Dr. John Myers pioneered the clinical use of
minerals as early as the 1930s and lectured at dozens of medical seminars across
the country. However, since his protocols didn't involve surgery or any
patentable medicines, they were never publicized.
One of his treatment programs was for fibrocystic
breast disease and it substantially reduced or eliminated both the cysts and the
symptoms for a very large majority of women. The treatment includes iodine
swabbed into the vagina, immediately followed by an IV injection of magnesium.
The iodine needs to be placed as close to the ovaries as possible to get the
best results and the magnesium helps the iodine work.
Jonathan V. Wright, MD, still performs this procedure for severe cases of
fibrocystic breasts. And he says, for less severe cases, the supplements can be
swallowed. This procedure does not negate the need to change the diet. Caffeine
should still be completely avoided and a natural form of vitamin E and selenium
should be taken along with either primrose or black currant oil and B6 before
menstruation. Progressive Labs sells the best vitamin E combination supplement.
Foods containing iodine include kelp, onions,
seafood, egg yolks, radishes, watercress and fish. Some foods, called goitrogens,
should be omitted from the diet as they hinder iodine utilization. These include
kale, cabbage, peanuts, soy flour, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli,
kohlrabi and turnips. Foods containing magnesium are avocados, wheat
germ, almonds, shredded wheat, pumpkin seeds, cashews, nuts, spinach, bran
flakes, oatmeal, lentils, bananas, shrimp, tahini, raisons, whole wheat bread,
kiwi, and humus.
It should be noted that supplementing with
minerals should always be monitored by a physician or nutritionist because the
dose needs to be adjusted as the condition subsides. Mineral deficiencies can
cause all kinds of problems but mineral overdoses can be even worse. The goal is
to bring the body back into balance which can usually be done within a few weeks
or months. After that, a balanced diet can usually sustain balance with an
occasional help from supplements.