Estrogen and Testosterone: Problems With Keeping Them Balanced

How Can You Keep Your Hormones At the Best Levels?

Modern lifestyles contribute to unbalanced, excessive, or deficient levels of estrogen, testosterone, and other sex hormones in men and women. This may result in unpleasant outcomes - such as low sex drive or infertility - as well as to dangerous diseases - including cancer and heart disease. Here's key information you need to make choices to help keep your sex hormones balanced.

You might not be aware that women produce and use testosterone, and men produce and use estrogen. The bodies of both sexes can convert testosterone into estrogen. So all sex hormones are important to you, whether you are male or female.

Balancing Strategy One: Carefully Consider Before Taking Supplementary Hormones

Some people have diagnosed medical conditions which may be treated with supplementary estrogen or testosterone. Before deciding whether to use hormones if you have one of these conditions, be sure you thoroughly understand potential benefits and risks, and weigh these carefully. Consider if there are alternative evidence-based treatments. If you use oral contraceptives, be sure to understand possible side-effects.

Millions of people seek supplementary hormones for vague purposes, such as weight loss, low energy, or a quest to regain lost youthfulness. In this case, the risks are likely to outweigh potential benefits. This is true regardless of whether you use FDA-approved or compounded "bioidentical" hormones.

The National Toxicology Program of the Department of Health and Human Services classifies estrogen as a know human carcinogen, associated with both uterine and breast cancer. Supplementary or excessive estrogen has also been linked to ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, dementia, and stroke.

The dangers of testosterone supplements are not as well understood, with studies finding different outcomes. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires labeling of prescription testosterone products for safety risks affecting the heart and mental health, as well as the potential for abuse. If you take these supplements, benefits, if any, may be small and fleeting. A recent medical journal editorial titled "Testosterone and Male Aging: Faltering Hope for Rejuvenation" states "the sole unequivocal indication for testosterone treatment is as replacement therapy for men with ...organic disorders of the reproductive system."

Click here to learn about two more hormone-balancing strategies

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Estrogen and Testosterone: Problems With Keeping Them Balanced

How Can You Keep Your Hormones At the Best Levels?

Modern lifestyles contribute to unbalanced, excessive, or deficient levels of estrogen, testosterone, and other sex hormones in men and women. This may result in unpleasant outcomes - such as low sex drive or infertility - as well as to dangerous diseases - including cancer and heart disease. Here's key information you need to make choices to help keep your sex hormones balanced.

You might not be aware that women produce and use testosterone, and men produce and use estrogen. The bodies of both sexes can convert testosterone into estrogen. So all sex hormones are important to you, whether you are male or female.

Balancing Strategy One: Carefully Consider Before Taking Supplementary Hormones

Some people have diagnosed medical conditions which may be treated with supplementary estrogen or testosterone. Before deciding whether to use hormones if you have one of these conditions, be sure you thoroughly understand potential benefits and risks, and weigh these carefully. Consider if there are alternative evidence-based treatments. If you use oral contraceptives, be sure to understand possible side-effects.

Millions of people seek supplementary hormones for vague purposes, such as weight loss, low energy, or a quest to regain lost youthfulness. In this case, the risks are likely to outweigh potential benefits. This is true regardless of whether you use FDA-approved or compounded "bioidentical" hormones.

The National Toxicology Program of the Department of Health and Human Services classifies estrogen as a know human carcinogen, associated with both uterine and breast cancer. Supplementary or excessive estrogen has also been linked to ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, dementia, and stroke.

The dangers of testosterone supplements are not as well understood, with studies finding different outcomes. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires labeling of prescription testosterone products for safety risks affecting the heart and mental health, as well as the potential for abuse. If you take these supplements, benefits, if any, may be small and fleeting. A recent medical journal editorial titled "Testosterone and Male Aging: Faltering Hope for Rejuvenation" states "the sole unequivocal indication for testosterone treatment is as replacement therapy for men with ...organic disorders of the reproductive system."

Click here to learn about two more hormone-balancing strategies

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Dangers of Detox Diets – And How to Avoid Them

Is "Spring Cleaning" Your Body Ever a Good Idea?

