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AVOID Xenoestrogens

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Published: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Xenoestrogens are "FAKE" estrogens that can enter the body and cause sever hormone imbalance. We can't avoid them all... but we can do our best!

 

 

HoW CAN my family and I
AVOID Xenoestrogens?

 

I'm so glad you asked!  This is something we all should be thinking of. 

We should fall into a groove where it is second nature to us: 

No Xenoestrogens Welcome In My House! 

 

As we have discussed "Xeno" means foreign. So xenoestrogens are made from something other than the body.  Many are petrochemically-based or are byproducts of petrochemical production.

These substances have an estrogenic effect when they enter the human body.

 

 

How do they disrupt hormone balance? These synthetic chemicals bind directly to hormone receptor sites in our body, activating the sites and blocking normal hormonal activity.  These substances accumulate in the tissues and wreak havoc on our ability to metabolize and eliminate toxins in addition to creating a state of too much estrogen in the body.

 

Xenoestrogens are found in:

  • Paints
  • Textiles
  • Pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables
  • Herbicides - used on lawns and plants
  • Paper products
  • Nearly all plastics
  • Plastic wraps (which can leak into food)
  • Car exhausts (gasoline fumes)
  • Food supply via growth hormone fed to cows and chickens
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Solvents
  • Some city water supplies
  • Some commercial household cleaning products
  • Insect repellants
  • Industrial waste such as PCBs & Dioxins

 

Look for these ingredients and try to purchase products that do NOT contain them:

  • Dioxins
  • PCB's (Polychlorinated biphenyls)
  • Bisphenol A
  • Phthalates

As discussed, too much exposure to estrogen can cause numerous problems in women ranging from PMS to uterine fibroids to breast cancer. In men, these can range from gynecomastia (development of breast tissue) to prostate cancer.

 

 

Scientists studying a high rate of breast cancer in Long Island found that women with breast cancer had higher levels of pesticides such as DDT in their breasts than women with normal breasts.

 

how To Protect against Xenoestrogens:

  • Whenever possible, purchase organically grown fruits and vegetables. I know it can be expensive, but at least if you use something in abundance, for example lettuce, choose to buy organic lettuce.
  • Buy meat and dairy products that are hormone-free.
  • Purchase foods not packaged in plastic wrap whenever possible. 
  • Remove plastic wraps as soon as you get home, because the longer it is in contact with food the more the xenoestrogens may leach into the food. Store food in; butcher paper, wax paper, freezer paper, foil, or glass when possible.
  • Do not microwave food in plastic or Styrofoam containers. Use a glass or ceramic dish instead. If you need a lid, use a flat dish or a piece of freezer paper or paper towel. When plastic is heated, it diffuses rapidly into food. 
  • A Dartmouth University study showed that plastic wrap heated in a microwave in vegetable oil had 500,000 times the minimum amount of xenoestrogens needed to stimulate breast cancer cells in a test tube to grow.
  • Invest in a water filter or drink bottle water. In some areas, Xenoestrogens are prevalent in drinking water due to massive amounts of detergents used by industry that make their way to ground water.
  • Avoid baby formula sold in polycarbonate (clear plastic) bottles. If possible, use only glass baby bottles. If you use polycarbonate bottles, do not heat or microwave them.
  • Use organic pesticides. Avoid having your home sprayed by an exterminator.
  • Avoid herbicides; you can use a cup of salt in a gallon of vinegar.
  • Avoid parabens found in skin lotions and creams.
  • Do not give plastic toys to babies or toddlers who will put them in their mouths. 

Another really important thing you can do is to inform others about the dangers of xenoestrogens.

 

Consider this for our future generations (our children and grandchildren, nieces, nephews and children of our friends):

Ovaries and testes are formed during a very early stage of embryonic development.  Exposure to xenoestrogens during this early stage can cause damage to the ovarian follicles of the unborn female. Later in life, her damaged follicles may not be able to yield an egg or produce sufficient quantities of progesterone.  She may have difficulty with miscarriages.

