CANCER CAUSING ESTROGENS AND HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

We now live in the environment of xenoestrogens and the research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that a shocking 93 percent of Americans over the age of six have BPAs (Bisphenol A) in their bodies. BPAs are only one of at least 800 chemicals that are “capable of interfering with hormone receptors, hormone synthesis or hormone conversion,” according to a recent World Health Organization-United Nations study of the 100,000 or so chemicals used in global commerce and industry. (1)

Today, xenoestrogens (the prefix “xeno” literally means foreign, and xenoestrogens means “foreign estrogens.”) contaminate almost everything you eat, drink and touch. And when they’re ingested, they interact with your body’s estrogen systems in a far more powerful way than natural estrogen. Our food supply is loaded with traces of herbicides, pesticides and petrochemical residues from plastics, all of which contain xenoestrogens.

They are in the coatings of food and drinks cans, water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings and sealants. They are in your eyeglass lens, DVDs and CDs, electronics and sports equipment. They are in nail polish, makeup, lotions, soaps, deodorants, shampoos, household cleaning products, even cash register receipts and garden hoses. The list goes on.

However, the biggest source for xenoestrogen exposure is plastics, particularly the soft plastics that come into contact with the foods and beverages we consume. You see, when plastics are exposed to heat or sunlight, or even just left to sit for a long time, these chemicals begin to break down and leach into our foods.

A recent U.K. study detected xenoestrogens in the breast tumors of 19 of 20 women tested. (2) In another study, researchers tested 40 breast cancer patients. They found higher xenoestrogen levels in the same area where the breast cancer tumors developed. (3) These are only two out of hundreds of global clinical studies that reveal the devastating impact of xenoestrogens.

I wish that in 2007 I knew of this during the time my spouse was diagnosed with breast cancer and we had the tissue biopsied to see if it had any of the xenoestrogens from chemical sources. Even then and now, doctors are under the belief that estrogen dominance is just a matter of having too much estrogen or too little progesterone. Most mainstream physicians still refuse to acknowledge the dangers of xenoestrogens and the estrogen dominance it creates in the body. In recent years, the recognition of excess estrogen as a cause of severe pre-menopausal and menopausal symptom has led to hundreds of brands of creams containing progesterone, that levels out estrogen levels in the body. However, they rarely work.

First and foremost, most xenoestrogens are fat soluble, so they accumulate for years in your fat cells. That means that these foreign chemicals might not reveal themselves for decades or, even into the next generation, if there was high exposure during the pregnancy. The breasts are especially vulnerable, because breasts are mostly fat.

Some of these different xenoestrogens act together to magnify estrogenic properties. Your hormones are chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream and send signals that instruct the cells at various target sites to carry out key biological tasks. They do not act alone though. All of the female sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA interact with each other. How much or how little of these hormones is made at any one time relies on a complicated feedback system between your brain, your adrenal glands and your ovaries.

Our hormones are dynamic. And when xenoestrogens bind to the estrogen receptors around your body, they interfere with the natural communication process and they unbalance the entire endocrine system.

Estrogen’s target sites include the breasts, uterus, and other parts of the reproductive system. That’s why cancers develop in these target areas when xenoestrogens disrupt your natural hormone balance. I am not a big fan of mammograms due to the dangers of pressing so hard on the breasts that if there are “cancer cells” that are forming in the duct and that extreme pressure can open up the pathways for the cancer to possibly grow. These xenoestrogens mimic the estrogen chemically and will find its way to the estrogen receptors in the breasts.

