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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) Natural Treatment May or May not be Helped by Progesterone

I only have a 50% success rate with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Usually, I have better success with the women who are not heavyset and are thinner. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is characterized by many cysts on the ovary. Women usually have hair that grows on the face. Women also usually have insulin resistance. Mainstream medicine doctors usually give polycystic ovarian syndrome patients metaformin. The women also usually laser the hair off of their face.

I find that most polycystic ovarian syndrome women are heavy users of cosmetics and fragrances. I believe that polycystic ovarian syndrome is caused by xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are found in many cosmetics and fragrances. In fact, many fragrances themselves are xenoestrogens. The reason why is that many of the fragrances contain benzene rings or aromatic compounds. It is these aromatic compounds that tend to fit into the estrogen receptor pretty well. There was one of study that I read where multiple parabens topically caused multiple ovarian cysts in rats. I believe that the synergistic action of many of these xenoestrogens cause polycystic ovarian syndrome.

John Lee MD believes that a diet in simple sugars causes polycystic ovarian syndrome. I will include his reasoning later. He believes that some xenoestrogens can be countered by giving natural progesterone topically.

Contents

 

1. 50% Success Rate for PCOS

2. Xenoestrogens Cause Your PCOS - What are Xenoestrogens?

3. Xenoestrogens Can Be Natural as Well

        3.1 Natural Organic Plants Can Be Xenoestrogens as Well

4. Progesterone Counters Xenoestrogens

        4.1 Taking Progesterone Has Five Reactions

        4.2 The Reason Why Progesterone Doesn’t Always Work

5. Take Iodine to Reduce Insulin Resistance

6. To Lose Weight, First, Correct the Hormones

7. Eat More Weigh Less

8. Insulin Resistance can be From Chromium Deficiency

 

9. Chromium Deficiency in America

10. Vanadium Deficiency

11. Vitamin B Supplements

12. Magnesium Deficiency

13. Conflicts with Other Women Stop You from Excreting Xenoestrogens

14. John Lee's Thoughts on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome  - How Too Much Sugar Affects Your Ovaries

15. The Path to Breast Cancer: Early Insulin Resistance and PCOS Treatment

16. The Double Whammy: Insulin Resistance Combined with Menopause

17. In a Nutshell: How Overeating Junk Food Early in Life Can Increase Breast Cancer Risk

18. Androgens

19. Seven Easy Steps for Natural PCOS Treatment

Xenoestrogens Cause Your PCOS - What are Xenoestrogens?

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Xenoestrogens are chemicals and herbs that mimic estrogen strangely. They fit into the estrogen receptor and have estrogen like responses except they are not exactly estrogen. Imagine a baseball fitting into the baseball glove. The baseball represents your own estrogen called estradiol. The glove represents the estrogen receptor that catches the baseball. A hormone is a chemical messenger. The baseball represents estradiol, the message. The baseball glove represents the receiver. The baseball is thrown from another organ and goes into the baseball glove. The glove catches the baseball and recognizes that it is estradiol, and begins to respond to estradiol by producing cellular change. Feminine breast and hips are are created.

Now, imagine a pink softball is thrown and the baseball glove catches it as well. The pink softball represents a xenoestrogens. The xenoestrogens has estrogen-like responses but is not quite estrogen. In some cases, xenoestrogens can cause breast cancer. Although the breast may grow larger from the xenoestrogens, breast cancer is produced. One classic example of xenoestrogens causing breast cancer, are brand-name progestins and brand-name estrogens causing breast cancer. Parabens, a common preservative found in lotions and other topicals, are suspected by the European Union to cause breast cancer as well. BPA is a common chemical that leaches out of certain plastics. BPA is also suspected of causing breast cancer or contributing to breast cancer. Canada Walmart pulled off its shelves all the plastic bottles in their stores that leached BPA into drinking water. However, the FDA has ignored thousands of articles pointing to BPA as a carcinogen, as a xenoestrogens or an estrogen mimic.

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Xenoestrogens can actually be natural as well. For instance, rosemary is a common ingredient to lotions, shampoos, and cosmetics and is a natural estrogen. Rosemary is used to prevent rancidity in the oils in the product. Back in 1999, I gave my mother a progesterone cream that had rosemary in it. I was hoping to treat her uterine fibroids with progesterone. After about a month, I called her back and asked her how are fibroid was doing, she answered that her fibroid was now bigger. I called the company that made the progesterone cream. I asked them how this could be that the fibroid was bigger now. And they answered that it was because they had added rosemary to the progesterone cream for hot flashes. The rosemary was acting like an estrogen stimulating the uterine fibroid to grow bigger. This is one reason why if you give a progesterone cream with rosemary to endometriosis, the patients will get worse.