 

The male testes develop at about day 20 of embryonic life.  Exposure to xenoestrogens can lead to deficiency in sperm production and even prostate cancer in men.

 

WOW!  THEY ARE EVERYWHERE!  Read this!

Hand Sanitizer and receipts don't mix.

 


In a new University of Missouri study, people who cleaned their hands with hand sanitizer then touch a cash register receipt were exposed to higher levels of BPA than those who didn't use the sanitizer. And those who munched greasy French fries also had higher BPA exposure if they used sanitizer first.


Researchers say some hand sanitizers contain penetration enhancers that increase the product's ability to get into the uppermost layer of the skin. It's these compounds that seem to increase the absorption of BPA.

 

If you have used a Hand Sanitizer in the market or on your own, have the salesperson or cashier tuck the receipt in your grocery bag and remove it with a napkin or tissue when you get home!  At least wait 10 minutes before touching that receipt!

We must take preventative action to protect our families.

It is SO important. 

Please join me as we cast the net of care around our loved ones!

 

Love,

Barbara

 

 

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Weight Loss Discovery

Category: Weight Loss  |  Permalink

Published: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Weight Loss Made Easy?  Yes...

Do this for double the "FAT BURN"!

 

For decades experts have fingered hormone imbalance as the culprit in weight gain. And, yes, latest research reveals that our DIRTY hormone receptors are to blame. Here's a plan that will leave your receptors squeaky clean for years, and get you super slim!

 

 

The problem:  Hormones receptors are the structures on cells that receive and respond to messages from hormones. Think of them as the hormone is the key


    And the receptor is the lock.

 

 

 If the receptor is not operating properly, then it's like you've got "gum" in the lock.

 

Hormones work in symphony. So when one hormone falls out of balance because of damaged receptor sites, other hormones pick up the slack, making an effort to boost energy and ward off weight gain.  But they will eventually be pulled out of balanced as well.

 

You can totally hit the "Reset" button on your receptor sites.

 

You can refresh them and make them all NEW again with PROGESTERONE, the balancing hormone! (You can learn more about progesterone's wonderful benefits on my other blog entries).

 

 

Progesterone can fix your broken metabolism. You won't be ravenously hungry anymore.  You won't store fat into your belly every day and you will not have to watch your waist grow bigger and bigger. Instead, you will be burning those fat stores. 

 

ALSO: Be sure to get 8 hours of sleep. Adequate sleep, which I believe is 8 hours, will normalize cortisol levels, allowing your receptors to heal and work hard for you! 

 

For tips on how you can have GOOD sleep I invite you to watch my YouTube videos:

 

"Advanced Action for Insomnia"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z577afGxNo8  

 

"Top 5 Supplements for Insomnia"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AweGCUGSt3s

 

I want to help!  I am your "Weight Loss Cheerleader," so please email me with your questions.  I welcome them.  This is my personal email, so only my eyes will see your email:  bhoffman@bhngroup.com

 

KEEP OFF THOSE EXTRA POUNDS FOR LIFE WITH PROGESTERONE!

Find Better Health Naturally, ProHelp Progesterone Crème at www.bhnformulas.com

 

 

 

Love,

Barbara

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Cure Thinning Hair

Category: Skin and Hair Care  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, April 02, 2015

 

Cure Thinning Hair!

 

                    BEFORE                                        AFTER

 

A fuller head of hair today than you had at age 20?

It's possible if you follow these do's and don'ts!

 

DO

Pile On The Protein!

Hair is made of a protein called keratin, and in order for your body to make this key ingredient, you need to eat plenty of protein. Top picks; eggs, which are rich in hair-nourishing zinc, selenium, and sulfur, and Greek yogurt, which is high in growth-stimulating vitamins D and B-5.

 

DO

Use Keratin!

Keratin is an all-natural solution for strong, lustrous, and healthy hair from the inside to the outside. It's a protein that naturally exists in your hair, but supplementing with additional keratin supplements or using keratin hair treatments has been shown to be especially effective at reducing damage and frizz while promoting shine.

I "LOVE" NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer.  It gave me the BEST hair.  My husband compliments me all the time... says I have the best hair in the room.  LOL   As long as he thinks so!

