Saturday, February 26, 2011


note that these were listed under xenoestrogens; there is conflicting evidence about naturally-occurring estrogens such as these -- more evidence that that the chemical estrogen mimics are bad, or at least worse, health-wise.

Table 1. Foods high in phytoestrogen content.

Phytoestrogen food sources
Phytoestrogen content (µg/100g)

Flax seed
Soy beans
Soy yogurt
Sesame seed
Flax bread
Multigrain bread
Soy milk
Mung bean sprouts
Dried apricots
Alfalfa sprouts
Dried dates
Sunflower seed
Olive oil
Green bean
Coffee, regular
Milk, cow

but is important to consider, given that if you are switching to an anti-oxident-rich "anti-cancer diet" -- even though there is no evidence that THAT plays any role in breast cancer recurrence, and has everything to do with colon cancer, not liver, brain, lung, lymph or bone cancer -- you will be emphasizing these plants, when you should be eliminating them (for hormone receptive cancers)

Total phytoestrogen and lignan content in vegetables, fruits, nuts and drinks.

Soy bean sprouts
Winter squash
Green beans

Dried prunes

Nuts and other legume seeds
Hazel nuts

Wine, red
Tea, green
Wine, white
Tea, black
Coffee, decaf

Black bean sauce
Black licorice
Bread, rye

The bummer for me, in this, is that flax, rye, lentils, almonds, chestnuts, dates, berries are some of the few foods I can eat.

Interesting, too, is that CANadaOLA OIL is not on these lists from canada, but olive oil is. Hmmm.


this is a list from a blog that has some debunked risks in it, that I will try to eliminate

A List of Xenoestrogens
Posted on October 20, 2007 by sowgenerously

If you are attempting to avoid xenoestrogen exposure, here is a list of substances to avoid. I compiled this from many sources and it’s the most complete list on the Internet. Xenoestrogen contributes to “excess estrogen” or “estrogen dominance”.


* Commercially-raised, non-organic meats such as beef, chicken, and pork
* Commercial dairy products including milk, butter, cheese, and ice cream – Use only organic products that do not contain bovine growth hormone
* Unfiltered water, including water you bathe in – Use reverse-osmosis filtered water such as Dazani or get your own filter
* Laundry detergent – Use white vinegar, baking soda, or tri-sodium phosphate (TSP)… According to some experts, avoid even the Seventh Generation and Eco brands

I figure trader joe's hi-e is ok.

* Dryer sheets and fabric softeners – Use white vinegar is a marvelous natural fabric softener, no smell after it dries

The problem IS the smell after it dries! see avoidance of lavender oil... aiyyy I was using lavender instead...

* Avoid Primpro, DES, Premarin, Cimetidine (Tagamet), Marijuana, and Birth Control Pills.

* Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
* Paraben preservatives
* Soy
* Ground flaxseed – If you’re looking for the Omega-3 effect, use fish oil instead
* No sunflower oil, no safflower oil, no cottonseed oil, no canola oil – Use olive oil or grapeseed oil
* Avoid Tea tree oil (melaleuca) – I know, I love tea tree oil, this one is tough
* No lavendar oil
* Avoid coffee and caffeine
* Sage and rosemary
* Shampoos, lotions, soaps, cosmetics that contain paraben or phenoxyethanol – Almost all contain them, you have to look far and wide. Make sure no Dr. Bonner's with tea tree or lavender!

* Avoid reheating foods in plastic or styrofoam containers
* Avoid drinking out of plastic cups and containers

This has been pretty thoroughly debunked, although my reading today IS implicating plastics manufacture... (doing it, living near it)

Avoid naturally occurring plant estrogens:

* Coffee
* Clover, red clover tea, alfalfa sprouts
* Sunflower seeds
* Queen Anne’s lace (wild carrot)
* Pomegranate – The Greeks used this plant as a contraceptive!
* Dates
* Fennel
* Licorice, red clover, yucca, hops (beer) and motherwort
* Bloodroot, ocotillo, mandrake, oregano, damiana, pennyroyal, verbena, nutmeg, tumeric, yucca, thyme, calamus rt., red clover, goldenseal, licorice, mistletoe, cumin, fennel, chamomile, cloves
* 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC) (sunscreen lotions)
* butylated hydroxyanisole / BHA (food preservative)
* atrazine (weedkiller)
* bisphenol A (monomer for polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin; antioxidant in plasticizers)
* erythrosine / FD&C Red No. 3
* nonylphenol and derivatives (industrial surfactants; emulsifiers for emulsion polymerization; laboratory detergents; pesticides)
* polychlorinated biphenyls / PCBs (in electrical oils, lubricants, adhesives, paints)
* parabens (lotions)
* phenosulfothiazine (a red dye)
* phthalates (plasticizers)
o DEHP (plasticizer for PVC)