The idea of detoxifying your body may be appealing, and heaps of commercial products crowd the market to tap into this desire. A google search for "detox diet products" brought up 2,220,000 results in less than a second.spring cleaning outdoor scene with products smaller.jpg

"Detox diet" is a loose term, which may include everything from water fasting to juice fasting to eating restricted amounts of specified foods. These diets may last anywhere from a day to weeks, or even longer. Some involve prescribing profitable supplements and other products, while others rely on home remedies.

One thing pretty much all these diets have in common is their vague claims. For example, you may be promised you'll "get rid of toxins" (which toxins?) or "cleanse your body" (of what, and has rigorous science shows this is true?). The hope is you won't ask too many critical questions.

There are three main reasons why you might be interested in a detox diet. One is valid, one is iffy, and one is potentially downright dangerous. I've called these reasons:

  • Kickstart change;
  • Draw a line; and
  • Obliterate the past

Click here to learn the dangers of detox diets, and how your reaons for starting such a diet determines the hazards and benefits

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Dangers of Detox Diets – And How to Avoid Them

Is "Spring Cleaning" Your Body Ever a Good Idea?

The idea of detoxifying your body may be appealing, and heaps of commercial products crowd the market to tap into this desire. A google search for "detox diet products" brought up 2,220,000 results in less than a second.spring cleaning outdoor scene with products smaller.jpg

"Detox diet" is a loose term, which may include everything from water fasting to juice fasting to eating restricted amounts of specified foods. These diets may last anywhere from a day to weeks, or even longer. Some involve prescribing profitable supplements and other products, while others rely on home remedies.

One thing pretty much all these diets have in common is their vague claims. For example, you may be promised you'll "get rid of toxins" (which toxins?) or "cleanse your body" (of what, and has rigorous science shows this is true?). The hope is you won't ask too many critical questions.

There are three main reasons why you might be interested in a detox diet. One is valid, one is iffy, and one is potentially downright dangerous. I've called these reasons:

  • Kickstart change;
  • Draw a line; and
  • Obliterate the past

Click here to learn the dangers of detox diets, and how your reaons for starting such a diet determines the hazards and benefits

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What The Health Is What You Must Know

Three Reasons To See This Documentary (Review)

What The Health is a must-see documentary if you care about your health or the fate of our planet. This film is from the creators of the influential Cowspiracy, which shows the devastating effect that raising animals for food has on speeding climate change.

Now the filmmakers take on the issue of the disastrous impact of animal foods on health, a huge topic which most Americans know dangerously little about. Yet this movie is satisfying drama on plant-based nutrition, not a boring lecture. Here are three reasons why What The Health is so compelling.

YOU WILL SEE EXPERTS WHO AREN'T AFRAID OF THE TRUTH

The film features many of the most influential physicians, athletes, and other experts who are knowledgeable on plant-based nutrition. Drs. Neal Barnard and Milton Mills each appears several times with critical information. In addition, you will hear many other articulate and influential experts - including Drs. Caldwell Esselstyn, Garth Davis, Michael Greger, Michael Klaper, Michelle McMacken, Kim Williams, John McDougall, and more. This is not just a parade of experts - their remarks fit together to tell a story and shred dangerous myths.

In addition, you will see (or sometimes just hear) other representatives of major "health" organizations, such as the American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association, who are afraid of the truth about the intimate link between animal foods and deadly disease.

THE FILM IS ENTERTAINING, HEART WARMING, AND ENGROSSING

What The Health delivers knowledge with a dramatic twist. Much of the action centers on national health organizations that are considered authorities on dread diseases. Why are these organizations so afraid of a polite interview weighing the evidence on diet and illness? Gradually, the chilling reasons become apparent and undeniable.

Click here to read the rest of the review of the powerful documentary What The Health

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What The Health Is What You Must Know

Three Reasons To See This Documentary (Review)

What The Health is a must-see documentary if you care about your health or the fate of our planet. This film is from the creators of the influential Cowspiracy, which shows the devastating effect that raising animals for food has on speeding climate change.

