Lipoma a knotty subject
I am a middle aged male that has developed a lipoma on my arm. Does my diet have anything to do with developing them? This is not the first one I have had! Is there a natural way to get rid if it?
A lipoma is a growth of fat cells in a thin, fibrous capsule usually found just below the skin according to WebMD.
Lipomas are not cancer, do not turn into cancer and are the most common non-cancerous soft tissue growth. Lipomas are most commonly found on the torso, neck, back, upper thighs, upper arms and armpits but can occur any where on the body and may be found in multiple places as the same time.
According to Mayo Clinic, the cause of a lipoma is unknown, although they have a tendency to run in families, so genetic factors play a role in their development. People with other disorders, including adiposis dolorosa, Cowden syndrome and Garner's syndrome, have an increased risk of multiple lipomas.
While lipomas are generally not bothersome, it is an indication that the body is not in balance and is not eliminating waste properly. Because lipomas are more common in people with a fatty liver, a liver cleanse is recommended!
I would also recommend changing your diet to a clean, processed food free diet.
Unfortunately, that means eliminating artificial sweeteners, milk, caffeine, high fructose corn syrup, MSG (monosodium glutamate), soy and dairy for starters. There are many detoxifying herbs that may help but I am not an herbalist so I cannot make any recommendation.
There are some natural topical treatments to consider like castor oil, or DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), which can be massaged into the lipoma area. Essential oils include sage, tea tree and frankincense.
Before you begin any treatment, I would suggest you speak with your physician and share your concern or intentions. I do believe dietary changes should be your number one consideration.
Thought for the week: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony. M. Ghandi
Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.