When an 80-year-old suffers a stroke, we accept it. It is terrible, but it’s common, a part of aging practically. But when a child suffers a stroke it’s a tragedy. They have their whole lives ahead of them. How will it affect their brain, their physical skills, their future?
“It turns out that stroke, by some estimates, is the sixth leading cause of death in infants and children. And experts say doctors and hospitals need to be far more aggressive in detecting and treating it,” says a New York Times article published about a boy named Jared, who suffered a stroke at the age of 7. (read the story here http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/health/19stroke.html).
How can we explain when children start having strokes? They do not have high blood pressure, they do not have high cholesterol, etc.
One plausible explanation is estrogen dominance ( this is my personal explanation ).
In the human body estrogen is responsible for clotting factors and synthesis in the liver, so if there is too much estrogen more clotting factors are made, therefore increasing the chance for making a clot resulting in a stroke.
So what are some of the reasons that a child’s estrogen can go up ?
1. A low fiber, low isoflavone, high carbohydrate diet can increase estrogen.
2. Intestinal Dysbiosis can increase estrogen by breaking down estrogen — bile acid complex. It is a bad bug in the gut, that prevents estrogen to be eliminated. The enzyme responsible for this is produced by this bad bug, is called beta glucuronidase.
3. High sugar intake will cause high insulin levels resulting in the sex hormone binding protein level decrease resulting in free estrogen level going up.
4. Stress: when we are stressed we produce more stress hormone cortisol. Progesterone and cortisol are make from the same material — cholesterol. So when our body produces more cortisol, it has to produce less progesterone, because supplies are limited. The result — less progesterone made and therefore estrogen/progesterone ratio is going up.
5. PCBs and dioxins — estrogen like effects.
6. Birth-control pills — increase estrogen effects.
So, what can be done to protect our children from a possibly deadly stroke?