Now the filmmakers take on the issue of the disastrous impact of animal foods on health, a huge topic which most Americans know dangerously little about. Yet this movie is satisfying drama on plant-based nutrition, not a boring lecture. Here are three reasons why What The Health is so compelling.

YOU WILL SEE EXPERTS WHO AREN'T AFRAID OF THE TRUTH

The film features many of the most influential physicians, athletes, and other experts who are knowledgeable on plant-based nutrition. Drs. Neal Barnard and Milton Mills each appears several times with critical information. In addition, you will hear many other articulate and influential experts - including Drs. Caldwell Esselstyn, Garth Davis, Michael Greger, Michael Klaper, Michelle McMacken, Kim Williams, John McDougall, and more. This is not just a parade of experts - their remarks fit together to tell a story and shred dangerous myths.

In addition, you will see (or sometimes just hear) other representatives of major "health" organizations, such as the American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association, who are afraid of the truth about the intimate link between animal foods and deadly disease.

THE FILM IS ENTERTAINING, HEART WARMING, AND ENGROSSING

What The Health delivers knowledge with a dramatic twist. Much of the action centers on national health organizations that are considered authorities on dread diseases. Why are these organizations so afraid of a polite interview weighing the evidence on diet and illness? Gradually, the chilling reasons become apparent and undeniable.

Click here to read the rest of the review of the powerful documentary What The Health

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The China Study, Revised and Expanded

The Science of Plant-Based Diets - And Why Most People Know Nothing About It

The China Study, first published in 2004, is a landmark book that established whole foods, plant-based diets as the healthiest way to eat. Authors Dr. T. Colin Campbell and his son, Thomas M. Campbell II, ignited a fierce debate with their work. On one side are the scientists, doctors, and other nutrition experts who understand the overwhelming evidence that whole foods, plant-based diets can prevent, and often reverse, most chronic diseases. The other side is diverse, including critics whose livelihood would be threatened by a massive shift in preferred diets, their friends in government, and many who are well-intentioned but see no compelling reason to question the status quo.

The book tells two compelling stories, which are inseparable. First, The China Study masterfully explains nutrition Campbell China Study quote smaller.jpgscience in understandable terms. These facts demonstrate the stunning health impact of a whole foods, plant-based diet. Many lines of evidence come together to make the conclusion beyond reasonable doubt. Dr. Campbell clearly explains his own research, both in a lab setting and in 65 counties in China. Indeed, the massive China Study, which titles the book, is the greatest on-the-ground study of human nutrition ever done. The authors also guide you through hundreds of other studies done by scientists all over the world. This research, reinforcing the China Study's findings, further strengthens the evidence for whole foods, plant-based diets.

The science alone, however, is not the only compelling part of the book. Interwoven with this fascinating information is Dr. Campbell's own story.

Click here to read the rest of the review of The China Study, Revised and Expanded

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The China Study, Revised and Expanded

The Science of Plant-Based Diets - And Why Most People Know Nothing About It

The China Study, first published in 2004, is a landmark book that established whole foods, plant-based diets as the healthiest way to eat. Authors Dr. T. Colin Campbell and his son, Thomas M. Campbell II, ignited a fierce debate with their work. On one side are the scientists, doctors, and other nutrition experts who understand the overwhelming evidence that whole foods, plant-based diets can prevent, and often reverse, most chronic diseases. The other side is diverse, including critics whose livelihood would be threatened by a massive shift in preferred diets, their friends in government, and many who are well-intentioned but see no compelling reason to question the status quo.

The book tells two compelling stories, which are inseparable. First, The China Study masterfully explains nutrition Campbell China Study quote smaller.jpgscience in understandable terms. These facts demonstrate the stunning health impact of a whole foods, plant-based diet. Many lines of evidence come together to make the conclusion beyond reasonable doubt. Dr. Campbell clearly explains his own research, both in a lab setting and in 65 counties in China. Indeed, the massive China Study, which titles the book, is the greatest on-the-ground study of human nutrition ever done. The authors also guide you through hundreds of other studies done by scientists all over the world. This research, reinforcing the China Study's findings, further strengthens the evidence for whole foods, plant-based diets.

The science alone, however, is not the only compelling part of the book. Interwoven with this fascinating information is Dr. Campbell's own story.

