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Environmental Estrogens

I have long wondered if the buzz about estrogen like chemicals was hype or real…

April Scientific American: Reports about a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Three boys, aged 4,7 and 10 had gynecomastia. This was from lavender/tea oil scented soap and skin lotions [thanks Mom!]. After these were removed from the boy’s environment, the gyno slowly went away. The oils were tested on lab grown breast cancer cells and the effects mimicked the effects of estrogen. Speculation that other scented oils could have these effects, and speculation that these oils would also inhibit androgens.

No more lavender massage oils for me or on my hands when massaging.

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