 

DON'T

Brush Wet Hair!

A hot shower opens hair's keratin layers, making it much weaker than it is when dry. Instead of brushing wet hair, try detangling with a comb or "wet brush" with wide plastic bristles and towel-dry before styling.

 

DO

Spend 10 minutes in the sun every day or take supplemental vitamin D!

Research shows that women within sufficient levels of vitamin D, a nutrient your skin makes when exposed to sunlight are significantly less likely to suffer hair loss than those who are deficient in vitamin D.  By the way, D is actually a hormone, not a vitamin so you can get quick powerful results.

 

DON'T

Do a Detox Diet!

Dipping below 1,200 calories can prematurely shorten your hair's growth phase, prompting your scalp to let hair fall out before it normally would. Instead, eat a nutrient-dense diet with several weekly servings of walnuts, flaxseeds, and/or fatty fish like salmon. They're rich in omega-3s, which give hair its suppleness.

 

For more hair loss info visit my YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Hopeforyourhormones

 

Here are two great videos to watch!

 

Conquer Hair Loss

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8HBA9LvJlk

 

Thicker, Fuller, Longer Hair for You

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVrZy2GeKHo

 

Also for my hair loss flyer with more recommendations, write to me at:

bhoffman@bhngroup.com

 

Fuller hair for you...for life!

Love,

Barbara

 

Posted by: Steve
Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 5:42:49 AM

Protein deficiency is one of the reason for hair loss among women.

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12 Very Surprising Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

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Published: Friday, March 27, 2015

12 Very Surprising Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

 

 1. Anxiety, feelings of dread, apprehension & doom

 2. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing & laughing

 3. Itchy, Crawly Skin

 4. Aching, Sore joints and muscles

 5. Bloat, gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, nausea & gas pain

 6. Increase in allergies

 7. Thinning hair or hair loss on head or body / increase in facial hair

 8. Changes in body odor

 9. Electrical shock sensations

10. Bleeding gums / gum problems

11. Soft or brittle fingernails

12. Tinnitus / ringing in the ears

         

We all know about Hot Flashes, Night Sweats & Vaginal Dryness but take a look at these rather surprising symptoms.  These symptoms can also be helped with natural Progesterone crème.  Don't accept these "Terrible Twelve" as oh, well, I'm just getting old. 
No, no, no... Its hormones!

 

1. Anxiety, feelings of dread, apprehension & doom
The shifting levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone play a part in the mood swings and ups and downs that accompany PMS and pregnancy. During menopause, those same hormones fluctuate and freefall, often impacting moods and possibly amplifying any anxiety symptoms a woman already feels. 

2. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing & laughing
This can be a result of pressure or stress on the muscles and nerves that help you to hold or pass urine. Hormone changes could affect muscle strength.
Estrogen helps keep the bladder and urethra healthy and functioning properly. As you near menopause, your estrogen levels begin dropping. This lack of estrogen may mean that your pelvic muscles are no longer able to control your bladder as they did before, and that urethral tissues may have weakened. As estrogen levels continue to drop throughout menopause and after, Urinary Incontinence may become worse.

 

 

3. Itchy, Crawly Skin
Hormones regulate the moisture levels of your tissues and stimulate the production of collagen.
As the levels of hormones in your body fall, so does the amount of collagen and skin-moistening oils produced. Skin becomes dry and irritated. You can find yourself scratching at all hours of the day.  Progesterone helped me and it can help you, too.


4. Aching, sore joints and muscles
As you 
reach menopause, hormone levels drop or become imbalanced.  This can result in swollen and painful joints.
Hormones are important for regulating fluid levels in your body, and with falling levels, your body is unable to retain water efficiently. This dehydration can cause joint pain because of a buildup of uric acid which causes inflammation in your joints.  I have seen women who thought they had arthritis become completely symptom-free when they began to use progesterone crème.  Don't suffer needlessly!


5. Bloat, gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, nausea & gas pain
Again, these can be caused by fluctuation in hormones. When hormone levels become erratic during perimenopause, so does the incidence of water retention, leading to bloating.
Also, hormones influence the production of bile which aids in digestion and acts as a lubricant in the intestines. When hormone levels decrease as a result of menopause, this leads to a decrease in bile production. Stools in the small intestine can become dry, hard, and accumulate due to the lack of lubrication, leading to constipation and bloating. 
Who needs that?

 

6. Increase in allergies

   Because the ovaries no longer produce normal levels of hormones during menopause, the adrenal glands usually pick up the slack-this leads to adrenal fatigue. When the adrenals are depleted, it leads to increased sensitivity to various foods and environmental elements, which are often expressed as allergies.   

 

 

7. Thinning hair or hair loss on head or body / increase in facial hair
Hair loss during menopause is caused by the decrease in hormone levels. With an imbalance between estrogen & progesterone, testosterone takes over and either causes hair to grow back sparsely or thinner than before. The disproportionate levels of testosterone can also lead to growth in facial hair.

 

8. Changes in body odor
When your hormone levels drop, a new type of sweat is released from the apocrine glands.  It contains fatty acids that bacteria feed on, causing changes in body odor that are unique for each woman. You may like your new smell (mine was like a "cookie", not too bad), or you may not like it.  Progesterone can help rebalance you.

 

9. Electrical shock sensations

   Hormone fluctuation impacts the nervous system. Research suggests that it is the misfiring of neurons caused by hormone imbalance that leads to the feeling of electric shocks during menopause. These shocks are often precursors to hot flashes. Nasty!

  

10. Bleeding gums / gum problems
Declining hormone levels are the primary cause of gum problems in menopause. Hormones affect the gums, the salivary glands, mouth joints, and jawbones. This can lead to an increase in gingivitis, irritation, inflammation, and bleeding of the gums.

 

 

11. Soft or brittle fingernails
Fingernails are made from a hard substance called keratin, which is produced by special cells at the root of the nail bed. When hormones fluctuate during menopause, the keratin layer is weakened and the nails may become weak and easily breakable. Another issue that contributes to brittle nails is dehydration-as discussed previously in #4, when hormone levels decline, your body may not be retaining enough water for healthy nails to grow.  Now you have aching joints AND brittle nails. 

 

12. Tinnitus / ringing in the ears
The feeling of a ringing or buzzing sensation in the ear is a less common problem, but still one that researchers have associated with menopause. Causes include the use of HRT (hormone replacement therapy), uses of medication such as Prozac and aspirin, or even other menopausal symptoms like hot flashes or night sweats. Bio-identical progesterone and also the hormone melatonin have been shown to relieve tinnitus.

 

Wow!  These are 12 strange symptoms that you may be accepting because you think you are "Getting Old" No, no, no! Hormone balance to the Rescue!

 

Visit the website www.bhnformulas.com to get your Hormone Crème!

Call me if you need more help!

 #(877)880-0170

 

Love,

Barbara

 

 

 

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History of HRT

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Did you ever wonder why so many women ended up on Synthetic Hormones?  Our great grandmothers did not have them available.  Where did they come from?  Read on...

 

History of HRT

(Hormone Replacement Therapy)

 

1942 - Premarin (a synthetic estrogen) is patented and sold as a treatment for menopause. Premarin is derived from PREgnant MAre's uRINe and is an equine (horse) derived hormone.  Natural hormones cannot be patented, so the synthetic version was the way to go for the pharmaceutical companies.

 

1966 - In the book, Feminine Forever, estrogen was recommended as a "cure" for the "tragedy of menopause." The author stated that women on estrogen therapy "will be much more pleasant to live with and will not be dull and unattractive," and will remain "fully sexed." The book sold 100,000 copies in a matter of weeks. Women began to ask their doctors for estrogen supplementation and Premarin sales escalated.

 

1969 - In the book Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex By David Reuben, M.D, stated estrogen was again promoted as a menopausal cure all. In the book, Dr. Reuben said, "Without estrogen a woman comes as close as she can to being a man" and "For too many women, menopause marks the end of their useful life." Women raced to their doctors to get the prescription. Premarin was again the prescribed estrogen.

