Tara Skye Goldin, N.D. Newsletter Natural Medicine that Gets Results!
January 2006


The new year often brings a desire to reevaluate ones health. It is often the time of year when people begin a new health regimen with more resolve or simply recommit to doing what they know works for them. Unfortunately many people start out with good intentions to change old habits but quickly fall back into their old patterns, especially concerning diet, exercise and our behavioral patterns in both personal and professional relationships. Remember, it takes at least 1 month of outer discipline to start a new behavior before it turns into an inner discipline, i.e. doing something that is good for you simply because it feels good! So stick with your positive changes, even though it may feel awkward at first. Eventually your health enhancing regimen will create so much joy that you will look forward to doing them!

Natural Health News You Can Use!
  • Stress and Weight Gain
  • Breast Health and Estrogen Ratios
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Pregnancy by Craig L. Jensen, MD for Medscape
  • Q and A

  • Breast Health and Estrogen Ratios

    Breast health for women ( and increasingly for men) is a major concern these days, especially given the rising rates of breast cancer in our country. Naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer for the prevention of breast cancer and the enhancement of overall health.

    A woman's hormonal balance has a lot of impact on the health of the breast tissue. Breast tissue is often a "target tissue" for endogenous and exogenous estrogens in our environment. Environmental factors such as plastics, pesticides, and herbicides have all increased the amount of exogenous estrogen exposure in our environment. This has had a direct correlationin the increased incidence of breast cancer in our society.

    How estrogen is metabolized in a woman's body is another determinant in breast cancer risk. Estrogen is metabolized to either 16 alpha hydroxyestrone (16 alpha-OHE1) which causes cellular proliferation in the breast, or 2 hydroxyestrone (2-OHE1) which has a protective effect on the breast tissue. The ratio between these metabolites can be used as an indicator of metabolic susceptability to unwanted cell growth in the breast. This ratio can be tested through urine tests available at my office!

    An increase in 16 alpha OHE1 can be due to genetic as well as dietary factors. An increase in the amount of animal fats in the diet as well as alcohol, caffeine, pesticide, herbicide and plastic exposure will also increase the 16 alpha OHE1 levels. 2-OHE1 levels on the other hand are raised by increasing the amount of soy, flaxseed, and crucierous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflour, cabbage, and brussel sprouts consumed in the diet. In some cases I may also prescribe an individualized regimen of specific supplements which can also aid in enhancing the levels of 2-OHE1 metabolites in the body. The ratios of the 2 estrogen metabolites can then be periodically monitored to evaluate the efficacy of our treatment protocol. This way women can take charge of their own breast health and possibly prevent the future development of estrogen related cancers in their body!

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Pregnancy by Craig L. Jensen, MD for Medscape

    There has been a wide range of studies related to n-3 fatty acids and pregnancy. Outcome measures include gestational length and birth weight, preeclampsia, recurrent miscarriages, and maternal depression. Observational studies have found positive associations between fish intake and gestational length and birth weight.[4,5]

    Q and A

    Readers are invited to submit any health questions they might have. In future newsletters, one or two questions will be selected based upon relevance and general interest to be answered in this spot. Please send any questions or comments to taraskye@juno.com, Re: Newsletter Questions. We hope that you find this service useful and valuable for your family's Natural Health.

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    Stress and Weight Gain

    Chronic stress can make you gain weight. High stress can raise your levels of cortisol, a hormone that increases fat stores, especially around the waist, so you put on more pounds! While naturopathic medicine can't really take away your stressors, it may help you cope better. Proper nutrition and exercise can help burn off extra cortisol and also raises the levels of endorphins in your blood stream giving you that natural high. When your mind is calm and clear you make better decisions, thus often eliminating future stresses. Also there is a magical herb from India called Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) which can actually lower cortisol levels in your body! Thus it can help prevent that weight gain that can happen during periods of chronic stress.

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