In my opinion, a strict raw foods diet is the most promising natural approach to uterine fibroids. Here is a comment from a woman physician who ought to know:


"I have suffered from fibroids for 16 years. Because I am so slender, the fibroid is easily palpated from the abdomen. Mine has shrunk from the size of a lemon to the size of a 1/4" thick pancake about 1 inch in diameter. I tried many diets and supplements over the years and gave up dairy and meats. It finally responded to coffee enemas daily and a raw foods diet. It took 5 weeks. This is much simpler than many other things that I tried. I enjoy your newsletter (; thank you for writing it." (Jennifer Daniels, M.D., Syracuse, NY)


Dr. Daniels is describing a diet very much like the Gerson therapy. A quick website search for "Gerson" at the  mainpage will bring up a great deal of information on this type of treatment. It is well worth a therapeutic trial.


Max Gerson, M.D., on Fibroids:

( from )


Question: Can fibroid tumors be dissolved?


Dr. Gerson’s answer: “Fibroid tumors are mostly benign. Benign tumors take 10 to 20 times as much time to absorb as malignant tumors. This goes for adhesions and scars. Fibroid and benign tumors are dissolved only very slowly because they are not abnormal. It is difficult for the parenteral system to bring its digestive powers to bear on these benign tumors. But when they turn malignant, then they are quickly dissolved.”  (Editor’s note: a fibroid turns malignant only very rarely.)



Fibroids often shrink or go away on their own, especially after menopause. Menopause is a big hormonal change for a woman. Hormonal therapy may help. Doing nothing and waiting for menopause may also work, too.


One reader writes:

"I had a partial thyroidectomy at age 22 and then was never "allowed" to have thyroid meds, based on "normal" TSH. I depended on tons of vitamins to get by but developed fibroids in my forties. When I finally got Armour thyroid, and realized I had been hypothyroid all my life, I also needed other hormones like progesterone and DHEA because my adrenals were exhausted. Fibroids disappeared with hormonal support but also I am 55 and postmenopausal now.”



Fibroids are probably caused by vitamin E deficiency (Evan Shute, M.D., 1946, in The Vitamin E Story) Shute was an obstetrician. Vitamin E is very intimately involved with the body’s hormonal balance.



Even though fibroids themselves are mostly muscle tissue, they are related to fat. Generally speaking, the more overweight you are, the more fat you carry. The more fat, the more estrogen in your body. Fibroids thrive on extra estrogen. Exercise helps reduce fat, and is therefore likely to reduce estrogen, too.



Meats are dietary sources of estrogen. A low-fat diet is good; a very low meat diet is even better.



Free pdf full-text download of a very good article from Altern Med Rev 2008;13(2):116-127):
Patrick, L. Iodine: Deficiency and therapeutic considerations.

This research report is also very valuable:

Ghent WR1, Eskin BA, Low DA, Hill LP. Iodine replacement in fibrocystic disease of the breast.
Can J Surg. 1993 Oct;36(5):453-60.

Review of three clinical studies beginning in 1975: an uncontrolled study with sodium iodide and protein-bound iodide; a prospective, control, crossover study from iodide to molecular iodine; and a prospective, control, double-blind study with molecular iodine.

Study 1: 233 volunteers received sodium iodide for 2 years and 588 received protein-bound iodide for 5 years. 70% of subjects treated with sodium iodide had clinical improvement in their breast disease, but the rate of side effects was high; 40% of patients treated with protein-bound iodide had clinical improvement.

Study 2: the treatment of 145 patients from study 1 treated with protein-bound iodide for several months who still had symptoms was switched to molecular iodine 0.08 mg/kg; 108 volunteers were treated initially with molecular iodine. br>Study 2: 74% of patients in the crossover series had clinical improvement, and objective improvement was noted in 72% of those who received molecular iodine initially.

Study 3: 23 patients received molecular iodine, 0.07 to 0.09 mg/kg body weight; 33 received an aqueous mixture of brown vegetable dye and quinine. The numbers in study 2 increased over the review period so that 1365 volunteers were being treated with molecular iodine by 1989.
In the treatment group 65% had subjective and objective improvement.

See also:

Fibroid Tumors & Endometriosis Self Help Book, by Susan M. Lark Lark, M.D. Paperback, 320 pages

Celestial Arts; 1995. # ISBN-10: 0890877734; # ISBN-13: 978-0890877739



Although there are no guarantees, you may wish to investigate the following homeopathic remedies:

Caulophyllum thalictroides

Cimicifuga racemosa

Vinca major

Galium aparine.


Homeopathic remedies are generally recognized as very safe. To learn more:

Boericke, William  Homoeopathic Materia Medica (Ninth Edition, 1927) Philadelphia: Boericke and Tafel.

This shortened, one-volume listing of homeopathically active substances provides the framework on which to build an intermediate knowledge of the "like treats like" science of homeopathy. Several hundred remedy resumes are provided with over 350 pages of cross-indexing, symptom by symptom. This standard work is unusually inexpensive (because of the publication date) but is in clear need of revision, especially in the Therapeutic Index, which does not always agree with the much more comprehensive and superior Repertory immediately preceding it. Other more recent and more expensive Materia Medicas await the detailed needs of the more experienced homeopath, but Boericke's nearly 75 year old text is hard to beat for everyday reference and home use. (1042 pages, cloth)

Clarke, John H.  The Prescriber  (Ninth Edition, 1972) Essex, England: C. W. Daniel Co., Ltd.

This book is just what the title indicates: a homeopathic prescription guide that is the next best thing to having a personal homeopathic doctor. Clarke's work has stood the test of time. In this one volume, the reader will first find the best 60 page introduction ever written on just how to use homeopathic remedies, plus a list of abbreviations, and then over 300 pages of foolproof cross-indexing (repertory). With The Prescriber, a Materia Medica, and study, one can become a competent homeopath. Simple to use and to the point, The Prescriber is an essential reference for a healthy home. 


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