There is a vast pandemic of estrogen and xenoestrogen dominance in many of our bodies and ecosystem. Very few practitioners understand this problem but the evidence is quite easily seen:
- Significant drops (50%) in men’s sperm counts in the past 50 years. https://www.jpost.com/science/article-722480
- Gender confusion disorders–so predominant and political that no one wants to look at the root causes of it–such as microplastics (xenoestrogens). The average human eats a credit card per week of plastics. https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/31/us/microplastic-credit-card-per-week/index.html
- Fat soluble estrogen-like compounds, now widespread, such as viral toxins or vaccines which also lead to gender dysphoria, drops in testosterone, decreased sex drive, sterility, amenorrhea, PMS, stroke, cardiac myopathies, etc. https://encyclopedia.pub/entry/3281
- Dramatic rising cases of hormonal based cancers such as breast cancer. https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2022/09/researchers-report-dramatic-rise-in-early-onset-cancers/
- Toxins in the ecosystem: solvents, gasoline, fracking waste, phylates, BPA, pesticides all act like xenoestrogens.
- Widespread obesity as an epidemic–most all belly-fat is due to estrogens or xenoestrogens.
No one likes belly fat since it usually is a reflection of overall elevated weight. Phrases like “pot belly,” “beer belly,” or “apple shaped” impact both our self‐image and our relationship to others. While genetics definitely has some effect, evolutionary forces are also at work here. Does the pattern of fat deposition suggest additional health risks? Why do women seem to preferentially gain belly fat during menopause?
Obesity is indeed a byproduct of evolution. The Paleolithic diet needed to support foraging and chasing down wild animals for food (and thus survival) consisted of red meat, fish, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. This diet was low in carbohydrates and high in proteins and micronutrients. In addition, the Paleolithic lifestyle was very active. In contrast, the industrial revolution brought with it cheap transportation, time‐saving machines, high‐glycemic prepackaged foods, and resultant obesity.
Unfortunately, fat deposition patterns can reflect health risks. Our superficial fat carries little health risk apart from impacting our psyche and our joints. It is the visceral fat around our internal organs and blood vessels that produces the inflammatory proteins that generate the major health risks of obesity. These intra‐abdominal fat cells with a direct effect on the liver are linked to the metabolic syndrome with a higher risk of diabetes mellitus, elevated cholesterol and lipids, and resultant cardiovascular disease.
Fat deposition changes with age and sex. Weight gain and fat deposition are similar in boys and girls until puberty. As adolescents, with boys having higher testosterone levels and girls having higher estrogen levels, girls begin to have a higher percentage of body fat. Testosterone causes higher muscle‐to‐fat ratios as well as its more masculinizing effects. Estrogen causes a typical female fat distribution pattern in breasts, buttocks, and thighs, as well as its more feminizing effects. During the reproductive years, women get additional fat deposition in the pelvis, buttocks, thighs, and breasts to provide an energy source for eventual pregnancy and lactation.
While many patients may not be officially “Estrogen Dominance” because of the massive load of xenoestrogens and inability to detox estrogen well, they display classic symptoms of estrogen dominance. See https://chapelhillgynecology.com/signs-of-estrogen-dominance/
- Mood swings
- Decreased sex drive
- Worsening PMS
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Heavy periods
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Trouble sleeping
- Fertility Issues
- Memory problems or mental fog
- Hot flashes or night sweats
Most of my male and female patients need the Diva Detox, along with a low glycemic diets, because of the estrogen pandemic in our culture. https://divaformulas.com/product/diva-detox/
If your curious if you may be estrogen dominant or struggle with detoxing, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hughes by calling 970-927-0308.