Is Soya Safe For Women?

There has been a lot of attention in recent years about whether soya is safe for women or whether it can cause or exacerbate breast cancer because of the phyto-oestrogens it contains.

My own view has always been that it is positively beneficial for women – because it contains the phyto-oestrogens. The weaker soya oestrogens actually compete with the stronger body oestrogens at the receptor sites and that can have the effect of protecting women from oestrogen dominance and especially if the woman has a lot of the most risky oestrogen types (which you can see in a hormone test). Less strong or risky oestrogen at receptor sites means less risk of breast cancer. That’s how I see it anyway.

If, however, a woman is not producing a lot of oestrogen and is low (check your adrenals as they have to pick up the slack after 40ish!), the extra that comes from soya can really help pick levels up. But, women have been reluctant to follow that advice because of the soya breast cancer worry.

Anyway, I was interested to see an article in the Natural Medicine Journal today which gives more weight to the safety of soy. Have a read; it’s interesting if not totally conclusive research-wise (more needs to be done), but they do say:

To date, not a single study of moderate soy consumption has found detrimental effects in any women with a history of breast cancer (premenopausal or postmenopausal, ER-negative or ER-positive).

Soy and Breast Cancer

More research in defense of soy

That’s encouraging isn’t it? For more on oestrogen dominance, check the factsheet in the A-Z here:

Oestrogen Dominance

And for more on low oestrogen, check here:

Menopause

Hope that helps! Just one last tip: make sure the soya foods you consume are good ones – none of yer soya protein isolates please, check the packets!!

Plant Compound for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Interesting for the future: plant compound for triple-negative breast cancer. http://ow.ly/ciQ8308uHDt

Acupuncture for Hot Sweats Helps 50% in 3-4 Sessions!

50% of women with hot flushes and night sweats improved after 3-4 sessions of acupuncture. Gotta be worth a try! http://ow.ly/ISqi304Ux5K

Free Thyroid Summit October Register Now

I don’t usually promote the zillions of summits we seem to get nowadays but actually I get asked about thyroid issues A LOT so I thought this one might actually be useful for us all as there are some really good speakers on it – Perlmutter, Fasano, Vojdani, Minich, Axe et al and some unusual angles like a guided meditation, neurofeedback, parasites, infections, LDN therapy, juicing etc. I am going to listen to it certainly.

Here’s the blurby bit on it for you – I have put in an affiliate link as I will probably buy the whole thing for us and this helps me recoup some of the costs, so thank you x

Thyroid Connection Summit

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The Thyroid Connection Summit will help you:

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The Thyroid Connection Summit is online and free from October 24-31, 2016!

 

DUTCH Adrenal and Hormone Tests

I spent a whole day this week assessing the new DUTCH adrenal and hormone tests for us, so thought it might be useful for you if I put down my thoughts about them.

DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones and I’ve had them on the shop for quite a while for you – because you asked – but I always like to immerse myself in new tests to make sure we have the most up to date, valid and treatment-practical offering there for you. And so I can understand and help you with them, of course.

Anyway, my thoughts in case they are useful..this was the question I was really trying to answer for us:

If you want to test your adrenals or hormones, is it now better to use the DUTCH tests?

Well, yes and no.

In short, I think there is real value in the extra adrenal info you get (more of why below), but the hormone elements included in the DUTCH Complete, Sex & Metabolites and Cycle Mapping are pretty comparable to the ones we already do with Genova: the Complete Hormones and Rhythm respectively.

However, the DUTCH is much cheaper (when they do the combination tests), is dried urine so a bit more convenient than collecting 24 hours’ worth of urine and has a lot more guidance for people who are on meds and supplements like HRT to test effectively, and for those with irregular cycles – the bane of my life with the Rhythm!

On the down side, the reports are really complicated and even scared me until I ‘got’ them. You are more likely to need interp guidance.

To clarify, there are several DUTCH tests:

The DUTCH Adrenal – which gives you the free cortisol in 4 measurements and total, the same as the Genova Adrenal Stress Test, but it also gives you the adrenal metabolites which can give you a much deeper picture if you need it.

DUTCH Sex & Metabolites – which gives you info on the sex hormones: oestrogen, progesterone and androgens (inc DHEAs and testosterone metabolites).

The DUTCH Complete – which gives you all of the adrenal and hormones as above. Sort of the new DUTCH Adrenal plus Genova’s Complete Hormones – much cheaper and the best all-round test for men and post menopause.

The DUTCH Cycle Mapping – this is the monthly cycle look at the hormones, much like the Genova Rhythm test we know and love.

The Dutch Complete with Cycle Mapping – all of the above! The most useful test in my view especially for women still having period cycles. And, of course, the most pricey – but far cheaper than the equivalent separate tests from Genova (which would be the Adrenal test, Complete Hormones and a Rhythm).

Phew. I am now going to be recommending the DUTCH Complete with or without Cycle Mapping because it gives you loads of the same and more info for less money than combined the Genova tests. And, I am recommending the DUTCH Adrenal test as a more complex look at those.

 

What’s the benefit of the adrenal metabolites?

The normal 4 sample saliva adrenal test is great at showing you the daily pattern of free cortisol – and you could only do that with saliva until DUTCH. Then, they discovered you could get comparable results from a dried urine sample too – although there hasn’t been anywhere near as much research to prove that and there has been a LOT of studies backing up the standard salivary test up to now, so both are probably valid.

