One of the many fascinating things I’ve witnessed throughout my 30+ years as a
chiropractor and wellness doctor is the way in which someone’s reality can
completely shift in a matter of seconds. Have you ever been totally convinced of
something and then, perhaps all of a sudden, see it differently?
Think back to when you were a teenager. Teenagers and pausals (a word I may
have just made up to refer to menopausal women and andropausal men) are
often in hormone storms. As a result, these folks have lots of reality shifts and
emotional storms due to the power of their changing hormone levels. If you’re
not in one of these groups, don’t feel left out because the chemical-laden world
we live in will probably take your hormones (and you) for a wild ride at times, too!
There are at least 50 different hormones in the human body, and probably even
more as some last only moments before disappearing. I’m focusing on just three
hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) because they are so
inexplicably related to health and sanity.
While in different ratios, both men and women depend upon the proper balance
of these hormones for maintaining good health and vitality. While all three are
equally important, the most potent is estrogen; and there are four different
types: estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), estriol (E3), and estetrol (E4), only produced
during pregnancy. While estradiol (E2) is the most potent form (due to its
tenacious nature is and responsible for most of the problems), I’ll simply refer to
it as estrogen.
The primary purpose of estrogen is to guide a woman’s body through sexual
maturity, pregnancy, and childbirth. Estrogen drives the first part of the menstrual
cycle. When estrogen levels drop, an egg leaves one of her ovaries. High estrogen
levels interfere with the release of an egg so pregnancy cannot take place.
Prescription birth control takes advantage of this fact by keeping estrogen levels

Many women were harmed by taking estrogen in the clinical trials by the
Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). Experiments using hormone replacement
therapy (HRT) were stopped after five years (three years early) due to an
unacceptable increase in the very diseases it was supposed to stop. Other studies
have since identified and listed estrogen as a carcinogen. Now we are aware that
unbalanced levels of estrogen in a woman’s body may lead to acne (not only in
teenagers), weight/fat gain (hips to the knees), sexual dysfunction, fibrocystic
breast disease, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, cancer, and more.
Estrogen imbalances also produce a fibrous net called fibrosis that can strangle
muscles and organs eventually leading to one’s demise. Proteolytic or systemic
enzymes can break up this fibrous net.
The pharmaceutical estrogen used in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) trials
derived from a pregnant mare’s urine is still being prescribed. Estrogen is now
commonly found in water supplies in addition to other endocrine-disrupting
compounds. These compounds include anti-seizure medications and anti-
depressant drugs that mimic estrogen, a plastic additive called bisphenol-A (BPA),
synthetic crop fertilizers (i.e. Altrazine), herbicides, industrial chemicals, and
estrogens from livestock fed hormones to increase milk production, fatten them
for market, or make them mature faster.
Hair loss is much more than being annoying; it’s a sign of problems due to a
hormone called Di Hydro Testosterone (DHT). Despite the word testosterone in its
name, it’s a derivative of estrogen. Did you know that estrogen and testosterone
are similar in molecular structure and are made from the hormone cholesterol?
In today’s world, we see estrogen levels in men rising to unhealthy proportions by
their mid-twenties to mid-thirties coupled with a drop in testosterone levels. Due
to this hormonal imbalance, it’s no wonder that many of these men have
problems. Males with high estrogen levels lose muscle mass, gain belly fat, get
moody/cranky, often become depressed, develop a swollen prostrate, and lack
mental drive. By age forty-five, men may have more estrogen than their wives!

Another estrogen related problem stems from an enzyme in belly fat called
aromatase that converts testosterone into estrogen. This estrogen produces even
more belly fat which promotes estrogen dominance in both men and women.
Babies are also adversely affected by too much estrogen. In male babies, estrogen
interferes with their ability to produce adequate testosterone which is what
ensures their development as a male. Excess estrogen affects girls by forcing their
bodies to mature too quickly as well as interfering with normal development. This
is why baby formulas with soy (which contains plant estrogens) should be
What else can you do? Read labels and avoid foods containing phytoestrogens.
Avoid meat, dairy, and vegetables raised with hormones, herbicides, fungicides,
and/or pesticides as they are also estrogen based. Eat organic, free range foods,
and only use BHP-free plastics.
Learn about natural foods, such as maca, that act as estrogen blockers and
reducers and add them into your diet. Eat cruciferous vegetables that have anti-
cancer/anti-estrogenic properties due to their production of the chemical
compound Di Indole Methane (DIM). However, if you eat lots of cabbage,
cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, kale, broccoli or other goitrogenic vegetables
(meaning they can disrupt thyroid production by interfering with iodine uptake in
the thyroid gland especially when there’s iodine deficiency) steam or quickly par-
boil them first.
Homeopathic progesterone and progesterone creams can help the body offset
the effects of estrogen. The addition of a high quality fiber supplement, such as
Gastro-Fiber, helps absorb and bind excess hormones so they can be expelled out
of the body, instead of being reabsorbed.
It’s best when the body produces its own hormones rather than getting them
from outside sources. I’ve found several specific whole-food based supplements
that are formulated to assist specific organs within the body to manufacture the
necessary hormones in the proper balance. When the body naturally produces its
own hormones, it uses built-in feedback mechanisms to know which hormones to

produce and when to produce them with the correct quantities. The hormones
produced by a healthy body are simply amazing. Come to my workshop to learn
more about YOUR incredible hormones!

Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., is a Brimhall Certified Wellness Doctor with over 35 years
of experience helping people obtain optimal health. Attend Dr. Karl’s FREE
workshops on March 15 th “Relationships: The Magical Chemistry.” Visit for more information. Please call 734-425- 8220 to