As I mentioned last week, I was shocked when diagnosed with an estrogen-driven or ER-positive cancer. Many times estrogen-driven cancers appear in women who’ve been taking birth control pills or estrogen hormones. Since I was not taking hormonal remedies, I began to search for the estrogens that were invading my body while living in this estrogenic world. They were everywhere!
I discovered there are xenoestrogens, which are synthetic chemical compounds produced by industry, which mimic the effects of true estrogen and interact with cellular receptor sites. These chemicals are also endocrine disruptors, and they lodge in fat cells and work synergistically when combined with other hormone disruptors causing major problems at the cellular level. According to Dr. David Jockers, these xenoestrogens contribute to estrogen dominance and can block the effects of true estrogen.
Xenoestrogens are found in in our tap water (through prescription drugs and chemicals in our water supply), plastic water bottles and Styrofoam products, cosmetics and personal care products, cleaning products, in the lining of canned foods, pesticides and herbicides used in the growing of our foods, and in feed used in the raising of our chicken, dairy products and beef.
Of the 1 in 1000 men that are diagnosed with breast cancer, 90 percent are estrogen-driven. This statistic gives even more evidence that we live in an estrogenic world. Men can get breast cancer even though their bodies only produce a small amount of estrogen. As with the 1 in 8 women diagnosed, 80 percent are estrogen-driven. It’s often not just the natural estrogen causing the cancer, but possibly the presence of xenoestrogens that mimic estrogen. It’s time we wake up.
Both breastcancer.org and the American Cancer Society are cautioning that these xenoestrogens are a possible factor in estrogen-driven cancers. But what’s more convincing to me is the levels of accumulated pesticides and herbicides found in this gal’s body! There’s nothing like seeing evidence on paper.
I was a Southern gal living in an estrogenic world. I was consuming estrogens through my mouth by eating products with added estrogen, by drinking out of plastic bottles and by absorbing these chemical estrogens from personal care products through my skin unknowingly. And that estrogen dominance had my life hanging in the balance! We all must wake up and take note of the changing world around us. We are all living in an estrogenic world!
Next week, we’ll look specifically at the estrogens in food and why it’s best to eat organic. How many of you realized we are all living in an estrogenic world?