So last week when I wrote about flax seed, flax oil, lignans, Endometriosis, and estrogen levels, I emailed Good Karma to find out if they filter their flax milk. Supposedly, filtered flax has A LOT LESS (sometimes even no traces of) lignans (the phytoestrogen which may raise our estrogen levels).
Anyway, a representative from Good Karma wrote me back today, and I thought I’d share it with you.
I have my second excision surgery scheduled for September 21, 2016! I’ve put together my list of pre- and post-op questions to ask my doctor. Do you have anything you think I should add? Or even delete? Thanks!! ~Lisa
So we’ve previously read about a German Shepherd being diagnosed with Endometriosis. Today we’re going to talk about Mandrills (a form of primate that used to be considered a Baboon) who had been diagnosed with Endo. I’ve read a lot of previous studies where Endometriosis was purposely implanted into critters for study and dissection, but these primates weren’t for study.
There was a study from 2012 about a Mandrill that had died after showing signs of weakness and peritoneal bleeding. Upon autopsy they found her uterus was covered in blood clots and it was stuck to her ovaries and pelvic wall. The biopsy confirmed she had Endometriosis. This is considered the first confirmed case of Endo in a Mandrill.
So for the past several months, I’ve been using flax milk instead of coconut milk in my tea, cereal, and protein shakes. I’d grown tired of coconut milk, and am also wanting to lose an unwanted and “sudden” 20-pound weight gain. It really wasn’t sudden, I just hadn’t noticed it until none of my pants fit…grrrr.
I’d read the flaxseed (also known as linseed) was a phenomenal source of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber, and people boast of it’s anti-inflammatory properties. So I was ecstatic to try it out and actually not mind the flavor of flax milk! It’s gotta be good for my Endo, right?
That is, until this weekend, when someone on an Endo group on Facebook responded to my flax milk post that flax is bad for Endometriosis. Why? She didn’t say until several posts later, but it looks like flax seed and flax oil mimic estrogen, much like soy… *grumble grumble grumble*
“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves”
Surround yourself with friends and loved ones who will help you strike those matches. Find your passions. Support your ideas. Burn brightly. And avoid those toxic people in your life that try to snuff your flames.
C. was 23 when she was diagnosed with Endometriosis. Today she’s 29 and living in Staffordshire in the United Kingdom and she wants to share her story with us.
C’s Journey: I suffer with endometriosis, every day is a struggle with all the pain I have and feeling tired all the time. I also have a lot of hip and leg pain especially at night lying down its like having pressure in my thighs and hips and start getting sharp pains so I have keep moving all night from the left to the right side. And I have sciatica in my back sometimes. I’m not able to do much exercise either because I’m always feeling tired so I’m putting on weight.
The Last Word: I just wish there was a cure for this horrible disease, to be pain free and enjoy life and enjoy being a mum.
If you would like to contact C., you can email her here. I’m sure she’d love to receive some encouragement and hope.
I want to send a special Thank You out to C. for sharing her story with us today. May today be a better day than yesterday.
And if YOU would like to share your story, please let me know. The best part about this disease is the strong network of love and support from our fellow EndoWarriors, and our friends and family, too.