Natural Organic Plants Can Be Xenoestrogens as Well

greenmushrooms.jpgSo, not only do you have to avoid synthetic chemicals that mimic estrogen, you must avoid herbs or plants that mimic estrogen as well. Just because something is natural does not make it safe. After big rain rains on your lawn usually there are mushrooms that grow. Would you eat those mushrooms? Of course not, some of those mushrooms may be poisonous. Similarly, some herbs are hormone disruptive.

wetaloe.jpgLet me make this clear. I am not against herbs. I am against the inappropriate use of herbs. For instance, aloe is used in some cultures to create miscarriages if you do not want your pregnancy. I don't agree with this morally, but I'm just using this is an example to prove a point. If you drink enough aloe during the first trimester this will create a miscarriage. Progesterone is used to maintain the pregnancy and therefore, aloe may be used to block the progesterone receptor. So the aloe goes into the progesterone receptor and does not stimulate the receptor. Aloe blocks the progesterone receptor from progesterone. This stimulates the miscarriage to occur. Therefore, aloe may be a progesterone blocker. Thus, putting on a lotion, shampoo or conditioner with aloe in it during pregnancy is disingenuous. However, I am from Hawaii, and I am a guy. If I have a sunburn, I will certainly use aloe on my sunburn to soothe and to heal the skin from the sunburn. There is no danger of a miscarriage since I am a male and not pregnant. So, I am not saying I aloe is bad. I'm just saying that if you are pregnant you should NOT use aloe. Or if you're trying to use progesterone to heal the disease, you should not use aloe. Aloe blocks the effect of progesterone.

Aloe in a sunburned male is good. Aloe in a 1st trimester pregnant woman is bad.

Progesterone Counters Xenoestrogens

Progesterone can oppose the effects of xenoestrogens if and only if the amount of xenoestrogens are small and the xenoestrogens are weak. If the amount of xenoestrogens are large and strong, then progesterone can make the symptoms much worse. Thus, is important to rid the environment of all xenoestrogens for one to three months and then take progesterone. The most important xenoestrogens to get rid of are the ones on your skin. This is because anything on the skin is 10 times the oral dose in potency.

Progesterone is made in the latter half of the menstrual cycle at 20 to 40 mg per day. Progesterone is the hormone of pregnancy. At the beginning of the pregnancy the body makes 20 mg of progesterone per day. The levels of progesterone ramp up gradually and slowly over pregnancy so that during one day a third trimester pregnancy, the body is making 400 mg of progesterone per day. And what do we know about the safety of progesterone? Women who are pregnant nine times and deliver have a smaller chance of breast cancer and endometrial cancer. Therefore, it is likely that progesterone in is a preventative for cancer of the breast and endometrium.

This can be contrasted with synthetic progestins. According to the physicians desk reference, synthetic brand-name progestins can actually cause breast cancer. Synthetic brand-name progestins cause birth defects, and these progestins are contraindicated for use in pregnancy.

However, natural progesterone is routinely used by fertility medical doctors to stop miscarriage. Natural progesterone does not cause birth defects. Natural progesterone is used to maintain the pregnancy. If you do not have enough natural progesterone in your body, you will have a miscarriage. So, for some women with corpus luteum defects that do not produce enough progesterone, fertility medical doctors will give them extra progesterone to maintain the pregnancy and prevent miscarriage. This extra progesterone can be given orally, topically, or by injection.

Progestins cause birth defects. Natural progesterone does not cause birth defects.

Which would you rather use?

Natural progesterone can be used by polycystic ovarian syndrome patients. I have included excerpts from John Lee's book, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer. The excerpt from this book is copied and found below.

Taking Progesterone Has Five Reactions

torpedosub.jpg1. You completely exclude and phase out all xenoestrogens from things applied on your skin. You don’t need progesterone after a while. Buy any product from us and get a list of recommended products that don’t have any xenoestrogens in them. You will also get a list of chemicals and herbs that are hormone disrupters. We have used this list and modified it since 1999 to get our patients well.

