A report from Boston last week stated that two types of oils found in shampoos, skin lotions, hair gel or soap were causing breast growth in young boys. A study reported that the breast growth condition, called gynecomastia, occurred in three boys ages 4, 7 and 10.
Each of the hair or skin products contained lavender or tree oils. Exposure to these oils disrupted the hormone system in the boys causing the development of female type of breast tissue.
This hormonal affect mimicked the action of the predominantly female hormone, estrogen. Thousands of chemicals in the environment and manufactured daily contain pre-estrogenic compounds called xeno-estrogens (pronounced “zeeno” extrogens).
The mainstream press has been slow to report the findings of xeno-estrogens in the environment. Doctors such as myself, who treat women on a regular basis have known about xeno-estrogens for quite some time. Mainstream medicine as a rule has never even heard of the terminology and would tend to dismiss the whole concept of chemicals acting with hormone-like effects in the body.
Other examples of xeno-estrogens include: all pastics, especially the ever-present plastic water bottles, detergents, petroleum products, commercially raised beef and chicken, and methyl paraben preservatives in skin lotions and hair gels.
The same estrogenic effect similar to what the young boys in the report were exposed to, are also causing hyper-estrogenic effects in women. This is why young girls are reaching menarche (their first periods) at incredibly young ages, having precocious puberty with well developed breasts at age 8, 10 or younger.
This is also why girls in their teens are having such difficult problems with heavy or painful periods at age 15 and 16, which was something not seen in their grandmother’s generation.
Unfortunately, what so frequently happens in response to a teenage girl with heavy or painful periods is for the doctor to place them on birth control pills (BCP’s). BCP’s will definitely make the periods lighter, regular and easier - but these girls will pay the price with the myriad of future side effects such as:
high blood pressure
depression (including post-partum depression)
increased risk of breast cancer
increased risk of uterine cancer
uterine fibroids (and eventually the hysterectomy for such)
and the list goes on…
There is an alternative to birth control pills, however. This is discussed by the non-profit group on www.ditchthepill.org It is called the “Match the Pill” strategy.
I object to BCP’s because of their ability to cause and/or worsen migraine headaches. Aside from our successful treatment program on curing migraines in women, one of the first recommended actions is to get off birth control pills altogether.
Andrew Jones, M.D.
Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas