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"Soy isoflavones, found in most soy products, are compounds that resemble estrogen, and in fact bind to human estrogen receptors. But it is unclear whether these so-called phytoestrogens actually behave like estrogen in the body or only fool it into thinking they're estrogen. Either way the phytoestrogens might have an effect (good or bad) on the growth of certain cancers, the symptoms of menopause, and the function of the endocrine system. Because of these uncertainties, the FDA has declined to grant GRAS ("generally regarded as safe") status to soy isoflavones used as a food additive."
- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (Get the book.)

"Menopausal estrogen and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer Risk. JAMA. 1/26/2000. Vol. 283, No.4 7 The risk of breast cancer after estrogen and estrogen-progestin replacement. N. Engl. J. Med. 1989;321:293-297 8 The use of estrogens and progestins and the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. N. Engl. J. Med. 1995;332:1589-1593 9 New York Times. 12.15.2006 and Wall Street Journal 12.15.2006 10 Clarke, Christina. Recent declines in hormone therapy utilization and breast cacner incidence: Clinical and population-based evidence. Correspondence."
- David Brownstein M.D., Drugs That Don't Work and Natural Therapies That Do (Get the book.)

"Randomized trial of estrogen plus progestin for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease in postmenopausal women. JAMA. Vol. 280 No. 7, 8/19/98 3 Circulation. July 24, 2001;104;459-503 4 New England Journal of Medicine. 8/24/00;343:522-529 5 J. Natl. Cancer Inst. 92(4) 328-332, 2000 6 Menopausal estrogen and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer Risk. JAMA. 1/26/2000. Vol. 283, No.4 7 The risk of breast cancer after estrogen and estrogen-progestin replacement. N. Engl. J. Med."

- David Brownstein M.D., Drugs That Don't Work and Natural Therapies That Do (Get the book.)

"When estrogen levels are high, phytoestrogens may reduce the harmful effects of human estrogen by binding to receptor sites, crowding out human estrogen. There is some evidence this action may protect against hormone-related cancers. When estrogen levels are low, the weak estrogens may provide enough estrogenic activity to provide protection against diseases such as osteoporosis and heart disease. Another important group of phytochemicals is called phytosterols or plant sterols. These compounds are structurally similar to cholesterol, but with remarkably different effects on the body."
- Brenda Davis and Tom Barnard, Defeating Diabetes (Get the book.)

"But it is unclear whether these so-called phytoestrogens actually behave like estrogen in the body or only fool it into thinking they're estrogen. Either way the phytoestrogens might have an effect (good or bad) on the growth of certain cancers, the symptoms of menopause, and the function of the endocrine system. Because of these uncertainties, the FDA has declined to grant GRAS ("generally regarded as safe") status to soy isoflavones used as a food additive."
- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (Get the book.)

"Infants fed exclusively soy-based formulas have 13-22 thousand times more estrogen compounds in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula. This is the estrogenic equivalent of five birth control pills a day! Soy consumption leads to many more problems. The excess of phytoestrogens is thought to lead to estrogen-dependent tumors as well. Soy foods are also bad for the thyroid and can cause fatigue, weight gain, depression and/or moodiness in people with an existing thyroid problem. Soy contains high levels of aluminum, toxic to the nervous system, kidneys and brain."
- Susan E. Schenck, The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet (Get the book.)

"But it is unclear whether these so-called phytoestrogens actually behave like estrogen in the body or only fool it into thinking they're estrogen. Either way the phytoestrogens might have an effect (good or bad) on the growth of certain cancers, the symptoms of menopause, and the function of the endocrine system. Because of these uncertainties, the FDA has declined to grant GRAS ("generally regarded as safe") status to soy isoflavones used as a food additive."
- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (Get the book.)

"Phytoestrogens mimic the effect of animal sex hormones such as estrogen. When animals eat too much of a plant that contains phytoestrogens, the overload of estrogenlike compounds wreaks havoc on their reproductive capability. There was a sheep-breeding crisis in Western Australia during the 1940s. Otherwise healthy sheep weren't getting pregnant or were losing their young before giving birth. Everyone was stumped until some bright agricultural specialists discovered the little culprit—European clover."
- Dr. Sharon Moalem, Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease (Get the book.)

