Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are substances that, as a side effect, impair the hormonal balance of both humans and animals. This global phenomenon with its far-reaching problems has been recognized for several decades now because EDCs are linked to hormone-induced cancers, infertility, behavioral and developmental disorders (ADS, ADHD, memory disorders including Alzheimer's) and metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
The warnings of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN), declaring endocrine disruptors a global threat, are very clear.
There are currently around 800 chemical-synthetic substances in our everyday lives that are suspected of having such damaging effects. They are everywhere. Plasticizers (including many different phthalates) and bisphenol A (BpA) in plastic products are well known. However, many pesticides and biocides have also been identified as highly probable hormone toxins. The risks are particularly high for these substances because they are deliberately being used in the environment and in food production by the hundreds of millions of tons. People are exposed to these harmful substances every day as a result of air drift, house dust or as residues in food.
Hormone regulation plays an important role both in women and in men. In an age when, in addition to hormone-disrupting substances, the term "stress" is mentioned particularly often, the
- Thyroid hormones (metabolic hormone)
- Adrenal hormones (stress hormones, performance hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol)
- Happiness hormones (endorphins, cannabinoids, serotonin, dopamine, phenethylamine, oxytocin, norepinephrine)
- Sex hormones (DHEA, progesterone, estrogens, testosterone)
- Anti-aging hormones (melatonin, DHEA, progesterone)
- Storage hormones (insulin, frequent insulin resistance to obesity, testosterone, estrogens)
- Blood pressure hormones (renin, angiotensin, aldosterone. adrenalin, norepinephrine, cortisol, growth hormone, thyroid hormones)
- Hormones that regulate the appetite, such as leptin, which inhibits the onset of hunger and plays an important role in the regulation of fat metabolism, are disproportionately out of balance today.
Hormonal dysregulation has become a common phenomenon.
Our hormones regulate our sleep-wake rhythm and provide us with strength, stamina, and concentration. They govern our emotions such as lust, fun, sexuality, motivation, and inner drive, and they also control our metabolism, our blood pressure, and regenerative processes, as well as our feeling of hunger and thirst.
Every holistic diagnosis and holistic therapy is based on a comprehensive assessment of the hormonal status and where necessary regulation of hormonal balance using nature-identical substances. The hormones also interact with and within each other like the cogwheels of a mechanical clock. So there is little point in testing individual hormones. It makes sense to examine how the hormones interact with each other and how they develop throughout the course of the day with a daily profile.
Nowadays, hormones, in addition to the "endocrine disrupters" mentioned above, are just as severely impaired in their functionality by a myriad of other common environmental toxins as well as by mass-prescribed drugs: antidepressants, tranquilizers, high blood pressure drugs, antibiotics and in particular by so-called cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins.
Cholesterol is the base molecule from which nearly all hormones are produced in the liver, adrenal glands, ovaries, and testes. When we suppress the natural production of cholesterol in the liver and intestines with cholesterol synthesis inhibitors, we introduce a severe interference into the natural regulation of our hormonal system.
Hormones also largely regulate our sleep-wake cycle. Adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol rise sharply around 8 a.m. to restore our energy levels. These performance hormones then decrease again from 4 p.m. onwards. Starting at 8 p.m., the regenerative hormones increase, namely growth hormone (better "regenerative hormone" for adults) and melatonin, which enables the life-essential regenerative deep sleep phases.
The synthetic hormones prescribed on a massive scale as birth control pills, although they cannot be called hormones because they are at best similar to natural hormones but certainly not identical, are a severe disruption to natural human biochemistry. They not only increase the risk of thrombosis but can also have additional side effects: headaches, weight gain, bleeding, mood swings and an increased risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases.
The thyroid hormones regulate the function of our internal organs and our intelligence. When the central thyroid atom, i.e., iodine, is suppressed by the countless chlorine, bromine and fluorine compounds that we are all inevitably exposed to in modern life, it has far-reaching consequences both for our thyroid gland and for the regulatory capacity of all our internal organs.
Many scientists have demonstrated how endocrine disrupters (hormone interrupters) and various other environmental toxins – particularly chlorine, bromine and fluorine compounds that are absorbed daily – have caused quantifiable reductions in intelligence.
And finally, the hormones progesterone, the various estrogens, and testosterone regulate sexuality and fertility.
Among the anti-aging, or preferably better-aging hormones, are the sex hormones progesterone and testosterone as well as the hormone DHEA. From the age of 50 at the latest, DHEA decreases considerably. Nature-identical substitution can decisively improve not only sexuality but also general stamina and mental capacities such as memory.
And there is the family of "happiness hormones", which largely control our emotions:
- Beta-endorphin: a subgroup of endorphins. In one capacity, beta-endorphin is a painkiller produced by the body that ensures survival in injuries. In another role, together with the cannabinoids, it stimulates the sensation of joy, happiness, and stamina. The "runner's high," the feeling of intoxication in endurance sports, can be traced back to this.
- Serotonin: this hormone provides balance, inner relaxation, serenity, inner peace, and self-confidence. It reduces feelings of fear, aggression, and distress. Serotonin deficiency can lead to depression and anxiety.
- Dopamine: activates the feeling of joy, happiness, drive, lust, desire, initiative, open-mindedness, interest in new things, and motivation. When a soccer player slides across the grass on his knees after scoring a goal, he is experiencing a dopamine rush. Dopamine deficiency causes a lack of zest for life and energy.
- Noradrenaline: the neurotransmitter noradrenaline is derived from the messenger substance dopamine. It provides resilience, concentration, and motivation.
- Oxytocin: Initially, the release of oxytocin enables emotional bonding between mother and child. The hormone oxytocin rises suddenly upon experiencing a pleasant touch and physical contact. As an essential anti-stress hormone, it reduces the risk of numerous degenerative processes.
- Phenethylamine: the hormone triggers the sensation of pleasure and increases abruptly by up to 1000 times during sexual arousal and even when falling in love. Simply looking at photos of sexual content increases the hormone phenethylamine many times over.
This is how hormones essentially determine energy, resilience, sexuality, fertility, performance, intelligence, zest for life and the regenerative processes that go with them.
Our natural hormone feedback loops are disrupted and impaired by:
- Deficiency of trace elements and minerals (often detectable)
- Protein deficiency (frequently detectable)
- Various medications, especially cholesterol synthesis inhibitors (so-called statins)
- Numerous everyday environmental toxins (especially the ubiquitous microplastics)
With an exact analysis and, where applicable, a necessary/appropriate balancing of the hormonal system using nature-identical hormones and their natural biochemical precursors, we take an essential step towards helping the body and mind to regain their natural ability to regulate.
Relieving the body of common, everyday environmental toxins and naturally balancing many metabolic functions has proven helpful in restoring the natural self-regulation of the hormone regulatory processes.
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