Because xenoestrogens are structurily similar to estrogen, they trick the body into thinking they are real hormones. But those BPAs, phthalates, parabens and others overload the estrogen receptors and essentially destroy them. Research published last year at the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison revealed that “gynocological cancers” are often triggered when your body’s estrogen receptors get overwhelmed.(4) Cervical cancers for example, virtually start from the human papillomarvirus (HPV) infection. Morgridge Institute researchers revealed the condition switches gears from precancerous to cancerous when the estrogen receptors deplete to “the point of being undetectable.” (5)

What happens when all that excess estrogen has flooded to the target site and nothing to attach to because the receptors have been destroyed, then that’s when estrogen begins fueling the division of precancerous cells and turns them cancerous. Other studies reveal the similar impact of overwhelmed estrogen receptors on breast cancer, ovarian, uterine and endometrial cancer. (6,7,8,9)

These high levels of xenoestrogens begin to produce a flood of destructive free radicals. This causes the DNA to “misfire”  and produce other cellular defects that help cancer thrive. At the same time, high estrogen levels decrease the level of one of your body’s master antioxidants, glutathione. This raises oxidative stress in your cells and can often be another early step in the formation of cancer cells.

In other words, xenoestrogens not only overwhelm and deplete your estrogen receptors, they raise the levels of cancer-causing free radicals and wipe out your body’s best defense against them. Also, these abnormal estrogens also slow down your thyroid function. Multiple studies have linked thyroid dysfunction to breast cancer and numerous gynecological cancers. (10) We are all suffering from estrogen dominance. You might have sinus problems, headaches, dry eyes, asthma or cold hands and feet, and not know to attribute them to your exposure to xenoestrogens.

If you ask mainstream doctors how to get rid of xenoestrogens in the body, you will most likely see a bemused face at best. Even with all the multiple studies, most doctors will answer similarly to the companies that manufacture xenoestrogens and will say that the quantities are so small and they are harmless. And, besides, we have kidneys and a liver to detoxify the body.

What most people don’t know is that the liver and kidneys were designed to filter organic toxins (the waste the body made naturally, back when we lived in a xenoestrogenic environment). Lowering excess estrogen can look like this:

Avoid products that contain xenoestrogens as best you can;

Keep food and drinks away from plastics whenever possible;

Stop buying foods and beverages packaged in plastic;

Replace plastic dishes and Tupperware with glass and ceramic;

Never put plastic dishes in a dishwasher. Not only will the plastic contaminate the next food it comes into contact with, the other dishes will be coated in a film of xenoestrogens.

There are plenty other tricks that I have that you may want to add to your supplement roster that will chelate with these xenoestrogens to help your body to detox the years of gunk that has built up in our fat cells. To expedite some of this process on the microcirculation level, I can have a conversation with you about the BEMER Technology related to expediting the nutrients to those areas of your body that need it the most.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:  The statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. We make no curative claims. This information in this blog is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only with regard to healthy living. It is a self-help tool for your own use, it is not medical advice. Always consult with your doctor when considering dietary, exercise, or prescription changes.

Please contact me if you’d like further information on how I can assist you in resolving your challenges by contacting me in the form below.

 

REFERENCES:

(1) World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Program. “State of the science of endocrine disrupting chemicals.” Published 2013.

(2) Darbre PD, et al. “Concentrations of parabens in human breast tumors.” J Appl Toxicol, 2012;32(3), 219-232.

(3) Barr, L, Metaxas, G, et al. “Measurement of paraben concentrations in human breast tissue at serial locations across the breast from axilla to sternum.” J Appl Toxicol, 2012;32(3), 219-232.

(4) den Boon J, Pyeon D, et al. “Molecular transitions from papillomavirus infection to cervical precancer and cancer: Role of stromal estrogen receptor signaling.” Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2015 Jun 23.

(5) Ibid.

(6) Shaaban AM, O’Neill PA, et al. “Declining estrogen receptor-beta expression defines malignant progression of human breast neoplasia.” Am J Surg Pathol. 2003 Dec; 27(12):1502-12.

(7)Bardin A, Nathalie Boulle N, et al. Loss of ERβ expression as a common step in estrogen-dependent tumor progression. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2004 Sep; 11(3): 537-551.

(8) Shah, YY. “Regulation of estrogen receptor signaling in breast and endometrial cancer by the src kinase pathway, the micronutrient selenium and by novel tamoxifen-regulated biomarkers.” (2005). Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1459.

(9) Berger C, Y. Qian Y, et al. “The p53-Estrogen Receptor Loop in Cancer.” Curr Mol Med. 2013 Sep.

