Ask the Expert: Hormone Replacement Therapy and Cancer Risks
Q. Does Synthetic HRT contribute to breast or ovarian cancer? If yes, what are the better alternatives?
A. The biggest “push” for women to take HRT was touted falsely in the ‘70’s as a way to reduce the risk of heart attacks. This full-page scary ad was placed in the NY Times in the early 1970’s. After 20-plus years, the American Medical Association and pharmaceutical companies have come to find standard hormone replacement therapies DO NOT reduce our risk of heart problems at all – the truth is, standard hormone replacement therapy greatly increases ones risk of developing cancers, here’s why:
There are three major estrogens the human body makes, Estriol, Estradiol, and Estrone. Estriol is the youthful estrogen, produced in higher quantities between the ages of 10 to 30 years. It is a known anti-carcinogenic estrogen. Estriol is also a more volatile estrogen (somewhat influencing the behavior of our teens and early 20s) it is difficult to manage on a HRT basis.
The second type is called Estradiol. This is a more stable estrogen. We produce higher quantities of this estrogen from 30 to 50 years. Estradiol is termed a flamethrower, which infers its ability to heat up your cells, potentially creating an optimal environment to create cancer. Since women make more of this estrogen in there 30s, AND, pesticides mimic Estradiol which links into your body’s many receptor sites including those in the uterus, breasts and brain, AND, birth control and hormone replacement therapy, (the patch and the pill) are composed primarily of Estradiol, the risk of creating a “hot” estrogen that predisposes one to develop cancer greatly increases your risk greatly. This is the #1 type of estrogen found in pill and patch form.
The third estrogen, Estrone, is an estrogen women make more of around the age of 60. This type of estrogen is a “torcher” estrogen and a known precursor to creating cancerous cells. This is still to often used in many standard hormone replacement therapy products.
I recommend taking a saliva hormone test. The tests we utilize include all hormones to evaluate your personal risk for disease. The most accurate lab is Mead Labs of Beaverton, Oregon. For more details on Mead Labs go to www.MeadLabs.com.
Deborah Arneson is a Licensed Clinical Nutritionist, a professional consultant and president of Plan it Lean. If you would like to THROW YOUR HEALTH A LIFELEINE & embrace INTELLIGENT FAT LOSS FOR LIFE! call Plan it Lean 312.664.2288