how is it bad for you?
By: Dr. William Wong, ND, PhD.
have been seduced by the promises of
estrogen. As a young woman, estrogen
in birth control pills kept you from
getting pregnant. Estrogen also may have
been used to keep your periods regular
and acne clear. For gals over 40 this
hormone is touted to keep bones firm,
libido up and keep all of the nastiness
of menopause at bay.
has almost 50 years of treating women
with estrogen taught us?
are these: Estrogen is good for
- Starting Labor.
- Making you
fat, increasing body fat mostly from
the waist down while decreasing lean
- Creating depression
and PMS style mood swings all the
- Causing sexual
- Causing fibrosis
and cancer of the breast, cervix
count the problems of xenoestrogen, estrogen
like substances found in the daily environment
from: Petrochemical fumes, insecticide,
synthetic fertilizers, and all soy products,
then we increase the number of side effects
to the general population substantially.
problems? Well ones like:
- Death of
testicular tissue in men and boys.
- Very early
onset of menstruation in girls.
caused by testosterone suppression
and estrogen dominance in both men
- The trend
towards obesity. (Which is best seen
in places where the environment is
rife with environmental estrogen
i.e. the industrial deep south and
rates of sterility.
aside from not letting a girl get pregnant,
what good is this estrogen stuff anyway"?
Many thinking docs are asking themselves
the same question. Estrogen dominance
is a problem today for both sexes and
all ages. But wait you ask, "I'm
menopausal how can I be estrogen dominant!
I'm having the night sweats and hot flashes
to prove I don't have enough estrogen".
it's very possible to be in full menopause
with all of the symptoms thereof and
still have estrogen dominance. Your period
has stopped; your childbearing years
are behind you. Your body is making less
of the all of the sexual hormones and
it makes adjustments according to what
the hormone did. For example, aside from
estrogen a woman's sexual hormones include
Progesterone and Testosterone. (Yes,
you gals had quite a bit of the T stuff,
it's what made you horny when you were
younger; and you thought it was just
a guy thing)! Progesterone is what kept
you pregnant. Levels go up to 486% higher
than normal by the second trimester of
a pregnancy. Well your body knows it's
baby making days are gone so, you don't
need the sexual desire any more - out
goes the Testosterone; and you're never
going to carry a baby again so - out
goes the Progesterone. What is the only
hormone you make in any measurable amount
during and after menopause - Estrogen.
You're not making as much of the stuff
as you did before, but compared with
the P and the T hormones, whose production
is nearly zero, it's about all your making;
so Bingo, Estrogen dominance.
so what", is usually the next reply.
Well here's the so what, aside from carrying
Mood! It's the reason
why pregnancy feels so happy
and life is so grand for most
gals after first trimester.
When estrogen levels increase
during third trimester and
peak to cause labor, that's
when pregnancy begins to be
a drag. The British National
Health Service has shown that
the drop in Progesterone level
IS the reason for post partum
depression. The 486% "mind" high
went straight into permanent
near nothing levels. Until
the Progesterone level rises
the depression remains. Using
natural Progesterone cream
elevates mood and fights depression
in as little as 30 minuets!
bone density. This
is the hormone that builds
baby bodies and brains. What
is does for them it can do
for you! Estrogen is showing
itself to be a poor bone builder
with only some 2 to 3% increase
per year possible at best when
it is used. In contrast a good
weightlifting program by itself
will increase bone density
between 12 to 15 % in one year
with any bad side effects!
Imagine what Progesterone and
strength training can do?
the production of too much
estrogen. (Like aging.
That's why many cosmetics manufacturers
have been putting natural progesterone
in their anti aging formulas
for over 40 years)! Whether
your excess estrogen is coming
from environmental sources,
food, drugs, or from your nature
being off balance, Progesterone
keeps the production of estrogen
in check and in so doing keeps
the bad effects of estrogen
with Testosterone (which we'll
talk about next time), elevates
libido, increases muscle mass,
decreases body fat levels, protects
the brain and heart, and fights
of the internal and reproductive
Progesterone is safe,
side effect free and easy to
use. It's available without
prescription from health food
stores. Most post menopausal
gals need one application of
the cream rubbed onto the breasts
and genitalia twice a day about
12 hours apart. Before menopause,
women may need one or two applications
a day depending on the severity
of the estrogen dominance.
(Beware of prescription synthetic
progesterone, the progestines;
they have a slew of bad side
effects and cannot be used
during pregnancy, whereas natural
progesterone made from the
Mexican Yam plant has none!
Only the natural creams are
used by physicians in Europe
to prevent miscarriage and
for continuous daily application).
the hype for estrogen and soy, the dangers
of these products are becoming clearer
every day and their victims are increasing
in their numbers. The product litigation
lawyers are sharpening their knives to
go after the Estrogen drug companies
like they went after the tobacco corporations.
In ten years or less all women (and doctors)
will know of the dangers of HRT and estrogen
like substances in general.
get off the estrogen train before it
derails or runs you over.
further information on Estrogen Dominance
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About
Menopause by John Lee MD
Hormone Heresy by Sherrill Sellman
articles and reference studies on the
effects of environmental estrogen's log
issue 185, Nov. 30 2001.
Is This Your Child's World by Doris Rapp
MD, page 500 - 509. (Dr. Rapp is the
worlds leading pediatric allergist).