From: Guy R. Schenker, D.C. November, 2000 Dear Doctor, In this Letter you are going to learn one of the most powerful clinical techniques you can use to benefit many of your most difficult female patients. This technique does not involve giving anything to the patient -- it requires that you take something away from the patient. That toxic substance -- that knocks women off their feet and then kicks them when they are down -- is ... THE CATABOLIC STRESS HORMONE, ESTROGEN. "What catabolic stress hormone?", you ask, "I thought estrogen was the "female hormone"?" If you believe that (and you have every reason to, since billions of dollars have been spent by the pharmaceutical industry promoting that lie in the last 50 years) then you (and your patients) desperately need the good strong dose of factual information you are about to read. The truth is, if there were a hormone that could be legitimately called "the female hormone," it would be progesterone, not estrogen. (And even progesterone, is not strictly a female hormone since men produce almost exactly fifty percent as much of this valuable hormone as women do.) What you are about to witness is the debunking of a myth that has been thoroughly ingrained in our culture for at least five decades. That myth was created and perpetuated by the pharmaceutical industry, along with its puppet, the establishment media -- and done so effectively that now we all "know" how important and beneficial estrogen is. You are about to learn that not only is everything we "know" about estrogen not true, but is almost perfectly opposite the truth. Before you read further, you should ask yourself, "How do I react upon discovering a truth that violates my prior belief"? Imagine yourself living at a time when it was commonly believed that the world was flat. You "knew" the world was flat, as did everyone around you. Furthermore, all the reputable leaders of your time believed the world was flat. All the political leaders, all the religious leaders, all the men of science, and every teacher you ever had, presented as irrefutable fact that the earth was flat. How then do you, as a rational, thinking individual, respond when Galileo comes along with his undeniable proof that not only is the earth round but it revolves around the sun? If, indeed, you are a rational person engaged in the pursuit of truth as an essential part of creating a rich life for yourself and your world -- then you are overjoyed to get another piece of objective reality. If, however, you are a small, fearful person, living life through faith rather than reason, then you are likely to react to the truth with hostile resentment -- fighting it tooth and nail through the rest of your miserable life. What happened to Galileo? One of the most brilliant and innovative scientists of all time spent what should have been the most productive years of his life in prison. He had the nerve to shatter the myths of his day. It was bad enough when Galileo proposed that a small stone and a big stone would fall at the same speed. The ignorant masses laughed at such an absurd notion when all the scientific authorities of the day "knew" that a big stone would fall faster than a little stone. When Galileo dropped his big and little stones from the top of the Tower of Pisa, and much to everyone's astonishment they hit the ground at precisely the same instant, an amazing number of people went into total denial when faced with the objective truth. Obviously, they presumed, Galileo must have used some form of trickery to pull off this stunt. But when Galileo had the audacity to prove that a round earth rotated on its axis and revolved around the sun, the establishment was so threatened that going into denial was not enough. This dangerous fanatic had to be locked up for good. So, ask yourself, are you engaged in the pursuit of truth, or are you clinging to popularly promoted belief systems? How did you react to the last two issues of this Letter that slaughtered the sacred cow of soy foods? I personally had more fun with the responses to those Letters than to anything I have written in a long time. I knew the topic would be controversial, but never dreamed that it would stir up such a hornet's nest. Not only was I surprised by the sheer volume of comments I received in response, but by the diversity of the emotions expressed in those responses -- everything from gratitude, to incredulous disbelief, to denial, to belligerence, to angry backlash. Since most of you who are NUTRI-SPEC practitioners tend to be individualistic and independent thinkers -- the overwhelming response to the soy exposť was gratitude for finally being given the facts in a way that is clinically useful. Others of you read the truth about soy and were left speechless with your mouth gaping open -- incredulous as to how such a convincing case against soy is so easily obtainable from the scientific literature, yet all the "authorities" (all your favorite gurus) are so enthusiastically driving the soy band wagon. A few of you went into denial, saying something to