Hormone Health Part Five ::
Xenoestrogens, Weight Gain & Skin Health
Hormone Health Part Five is all about Xenoestrogens, the synthetic Oestrogens found slushing around, in every nook and cranny, within our environment, as well as weight gain and skin health, in particular Acne.
As promised at the end of Hormone Health Part Four I will also cover all of the Phenol containing essential oils for clearing our hormone receptor sites.
In addition, I will cover all of the other essential oils which can rebuild and make our receptor sites responsive to our natural hormones again. I personally believe that we should all be using these essential oils very regularly. And, I also believe we should commit to a lifetime of Milk Thistle use also! (It cleanses the liver!)
Hormone Health Part Five is the fifth article in a long series devoted to modern day hormonal issues and how to rectify them. To find the previous and next articles you can click the links below:
Hormone Health, Artificial Hormones, Weight Gain & Skin Health
As you now know, endocrine disruptors, particularly in the form of Xenoestrogens, are ubiquitous in our environments.
Minuscule exposure to Xenoestrogens, (aka synthetic Oestrogens) can be catastrophic for our hormone health. And, because our hormones are our internal communication system, this is actually realistically catastrophic for our overall health.
Endocrine disruptors can cause harmful effects in both women and men and it’s our Oestrogen receptor sites that are our weakest link.
Oestrogen receptors are considered to be promiscuous, allowing themselves to bind with alien agents that mimic our natural hormones.
Obesogens really are NOT our friends!
But, in some ways, obesity is really the least of our worries. Obesogens have also been linked to birth defects, premature puberty in girls, feminisation of men, as well a rise in Oestrogenic cancers.
Xenoestrogens & Bad Diets – An Unholy Alliance
But, as we have learnt in Hormone Health Part Four, there is a critical dietary factor at play here also!
The two issues combined, poor diet and Xenoestrogen exposure, start to erode our health, until all the outward signs of hormonal disruption finally appear. Up until this point, even though there have been symptoms and associated difficulties, most people fail to act to remedy what’s going on.
This is partly because they don’t recognise what’s going on, but it’s also due to the idea that, if they do nothing, all the symptoms will go away on their own.
There’s also a subconscious sense that seeking advice from Western medical advocates could likely create more problems than it solves. The blind faith, in Western medicine, of the elderly within our society, is certainly not shared by the pre-retirement generations!
Extreme Hormonal Imbalance
Most women only start taking their hormone imbalances seriously when they are experiencing extreme symptoms, that often affect their outward appearance.
Peri-menopausal and Menopausal women may be losing a lot of sleep, gaining weight, having hot flushes and find themselves unable to say a kind word to anyone… (There was a time when words came shooting out of my mouth like bullets… I could floor anyone, from family members, friends and work colleagues, to complete strangers, at a hundred paces!)
A lot of Peri-menopausal and Menopausal women also develop skin conditions, which often afflict our faces, usually presenting as some kind of hormonal Acne…
But, I’m afraid, whilst these symptoms are horrendous, they are, in many ways, the least of our worries!
Many Things Cause Extreme Hormone Issues
Xenoestrogens, Phthalates, processed foods with additives, high levels of stress, too much digital device exposure, insufficient sleep, heavy metal toxicity and environmental allergens can all be disrupting our hormones in such a way that they are likely to promote diseases as well as increasing fat storage in our bodies. We all need to get the following out of our environments, to the best of our abilities, if we are to stand a chance of regaining hormonal normalcy in our lives.
Because hormone disruption is such a serious condition please help me share this information with as many people as possible. Please post it on social media and email it to friends and family. It’s particularly important to get the information to parents of young children as well as those showing overt signs of hormone disruption.
Fasting, Hormones and Skin with Dr. Felice L. Gersh
People can have allergies to animals, dust, mould and very commonly foods.
The two main food groups that cause hormonal disruption and lead to a lot of unpleasant side-effects, (skin problems, weight gain, Asthma, auto-immune conditions like Eczema and Psoriasis etc…) are dairy and grains.
