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Volume 11 Number 11

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 ...


"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

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

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
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

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
- 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
- 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.  


Guy R. Schenker, D.C.


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