Thursday, June 10, 2010

Xenoestrogens. The good, The bad and The ugly - Part 2

As stated in Part 1, xenoestrogens are estrogens that are foreign to the body, or rather they are estrogen mimickers. They don't belong and the body has a harder time getting rid of them than natural estrogen as they are much stronger.

These foreign chemicals “mimic” estrogen in that they bind onto the estrogen receptors. These receptors are mainly located in the reproductive organs and fat cells. This fat is vary difficult to lose and results in a cyclical pattern of fat loving estrogen and estrogen loving fat, resulting in an increase of both. More estrogen overload.

The estrogen receptors become desensitized. They overload and just plain get exhausted. But endometriosis has it's own estrogen receptors (as does fat cells and ) and they are more than happy to welcome more estrogen, which in turn makes the endometriosis grow and spread (or in the case of fat, become more fat).

So what are some sources of Xenoestrogens

The simple answer is: CHEMICALS. Chemicals, chemicals, chemicals. The key is man made chemicals. People don't have a very good history of creating things, that's best left to God. (There is a difference between discovering, being creative, and plain messing around with stuff you really shouldn't). (I realize that water is a chemical. I sold Norwex, and I realized that “cleaning without chemicals”, and “just use water” was, in a way, an oxymoron. But in our modern language, most people are referring to man made chemicals when they say “chemicals".) More specifically the main chemicals for concern are those which are derived from solvents and petrochemicals. Unless you've done your research, you will be surprised to find out how much this really is.

-Plastic (any plastic - containers, wrap, drinking bottles, children's toys – including ones for “teething”)

-Fragrance (lotions, air fresheners, perfumes, cleaning products)

-Pesticides (Herbicides, Insecticides – and more than just the famous DDT)

-Non-organic, farm meat, eggs and dairy (hormones are given to animals to fatten them up – it is effective as seen above [fat has more estrogen receptors, makes more fat] since estrogen is fat soluble, you will get a portion of the hormones in your steak or glass of milk - not the way you want to fatten your kids)


-Food preservatives (BHT, BHA)

-Some food dye (dental labs, printing inks, candy, baked goods, condiments, snack foods, medicines)

-Insect repellent

-Detergents (especially laundry – it stays on your clothes and then absorbs into your skin)

-Paints, varnishes and solvents


-Cleaning products

-Dry Cleaning chemicals

-Canned foods (that white liner – plastic – Bisphenol A)

-Personal care products (cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, soaps, toothpaste, deodorant)


-Formaldehyde (found in carpets, clothing, mattresses, plywood, etc)

-Benzene (petroleum by product, found in rubber, detergent, pesticides, plastics, nylon, car exhaust, dyes)

-Emulsifiers and waxes (soups, cosmetics)


-Phthalates (add flexability to plastics, medical equipment such as IV bags and tubes, childrens toys, used as a stabilizer for fragrances)

-Sunscreen (specific ingredient; benzophenone-3, homosalate, 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBS), octyl-methoxycinnamate, and octyl-dimethyl-PABA) In one study 4-MBS, using olive oil as a carrier, was applied to rat's skins doubling the rate of uterine growth well before puberty. Developmental abnormalities occurred in half of the 6 rats tested. The amount used was well within the allowable concentration for use in sunscreen.

-Industrial Chemicals (cadmium, lead, mercury, PCBs, dioxins)

-Sewage treatment waste (not designed to filter out hormonal waste from medicines being flushed down the toilet or excreted in urine)

-Unfiltered Water – contaminated with agricultural runoff (pesticides, fertilizers and from animals feed hormones) and prescription drugs. Most water treatment centers are not designed to deal with hormone pollution.

-Birth Control Pills

-Prescription Drugs (if not the drug itself, they often contain binders and fillers that are petrochemical in nature)

-Organochlorines (dry cleaning, bleaching products, PVC, PCBs chloroform, degreasing agents, dry cleaning chemicals, tetrafluoroethene [used to make Teflon], pesticides [DDT among others], dioxins, waste from manufacturing and incineration of plastics, including medical waste).

Okay, so what's not on the list? If your into the typical Westernized way of living, not much. Everyone is exposed to some of these chemicals everyday. Even a newborn baby has already been exposed. There is a minimum of 200 manufactured chemicals detectable in a persons blood. There is no way we are going to be completely rid of them. They key is, though, to limit your exposure to them as much as possible. This is not as difficult as you think, (see Part 4). Take it slow at first. Overwhelming yourself will lead to frustration and giving up. Change as fast or as slow as you need to. Change one thing every week, every 2 weeks or every month. Gradually you will find you can eliminate a lot of these toxins. Don't worry yourself with what you can't change (the air you breath outside) but focus on the things you can.

Xenoestrogens are ten times more potent when they are taken topically (through the skin) than orally. This is because they do not get processed by the liver first. Instead, they are absorbed straight into the bloodstream though the skin. What is in your personal care products?

You may also think that they are not affecting you, your relatively healthy, you don't have any diseases - at least not yet anyway. However, the effects don't necessarily show up right away. Many people don't do anything until the damage is visible, and often too late. What if you knew that sometimes the effects don't show up until the next generation – your children. Unborn baby's are at the highest risk, especially their developing reproductive system. Even if you have a system full of xenoestrogens (which are not easy to get rid off) before you get pregnant, they take their toll when you do manage to conceive. Also xenoestrogens can get passed on through mother's milk, weakening your baby's immune system and it's other damaging effects. Why do we drink pasture feed, non-hormonized dairy anyways?

This is not to scare to into doom and gloom, because there is only so much you can do. If you help your body do it's thing, it's created to deal with some of these things naturally. The issue is that our bodies have because so overloaded with the things that we eat and put on our skin daily that we succumb to a variety of ailments. There are many simple, practical things to do as we will see in Part 4.

Part 1                                                                                                              Part 3

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