"Although excessive estrogen has been linked to higher rates of human breast and edometrial cancer, the effect of eating legumes is unknown. One researcher notes that prolonged weak doses of food estrogens may, in fact, function as antiestrogens, helping block the ill effects of an estrogen overload that might promote breast cancer. The theory: low doses of food estrogens might desensitize breast tissue to the ravages of too much estrogen—sort of the same way tiny doses of allergens in allergy shots desensitize a person to allergic reactions."
- Jean Carper, The Food Pharmacy: Dramatic New Evidence That Food Is Your Best Medicine (Get the book.)

"Again, most clinical trials have found that using estrogen to treat AD is not effective, and a link has been established between estrogen therapy and breast cancer. A large study found that women who took estrogen alone or with a synthetic progestin were actually at increased risk of developing dementia. Another possibility is that taking statins—drugs normally prescribed to help manage cholesterol—will lower AD risk. Several human trials are under way but have not so far demonstrated a consistent positive effect. Statins can, however, cause serious muscle damage."
- Peter J. Whitehouse and Daniel George, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis (Get the book.)

"Around the same time, researchers observed that PAHs may act on the same receptor sites as the estrogen molecules women's and men's own bodies produce.13 That means that petrochemicals like PAHs can attach themselves to women's and men's estrogen-sensitive tissues that would normally be receptive to endogenous estrogenic influences from the natural estrogen molecules circulating in both men's and women's bodies. The trouble is that PAHs stimulate toxic cell activity that can lead to an increased risk of breast cancer."
- David Steinman, Safe Trip to Eden: Ten Steps to Save Planet Earth from the Global Warming Meltdown (Get the book.)

"Such compounds are called phytoestrogens, and it has been hypothesized that these chemicals may block more potent estrogens by binding to estrogen receptors that control gene expression. However, many of the effects of these phenolic compounds do not appear to be related to this binding. It was recently proposed by Safe that some of the potential toxic impact of estrogenic industrial compounds may well be prevented by the large number of phytoestrogens in the diet (Safe, in press)."
- Committee on Comparative Toxicity of Naturally Occurring Carcinogens, Carcinogens and Anticarcinogens in the Human: A Comparison of Naturally Occurring and Synthetic Substances (Get the book.)

"A natural steroid hormone that is a precursor for androstenedione, testosterone, and estrogen, DHEA is sold as an oral supplement to improve memory, mood, and other endocrine functions. Because of its association with the sex hormones, particularly estrogen, it was thought perhaps to have an effect on cognition. However, a recent review by the Cochrane Collaboration—an evidence-based healthcare database centered in Oxford, England—demonstrated no consistent positive benefits in several studies."
- Peter J. Whitehouse and Daniel George, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis (Get the book.)

"Isoflavones could be acting T\ esearchers sponsored by soy like estrogen in the body in situations l\ companies almost always say that where extra estrogen is not desirable ? even though their studies are unable to as in feeding infants, for example, or in prove that soy has special health benefits, women at risk for breast cancer. But, you should eat soy foods anyway, as I discuss the chapter on baby ^^^^^^^^^^^¦^^M^^^^^^H foods, infants who have been fed soy formulas seem to do just fine and present no evidence of health problems related to excess estrogen."
- Marion Nestle, What to Eat (Get the book.)

"Phytoestrogen interaction with estrogen receptors in human breast cancer cells, Endocrinology, 103: 1860-1867. Martin, S., Favot, L., Matz, R., Lugnier, C, and Andriantsitohaina, R., 2003, Delphinidin inhibits endothelial cell proliferation and cell cycle progression through a transient activation of ERK-1/-2, Biochem Pharmacol, 65: 669-675. Masuda, M., Suzui, M., Lim, J. T., Deguchi, A., Soh, J. W., and Weinstein, I. B."
- Erich Grotewold, The Science of Flavonoids (Get the book.)

"The risk of breast cancer after estrogen and estrogen-progestin replacement. N. Engl. J. Med. 1989;321:293-297 8 The use of estrogens and progestins and the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. N. Engl. J. Med. 1995;332:1589-1593 9 New York Times. 12.15.2006 and Wall Street Journal 12.15.2006 10 Clarke, Christina. Recent declines in hormone therapy utilization and breast cacner incidence: Clinical and population-based evidence. Correspondence. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Vol. 24. N. 33. Nov."
- David Brownstein M.D., Drugs That Don't Work and Natural Therapies That Do (Get the book.)

"Infants exclusively fed on a soy-based formula have 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen compounds in their blood than babies fed a milk-based formula. This would be the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day. For this reason, premature development of girls (early puberty) has been linked to the use of soy formula, as has the underdevelopment of males. Infant soy formula and soy milk have been linked to autoimmune-thyroid disease, and now also to death."
- Andreas Moritz, Cancer Is Not A Disease - It's A Survival Mechanism (Get the book.)

