From: Lisa Erikson
Subject: Nutritional advice made simple.
This is a short version of the nutritional advice I
have been given by my surgeon Dr C. Dubin. I would
like to clearly state that I share this information
without any valuation. I do not agree or disagree with
it. I do not know if any of it is scientifically
proven. I do not wish to upset or provoke anyone with
this information. The information is founded on an
article by Dr Charles F. Dubin, MD and Stephen M.
Lieb, MD. It has been cleared with Dr Dubin that it is
OK for me to share this information.
1. Consume a diet that enhances the immune system:
2. Add vitamins and/or dietary supplements that
enhance immune system. Calcium (1200-1500 mg/day),
B-complex vitamins and Folic Acid (400 mcg/day) may
help the liver metabolize and thus lower estrogen
levels. Magnesium (400mg/day) may decrease cramps.
Vitamin E (400IU/day), C vitamin (1000 mg/day),
Vitamin A (attention: A vitamin may be toxic in too
high doses), Selenium, Zinc. Avoid: iron supplements
(it may promote candida).
3. Avoid foods that may increase estrogen production
or contain exogenous sources of estrogen. Foods that
alter our natural hormonal environment are called
"endocrine disruptors". Example of this would be red
meats, whole fat dairy products and foods high in
4. Avoid foods that are likely to be a source of
dioxins. Dioxins are "immune modulartors", that is,
they cause the immune system to both under and
over-react. Dioxins are also endocrine disruptors.
Examples of this would be freshwater fish (274
picograms per 4 oz.) Marine shellfish (95 picograms
per 4 oz.) Marine fish (70 picograms per 4 oz.).
(Compare these levels with vegetable oil: 1 picogram
per 4 oz.) Lower fat versions of fish contain less
dioxins, always remove the dark parts of fish, this is
where a higher concentration of dioxins exist. Farm
raised fish is not part of this study.
5. Avoid foods high in pesticides since pesticides are
endocrine disruptors. For example: Conventionally
grown strawberries are very likely to contain high
levels of pesticides. Buy Organic instead! (FDA,
research) However, conventionally grown bananas, kiwis
and plums and blueberries are least likely to have
6. Maintain a normal body weight.
7. Avoid foods that promote candida infection. Yeast
(anything baked with yeast for example: bread, bagels,
pastries, pretzels, pizza, rolls, alcohol, pickled or
8. Avoid sugar: including honey, molasses, syrup,
dextrose and corn syrup.
9. Add natural antifungals to the diet: garlic,
grapefruit seed extract and taheebo tea.
10. Reestablish intestinal health: eat acidophilus and
bifidobacteria. This exists in non-fat yogurt, but may
be obtained from supplements. (Note, however, that the
supplements may not contain live bacteria).
11. Anti-inflammatory approaches: Increase consumption
of essential fatty acid linolenic acid (LNA). Fish
oils, salmon, cod, seed and nut oils: flaxseed,
linseed, sunflower, safflower, corn soy & walnut oils.
12. Decrease consumption of Linoleic acid (LA). For
example: meats, dairy products, margarine and
13. Increase dietary fiber since it aids estrogen
balance: fruits, vegetables, grains, beans.
14. Cruciferous vegetables may help lower estrogen
15. Soy products contain both estrogenic and
anti-estrogenic properties. One could cautiously
recommend consumption of moderate amounts of soy.
There is no proof that any of these dietary changes
will prevent or cure endometriosis, or alleviate pain.
Nevertheless, most recommendations certainly would not
be harmful, and seem to be logical given our current,
although admittedly incomplete knowledge of the
pathophysiology of endometriosis. In addition, taking
charge of at least a healthier diet can give back a
sense of control and empowerment to the endometriosis
If you have any further questions about this feel free
to contact Dr Charles Dubin, (Endometriosis
specialist) on tel: 310-899 9799
here is a list of alkaline and acid forming foods.
REMEMBER: 80% alkaline foods and 20% acid forming foods is the
way the body stays disease free.
