Most Doctors Will Never Tell Men or Women About Estrogen Dominance.
By Redstone Publishing and Promotion.

Not just of concern to women, it's shocking that the medical profession, the FDA and other government regulatory agencies, and scientists who know better haven't done more to address this growing concern. The fact is, most doctors will never admit estrogen dominance exists, or they simply have not kept up with the recent research and claim they have never heard of it. Estrogen dominance is a term that has been used by doctors and scientists over the last 10-12 years that have studied the effects of too much estrogen on the body. 70-80% of all women are now developing fibroids or uterine diseases such as endometriosis and adenomyosis at younger and younger ages as a result of estrogen dominance, with 50% of the female population ending up with hysterectomies by age 50. This is an astonishingly high number, and recent research is showing that estrogen dominance, or hormone imbalances caused by too much estrogen in our environment, is also resulting in girls going into puberty at very young ages, boys developing "man boobs" at young ages, high levels of estrogen resulting in an inability to lose weight, and a myriad of hormone imbalance illnesses affecting men and women. If this trend is allowed to continue, scientists have suggested it will lead to the eventual sterility of the human race and thus, could be our demise. Which makes anyone who knows about this wonder why something so crucial to the very survival of our species is being neglected so. Our own I.N. has researched a theory on that as well.

Chemical estrogens are 1000 times more potent than the natural estrogen the body makes. High amounts of estrogen depletes B vitamins, interferes with the absorption of magnesium, and has been linked to breast, ovarian and uterine cancers. Since men start to convert testosterone into estrogen after about age 50, they are in the same medical dilemma most women are after menopause and that is too much estrogen with damaging side effects because of the extremely high amounts of chemical estrogens, often called xenoestrogens, in our food supply and environment. Recent studies have linked hormone imbalances in men to prostate cancer and other health issues.

The highest amount of chemical estrogens in our world come from plastic food containers leaching BPA and other xenoestrogens into the food we eat. Once consumed, chemical estrogens are stored in the body's fat reserves for years. Even if a person is aware they have consumed it and start to detox their body and change their diets to eliminate xenoestrogens, it can take 6 months to a year to flush them out of the body, and that is only if you are very diligent about avoiding contaminating your body further while you are detoxing by avoiding chemical estrogens altogether: which some scientists and doctors say is impossible to do because they are everywhere.

Xenoestrogens can no longer be avoided completely because they are in the air we breathe and the water we drink. But it is in everybody's best interests to avoid them as much as humanly possible. Here is how you can do that:

* Never EVER microwave food in plastic. Heating up plastic containers makes them leach chemicals into food at an even higher toxic amount than at room temperature.

* The plastic leaching factor varies depending on temperature, food interaction, and how new the plastic container is. Refrigerated or frozen foods in plastic will have less plastic contamination than foods stored in plastic containers at room temperature, but the degree of contamination also depends a great deal on the type of food, the type of plastic wrapping or container, how newly manufactured it is, and how long the food was sitting in that plastic container before it was refrigerated or frozen. If you know anything about the off-gasing properties of certain plastics and the absorption properties of certain foods, distinguishing these factors is a bit easier.
Breads, crackers, cookies, chips, snacks and any bread-like foods are very absorbable and will absorb a high amount of off-gasing from their plastic wrappings in a very short amount of time. Buying frozen breads will help minimize this somewhat. This is the best place to avoid processed foods. Making your own bread and cookies is not as time-consuming as many think. Substitute store-bought snacks by making popcorn at home or find heather alternatives such as making your own trail mixes and snack mixes.

* If you haven't heard already, don't drink water from plastic water bottles that are not BPA-free. Actually, we would recommend not drinking from plastic water bottles at all. Who knows what the manufacturer is substituting for BPA in their plastics and how many other harmful toxins are in their plastics that we don't yet know about. Use stainless steel reusable drinking bottles that last forever, are very durable, and make water taste better. (Yes, we said water has a taste.)

* Stop buying pre-packaged, processed foods and go back to making more foods from scratch at home. If you make large batches of foods when you have time, say over the weekend, and freeze some, you can save some time during the week when you are working. Once you budget your time to allow for making meals at home and this becomes your routine, it's not nearly the daunting task most homemakers think it is.

