Imbalance in Hormones
An imbalance in hormones is likely related to Estrogen Dominance is a term coined by the late John R. Lee, M.D., author of a number of books on the topic of women’s hormones.
The theory describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal or excessive estrogen but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. Even a woman with low estrogen levels can have estrogen dominance symptoms if she doesn’t have adequate progesterone. Out of balance hormones can affect women from 14 to 94.
How do we become estrogen dominant?
Our food chain is laced with toxic pesticides, herbicides and growth hormones – a sea of endocrine-disrupting chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body. If we are overweight, our body’s store of excess fat can be converted into estrogen. Insulin resistance too can lead to estrogen dominance.
Estrogen dominance also occurs in men. As men age, weight gain causes estrogen to gradually rise, while levels of progesterone and testosterone gradually fall. We often find men over fifty have higher estrogen levels than women over fifty!
A clear sign of estrogen dominance in men is the tendency to develop breasts.
This indicates that these men may be low in progesterone and testosterone and often be experiencing elevated estrogen. In men breast cancer, prostate problems and prostate cancer are related to an imbalance of hormones.
In women an imbalance of hormones results in hormone-related health problems such as PMS, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, post-partum depression, weight gain, increased blood clotting, thyroid dysfunction, even breast and uterine cancer .
Dr. Cavalieri, Professor at the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, and his team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha are on the brink of discovering that almost all human cancers found in Western civilization have the same origin – ESTROGEN! Estrogen, according to Dr. Cavalieri, is an initiator and promoter of cancer.
Test don’t Guess
Estrogen Dominance can be detected by taking a saliva test. Rarely available from medical doctors, this simple very accurate test can reveal hormone levels. Men can also take this simple at-home test to determine if their hormones are out of balance predisposing them to hormone challenges.
A saliva test will reveal hormone levels and either move a man or woman to take action to bring balance to their own hormones or cause them to sit back and reflect on their good hormone health. It is suggested that those over the age of 50 take a saliva test annually to keep track of their hormone levels.
Bringing balance to hormones is often a key to overall wellness.
Men and women who experience hormone imbalance feel unwell – Using drug therapies is not the answer!
There are safe natural alternatives available. Women and men must become more informed about their own hormone health.