(17 Feb 17)
‘I’m On ‘E’!’
I was knowledgeable about phyto-estrogens during my time residing at Utah. These references discussed here in this article come from some of my notes that I re-discovered following the break-in of my home in 2014.
Use caution same as with any over-the-counter or prescription drug. These may be phyto-e, but they are chemicals that could cause harm or could provide no results – it all depends upon your body chemistry.
Make some green tea, settle in a comfy chair, and enjoy this article and its references.
Read. Learn. Study.
Phyto-e worked for me, though I have no blood tests to know how well. My anatomy apparently has enough natural estrogenic affinity chemistry to make it work at least to some minimal advantage. It may work for you if your body is also chemically inclined toward female. Your natural balance may not be tipped toward androgens and your cellular receptor sites may not be limited to androgens. If that is your chemistry, then phyto-e can probably assist you.
Here were typical, common phyto-e options:
- Blessed thistle
- Enmortal / Mexican yam
- Marshmallow root (reduces sperm count)
- Partridge berry
- Rosemary / romero
- Squaw vine
- White trillium (causes male sterility).
Yours may vary.
Good pro-biotics include:
- flax seed
- produce greens
- protein (lean meats, oops, you are vegetarian?)
- rice (long grain, brown)
- tea (organic, green)
- yoghourt (low-fat, home made).
Combined ginger and cayenne stimulates blood flow and give that cool feeling during Summer heat.
Lack of magnesium leads to fatigue. If you are working 10-hour shifts, then you are getting fatigued by those long shift hours. Seeds, nuts, beans, cereal (NOT ‘Cap’n Crunch’), banana are good sources of natural magnesium – snack on them during the day; dairy with magnesium is a good combination. Also consider ‘slow’ starch for breakfast and lunch – they spread their chemistry throughout your day:
- clean oatmeal (not packaged cardboard),
- sweet potato (NOT white potato),
- barley (which is also a phyto-estrogen).
For example, a breakfast meal of barley, oatmeal, and quinoa with berries and nuts will give you a good boost for your long day.
You like baking and cooking. Here’s my adjusted recipe for oatmeal cookies:
- Mix together oatmeal, yoghourt, pumpkin (canned pumpkin will do but NOT pumpkin pie filling), nuts into a simple paste, form into cookie size, bake until done.
Enjoy – but not too much; one cookie will do fine, two or more will clear your bowels. Don’t ask me for specifics – my recipe is all about whatever I decide to mix – this is my style of baking and cooking. You decide if you also want to add egg or flour but they are not necessary. You will also know how long to bake in your microwave or regular oven when ‘done’. I cook in only my slow cookers and microwave oven; I have not used a conventional oven in more than 20 years. Don’t need it, it causes excess heat during Summer months, and it wastes electricity.
If you like black pepper seasoning, then try dried papaya seeds – they have the same flavourings. In other words, save your papaya seeds. Don’t toss them in the trash, dry them in your microwave or regular oven and store same as any other dry spice. Crush to release their flavours.
Garlic and mushrooms are good for the immunity system. I rarely have colds / flu when I eat garlic – one piece per day crushed in your dinner meal is sufficient. Garlic also helps prevent diabetes.
Sage, rosemary, thyme, peppermint, and spearmint are a combination that are good as anti-cancer tea.
Black rice contains anti-oxidants and is good for easing stress and fatigue.
Here’s something else that I learned through the course of my studies – something that you can discuss with your endocrinologist:
- Elevated LH (luteinising hormone) may allow increased estrogen production by testes, then allow estrogen to enter into your circulation. ‘Testicular feminised’ males possess the absence of high-affinity dihydro-testosterone bindings, decreased quantities of androgen cellular receptor sites, or quantitatively abnormal androgen cellular receptor sites.
Okay, in vernacular. This concept is an alternative to straight exogenous estrogen and may (or may not) apply to you. The theory is that if your endo can elevate your LH, then your testes (or ovaries that produce excess testosterone) can produce elevated levels of endogenous estrogen or reduced testosterone same as in Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome patients. We know this because AIS patients (males and ‘females’) have increased LH levels that caused lack of androgen, lack of androgen cellular receptor sites, lack of cellular receptor sites to accept androgen.
Progesterone helps develop breast tissue – such as in Norinyl (norethindrone) birth control (it was what I started on). Your endo may prescribe a combination of estradiol and progesterone. Discuss the pros and cons with your endo.
When I was off meds those +15 months (2013 – 2015), I lived mostly on rosemary for exogenous estrogen. It is a nice-tasting herb and makes a good tea (it can also help with hair growth either by ingestion or by applying the tea to your scalp – but it is no magic potion). Rosemary is packed with phyto-e; I could feel its affects on my body similar as medicinal estradiol estrogen. My March 2015 labs showed my estrogen levels low yet within post-menopausal female – I’m certain because of the rosemary. Once restored to 1 mg estradiol per day, my estrogen levels rose – still low, but higher within normal adult female range.
You’ll begin noticing these things – your meds and labs – once you start ERT. They are important to keep in mind whether they stabilise or if they fluctuate. Your life will depend upon your awareness. Keep your endo in the loop. I get my blood draw for labs every six months concurrent with my endo appointments. I’m good that I have all my medical work at one campus – the county’s hospital and clinic facility at central Phoenix – doctors, blood draw labs, radiology, counselling, major hospital all at one site rather than hunting for doctors and labs and clinics all over town.
Look for books in the library with ‘call’ designations starting with ‘WZ’ (medical history), ‘QV’ (pharmacology), and ‘WB’ (medical practice).
Here are books I once noted as reference material:
- ‘Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants’ – Bradfor Angier
- ‘Nature’s Medicines’ – Richard Lucas
- ‘Magic of Herbs in Daily Living’ – Richard Lucas
- ‘Herbal Medications’ – David Spoerke
- ‘Functions of the Brain’ in ‘Sensory Psychology’
Whew! That’s a lot to ‘digest’; have some more tea. I’m giving the short version of this one person’s information. Your homework is to decide your best treatment with your medical team. There is much homework to do as you enter your next phase. A well-educated patient is far superior for your medical team. Take an active role in your treatment.
There were a few years of my early transition that bring strong focus in my memory: 1977, 1978, 1979. These years marked the beginning of the end of my long-awaited transition.
I experienced strong emotions during those years and those emotions remain fixed.
Allow me to share the music that caught and preserved my emotions:
- ‘I’m on E’ (Blondie): I found humour in my own ‘E’ – estrogen. Now you get how I came to title this post, don’tcha know.
- ‘Victory’ (Patti Smith): This anthemic song has been my theme for success.
- ‘Privilege’ (Patti Smith): I have a version of this song from a decade earlier that was little more than rote production. Smith put her emotion to this version and made it personal for my struggles. This song rescued me from my thoughts of suicide in the midst of my early transition days.
- ‘Urban Desire’ (Genya Ravan): She is a Shoah hero; I am a humble student of the Shoah. She brings it back.
- ‘Rivers of Babylon’ (Boney M): Who thought text from the Bible could rock?
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