Chestnut Herbal School

Endocrine disruptors

Phytoestrogens

Estrogens are a group of steroid hormones that function as the primary female reproductive messengers.  Estrogen has its etymological roots in the Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility Oestre, and can be broken down as follows: from estrus (period of fertility for female mammals) + gen (to generate). There are three types of estrogens known: Estradiol– the […]

Endocrine disruptors

Sometime in my early twenties, I began to notice that many of the women around me were experiencing reproductive disease in some form: endometriosis, cervical dysplasia, ovarian cysts, infertility, uterine fibroids, breast cancer etc. It didn’t seem to me that the evolutionary process would select for such faulty equipment, especially given the healthy lifestyles and […]