Several hands rose. Then I heard somewhere in the crowd.
“I know men can be estrogen dominant. Is it possible that the type of job I have can influence my hormones?”
I have always found it funny that when a woman asks a question, I can see her, but when a man asks a question, he hides. I heard the question but I had no idea of who asked it.
As men age, the chasm between testosterone and estradiol becomes huge. This causes men to become really grumpy and boring. High estrogen levels combined with low testosterone is not a good combination.
Estrogen dominance in a man is primarily caused by age, the excess fat we have, our diets, xenoestrogens, and phytoestrogens. All of these affect our estrogen levels, but to answer the question, there is another reason that men’s estrogen levels have elevated.
Men are no longer hunters and trappers. Most men do not have to kill and protect. Most of us no longer do the masculine work we once did. Many of us sit in front of computers and do what my generation called secretarial work.
One area of hormone research has also shown that when a man becomes a father, his testosterone levels drop up to 33%. If a man becomes a stay at home dad, testosterone may drop as much as 75%. This drop is usually mirrored with the exact percentage increase in their estrogen levels. Stay at home fathers’ hormones change so he becomes more nurturing.
You can always spot a man that has switched from being a testosterone dominant male to an estrogen dominant male. If your husband used to be the life of the party, but now he fights you tooth and nail when you want him to attend a party, and then when he gets there, he finds a soft chair in the corner and falls asleep. Guess what, he is most likely oozing with estrogen.
I saw a woman mimic cupping her breasts as she spoke to someone sitting next to her.
I almost forgot. High estrogen levels in men is the cause of moobs, man boobs. We definitely see a lot more of that in men today. In fact, when I first started teaching hormone balancing, the first time I had my estrogen checked, it was a 76. I was giving a workshop on menopause. There must have been 25 to 30 women attending the workshop. They all had hormone labs done at our clinic. Not one of them had an estrogen level anywhere near the level I had. At least that explained why I cried during the Super Bowl commercials.
A woman raised her hand. I pointed at her.
“My doctor says my hormones are normal. Are you saying that I will need to take hormones to do your protocol?”
You may not need to use hormones. We recommend hormones if you suffer from hormonal imbalances, especially estrogen dominance.
As I looked at her, I think; there is no way she is normal I can guarantee that she has a hormonal imbalance. Her face stayed in a chronic scowl. And those wrinkles above her upper lip, a dead giveaway of someone lacking estrogen. Her unhappiness a dead giveaway that she had little to no progesterone.
Let me address “normal.”
I used my fingers to make quote marks when I said normal.
When it comes to setting the normal levels for hormones, you are normal if your levels fall anywhere in the 95 percentile of the population. The 2.5% that fall above and 2.5% that fall below are considered abnormal. The problem is that one person may have ten times more of a certain hormone than you and you both will be considered normal.
The problem I have with normal is; do you think for one moment that 95% of the population is hormonally healthy? Who is having their hormone levels checked? The hormonally challenged! In many cases you actually want to be in the 2.5% labeled abnormal.
When it comes to hormones, we advocate that you do not treat the numbers. We have found that it is best to treat the symptoms. Your number may be 250 or 2500. It’s not the number; it’s how well balanced you are. It is all about the ratios between the hormones. The better the ratios the less symptoms you will have.
You will hear me say over and over that balancing hormones is an art not a science. That’s why doctors hate treating hormonally challenged patients. First they usually don’t know how and second they don’t have the time.
Also when it comes to hormones, everyone is different. We all have different hormone levels. You will know you are balanced when your hormonal symptoms have improved or have been alleviated.
A silver haired lady asked, “Isn’t Hormone Therapy Dangerous?”
Synthetic hormones have been proven to be risky. When we balanced our sex hormones, we used very low doses of all natural hormones that have the same bioidentical structure as Godmade hormones. You do not need a prescription to buy all natural hormones that have the same bioidentical structure as Godmade hormones. We will share with you the products that we use and their links when it’s time.
The silver haired lady then asked, “You’re kidding about not needing a prescription, right?”
Not for one minute. Vicky purchases all of her hormones online. But you must remember you can purchase a scalpel online also, but that doesn’t mean you know how to perform surgery.
“Low Doses?” She asked.
We believe that hormones should be the primer not the fuel. We used very low doses of hormones to balance our sex hormones and we only used them if we actually needed balancing. Once they were balanced, our motivation, our activities and metabolism all increase exponentially.
“Will I always have to take hormones?” This lady was dominating the Q and A session. I think I will nickname her estro-dom.
Hormones are in reality cheating. We really only want you to use them temporarily, but many of you have disrupted your hormones to the point that you will always need to take some sort of supplementation. Vicky and I will always need some hormone supplementation.
The silver haired lady continued, “My doctor says bioidentical hormone therapy is not FDA approved.”
