Endometriosis & The Environment
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO….
Many physicians and patients know that acupuncture is a great tool for women suffering from endometriosis including those trying to conceive. Did you know that there is a link between endometriosis and the environment? In addition to lifestyle modifications that I discuss with my patients about diet, nutritional supplementation, as well as other therapies, we also talk about chemicals that may have a role in endometriosis and other pelvic inflammatory conditions. The following is a list of recommendations for chemicals to avoid:
These chemicals have been know to mimic estrogen, become stored in fat cells, and disrupt the endocrine system. In the early 1970s, a group of rhesus monkeys were exposed to dioxins and PCBs. Endometriosis developed in 79% of the those that were exposed and 33% of the monkeys not exposed. According to a 2003 report, more than 60 hormone-disrupting chemicals and 27 pesticides were found in samples taken from 120 homes in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts.
- Dioxins: Found in non-organic beef, poultry, and dairy products. Also found in bleach and chlorine products, bleached toilet paper, sanitary napkins, and tampons.
- BPAs: Water bottles, baby bottles, canned food, and more. BPA increases insulin resistance and mimics estrogen.
- Xenoestrogens: Found in plastic bottles, wraps, and food storage containers.
- Parabens: Found in perfumes, bath and body products, make-up, and anything listed with a “fragrance.”
- PCBs: Pesticides, paints, fire retardants, and wood floor finishings.
- PVCs: Found in plumbing fixtures, rain gear, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, and toys.
- Pesticides & Fungicides: Choose non-chemical treatments whenever possible.
- MSG/Aspartame: Found in the great majority of packaged foods, chewing gum, diet sodas and other diet beverages, "sugar-free" treats, some candies, and more.
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Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery and discovered the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Jessica is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a specialty certification held by fewer than 500 acupuncturists in the United States.
Jessica currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please visit the acupuncture + fertility page. New patients can book online to schedule any acupuncture service including a complimentary consult. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for a number of integrative medical institutes. Her clients include IVF and infertility centers, functional medicine offices, orthopedic facilities, concierge practices, and green spas. Please contact OMBE for more information about these services.
Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. During its ten-year tenure, the center provided services including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, personal training, Pilates, and yoga. Studio offerings included mom and baby programming, Mongan Method Hypnobirthing, natural childbirth education and the Holistic Moms Network. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.