*I also think legumes are a problem for an increasing number of people… I certainly can’t go anywhere near them. Lentils are my dementals!!!
Legumes are all peas and beans as well as lentils. This includes chickpeas, and, believe it or not, peanuts! (As the name suggests, peanuts are legumes!)
Peanuts aren’t the only ‘nuts’ that aren’t really nuts… Walnuts, almonds, and cashews are actually drupes.
…drupes (from the Greek dryppa, meaning “tree-ripened”)… are fruit with a fleshy outer coating enclosing a hard shell containing a seed: almonds, walnuts, olives, dates, coffee [and] coconut” are all drupes.
Nuts are confusing… and, unsurprisingly the internet is awash with conflicting information…
Nuts are defined as a simple, dry fruit with one seed (very occasionally two) in which the seed case wall becomes very hard at maturity. True nuts include pecan, sweet chestnut, beech, acorns, hazel, hornbeam and alder. Peanuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, horse chestnuts and pine nuts are not nuts.
This quote and the one above are from The Telegraph
Needless to say, plenty of people have nut allergies as well as allergies to legumes… but, less people actually have allergies to nuts when we put peanuts in the correct context. As peanuts are a legume, a lot of people that are potentially at risk of death, after the consumption of peanuts, may not have a problem with real nuts in the slightest.
Acne & Cystic Acne
I am meeting increasing numbers of teenage girls and boys who have serious Acne outbreaks. It’s heart-wrenching for me, because I know, before I ask, most of them will be on long-term antibiotics. This really breaks my heart, because, not only is this wantonly unnecessary, the damage the antibiotics are doing to these young people’s guts is catastrophic!
As mentioned in Hormone Health Part Two, the gut is critically important for hormone health, and hormone health is almost always reflected in the skin.
Curing Acne With Diet
Hormones are all about gut health. And, skin problems are usually all about hormonal upheaval.
Eliminating dairy and grains from the diet is usually enough to clear up even the worst case of Acne!!!
*Eggs can also cause big problems, but it’s best to start by eliminating dairy and grains to begin with, and if problems persist a month or two down the road, then try eliminating eggs too.
***Sugar is the worst neuro-toxin going, (think early onset dementia and you’ll know what I mean by neuro-toxin!) Sugar also destroys the microbiome, and so it stands to reason that we should cut out sugar from our diet in the main. (There’s LOADS of hidden sugar in processed food… and there’s LOADS of chemicals too… Sadly, it is very unlikely that you will be in any way well if you don’t start cooking your food from scratch. This means fresh produce and good quality Organic grass-fed protein sources.
****All of the chemicals in foods are there for the benefit of the manufacturer… NOT YOU! The colours and flavour enhancers are used so you’ll think that what you’re eating is the best option available in terms of pleasure delivery… and all the preservatives are to extend shelf life… keeping food that would normally be putrefied, somehow edible, without giving you a mould or bacteria induced case of food poisoning.
Why Are So Many Teenagers Suffering From Acne?
Getting back to all the young people I see that are clearly in so much trouble dietarily, and consequently hormonally, which is so evident in their skin… I also know, before asking that most of these heavily afflicted young people will have come into the world via C section, (Caesarean section), thereby missing the first, and most important inoculation of their mother’s immune system / microbiome. A natural birth allows babies to come into contact with their mother’s immune system via the birth canal, but obviously, C section babies do not have this exposure.
I also know, that a lot of C section babies miss out on being breast fed also, which is another vital way in which the immune system in babies is built up.
This, of course, means that the digestive systems of these children are severely compromised, because the microbiome they should have received from their mother is missing. As our microbiomes, (aka the friendly bacteria that resides in our gut), forms about 80% of our immune system… And, because our guts are responsible for regulating and producing a lot of our hormones, these significant deficiencies in our microbiomes lead to all manner of problems.
All Auto-Immune Conditions Start In The Gut!
There is a growing number of health professionals who refuse to clamp and cut the umbilical cord of a newborn. Important nutrients, stem cells and immunity are still being past to the newborn after birth. Instead, they are waiting for it to naturally fall off as it does in nature.
The first inoculation of a newborn’s microbiome takes place in the birth canal, and it is further established through the umbilical chord and then through breast feeding.
C section babies who have their umbilical chords immediately clamped, who are then not breast fed are the most likely to grow up with gut problems, which will present as obesity issues, hormonal issues and cognitive issues.
These symptoms are very likely to develop into autoimmune problems later on in life, especially if the individuals in question eat a modern Western diet.
This information is very little known. Please share it with anyone you know who will benefit from it.
Antibiotics & Acne
I believe that Western medicine will be declared a crime against humanity before too long! If Acne is a symptom of gravely deficient gut bacteria, then the prescribing of long term antibiotics to treat Acne is utterly INSANE!
More information about how profoundly damaging antibiotics are :: Antibiotic Use Is Evil :: & Why We Mustn’t Eat Farmed Fish
Antibiotics destroy bacteria indiscriminately in the body. This means that our microbiomes are all but destroyed after taking antibiotics. (And we wonder why we are besieged by autoimmune diseases these days!!!)
Conversely, because essential oils are effectively the immune systems of the plants they oils are derived from, essential oils only destroy pathogenic bacteria, preserving the good bacteria that humans and plants both need for survival!
This is why Oregano Essential Oil, which is antibacterial, AS WELL AS anti-viral and anti-fungal is the panacea of the future.
Antibiotics only do one thing, and they do it horrendously! Please share this on social media so that more people can find the information they desperately need. Every course of antibiotics we are glibly prescribed puts another nail in our coffin, and extends the period of dreadfully poor quality of life before we finally stagger, limply into our graves!
Hormonal Birth Control & Acne
Birth control and Acne is a BIG issue!
Our bodies do NOT like anything synthetic… And, for sure, they don’t like daily doses of synthetic hormones. A lot of people show signs of rejection through developing hormonal birth control induced Acne.
Hormonal birth control can also be difficult to discontinue. IUD’s with slow release synthetic hormones, that are meant to slow-release synthetic hormones over a five year period, are a permanent fixtures within many women’s wombs.
***When Marina Coils malfunction the results are appalling! YouTube is littered with women testifying to their lives being destroyed by malfunctioning Marina Coils.
The following video discusses the issues with Marina Coil as well as hormonal birth control Acne, and the protocols to improve outbreaks.
Gut Health & Migraines
As a bit of an interesting aside, but relevant all the same… a couple I met earlier on in the year, returned to tell me of what had happened after they had dutifully read a book I had recommended: The Plant Paradox by Steven R Gundry. (I beseeched them to write in and tell the story themselves, but like so many others, they agreed to do so and then they left, insisting that they would write soon… but never did.) However, the story of the woman, who looked amazingly well on their second visit, is too important for it not to be told.
This woman had suffered from very frequent migraines for many, many years. And, like all migraines, they were incredibly debilitating. So, when the migraines struck it meant that all commitments had to be cancelled.
The couple had tried every means of “conventional’ help, but none of the pills did anything. However, after adopting the Steven R Gundry diet, which excludes dairy and grains, there had not been a single migraine since.
*Steven R Gundry also advocates only eating local seasonal food, when in season, and he tells us to eliminate seeds from our diet.
So, from regular migraines to NONE AT ALL! That’s really something isn’t it!?!
***Mould and yeast infections can cause migraines, and a no-sugar, no-grain diet will starve mould and yeast, which may be the reason this particular lady recovered from recurrent migraines.
Our diets are massively important!
*However, despite Steven R Gundry’s view that all seeds should be excluded from our diets, in Hormone Health Part Six I will explain why there’s no way I’ll be giving up Flaxseeds any time soon!
These days, it’s much more widely understood that stress is a killer. Many complementary therapists, who really know their stuff, are now citing stress as the leading cause of serious illness.
Some stress is vitally important for us. Our bodies are designed to respond well to short-lived assailable forms of stress. However, much of the stress we now have to endure, within the modern world, looks very different to the forms of stress our bodies were designed to respond well to in eras past.
Stress, nowadays, tends to be chronic, and it tends to be insurmountable unless big sacrifices are made. But, increasing numbers of people have become so unwell with these consistent forms of stress, usually from work etc, that they are jacking in their jobs, taking a major income cut, and ultimately regaining their health.
I’ve already written at length about EMF, and so I won’t elaborate here. Just follow the links for more information if you’d like to know more.
There is also information about Dirty Energy and Blue Screen Radiation, which are all sources of stress in our lives.
Now to the Xenoestrogens…
Hormone Disrupting Chemicals In Our Skincare
There are some egregiously damaging ingredients in our skincare products. So much so, in fact, they should be called skin-harm products, and not skin-care products!!
Many skincare ingredients, which are some of the most widely used endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the world today, (or EDCs), like the ubiquitous phthalates and triclosan in soaps, have already been documented in Skincare Ingredients To Avoid.
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
There are even hormone disrupting compounds, like PCB’s, in practically all the fish in the sea. Many Nutritionists and Naturopaths are now saying it isn’t safe to consume any fish at all. This is also due to heavy metals being found in most fish.
We have released in excess of 85,000 chemicals into our environment since the turn of the last century… disease rates are suggesting this was a really bad idea!
Serious Diseases Cause Weight Gain
There is an ever increasing amount of scientific proof supporting the role of endocrine disruptors in many serious diseases.
But, aside from endocrine disruptors being a known cause of premature death, it’s their impact on our quality of life before we finally succumb to our own mortality, which is particularly distressing…
There are so many debilitating conditions, all of which are autoimmune in origin, like MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis etc, etc… making the final ten or so years of most people’s lives, these days, pretty pain-filled, gravely emotionally challenging and by and large, pitifully unrewarding from a physical, mental and emotional standpoint.
Because these conditions also affect our mental capacities also, there is often a considerable decline in mental fulfilment…
Obesity & Diabetes
Obesity and diabetes are now considered to be a much more broad-spectrum problem. Sugar consumption is deemed only one of many contributory factors. But because insulin, the hormone used to process sugar in our bodies, is integral to our hormonal system, sugar has a direct impact on our hormonal balance.
There’s no denying that anything which promotes an insulin response in the body converts our bodies into a fat storing machine. This is why, when people cut sugar out of their diet, for a minimum of thirty days, their bodies revert back to their natural state… that being a fat burning system!
*If you want to lose weight this is the key way to doing it.
Fat doesn’t make us fat! Fat only makes us fat if we eat sugar and processed carbohydrates! (And, yes! Alcohol is a sugar to the body too!)
Converting the body to fat burning and intermittent fasting are the only two ways of losing weight.
***All the fat clubs like Slimming World etc are all part of the taxation system of the obese. (Higher prices for things like Lean Cuisine compared to their higher fat content alternatives is another.)
*****Low fat means high sugar! Eat full fat everything! But, avoid unhealthy fats at all costs.
*******Saturated fats are healthy. Manmade saturated fats are deathly! Palm Oil is also heart attack-central… and it’s practically in all factory made baked goods.
**********Palm oil is a flavour enhancer just like the horrendously neuro-toxic and endocrine-disrupting MSG. Both of these ingredients make cheap, nasty and unhealthy ingredients taste edible.
But, it’s not only food that’s an issue here. Environmental toxins are also definitely at play in these conditions… and others… Xenoestrogens are definitely helping to make us fat, and actually prevent us from losing weight.
I have covered weight loss issues coupled with endocrine disruption in a later article in the series… Suffice to say here, when our hormones are out of whack it is almost impossible to lose weight.
It these instances, people who workout to keep body fat in check are having the opposite result.
Working out is stressful to the body, and because stress is an endocrine disruptor, working out, instead of shedding the pounds, actually helps us load them on.
It’s only when our hormones are in balance, (which means that we have all of our sources of stress completely under control), can we actually shed the pounds.
***And, don’t forget, our belly fat actually produces Oestrogens all on it’s ownsome… which is why I need to devote an entire article to the issue of hormone balance and weight loss! it’s a very, very complex issue! *****Give me a prod if I don’t deliver this article ready for our renewed health kicks in the New Year! Obviously this article in the series will be of utmost importance by then!
GreenMedInfo.com is a search engine for health based scientific research, making it a great place to go for more information on scientific, peer reviewed studies which are being published all the time.
Neurological conditions, including Alzheimers and early onset dementia, (that I was definitely beginning to suffer from four or five years ago), in my case was caused by an over-indulgence in all of the wrong things:
- Electronic devices
- All manner of environmental toxins, ranging from plastics to household chemicals from cleaning products…
- All of these were compounded by high levels of inactivity. I was a wreck!
A Few Endocrine Disrupting Diseases
Female reproductive disorders
- Breast cancer
- Male reproductive disorders
- Prostate cancer
Disease With No Gender Preference
- Immune impairment
- Auto-immune conditions – now over 80 debilitating conditions!
- Liver cancer
- Thyroid disorders (although, women are 8 times more likely to contract Thyroid issues)
Foods That Clear Cell Receptor Sites
Cruciferous vegetables are immensely important. We should try to eat a leafy green vegetable, like Kale, every day, along with the other, more stocky, cruciferous veg, which include:
- Brussels sprouts
These vegetables provide the nutrients which permit our livers to pull Xenoestrogenic chemicals into the liver for processing. Here the Xenoestrogens are dismantled and deactivated ready for expulsion from the body.
Simply eating these foods will likely be enough if you have a clean-living lifestyle… but for many, using essential oils is becoming increasingly necessary.
Those that go down the contraceptive pill and HRT route to regulate their hormones are not only increasing the risk of fatal health conditions, but are also exposing everyone else to increased risks. Like antibiotics, synthetic hormones never get broken down by the body. This means that they are released back into our water supply in exactly the same form in which they entered the body.
Synthetic hormones are as disastrous as antibiotics. Just watch this video interview with Jolene Brighten to see what taking The Pill will do to you whilst on it, and the aftermath that will likely follow taking The Pill…
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And finally… Now to the essential oils containing Phenols I promised to tell you about in my last article…
Essential oils with phenols tend to be the ones that can cause skin irritation. This is why Wild As The Wind has developed a Phenol blend of oils, recommended for use every third day. However, if you are an experienced user of essential oils, you may want to make your own Phenol blend.
Xenoestrogens attach themselves to our cell receptor sites and refuse to let go. This is why we need to eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables and use essential oils with Phenols in them to keep our receptor sites clear.
Without clear cell receptor sites for our natural hormones to dock, we will inevitably suffer from an hormone imbalance.
Phenol containing essential oils are comprised of smaller compounds than are found in other essential oils.
The following essential oils all contain Phenols in varying amounts…
- Star Anise Essential Oil
- Clove Essential Oil
- Basil Essential Oil
- Oregano Essential Oil
- Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Thyme Essential Oil
- Calamus or Cane Essential Oil
- Cassia Essential Oil
- Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Wintergreen Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Tarragon Essential Oil
- Fennel Essential Oil
Most of the essential oils mentioned in this article are available from the Wild As The Wind Online Shop:
Rebuilding Cell Receptor Sites
After the Phenols come the Sesquiterpenes!
The essential oils containing Sesquiterpenes help to repair damaged cell receptor sites. Xenoestrogens are the main culprits in causing damage to the cell receptor sites, but heavy metals are rather partial to crashing around and causing them damage also.
