Summery by Dr John Lee
Estrogen dominance is a term coined by John R. Lee, M.D., the great pioneer in natural hormones. It refers to an excess of estrogen relative to not enough progesterone. In other words, you can have normal or low estrogen levels, but if you have low progesterone you will have estrogen dominance. Estrogen and progesterone bring hormone harmony when they’re in balance with each other.
Estrogen Dominance Symptoms
The symptoms and conditions associated with estrogen dominance are:
Acceleration of the aging process Allergies, including asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis and thyroiditis, and possibly Sjoegren’s disease Breast cancer Breast tenderness Cervical dysplasia Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction Copper excess Decreased sex drive Depression with anxiety or agitation Dry eyes Early onset of menstruation Endometrial (uterine) cancer Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs Fatigue Fibrocystic breasts Foggy thinking Gallbladder disease Hair Loss Headaches Hypoglycemia Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes) Infertility Irregular menstrual periods Irritability Insomnia Magnesium deficiency Memory loss Mood swings Osteoporosis Polycystic ovaries Premenopausal bone loss PMS Prostate cancer Sluggish metabolism Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism Uterine cancer Uterine fibroids Water retention, bloating Zinc deficiency
The causes of Estrogen Dominance
Strictly speaking, it’s possible that we are all — men, women and children — suffering a little from estrogen dominance, because there is so much of it in our environment. You would have to virtually live in a bubble to escape the excess estrogens we’re exposed to through pesticides, plastics, industrial waste products, car exhaust, meat, soaps and much of the carpeting, furniture and paneling that we live with indoors every day. You may have on-and-off sinus problems, headaches, dry eyes, asthma or cold hands and feet for example, and not know to attribute them to your exposure to xenohormones. Over time the exposure will cause more chronic problems such as arthritis and premenopause symptoms, and may be a direct or indirect cause of cancer.