Save The Males And Females From Estrogen Overload (see chart below)

By Lynn Landes, publisher
April 22, 2010

Mother Nature is getting the last laugh at mankind.  I call it, Estrogen Overload.  Weíre getting pummeled with excessive and often fatal doses of the female hormone, estrogen.  Where's it coming from?  Everywhere.  Estrogen is in nature and industry.  Itís in most of the products we buy and the food we eat.  And then there are some things may not be estrogen, per se, but cause our bodies to produce an excess amount of it. 

Whatís all that estrogen doing to us?  Itís pretty much sterilizing the human race, along with making us fat, feeble, and frazzled.  Specifically, the cumulative impact of excess estrogen is a rapid increase of the following health problems: cancer, heart disease, bone loss, developmental disorders (including disorders of sex development-DSDs, also called Intersex or Hermaphroditism / male and female organs), feminizing men, virilizing women, infertility, impotency/erectile dysfunction, weight gain, hair loss, acne, allergies, mood swings, mental illness, sleep deprivation, fatigue, and more. Women can experience irregular periods, painful cramping, as well as other vaginal, ovary, and breast problems.

ĎIndustrial estrogení is clearly bad for us.  Itís in the emissions from burning coal, oil, gas, and trash.  Itís in auto exhaust and asphalt.  It's in chemicals, heavy metals, and pharmaceuticals (most notably, birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy/HRT).  But, it's also in all those petroleum-based products that crowd the store shelves, including: plastics, synthetics, vinyl, coatings on pills, cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, detergent, infant products, toys, nonstick cookware, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers... just to name a few. Most worrisome, the Ďindustrial estrogení in plastics can leach into food, drink, and medicinal products.  And itís particularly bad if the plastic is microwaved.

ĎNatural estrogení is in many plants and foods.  Some say itís good for you, and others say, not so.  Food sources include: dairy, eggs, animal flesh, nightshade plants, olives, and certain grains, fruit, vegetables, beans/legumes, herbs, and seeds.  There seems to be insufficient research in this area, although many people are avoiding or minimizing their consumption of legumes (such as soy), dairy, and grains. Thereís also Ďestogen-like substancesí, those things that may not be estrogen, but have a harmful estrogenic effect on your body.  They include caffeine (including decaf), sugar, alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana.  These things are definitely harmful to your health. 

For decades, scientists and researchers have been warning about the disastrous health effects of excess exposure to estrogen, most notably Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, and Theo Colburn, author of Our Stolen Future.  Many environmental and health organizations have lobbied Congress for decades on this issue.  But, they have been largely ignored.  In America, the federal government has let the 'fox guard the henhouse', as the regulated industries provide the studies upon which their products, including medicines, are approved.  And that's if a study is required, at all. 

Iíve had my own encounters with Ďestrogen overloadí.  At 25 years of age, I developed fibrocystic breasts.  I stopped drinking caffeinated beverages and the problem went away.  At 40, I had a partial hysterectomy, after which I stopped eating dairy.  And at 50, I started through menopause, which is when I learned how important it is to eat dark leafy lettuce and collard greens.  The symptoms went away and only come back when I stop eating right.  Today, Iím 57 years old and relatively healthy, so far.  Thank heaven I never took birth control pills or HRT.  Otherwise, I think I'd be dead, like my sister, Pam.  She died of breast cancer, after years of being on HRT and eating lots of soy.

Today, I eat plenty of greens, rare meats and fish.  I avoid soy, dairy, and most grains. I donít smoke or drink caffeinated beverages. Iíve cut back on my alcohol intake.  I donít take any vitamins, supplements, or drugs. I donít use any commercial personal care products, detergents, plastics, household chemicals, etc.  Instead, I brush my teeth, gargle, scrub my armpits, and wash my clothes with apple cider vinegar.  I use a blender to make scallion water in which I bathe, wash dishes, and damp clean the house. (Editor: Now I use buckwheat flour instead, see  Iíve learned to knit, weave, and make many of my own things.  When I do shop, I keep it as local as possible.  And I live in a town where I can walk to most places. 

What can you do to Save The Males And The Females From Estrogen Overload?  Obviously, call your political representatives and complain.  But also, avoid the stuff that contains Ďindustrial estrogení.  Simplify your life.  Cut the consumption of thing you donít need.  Consuming less will help to protect your health, because it cuts down on the fossil fuels needed to bring all those products to market, which itself, produces still more harmful estrogen. 

