Holy Hormones Honey!: This is article by Pat Ferguson should be a wake up call to all women – and men. We have a serious health issue on our hands. Hormone imbalance. We need to understand that ‘disease’ is a chain of events – not just an end point. Early menopause and polycystic ovarian syndrome are early indicators of an imbalanced hormone/endocrine system that will only progress and worsen if not balanced.
by Pat Ferguson
September 16, 2012
A recent report by “Scientific American” covered the touchy subject of linking the rising concern between women’s health risks and the environment, specifically the use of pesticides in the agriculture of food and how the future of their children’s health may be impacted. To read the article in full context, see the following link (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=womens-risk-of-reproductive-disease-linked-to-environmental-estrogens&page=2).
The controversy over genetically modified (GMO) pesticide induced food like soy has long been in question. In short, the Scientific American article covered some extremely compelling results from various scientific studies:
*Chemicals may irreversibly alter the set up of how cells develop and possibly alter the circuitry through which cells communicate with each other
*Premature menopause and polycystic ovarian type cysts may be linked to future health problems
*The estrogenic fungicide vinclozolin, used by the wine industry, poses a threat to the tested rats, reprogramming genes in rats as they developed (See the following link to learn more about why Europe has banned the use of vinclozolin. Below, is a statement from the link about the ban on vinclozolin in Europe:
“The active substance vinclozolin was subject to the peer review under Directive 91/414/EEC (list 1). Vinclozolin was not included in Annex I because no decision for inclusion/non inclusion in Annex I has been taken by the deadline of 31/12/2006 for finalization of the review programme for substances in list 1. Therefore, the use of vinclozolin on any crop grown in Europe was formally no longer authorised starting 1 January 2007. Nevertheless, considering any period of grace possibly granted at Member State level, treated commodities resulting from those uses might have circulated on the European market still after 1 January 2007. However, it is considered that to date no crops should be on the EU market with residue of vinclozolin arising from EU uses of this active substance.”
The “delicate” balance between estrogen and progesterone (both produced in a woman’s body) are not meant to be overproduced through chemically induced food. When a woman consumes too much estrogen, especially through chemically induced products, the balance is thrown off. As that process begins, a woman’s body responds in a variety of ways: Early menstruation cycles, mood swings, weight gain, and disease. When a woman is entering menopause, the menstrual cycle gradually decreases naturally (average age for menopause is 51 ½ years old). However, many women suffer from a condition called Endometriosis (internal excessive bleeding). This condition can lead to developing cancerous cysts. Another condition called “Fibroids”, which develop in a woman’s uterus, often contribute to excessive bleeding and can be extremely painful. See the following link to learn more about this condition. (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/endometriosis/DS00289)
Cervical dysplasia is a condition related to estrogen dominance and is typically related to the human papillomavirus (HPV) and can be a pre-cancerous condition. Consumption of nonorganic food (food treated with chemicals likened to GMO’s) is thought to be a culprit behind this condition. An extremely valuable article on this subject can be found at the following link (http://environmentalestrogen.wordpress.com/effects-on-women/).