The Best Skincare for Sensitive Skin

As someone with a chronic disease, I not only have to be careful about what I put into my body, but I also have to be careful about what I put on my body. I also get toxic very easily and suffer from frequent blemishes.

For years, I have used very expensive skincare in order to treat my skin problems. A few months ago, I was introduced to the idea of using tallow to replace my chemical-laden facial cream. I decided to give it a try and was impressed with the results.

I have been using it for about two months and have noticed the following changes:

  • More even skin tone
  • Less blemishes
  • Faster healing
  • Brighter complexion

My skin has definitely improved since I switched to tallow balm. I would recommend it to any woman suffering from chronic disease and/or toxicity.

I use and strongly recommend Vintage Tradition Tallow Balm. It is about $20 for 2 fl. oz. and lasts about 2-3 months (if applied to face and neck only). It’s a great deal.

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The Best Skincare for Sensitive Skin

Does raw liver help with PMS and Endometriosis? (Results)

In my earlier post, Does raw liver help relieve PMS?, I discussed some immediate results from incorporating raw chicken liver into my diet. For over a month, I have been consuming 3 to 6 frozen liver pills daily. For the last two cycles, I kept a log of flow volume, pain intensity, fatigue, and emotional discomfort during and directly before menses. In the table below, you can see a comparison between my previous cycle (before eating chicken liver) and my current cycle (after eating chicken liver):

Previous Cycle

Current Cycle

Day Flow Pain Fatigue Emotions Flow Pain Fatigue Emotions
-2 None None High None None Mild
-1 Severe None High None None High
1 Heavy Mild Severe Mild Heavy Mild Mild Mild
2 Heavy Moderate Severe Moderate Heavy Moderate Moderate Mild
3 Light Mild Moderate Moderate Moderate Mild Moderate Mild
4 Light Severe Mild Mild Light Mild Mild Mild
5 Light Mild Mild Mild Light Mild Mild Moderate
6 Light Mild Severe Mild None None None None
7 Light Mild Mild Mild None None None None
8 Light Mild Mild Moderate None None None None

Within a month, it appears that my more severe symptoms—heavy flow, acute menstrual/pelvic cramps and abdominal pain, severe fatigue, and high emotional discomfort— have been reduced by approximately 2/3. That is to say, 9 instances of severe symptoms were reduced to 3 instances during my following cycle. Perhaps the most significant difference of all was the lack of symptoms directly associated with endometriosis: acute abdominal/pelvic pain before and after menstruation.

According to my doctor, pelvic/abdominal pain before and/or after menstruation is a classic symptom of endometriosis. In my case, 1-2 days before my period I would always have debilitating abdominal pain that made me think I had food poisoning. In fact, the pain was so predictable that I could use it to time when my period would start. The fact that it was not present during this cycle was a pleasant and overwhelming surprise.

I will continue to document my symptoms for the next few cycles. I am hoping things will continue to improve. Perhaps I don’t have to suffer with endometriosis after all.

Does raw liver help with PMS and Endometriosis? (Results)

Relief from endometriosis with raw chicken liver?

In my last post, Does raw liver help relieve PMS?, I discussed the potential for raw liver and other organ meats to reduce symptoms of PMS. I am excited to report that after a month of consuming frozen liver pills some of my symptoms of endometriosis disappeared during my latest cycle! About 1-2 days before menses, I have acute abdominal pain resulting from severe (stage IV) endometriosis. In fact, the pain is so predictable that I can use it to time when my period will start.

This is the first time in years that I have not experienced acute abdominal pain before menses. I am hopeful that next month will be even better. Later on this week I will write a more detailed log of the changes in my cycle since the incorporation of raw liver in my diet.

Relief from endometriosis with raw chicken liver?

Does raw liver help relieve PMS?

Nutritional Benefits

I have been reading for months now about how organ meats should be incorporated into well-balanced diet. Liver is often recommended because it is the most nutrient-dense of the organ meats. It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B12, folate, iron, and selenium– all important nutrients for liver health, detoxification, and PMS relief.

