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How Do Xenoestrogens & Environmental Pollutants Affect You and Your Family?

No matter how diligent we are about eating and living right, we are constantly exposed to chemical pollutants in many aspects our daily lives. One of the most alarming of these pollutants is xenoestrogens.

What does xenoestrogen mean?

Xeno means foreign. So xenoestrogens are made from something other than the body. Many are petrochemically based or are byproducts of petrochemical production. Gasoline fumes, plastics, medicines, pesticides, perfumes all have petrochemical residue, all act as estrogens in the human body. Another common synthetic estrogen is in our food supply.

Synthetic Estrogen and Growth Hormones via Meat

Growth hormones, fed to cows and chickens to promote accelerated growth, is estrogen. Estrogen in our food supply!?! It seems incredible, doesn’t it? If when consumed by cows and chickens it increases their rate of growth, it seems logical to suppose that the ingestion of this meat would have an effect on the humans consuming them.

According to the late Dr. John Lee, author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause and Theo Colburn author of Our Stolen Future, these chemical estrogens are indeed wreaking havoc on humans as well as all other animals on this planet. In studies at the University of Florida with alligator offspring from alligators that were exposed to a particularly large pesticide spill in LakeApopka near Gainesville, the male babies had smaller testicles and low sperm. Alligator reproduction had decreased some 90% in the years since the spill. Between 1950 and 1980 seagulls living on the Los Angeles coastline, showed symptoms of estrogen dominance from exposure to DDT that was draining into the ocean from surrounding neighborhoods. Though now banned in the United States, DDT is widely used in other parts of the world.

We know from the 2002 announcement about the recent Women’s Health Initiative study that hormone’s in hormone replacement therapy cause an increased risk of a variety of cancers in women as well as well as an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke. Dr. Lee states that recent studies done show that as well as having a negative effect on women, men and children are being affected by these synthetic hormones consumed as meat in their daily diets, as well. According to both Dr. Lee and T. Colburn, we are seeing an increased incidence of testicular and prostate cancers, low sperm counts, infertility, early onset puberty and breast growth in boys. In essence, this female hormone in our food and water supply is feminizing the planet.

What can you do to reduce your exposure to these synthetic estrogens?


  • Reduce your use of plastics.
  • Whenever possible drink beverages in a glass.
  • Do not use plastic in your microwave.
  • Stand a distance from your car when you are filling the tank.
  • Eat ORGANIC!!! Pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables is a major culprit.
  • Make the investment in your health and purchase only hormone-free dairy products and hormone free meats. It is much easier today to acquire these types of meats in most communities.
  • Drink pure clean water. What’s coming out of your tap in cities is not pure and clean.


Use Herbs for Cleansing Petrochemicals and Toxins

There are a number of herbs that will assist the body in cleansing petrochemicals, as well as other toxins. Three herbs grow abundantly in our area in the woods and on roadsides; stinging nettle (Urtica diocica), Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinalis), and Burdock (Arctium lappa). The organ of the body most affected by toxins of any kind is the liver whose job it is to filter toxins from what is consumed. These abundant herbs are not only used help to cleanse the body of toxins but can nourish it as well.

What are these herbs good for?

An ancient tradition of the “signature of doctrines” states that looking at the characteristics of a plant will indicate what it might be good for. All three of the above-mentioned plants grow on roadsides and in areas where clearing has occurred suggesting an ability to “clean up” a mess. Burdock, Dandelion, and Nettles when consumed as a tea or food, have a natural ability to rid the body of toxins. Using them is simple. Dig the root of burdock and dandelion to make a cleansing and nourishing tea. Both will supply an ample supply of minerals. Nettle leaves are a wonderful source of calcium. Dandelion and nettle leaves are powerful diuretics.


In closing, I will add that I feel one of the most important things any of us can do is to get involved. Make sure your community is supporting your best interest by providing clean water, clean food and a reduction of toxins emitted into your environment. It is so very important to the health of future generations.

Where are xenoestrogens found?

· Gas fumes

· Pesticides

· Off-gassing of plastics

· Growth hormones in chicken and beef (therefore also in eggs, cheese, milk, and butter.)

· Spermicides

· Residue from household soap; like laundry and dish detergent

Cynthia Johnston is an herbalist and the creator of MoonMaid Botanicals. She lives in Cosby, Tennessee where she grows many of the herbs she uses in her products. She can be contacted toll-free at 1-877-253-7853 or at [email protected]