2. You use progesterone with some mild xenoestrogens. Progesterone makes you better. But you have to continue to take progesterone. You are a loyal customer. You take progesterone forever.

3. You take progesterone an a single potent xenoestrogen. You get much worse temporarily until you stop progesterone. A single potent xenoestrogen can torpedo all your efforts. I explain why below.

4. You take progesterone and still take xenoestrogens. The progesterone “works” for the first 2 months, and then the progesterone “does NOT work”. I explain why below.

5. You take progesterone and take an herb that blocks progesterone at the receptor level. Herbs that cause miscarriage typically block progesterone at the receptor level. Progesterone is needed to maintain the pregnancy. Blocking progesterone at the receptor level creates a miscarriage. This is how the “morning after” pill works. The morning after pill blocks progesterone. Taking progesterone with mint or aloe, etc. that are traditionally used to create miscarriage will block progesterone. If you take mint or aloe or etc., the progesterone will NOT work since it is blocked. Taking progesterone with these herbs will have no effect.

The Reason Why Progesterone Doesn’t Always Work

The reason why progesterone doesn’t always work is that your sensitivity to estrogen will change when you take progesterone. The body in order to protect itself will shut down its sensitivity to estrogen when faced with chronic estrogen exposure. In other words, women in the USA have massive amounts of cosmetics and toiletries that they use. These cosmetics and toiletries go in through the skin, are estrogenic, and your body tries to save itself by becoming less sensitive to estrogen. As soon as you take progesterone, these estrogen receptors “Wake Up” and now the estrogen is much louder. Thus, it seems like you are getting more estrogen, even though you are not.

wwfwrestler.jpgIt is like going to a loud WWE wrestling match. At first, all the loud screaming and carrying on is very loud. But then, after one hour, it is not so loud any more. Has the noise level changed? No. Your sensitivity to the noise has changed. You have become less sensitive to the noise. In biology, this is known as “down regulation”. Your ears have decreased their sensitivity to allow for greater constant noise. When progesterone is taken, the ears “wake up” and you regain the original sensitivity to the noise. Now, the crowd is loud again. You blame progesterone.

The above is a story, the noise really represents chronic xenoestrogen exposure. Your body down regulates the sensitivity to the xenoestrogens. Progesterone makes you regain your original sensitivity.

You take progesterone. You get worse. You blame progesterone. You should really be blaming xenoestrogens.

The answer is to stop all xenoestrogens for about 1-3 months, THEN take progesterone. You must stop topical xenoestrogens for 1-3 months because it take 1-3 months for xenoestrogens to wash out of the body because they are fat soluble. If you begin to lose weight, the fat will release xenoestrogens stored in them and you will take a longer time to wash xenoestrogens out of the body.

Take Iodine to Reduce Insulin Resistance

The late Guy Abraham, MD found that 50 mg a day of iodine seem to help polycystic ovarian patients greatly. His research papers can be found at optimox.com under resources. I don't know why, but it seems that iodine helps reduce the sensitivity to xenoestrogens. It is essential that the polycystic ovarian syndrome patient take 50 mg of iodine per day. This iodine should consist of iodide, the iodine ion, and the atomic form of iodine I2. This is because some tissues take up iodine and some tissues take up iodide. So, for optimal functioning of the body you need both iodide and iodine.

purplesky.jpgThe one common theme I see when taking iodine is bromine toxicity. When you take iodine toxic bromine is forced out of the tissues in the human body. This toxic reaction is blamed on iodine, but it's actually a bromine toxicity. The human body needs iodine to function properly. If you don't take enough of iodine during pregnancy your child will become mentally retarded. This is known as cretinism. Bromine may substitute for iodine in the thyroid hormone and essentially render the thyroid hormone useless. When taking iodine, bromine is forced out of the tissues and this may result in bromine toxicity. This may look like heart palpitations, brassy cough, mucus production, a racing mind that prevents you or make it difficult for you to sleep, acne, rash, and in one out of 400 cases a sore thyroid. The sore thyroid is especially worrisome because indicates thyrocytes are lysing or breaking up. You have to stop the iodine immediately because these lysed cells or lysed thyrocytes we may actually cause a Hashimoto's thyroiditis to be created. Thus, if you have a sore thyroid to when taking iodine stop the iodine immediately.

