Science is just beginning to accept, even though naturopaths have known for some time, that man-made estrogens can stack the deck against women by increasing their estrogen levels hundreds of times over normal levels. Although many scientists still believe that there is no significant difference between man-made and natural hormones, the evidence of thousands of women shows that even if a lab test can’t tell the difference, their bodies can. There is a link between pesticides and breast cancer. Pesticides, and other pollutants, are stored in body fat areas like breast tissue. Pesticides like PCB’s and DDT compromise immune and liver function, and affect glands and hormones the way too much estrogen does. Today’s dramatic rise in breast cancer is consistent with the accumulation of organo-chlorine residues in the environment. One study shows 50 to 60% more dichloro-diphenyl-ethylene (DDE) and polychlorinated bi-phenols, (PCB’s) in women who have breast cancer than in those who don’t. The amount of DDT in body tissues is also higher. Some researchers suggest that the reason older women are experiencing a higher rate of breast cancer may be that these women had greater exposure to DDT before it was banned.
Other women’s diseases associated with long exposure to estrogen mimics in the environment: 1) reproductive organ cancer; 2) breast and uterine fibroids; 3) polycystic ovarian syndrome; 4) endometriosis; 5) PID (pelvic inflammatory disease); 6) gallbladder disease; 7) blood clots, stroke.
Are Hormone Disrupters Impacting You? Signs that you may have estrogen disruption: • Breast inflammation and pain that worsens before menstrual periods, usually followed by heavy, painful periods. • Weight gain: especially in the hips. Bloating, mood swings, low sex drive or vaginal dryness. • Head hair loss/facial hair growth. Dry skin or premature wrinkling. • Hot flashes: or early perimenopause. • Endometriosis: now linked to dioxin, an airborne hormone disrupter. • Breast and uterine fibroid development, ovarian cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease. • Breast, uterine and reproductive organ cancer: up to 60% more DDE, DDT and PCB’s, known estrogen disrupters, in women with breast cancer. • Early puberty: nearly half of African-American girls and 15% of Caucasian girls now begin to develop sexually by age 8, a clear indicator of estrogen disruption.
Are You At Risk Of Exposure To Estrogen Disrupters? You may be especially exposed if: 1) you live in a high agricultural area; you eat a high fat diet (fatty areas of your body store pesticides and other agricultural chemicals); 2) you eat hormone-injected dairy foods or meats regularly; 3) you’re on prescription HRT drugs or birth control pills.
You Can Reduce Your Exposure Try this 3-week anti-estrogenic diet to overcome estrogen overload. Week 1: Detoxify your liver first…Gland function (especially adrenals) responds quickly to give you the best results for hormone balance (try Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea and Liver Renew caps for 1 week) Then cut back on fat! (A liver detox allows your body to metabolize fats and carbs much more efficiently so they don’t end up in that stubborn roll of belly fat.) Hormone disrupters accumulate in body fat… the reason a high fat diet is a major risk factor for long term exposure to them, and why it may lead to increased risk for hormone-driven cancers. Week 2: This week, add sea veggies like wakame, nori and dulse regularly. Algin, a gel like substance in sea veggies, protects against chemical overload (often involved in breast cancer) by binding to chemical wastes so they can be eliminated safely from the body. Sushi is a delicious way to add more seaweeds. Eat cruciferous veggies like broccoli regularly to improve estrogen metabolism. Add eggs, fish, nuts and seeds, and yogurt or kefir and kefir cheese. Week 3: Have a fresh green salad every day. Add more fish and seafood to your diet. Add small amounts of whole grain breads, pita chips, crackers and pastas. Choose hormone-free chicken and turkey, and hormone-free dairy foods, too. Avoid all fried foods. Avoid hormone-injected commercial meats, especially beef and pork.
To your best health,