The terms below describe endocrine disrupters (endocrine disruptors), the synthetic chemicals and natural plant compounds that may affect the endocrine system (the communication system of glands, hormones and cellular receptors that control the body’s internal functions). Many of these substances have been associated with developmental, reproductive and other health problems in wildlife and laboratory animals. Some experts suggest these compounds may affect humans in similar ways. Environmental estrogens Endocrine disrupters or endocrine disruptors Endocrine modulators Ecoestrogens Environmental hormones Xenoestrogens Xenobotics Hormone-related toxicants Endocrine-active compounds Phytoestrogens Endocrine disrupters alter hormonal functions by several means. Substances can: mimic or partly mimic the sex steroid hormones estrogens and androgens (the male sex hormone).
Hi Catherine, Speaking of Breast and Ovarian Cancer and how some of us are at risk for these conditions, did you know that it could be because of a LACK of Iodine in our bodies? I read an 18 page article, all very technical, but got a lot out of it, and started using Lugol’s Iodine at the rate suggested (12.5 mg. daily). This should balance out hormones, increase thyroid activity and protect us from breast cancer and MANY MORE benefits. Hopefully, you’ll have the time to read it too. This is something I believe, is not well known. Thank you, Bonnie
Hi Catherine, I just want to mention that according to your statements about drug interactions and that it is best to go back to our GP in order to get the final word, I have to say I am amazed at the lack of knowledge with so many doctors about natural products. So I question their ability to judge what is best. I recently had to change doctors because of a move, and though I really like her, she is incredibly ignorant about natural progesterone, or any natural product for that matter it seems. I had to argue with her after she tried to put me back onto HRT and.
Dear Catherine, I have a very strong family history of breast cancer and ovarian cancer on my mothers side (grandmother, mother, 2 sisters all have had cancer in their early 40’s and died). I am now 40 years old and have had genetic testing on BRC1 and 2 with negative results. I have a mamogramm once a year . But I suffer from PMS and am looking for some relief. A friend swears by the Happy Cream but I am frightened to put my risks any higher then they already are. Any advise? Cheers, Cindy
Hi, Catherine I’ve been meaning to sit down and write about my experience with perimenopause and progesterone cream. I started getting hot flashes a little over a year ago at age 51. I had problems with stress incontinence for about a year before that. Between the night time trips to the bathroom and night sweats waking me up, I wasn’t getting much good quality sleep. I was tired all the time from interrupted sleep. My eyes were so dry, I had to use eyedrops and gels (which I found disagreeable) and was surprised to learn from the opthamologist that this commonly happens to “women of a certain age” (he actually.