 

1975 - NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE published two hormone studies showing: Women who took menopausal estrogen alone without progesterone had four or more times greater risk of endometrial cancer. In women with 7 or more years of use, a 14 times greater risk.  In other words, estrogen alone was dangerous for a woman with a uterus.  Doctors now began to give Provera (a synthetic progestin) along with estrogen.

 

1976 - A study showed that breast cancer may be increased in estrogen users. Subsequent studies showed other increased health risks.  Women become more wary.

 

1979 - Estrogen sales have plummeted.

 

1985 - In an effort to regain estrogen sales, a new campaign was begun to promote estrogen for the prevention of bone loss.

 

1986 - Heart disease: The Framingham Heart Study conducted on 240,000 women reported that postmenopausal estrogen users had 50% more heart disease and twice as much cerebrovascular disease. Conclusion: There was no coronary benefit from estrogen use.  The estrogen theory begins to be questioned and studied.

 

1987 - Postmenopausal Estrogen Progestin Interventions Trial (PEPI) studies were begun to study the effect of these synthetic hormones.

 

1989 - A Swedish study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) caused a slight increase in breast cancer. With combination Hormone Replacement Therapy(estrogen and progestin) breast cancer risk more than doubled.

 

1990 - PEPI Trial is completed. It showed HRT (synthetic) reduced some risks (LDL) but increased other triglycerides. The PEPI study was the first major study in the U.S. that compared natural micronized progesterone (bio-identical) as one of its therapies. Investigators found that the natural progesterone protected the endometrium (vs progestin) and did NOT negatively affect triglycerides.

 

1994 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) authorizes a study called the Women's Health Initiative. (WHI) 25,000 women are involved and the study will follow them for 8 ½ years and look at the long term effects of synthetic hormone replacement therapy (Premarin and Prempro) otherwise known as HRT.

 

1995 - The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology published an article stating that not only long-term but short-term use of Premarin had a 40% risk of acquiring breast cancer.  Women begin to be concerned but sales keep going strong because of their fear of becoming unwomanly.

 

1995 - The Nurse's Health Study is published. It is frightening.  Women taking synthetic estrogen alone had a 36% increase risk of breast cancer, those on synthetic estrogen plus progestin had a 50% increase; those on progestins alone had a 240% increase risk.

 

1998 - The HERS Study (Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement Study) shows HRT did not help women who already had a heart attack and may cause more heart attacks and strokes in that group. Natural progesterone was not studied or offered as a choice in this study.

 

2000 - The WHI (Women's Health Initiative) is halted until women are warned of the preliminary findings. Study participants taking HRT are told that women are experiencing heart attack and strokes. They are offered the chance to drop out. The NIH allows the study to continue, apparently in hopes that the trend would diminish over time.

 

2001 - The Women's Health Initiative is still going strong. Findings:  6 million women were using HRT. 45 million prescriptions for Premarin were written. 21.4 million were written for Prempro (Premarin & Provera)  Premarin sales reach 2.04 billion dollars.

 

2002 - July 9, 2002, the WHI HRT study is abruptly stopped with an enormous amount of media coverage. The participants had increased risks of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots. Doctors are urged to prescribe HRT  for short term relief only.

HRT failed to be the protective fountain of youth doctors and women had long since believed.  Evidence was mounting  that taking it could actually be harmful.

 

2020 - 60 million women will be in or through menopause. They are looking for a safe alternative to HRT.  

 

Natural, bio-identical progesterone can protect against coronary artery spasm, breast cancer, osteoporosis and stroke. Progestins (synthetic) can contribute to artery spasm and breast cancer.

If you need estrogen, I believe bio-identical estrogen (Estradiol, Estriol)  will not cause the negative side effects of the synthetic.  They will go down a more natural hormone pathway... the way God designed us instead of "going rogue" in the body.

Natural progesterone is also most helpful for the other 35 symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause.

Write to me if you need more help!

barbara@askbarbarahoffman.com

 

Blessings,

Barbara

 

 

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