The free cortisol and daily pattern gives you a good indication of what might be going wrong somewhere with your adrenals and, having done it for over a decade, I have found it very reliable. However, we have to acknowledge that free cortisol is a very small amount of what is actually available in the body so, in some cases, there might be something hidden going on.

In the DUTCH Adrenal, you also get the adrenal metabolites and an idea of inactive cortisone. Why is that important?

Well, say you had someone who looked on the normal adrenal test like their cortisol was low, you would think they had low production of cortisol. However, if you looked at the metabolised cortisol levels and they were high, that might suggest instead that their free cortisol – what’s measured in the normal adrenal test – was low but their overall total cortisol production was high. That could be important as someone might be actually making too much, or they might be not clearing it from the body well.

Of course the body doesn’t know the difference and high cortisol is high cortisol. High cortisol means inflammation, belly fat, stress etc.

Or, say someone was making a lot of the inactive cortisone. It might be that their free cortisol looks low but downstream their metabolites suggest the production looks OK in total. Then you see they are converting a lot of it to cortisone so that person is making enough cortisol itself but needs to stop converting so much of it.

I told you it was complicated!

Anyway, the upshot is that I think the extra metabolites info you get on DUTCH could prove very useful. It seems to me from reading what other US based practitioners are doing (it’s not quite so used in the UK yet that they are using it for when people don’t respond to the normal adrenal protocols to dig a bit deeper. I think that is right, although I can see the usefulness of getting the extra info at the start too.

So, conclusion overall is that I will continue to offer the usual Genova salivary adrenal test which I think can give you a good snapshot – and all the protocols I’ve used in-clinic successfully for over a decade are in the corresponding Adrenal Plan for you – but offer the DUTCH for those who want a deeper look either at the beginning or later on.

There is, of course, quite a large difference in price too: £82 versus £179 (the DUTCH has just come down happily from £199).

With the sex hormones though, I will swap to DUTCH as you get the same info for much less money. Reports aren’t quite as good or useful but as long as we can interpret them, that’s fine!

As such, I’ve updated the shop pages. See here for Adrenal Tests and here for Hormone Tests.

My head hurts – hormones always do that to me, in more ways than one since I had flat adrenals, insulin resistance and PCOS 😉

 

 

Are You Oestrogen Dominant?

hormone womanI’ve just finished the latest factsheet for you, this time on oestrogen dominance in men and women. Here’s a flavour for you and you can continue reading the free factsheet here for more on how to test and what to do about it if you are. Hope it helps..

Oestrogen Dominance

Oestrogen dominance affects both men and women but you only really ever tend to see it discussed for women. It basically means where your oestrogen to progesterone ratio is out – the oestrogen is out of proportion.

That can be because the progesterone is too low – pretty common – and/or because the oestrogen intake from meds or the environment is too high.

Either way, too much oestrogen is not a good idea since many cancers and medical conditions are oestrogenic. Too much circulating about can be used, if you see what I mean. That might mean in endometriosis, fibroids or breast cancer, for example in women, or low libido, fertility issues, man ‘boobs’ or even prostate problems for men.

Here is a bit more info for you, taken from a factsheet written by Nutri, because it clearly gives male and female oestrogen dominance symptoms.

Oestrogen Dominance Symptoms: 

 

Men
 

✓  Difficulty putting on muscle

✓  Low libido

✓  Fatigue

✓  Headaches/migraines

✓  Foggy thinking

✓  Excess fat and redistribution of fat

✓  Breast growth (“man boobs”)

✓  Balding

✓  Reduced body hair

✓  Depression

✓  Anxiety

✓  Hypoglycemia

✓  Sleep problems

✓  Difficulty with urination,

✓  Increased frequency of urination

✓  Prostate enlargement

✓  Erectile dysfunction

✓  Fertility issues / low sperm count

 

 

Women
 

✓ Mood swings

✓ Depression

✓ Anxiety

✓ Low energy

✓ Foggy thinking

✓ Dry eyes

✓ Disrupted periods

✓ Low energy

✓ Hypoglycemia

✓ Weight gain

✓  Low libido

✓ PMS

✓  Hair loss

✓ Headaches/migraines

✓ Weak bladder control

✓ Irregular menstrual periods

✓ Sleep problems

✓  Fibroids

✓ Endometriosis

✓ Fibrocystic or painful breasts

✓  Cervical dysplasia

✓ Systemic lupus erythematosis

✓ Fertility issues

✓ Family history of breast cancer

Apigenin-Rich Food For Breast Cancer Reduction

Nice tip from Dr Glenville for you today:

Cancer And The Mediterranean Diet
 
It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so over the next few days I want to look at the ways that diet and lifestyle can impact on this disease. Sadly this disease affects so many with over 500,000 women being diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK.  I want to share a study with you about a plant based compound called apigenin.
 
Researchers from Ohio State University found that this powerful compound which is abundant in the Mediterranean diet can interrupt a process that breast cancer cells use to thrive. The scientists found that apigenin can alter the behaviour of cancer cells so that they are unable to avoid being killed off. Apigenin is a flavonoid so it has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Apigenin-rich foods are plentiful in the Mediterranean diet somaking sure that your diet is full of fresh fruit and vegetables and healthy oils could be a good way to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
 
To get plenty of apigenin in your diet include the following foods; parsley, celery, rosemary,chamomile, oregano, thyme, basil and coriander, artichokes, onions, broccoli, grapes and cherries.
And here’s the study abstract she quotes too.