WHAT CHEMICALS ARE ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS?
Xenoestrogens: What You Need to Know…
Falling Sperm counts, rising breast cancer diagnoses, PMS, PCOS, Infertility… What’s up with this trend? Are there environmental chemicals at work, ones we can’t see, feel or touch? Let’s get a little science:
The word xenoestrogen is derived from the Greek words ξένο (xeno, meaning foreign), οἶστρος (estrus, meaning sexual drive) and γόνο (gene, meaning “to generate”) and literally means “foreign estrogen”. Xenoestrogens are also called “environmental hormones” or Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (“EDC”). Most scientists that study xenoestrogens, including The Endocrine Society, regard them as serious environmental hazards that have hormone disruptive effects on both wildlife and humans.
Your health, as a woman, is threatened by these xenoestrogens. If you live in an industrialized country, there are more than 100,000 environmental estrogens, (xenoestrogens), that challenge your health & well-being and put you at increased risk for female -specific cancers. These harmful chemicals must be identified and avoided, as they have been shown to cause birth defects, abnormal sexual development, problems with the nervous system, the immune system, cancer, PMS/PMT, infertility, osteoporosis and very unpleasant menopause.
While xenoestrogens mimic natural estrogens in some activities (they plugin to estrogen receptor sites), they all have undesirable side-effects, not the least of which is an increased risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. They also interfere with the production & healthy performance of natural estrogens and natural progesterone.
Xenoestrogens are hormone disruptors!
Environmental or Xenoestrogens: Two Primary Sources
1. Petroleum derivatives: also called petro-chemicals, are found in most personal care products and commercially grown meat and dairy.
BPA, PCB’s and phthalates, are universally recognized as exerting an estrogenic effect on humans. Prescription hormones, such as ethinyl estradiol are also foreign to the human body.
Since the list of petroleum compounds (petro chemicals) that are in use commercially is so extensive (>100,000), the above list is the minuscule tip of the iceberg.
Following is a list of categories of products that are, by default, manufactured with petro chemicals:
2. Meat and/or dairy products: farm animals, by default, are fed growth hormones for profit. So, if you eat meat and dairy products in harmony with your blood type, it is imperative that the label states: “No added hormones; no antibiotics, no pesticides“, otherwise you will be adding fuel to a fire that will hurt you. If the label states: “Certified Organic” and you trust the certifying agency, then you can consume those products safely. USDA Organic & Ecocert Approved, by the way, are trusted certifiers. It is important to reiterate that eating right for your blood type in conjunction with avoiding all xeno estrogens will afford you significant health benefits.
What to Do?
We fully appreciate the challenges may seem daunting, perhaps overwhelming. With that stated, for more than 35 years, we have consulted personally with tens of thousands of women, including many natural health care professionals and can state, without reservation, that application of this information will improve your health status and well-being, irrespective of your gender.
In addition to these defensive measures, consider going on the offense. A diet designed to purify the body with foods that promote detoxification will help restore a healthy balance of hormones and all of your body’s circadian rhythms.
Studies that have been conducted in people who ate a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables such as, Kale, Collards, Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Broccoli, & Radishes versus those who did not eat such foods. The cruciferous group decreased their odds of forming cancer in the body by approximately 50%! These Cruciferous vegetables contain special compounds that change a dangerous cancer-causing form of estrogen into a benign, protective form of estrogen.
A Vital Key Principle!
Anything, literally, Anything that touches your skin or that you breathe in has the potential to deliver harmful Xenoestrogens into your bloodstream. Make Certain that All products with which you have contact are “All Plant-Based“, Petro-chemical-Free. If you already have a hormone imbalance, a very tiny amount of these chemicals will trigger symptoms. Become an obsessive Label Reader!
Optimal health is the result of not subjecting your body to the myriad of harmful chemicals, so prevalent in our lives.
We appreciate the need to replace harmful products with ones that are organic and, above all, Safe: Details, here…
Natural Estrogens: the Good News…
The female body manufactures approximately 27 different natural estrogens, the most beneficial of which is estriol (widely used in Europe for more than 50 years, as it has been shown to exert protective influence against female cancers). These hormones carry out a wide array of functions and they do so safely, when balanced by progesterone, a hormone in a class by itself. Natural estrogens are responsible for female sexual development and play an essential role in fertility, pregnancy, lactation and bone health. For those minority of women who need supplemental natural estrogen, a natural phyto-estrogen cream can be used on the same days as bio-identical progesterone cream.
Phytoestrogens: Harmful or Beneficial?
Soy, red clover and other plants contain diosgenin and other compounds that are similar in structure to the hormone estrogen. Because estrogen fuels many breast cancers, these plants have spawned confusion and concern. Can they increase the risk of breast cancer or increase your risk for other diseases?
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