Here is another list from Dr. Peter Eckhart, MD:

2. Change your laundry detergent because it cannot be fully washed from the clothes and can be absorbed through the skin. Do NOT use dryer sheets or fabric softener.
3. Do not use anything on the skin with parabens or phenoxyethanol in them. This includes shampoo, soap, makeup, hand lotion, body lotion, and toothpaste. Oral substances are 90% filtered by the liver. Skin-absorbed substances are 100% absorbed by the body, thus, a skin dose is 10 times an oral dose.

4. Avoid coffee. Avoid decaf coffee. No caffeine. No tea. No colas. Caffeine increases estradiol levels by 70%!

5. No sunflower oil, no safflower oil, no cottonseed oil, no canola oil. (Guess that leaves olive oil).

7. Avoid estrogenic herbs especially TOPICALLY such as sage and rosemary.
8. Avoid weak estrogens such as soy and ground flax seed.
9. Many sunscreens are estrogenic. Check.
10. Use cosmetics with minerals or grapefruit seed extract as a preservative.

According to Dr. Elizabeth Smith, MD, there are some things you CAN do:

* Use glass or ceramics whenever possible to store food and water. Heat up your food using a glass or ceramic bowl covered with dish. When plastic is heated, it diffuses very rapidly into food.

This is true of all plastics *not* designed for microwave use as well as microwavable containers, which should never be washed & REused (like the ones frozen foods often come in), and other plastic containers food comes in, which, sorry grandma, should be RECYCLED, NEVER REUSED.

* Use a simple detergent with less chemicals; Nature Clean is a good choice for both laundry detergent and dish washing detergent.

* Simple Soap is a safe choice for shampoo and a body soap.

* Use natural pest control not pesticides.

* Avoid Synthetic Chemicals.

* Don’t use herbicides; use a cup of salt in a gallon of vinegar. That's nice if you want to kill *everything* and not just weeds.

* Buy hormone free meats to eat.

* Buy “Organic” produce, produce grown without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizer or hormones.

Actually, this is about strawberries, raspberries, apples, peppers, peaches, nectarines, pears, cherries, grapes, spinach, celery, and potatoes, and not so much about everything else. In case you were wondering.

* Use Condoms without spermicide for Birth control instead of Birth Control Pills. Use Natural Progesterone instead of HRT. << absolutely not; almost all ER+ cancer is also PR+

* In general, the hormones taken orally are first pass metabolized by the liver 80%-90%. However, when these hormones are applied to the skin, the hormones are directly absorbed by the body. Thus, any skin dose is 10 times that of an oral dose. The vast majority of skin lotions and creams use the parabens as a preservative. Avoid them at all costs. Instead apply a vegetable oil right after a shower to hydrate the skin and lock in the moisture.

Baby oil and cold cream: that's what I'm down to right now.

Paraben-Free Cosmetics List


Kiehl's isn't on it, and they do have lots of paraben-free stuff.

Now, if I only weren't allergic to everything else.

Phaltate-free list:

Link for young people (incl. gen y, z, etc.) w/ cancer

Good list of books.

Friday, February 4, 2011


If I were using my "risk management" knowledge, I would be blogging more about background risk vs. specific risk.

For example, the 12% (often called "1 in 8" but actually 1 in 8.8 = "1 in 9") risk of getting breast cancer in general is cumulative / lifetime (for the first cancer) -- while the average risk is 1.3% per year, increasing.

Tamoxifen -- measuring true risks

Li's team studied data on nearly 1,100 Seattle-area women aged 40-79 who were treated for ER-positive breast cancer between 1990 and 2005. The group included 367 women who developed breast cancer in their other breast at least six months after their first diagnosis. << ON T

It's from WebMD. Yes, a whopping 1/3 of women in the study got a relatively rare (so we read, but at 33% -- not rare at all to my mind) breast cancer.

One of the things turning over and over in my mind is: the dreaded double prophelactic (sp?) masectomy. The wife of a childhood friend just opted into one; she had an ovarian cancer when she was pregnant, in a horrifying turn of events, about 15 years ago. She has the gene, and every 1st degree and apparently most 2nd degree female relatives of hers have had one or both cancers. The DDM reduces breast cancer risk to 15%. But, um, what happened to my 11% risk after 5 years of tamoxifen? You know, is it really 33%, taking in consideration the cancers t. causes AND those it doesn't prevent?