Estrogen is a Woman's Friend, Not Her
by Barbara Minton
all TBYIL articles by Barbara Minton
(The Best Years in Life)
Have you figured out how the medical
establishment works? If you have, you
will know that it poo-poos just about
everything that leads to real long
lasting good health, because there is no
money to be made when people are
healthy. For example, it says all foods
are the same and the only thing that
matters is calories, meaning that half a
cup of Cool Whip is equal in food value
to a half cup of blueberries because
they both have the same amount of
calories. And that's just what it does
to steroid hormones too, trying to
convince us that our hormones cause
disease and are our enemies. So for the
record, let's take a good look at these
hormones that are supposed to be so bad
for us, starting with estrogen.
Before we get specific, it's
good to know that the human body is a lot like an orchestra - when all of its
hormones are working together and functioning as they should, the body makes
beautiful music. But if a some hormones are completely missing or have taken
the day off, the music doesn't sound so good. Get enough cacophony going and
the orchestra leader will get fired and the body will develop degenerative
Many people think estrogen is
the most abundant hormone in females, but that is simply not true. Testosterone
is the most abundant hormone in females just as it is in males. The ratio of
testosterone to estrogen in females is about 12 to 1. Though the amount of
estrogen is tiny, it is a mighty hormone that creates the essence of
Estrogen shapes the uniqueness
of a woman's mind, emotions and body. It powers the menstrual cycle, the
transformation from childhood to womanhood, and it sets the stage for implanting
and nourishing the early embryo.
Estrogen makes a woman feel
sensual, bringing fullness to the breasts, clarity to the mind, and moisture to
the vagina. Estrogen is the basis of female pride, vitality and sensuality. It
is the reason women spend so much time and money trying to make themselves look
good. When estrogen levels begin to drop, usually in the early 40's, this
female essence begins to disappear.
More than 300 systems in the
body are affected by estrogen in a major way. Estrogen impacts skeleton,
urinary tract, circulatory system, brain, heart, kidneys, liver, and a whole lot
Estrogen has three primary
The word 'estrogen' actually
describes a broad category that has three primary members, estradiol, estriol
is created by the conversion of
androstenedione to estrone, which then converts to estradiol, and also by the
conversion of testosterone to estradiol, illustrating the ability of the steroid
hormones to easily morph into different forms. Estradiol is produced in the
ovaries and to a lesser extent in the adrenal glands and the arterial walls.
Estradiol is by far the most aggressive of all the estrogens.
Estradiol functions as a growth
hormone and it is responsible for the development of breasts and a curvy body.
It also affects joints and fat deposition, skin composition, and the quality and
amount of bone. Estradiol is absolutely essential for cognitive functioning,
memory, and a good night's sleep. And it is what gives a woman softness, a full
head of shiny hair, and the radiance that attracts.
Fluctuating levels and periods
of sustained low levels of estradiol have been correlated with anxiety, panic
attacks, insomnia and depression. The sudden withdrawal of estradiol following
hysterectomy creates total havoc in the body.
Although mainstream medicine
has made estadiol the scapegoat for breast cancer, it has been repeatedly shown
in studies that estrodiol is highly protective of breast tissue when balanced
with optimal levels of progesterone and testosterone.
is the guardian of DNA, according to Dr. John Lee from the Harvard Medical
School, the man who has told women so much about themselves. It is made in the
placenta during pregnancy. Throughout the time when the developing embryo is
being differentiated into hands, feet, brain, eyeballs and all the rest, estriol
levels are surging.
Several years ago estriol was
shown in a five year clinical trial to be highly protective against cancers of
the breast and uterus. The researchers credited this effect to its ability to
induce a more mature state of glandular cells, making them resistive to damage
from chemicals and radiation. It is through this mechanism that early pregnancy
is known to convey as much as a 70 percent reduction in the occurrence of breast
cancer later in life.
Researchers at the University
of California at Los Angles have discovered that estriol significantly reduces
symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), one of the diseases that strike women when
hormone levels decline.
is referred to as 'old lady estrogen' because it is the only form of estrogen
present in noticeable quantity in women that have completed menopause. Most
estrone is made in belly fat, although small amounts are made in the adrenal
Ideally, estrone exists in the
ratio of 1 to 2 with estradiol. But as women age and estradiol levels fall,
estrone is no longer balanced, setting the stage for the development of breast
The average age at diagnosis of
breast cancer is 60, just at the time estrone is running the show all by itself.
When the National Cancer Institute says the biggest risk for breast cancer is
getting old, they are referring to the loss of estradiol and the resulting
dominance of estrone. But the funny thing here is the fact that they don't
recommend restoring estradiol and the other steroid hormones to the levels had
by young and healthy women. Probably too much money at sake.
If you would like to learn more
about estrogen and other steroid hormones, many of the leading specialists in
anti-aging medicine have highly informative websites. These are some of the
Replacing Lost Hormones is the
Greatest Gift You can Give Yourself
Understand the Great Importance of
Hormones to Your Health
The Whole Truth about Bioidentical
It's Time to Stop Being Afraid of
Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.
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