(10) Brinton LA, Sakoda LC, et al. “Relationships of Uterine and Ovarian Tumors to Pre-existing Cronic Conditions.” Gynecol Oncol. 2007 Dec; 107(3): 487-494.

 

 

Links of Infections and Stomach Disease

In 1984, Dr. B.J. Marshall made a revolutionary medical discovery when he uncovered the connection between ulcer disease and the germ known as Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori). Prior to his study, the medical world had accepted the notion that ulcers were caused by stress, which was known to increase levels of stomach acid.

But now we know that this organism is also responsible for chronic gastritis, as well as several forms of stomach cancer. In fact, infections involving this germ cause a loss of stomach acid and an eventual shrinking of the stomach lining (gastric atrophy). This in turn caused the cells lining the stomach to begin their transformation into pre-cancerous cells (metaplasia). Of course, curing the H. pylori infection often leads to the return of stomach acidity. The germ also depletes the stomach’s level of vitamin C, which is critical for iron absorption and protection against stomach cancer.

In fact, H. pylori infection boosts your risk of getting stomach cancer by 600%. Smoking, alcohol abuse, a poor diet (devoid of fruits and vegetables) and low vitamin C intake all dramatically elevate this risk.

What else needs to be considered is the finding that bacterial overgrowth in the stomach (the result of a reduction in stomach acid) also amplifies the cancer risk posed by nitrites and nitrates in processed foods.  Hot dogs, other package meats (such as bologna, ham, turkey, sausage, etc.) and some canned foods are packed with these additives.

One recent study within the last ten years found that those who regularly consumed nitrite-filled foods were 62 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.

As I mentioned in my latest blog, STOMACH HEALTH: STOPPING ACID REFLUX, PREVENT CANCER AND IMPROVE YOUR LIFE, there is a dramatic increase in digestive disorders, especially acid reflux which is a condition in which acid rises out of the stomach and into the esophagus. As we age, the occurrence of digestive disorders increases dramatically. To a large degree, this is the result of inadequate nutrition, excessively bad diets and exposure to a number of harmful food additives and toxins.

Also, the complications increase when the bacteria called H. pylori exists in the stomach, which researchers believe to be responsible for the majority of peptic ulcers, and even curing the infection that person of the organism also resolves the dilemma of acid depletion if the action is taken early enough.

You can achieve both goals by employing a combination of antibiotics (I found I was allergic to certain strains of antibiotics), bismuth preparations (this mineral has proven effective in combating stomach ills) and certain nutrients. However, the danger is that this treatment also kills the good bacteria in the colon and that can cause a number of problems too.

Several studies have documented that certain flavenoids and vitamin C can inhibit the growth of H. pylori. The most potent were:

-Epigallocatechin gallate ( a component of green tea extract and white tea)

-Luteolin (celery and artichoke extract)

-Quercitin and

-Curcumin

Green tea is very high in fluoride, so I would instead recommend white tea, (like I drink because I had fluoride levels measured from a urine test which is not a common test authorized by the traditional medical system) which has much less fluoride. Plus the white variety actually has higher levels of the beneficial flavonoid than green tea.

The H. pylori germ secretes a toxin that causes most digestive problems and even ulcers. Researchers were excited to discover that quercetin and curcumin block this harmful toxin. These two powerful flavonoids also promote healing of the stomach lining and aid in preventing the formation of cancer. Meanwhile, studies show that curcumin and hesperidin boost the amount of protective mucus in the stomach, which safeguards the stomach lining from the acid. These supplements are available from natural health stores and suppliers.

Even several studies found that both quercitin and green tea extract (EGCG) enhanced the effects of antibiotics used to kill H. pylori. This would allow you to use smaller doses of antibiotics and get the same results than you would would with higher, more dangerous dosages. Incidentally, researchers also found that these two flavonoids were effective in fighting antibiotic-resistant strains of H. pylori.

Another useful supplement was licorice extract. The journal Life Sciences reported on a finding that licorice extract both inhibited the growth of the H. pylori and promoted healing of the stomach lining at the same time. Because pure licorice extract can cause high blood pressure, you should use only the deglycyrrhizinated form of licorice (DGL). DGL has proved to be effective against those strains of bacteria that are resistant to commonly used antibiotics.

