Last week I began writing, “Is Your Menstruation Healthy?,” and this topic is so controversial that I found it challenging to write about it. There are women and feminist movements who seek to remove the shame of menstruation. Women have written numerous books, which seem to glorify menses. Just to clarify, I fully support the removal of stigmas as long as women remain open to the possibility that “the flow” is unhealthy.
The other reason this has been challenging is due to the absence of expert female literature. By “expert” I mean women in the healing community who have seen and/or documented a significant number of cases. Many men have written on the subject and one sources female-led studies in his book. Nonetheless, my female perspective is mostly based upon women in the fruitarian and raw food communities via blogs and forums.
Some scientists have proclaimed menstruation unnatural based on observations of animals as well as humans. The most comprehensive book that I could find on the subject is THE PHYSIOLOGICAL ENIGMA OF WOMAN: The Mystery Of Menstruation by Raymond Bernard. He writes,
“Among animals living in a state of nature, except certain apes, menstruation is unknown; however under conditions of domestication, periodic bloody discharge have been observed in various animals….This menstruation of domesticated animals, in view of its absence among wild animals of the same species, clearly indicates that menstruation in such instances is unnatural and results from artificial conditions of feeding and confinement.”
Bernard makes a similar comparison between various cultures of women, “This is indicated by the statement of Wiltshire that in many savage tribes women menstruate at intervals of several months, and only at very infrequent intervals among women of Lapland, the Faroe Islands, Tierra del Fuego, and some parts of Paraguay. In fact certain tribes are reported to exist in Brazil and India whose women are free from menstruation.”
Bernard documents many theories written about the cause of menstruation, from unnatural lifestyles to men’s sexual abuse. However the bulk of his research points to a poor diet. He also includes case studies;
“Mary Tobler in a study of 1000 cases, found only 16 percent to be free from pathological symptoms during menstruation. The following symptoms found by Tobler to be present in 840 out 1,000 normal women, clearly showing that the menstrual process, as occurring among civilized women, is not a healthy and natural one: headache, unstable nervous state, lassitude, depression, irritability of bladder, frequent urination, digestive issues, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, painful breasts, nose-bleeds, palpitation of the heart…”
There were many more symptoms and case studies but it is important to note the constipation, which Ehret has proven to be the cause of most non-viral diseases. Here we have the distinct possibility that constipation, caused by poor diet, is the cause (not symptom) of menstruation.
Hippocrates may have been the first to record how the uterus becomes stressed by the body’s impurities, “The uterus is the sewer of all excrements existing in the body; for all decrements go to the uterus” I wonder if he also noted this in the prostate because both the male and female reproductive systems become the “sewer” once the renal system becomes overloaded.
Arnold Ehret believed that menstruation is due to toxic blood caused by high-protein intake. He claimed that a female body made perfectly clean by The Mucusless Diet failed to menstruate. “Every one of my female patients reported their menses as becoming less and less–even a two, three and four months intermission and finally disappearing, which later condition was experienced by those who went through a complete cleansing.”
Ehret explains how the endometrium becomes inflamed, “The cause of menstruation consists in more or less chronic catarrh of the uterine mucus membrane in the presence within it of polyps, and in a diseased condition of the tubes and ovaries. The adoption of a raw fruit and vegetable diet leads to the disappearance of catarrh and discharges from the uterus, as signs of the regaining of a truly healthful condition.”
Ehret continues to describe a healthy endometrium. In the absence of hemorrhaging, ovulation continues, “Ovulation occurs without any complications, manifesting itself in traces in the form of a few drops of blood.” These few drops often go unnoticed in truly healthy patients.
Even after reading multiple Ehret publications, I failed to grasp the severity of menstruation. I really had to experience its absence and return, in order to truly awaken. As my diet began to improve, my menstrual cycle changed. Associated pain subsided and I became more energetic. The color became brighter and the duration less frequent. Once I began fasting and going long stretches on the Mucusless Diet, I began skipping several months of blood loss.
When you retain your blood and have all of the energy and minerals that you would normally lose every month, you feel completely whole and vibrant. You realize how draining menstruation really is on so many levels; physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. It’s more than about losing blood because the blood that you lose is toxic. Imagine building blood so clean that the body keeps it in circulation. The blood is the river of life in our bodies.
So naturally, after this new-found awareness, I began searching for discussions about menstruation cessation in fruitarians. I found a few blogs in which women wrote about their own circumstances and, in comments, other women added their experiences. They continued to ovulate and conceive without menstruation. I have listed some of the blogs, below, as sources.
In case I have not made it clear, I do not believe that the monthly flow is healthy. The darker the color and the heavier the bleeding, the more unhealthy it is. If you are having pain and/or week-long hemorrhaging you may be in danger of fibroids. If you have fibroids already, you can reverse them without an operation.
Keep in mind that menstruation is only a symptom of major issues happening within your body. When the body reaches menopause then it is no longer releasing the toxins, putting the body at risk for diseases like cancer. Although I believe menstruation is unnatural and unhealthy, I think that this new focus on menstrual suppression in dangerous. I know that natural cures of herbal cleanses and transitioning into a low-fat, low protein diet are healthier than any form of suppression offered by medical science.
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The Mucusless Diet Healing System: Scientific Method of Eating Your Way to Health, Arnold Ehret
The Physiological Enigma Of Woman: The Mystery Of Menstruation, Raymond W. Bernard
The Natural Way To Sexual Health, Dr. H. G. Beiler
Uric Acid as a Factor in the Causation of Disease, Dr. Alexander Haig
Daily Fruit + Play, Julie
Periods: They May Be Normal But Are They Healthy?, Debbie Took http://debbietookrawforlife.blogspot.com/2009/04/periods-they-may-be-normal-but-are-they.html
Menstruation: Is It Really Healthy?, YoungLady