HORMONE DISRUPTORS; JUST WHAT DO THEY DISRUPT?

Hormones are the chemical messengers that swim throughout our bloodstreams signaling every cell and organ what they are supposed to do to keep our bodies working the way they are supposed to. It’s not just that hormones are key to keeping us healthy. We simply couldn’t live without them. When something interferes with or disrupts how they function, we’re beyond out of luck. Endocrine disruptors (EDs) or hormone disruptors, are our bodies worst nightmares. These disruptors can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Any system in the body controlled by hormones can be derailed by hormone disruptors.

CHEMICAL TRAINWRECKS

There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies:

  • Increasing or decreasing production of certain hormones
  • Imitating hormones
  • Turning one hormone into another
  • Interfering with hormone signaling
  • Promoting premature cell death
  • Competing with essential nutrients
  • Binding to essential hormones
  • Accumulating in organs that produce hormones

Can’t you simply avoid these man-made monsters?  Regrettably, no. They’re everywhere. They’re in our food (that supposedly healthy fish you ate), personal care products (that shampoo promising to leave your hair healthy and shining), cosmetics (not so beautiful), pharmaceuticals, pesticides (well, we all know those are baddies), plastics (that healthy H20 you pay more than a buck a bottle for), soil and even water. Worst of all; they can hang around for years.

EVEN THEIR NAMES SOUND NASTY

Here are the worst of the worst:

  • Organophosphate Pesticides
  • Ethynylestradiol
  • Fire Retardants (PBDEs)
  • Phthalates
  • BPA
  • Perchlorate
  • Arsenic
  • Mercury
  • Dioxin

THEY DO A BODY REALLY BAD

Specifically, endocrine disruptors like these may be associated with:

  • Sexual development
  • Impaired immune functions
  • Cognitive, behavioral, and other brain development problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Severe attention deficit disorder (ADHD)
  • Deformations of the body (including limbs)
  • Various cancers, including cancer of the breast, prostate,
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Lower IQ
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Insulin resistance
  • Spontaneous miscarriage
  • Changes in hormone levels

GET THE LEAD OUT

Yikes! Isn’t there something you can do? To a point:

  • Clean up old paint
  • Get a good water filter
  • Avoid canned foods when you can
  • Eat fewer animal products
  • Choose fragrance-free creams, cleaning products and laundry detergents
  • Go organic
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter
  • Eat sustainable seafood like wild salmon and farmed trout
  • Skip non-stick pans
  • Use containers like glass, steel, ceramic and aluminum
  • Try to avoid stain and water-resistant coatings on clothing, furniture and carpets

ATTACK BACK

Oh yeah, sure, real easy to follow some of the above suggestions. Like maybe near impossible? Besides, no matter what you do, it’s really not going to do the trick. What you can do, is stay on top of your hormone health. And the best and smartest way to do that, is to see the hormone experts at Denver Hormone Health. Keeping your hormones from hurting you, is a delicate balance. At Denver Hormone Health, they know everything there is about hormones and keeping them in balance to keep your life in balance. Because of their experience, they are more apt to recognize hormone imbalance symptoms you may be experiencing than your family doctor. They approach your overall health with a more trained eye. They start with a detailed evaluation. Then simple tests tell them exactly where your hormone levels stand.  This allows them to create a unique, individualized and comprehensive plan to get your hormones functioning at their optimal best. Which will allow you to feel your absolute best. Hormone disrupters aren’t going anywhere. If anything, they are increasing and becoming more invasive. Which means you need to be more aggressive in keeping their affects at bay. Call Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now. And don’t let anything disrupt you from doing it.

A HOT FLASH ON PERIMENOPAUSE AND MENOPAUSE

Of course, you know about menopause…the dreaded “M” word. But before we get into menopause, we should talk about its precursor; perimenopause. Many women haven’t even heard of it. Perimenopause refers to the years of hormonal upheaval that precede a woman’s final period. Usually, around age 35, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone (yes, you’ve got it) levels begin to decline and become erratic. Perimenopause varies greatly from one woman to the next. The average duration is three to four years, although it can last just a few months or extend as long as a decade. (10 years? Yikes!) While perimenopause is an extended transitional state, menopause is a point in time, defined by a lack of period for 12 months or more. The average age of menopause onset is 51 years. (But I’m too young to be in menopause!) However, this isn’t the case for everyone. (Not me, not me…please…)

AND YOU THOUGHT YOUR PERIOD WAS A CURSE.