* Avoid all canned goods: Cans are lined with a thin layer of plastic spray-coating these days, so avoid buying them altogether. Some manufacturers are beginning to address the growing demand for foods in glass, so if you have a choice between a brand in plastic and one in glass, support the company that has acknowledged your health and buy the one in glass.

* Eating at Restaurants: When looking at a dining menu, keep in mind the dishes you know will probably be made with canned tomato sauce, canned beans etc., and avoid them. Avoid breads that are not made by the restaurant themselves, even then, you don't know for sure if they keep their flours in a plastic container; they probably do. When avoiding xenoestrogens, the best things to order off of a menu are vegetables, fruits and meats if they are at least hormone and antibiotic-free and not shipped individually wrapped in plastic.

Do your own research on estrogen dominance on the internet and you will find plenty of studies and doctors who confirm its existence. So why won't your regular ob-gyn or physician tell you about it? More than likely, because it's easily treatable on your own. With the use of over-the-counter bioidentical natural progesterone creams and changing your diet, women can reduce their risk of developing estrogen dominance and the complications that go with it by as much as 90% all by themselves. And men could avoid estrogen dominant prostate problems by a simple change in diet. A fact the medical profession would just as soon most women and men don't know about because hysterectomies and hormone-related conditions are billions of dollars a year for the medical business.

 

 

 

 

Which cooking oil should I use?
By L.J. Creapeau, Redstone Publishing/ Circkles.com Certified Nutritional Herbalist (CNH)

The National Center of Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) has the important role of following economically motivated adulteration (EMA) – also known as food fraud. EMA is the intentional sale of substandard food or food products for the purpose of economic gain. (See our sidebar on EMA to the left.) When recently tested by the NCFPD, olive oil and sushi were found to be the products highest on the list for EMA. The NCFPD testing revealed that many brands of extra virgin olive oils are not really extra virgin at all, and that some brands of olive oil are not even true olive oil; some are mixed with mineral oil, safflower or canola.

Which cooking oil should I use? With the myriad of cooking oils available today, we get this question a lot. The answer depends on three things:
1.) Are you going for flavor?
2.) Are you mostly interested in the health benefits?
3.) How are you going to be using it?

Flavor:
There are so many wonderful flavors in cooking oils today that weren't available a few short years ago. Cooking oils have really become an art form almost. With pumpkin seed oil, walnut, roasted sesame, peanut, grapeseed and the olive oils that are refined almost like a fine wine, it's difficult to have just one in your kitchen. Of course, many people choose these specialty oils simply by what they like the taste of, but consumer advocacy reports have revealed that there is a high amount of food fraud going on with olive oil manufacturers and that you may not be getting actual extra virgin olive oil or 100% olive oil at all, even though the label may say so.

Health Benefits:
If you are using olive oil for the health benefits (as most people do) because it is much healthier than saturated canola or safflower oils, this will be an eye-opener for you: You may not be getting those health benefits after all. As mentioned above, many manufacturers of olive oil dilute it with an inferior, cheaper oil.

How To Test Your OliveOil:

Refrigeration Test:
All polyunsaturated oil undergoes a process of rancidity once exposed to oxygen in the air. Monounsaturated and saturated fats will not get rancid, which is why they are so heavily used in products that sit on store shelves at room temperatures. In the colder environment of a refrigerator, the rancidity process continues, but at a slower rate. When genuine olive oil is refrigerated, it should become more viscous or solid. Blended olive oils and non-olive oils posing as olive oil will not solidify when refrigerated, and so the refrigeration test is one (although not conclusive) way to test for purity.

Ignition Test:
Pure olive oil should burn in an oil lamp. The ignition test however, like the refrigerator test, is not conclusive.