the effect that, "This can't possibly be true -- after all, __________________(fill in the name of you favorite health food industry guru) says that soy is the best thing since mega doses of vitamin C -- good for all of us." To those few doctors, all I can say is this is that not a matter of my opinion against someone else's -- in fact, it is not a matter of my opinion at all. There were probably a couple of dozen specific references from the scientific literature in that anti-soy presentation. I did not offer the case against soy as my opinion -- I simply reported the facts from the scientific research. Then, to those few who are so locked into establishment propaganda that the need was felt to attack me personally for revealing the truth -- your attacks and accusations reveal more about your character than about mine. If you truly believe my soy presentation was a pack of lies and specifically designed to mislead NUTRI-SPEC doctors, then do two things: first, check the references and see the truth for yourself as presented by impartial researchers. Second, ask yourself what in the world would be my motivation for promoting misinformation about soy? It would be different if I were selling an anti-soy remedy -- then you could legitimately question my motives. But I have absolutely nothing to gain from devoting two months of this Letter to the evils of soy. In fact, when I take two months and stray from the primary purpose of this letter (which is to promote the amazing benefits to you and your patients from NUTRI-SPEC testing and NUTRI-SPEC products), the NUTRI-SPEC business actually suffers somewhat. The only thing I gain in presenting the truth about soy is to fulfill what I consider a most important mission in my life -- the promotion of objective truth as regards health and nutrition. So, now we are going to reveal the truth about estrogen, just as we did with soy. This will not be a presentation of my opinions, but a presentation of the facts as published in the scientific literature. I have nothing to gain by bashing estrogen other than helping NUTRI-SPEC practitioners succeed in delivering the very best health care to their patients. What is wrong with estrogen? It is a powerful stress hormone analogous to the catacholamines and cortisol in that it is used in defense against extreme stressors. It is much closer to cortisol than the catacholamines in its function in that it is anabolic (and anaerobic) at the systemic and tissue level, but is in many ways catabolic at the cellular level, particularly with respect to proteins. Like all stress hormones, estrogen is essential for dealing with a crisis, but is damaging when it is present in excess quantity or present out of time with need. We all (women and men) need to produce very small quantities of estrogen to be available for rebuilding tissue if we get run over by a truck. Women have the misfortune of having to tolerate larger quantities of estrogen through their reproductive years because they need it to grow a benign tumor in their uterus every month in preparation for implantation of the fertilized egg. The health damaging consequences of excess estrogen seem to be almost limitless. I can tell you that of the hundreds of problem cases we review for NUTRI-SPEC doctors each year, the single most common reason for a patient's resistance to correction with NUTRI-SPEC is the presence of excess estrogen. How many female patients have you seen that show an anaerobic test pattern that seems totally resistant to correction no matter how well they comply with the dietary recommendations and no matter how much Oxy A+ you give them? Even though the Oxy A+ may improve or even eliminate many of the patient's most troubling symptoms, the anaerobic test pattern persists. You can bet in virtually all these cases that the woman has an extreme hormone imbalance which favors toxic levels of estrogen. The truth of the matter is that many men and almost all women are suffering to some degree from an excess of estrogen (or a deficiency of the hormones such as testosterone, progesterone, or thyroid which oppose estrogen -- which still gives the same clinical picture). Adding to this sad state of affairs is the fact that so many women are either on birth control pills, or on estrogen replacement therapy, both of which provide dangerously destructive doses of this devastating hormone. To begin by giving you a general over-view of where estrogen fits into the whole scheme of things, let us first consider the hormone changes characteristic of a normal, healthy woman (an endangered species). There is much misinformation about estrogen promoted by the pharmaceutical industry; and there is almost total ignorance of the role played by the other critical hormones -- progesterone, testosterone, pregnenolone and DHEA. The levels of all five of these hormones peak during a woman's early thirties. From that point the hormone levels begin a slow (almost imperceptible) decline which has minimal impact on healthful physiology. At some point in the early 50's menopause is