Estrogen Dominance, Breast Cancer and Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
This is Dr. Lam, founder of DrLam.com. Today
we’re going to talk about the association of estrogen dominance as a phenomenon, and
it’s relationship to breast cancer. Now before we can understand that relationship
we have to back up and understand what estrogen dominance really is. In the female, the balance
between two critical female hormones, called estrogen and progesterone, is very very important.
The estrogen in the body is normally being balanced by progesterone. So the estrogen
progesterone ratio has to be in perfect shape for us to feel good.
Now, if we are exposed to an environment, either by external means or internal means
where the estrogen level goes up, or where the progesterone go down much more than the
estrogen, then the ratio between estrogen and progesterone will therefore increase significantly.
In other words, if you have a certain level of estrogen and a certain level of progesterone
they usually balances each other. So if the estrogen goes up, then you have a phenomenon
called estrogen dominance. This can happen if you take in excessive estrogen from external
sources, such as hormone from animals that is fed growth hormone as well as other chemicals
that boost the estrogen level. It can also caused by estrogen level that’s increased
in the body because you’re taking in more estrogen from petroleum sources such as plastic,
shampoos and nail polishes, etc. They all fall into a class of petroleum byproducts
called xenoestrogen because they behave estrogenically. So, in other words if the estrogen level goes
up, then you have a situation called estrogen dominance. At the same time, if you have progesterone
goes down significantly, more than what it should, and it’s not able to balance, therefore,
if you have low progesterone, then even though your estrogen level can stay the same or even
reduce, the fact that progesterone levels dropped so much more create an estrogen dominance
situation. So in either way, the body will recognizes as increases estrogen.
Well, what does it do? Estrogen dominance is a condition where itself will help many
of the estrogen sensitive cells to grow. Well, what are the estrogen sensitive cells? They
include the ovaries, the endometrium, the breasts, etc. So, classically, you can have
fibrocystic breast disease, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and ultimately
breast cancer. So that is one strong association, and indeed
we’ve known now that excessive estrogen can cause cancer in the breasts. So that connection
is very strong. Now don’t forget that estrogen is also made in the ovaries, as well as the
adrenal glands. So if you are under a lot of stress, your adrenal is gonna work hard
and then your estrogen level is gonna go up. Similarly, if you have a diet that is very
high in sugar, and you may have cysts in your ovaries, and your ovarian system may be putting
out more estrogen as well. So it is very important to understand that
estrogen dominance can lead to breast cancer as part of what we call the estrogen dominance
continuum. So resolving the root problem, which is excessive estrogen, is a key to prevent
breast cancer. Or if you already have breast cancer, it’s to be able to help to support
the body so it stops the cancer cells from going further by depriving the cancer cells
of estrogen which it likes to grow upon and thrive upon.
So this is a very important concept, and I hope you’ll be able to recognize this and
understand that excessive estrogen in our environment as well as from our body is not
a good thing. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video. For more
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