Woman and Hormones

Janet Nagel

Hormonal problems like Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome have increased from 1 in 50 before the last World War to 1 in 5.  This is also the same with breast and prostate cancers, often caused by errant hormones.  What has happened to cause this dramatic increase?

Many man made chemical and environmental pollutants cause endocrine and hormonal imbalances.  Some, known as Xen-estrogens (false estrogens from the environment and food that mimic oestrogen) and are causing a rise in bad oestrogens responsible for various “oestrogenic-excess” and hormone disrupted illnesses, such as low sperm count, breast and cervical cancers, endometriosis, polycystic ovaries with bad skin, skin pigmentation and hair, “men breasts”, fibroids and some oestrogen related cancers, (breast, prostate) etc.    The Xen-oestrogens also concentrate in the fat of the animals we eat (added hormones etc.) and end up in our own fat.  They are present in our foods, air, water.  Xen-oestrogens are found in the following.

  • Petro-chemicals are from car emissions and household items, including those containing petro chemicals, such as Vaseline based skin creams, cosmetics, many detergents and cleaning products (try PROBAC), wax floor polish, solvents and paints. (They often contain ingredients with the word “paraben” and “methyl- or aqueous” in.) Use natural cleaning products like Triple Orange, Soap Nuts, Probac and natural cosmetics like, African Organics, Africology, Esse, Victorias Secret, Melanie, Dr Hauschka, Jeunesse, Skoon etc.
  • Pesticides such as DDT, DDE, Roundup, only used in South Africa and third world countries due to their high toxicity. Also roundup pesticide is in GMO wheat and hundreds of herbicides and pesticides in foods. (Wash fruit and veg well – add a tsp hydrogen peroxide or vinegar in tub of water with veg to dissolve chemicals or buy organic)
  • Polycarbonated plastics, found in baby bottles, water bottles, cling wrap and polystyrene, made worse by heating. Use other forms of storage or wrapping (wax paper), glass – especially for the microwave and stainless steel – especially with
  • Polychorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) used in electronic devices
  • Synthetic man-made oestrogen drugs, such as the contraceptive pill, HRT (none known to heavily increase risk of cancer and strokes) and fertility treatments. Use natural hormone balance products, and natural HRT products, such as natural progesterone cream.
  • Hormones in meat and chicken and their products such as dairy/eggs animals are given hormones to fatten them up and these are passed through the food chain to us, unless they are organic, pasture fed and hormone free.
  • sugars and artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and glucose and high glycemic foods (starchy foods), are endocrine disrupters, and are known carcinogens (causing cancerous tumours) and excess carbohydrates and sugar cause glucose, insulin resistance, and blood sugar imbalances which disrupt hormones, causing cysts and polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS etc. Use a natural sweetener, such as Erythratol, Xylitol, Stevia, Coconut blossom sugar etc.

These have to be eliminated as much as possible.  Herbal formulas can be used detox the endocrine organs and balance the hormones.

Recommended products:  Bhealthy Herbals Hormone Balance, Naturone Progesterone cream, Skoon,


Readers should not use this information for self-diagnoses or self treatment, but should always consult a medical professional regarding any medical problems and before undertaking any major dietary changes. This information is not meant to be substituted for medical advice.