A Journey from Darkness – Week 1

I am not a morning person but am required to be on my A-game as early as 6 or 7. My breakfast of choice is a large black dark roast with 3 sugars. No time for food.

I see a lot of my colleagues eating protein bars, power bars and all kind of nut cluster looking things. I ask Cat if this is my destiny. I quickly learn that they contain the devil – sugar in many guises.

I have had some blood work done – running the gamut from blood type to a hormone panel.

Cat advises in my case (she is all about bio-individuality) that I am going to replace sugar with substance and work towards a real breakfast. This week I mastered a poached egg – this is huge for me.

I like this – nothing to radical. I am afraid if I go cold turkey I may have more emotional outbursts and I am out of second and third chances.Continue reading

Xenohormones Part II – Good Riddance!

In follow up to last week’s post, here are some common practices that will prevent you ingesting or coming into contact with xenohormones:

• Avoid all synthetic oral contraceptives and conventional HRT.
• Eat certified organic meat and dairy as much as possible.
• Eliminate all conventional pesticides, lawn and garden chemicals, etc. (use natural options).
• The same goes for solvents and cleaners in the home – there are many natural options to choose from.
• Wash your clothes in the most simple form of detergent and instead of fabric softener use white vinegar.
• Buy cosmetics and skin care products without xenohormones and avoid parabens commonly found in lotions.
• Avoid particle-board, synthetic-fiber carpets and fake woods as much as possible.
• Use glass or ceramics whenever possible to store food and water.
• Heat food up in the microwave in glass or ceramic covered dish or reheat food the old fashioned way.
• Try to wear clothes made of natural fibres.

Try to change each of these one at a time. Notice the effects on your health and those around you. Remember, you have been ingesting and been in contact with xenohormones for years – so it will take time to see a positive result. Make these changes permanent.

Xenohormones – Part 1: What the heck are they?

Hormones are a very hot and sexy topic right now. A lot of articles, books, and talk shows have spoken about xenohormones – but never in ways to truly educate a patient on a level that makes immediate sense.

Let’s break it down:

1. What are they? Xenohormones are man-made substances that are foreign to the body and have a hormone-like effect. Most xenohormones have an estrogen-like effect and so are sometimes called xenoestrogens.

2. What are the common sources for xenohormones?
• Synthetic estrogens and progestins, as are found in oral contraceptives and conventional hormone replacement therapies.
• All American-grown, non-organic livestock, which are fed estrogenic drugs to fatten them.
• Petrochemical-derived pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.
• Solvents and adhesives.
• Car exhaust.
• Emulsifiers found in soaps and cosmetics.
• Almost all plastics, especially those that are heated.
• Industrial wastes such as PCBs and dioxins.

3. How do we absorb xenohormones? You can ingest, inhale and by direct skin contact.

4. What do they actually do that is harmful to the body? They contribute to many reproductive disorders, reproductive cancers, and fertility issues.

5. How about men – are they affected? Yes, xenohormones affect sperm count, testosterone levels, and contribute to a host of growing endocrine disorders.

6. Xenohormones affect fetus development and puberty in children.

Now that you are better informed about xenohormones, stay tuned for Part II next week: Xenohormones – Good Riddance.