Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Beware of Xenoestrogens

Monday, 09 May 2011 11:48 AM


Question: Can you explain what xenoestrogens are and how I can avoid them?


Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Xenoestrogens are industrially made compounds that mimic the effects of natural estrogen. These substances, such as PCBs and phthalates, are found in plastics, animal feed, pesticides, and birth control pills.

Unfortunately, in our toxic world, we are exposed to an increasing amount of xenoestrogens. In the Great Lakes area, adult male fish exposed to short-term and low-dose amounts of xenoestrogens were found to have their sex organs reversed; juvenile male fish developed female sex organs, according to the June 2004 issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Alligators in Florida are experiencing similar problems.

It’s not just animals that are adversely affected by xenoestrogens. I believe the epidemic of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men is being driven, in large part, by increasing exposure to xenoestrogens.

How can you avoid exposure to xenoestrogens? Eat food free of pesticides and synthetic hormones. In addition, you should avoid heating food and drink in plastic containers. In fact, it is much better to use glass containers for all your food storage.


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