Where is this bromine coming from? The bromine most commonly comes from soft drinks that have brominated vegetable oil, commercial baked products were bromine is used as a leavening agent, sleep aids, asthma inhalers, sports drinks that use brominated vegetable oil, and brominated pools instead of chlorinated swimming pools. The bromine is then stored in your tissues.

Thus, for most people, when you take iodine, bromine is forced out of tissues and you have a detoxification reaction. For most people this detoxification may last only two weeks. For instance, when I first took iodine, I started having heart palpitations and had difficulty sleeping. However, after two weeks of heart palpitations difficulty sleeping these symptoms went away. So I started at 3 mg of iodine per day and slowly ramped up my intake of iodine to 50 mg a day. As 50 mg a day of iodine, I had no adverse reactions. My body temperature increased from 96.8 to 98.4.

My wife had the exact same symptoms when starting iodine. However, she did not believe me that this was a detox reaction, and refused to take anymore iodine.

In conclusion, high doses of iodine is extremely important for polycystic ovarian patients according to Guy Abraham MD. However, be careful of bromine toxicity.

To Lose Weight, First, Correct the Hormones

It seems that women who are thinner respond to therapy much more positively than women who are heavyset. One reason why you are heavyset is because of xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens mimic estrogen. Too much estrogen tells the body to build up fat for the pregnancy. Thus, it becomes are difficult to lose weight. This is because the xenoestrogens are telling your body to bill up fat. Thus, it is extremely important cut out xenoestrogens to lose weight. Many times after cutting out xenoestrogens your appetite craving just goes away.

Bromine also poisons the thyroid system, and it is important to take iodine as above.

Eat More Weigh Less

It is also important to know what kind of diet to use to have a sustainable weight loss. The state-of-the-art diet, in my opinion, is the Shintani Diet. The best book to read on this is "Eat More Weigh Less" by Terry Shintani, MD. The diet revolves upon calorie density. For instance, oil would be a very calorie dense food. The volume of oil is very small. However, the amount of calories oil has is very high. At the opposite end of the spectrum, is lettuce. The volume of the lettuce is very high. However, the calories of the lettuce is very low. Thus, the calorie density of oil is very high, and the calorie density of lettuce is very low.

Why is this important?

You feel full by stretching the stomach physically. So eating a whole bunch of lettuce would make the stomach stretch out physically. And your body thinks it is full. However, if you eat a whole bunch of oil, then your stomach would not think it is full, and you would still be hungry. Because your thinks it is hungry, the body still wants to eat more, and then you would gain weight.

For instance, hundred cobs of corn is equivalent calorie wise to hamburger and a milkshake. If you a 20 cobs of corn you would not feel hungry. Why? Because your stomach expands physically and you don't feel hungry. Your body believes it is not starving and therefore your activity level continues to be the same and you burn off calories. However if you eat half a hamburger and half a milkshake you would still be hungry. This is because the stomach did not expand physically. Your body thinks it is starving and therefore, it ratchets down the metabolism to prevent from being starved. And so you feel sluggish, and you begin to gain weight.

So, Shintani MD believes that if you eat calorie light density foods you will lose weight. This is because the body thinks it is not starving and keeps metabolism high while you are eating food that may have 20% of the calories that you usually eat. Therefore, you can eat as much as you want and still lose weight.

You may also go on a juice fast to lose weight and detox. This is extremely effective temporarily. See the video.

Insulin Resistance can be From Chromium Deficiency in Part

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a disease in insulin resistance. And therefore, physicians give metaformin to help with insulin resistance and reduce blood glucose. However, I like to treat this insulin resistance by treating the underlying each nutritional deficiencies instead.

Chromium Deficiency in America

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Again, polycystic ovarian syndrome is a disease insulin resistance. Chromium assists insulin to make it work better. It's a cofactor for insulin. Therefore, chromium is used in insulin resistant diseases like diabetes type II and gestational diabetes. In fact if you give 200 to 400 µg of chromium picolinate a day to gestational diabetic patient, the gestational diabetes will go away.

There are no chromium in deposits in North and South America. It is a slight amount of chromium in Brazil but that's about it. Thus, there is no chromium in the soil. There is no chromium in the grass grows on the soil. There is no chromium in the cows that eat the grass. When you and I eat beef, there is no chromium in the beef. Thus, Americans in both North and South America are all deficient in chromium.