Oestrogen mimicking Xenoestrogens don’t really fit in the cell receptor sites like natural Oestrogens do, and so they damage the docking area.
Sesquiterpenes containing essential oils include…
- Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- Sandalwood Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Ginger Essential Oil
- Myrrh Essential Oil
- Patchouli Essential Oil
- Vetiver Essential Oil
- Yarrow Essential Oil
- Melissa Essential Oil
- Cedarwood Essential Oil
- German Chamomile Essential Oil
All of the aromatherapy oils in this list are available from the Wild As The Wind Online Shop:
Here’s a partial list of the Sesquiterpenes content of some of the principle oils in Wild As The Wind face oils and hormone balancing blends.
Black Pepper Essential Oil 74%
Patchouli Essential Oil 71% (FACIAL OIL No. 2)
Myrrh Essential Oil 62% (FACIAL OIL No. 2)
Ginger Essential Oil 59% (Cellulite Vanishing Essential Oils)
Frankincense Essential Oil 8% (FACIAL OIL No. 2)
Other significant sources of Sesquiterpenes available from the Wild As The Wind Online Shop:
Vetiver Essential Oil 97%
Spikenard Essential Oil 93%
We recommend FACIAL OIL No. 2 for this phase in the cell receptor site clean up process, as it contains several essential oils that are rich in Sesquiterpenes.
Reprogramming With Monoterpenes
The final phase involves the reprogramming of the cell receptor sites. This reminds the hormone cell receptor sites to be receptive to our natural hormones.
Most essential oils contain Monoterpenes which are vital for reprogramming cell receptor sites.
Monoterpenes inhibit the accumulation of toxins within the body and help to eliminate existing toxins from the liver and kidneys. Particularly good sources of Monoterpenes are the citrus essential oils, (with the exception of Bergamot Essential Oil), as well as the Evergreen Oils.
Black Pepper Essential Oil, Angelica Essential Oil, and Nutmeg Essential Oil, are also particularly potent sources of Monoterpenes.
Applying Hormone Balancing Essential Oils
Applying the various hormone blends whilst out and about can be done via the pulse points on the wrist. This is where our blood vessels are closest to the surface of the skin. Place two or three drops on one of your wrists, and with the other rub vigorously. Heat improves absorption and speeds up the process.
When at home the ideal area of application has to be the feet. Applying the essential oil blends to the base of the feet means that the greatest amount of nerve endings of our bodies are accessed.
Here’s a video created by a mildly annoying, but highly knowledgeable, person for health practitioners. However, if you have read all of the articles in this series so far, then you will likely know more than most practitioners at this point. So, this video is for you too!!
It’s exceptionally useful, and it’s only 11 minutes long.
Estrogen Detoxification and Methylation
The next video is with Dr Eric Berg and is incredibly information packed, and therefore really, really useful. Dr Eric Berg has his annoying traits too… but, let’s face it… don’t we all!?!
This video is vital viewing!!! And, it’s only 17 minutes long! You’ll be glad you watched it! 🙂
Understanding the Menstrual Cycle and Oestrogen Dominance
The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.
Deepen your knowledge by using the Wild As The Wind Recommended Resources
Another resource you may find useful can be found by following the link below. *Please note, I use sources from the Recommended Resources list as well as sources from the Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources list when researching articles for the Wild As The Wind Blog.
Wild As The Wind use a number of resources when deciding which essential oil formulas to put together for optimal healing and efficacy, as well as to support any health claims we may make.
We use the industry ‘bible’ on essential oil safety: Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals [2nd Edition] by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, to establish the safety of the Wild As The Wind formulations.
We owe a particular debt to GreenMedInfo, and, of course, the teachings of Penny Price and Patricia Davis.
Many of the scientific studies used to inform the claims made on this website are via GreenMedInfo, as well as via Dr. Josh Axe, Ty Bollinger on the Truth About Cancer website as well as, on the odd occasion, Dr. Eric Zielinski
Other resources include:
- Robert Tisserand
- Dr. Robert Pappas