Lastly, lead by example.  Thatís what we all must do, if we are to save ourselves and future generations.


In men and women: cancer, stroke, heart disease, disorders of sex development-DSDs (intersex, hermaphroditism/male and female sex organs), early puberty, infertility, allergies and recurring sinus infections, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, lowered immunity, mood swings from apathy to aggression, depression, fatigue, loss of sleep, weight gain, mainly in stomach, water retention, acne, and hair loss.

In men: feminization of men's bodies (man boobs, softening of body, etc.,), undestended testicles, low libido, loss of sex drive, low sperm count, impotency/erectile dysfunction, malignant tumors of the testes, enlargement of the prostate gland, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.

In women: virilization of women (increased muscle strength, male-patterned baldness, deep voice, etc.), cancer (breast, ovarian, vaginal), other vaginal issues (reproduction problems, loss of fertility, reproductive lesions, endometriosis, ovarian fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroid tumors, irregular periods, heavy bleeding, menstrual cramping, enlarged ovaries that contain numerous small cysts, vaginal dryness, viral-fungal-yeast infections), breast issues (fibrocystic breast disease, tender breasts), bone loss/osteoporosis, decrease in the rate of new bone formation, high blood pressure or hypertension, hypothyroidism/low thyroid function, headaches and cyclical migraines, PMS, premenstrual syndrome, chronic fatigue, night sweats, insomnia, memory loss, and dry skin.

INDUSTRIAL SOURCES OF INCREASED ESTROGEN:  fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas), emissions from burning fossil fuels (including auto exhaust and waste incinerators), asphalt roads, industrial chemicals and heavy metals (cadmium, aluminum, lead, mercury, PCBs, and dioxins), drinking water and sewage treatment effluent may contain a variety of natural and man made endocrine disruptors including medications, such as contraception and HRT, from animal and human waste.  Particularly avoid petroleum products: plastics (including toys), synthetic and wrinkle-free fabrics, vinyl, styrofoam, plastic food wraps, food and drinking containers (including baby bottles), canned foods (most tin and aluminum cans have plastic lining), nonstick cookware, personal care products (cosmetics, lipsticks, nail polishes, perfumes, lotions, sunscreen, skin moisturizers and creams, soaps, shampoos, hair dyes, body care products, spray tans, bleached feminine hygiene products, petroleum jelly, & baby lotions) household products (detergent, soap, bleach, softeners, room deodorizers,  paints, caulk, lacquers and solvents), dry cleaning, furnishings, PVC, other building materials, car interiors, casings of mobile phones and computers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, modeling clay, waxes, paints, solvents, printing inks and coatings, lubricants, viscosity control agents, gelling agents, film formers, stabilizers, dispersants, lubricants, binders, emulsifying agents, suspending agents, adhesives and glues, agricultural adjuvants, etc.

MEDICAL SOURCES: birth control pills (also used in acne medications), hormone replacement therapy (HRT), coating on pills (drugs, vitamins, and supplements), spermicide, vaginal creams, estrogen creams, growth hormones, medical applications such as catheters and blood transfusion devices.

PLANT AND FOOD SOURCES:  Strong estrogens: soy, black cohosh, chasteberry, dong quai, red clover, flaxseed.  Other sources: dairy, eggs, animal flesh, nightshade plants (eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers), grains (wheat, alfalfa, oats, barley, hops, rice, baker's yeast), fruit (apples, cherries, grapefruit, dates, papaya, pumpkin, plums, pomegranates, olives, olive oil, vegetables (carrots, cucumbers,  beets, yams, rhubarb, beans/legumes (soybean sprouts, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, red beans, peas, split peas, herbs (mint, fennel, parsley, sage, garlic, peppers, licorice, thyme, seeds (sesame, sunflower, anise).  ĎNegative estrogenic' substances include: caffeine, decaf drinks, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana.  Avoid any food or drink in contact with plastic, particularly when microwaved.  You may also want to avoid or minimize the following: grains, diary, anything sugary, anything that produced gas, any processed food or drink, anything burnt or exposed to high heat (barbequed food), and any food additives, including anti-caking agents like alum (found in many salts and sea salt).


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