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Are You Lathering Estrogens?




"In the last Hormone Strand course, I shared with you the most prolific harmful phytoestrogen: soy. In this course, I am going to share with you the most prolific harmful xenoestrogen.”

As you know by now, in my First Strand of The HOPE Protocol, I am teaching you how to optimize your hormones naturally.

Estrogen Dominance is the first hormone condition we run into as we enter our pauses. The symptoms of estrogen dominance are:

  • Weight Gain

  • Weight Loss Resistance

  • Sleeping Disorders

  • Hormonal Induced Anxiety

  • Hormonal Induced Depression

  • Loss of Interest in Being Intimate

  • Loss of Motivation in Being Social

We have discussed these Estrogen Dominance taming tools in previous courses.

  • Your Pause Score

  • The Progesterone to Estradiol Ratio

  • DIM, the estrogen router

  • Progesterone, the estrogen tamer

  • Soy, the first prolific phytoestrogen to avoid

The next tool we will incorporate into our Hormone Optimization Protocol is the avoidance of the ubiquitous xenoestrogen Paraben.

“We are not only eating our way into Estrogen Dominance, but lathering xenoestrogens into our hair, face, and body. These xenoestrogens pass through our skin and attach to our estrogen receptors acting as if they were truly estrogens, causing us to become even more estrogen dominant.”

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“Xenoestrogens are synthetic industrial chemicals, or their byproducts, that induce estrogenic activity.”

Xenoestrogens can and will disrupt our hormonal balance.

In the last course, I discussed how we needed to avoid soy because it is prolific in our foods. In this course, I will discuss how we need to avoid parabens again because it is prolific in our personal care products.

In many cases, xenoestrogens are more potent than our naturally made estrogens. Parabens are not one of them, but since we use them daily, 'all of the day, and all of the night,'* they accumulate in our bodies, making them the xenoestrogen we need to avoid first. The verse was by the Kinks.


"Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetic products. They are used to increase these products' shelf life by inhibiting mold and bacteria growth."

We must make it a mission to clean our personal care cabinets of all things that have parabens within them for our sake, our children's sake, and our grandchildren's sake.

“Given the endocrine disruption capacity and documented female and male reproductive harm, coupled with the potential for repeated lifelong exposure, it is clear that long-chain parabens (isobutyl-, butyl-, isopropyl- and propylparaben) should not be used in personal care or cosmetic products.”

Tasha Stoiber, Ph.D., Senior Scientist EWG

What irks me the most about parabens is that our personal care products can easily be made without parabens.

There are different kinds of parabens. When you read the label of your personal care products, keep an eye out for these six.

  • Methyl-paraben

  • Ethyl-paraben

  • Propyl-paraben

  • Isopropyl-paraben

  • Butyl-paraben

  • Isobutyl-paraben

These are the longer-chain parabens; propyl- and butyl-parabens are the most detrimental when it comes to increasing estrogen dominance and its symptoms.

“Avoid All Xenoestrogens to the best of your ability. Parabens will increase estrogen’s dominance and make weight loss and hormonal balancing much more difficult if not impossible.”

Starting today, Let’s replace three ubiquitous personal care products that have parabens within them.

“Placing one human-made paraben molecule on our bodies over and over causes us to become unhealthy, overweight, and infertile.”

Because parabens are hormone disruptors, many studies have been done on them. I will mention a few so you can understand why you don’t want to lather them on your or your family’s bodies.

Please teach your children and grandchildren to keep an eye out for these hormone disruptors. Protect their reproductive futures.

In human studies, researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that…

“...decreased fertility was associated with propylparaben found in their subject’s urine.”

Another study linked butylparaben to infertility, and it also

“…decreased women’s menstrual cycle length.”

Another butylparaben study found higher levels in a mother’s urine and higher cord blood levels were associated with…

“increased odds of preterm birth and decreased birth weight.”

“Studies have detected parabens in nearly all urine samples taken from adults in the U.S.”

Can you see if we let parabens be profuse within our culture, our future generations might just become infertile?

Parabens are in our shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, skin cleansers, sunscreens, deodorants, shaving gels, toothpaste, and makeup.

Parabens pass into the body through the skin.

In one study, the researchers found that…

“adolescents who wore makeup daily had 20 times the paraben levels in their urine than those who rarely wore makeup.”

The good news is that the 2016 HERMOSA intervention study found that propylparaben levels in urine dropped by about 45 percent when girls used make-up without parabens.

When the Centers for Disease and Control (The CDC) tested parabens found in human urine, they found…

“propylparaben in 92 percent of the Americans tested. They also found butylparaben in 50 percent of those tested.”

“Estrogen-sensitive breast cells are attracted to parabens.”