Foods to be careful not to eat much of:
Alcohol, Aspirin, Barley, Black Pepper, Cake,
Canned or Frozen food, Processed Cereals,
Chickpeas, Chocolat, Coffee, Corn starch,
Cranberries, Dairy (all), Eggs,
Grains (except millet & quinoa), Honey,
Legumes, Lentils, Mustard, Niacin, Oatmeal,
Nuts, Pasta, Popcorn, Plums, Prunes, Rice, Salt,
Seeds, Soda crackers, Soft drinks, Sugar, Black
tea, Tofu & Soy products, Vinegar (distilled),
Wheat bran, Wheat germ, Fruits (canned),
ALL ANIMAL PRODUCTS
Foods that may be eaten freely
All fresh fruit, All raw vegetables,
All Sprouts, Apples, Beets & Greens Apricots,
Broccoli, Avocado, Brussel Sprouts, Bananas,
Cabbage Blackberries, Cauliflower, Blueberries,
Celery, Cantaloupe, Collard Greens, Cherries,
Cucumbers, Corn (fresh), Dulse, Dates, Green
Beans, Figs (fresh), Green limas, Grapes, Green
peas, Grapefruit, Green soy beans, Honeydew,
Kale, Leeche nuts, Kelp, Lemons, Leaf Lettuce,
Limes, Millet, Mushrooms, Maple syrup, Mustard
greens, Mangoes, Okra, Molasses, Onions,
Nectarines, Parsely, Oranges, Parsnips,
Pineapple, Peppers, Peaches, Potatoes, Pears,
Quinoa, Radishes, Raisins, Rhubarb,
Raspberries, Rutabagas, Apple Cider Vinegar,
Mellons, Spinach (raw), Squash, Turnip greens,
balance is the key.
Sometimes I eat scrambled eggs cooked in olive oil with tomato and
onion, or with cabbage, or with broccoli (it's tasty, really).
Other times I make a sandwich with whole rye bread, a spread of humus,
some tuna, red peppers and goat cheese. Or with chicken.
When my blender was working I made smoothies.
When I'm in a hurry I eat an apple and a wheat free granola bar.
Or wheat free cereal
Oh! and beans! just boiled, with a little salt and corn tortillas.
Once, I cooked quinoa. The recipe that is in the files. It was really
good, but I haven't bought quinoa again.
Sometimes I'll make a smoothie. Although I don't make it much in the
winter b/c it's too cold.
1-2 cups of fruit i.e. raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, black
If I have a really ripe banana, I'll throw it in for some sweetness.
1 scoop of protein powder-Whey or Soy with greens mixed in.
3-4 ounces of a Soy Chai Tea Protein drink for sweetness especially if
I used raspberries and had no bananas. (This soy drink is also good as
a creamer for coffee--very rich and a little sweet).
2 Tablespoons of Flax Seed Oil
If I get to work early enough I go to the cafeteria to get a couple
scrambled eggs with a "little" cheese on top. (of course I don't know
if they are organic eggs or what oil they cooked them in, so that's
Sometimes I'll bring Soy fruit yogurt and mix some Bare Naked granola
in--sometimes also fruit.
Oatmeal - Whole foods carries some rolled whole barley oatmeal with
fruits etc. Comes in a cup that you just add water to.
I found a green drink at Whole Foods that has all sorts of good greens
in it. Sounded like it might taste gross, but it was REALLY good. And,
it's thick so it fills you up.
Also, found a carrot drink. I'm not crazy about carrots as a juice, but
I still try to drink a little with my vitamins/herbs first thing in the
morning. Some of the herbs make me nauseous so I have to eat something
with them. This drink is thick too so it fills you up.
Sprouted spelt flour pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup (the
Buckwheat pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup
sprouted spelt waffles
poached egg on ezekiel english muffin
easy over egg on ezekiel bread
egg in a hole (ezekiel bread with a hole in it. Pour an egg in the
hole and fry it)
wheat free granola cereal with almond milk
ezekiel cereal with almond milk
various fruit smoothies (all include coconut milk)
chicken and apple sausage
ezekiel toast with natural peanut butter
overnight crockpot oatmeal with apples and cinnamon
Millet porridge & Miso Soup
For breakfast I have a slice of rye bread drizzled with honey and a grapefruit, with a handful of nuts.
I boil pearl barley, add apples, raisons walnuts and cinnammon and cook until it is all soft and tasty.
for breakfast I either have 2 eggs cooked in olive oil sometimes with
a vegetable like asparagus red or green pepper, Oatmeal with walnuts
and a fruit, or a smoothie made with yogurt, 2 fresh fruit, 1 frozen
fruit, omega oils, 1 carrot, walnuts or almonds, and a little juice to
make it smoother.
I have a few things I like -- ezekiel sprouted english muffin with flax
oil, almond butter, flax seeds, sesame seeds and currants, and then I
will usually have a piece of fruit, turkey bacon or chicken sausage and
cranberry juice (100% diluted with water, no sweetener).
I also make oatmeal overnight in my crockpot, with dried fruit and a
little yogurt added. I'll try to add recipe to files tomorrow.
I also sometimes like Van's wheat free flax waffles, but to be honest,
they aren't super good and aren't full of nutrition, just wheat free. I
smother them with flax oil and wild blueberries, sunflower and pumpkin
Every weekend, we make sprouted spelt and buckwheat flour pancakes with
wild blueberries and sunflower seeds.
I also make various muffins and quick breads, I will try to post recipes
Sometimes I make smoothies (usually mango, cherry, rice milk, flax oil,
vanilla, and nutritionals) and have manna bread with them.