You should use chromium picolinate 200 to 400 µg per day. Chromium picolinate may have absorption rate of of 40%. However, chromium oxide may only have absorption rate of 4%. Chromium nicotinate is another option. However, chromium nicotinate may give you hot flashes. Do not use chromium oxide. Taking chromium oxide is a waste of money because of the low absorption rate.

In a small study of 30 women done at the University of Texas, women that used chromium nicotinate lost weight. However, the women that took chromium picolinate did NOT lose weight. So, I am leaning towards the use of chromium nicotinate.

Vanadium Deficiency

Vanadium is also important because it mimics insulin. I recommend vanadyl sulfate 100 mg per day. Again, vanadium oxide does not have their good absorption. Use vanadyl sulfate. Some researchers think that 23 mp to 100 mp of vanadyl sulfate to be too much or toxic unless the vanadyl sulfate is being used to treat a disease under a doctor's supervision. If you do decide to go higher in dose of vanadyl sulfate, do it with a doctor.

Vitamin B Supplements

Women with Estrogen Dominance with too much xenoestrogen exposure usually have a Vitamin B deficiency. A Vitamin B deficiency causes a nerve disease or neuropathy. Sometimes this looks like a burning sensation or a creepy crawling feeling on the legs. This may be labeled as Restless Leg Syndrome.

I recommend taking a Vitamin B-100 in the morning. Taking the Vitamin B at night may cause vivid dreams. Do NOT take more than 200 mg/day of Vitamin B6. In rare cases, taking more than 200 mg/day of Vitamin B6 may result in permanent neuropathy. A Vitamin B-100 typically contains only 50 mg of Vitamin B6.

Magnesium Deficiency

Women with Estrogen Dominance with too much xenoestrogen exposure usually have a Magnesium deficiency. A Magnesium deficiency causes a muscle cramping and tensing. Women can get menstrual cramping. Arterioles with muscular sheathes can constrict. Arterioles feeding the hands constrict. Hands can get cold. This may be diagnosed as Reynaud’s Syndrome. A woman can also get a “Charlie Horse” or leg cramping. You can get neck pain.

The solution is simple. Remove xenoestrogens. After several months of removing the xenoestrogens, the magnesium deficiency will go away. In the mean time, magnesium glycinate 400-600 mg/day can be taken to tide you over.

Conflicts with Other Women Stop You From Excreting Xenoestrogens

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Clinically, most of my patients with ovarian cysts and many of my patients with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome have conflicts with other women. Anecdotally, when these women repair their relationships and come to a place of peace as opposed to constant drama, their ovarian cysts disappear. For those that feel constantly beaten up, a good book to read is “Boundaries” by Dr. Cloud and Dr. Townsend. I speculate that the constant drama of conflict makes your mind and body upset. This drama changes the biochemistry of the body and then, you cannot excrete xenoestrogens. The retained xenoestrogens cause PCOS.

John Lee’s Thoughts on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome How too Much Sugar Affects Your Ovaries

While insulin’s primary job is to escort sugar into your cells, it indirectly affects many other systems in your body. For Example, chronically high insulin levels alter the brain’s normal cyclic production of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and lutinizing hormone (LH), which regulate the cyclic production of estrogens and progesterone by the ovaries with each menstrual cycle. When insulin levels remain high due to insulin resistance, the pituitary gland in the brain produces too much LH relative to FSH. Ordinarily, FSH is produced early in a woman’s menstrual cycle, allowing proper maturation of eggs in the ovaries. Once a dominant follicle (egg) form, LH is then produced about mid cycle to hasten the maturation and release of the dominant egg and to stimulate the production of progesterone. However, when FSH is low, a dominant follicle never develops. Multiple follicles form, resulting in cysts o the ovaries, known as poly-cystic ovaries. These underdeveloped follicles respond to the excessive LH and produce excessive amounts of testosterone, just as the testes in the males respond to LH and produce testosterone.

When insulin levels are persistently elevated, as with insulin resistance syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can occur. PCOS causes the ovaries to become anovulatory, meaning that the normal cyclic production of estrogen, followed by progesterone, ceases or becomes dysfunctional. Insulin stimulates the ovaries to produce predominantly androgens (male hormones) – which, in combination with the higher insulin and glucose, result in more weight gain around the waist (the apple body type, which is a risk factor for breast cancer). Signs that the body is being exposed to higher levels of the male hormones in clued acne, loss of hair on the head, and an increase in body hair (face, arms, legs).

