Ever since I said in a magazine interview that I healed the lymphedema I had in my leg after the extraction of cancerous lymph nodes around my pelvis area followed by chemo and radiotherapy, I have received hundreds of emails asking how I did it. I have also coached people with lymphedema helping them to change their diet and lifestyle to improve their condition which has been successful for many. Of course I can’t guarantee that I can 100% heal other people’s conditions but I can certainly tell you what I did which healed mine.
Please note I get hundreds of emails asking for more advice and support which I’m afraid I simply cannot give. Despite making this clear at the bottom of this post, I still continue to receive comments asking me for help. I have provided a contact of someone who can provide support which you can find here on my FAQ page.
This picture was taken 6 years after I was told Lymphedema was ‘incurable’.
My lymphedema in my right leg didn’t start immediately. I noticed that I felt like I had pulled a muscle in the right hand side of my groin after a home yoga session. My leg started to feel heavy, began to swell to twice the size of my left and became painful to walk on. I saw my doctor who diagnosed it and referred me to a lymphedema clinic. When I first saw the nurse there, she measured my leg and told me there was no cure and that I would have to learn to live with it. I informed her that I would eventually get rid of it to which she raised her eyebrows in a “yeah right” kind of way. Yet every time I went back to see her, she was always amazed that the circumference of my leg had reduced and asked what I had been doing. I would just smile and shrug my shoulders in a “I told you!” kind of way and then say that I had been using these principles that I’m laying down for you below. IMPORTANT: Please read to the bottom where I have provided additional resources.
1. Juicing – By extracting the juice from fruit and vegetables, we are able to get access to the vital enzymes, vitamins and minerals that are essential to health.
2. Cut OUT ALL processed and highly acidic foods – Removing pro-inflammatory and processed foods such as dairy, cakes, biscuits, bread, sugary snacks and sweets.
3. Add IN green plant foods – which are anti-inflammatory, alkalise the body which is important for pH and help to cleanse and detoxify the body.
4. Dry skin brushing – This is an excellent tool to wake up and stimulate the lymph system which is responsible for filtering and removing the toxins and excess fluid from the body. (A sluggish lymph system will struggle to remove the fluid that is creating the lymphedema. Depending on your condition, be very gentle with the limb that is affected as brushing too hard may damage the lymph nodes which sit just under the skin.)
5. Drink plenty of quality water – Consuming enough water is vital to flushing the body of toxins and hydrating every cell to help it work efficiently.
6. Exercise – Regular daily exercise also helps to stimulate the lymph system aiding it in the removal of excess fluid.
7. Stockings – Visit your local lymphedema clinic and get a stocking for the affected limb.
8. Coffee enemas – When your liver is overloaded, your lymph system becomes sluggish and your body doesn’t carry out its functions as efficiently as it should so doing regular coffee enemas help to detoxify the liver and help the body to remove accumulated toxins. Check out how to do coffee enema here.
9. Meditation - By carving out time to step away from people, your computer, work and the stresses of everyday life, you allow yourself the opportunity to connect with your spirit, the essence of your being. Hanging out in stillness helps to cultivate happiness with where you are and how your body looks.
10. Visualisation – In his book “How your mind can heal your body”, my friend Dr David Hamilton shares many testimonials from people who have healed themselves using visualisation. What I find fascinating is the fact your body doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is imaginary so if you can see yourself healed and go through the process of it healing / or the fluid draining out of your foot or finger and running down the drain while in the shower (for example), you greatly improve your chances of healing.
These 10 principles are how I healed my lymphedema. I can’t guarantee it will work 100% for you as everyone is different but cutting out the junk, doing more exercise and consuming more plant based foods will certainly help. If you need to lose weight and you do, then your leg will probably reduce in size too. I can tell when I have put on weight as my leg will swell up slightly but in general, when I eat a good diet with lots of plant foods (mostly in their raw uncooked form) and look after myself, my body and leg are toned and in perfect condition.
Essentially, you should be focussing on reducing the toxins you put into your body through your food and what you put on your skin as well as loading up on alkaline foods that nourish and cleanse the body like green smoothies.
PLEASE READ: POLLY IS NOT ABLE TO OFFER ANY ADDITIONAL ADVICE ON THIS MATTER.WE RECEIVE HUNDREDS OF EMAILS A MONTH ASKING FOR MORE SUPPORT WHICH WE CANNOT PROVIDE. WE HAVE INSTEAD PROVIDED SOME RESOURCES BELOW. WE’RE REALLY SORRY BUT WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.
Nicola Day – www.southcambridgephysio.co.uk
The Lymphoedema Clinic London - Thelymphoedemacliniclondon.co.uk
Manual Lymphatic Drainage UK - Mlduk.org.uk
Leamington Lymphoedema Clinic - Lymphoedemaclinic.co.uk
LEADING CLINIC FOR LYMPHEDEMA - http://www.foeldiklinik.de/englisch/index_gb.php
USA BASED AND/OR WORLDWIDE:
Email Mike Bond – firstname.lastname@example.org. Mike is a trained specialist who offers workshops,advice and support.
Wishing you every success with your treatment.