The nutritional profile of liver varies by animal, but here is a comparison between the daily value (%) of the two most common sources of liver: beef and chicken.

Beef Liver (Raw) Chicken Liver (Raw)
Amount per ounce %DV Amount per ounce %DV
Vitamin A 4732 IU 95% 3102 IU 62%
Riboflavin 0.8 mg 45% 0.5 mg 29%
Folate 81.2 mcg 20% 165 mcg 41%
Vitamin B12 16.6 mcg 277% 4.6 mcg 77%
Iron 1.4 mg 8% 2.5 mg 14%
Zinc 1.1 mg 7% 0.7 mg 5%
Copper 2.7 mg 137% 0.1 mg 7%
Selenium 11.1 mcg 16% 15.3 mcg 22%

Some women have boasted about how raw liver eliminated (or at least relieved) many symptoms of PMS, including mood swings, pain, and fatigue. I also read that it made the menstrual flow shorter and lighter.

Although eating an organic, grain-free, whole food diet has helped relieve serious PMS (PMDD), I still struggle with intense pain, depression, and other symptoms resulting from endometriosis. Following recommendations from Lauren Geertsen’s Quit PMS e-book, I decided the next step was to incorporate raw liver into my diet.

My experience (trial) so far…

Although I incorporated raw liver into my diet shortly after my last cycle, so far I have noticed the following benefits:

  • Increased energy
  • Clearer skin
  • Better mood
  • Improved sense of well-being

On a daily basis, I consume 3 to 6 frozen liver pills made from organic, pastured chicken. I decided to eat chicken liver instead of beef liver due to beef liver’s incredibly high copper content.

I kept a detailed log of my menstrual symptoms from my last cycle and will be making comparisons over the upcoming months. I am feeling hopeful about finally eliminating (or at least controlling) my terrible PMS and endometriosis.

Feel free to ask questions or comment with your experiences.

References
SELF Nutrition Data. Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, raw. <http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beef-products/3468/2>

Weston A Price Foundation. The Liver Files. <http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/the-liver-files/>

PeaceLovePaleo. Solving the Mystery of PMS. <https://peacelovepaleo.net/2012/05/15/solving-the-mystery-of-pms/>

Empowered Sustenance. The Easiest Way to Eat Liver! <http://empoweredsustenance.com/the-easiest-way-to-eat-liver-no-taste-no-fuss/>
Does raw liver help relieve PMS?

Does the flu make endometriosis or PMS worse?

I contracted the flu exactly one week before my period this month. Although I didn’t notice my usual premenstrual symptoms, I had acute abdominal pain approximately 24 hours before my period. As a sufferer of endometriosis, I am all too familiar with this pain: immobilizing pain that leaves you curled up in bed all evening wishing you were dead.

What happened? I felt over the last few months that I had made great strides in improving the symptoms of endometriosis, so I was quite distressed by the amount of pain I was experiencing. Additionally, I felt incredibly weak and debilitated after my period started.

Has anyone else noticed the symptoms of endometriosis worsen after being ill from the cold or flu? I keep wondering what else could have done this.

Does the flu make endometriosis or PMS worse?

Does raw milk help with PMS or endometriosis?

Benefits of raw milk

Raw milk contains bioavailable vitamins and minerals, as well as enzymes and proteins that assist in their absorption (Geertsen). The same is not true of pasteurized milk: the amount of bioavailable vitamins are greatly reduced, enzymes are completely destroyed, and proteins are denatured (Axe).

Raw milk and pasteurized milk should be viewed as entirely different substances. I do not believe there are any health benefits to drinking pasteurized milk and would not recommend it for treating PMS.

How can raw milk help with hormonal imbalance?

There is strong evidence to suggest that hormonal imbalance is linked to nutritional deficiencies, imbalanced gut flora, and candida overgrowth (Zhang, bodyecology). Minerals like calcium, magnesium, and zinc play key roles in hormonal balance (Geertsen)—all of which are present in raw milk. Additionally, raw milk has gut-friendly bacteria and enzymes that can help restore gut health.

