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Save The Males And Females From Estrogen Overload

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Mother Nature is getting the last laugh at mankind. Call it, Estrogen Overload. We're 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. It's 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.

What's all that estrogen doing to us? It's 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.

"Industrial estrogen' is clearly bad for us. It's in the emissions from burning coal, oil, gas, and trash. It's 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 "industrial estrogen' in plastics can leach into food, drink, and medicinal products. And it's particularly bad if the plastic is microwaved.

"Natural estrogen' is in many plants and foods. Some say it's 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. There's also "estogen-like substances', 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.

I've had my own encounters with "estrogen overload'. 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, I'm 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 don't smoke or drink caffeinated beverages. I've cut back on my alcohol intake. I don't take any vitamins, supplements, or drugs. I don't 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. I've 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 "industrial estrogen'. Simplify your life. Cut the consumption of thing you don't 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.

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

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THE HARMFUL HEALTH EFFECTS OF ESTROGEN OVERLOAD:

In men and women: cancer, stroke, heart disease, disorders of sex development-DSDs (intersex, hermaphroditism/male and femalesex 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.

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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.

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Lynn Landes is a Philadelphia-based writer, researcher, and activist in the fields of politics, health, and the environment. Her articles and opinions have been published in several books, films, and online publications. On the environment, she has been a commentator for BBC radio, a radio talk show host, and a television news reporter, and written numerous articles. Since 2002, Lynn has been one of the nation's leading researchers and analysts on voting security (more...)
 

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