A study done by the University of California-Berkeley found that…

“low doses of butylparaben switched on cancer genes and increased breast cancer cells' growth.”

Parabens accumulate in the body. The more fat we have and the older we are, the more parabens we will have accumulated.

Let’s begin this week’s hormone optimization by exchanging three everyday products that contain parabens for paraben-free products.

The products we will exchange for non-paraben products are shampoo, conditioners, and deodorant.

Shampoo and Conditioners

Read the ingredients of the shampoo and conditioner you are using. If there are parabens within them, ditch them and don’t let anyone in your family use them, especially your grandchildren.

I use the website to find products that are safe for my family and me. I have used a shampoo and conditioner brand called ACURE for years. It has an EWG rating of 1 to 2.

EWG rates them from EWG Verified, which is a zero on a ten scale. Ten is the worst of the worst. The lower the number, the safer.

There are dozens of products on their site. EWG doesn't just rank the shampoo and conditioners on whether they have parabens or not but all toxic chemicals. The zeros rankings have no toxic chemicals, and the ten rankings are filled with numerous chemicals that can be harmful to your body.

I recommend that you find a shampoo ranked a three or less on the EWG website that you like. For example, Acure is ranked 1 to 2.

You won't see brand names pop up until around the three rankings. They include Suave, Dove, Joico, and Tresemme.

Here is a link to the shampoo and conditioner brand I currently use.

On the Sephora website, they list these shampoos as being paraben-free.

If you would like to explore more paraben-free shampoos, you can visit the EWG website, but I warn you, it will be quite an eye-opening investigation. Click the link below.


“We all know how vital deodorant is to our love and social life. But if I asked you to swallow a spoonful of arsenic so your armpits wouldn’t smell, would you?”

That’s what we do every morning when we smear deodorant under our arms.

Scientists are now telling us that placing paraben-laden deodorant in our armpits is worse than swallowing the parabens.

Remember from our Health Optimization Courses that the liver is in charge of hormone activation, conversion, and fat burning. It has to filter out all human-made compounds, and since we are constantly using personal care products with parabens, we are constantly overburdening our livers.

When we place toxins onto our skin, they circulate throughout our body via the bloodstream. All of our cells will come into contact with these toxins. The liver has to filter out the toxins and metabolize them eventually.

Another disturbing fact is that parabens are stored within our fat cells. We have numerous fat cells in our armpits. Parabens will play havoc on our hormone receptors located there.

Another problem is that parabens will adversely affect the beneficial bacteria found in our armpits. More and more research shows how important these bacteria are to our health. We’ve got to learn how to befriend these little critters, not destroy them.

Another reason we do not want to place parabens in our armpits is its proximity to breast tissue. Breast tissue has estrogen-sensitive cells. Applying parabens daily so close to breast tissue just doesn’t make sense.

"Using deodorants filled with parabens may be the reason breast cancer in men has become more prevalent."

I use a deodorant from a company called Native. It has done a great job supplying and promoting safer deodorants.

My family’s skin is sensitive to deodorants with baking soda, so we purchase baking soda-free deodorants. You will see these listed under the sensitive skin deodorants.

You can check out their website:

Or you can purchase this deodorant from Amazon.

You could only purchase this deodorant online when I first began using this product. I see they have grown tremendously and are now found in many major retail stores and pharmacies.

One of the exciting worldwide changes we are starting to see is the banning of parabens. The European Union and other countries have banned products with the highest levels of estrogenic parabens. But like most estrogenic products, the good ol’ US of A has not banned one.

In other exciting news, despite the government not taking action against parabens, retailers are. Whole Foods Market bans four major parabens in their premium body care products. CVS in 2019 removed parabens from their CVS brand products. Target places a unique, clean symbol on products that are paraben-free. Other brand stores like Rite Aid and Walgreens have committed to removing isopropyl- and isobutylparaben soon.

Here is a list of paraben-free deodorants.


Check your personal care cabinets and throw out the three products I listed above that have parabens within them.

As you go through The HOPE Protocol, eventually replace all of these estrogenic products below with paraben-free products:

  • Shampoos

  • Conditioners

  • Deodorant

  • Skin Lotions

  • Facial Cleansers

  • Shower Gels

  • Scrubs

  • Make-up

  • Feminine Wipes

  • Feminine Washes

Promise Keeper: I promise to go paraben-free with my personal care products.

❤️ Doc Mac


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"Old" Friends

Vicky and I, and several of my childhood friends, attended our High School's football game over the weekend. The guys asked me how I could still fit in my letter jacket. When you weigh the same as you did in High School, it's easy.

And remember...


"Because when your hormones are balanced, your weight, health, and mind will follow."

🏈 Doc

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