One way to combine all of these flavonoids for maximum efficiency is to dissolve 250 mg of quercitin, 250 mg of hesperidin and 250 mg of curcumin in one tablespoon of either extra-virgin olive oil or omega-3 oil. All of these are fat soluble, which enhances absorption and penetration into the stomach lining. Also, add 1/4 teaspoon of pure liquid vitamin E to the oil. Mix well and swallow.

This mixture will expedite the destruction of H. pylori and simultaneously promote healing of ulcers and gastritis. It can also prevent cancer development.

If you have ulcers, you can also take two DGL capsules three times a day between meals, plus two capsules at bedtime. This regimen has been shown to be just as effective as taking prescription medications. Bolster this treatment by drinking a mixture of white tea and rosemary tea at least twice a day.

Healing our gut will heal our immune system against the barrage of toxins all around us. All of us need to do our part to find out as much about what keeps us healthy because we are all different. Please tell me what is working in your life and give me suggestions of what you would like to know about in future blogs.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:  The statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. We make no curative claims. This information in this blog is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only with regard to healthy living. It is a self-help tool for your own use, it is not medical advice. Always consult with your doctor when considering dietary, exercise, or prescription changes.

Please contact me if you’d like further information on how I can assist you in resolving your challenges by contacting me in the form below.

 

STOMACH HEALTH: STOPPING ACID REFLUX, PREVENT CANCER AND IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

 


Today, the most common sold over the counter medications are those used to treat gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, including indigestion, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea and constipation, and even excessive flatulence. Billions of dollars are spent on these remedies, which often only temporary relief or none at all.

There is a dramatic increase in digestive disorders, especially acid reflux (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD), which is a condition in which acid rises out of the stomach and into the esophagus. Before I knew more information of how to rid oneself of acid reflux, I began a downward spiral and took drugs like Omnaprasole and Nexium for too long which drained my energy. Acid reflux can bring on heartburn, damage to the lower esophagus, difficulty swallowing, unexplained coughing, the feeling of having a lump in the throat and even cancer of the esophagus.

As we age, the occurrence of digestive disorders increases dramatically. Yet, like so many chronic diseases, digestive maladies are now affecting younger people in larger numbers and even preteens. To a large degree, this is the result of inadequate nutrition, excessively bad diets and exposure to a number of harmful food additives and toxins.

The gastrointestinal tract extends from the mouth down through 15 feet of hollow tubing to the anus. Most think of the GI tract as something that allows us to eat. But this tract is the vital passageway and plays a major role in many aspects of human health. It is the largest component of the immune system.

Buried within its walls is an extensive system of immune cells, lymphatics, and lymph nodes. It is important to appreciate that the interior of the gut connects directly with the outside world, which means that it exposed to all of the germs, pollutants and toxins in the environment. Along with the skin, the GI tract serves as a first line of defense for the human body.

It is one of the more complicated systems in the body and has, in fact, been referred to as the second brain. This is because it contains an extensive network of nerves, neurotransmitters and nerve receptors that allow it to operate largely independent of the brain. This does not mean that the brain ignores the GI tract. In fact, the brain modulates many of the “gut brain’s” activities.

Now let’s see one of the most important yet often overlooked aspects of digestion–chewing our food. As a small girl, my mother used to tell me to chew my food before I swallowed it and to eat slowly. Then as I got older, it became harder because of being so hurried for time. A good example, was when I attended the Air Force Academy, and we were given an allotted time to eat and chew our food. An enormous amount of food with little nutrition value until the last couple years where I chose to eat at the “salad tables” or the “girl cadet tables.” Heaven forbid that you see any of the guys at our salad tables.

Most assume that the stomach is solely responsible for breaking down food and digesting it. In fact, the stomach can do its job only if the food has been well chewed first. Often, when I see people eating a salad, I watch them give the lettuce a couple of weak chomps before they swallow. Remember that vegetables, especially in their raw form, are very difficult to digest if they are not mechanically broken down first. This is because plant cells are coated with an indigestible layer called a cellulose cell wall.