The Path to Breast Cancer: Early Insulin Resistance and PCOS Treatment

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PCOS has become a near epidemic among young women who subsist on junk food and suffer from low-level insulin resistance starting in their teens. They complain of acne, terrible PMS, and excessive hair growth on the face and arms. Eventually, they also complain of estrogen dominance symptoms. The typical physician will ignore issues of diet and exercise and put these girls on birth control pills and/ or oral diabetes drugs that lower insulin. This is a gross error in approach; simple lifestyle changes – less sugar, a more wholesome diet, and regular exercise – will often solve the problem within a couple of menstrual cycles. Medicating these young women with birth control pills that can increase their risk of breast cancer, and oral diabetes drugs, that all too often damage the liver should not be an easy option.

If you have a preteen or teenage daughter who is a junk food eating couch potato, it’s essential to get her involved in some type of exercise. Team sports such as basketball, soccer, and volley ball are ideal, but for those girls who don’t have good eye-hand coordination, or who don’t enjoy competition or team sports, there are plenty of other types of vigorous exercise, from running and in-line skating to horseback riding and swimming.

Getting plenty of exercise will delay puberty, decrease the flow of estrogens, and narrow the window of vulnerability to breast cancer. We know from clinical studies that young women who are involved in regular and vigorous aerobic exercise programs begin puberty later and have nearly a twofold DECREASED risk of developing breast cancer later in life.

While you can generally be assured that your child eats well at breakfast and dinner, lunch may be out of your control, and that can be a problem. It’s high time that parents became activists in seeing that schools provide a wholesome lunch. Purveyors of junk food have invaded American schools, which should be perceived as a national scandal and a national health crisis. Pizza and soda, or a double cheeseburger and a shake, is a recipe for insulin resistance and a world of health problems later in life. (Chapter 17 gives you detailed and yet easy-to-use information on creating a healthy diet).

The Double Whammy:  Insulin Resistance Combined with Menopause

Symptoms of PCOS, high androgens, and insulin resistance can also be symptoms of approaching Menopause. Higher androgens and an increased waist to hip ratio (fat around the middle) are significant risk factors for breast cancer, because the increased fat around the waist results in greater capacity to form estrogens for androgens, further increasing breast cancer risk. In fact, it may not be the increase in androgens per se that increases breast cancer risk, but rather the enhanced capacity, caused by insulin resistance, to convert them to estrogen in fat tissue adjacent to the breast cells. At the same time, the drop in the cyclic production of estrogen and progesterone, as well in androgens such DHEA, can also increase the chances of developing insulin resistance, and the lowered progesterone contributes to estrogen dominance.

Proper supplementation with the right types (natural) and amounts (physiologic) of estrogens, progesterone, and DHEA have been shown to decrease the symptoms associated with insulin resistance. Synthetic Progestins such as Provera and those found in birth control pills have been shown to INCREASE insulin resistance.

It’s intriguing, and we believe more than coincidental, that many of the risk factors for insulin resistance are also risk factors for breast cancer. These include rapid weight gain at menopause, increased circulating androgens, lack of ovulation, physical inactivity, smoking, and particularly, OVEREATING A REFINED CARBOHYDRATE DIET (junk food).

In a Nutshell:  How Overeating Junk Food Early in Life Can Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Overeating junk food makes you fat. Increased body fat and lack of exercise lead to insulin resistance. (Smoking makes it happen faster.) Insulin resistance leads to further craving of sugary carbohydrates to generate energy for the body. More insulin is released in response to increased carbohydrate intake, leading to more weight gain. More fat leads to more estrogens, which, in turn, lead to earlier breast development and menstruation. Earlier onset of menstruation leads to more ovulatory cycles and a greater lifetime exposure to estrogens without adequate

Taken from “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer” by John Lee, MD. Page 68-71

Androgens

Androgens are a class of hormones that include androstenedione, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Although dihydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) isn’t, strictly speaking, an androgen, in a woman’s body it can be quickly converted to androstenedione and testosterone, so we will include it as an androgen in this chapter. Androgens are commonly thought of as the male hormones, because they can have masculinizing effects, but they also play an important role in female health. Women make smaller amounts of androgens than men do, so they don’t normally have the masculine traits of baldness, whiskers on the face or a deep voice. The androgens bring many positive effects to a woman’s body, and you’ll find out more about those in this chapter.

