A Hormonal Epidemic

Are you ready for some heavy, serious truth?

There is a hormonal epidemic in the United States and it’s not good. It’s effecting everyone, including men and children. It goes beyond the normal ebb and flow of a woman’s hormonal cycle; it’s serious and it’s deadly. This epidemic is killing people all in the name of diseases like cancer, heart attacks, strokes, Hashimoto’s, adrenal fatigue, and diabetes. It’s causing havoc within our developing children, both boys and girls. Is there any wonder that young boys are claiming they feel like little girls instead? Or that our young girls are going through puberty and maturing up to 5-8 years before what is “normal”? Or how about men who suddenly feel like a woman? And that’s not all. We have seen the rise of endometreosis, fibroids, and other female issues. We have seen, now more than ever before in our human history, over 6% of our population is infertile and even more are having miscaraiges. These are scary statistics.

Estrogen dominance is so prevalent within our western culture that experts believe that the majority of Americans, including children, suffer from some sort of estrogen dominance. So how did we get here? What happened to our society that has likely caused this hormonal epidemic?

There are many contributing factors and we couldn’t possibly discuss them all. But here are a few that I believe to be the biggest risks for our nation and estrogen dominance:

Our Water Supply
Our water supply has been the nationwide dump for things that should never be in our water. Some of these include but are not limited too: birth control, pesticides and chemicals, chlorine and bleach, sewage, animal by products and much more disgusting things. But do you see the first one? BIRTH CONTROL gets put into our water supply. Our babies, when they are formula fed, are getting fake hormones straight into their pure bodies. (Unless you vaccinate, which is a whole other topic….which actually if you do vaccinate, you are getting some hormones in those vaccines too, so…..)

Milk
Looking in on our society from another country has probably got to be hilarious. We are one of the only developed countries that still drink AND eat another species milk that was made for their own babies. Why do you think cows milk is so good for their own calfs? Because it makes them grow like a million times bigger so fast that a calf is full grown in a tenth of the time it takes a human to grow. THINK ABOUT THAT. Regardless of whether your milk is organic or not, or whether your milk has artificial hormones or not, you are still drinking another animals milk that was made for their babies. Pshhhh, yet you’d probably be the ones that are all up in arms if another mom tried to feed your baby her booby juice…ammmiright? 😉 Sometimes instead of “going with the flow”, you need to take a step back and think about WHY you do something. Have you ever thought about WHY you are drinking or eating milk or giving it to your kids as soon as they turn 1? Other than that the doctor told you too and the celebrities are making milk look cool with their milk mustaches? You are still getting hormones that are meant for cow’s own babies into your bodies when you consume dairy. Thats just a fact. I’m not saying don’t ever have an aged cheese and a cracker. Or never have some raw cheese on a sandwich. But I am saying, giving your kids gallons of milk to drink a week in their sippie cup, ON TOP of cheese sticks, yogurt, ice cream, and more, no wonder…..no wonder they’re constantly sick with colds, ear infections, and allergies, and HORMONAL issues. Dairy=mucous=sickness. Just don’t. Did I go off on a tangent? Oops! Moving on. Actually one more thing on this topic-if you are still eating conventionally raised meat, you are getting lovely doses of hormones as well. Only choose organic meats please.

Contraceptive Birth Control
In the United States 98% of women have used birth control at some point in time and 62% of those of reproductive age are currently using birth control. Let’s just put all that we know about birth control aside and get back to Kindergarten thinking. WHY ON EARTH IS ALL OF THE WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY USING ARTIFICIAL BIRTH CONTROL? I mean, you really think this is doing any great things for their health? Have you looked at the side effects of the pill? Have you read what harm it does? Have you researched statistics on top of what the doctor has told you about what it does long-term to a woman and her hormonal balance (or rather imbalance?) This is likely the biggest culprit for estrogen dominance. And let’s not even go in to why people are on birth control in the first place. Have acne? Let’s slap some birth control on it. Have a heavy period, let’s have you ingest some artificial hormones. What about getting to the ROOT cause of things? Do people really not care enough about WHY things are happening, they just do what their doctor says without even thinking about it? I feel like my generation has lost all critical thinking skills. Artificial hormones will never ever ever ever be something I suggest or agree with. There are better ways and there are other options.

There are other contributing factors too like, too much coffee consumptions, stress, vitamin deficiencies, SAD diet, obesity, chronic stress, beauty and hair care products, etc.

Estrogen dominance doesn’t necessarily mean that you have too high of estrogen; it could simply just mean that your estrogen to progesterone balance is out of whack. You may have little to no circulating progesterone and maybe even low estrogen, but your estrogen is still dominating your progesterone balance.

So what does estrogen dominance look like?
Let’s take a look at some of the symptoms:

Decreased sex drive
Irregular or otherwise abnormal menstrual periods
Bloating (water retention)
Breast swelling and tenderness
Fibrocystic breasts
Headaches (especially premenstrually)
Mood swings (most often irritability and depression)
Weight and/or fat gain (particularly around the abdomen and hips)
Cold hands and feet (a symptom of thyroid dysfunction)
Hair loss
Thyroid dysfunction
Sluggish metabolism
Foggy thinking, memory loss
Fatigue Trouble sleeping/insomnia
PMS

What can estrogen dominance cause:
Allergies, including asthma, hives, rash, sinus congestion
Autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Breast cancer
Copper excess and zinc deficiency
Endometriosis
Endometrial cancer
Gallbladder disease
Syndrome X (Insulin resistance)
Infertility
Polycystic Ovaries
Menopausal symptoms
Magnesium deficiency
Osteoporosis
Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
Pre-menopausal syndrome
Hypothyroid-like conditions
Prostate cancer
Uterine fibroids

So what can you do? There are quite a few things that can help your body get back in to hormonal balance pretty quickly.
1. A natural progesterone cream. (Please go to a naturopath to get guidance on how to take it and the appropriate amounts. But if you do choose to use it, I recommend this one.)

2. Up your ORGANIC fruits and vegetables

3. Lessen your meat consumption. Remember you only need 3-5 servings of clean, organic animal protein a week. Read about that here.

4. Clean up your personal care products with organic, natural ones. Please look under our “Products We Love” section on the website and if you don’t see something you’re looking for, just send me an email to office@dosewellness.com

5. Reduce your overall stress load and get some good quality YOU time. Quality sleep too.

The good news is, there is ALWAYS hope. If you are struggling with any of these symptoms or just have some questions about your hormonal health-I’d be happy to answer them. I know it can seem overwhelming but a woman’s hormonal balance can literally save her life. YOU are worth it. SHE is worth it.