You definitely need to determine, for you and your pet, if extra nutrient estrogen is a friend or a foe and whether you are exposing yourself to extra estrogen through your eating habits.

I believe we already know that soy products do contain a type of natural estrogen called estradiole. This estrogen may be helpful or not. If you or your pet are estrogen “prominent”, it could put you into an estrogen “dominance”, that will begin Plechner’s Syndrome and all those chronic diseases that you and your pet do not need, or deserve, may happen.

The important question that is so often asked and discussed, is whether phytoestrogens are healthy or unhealthy for you and your pet?

A simple way to determine this would be to have a total estrogen blood test taken and then eat foods that are high in phytoestrogens, and then 2 to 3 weeks later repeat the total estrogen to see if it has increased or decreased. This can be easily accomplished in human males and male canines, spayed female canines and postmenopausal women.

If a woman is still menstruating, the total estrogen test should be taken at the time her ovarian estrogen is at its lowest level. Foods high in phytoestrogens can be eaten for a month and then have a total estrogen test taken.

By doing this kind of assay, it will indicate if phytoestrogens are good or bad for you or your pet. Hopefully the day will arrive, when this simple test will be performed and solve this question about the effects of total estrogen on people and canines. The following is a list that might surprise you, as to those “healthy” foods we eat, that contain natural estrogen. If eaten regularly, these foods may cause catastrophic consequences if you are estrogen “prominent”, or may help you if you are estrogen deficient, but without first testing total estrogen blood levels, you really will not know!

It does make you wonder, if phytoestrogens cause more than just allergies, and may be the cause of even more serious diseases.

The University of Minnesota and many other websites have similar lists, but the following list came from a website entitled “Foods that Contain Natural Estrogens” and includes:

Alfalfa, Meats from mammals, Anise seed, Apples, Baker’s yeast, Barley, Beets, Carrots, Cherries, Chickpeas, Clover, Cowpeas, Cucumbers, Dairy products, Dates, Eggs, Eggplant, Fennel, Flaxseed, Garlic, Hops, Licorice, Oats, Olives, Papaya, Peas, Pepper, Plums, Pomegranates, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Red beans, Red clover, Rhubarb, Rice, Sage, Sesame seeds, Soybean sprouts, Soybeans, Split peas, Sunflower seeds, Tomatoes, Wheat and Yams.

Note: Carrots, sweet potatoes and apples are frequently mentioned on high phytoestrogen lists. However, according to the latest studies, carrots, sweet potatoes and apples contain only limited amounts of phytoestrogen.

This discrepancy could possibly be explained by the fact that they are sprayed with pesticides that contain an estrogen mimicker referred to as a xenoestrogen. This additional form of chemical estrogen may be the reason why carrots, sweet potatoes and apples are included on the high phytoestrogen lists. Please be beware of any fruit or vegetable that may be low in phytoestrogens, yet high on the pesticide risk list. Remember apples are number one on most pesticide lists!

Please do not let this list make you feel there are very little foods you and your pet can eat, but do realize that if you or your pet are estrogen deficient, eating foods with natural estrogen may save you from the exposure and often detrimental effects prescribed by your healthcare professional, whether for you or your pet. Obviously, if you have been tested estrogen prominent or dominant, avoiding some of these foods may help both you and your pet not to develop Plechner’s Syndrome.

The final word is natural estrogens may be good for you or bad for you. Please get properly tested before you decide.

These are just some of my thoughts.

Dr. AL Plechner

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