This is my personal story about how I became sick from consuming dairy products! This post is intended for my female readers, but if you’re a male and you really want to know what we women have to go through then be my guest. Despite not being a medical doctor or a nurse, my goal is to show you that my diet, which was at the time was full of dairy products, plus my stressful lifestyle ultimately led to endometriosis, as well as cysts and tumor growth. Here’s my story:
Twelve years ago, when I first started teaching, I put a lot of pressure on myself to be the perfect teacher. I literally worked my butt off as a first year teacher working 60-70 hours per week. If they could have put a cot in my classroom and would let me stay overnight I probably would have done so 3-4 nights per week. Being a type A personality, striving for perfection didn’t help either. However, the job certainly didn’t come stress free. After my first year, a good friend (and colleague) and I were “involuntarily transferred” (due to low class size numbers) to a different school that had such intense conflict with their administrator that they had to have union intervention and long weekly or bi-weekly meetings after school that the whole staff had to attend, where the tension was a thick as mud. Not a fun beginning to working in a new school, nor as a new starting teacher!
On really stressful days in those first years of teaching, I recall thinking, “I’m going to stop at Starbucks after work and have a grande caramel frappuccino with whipped crème and caramel on top! Oh boy, what a calorie bomb! Trust me, it went to all the “right” places! I also ate cheese at the time. My favorite cheeses were American yellow cheese, Danish cheese with caraway seeds, and of course blue cheese. I also used to eat yogurts and those creme cheeses that are advertised as being good for your weight, aiding you in weight loss. (AHEM! What a load of cheese!) Plus, my partner at the time, he’d comfort me with bowls of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. To redeem us, we did eat large salads with chicken, which we thought were healthy at the time. The chicken came from Costco or the grocery store pre-made in those plastic containers. I cringe thinking about that now!
My partner didn’t seem to care that I was a bit on the “plus size” and I frankly didn’t have time nor did I notice that the calories were piling on. No, I was more concerned about being “perfect” and doing well as a new teacher, especially when it came to my students’ academic performances! Well, my students were high performers, I made sure of that. If they didn’t perform at grade level, I would freely volunteer my time after school to help them get there and it worked! Three years in a row, my reading scores were higher than everyone else’s for my grade level no matter what school I was at. However, as my scores were soaring my own health, unbeknownst to me, was declining due to the stress and my diet. I was completely out of balance and my diet was terrible!
As a result of all of this stress, being sleep deprived, working an immense amount of hours, and eating horribly, I had become overweight and bloated. Plus, I also experienced irritable bowel syndrome. Diarrhea on weekends became the norm. Let me tell you, it was bad! I was in pain. I had more colds those first years than I’d ever had before too. (Please don’t blame that on the kids!)
Fast forward three years. That summer in June, I started spotting (bleeding). I had always been like “clock work” with my periods. I had never spot bleed, so of course I went to the doctor. Well, I start seeing a young PA (Physicians assistant). He runs a bunch of tests and they all come back “normal”. He tells me that there’s nothing wrong with me and to “wait and see”. So I wait. I continue to bleed…and I know that something is definitely not right. I go back. He runs more tests. He tells me, “The results show that you’re extremely fertile! You might consider having a baby.” That wasn’t exactly on my mind at the time. He sends me home again! I thought, “Okay, I will just “ride it out”, since he keeps telling me there’s nothing wrong.
The months go by and it becomes October. I keep spotting. Well, one morning while in the shower, a sharp horrible pain shoots through my pelvic area bringing me to my knees. I could not get up. I could not get out. I cried. My partner was asleep next door. I thought about yelling for him to come. Slowly I got up and out. He thought it was “gas pain” – remember I had irritable bowel syndrome going on! So after a couple of Advil pain pills and a few pills for gas pain off I go to work.
At work, I talk to one of my colleagues who had had endometriosis and a hysterectomy. She says to me, “Nina, it sounds like you might have endometriosis. Call them up and demand to get seen again! Something is not right here.” We also talked about how my blood looked during menses. (I have to insert this because how many OBGYN’s have you met who ask you this particular question? I never have! If they had asked this simple question they would have known there was a problem! I just thought it was normal.) But how are we supposed to know when we don’t go to the OBGYN during our periods and no one bothers asking. My blood had looked like that for years!
