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Save The Males And Females From Estrogen Overload

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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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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.

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