Finding a cyst is a fairly common occurrence these days, especially among women. What is not common is the awareness that the word “cyst” simply means “sack” or “bladder” and refers to a grouping of tissues filled with liquid or semi-solid material. When finding a cyst on the body or inside an organ there can also be some accompanying worry as to whether the cyst is malignant or benign and how to deal with it effectively. Another often unknown piece of information regarding cysts is so simple, yet could offer the missing piece as to what might be causing the cyst in the first place and how to get rid of it forever.
Dr. John R. Christopher, well-known master herbalist and Natropathic physician, reveals in his book Every Woman’s Herbal the root cause of cysts and tumors as largely caused by a potassium deficiency in the body. Men and women both require a RDA of around 4,700 milligrams and many folks are just not reaching this level today.
What causes potassium deficiencies? The body can become depleted from this vital mineral in several ways, the most common being the over-consumption of sodium in the diet and the frequency of eating over-cooked or fried foods. In today’s society, these two factors are prevalent making an increase in the appearance of cysts in men and women alike common.
Potassium is one of the most essential nutrients in the body and is referred to as “the well-being” mineral by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, head of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona. Some of its duties are brain optimization, blood alkalinization, muscle coordination, and normal nerve activity. It is referred to as the most important electrolyte in the body and helps the heart maintain a normal, vibrant rhythm.
Other factors that can deplete the body of potassium are illness, hyperthyroidism, anemia, the over use of medications, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, Crushing’s disease and poor eating in general. In order to replace the loss of potassium it is recommended to consume foods high in potassium, of which bananas – the most commonly thought of food for potassium – does not even make the top ten in ranking for such a nutrient. Instead, the richest foods in potassium are black strap molasses, sun-dried black olives, bitter greens, raw apple cider vinegar, watercress and kelp. Other foods high on the list include sweet & russet potatoes, orange juice, white beans, dates, raisins and tomatoes.
Most importantly, according to Dr. Christoper, when working to rid the body of cysts it is critical to reduce potassium-stripping behaviors as well as lowering the intake of foods with very minimal potassium. He even recommends going on what he refers to as the mucusless diet for three days while feeding the body high level potassium foods as well as supplementing with herbs concentrated in this mineral such as black walnut and elderberry.
What is the mucusless diet?
The mucusless diet consists of cutting out meat, dairy and white flour products and focusing on fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains along with herbs and teas which support the body’s natural cleansing mechanisms. Christopher’s protocol involves drinking cups of herbal tea containing 6-10 drops of either elderberry or black walnut tincture during the three days of cleansing in order to “speed things up.”
Naturalists who view cysts as a high level potassium deficiency in the body have referred to these often painful bulges as “leeches” who, when cut out or removed will only grow back, and possibly in greater numbers, if not addressed at the root cause. Dr. Christopher reports in his book on Women’s health:
Cysts and tumors are like leeches, but they stay in places where there is a body deficiency. As soon as the body is balanced and well, the cysts and tumors have to go, because the material is too healthy for them to live on.
Other factors to consider
Depending on the location of one’s cyst, the patient may be able to determine, using mind/body medicine as taught be Louise Hay and others, what emotional causes might also be contributing to the cysts; as well as what qualities might be missing from an individual’s consciousness that could stand to be healed, or brought more fully into alignment. In her best-selling book You Can Heal Your Life, Louise L. Hay says that cysts come from “Running the old painful movie. Nursing hurts.” and “A false growth.” What that may be for each person is for the individual to asses and change as they are able.
According to Cousens in his book Spiritual Nutrition, some of the signs of a potassium deficiency could include fears such as those regarding loneliness and death, anxiety, depression, and if the deficiency is really severe, suicide and the committing of violent crimes. Other symptoms, besides physical pain, could include an unquenchable thirst, weather sensitivity, insomnia or unsettling dreams. He also emphasizes how the lack of potassium in the body will reduce oxygen in the tissues, thereby creating abnormal tissues.
Whether you are experiencing cysts in the reproductive organs, the pancreas, on the neck or face or any other part of the body, addressing potassium deficiencies might be something that has been missed in the quest for a solution to this troublesome issue. The increase of high level potassium foods such as kelp and bitter greens, including herbs like slippery elm, garlic and wormwood as well as decreasing low-level potassium foods is a great place to start. For more information on body cleansing and approaching cysts as a form of potassium deficiency as well as an emotional imbalance, see the links below.
By Stasia Bliss