Olive oil and fish from sushi bars have the highest rate of EMA.
The International Olive Council (IOC) is an intergovernmental organization based in Madrid, Spain, that tracks production, defines quality standards, and monitors authenticity of olive oil. More than 98 per cent of the world's olives are grown in IOC member nations. The United States is not a member of the IOC, and the USDA does not legally recognize its classifications (such as extra-virgin olive oil). On October 25, 2011 the United States adopted new olive oil standards, a revision of those that have been in place since 1948, which affect importers and domestic growers and producers by ensuring conformity with the benchmarks commonly accepted in the U.S. and abroad.
The IOC officially governs 95 per cent of international production and holds great influence over the rest. IOC terminology is precise, but it can lead to confusion between the words that describe production and the words used on retail labels. Olive oil is classified by how it was produced, by its chemistry, and by its flavor. All production begins by transforming the olive fruit into olive paste. This paste is then malaxed to allow the microscopic oil droplets to concentrate. The oil is extracted by means of pressure (traditional method) or centrifugation (modern method). After extraction the remnant solid substance, called pomace, still contains a small quantity of oil.
The EU regulates the use of different protected designation of origin labels for olive oils. US Customs regulations on "country of origin" state that if a non-origin nation is shown on the label, then the real origin must be shown on the same side of the label and in comparable size letters so as not to mislead the consumer. Yet most major US brands continue to put “imported from Italy” on the front label in large letters and other origins on the back in very small print. These products are a mixture of olive oil from more than one nation and it is not clear what percentage of the olive oil is really of Italian origin. This practice makes it difficult for high quality, lower cost producers outside of Italy to enter the US market, and for genuine Italian producers to compete.

Look for these certification labels. Certified by the California Olive Oil Council (COOC) or IOC. Many Italian manufacturers will put a certification seal on their oils. If it is not certified by somebody's seal, we would stay away from it altogether because you are paying a high price and not getting what you are paying for. The cheaper brands are going to be just that: cheaper, and highly likely to be diluted with a cheaper oil yet charging you higher prices for it. Don't reward their devious business practices by purchasing their products.

Pumpkin seed oil is very beneficial to health, but not found in many stores just yet. Pumpkin seed has been traditionally used as a treatment for intestinal parasites. Taken on an empty stomach, preferably first thing in the morning, it has the unusual ability to paralyze parasites like the common tapeworm.
Importantly, this paralysis is temporary and is therefore followed with a laxative such as castor oil an hour later so the worms can be expelled in a bowel movement. Without a bowel movement they will recover.
It is generally recommended to continue this treatment for several days, with several days break and then repeat over the course of a couple of weeks. Intestinal parasites are tenacious little things that can have a very negative effect on your health and energy and it seems many people are unknowingly infected with them. If you suspect a problem, consult a knowledgeable health care professional who understands how serious a problem parasites can be.

An enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness are believed to result, in part, from an overproduction of DHT. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition that affects many men around the world, particularly men over 50. BPH is believed to be due to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) promoting proliferation of prostate cells. This results in an enlargement of the prostate gland and can lead to problems and discomfort when urinating.The phytosterol beta-sitosterol is found in significant concentrations in pumpkin seed oil and helps block the damaging effects of DHT by inhibiting its conversion from testosterone. Pumpkin seed oil also contains the compound delta-7-sterine that specifically competes with DHT in the prostate and seems to help prevent prostate cell multiplication.
Alongside these two DHT blockers, pumpkin seed oil contains high levels of antioxidant carotenoids, omega-6 and omega 9 fatty acids and zinc, all of which may help reduce a man’s risk of developing BPH.

Other health benefits of pumpkin seed oil:
Pumpkin seed oil has high levels of phytosterols which are believed to help reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad type of cholesterol) by lowering its absorption.

Pumpkin seed oil benefits your joints and is a popular supplement for the treatment of arthritic pain. The high levels of antioxidants, fatty acids and other compounds in pumpkin seed oil seem to help reduce inflammation in joints for sufferers of arthritis.
In fact, some research has shown the positive effects of pumpkin seed oil on arthritis is on a par with the anti-arthritis drug Indomethacin, without the side effects. The pharmaceutical companies can’t patent the natural stuff like pumpkin seed oil, so understandably they are not too eager for this kind of information to get out.

The benefits of Pumpkin seed oil may also extend to helping with the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The high fatty acid content may help reduce inflammation in the GI tract and many people report a lessening of symptoms when they take pumpkin seed oil regularly.

Good organic pumpkin seed oil can be a little hard to find in the USA, but Amazon.com has Omega Nutrition pumpkin seed oil for a low price. There is also Flora organic pumpkin seed oil liquid at iherb.com.

How are you going to use the oil?
As mentioned earlier, some oils have a higher viscosity than others and this affects the way they should be used. For example, olive oil is much better for frying foods than grapeseed oil because grapeseed oil will burn at a much lower temperature. grapeseed oil also goes rancid very quickly and must be stored in a refrigerator in order to stay fresh at all. You can get away with keeping olive oil at room temperature although it will hold its flavor better if refrigerated, and if you are spending good money on extra virgin Italian olive oils, it would be best to keep them cool to protect their flavor and health benefits.
Peanut oil tastes horrible if it gets even a little rancid. When in doubt about whether or not to refrigerate the specialty cooking oils, refrigerate them to protect their flavor. It's a shame most retailers do not do this, because often by the time you purchase a more rare type of specialty cooking oil, it has already lost it's peak flavor or gone rancid in the store. Check expiration dates diligently on oil products at the store before you buy them.

