Single nucleotide variations (SNVs – formerly single nucleotide polymorphisms, SNPs) are the most common genetic variations in individuals. Research shows that some SNVs can help predict an individual’s risk of developing certain diseases, such as breast cancer. Although future studies are necessary to further characterize the involvement of SNVs in the etiology of breast cancer, this blog will…

Tags: Breast Cancer, Estrogen, Estrogen Metabolism


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Genetic Sequence Variations and Breast Cancer Risk

The American Heart Association has designated the month of February as American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and the healthy choices we can make to prevent it. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. And while some risk factors are out of our control, such as family history, genetics, and aging, most of the risk factors for developing heart or cardiovascular…

Tags: Estrogen, Heart Health, Cardiovascular Disease


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Getting to the Heart of Estrogen

I watch a bit of television now and again, and repeatedly see a commercial for a birth control pill. It looks quite glamorous to be taking it. Granted, at the tail end of the commercial it states many of the bad things contraceptive pills are widely recognized to cause. But the real impact of what birth control pills do to female bodies is never discussed and what is discussed is completely…

Tags: Hormone Balance, Estrogen


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Why I’m One OB/GYN Who Is Not Prescribing the Birth Control Pill

I remember my great-grandmother’s hands. So capable, big and warm, covered in freckles, ready to comfort, unbending the clawed rigidity to softly wipe my tears. I remember her powerful, beautiful mind, endless with patience, tirelessly reading my favorite story over and over from a tattered book. I remember her, trapped in a creaky body, moving slowly around the kitchen in a sort of graceful dance…

Tags: Menopause, Estrogen, Microbiome


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The Role of Estrogen & the Microbiome in Preserving Bone Health

The practice of placentophagy – a woman consuming her placenta after she gives birth – is a bit of a hot topic these days. For those of you not familiar with the practice, if you're imagining the Dothraki queen devouring the giant, bleeding heart of a horse with her bare hands, you're probably not alone. In reality, there's much less of a "yuck" factor associated with the process when consuming an…

Tags: Elements Testing, Fertility, Estrogen, Progesterone


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Evidence Shows Placentophagy (Placenta Encapsulation) Works

Not quite menopause. Throwing blankets off at night, keeping awake. Fatigue and irritation punctuated throughout the day by heat dissipating from every pore, clouding thoughts, reinforcing forgetfulness. Hair falling out so stubbornly fast. Clothes choosing when to fit. Flooding periods coming sporadically, unexpectedly. They call it “the change of life” – but I feel like a different person…

Tags: Menopause, Neurotransmitters, Estrogen, Progesterone


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Mood and Menopause – Going Through "The Change"

You might ask what Brussels sprouts and estrogens are doing in the same sentence, but I am here to tell you that there is a connection. Brussels sprouts are the cruciferous connection to healthy hormone metabolism. These age-old options –including cabbage, broccoli, bok choy and cauliflower – have gained new acclaim today as dietary super foods. These plants, cultivated for centuries and originally…

Tags: Hormone Balance, Estrogen Metabolism, Estrogen, Xenoestrogens


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Brussels Sprouts & Healthy Estrogen Metabolism

I wanted to share a few of the studies using saliva testing that were published in the literature in 2016. Just a hint, if you want to search for articles on saliva testing, use pubmed.gov and search saliva estradiol (or progesterone, testosterone etc.). Be aware that saliva hormone testing is so standard in the research world that rarely is it mentioned in the titles of the papers. Over 310…

Tags: Saliva Testing, Research, Estrogen, Testosterone, Progesterone, DHEA, Adrenal and Cortisol


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A Year of Saliva Testing in Research

Estrogen. We've heard Dr. Zava call it the "angel of life, and the angel of death." Too much can be hazardous. Too little can be problematic also. Not many people realize this, but estrogen plays a role in more bodily functions than just reproduction. In fact, estrogen has many important functions in the brain. Studies show that decreasing levels of estrogen can cause two of the most common…

Tags: Menopause, Neurotransmitters, Estrogen, BHRT


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Menopause – Is It All In Your Head?

This article is republished courtesy of The Official Website of John R. Lee, M.D. If you missed part one of the article, read it here. A Recipe for Beating (and Preventing) Breast CancerThe latest research on natural progesterone and breast cancer clearly indicates how important it is for women to maintain healthy, normal levels of progesterone that are in proper balance with estrogen. Doing so…

Tags: Hormone Balance, Breast Cancer, BHRT, Estrogen, Estrogen Dominance, Progesterone


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New Research Shows Natural Progesterone Can Help Treat Breast Cancer (Part 2)

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