I talked about Estrogen Dominance the other day, and how the Endocrine System can be disrupted by a number of factors, in turn, causing an imbalance of hormones in the body. This imbalance of Estrogen Dominance can put those affected at direct risk for hormonal related cancers. Remember, 1 in 2 men will develop prostate cancer. Men, look around; if there is another man in the room with you, one of you will get prostate cancer. Will it be you or him? Women, your risk for breast cancer is 1 in 8, not including ovarian, cervix, uterine, ovarian cancers. All of these are related to your hormones, and more specifically, estrogen dominance.
As a reminder, millions of people, especially in Western Civilization, are being affected by estrogen dominance. The cause is a malfunctioning Endocrine System. Sometimes that's due to aging, but often it is due to the toxins and hormones in our diet and environment. For me, I don't know what made my endocrine system go wonky, but as I'm seeing now, it happened at an early age. And putting great effort into balancing those hormones over the past month for myself, then seeing some of the results thus far, has shed serious light on why I got cancer in the first place. Of course, this will also lead me to take all the steps possible to prevent it in the future as well.
I'll show you what I'm talking about. When I hit puberty, I started having issues that I didn't know anything about, and I certainly didn't know to connect them to estrogen dominance. But every single one of these symptoms was a neon sign that I had a hormone imbalance. Repeated visits to doctors didn't solve the problems, as they only treat symptoms. And years later, I developed breast cancer. Could cancer have been avoided if I had fixed this years ago? Absolutely.
So, I'm going to give you a timeline of the things I experienced over the years, and every single symptom is a result of estrogen dominance. I went to approximately 15+ doctors, and never once were my hormones checked or addressed. You may be able to relate to some things.
- 15yrs old- Got depression, the start of menses, started getting grey hair and dry coarse hair, and Keratosis Pilaris on backs of arms and thighs. Had them for years up until last week.
- 20yrs old- Daily tension/migraine headaches for six months, which doctors never found the cause.
- 22yrs old- Chronic Pelvic pain, cramps and heavy bleeding problems. Doctors put me on Depo-Provera shot. This causes further estrogen dominance. I only took one shot, which lasts three months, then refused any more.
- 23yrs old- Diagnosed with Endometriosis, subsequently had two laprascopic surgeries to clear scar tissue.
- 25yrs old- Had stillbirth at 8 months of first son.
- 26yrs old- Diagnosed Hypothyroid, started taking generic Synthroid.
- 27yrs old- Chronic low-grade fever for a year and a half.
- 28yrs old- Daily tension/migraine headaches again for six months.
- 32yrs old- 7 months after birth of daughter, had gallbladder attack and surgery to remove.
- 33yrs old- Had miscarriage at 11weeks.
- 35yrs old- Started having night sweats and fatigue.
- 39yrs old- Added problems with my toxic root canal causing heart palpitations and other problems.
- 40yrs old- Diagnosed with Fibrocystic breast on left and IDC Breast Cancer on right.
So, given the above information, all the puzzle pieces fit together to show that from the time I was 15yrs old, I was estrogen dominant. One of the problems this causes, is that Estrogen Dominance causes cells to divide more rapidly than normal, leading to early aging and substantial increase in cancer risk.
This information was provide on Dr. John Lee's website. He is not affiliated with me in any way, but his insight is so important.
- Acceleration of the aging process
- Allergies, including asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion
- Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis and thyroiditis, and possibly Sjoegren's disease
- Breast cancer
- Breast tenderness
- Cervical dysplasia
- Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction
- Copper excess
- Decreased sex drive
- Depression with anxiety or agitation
- Dry eyes
- Early onset of menstruation
- Endometrial (uterine) cancer
- Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Foggy thinking
- Gallbladder disease
- Hair Loss
- Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes)
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Magnesium deficiency
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Polycystic ovaries
- Premenopausal bone loss
- Prostate cancer (men only)
- Sluggish metabolism
- Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
- Uterine cancer
- Uterine fibroids
- Water retention, bloating
- Zinc deficiency
You probably have a few of the conditions or symptoms from the above list. But what do you do about it? It's clear you most likely have estrogen dominance, meaning, an imbalance in your hormones. There are just a couple steps to get you on the right path back to health.
You HAVE to detoxify your body. Your Endocrine System will never function correctly if you are constantly disrupting the flow of hormones with the toxins in your bloodsteam. Strong antioxidants and natural detoxifiers will help you flush the toxins out. Also, preventing toxins from getting in your body will help too. Again, look at my previous post about the Dirty Dozen of Endocrine Disruptors.
Switching to organic (including meat) will reduce and/or eliminate the added hormones and pesticides in your body. Some estrogenic foods such as soy, beer (alcohol), licorice, clover and some foods in plastic. Using natural soaps, moisturizers, detergents, deodorants, cleaning products and cosmetics will reduce many of the chemicals and phytoestrogens in your bloodstream.
Focus on anti-estrogen foods and supplements. Some of the most effective anti-estrogen foods are citrus fruits, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,cauliflower, avocado, nuts, eggs, organic milk products, coffee and tea. As far as supplements, DIM, made from an extract from cruciferous vegetables is a potent way to reduce estrogen in the body. Quercetin can also lower estrogen, as well as Dandelion Root. There is also another option for those that have thyroid issues and cannot take DIM. It's called Peruvian Maca Root. This cruciferous plant, grown in the mountains of Peru, has the ability to not only reduce estrogen, but has a natural effect of balancing the body's hormones, thyroid function and iodine. It promotes the proper balance of hormones excreted from the Endocrine System, without causing the added problem of reducing any one thing too much. Yes, it is also for men too, and will boost energy, muscle strength, and sexual health as well.
BUILD YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM- Take antioxidants. Look into an immune booster called Transfer Factor. Cut out sugar. Add Vitamin C. There are a number of ways to build up your immune system.
For me, I've detoxified my body and reduced as many toxins as possible. I've slowly built my immune system back up with plant-based foods and supplements. And last month I started taking DIM to reduce estrogen. I've seen so many incredible things happen so far, like losing weight, more energy, softer hair, a LOT less grey hair, smoother skin, no more Keratosis on the back of my arms or legs, and no more cystic breast. But, of course I worry about my thyroid being affected, since I am already Hypothyroid, and cruciferous vegetables, especially in extract form, could potentially affect that. So, today, I started on Maca Root. I may alternate it with DIM, since I believe in moderation of all things. But I will let you know how it works over time.
The one thing that is the most clear, is that I obviously had Estrogen Dominance that was never diagnosed. And I believe that condition set my body up to be highly at risk for cancer. Add the toxic root canal, and it explains everything. So, now that I know what the problems were, I can address them and be the healthiest person I can be. Nothing but up from here folks!!