If this protective sheath is not broken, especially with raw vegetables, the rich nutrients inside will merely pass through the GI tract unabsorbed. And that nullifies the effects of eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, because they will do little to improve your health.

To get the maximum nutritional value from your foods, even meats, you should chew them until they are finely dissolved where they are almost a liquid mush. This greatly assists digestion in the rest of the GI tract and helps prevent acid reflux. It also aids in reducing the volume in the stomach, which is vital to stopping acid reflux. Again, the “gut brain” is playing a role.

As we chew our food, it is mixing with our saliva. While saliva does contain a digestive enzyme called amylase, it actually plays only a minor role in digestion. Saliva’s main function is to moisten the food so that it can slide down the esophagus more easily. By eating more slowly and chewing our food more thoroughly, we stimulate more saliva secretion and give it time to mix well with the food.

As we age, we often produce less saliva. In addition, many medical conditions and medications can cause dry mouth, interfering with proper breakdown of foods. In this event, drinking water with the meal becomes critically important. My advice is to drink a glass of water about ten minutes before eating for a fullness effect and to lubricate the esophagus before the food is introduced. Also, while eating you can sip water to help break the food down into smaller parts, improving digestion and absorption.

The essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can increase the amount of moisture in the mouth. The dose is 1,000 mg a day. In fact, when taken orally it greatly amplifies moisture in the eyes, mouth and vagina, while keeping the skin from drying out.

You can beat acid reflux largely by eating slowly and chewing your food until it is almost mush. This practice aids digestion and prevents stomach distention. Overeating is harmful because it over-distends the stomach, resulting in increased pressure and reflux of food and acid into the esophagus.

If you take acid-reducing medications, like Tums, Maalox or Rolaids makes matters worse, since the calcium in these products actually stimulates acid release. There is a rebound effect when too much buffer enters the stomach, and the result is an outpouring of stomach acid. Some of these antacids also contain dangerous aluminum.

Another contributor to the problem and for the possible increase in GERD is the frequent consumption of carbonated drinks. The carbonation increases the pressure within the stomach, forcing acid into the lower esophagus. How about swishing down a soda with those fries and hamburgers?

Also, complicating digestion problems is the bacteria called H. pylori, which researchers believe to be responsible for the majority of peptic ulcers. Several studies have shown that even after you cure this bacterial infection, GERD risk actually increases. This may be due to the fact that while H. pylori lowers levels of stomach acid, once cured the levels return to normal and GERD occurs only when stomach acid is normal or high. Also, H. pylori reduces stores of Vitamin C in the stomach, lessening protection against free radicals in the stomach lining.

One more problem is inflammation in the lower part of the stomach (pyloric gastritis), which slows the emptying of its contents, causing acid to back up into the esophagus. Curcumin and hesperidin bolster mucus production in the lining of both the esophagus and stomach, providing protection against this acid reflux.

A significant amount of research has shown that low stomach acidity, as commonly seen with acid lowering drugs, dramatically increases the bacterial growth in the small intestine. As we age, our ability to generate sufficient hydrochloric acid can decline significantly in the stomach. The stomach is a minor player in the digestive process. It has two main functions:  Killing dangerous organisms in the food we eat AND Mixing, grinding, and preparing that food mixture for digestion and absorption in the small intestine.

Most treatments to improve digestion have been incorrectly designed to lower stomach acid levels. But this reduction can interfere with the absorption of several nutrients and has been linked to a number of medical conditions, including cancer of the stomach. The lack of stomach acid interferes with vitamin B12 and iron absorption as well. Gastroenterologists are especially concerned about B12 deficiency in the elderly and particularly those who use acid-lowering medications such as Prilosec, Pepsid AC and Zantac. Research also suggests that virtually all people with Alzheimer’s disease are vitamin B12 deficient, and a shortage of this vital substance increases the risk of cancer in a number of organs. Be careful of using certain B12 supplements, because you might not be absorbing them very well due to deterioration of your digestive system from years of abuse with the Standard American Diet (SAD).

In my next blog “The Link of Infections and Stomach Disease.”

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