The recent dramatic increase of hormone dependent cancers in Japan has been speculatively linked to the steroids in meat. Cancers like breast and prostate are sensitive to growth promoting steroid hormones like estrogen, and one way to decrease levels of steroid hormones in the body is to avoid eating and drinking them in eggs, dairy, and meat. The hormones in meat may also directly affect a woman’s fertility; eating a single serving of meat can increase infertility risk by 30%. And xenoestrogens (industrial pollutants), in addition to the hormones found in animal protein and milk, are thought to be responsible for early onset puberty in girls. Trace amounts of hormones now have even been found in the New York City water supply.
The high rates of acne among milk drinkers are thought to be due to the high hormone levels in milk, which have resulted from the genetic manipulation of cows (see here, here, here, here, here, here).
On the other hand, flax seeds cause women to have fewer periods, which lowers their exposure to estrogen and, thus, may reduce the risk of breast cancer. And mushrooms may help prevent breast cancer by blocking estrogen production, thus effectively cutting off the tumor’s growth self-stimulation. Estrogen is also flushed out through the intestinge. The fact that vegetarians tend to have larger bowel movements has been used to explain their lower breast cancer risk. About half a pound a day is the target fecal output for cancer prevention. In addition, sex hormone binding globulins, which remove excess hormones from our bodies, have been found at higher levels in those eating vegetarian.
Topic summary contributed by Denise.
To help out on the site, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch videos about hormones
July 22, 2013
Tart Cherries for Insomnia
The melatonin content in certain plant foods such as almonds, raspberries and goji berries may explain the improvement in sleep quality associated with tart cherry consumption.
June 3, 2013
Lavender for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
In a double-blind study, lavender oil worked as well as the valium-like drug lorazepam (Ativan) for relief of persistent anxiety, though there are concerns about estrogenic effects.
May 1, 2013
Does a Drink Of Water Make Children Smarter?
Most children don't drink water from when they wake to when they go off to school. Interventional trials show this mild state of dehydration may negatively affect scholastic performance.
April 29, 2013
Flax Seeds For Breast Pain
A tablespoon a day of ground flaxseeds appears to improve ovarian function and is considered a first-line therapy for breast pain associated with one's period (cyclical mastalgia).
April 24, 2013
Plant-Based Diets For Breast Pain
Plant-based diets appear to offer relief from a variety of menstrual symptoms, including cramping, bloating, and breast pain (cyclical mastalgia).
April 15, 2013
Can Cellulite Be Treated With Diet?
Two theories about the build-up of subcutaneous fat, involving the chemical spermine and the hormone adiponectin, suggest a plant-based diet may help with cellulite.
March 8, 2013
Herbal Tea Update: Rooibos & Nettle
Rooibos (red) tea may reduce stress levels by suppressing adrenal gland function. Nettle tea is mineral rich but may have estrogenic side effects.
February 25, 2013
Protein, Puberty, and Pollutants
The early onset of puberty in girls associated with animal protein consumption may be due to endocrine disrupting chemical pollutants in the meat supply.
Page 2 of 6«12345...»Last »