I called the PA again and described my morning. This got things set in motion! A few days later I got in and had an internal ultrasound. Lo and behold, they found not only a hemorrhaging fibroid tumor on my left ovary, but told me there was a tumor or cyst on my right, plus I had various smaller fibroids on my uterus. This time I was sent to a real OBGYN doctor. She confirmed my colleagues’ suspicion that I’d more than likely have endometriosis.
Two months later I was on the surgery table having a hysterectomy as the first person in my family. I think that it’s worth mentioning that there’s no family history, on either side of my family, of endometriosis for those who say it is genetics. Turned out that I had “extensive endometriosis”. Yet, I was one of those cases that didn’t display the “normal symptoms”. For example, I didn’t have intense pain during periods nor any cramping associated with it, but my blood was stringy and clumpy! A tell tale sign of endometriosis, in case you didn’t know. I am a bit appalled that so many doctors that I’ve seen over the years never bothered asking this simple question!
I am no longer in doubt about the relationship between what I was eating at the time and the resulting illness! In dairy, for example, there’s a high level of casein, which, if you do the research and read Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s extensive research in The China Study, you will see leads to all sorts of nasty ailments that are directly linked with eating meat and dairy products. In addition, there is Dioxin (one of the worst toxins on this planet) in dairy products and I have found several scientific articles that link dioxin in dairy to endometriosis. Trust me, loosing my “plumbing” didn’t just happen out of nowhere! My dietary habits, lifestyle and stress levels caused it to be so!
PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) writes, “More than 5 million women in North America have been diagnosed with endometriosis, which is about 10 percent of women in their reproductive years. It runs in families to a degree, but genetic factors are not strong.” So if someone tells you otherwise now you know. PCRM also writes about Polychorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) and their effects on endometriosis.
PCRM writes, “These toxins tend to accumulate in animal fat, and the major route of human exposure is through food, particularly fish. They also show up in meats and dairy products.1 Chickens, cattle, pigs, and other animals are fed grains treated with pesticides and sometimes contaminated with other organochlorines, and they tend to concentrate these compounds in their muscle tissues and milk.”
National Women’s Health Network writes this about hysterectomies,
“The United States has the highest rate of hysterectomy in the industrialized world, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed surgical procedure (after cesarean section) for U.S. women. Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States, and approximately 20 million American women have had a hysterectomy.”
HELLO Ladies! 20 million annually…The highest rate in the world! We also have some of the highest numbers of people who are overweight or obese in the world. It is my hope that by sharing my story that you’ll make the connection! Dairy products are NOT your friends!
MILK it Does the Body HARM!
If you were in a relationship with a man who abused you (physically and/or emotionally), I would tell you to get out! Things, no matter what you keep telling your self, are not going to get better. He’s not going to change…even if he says so! Well, my friend, the same thing goes for dairy! You’re in an abusive relationship with what you eat as well! No matter what the million dollar advertisements tell you! Dairy doesn’t love you back – it’ll make you sick, fat, bloated…and if you ever dreamed of having a “mini me” and wait too long, your chances can be gone just like that! [Snapping my fingers!] It’s time to ditch those caloric sickening time bombs!
Here’s to your health and happiness! Please share with the women in your life that you care about! They may never be told these basic truths or asked those questions either by their doctor. I know that this can save someone a lot of pain and trouble!
Let me again point out what Dr. T. Colin Campbell has said about dairy:
Dr. Campbell says,
“…Casein is the most significant chemical carcinogen ever discovered.”
“In the minds of most people, that would be absolutely heretical, but we did it very carefully and from multiple different perspectives, and published the results in the very best cancer research journals.” ~Dr. T. Colin Campbell
Casein is the main protein in milk and dairy! If it can cause cancer growth, please ask yourself what other havoc it can also cause in your body!
Articles worth checking out:
Article written by PCRM: http://www.tcolincampbell.org/courses-resources/article/endometriosis/category/gynecology-and-obstetrics/?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=76&cHash=29b20bd3aab98dd9467e68d35a0abc21
World Health Organization (WHO) on dioxin: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs225/en/
Jonathan Campbell, a health consultant, writes about dioxin: http://www.cqs.com/edioxin.htm