The Cause of Adenomyosis
How to avoid the cause of Adenomyosis
caused by estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is excess estrogen relative to progesterone in your body. Synthetic
chemicals in our foods, body lotions, laundry detergent, and some foods in our environment mimic estrogens that
encourage adenomyosis. It is a tug of war between estrogen and progesterone. If estrogen
wins then you get adenomyosis. The
solution is to take Natural Progesterone and cut out Estrogen in your environment.
by Elizabeth Smith, M.D.
The cause of adenomyosis according
to Dr. Lee, a Norwegian, is estrogen dominance. What does this mean? It means that women are getting too much estrogen relative to progesterone. Also many of these
chemicals that mimic estrogen, xenoestrogen, have estrogen like effects, but do not exactly have the same effect
as the estrogen your body produces. Many of them cause cancer. See QandA.
Estrogen, in general, tells your body cells to proliferate. Progesterone tells your body cells to slow down. Progesterone
says that your cells should mature and NOT reproduce.
The solution to getting rid of your cervical dysplasia
is to get rid of the estrogen in your life and take natural progesterone to oppose the estrogen in your
So where does this excess estrogen come from?
New research that has come to light during the past 5-10 years has shown that synthetic chemicals can mimic estrogen.
Chemical Foreign Estrogens (Xenoestrogens)
Around the world, there are approximately 100,000
different synthetic chemicals on the market. Some of
them mimic estrogen in the human body. One
classic estrogen mimic is DDT. In 1950, two Syracuse
University biologists, in an experiment, gave injections of DDT to baby roosters. The roosters grew up looking
like hens. Unfortunately, the U.S. still produces 96 tons of DDT a year (in 1991) and exports it to third world
countries. Then we consume DDT on imported produce. DDT is stored in the fat, notably the breast fat. The
breast fat may concentrate a form of DDT (DDE) up to 700 times
than that of the blood. Blood levels of a form of DDT can typically be measured in the blood at several parts to
tens of parts per billion.
When I first saw levels of parts per billion, I thought it was too low to worry about. Unfortunately, our human
body operates on tens of parts per trillion. In other words, some of these chemical estrogens may be found routinely
at levels one hundred times the concentration of our own hormones.
Imagine a baseball glove representing a receptor for estrogen. Think of the glove waiting to catch a ball. DDT
is represented by one hundred shiny plastic balls. One watermelon representing your human estradiol. Which one
does the glove catch?
More Chemical Foreign Estrogens ( Xenoestrogens)
New research by
Soto, M.D. at Tufts University medical school in 1991 showed that chemical additives that make plastics last longer
have estrogen stimulating effects on breast cancer cells in the test tube at parts per billion. Plastic test tubes
with a new plastisizer stimulated breast cancer cells to grow wildly. Stanford University professors found a similar
effect from an additive, bis-phenol A, used in polycarbonate water bottles. Bis-phenol A is also used in dental
filling composites. Spanish researchers
even found that some of the varnish sprayed in food cans (to prevent the "metal" taste) leached into
the food. This slightly tainted food contained more than enough estrogen mimicking chemical to stimulate breast
cancer cells in the test tube to grow rapidly. The above chemicals with estrogen mimicking effects are a class
of chemicals known as alkylphenols.
researchers studied a profusion
of hermaphrodite trout in the English rivers. They found that the sewage effluent draining into the river contained detergent breakdown
products that stimulated estrogen receptors
creating the hermaphrodite trout. Sumpter hypothesizes that it could be a single family of chemicals or a mixture of detergents, pesticides and plasticizers. Female trout were found in the rivers. No male trout were found - only trout
halfway between male and female.
alligator populations are having trouble
reproducing because the male penises are too small (blush!). The female alligator ovaries had used up all their
eggs prematurely ("burned out"). Researchers have implicated chemical hormone disrupters.
Agricultural Foreign Estrogens
Agriculture typically uses artificial
estrogen compounds to fatten up cattle and chicken quickly. Estrogen also stimulates the retention of water giving
a heavier weight and tender meat. Some proponents say that the artificial estrogen compounds disappear from the
urine in a matter of days and the animals are then free of artificial hormones. Other opponents say the artificial
estrogens are stored in the fat and then eaten by consumers. The European Union has banned U.S. and Canadian beef
from entering the E.U. for 12 years citing estrogen in the meat and the probable increase of breast cancer. Are
they right? Or merely being protectionist as the U.S. claims.
In 1970's and 1980's, an epidemic of early puberty girls as young as a year old in Puerto Rico began menstruating
after eating meat and dairy products with high amounts of estrogens. Some young boys developed breasts.
15% Girls aged 8 sprouting pubic hair
and breast buds?
Women are now beginning to menstruate in the
United States at age 10. The age of menarche used to be 16. Authorities have insisted that this is normal for a
population with good nutrition. Is it? Herman-Giddons in a landmark study done in 1997 published in Pediatrics
showed that out of 17,000 girls, 15% aged 8 years old began to show signs of puberty in the United States. See
Magazine article! The Time Magazine
article points a finger at chemicals in our environment that mimic estrogen.
study showed that elevated levels of
DDT and PCB were not markedly higher in women that had breast cancer.
An editorial confidently labeled the new concerns as chemical phobia. However, these are only two chemicals. We don't know much
about chemical interactions nor all the other chemicals which are as yet untested.
The Bottom Line
In the last 5-10 years, new research
has shown that certain chemicals in modern society do mimic estrogen in the test tube. These chemicals can come
from sources that we previously thought were inert such as plastics that might be used to package food and detergents.
in the environment also show evidence
of hormone disruption.
Presently, we do not know what these test tube studies mean for us. Human bodies can act differently. Unfortunately,
only a small fraction of chemicals have been tested for estrogen mimicking effects, and these chemicals are active
at infinitesimal small quantities way below what was previously thought to affect humans. Estrogen mimicking chemicals
can also act synergistically to amplify each other or even block each other. This is widely known, but exact synergistic
reactions and levels at which they occur are virtually unknown.
Chemicals in our environment having estrogenic effects known as xenoestrogens are now being investigated by the Environmental Protection
Agency.Since a flurry of research activity in 1999 until the present, scientists are now
realizing that hormones that disrupt estrogen are not the whole story.Testosterone, progesterone,
glucocorticoids (stress hormones), retinoids (infant development) and thyroid hormone systems are also
disrupted. We have only begun to scratch the surface. A specific list is here.