Dynamic Chiropractic – April 23, 2001, Vol. 19, Issue 09

The Estrogen Industry

By Cal Streeter, DO and Michael Epitropoulos, DC,PhD
How many female patients visit your office while on some type of estrogen replacement therapy? The numbers are certainly staggering nationally. It is another example of a huge industry firmly established over time by the pharmaceutical industry.
Recently, there has been a move to finally place estrogen on the list of possible cancer-causing risks. Why has it taken so long? Women have always been told of the so-called "benefits" of estrogen replacement therapy, but the risks have been downplayed.

Why are so many women experiencing symptoms of estrogen excess or progesterone deficiency?

Most of our commercial-animal proteins (beef, pork and chicken) have been hurried to market and fattened by the use of hormones. When humans eat these foods, especially from fast food restaurants, they are the recipients of the same hormones that fattened the animals or birds from which the meat came. When this happens to women, they do not have enough progesterone to offset the estrogen they produce, plus what meat gives them; thus the increased problems with fibroids; breast swelling; weight gain; menstrual problems; water retention; endometriosis; uterine and breast cancer, etc.

There are pesticides and herbicides called xenoestrogens that come from a petroleum source. These are said by many experts to be in such minute amounts that they are not a serious problem. However, they have been found to be a million times more potent than estrogens normally produced by women. As a result, people face problems with commercial and nonorganic vegetables; fruits; herbs; grains; milk; and meat from animals that grazed and drank from water where pesticides and herbicides were used.

When women reach their late 30s and early 40s, most stop ovulating with each cycle. Without ovulation there is little or no progesterone production, thus women become estrogen-dominant at this stage in their life. When this occurs, many of these women experience even more problems than those who were estrogen-dominant through their childbearing years. Since they have not had to deal with the estrogen dominance before when weight gain, headaches, emotional ups and downs, menstrual difficulties, and many of the other associated symptoms appeared, these ladies have been frustrated, angry, and all too often misunderstood and mistreated.

We continue to see women on HRT that are taking "horse" estrogen without any progesterone to cover the estrogen excess that this has created. Most of these women simply trusted their physicians and the government watchdogs that were supposed to protect them. They've either forgotten to read or didn't take seriously the warnings that accompanied their hormone prescriptions.

When will we begin protecting the general public from commercial chemicals, and unnatural pharmaceutical preparations? Is the almighty dollar and economic success more important than the life and health of American citizens? With more than 80 percent of the breast cancers found and removed from women being estrogen-receptor-sensitive, it really doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what causes the problems.

Maybe women so affected should legally attack the cause, rather than the medical physicians that are trying to help the patient after the damage is done. A message needs to be sent to the pharmaceutical industry. If the cigarette manufacturers are held liable for lung cancer, why not hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for breast, cervical and uterine cancers?

Michael Epitropoulos,DC,PhD
Flagler Beach, Florida
(800) 828-3057

Wilbert Streeter,DO
Portage, Michigan
(219) 875-4898

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