Bogus Estrogen - Synthetic Estrogen
Synthetic estrogens create a huge toxic threat to our health. These estrogens form an advancing army that surrounds us. And we risk our health-even our lives-if we don't learn what they are and how to avoid them.
Created with money, not health, in mind, bogus estrogens have cut the average testosterone level in half in the last forty years. They cause prostate and breast cancer. They provoke premature puberty in our children.
And they confuse the tar out of our endocrine system. When one part of the endo system goes south, their one-for-all, all-for-one brethren rush in to save the day, but the bogus estrogen onslaught is too great. Your thyroid takes a huge whack. Your adrenals can't keep up. Pick an endo gland, any endo gland, and it's in trouble. And so are you.
It's bad enough the stuff's synthetic, but even natural estrogen has to be kept in its place. Estrogen needs to be a minor player in our reproductive system. Progesterone is the major player, with estrogen and testosterone playing secondary roles. At least, in a perfect world.
Well, bogus estrogen has no interest in playing a minor role. It marches in wearing steel-tipped boots and starts breaking furniture.
And you men don't want to think for a minute that you're not involved. As your testosterone level drops, it reaches a tipping point where it starts turning into estrogen-and prostate cancer is your reward. And your odds are a whole lot better than winning the lottery.
(If a behind-the-times doctor ever talks about reducing your testosterone, run for your life. Literally.)
So, where do we get all this bogus estrogen?
Well, women get it by the carload from birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Some years back, The Women's Health Initiative study was stopped early because they realized the HRT part of the study paved the road to breast cancer.
And all of us-men, women and children-get bogus estrogen through phthalate. Added to plastic to make it flexible, it unfortunately also makes it estrogenic. Phthalates are everywhere. In teething rings, so you're sure your baby gets on the pill early. And in tubing used for dialysis, as if the patients needed even more trouble.
And we all take a hit from the synthetic estrogen, BPA (bisphenol A) which lines most food and drink cans, leeching into the contents with abandon. It's also used to strengthen plastic-again sharing its toxicity freely. Especially when it's heated, as in the microwave.
How do you tell toxic plastic? Check the recycle code, usually located on the bottom. It's a small triangle containing a number. If the number is 3 or 7, it's toxic. If it's 2 or 5, it's okay. A 1 means one-time use, but who knows what's in it?
Parabens provide another source of bogus, health-stealing estrogen. You'll find them in lotions, potions, shampoos, and cosmetics. Even baby products. Companies use a variety of parabens, often combining them. If the label has any word that ends in 'paraben', put the product back on the shelf and walk quickly away. If it's already in your house, pitch it.
Big kahuna of bogus estrogen
Then there's the big kahuna of bogus estrogen, soy. And its evil twin, flax. Both are hugely estrogenic, and you don't want anything to do with either. Not in lotions you rub on your skin. Not in your food, Not in the cushions in your sofa or car. No way, no how.
It takes effort to avoid soy. It's in almost all prepared foods, fast foods, dinners that start in a box or in the freezer. It's in MSG. 'Hydrolized' means soy. So does "autolyzed." 'Flavorings' typically means soy. Malted barley. Carrageenan. Maltodextrin. Lots of whey products contain soy. With all those different names, you kind of get the idea they don't want us to know.
And bogus estrogen is only part of the story. Soy goes straight for your thyroid and thumps it good. And there goes your metabolism. Not to mention your hair and your brain.
Avoid soy. Avoid flax. Live long and prosper.
Most municipal water systems contain estrogen, too. Get a reverse osmosis system to take all the garbage out of your water. It will also remove some good minerals, so bump up your mineral intake a tad. Problem solved.
And the meat we buy at the supermarket comes from factory farms-chock-a-block full of hormones for your dining pleasure. Milk, too.
Well, I could go on-and I probably will some day. But that's enough bad news for one day. And I went on longer than I intended.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.