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Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE): Should I or Shouldn’t I?

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Eager to have the UFE done as quickly as possible, I scheduled an MRI. The result would eventually reveal that I had two large fibroids (9 cm and 8cm) plus others too numerous to count! As I listened to my doctor, I couldn’t help but notice that he did not seem very enthusiastic about me doing the procedure. When I questioned him about this, he chose his words very carefully. Based on the MRI, I was the perfect candidate for UFE.

I began to seriously doubt whether or not I was making the right decision, so once again I returned to Earthclinic ( to figure out what I had missed.  I found nothing new. However, through additional research I learned that vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron. This made a lot of sense to me as I had stopped drinking juices (orange juice in particular) because I found them incredibly sweet. I also realized that I hadn’t been eating a lot oranges – I always ate apples, bananas, pineapples, etc. I needed foods with higher vitamin C content.

Further research led me to a discussion about the use of beets, aloe vera juice, and molasses to shrink fibroids.  This seems to be a popular formula among Dominicans. Anyway, I went out and bought some lemons and a few beets – I already had fresh aloe vera juice in the fridge. I figured, why not?  I then juiced and bottled the beets. Every morning and evening I would prepare the following drink:

  • 1 cup beet juice
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsulphered blackstrap molasses
  • The juice of one lemon
  • Enough water to fill the glass

After a few days, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and my belly looked flatter. I dismissed it though – it had to be my imagination. Next day, same thing – my belly looked flatter than the day before. That’s when I started measuring. I measured below my waist, where the protrusion was greatest, and that day it was 38 inches. Two days later I measured again and it was 36 inches!  I wasn’t imagining it.

Vitamin C! Who knew?

I called my doctor and explained that I wanted to delay the UFE. He sounded pleased.