Most of the other specialty cooking oils, such as walnut, sesame etc, are manufactured for flavor more than health benefits and so are not very refined. Each of these oils will have some of the properties of the ingredient they are made from, such as walnut oil would have the health benefits of walnuts and sesame the health benefits of sesame seeds, however, since they are not manufactured for therapeutic use, they are even less regulated and certified than the more popular oils and thus you cannot be sure what you are getting is a blend of cheaper oils or not. Therefore, we would recommend using them for flavor mostly and don't rely on them for health benefits.

 

Cooking Tips for Oils:

The best way to use cooking oils is as a healthy substitute for saturated fat butter or margarines. Here are two of our favorite ways to do that.

Bread Dips: Some of your finest restaurants will bring the bread to the table with a small dish of herb flavored olive oil for dipping it in. This is by far the best way to eat breads, especially home baked or special breads where the dipping oil enhances the flavor of the bread and doesn't cover it up like heavy butter and spreads.

Pour a high quality, extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil in a shallow dish. Chop some fresh cut herbs such as basil, rosemary, turmeric or french tarragon into the oil and let it sit at room temp for approximately 15 minutes to a half hour. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on it and start dipping. It's considered quite sheik to dip your bread in finely seasoned herb oils these days.

Baking Substitute: You can substitute olive or grapeseed oil in almost any recipe that calls for butter or margarine. It requires tweaking the measurements a bit, but let's say for a cookie recipe that calls for 2 cups of butter or margarine. You can substitute 1/2 cup of oil instead. The key to getting close with the conversion measurement is whatever amount of butter the recipe calls for, measure it, or gestimate, how much it would be melted. Usually 2 cups of melted butter equals about a 1/2 cup. Then just use a 1/2 cup of oil instead. You will be surprised how the cookies seem to have a lighter taste with more flavor from the other ingredients because they aren't being buried in the heavy fat from butter, shortening or margarine. Not to mention, they will be a great deal more healthy without all that saturated far plus the added omega oils are a big benefit.

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HOME REMEDIES: Insect Bites, Bee Stings.

Plantain:

In most areas of the U.S. you will see plantain growing along roadsides and in open, sunny locations. We're talking about the wild, low-growing plant not the banana. Most people don't give this "weed" much thought at all, but plantain is one of the best plants to keep nearby in case of a bee sting, bug bite, and some people have used it on snakebites until they can reach a doctor. What makes plantain easily distinguishable from any other plant is that it is the only plant that has vertical veins running through the leaves.

Crush the fresh leaves of a plantain plant with either a mortar and pestle or crush slightly with your front teeth just enough to release the juices a bit. In the case of a poisonous spider or snake bite, keep the person as calm as possible and as inactive as possible. Apply the crushed Plantain directly to the bite area and leave on while you seek immediate medical attention.

For Bee Stings: Make sure the stinger is removed from the skin before applying the compress. Leave compress on for 30 minutes to 1 hour until swelling and pain is gone. Plantain works extremely well on bee stings. If you apply a plantain compress immediately after being stung, the pain goes away within minutes and there is no swelling at all. Within a couple hours, you cannot tell a person was stung at all, even the mark from the stinger is gone. It works much better than raw onion in our opinion.


HERBS: 
How to use herbs for maximum benefit.  Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist.
 Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.

Chickory Chichorium intybus

Chickory grows wild along roadsides and open fields in many areas of the U.S. The flowers of the chicory plant are the most beautiful bright blue and grow alternately on stalks that can get as tall as 4 feet. At the base of the plant are the only true leaves that look similar to dandelion leaves but are much longer and slender.

Medicinal Properties: A liver tonic, it has a slight laxative effect and helps to cleanse the liver and gall bladder. Not considered as effective as milk thistle for a liver cleanse, but chicory has a cooling, anti-inflammatory effect and it makes a tasty alternative drink to coffee. Recent reports suggest that too much chicory may not be good, so drink in moderation just in case. Also used for hemorrhoids, gout and rheumatism.

