What Is Estrogen Dominance?
The term estrogen dominance was coined by the late Dr. John Lee who was a pioneering medical doctor specializing in natural hormone balance and shed light on xenoestrogens (synthetic chemical compounds in everyday items that imitate estrogen).
He warned us about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and birth control, but synthetic hormones became a billion dollar industry because it was a quick solution.
Synthetic progesterone's task is to balance out the estrogen and requires patients to come back on a consistent basis.
You can't blame them for coming up with this profitable business model, but how did this affect your body?
As estrogen therapy was pushed, more and more people were given something called unopposed estrogen (estrogen therapy alone without progesterone and is associated with an increase in the risk of endometrial cancer).
This is what caused ESTROGEN DOMINANCE and a lot of hysterectomies as a result.
In a normal menstrual cycle, estrogen is the dominant hormone up until ovulation (usually around day 14) at which point progesterone becomes the dominant hormone until the period.
Progesterone rises to increase the stores of magnesium, zinc and vitamin B6.
Progesterone is also responsible for bringing down the copper which gradually rises to a mid cycle peak, in harmony to the rising peak of estrogen.
In a perfect healthy hormonal cycle, copper does not bio-accumulate if progesterone kicks in properly.
The effect of xenoestrogens from the synthetic hormones such as HRT and birth control, along with petrochemicals, pesticides, metals, plastics, antibiotics, and hormones from the food industry shift the baseline of total estrogens upward.
Copper never returns to its baseline, and period after period, year after year, the copper bio-accumulates because xenoestrogens reduce the excretion rate of copper from the body.
This is a complete medical nightmare because all estrogens (age-related estrogens, phyto-estogens, and xenoestrogens) cause copper accumulation, and we are just adding more and more everyday!
The repercussions of this estrogen dominance has manifested in our population today as this copper toxicity syndrome.
These xenoestrogens (especially the pesticides) have been classified as carcinogens.
High amounts of copper (which disables vitamin C, vitamin E, as well as zinc, magnesium, and iron) coupled with intracellular carcinogens might help explain the horrific health in this country.