Endocrine Disruptors

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.

Common sources of 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.
  • Petrochemically-derived pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
  • Solvents and adhesives (as in fingernail polish and polish remover, glue, cleaning supplies).
  • Car exhaust.
  • Emulsifiers found in soaps and cosmetics.
  • Almost all plastics, given off especially when plastics become hot or are heated.
  • Industrial wastes such as polychlorinated biphenyls(PCBs) and dioxins. 


 Disorders related to Xenohormone exposure

  • Increase in reproductive-site cancers (breast, uterine, & ovarian).
  • Decreased fertility.
  • Increased PMS problems.
  • estrogen dominance epidemic.

NOTE: You can absorb xenohormones by ingestion, inhalation and direct skin contact.

What You can do to minimize Xenohormone exposure

  • Avoid all synthetic and horse hormones (oral contraceptives and conventional HRT).
  • Eat organic meat and dairy, and/or avoid the fat of non-organic meat and dairy (this is where the xenohormones, xenoestrogens and endocrine disruptors will concentrate).
  • Decrease or stop all conventional pesticides, lawn and garden chemicals, etc. (use natural instead). Don't contract with conventional lawn services that use these sprays (most do); they are extremely toxic, and full of xenohormones and are endocrine disruptors.
  • Wear protective gloves and clothing when in contact with any glues, solvents, cleaning solutions, etc., that contain xenohormones and are endocrine disruptors.
  • Buy cosmetics without phthalates a known xenohormones.
  • Avoid particle-board, synthetic-fiber carpets and fake woods and canned goods that may be lined with Bisphenol as much as possible. (Those chemicals you smell are toxins and known xenohormones.)
  • Ventilate properly when in contact with any of these materials. (Think ahead; for example, if you do install synthetic-fiber carpets, do so when the windows can be opened-it takes months to out-gas the chemical.)

Estrogen dominance is when your body has excess estrogen in relation to the amount of progesterone.This almost always occurs when women have used birth control and are exposed to exogenous sources of "estrogen like" chemicals/xenohormones.  estrogen dominance can be reduced by supplementing with Bioidentical progesterone cream and by reducing your exposure to environmental xenoestrogens or other known xenohormones.

Consider our Elements Testing as well as  compehensive hormone testing.


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