reached. All this means is that the hormone levels have declined to the point at which a monthly cycle is no longer stimulated. There is no sudden drop of hormones as menopause is reached. Physiology continues normally with the exception that the woman can no longer conceive. The same slow, steady drop in hormones continues throughout the remainder of a healthy woman's life. For years even after menopause is reached the woman can maintain excellent physical, mental, and emotional health. Libido and sexual performance can be maintained for many more years. Bone density can be maintained for decades. Muscle tone and neurological performance decline very, very gradually. (This minimization of the aging process assumes that she maintains the dietary and exercise habits that got her this far in such good shape.) The actual symptoms of menopause -- the hot flashes, mental and emotional instability etc. are mild in these women -- consisting of transient minimally distressing symptoms. Such a woman lives a long, happy healthy life. In contrast, consider what typically happens to some degree in almost all women these days. In association with inadequate exercise and especially with an unhealthy diet, a girl experiences adolescence accompanied by extreme physical and mental trauma. The problem is her hormone levels are out of balance right from the start. The estrogen levels are very high relative to her progesterone levels. (The most important dietary causative factors here are excess intake of vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates, along with inadequate intake of trace minerals.) Most women maintain this unbalanced ratio of estrogen to progesterone from adolescence through menopause and beyond. Associated with this excess estrogen to progesterone ratio are symptoms such as anxiety, mood swings, food cravings, fluid retention, and all the physical and emotional symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome. Dysmenorrhea, uterine fibroids, and cystic breast disease are also associated with this hormone imbalance. Most women suffer the effects of this hormone imbalance to some degree. Beginning in the 40's, about 10 years before menopause, the hormone system begins to fail. The levels of progesterone, testosterone, pregnenolone and DHEA take a precipitous drop at this time. Many women go through a decade or more of severe physical and emotional symptoms, for what has happened is that the already high estrogen to progesterone ratio has gotten worse as progesterone levels have dropped. Many women resort to taking Prozac or similar "feel good drugs" for 10-15 years. (If they needed pharmacological intervention at all what they would have really benefited from was natural progesterone.) After ten or more years of misery, the woman's symptomatic picture is compounded by the arrival of menopause. At this point the estrogen levels also begin to drop and she experiences hot flashes and everything that goes with it. Typically at this time the woman runs to her Prozac doctor for a prescription for estrogen to relieve her hot flashes. Since the estrogen relieves the hot flashes, the woman thinks she is "better," not realizing that all the hormone replacement therapy has done is further exacerbate the already high estrogen to progesterone ratio. In other words, all the estrogen does is maintain her in the same unhealthy state of mind and body she has already been in since puberty. It is no exaggeration to say that half the health problems that men have, and nearly all the health problems that women have, can be exacerbated by estrogen. Here is a preview of some of the facts you will discover (fully referenced from the scientific literature) in the next issue or two of this Letter: - Estrogen causes seizures. - Estrogen causes allergies. - Estrogen causes cancer (not just the obvious breast cancer, uterine cancer and cervical cancer, but many forms of cancer, in both men and women). - Estrogen causes anxiety. - Estrogen causes cystic breast disease. - Estrogen causes uterine fibroids. - Estrogen causes endometriosis. - Estrogen causes dysmenorrhea. - Estrogen causes premenstrual syndrome. - Estrogen causes prostate disease. - Estrogen causes gall stones and gall bladder disease. - Estrogen causes fluid retention. - Estrogen causes weight gain. - Estrogen depresses thyroid function. - Estrogen causes osteoporosis (and you will learn how the deceitful lie that estrogen protects against osteoporosis was fabricated on a half-truth). - Estrogen causes hypoglycemia and associated food cravings. - Estrogen increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. You will learn specific clinical measures you can take to balance your patients' hormone ratios -- and how these hormone imbalances relate to your 10 NUTRI-SPEC metabolic imbalances. But do not wait for next month's Letter to take action. Immediately have your patients on birth control pills consider an alternative; and have your women on hormone replacement therapy gradually reduce their dose of estrogen. Sincerely, Guy R. Schenker, D.C.