"Numerous studies have found that soy products • increase the risk of breast cancer in women, brain damage in both men and women, and abnormalities in infants • contribute to thyroid disorders, especially in women • promote kidney stones (because of excessively high levels of oxalates which combine with calcium in the kidneys) • weaken the immune system • cause severe, potentially fatal food allergies • accelerates brain weight loss in aging users Soy products contain; • Phytoestrogens (isoflavones) genistein and daidzein, which mimic and sometimes block the hormone estrogen."

- Andreas Moritz, Cancer Is Not A Disease - It's A Survival Mechanism (Get the book.)

"That means that petrochemicals like PAHs can attach themselves to women's and men's estrogen-sensitive tissues that would normally be receptive to endogenous estrogenic influences from the natural estrogen molecules circulating in both men's and women's bodies. The trouble is that PAHs stimulate toxic cell activity that can lead to an increased risk of breast cancer."
- David Steinman, Safe Trip to Eden: Ten Steps to Save Planet Earth from the Global Warming Meltdown (Get the book.)

"One researcher notes that prolonged weak doses of food estrogens may, in fact, function as antiestrogens, helping block the ill effects of an estrogen overload that might promote breast cancer. The theory: low doses of food estrogens might desensitize breast tissue to the ravages of too much estrogen—sort of the same way tiny doses of allergens in allergy shots desensitize a person to allergic reactions. Thus, eating soybeans might be one reason for the lower breast cancer rates in vegetarian women, he says."
- Jean Carper, The Food Pharmacy: Dramatic New Evidence That Food Is Your Best Medicine (Get the book.)

"Special Cautions: • Because DHEA may be converted into estrogen, women with breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer are advised not to begin DHEA therapy, which may increase the severity of their cancer. Healthy women taking DHEA should also monitor their blood levels of estrogen and free testosterone to make sure that DHEA is not affecting these other sex hormones detrimentally. • Men should not begin DHEA therapy before having their prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels tested and undergoing a digital rectal exam, to measure the size and consistency of the prostate."
- Frank Lipman, Mollie Doyle, Spent: Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Feel Great Again (Get the book.)

"These substances are often referred to as xenoestrogens (xeno, "foreign" and estrogen, female hormone). To appreciate why these xenoestrogens appear to be so important in breast cancer, it helps to have an overview of the strong relationship between the hormones these chemicals mimic, namely the estrogens, and breast cancer."
- Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton, Toxic Overload: A Doctor's Plan for Combating the Illnesses Caused by Chemicals in Our Foods, Our Homes, and Our Medicine Cabinets (Get the book.)

"In effect, because of their estrogenic chemistry, they fool the body, thereby preventing it from overproducing the hormone itself: Soy nutrients occupy competitive estrogen binding sites and so keep a woman's own natural estrogen from binding to these same sites and inducing cancer in estrogen-sensitive tissues such as the breasts and ovaries. By the same token, phytoestrogens help to balance hormonal fluctuations that occur over the course of a woman's monthly menstrual cycle. For example, tofu sedates the mood swings associated with PMS."
- Barnet Meltzer, M.D., Food Swings: Make the Life-Changing Connection Between the Foods You Eat and Your Emotional Health and Well-Being (Get the book.)

"Another recent small human study, whose results were presented in December 2000 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, shows that ingestion of 25 grams of ground flax meal per day, in women with newly diagnosed postmenopausal estrogen responsive (ER+) breast cancer, decreases biological markers of tumor growth the same amount as the anti-estrogen drug tamoxifen, during the time period between diagnosis and surgery. (Tamoxifen treatment was not compared directly to flax meal in this study, and the data are compared from two separate studies."
- Freedom Press, Natural Cancer Cures: The Definitive Guide to Using Dietary Supplements to Fight and Prevent Cancer (Get the book.)

"Strawberries may play a role in reducing estrogen-driven cancer as they are rich in el-lagic acid, which may function as an estrogen blocker. Freeze-dried strawberries inhibited growth of two types of cervical cancer cells grown in culture. A study using rats with esophageal cancer found that freeze-dried strawberries inhibited tumor growth and tumor initiation. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: Strawberries block enzymes (COX-2) responsible for promoting inflammation. OBESITY: Ongoing research is investigating the role of strawberries in weight management."
- David W. Grotto, RD, LDN, 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life! (Get the book.)

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