Probably the first thing you think of with menopause are the dreaded hot flashes that can send a woman to an open fridge begging for icy relief. Truth is, nearly 75 percent of peri-menopausal and menopausal women experience hot flashes. But wait…oh, but wait…perimenopause and menopause can be a shipwreck to rival the Titanic:

  • Night sweats
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Breast tenderness
  • Fatigue

Sadly, Mother Nature doesn’t always play fair.

MEN AND MENOPAUSE

If you’re unsure what menopause entails, men are mostly clueless. All they know is that their partner can seem possessed. Moods galore, tears out of nowhere, night sweats that send them scrambling from spooning to the dry side of the bed. Insensitivity can rear its ugly head. Yes, “the change” can change things, but the key word in this case is “adapt”. This is a time when men need to communicate, ask questions, be understanding, be supportive. Menopause might not be a party, but it doesn’t mean when it comes to a relationship, the party’s over.                                                                                                               

IT’S NOT ALL IN YOUR HEAD

Perimenopause and menopause can even be misunderstood by doctors. Women are often misdiagnosed with depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. As a result, millions have been placed on antidepressants unnecessarily, and needlessly placed at risk for prescription additions such as valium and other anti-anxiety medications.  These only mask the symptoms of hormonal imbalances.

HOW TO CHANGE “THE CHANGE OF LIFE”

Without question, perimenopause and menopause can seem like hormonal hell. Not knowing what to do about it or where to go is enough to make any woman crazy. But this doesn’t have to be a time when you feel like your body has gone rogue on you. If you want real help with the hormonal upheavals of perimenopause and menopause, you want to see the hormone experts at Denver Hormone Health.  No one knows more or understands better what you’re going through or how to get your hormones back on track than Denver Hormone Health. With state-of-the-art diagnostic hormone testing, the medical specialists at Denver Hormone Health can determine your hormone levels and create a unique treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Perimenopause and menopause don’t have to hit the “pause” button on your life. Call Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now. Think of it as a hot flash of genius.

Hormone Facts: Stranger than Fiction

Hormones Are Pretty Amazing Things

Hormone Facts: Hormones are special chemical messengers in the body that are created in the endocrine glands. These critical messengers control most major bodily functions, from simple basic needs like hunger to systems like reproduction, and even emotions and mood. There is not a single person on Earth who is not completely dependent on their endocrine system. Without hormones, you would simply not be able to exist. It can get pretty complex, medical and factual if you really dig into them.

But There Are Many Facts and Theories About Hormones That Are Surprisingly Eye-Opening.

Even unbelievable. The only way to demonstrate these are to list some of them. Don’t be surprised if the thoughts “you’re kidding” and “no way” come to mind…

The Use of Electronics Can Really Mess Up Our Minds.

One week of camping, without electronics, can help the body synchronize melatonin hormones with sunrise and sunset, and get a normal sleep pattern back on track.

Heil Whaaat?

During World War ll, the Allies considered injecting estrogen into Hitler’s food to make him less aggressive and cause his moustache to fall off.

Your Hangover Is the Result of Drunk Hormones

When we drink alcohol, it messes with the job of the antidiuretic hormone. What follows is the incessant peeing that happens when you drink, which is a major contributor in being hungover. So think of it this way: every time you drink, you’re kind of getting your hormones drunk too, because they quit behaving appropriately — like you.

SPF For Your Eyeballs?

If you don’t want a sunburn, don’t wear sunglasses. Because sunlight triggers the optic nerve, it immediately puts the pituitary gland on the defense. In response, melanocyte is released to prevent you from getting a sunburn. However, when you put on sunglasses, nothing is triggered, so nothing is released. 

Testosterone Road Trip

Testosterone can cross the blood-brain barrier and be converted to estrogen, but estrogen alone, cannot cross. As a result, men have more “estrogen on the brain” than women.

No Bones About It

Responsible for producing hormones that control, well, pretty much everything, the pituitary gland is also known as the master gland. You can also have 95 percent of this master gland removed and your body will still function properly. That’s because every part of the body is able to make hormones — including bones.

Take This Seriously

There are some 50 different hormones swimming through your bloodstream that play a really big role in your body’s health and well-being. When they are out of balance, it can seriously affect how your body functions. In many cases, when you aren’t feeling well, it could well be hormones. The best way to find out is to find your way to Denver Hormone Health. If it has anything to do with hormones, the doctors at Denver Hormone Health know what to do about it. With simple tests they can tell what’s out of whack, and create a tailored treatment plan to get you back on track. And feeling better than ever. Call Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now. There’s nothing funny about not feeling well.