How to Use:  See our recipe for Chico Latte in the Circkles_Monthly_Recipe blog. You can use capsules, extracts or tea. Roasted root is made into a tea for a coffee substitute. The roots are not very large unless they belong to a plant that is at least 3-4 years old. So you may need several plants in order to harvest enough roots to make roasting them practical.

Parts Used: Leaves, flowers, root, sap.

Growing: Grows wild in many parts of the U.S. You can pick the seeds from a wild plant and easily start it in some moist soil in a semi-shady location. Once it gets established it will readily self-sow and you can end up with an entire field of chicory.

Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a "one dose wonder." They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.

 


FOODS THAT HEAL:
Do you know what foods will give you more energy, calm your nerves, act as an anti-inflammatory, help prevent cancers, or help you lose weight? Hopefully this column will help you to have a better understanding of food and its healing properties. The best diet for optimal health is a wide variation of foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and minimally cooked whole foods. Sweets, fatty foods, meat, dairy and carbs in moderation.

Cabbage Family Members:

Therapeutic Properties: Cabbage is often passed by in the grocery isle as having little nutrient benefit, but years of scientific research has proven otherwise. It helps women metabolize estrogen quicker, has cancer-fighting properties such as preventing polyps in the colon from turning cancerous, and is also said to help prevent breast cancer. As little as 2 tablespoons of raw cabbage per day can prevent stomach cancer. Sauerkraut is considered to be good for the digestion when eaten raw. Cauliflower is easier for diabetics to eat than cabbage and a little less gas forming.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline

Significant Nutrients: High in calcium and potassium. The outside (greener) leaves contain the most calcium and red cabbage is higher in calcium than green.

How to Use:

See our Recipe of the Month Club for ways to incorporate Foods That Heal into your meals.

You can find more herbs and home remedies in The Circkles Hangout under the Main Menu. (Sorry, you must be a member of Circkles.com.)

Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA).

Also known as food fraud, economically motivated adulteration (EMA) is the intentional sale of substandard food or food products for the purpose of economic gain. Common types of EMA include intentional substitution of an authentic ingredient with a cheaper product, dilution with water or other substances, flavor or color enhancement using illicit or unapproved substances, and substitution of one species with another.

On Nov. 26, the Associated Press (AP) reported that the FDA had found traces of melamine in the infant formulas made by Nestle and Mead Johnson. FDA tests had also showed the presence of another industrial chemical related to melamine called cyanuric acid in some of the formula. The information about the contamination was not made public by the FDA until the AP filed a Freedom of Information Act request. According to the AP, in-house tests conducted by Abbott Laboratories also showed trace levels of melamine in its baby formulas. Abbott Laboratories, Nestle and Mead Johnson manufacture more than 90% of all infant formula produced in the United States.

On Nov. 28, two days after the AP story broke, the FDA publicized a standard allowing for higher levels of melamine in baby formula than those found in the U.S.-made batches of the product—despite two months earlier saying that it was unable to set a safety threshold for melamine in baby formula products.

Both the new safety level and the amount of melamine found in the U.S. formulas fall significantly below the amounts of melamine that were added to infant formulas linked to the baby deaths in China, but we think most people would agree: allowing any EMA labeling defeats the purpose of the FDA and food labeling safety standards altogether. And the FDA's practice of simply raising the allowable limit of toxic substances in food so manufacturers will be in compliance is NOT the way to do things!

I bet you are wondering how manufacturers can be getting away with this? Consumers are led to believe that the ingredients label has to be accurate by law.
The FDA says EMA is illegal, and the manufacturers who use this practice are doing so illegally, yet thousands of products using EMA go undetected by the FDA. In the wake of the Chinese melamine contamination of both pet food and milk-based infant formula products, and in light of other lethal cases of adulteration in the United States, the FDA's only course of action thus far has been to either raise the allowable limit of certain dangerous substitutes so the offending manufacturers are no longer not in compliance with the "acceptable limit" of a certain potentially harmful substance, or, in very rare cases, the FDA has instructed the manufacturer to change their labeling - but these cases are a drop in the bucket compared to the extremely high incidence of EMA going on today that even the FDA is unaware of because they simply don't have the staff or inclination to monitor the system properly.

 

 

August 2013
Health and Nutrition Circkles
"The Doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
~Thomas Edison
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