The HOPE Protocol is not a hormone therapy program. It is a program that assists in balancing your internal chemistry through fat loss, all natural hormones that have the same bioidentical structure as Godmade hormones, hormone precursor supplementation, gut repair and primarily by decreasing inflammation, particularly cellular inflammation. But that brings up a good point for me to address. Let me explain how the FDA works.
I draw 3 lines. — — —
I want you to imagine that these lines represent a molecule of God-made progesterone.
Then I draw this. X — X — X
These symbols represent Progestin, the prescription approved by the FDA for progesterone replacement.
I draw another 3 lines. — — —
These lines represent bioidentical progesterone. It looks and is structured exactly like God-made progesterone, but it is made from phytoestrogens found in wild yams or soy.
This one, I point at the lines with Xs, is Progestin, which looks nothing like progesterone, and it is FDA approved.
I point at the 3 lines that I drew last. This is Bioidentical progesterone, which has the same exact molecular structure as God-made progesterone, and it is not approved by the FDA. Why is that?
I draw dollar signs. $$$$$
You cannot patent a molecule that has the same structure as God’s. Nearly everyone on the FDA is or has been associated with a major Pharmaceutical company.
A man in the second row raises his hand. I can see you, I think.
“In your opinion, what is the primary cause of this hormonal mess?”
I must say, after practicing health optimization for over 35 years, it is my opinion that it all starts with inflammation. Inflammation seems to nearly always have appeared in our clients’ biomarkers whenever we saw hormonal imbalances and or deficiencies. The more inflamed you are the worse your hormone balance is. Inflammation is why we are seeing 60 year old hormone levels in 20 year olds.
The same man asks, “How do you measure inflammation?”
We can’t really. We have found that there is a direct correlation between the amount of abdominal fat you have and the amount of inflammation you have. This doesn’t mean a thin person is not inflamed. In fact sometimes they are more inflamed than someone that is overweight. This is because of that invincible factor. Many thin people think they can eat anything. They can’t. In this case we always complement the waist to height ratio with what we call a c-reactive protein test. This measures the inflammation within the arterial walls. The more inflamed they are the more inflamed you are.
“I know you talked about synthetic hormones but I do not believe you answered the question about cancer?” The silver haired lady asked.
There is definitely a relationship between cancer and your hormones, but not so much hormone therapy as it has to do with how out of balance our hormones are. Estrogen dominance is associated with a multitude of cancers. It is a known fact that estrogen dominance is associated with the two sex cancers, breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Most researchers associate these cancers with increased levels of estradiol. Remember, it is not estradiol that is the actual culprit but the imbalance of estrogen with the other two sex hormones. You can see why we found it to be very important to start our health protocol by alleviating our estrogen dominance.
A grey haired man asked. “How do you determine if you are estrogen dominant?”
The best and most convenient method to determine if you are estrogen dominant is a salivary hormone assay. It can be done in the convenience of your own home. It is very inexpensive; therefore, it can be done frequently. With the improvement of technology, this test has become the go to test for determining progesterone to estradiol and testosterone to estradiol ratios.
I can see that this was not the answer he was looking for.
But to answer your question, if you are a woman, your progesterone to estradiol ratio should be at least 200 to 1. This is called a P/E ratio. What this means is that there should be 200 molecules of progesterone to every one molecule of estradiol. This is the minimum ratio. If your ratio is below 100 to 1, you are very likely to be estrogen dominant. The lower the ratio the more estrogen dominant you are.
If you are a man, the goal is to achieve a testosterone level that alleviates the symptoms of low T. We like to see a man’s estradiol between 17 to 25.
Let me explain just a bit more about hormone testing before we move on. If you have a physician that orders a hormone test, but there is only one hormone being tested, like estradiol in women or testosterone in men, you are most likely dealing with a physician that is not very experienced at hormone therapy.
Hormones are like an orchestra. All the instruments must be harmonized. To do that, you must know the levels and ratios that create the best harmonies. Salivary tests, in our opinion, are the best way to hear the different hormones, tune the hormones, and to harmonize the hormones as individual entities. I’ll talk more about another test called a blood spot test in phase 2. Right now we are only interested in the progesterone to estradiol ratio in women and testosterone to estradiol in men. We found that our sex hormones needed to be addressed first before we tested our thyroid. We found in our clinics that once the sex hormones were better balanced the thyroid hormones also improved.
Salivary hormone tests can be purchased online. It is our opinion that everyone in their third act should routinely have his or her hormones checked. If you are a woman and would like to discover what your P/E ratio, you can purchase the test kit from amazon by clicking on the link below.
If you are a man and would like to discover what your testosterone and estradiol levels are, you can purchase the test kit from amazon by clicking on the link below.
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