My experience (trial)

I drank anywhere from one to three cups of raw cow’s milk daily for over two months. I was also on a restricted diet and taking Maca daily. During the two months that I was drinking raw milk daily, I saw a significant decrease in moodswings, trembling, menstrual pain, anxiety, and depression related to PMS and Endometriosis. My relationships with others improved and I became more optimistic about my life in general.

At the time, I did not realize the connection between PMS relief and raw milk, and decided to stop drinking it because it was expensive. I returned to pasteurized milk and the next month I noticed my PMS return with a fury! I got into arguments with loved ones, cried excessively, felt suicidal, and had a terrible time with my period. I was still talking Maca at the time, so the only difference in my diet was switching from raw milk to pasteurized milk.

I have since returned to drinking raw milk and have noticed a significant decrease in my PMS and endometriosis symptoms. While I am not by any means ‘cured’ of PMS and endometriosis, I notice that the crying spells, pain, and overall menstrual discomfort has been reduced. As a long-term sufferer of endometriosis, I find any relief from the symptoms of endometriosis is a step in the right direction.

Would I recommend it?

Does raw milk help with PMS or endometriosis? Based on my experience, yes. I will continue to drink it as long as I can find a reliable source. Keep in mind that there are some risks associated with raw milk; I suggest that you inform yourself of the risks before adding it to your diet. In particular, those that have a dairy intolerance will find that raw milk could make their PMS worse. It’s important to listen to your body and find out what works for you. Thankfully, I do not have a dairy intolerance so I handle raw milk well.

I continue to take Maca because I see it as a supporter herb. I believe it can help keep hormones in balance while you are trying to correct your own health issues. I believe Maca and raw milk work well together and would recommend supplementing both.

If you choose not to drink raw milk, I would strongly recommend that you stop consuming pasteurized dairy products altogether. 

Please review some of the references that I have included with this article. There are mountains of research supporting the health benefits of raw milk, and you can find links to many of them from the references below.

References

Eby, G. and Eby, K. Rapid recovery from major depression using magnesium treatment. 2006. Elsevier, Volume 67, Issue 2, Pages 362–370.

Geertsen, Lauren. Quit PMS. Naturally End Your Menstrual Misery!

Health Benefits of Raw Milk. <http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/raw_milk_health_benefits.html>

PMS and Candida Overgrowth: The Dangers of Estrogen Dominance. <http://bodyecology.com/articles/pms-and-candida-overgrowth-the-dangers-of-estrogen-dominance>

X Zhang, et al. Estrogen effects on Candida albicans: a potential virulence-regulating mechanism. J Infect Dis. 2000 Apr; 181 (4):1441 – 1446. Epub 2000 Apr 13.

Axe, J. Raw Milk Heals Skin, Allergies, and Immunity. <http://draxe.com/raw-milk-benefits/>

 

Does raw milk help with PMS or endometriosis?

Is there hope for recovery from chronic illness?

I have suffered from chronic depression, anxiety, and PMS for over 15 years– nearly half of my life. For as long as I can remember, happiness was seldom and sorrow was abundant. As with many chronic sufferers, I have seriously considered ending my life on more than one occasion. I was willing to try anything to kill the pain.

I have spent the last 10 years trying to find a solution or ‘cure’ for my mental illness that did not involve psychiatric medication or therapy. Here is a break-down of my current plan:

  1. Restricted diet consisting of mostly organic, raw foods
  2. Daily meditation and other relaxation techniques
  3. Daily gratitude journal
  4. Supplements: Vitamin D3, magnesium malate, maca, and probiotics
  5. Detox yoga and daily walks
  6. Abstinence from alcohol and other drugs

I believe than I have made significant progress in the last few years and wish to document my discoveries here. I am hoping that other sufferers may read my work and find some hope for their own lifelong recovery.

This is my first entry.

Is there hope for recovery from chronic illness?