Click here to read the rest of the review of The China Study, Revised and Expanded

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Climate Change Simplified

Global Warming Is As Undeniable As Gravity - Here's Why

If you've ever gotten into a car on a sunny day, you know that global warming is real. The inside of the car will be much hotter than the air outside. This is because light energy from the sun gets into the car, and the interior car surfaces absorb this energy, which heats the car's seat, dashboard, floor, etc. The car's roof and windows then trap the heat, and the whole inside of the car gets hotter.

A greenhouse (with walls of glass) or hoop house (with walls of plastic) works on the same principle. Sunlight penetrates cars parked.jpgthe walls, is absorbed by and heats interior surfaces, and the heat radiated by those surfaces is trapped inside. Even in winter, the greenhouse will warm in the sun and can be used to grow food and flowers.

The earth is warm for the same reason a car interior or greenhouse is. The difference is that the heat-trapping planetary "walls" are made of gases in the earth's atmosphere. The gases that are best at trapping heat are called "greenhouse gases."

Without this atmospheric blanket, our planet would be too cold to support life as we know it. Most of the sunlight that hits the earth would just be radiated back into space. So some greenhouse gases are needed to keep earth green and thriving. These are produced by natural forces, and over time fluctuate within limits that have been compatible with life as we know it.

The problem with human-caused warming is that greenhouse gases are produced by human activities in amounts hugely in excess of historical natural ranges. Thus, the heat-trapping atmospheric blanket lets less heat energy escape back into space, and the planet continues to warm. This results in climate change - an alteration in the patterns of temperature, wind, rainfall, and major weather-related events over the planet.

While humans can deny the existence of this process, this doubt does not impact the real world situation. It's like denying gravity, another basic law of physics. No matter how much you say it's not so, pass laws against it, or try to ignore gravity, if you are standing on the earth's surface and toss a ball into the air, it will come back down. Similarly, if heat radiates up into a thickened layer of greenhouse gases, it will be trapped by the atmosphere and contribute to overheating the planet.

Click here to learn about why global warming can mean colder weather, and how your food choices link in

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Climate Change Simplified

Global Warming Is As Undeniable As Gravity - Here's Why

If you've ever gotten into a car on a sunny day, you know that global warming is real. The inside of the car will be much hotter than the air outside. This is because light energy from the sun gets into the car, and the interior car surfaces absorb this energy, which heats the car's seat, dashboard, floor, etc. The car's roof and windows then trap the heat, and the whole inside of the car gets hotter.

A greenhouse (with walls of glass) or hoop house (with walls of plastic) works on the same principle. Sunlight penetrates cars parked.jpgthe walls, is absorbed by and heats interior surfaces, and the heat radiated by those surfaces is trapped inside. Even in winter, the greenhouse will warm in the sun and can be used to grow food and flowers.

The earth is warm for the same reason a car interior or greenhouse is. The difference is that the heat-trapping planetary "walls" are made of gases in the earth's atmosphere. The gases that are best at trapping heat are called "greenhouse gases."

Without this atmospheric blanket, our planet would be too cold to support life as we know it. Most of the sunlight that hits the earth would just be radiated back into space. So some greenhouse gases are needed to keep earth green and thriving. These are produced by natural forces, and over time fluctuate within limits that have been compatible with life as we know it.

The problem with human-caused warming is that greenhouse gases are produced by human activities in amounts hugely in excess of historical natural ranges. Thus, the heat-trapping atmospheric blanket lets less heat energy escape back into space, and the planet continues to warm. This results in climate change - an alteration in the patterns of temperature, wind, rainfall, and major weather-related events over the planet.

While humans can deny the existence of this process, this doubt does not impact the real world situation. It's like denying gravity, another basic law of physics. No matter how much you say it's not so, pass laws against it, or try to ignore gravity, if you are standing on the earth's surface and toss a ball into the air, it will come back down. Similarly, if heat radiates up into a thickened layer of greenhouse gases, it will be trapped by the atmosphere and contribute to overheating the planet.

Click here to learn about why global warming can mean colder weather, and how your food choices link in

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