The most common symptoms of low androgens following removal of the ovaries are low libido, depression, memory lapses, bone loss, vaginal dryness, and incontinence.

Androgens are also very important for the health of the skin. The cells of the skin (dermis), hair follicles, and sebaceous glands (glands that produce oils that lubricate the skin) contain high levels of androgen receptors. When androgens bind to them, this stimulates the skin cells to divide and thicken, the hair to thicken, and more oil to be produced. Because men produce more androgens, they have thicker skin, have more facial and body hair, and are more prone to acne. Women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) produce excessive amounts of androgens and have more facial and body hair, acne, and oily skin. These women generally tend to have greater muscle mass and are stronger.

If something biochemically interferes with the conversion of androstenedione to estrogen, it may cause symptoms of androgen excess, such as hair growth on the face, hair loss on the head, and acne. These symptoms, as we said, also appear as a symptom of polycystic ovarian syndrome.

At puberty, a boy’s testicles begin to produce more testosterone and DHT, while a girl’s ovaries begin the production of estrogens and progesterone. In girls estrogens suppress the expression of androgen receptors in the skin, hair follicles, and sebaceous glands, preventing the androgen expression so commonly seen in young boys as they transition through puberty. Progesterone produced by the ovaries also plays an important role in curbing excessive growth of facial hair and acne in young women by blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone, the most common component form of natural androgen). Testosterone must be converted to DHT directly within the cells of the skin, hair follicle, or sebaceous gland before it can activate the androgen receptor in these cells. This conversion for testosterone t DHT is carries out by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. Progesterone occupies the testosterone binding site of the 5-alpha-reductase, preventing it from binding testosterone and converting it to the more potent DHT. [Progesterone prevent potent DHT from being made in the body]

Young women who suffer polycystic ovarian syndrome ovulate less often than normal and experience irregular menstrual cycles, and instead of producing estrogen and progesterone, their ovaries manufacture testosterone at levels often equal to that of young males. They also experience the same androgenic effects of young males: male pattern facial and body hair growth, acne, oily skin, more muscle mass, thicker waist, and smaller hips. Women with PCOS also tend to have high insulin levels, which as your read in chapter 4, can contribute to predisposing cells in the breast tissue to become cancerous.

From “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer” Page 171-174.

Seven Easy Steps for PCOS

I only have about 50% success in dealing with PCOS.

1. Avoid xenoestrogens. Buy any product from us and get a list of recommended products as well as a list of chemicals and herbs that mimic estrogen. We have been using this list since 1999. Anything on the skin is 10 times the oral dose in potency. It is extremely important to cut out xenoestrogens from your environment.  Xenoestrogens in most cases is causing the PCOS.

2. Take topical Natural Progesterone 20-60 mg/day.

3. Lose weight. Use “Eat More Weigh Less” by Terri Shintani, MD or juice fasting. Use Chromium Nicotinate 200 mcg - 400 mcg/day NOT Chromium Oxide (as the oxide has poor absorption of 4%). Chromium Picolinate does not enable women to lose weight. Take Vanadyl Sulfate 100 mg/day.

4. Make sure you take iodine 50 mg/day  of Iodoral or Lugol's, but watch out for Bromine toxicity.  More about this is in the material that goes out with our product. Start off with very small amounts of iodine at 3 mg/day. Slowly ramp up 6 mg/day every week.

5. Repair relationships with other women. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome seems to be linked to conflicts with other women. The conflict changes mind chemistry and body chemistry to prevent the excretion of xenoestrogens. This leads to increased retention of xenoestrogens. The xenoestrogens cause the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

6. Take a Vitamin B-100 in the morning until you have gotten rid of all xenoestrogens for 6 months.

7. Take 400-600 mg/day of Magnesium Glycinate until you have gotten rid of all xenoestrogens for 6 months..

8.  Fructose and sucrose (cane sugar) has been shown to increase insulin resistance.  The sugar is found in processed food.  I highly suggest that you watch "That Sugar Movie".  A high sugar and high carbohydrate diet found in processed foods, pasta, and bread makes Polycystic Ovary Syndrome worse.  But a diet low in sugar, healthy fats and plenty of vegetables can restore balance.  Excess sugar creates high insulin levels leading to high androgen production in the ovary, and suppressed ovulation.

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    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome ( PCOS ) Testimonial using Progesterone and avoidance of Xenoestrogens