterine muscle). Since they never develop before the onset of menstruation or after its cessation (menopause), they are probably due to blood flow which thickens and inflames the uterine muscle lining. The above is from Diane's 1995 article.

In her Talks to My Patients, 1870, Mrs. R. B. Gleason, M.D. who with her husband, Dr. R. B. Gleason, conducted the Elmira Water Cure for many years, says: "Marked improvement in the general health may arrest the (menstrual) flow.“ This was not a theory with Mrs. Gleason. She was speaking from experience extending over a period of more than thirty years.

A website says "During the days before a woman ovulates, the lining of the womb - the endometrium - thickens in preparation for a possible conception. If the egg released at ovulation passes through the womb unfertilized, the thickened endometrial tissues are not needed - and in a truly healthy woman, as in animals in their wild state, those tissues are mostly reabsorbed. What remains is expelled over a short period of time as a slight mucus discharge.

It has also been long observed that not only do some apparently healthy women, even in our culture, never menstruate, but that non-menstruating women can be fertile and have healthy children. That is, ovulation does not require menstruation." 

Endometriosis Cured

Around 2003 I was friends with a woman, Laurie, who had just got divorced. Due to this, she had very little appetite. I told her to not listen to what people say about forcing herself to eat. I told her to listen to what her body is telling her. Eating while upset, hurts digestion and makes the food toxic. She had endometriosis (inflammation of uterus) which caused painful menstruation and she could not get pregnant after many years. She was concerned about this since she was almost 40 and now not involved with anyone. Laurie had had an operation for this which helps for awhile but now needed another one. There is no cure for endometriosis. She smoked cigarettes, ate meat and was overweight.

On the home page of this site, one fat loss tip is to stay away from negative people. The mistake that Laurie made was becoming friends with me and asking for my help. She would fast for 3 days before her menstruation which was the main cure of her endometriosis. She also (all within a couple of months) lost her excess weight, quit smoking and after looking at a vegan website became a vegetarian. Her endometriosis was totally cured. I mailed her that article by Diane and warned that it may happen to her.

She was concerned when it happened and asked me about it. Please note that she had become a vegetarian, stopped smoking and lost her excess weight and looked great! I told her that I warned her about it and sent her the article about it. She said that if I had not, she would have been freaked out when she no longer had menstruation but since I had warned her she was just concerned. Still with no menstruation she met someone, got involved (and married) and got pregnant. She gave birth to twins-- a boy and a girl!

Here are some foods that you can take to help with endometriosis. You will need to go to the health food store (unless you get them on the internet) instead of the fat and sick food store. One food that can help is natto (fermented soybeans-- see what Wikipedia says about it). You can also buy a supplement of the enzyme that is beneficial called nattokinase. One newsletter says that this helps a lot with endometriosis. This contains vitamin K-2 that helps the calcium to go out of the plaque in arteries and go into the bones to prevent osteoporsis. Another thing that is good for it is kombuchu that is fermented tea. Kombuchu is great for many different things including fighting cancer, digestion, joint pain and the list goes on and on. Like drugs (medications), healthy foods have side effects. But unlike drugs, the side effects are good or beneficial for you. Another side effect of natto is cancer prevention. It is better to prevent cancer than to have to cure cancer.

Here is information from a letter from Laurie before she got pregnant: "Today would normally be day 5 of my period, except my period lasted less than a day.... Almost no blood, no weight gain, no bloating, no irritability, no tender breasts, no sign that I was even menstruating.... It's important that other women know about this. There must be tens of thousands of women in the U.S. alone who are in agony every month, because their doctors don't know squat [squat-- slang for nothing]."

Now if you have a healthy lifestyle and have been to the doctor and he says that he could not find out that anything is wrong with you and you don't have bleeding you still may wonder if the above theory is true. Well wonder no more. You can test it for yourself and see. If this theory is correct then spend the next month getting very little exercise and eat a lot of meat and junk food. If this theory is correct then you should be bleeding. If not, the theory is not correct. This is what Diane Olive did. If it does happen, it still could be pure coincidence. So a couple of months later test it again. If it works again it could just be a big coincidence. So keep testing it until you are sure of it. That is the only way you will know. And knowing is a whole lot better than believing.

I looked on the internet for women on raw diet and this subject. One woman had been on a raw diet for 18 months and her blood flow became lighter and no longer had pain during menstruation. One woman had PCOS--  polycystic ovarian syndrome. She had PMS, and during menstruation severe cramps and headaches that were almost debilitating. After switching to raw food her PMS was mild and her blood flow was lighter and the color was brighter. Her PCOS was totally eliminated. Another woman said that she had lighter cycles but gets heavier when she eats unhealthy foods.

On the home page under fat loss tip # 11, it has articles by 2 female MDs telling about why you should avoid birth control pills unless you are looking to get yeast infections, obesity, depression, infertility, strokes and breast cancer. They also tell about safe alternatives. See our privacy policy.

Copyright 2006 by Chuck Bluestein

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