Dr. Eckhart's extreme avoidance list, esp re: phytoestrogens
Thank you so much for your product and your help. I love the ease of "measuring" with the pump and how quickly the Natpro absorbs. I am sleeping WAY better through the night which is a Godsend! Thank you. Now I've opened a new story line as I'm switching gears in my questioning.
Before the Natpro I was using Progestelle, which, as I'm sure you are aware, comes with a ton of literature about things to avoid. For years I had already tried to rid my life of chemicals as much as possible so I felt I was already ahead of the game in that area. So imagine my surprise when I found the list also contained so many natural items that I used daily in my homemade skincare/laundry/cleaning items. Some of them come with somewhat convincing scientific anecdotes, but others I'm not so convinced about. Some were easily replaced while others not so much - and quite honestly, I miss being able to use them.
I have no issues with why we should avoid xenoestrogens - that's plain as day. But what is your take on phytoestrogens? Don't almost ALL plants contain some sort of phytoestrogen, so how do we avoid them? And do we even need to be worried with those? And just so you know, I have been all over the "Our Stolen Future" website as well as yours looking for these same answers.
Below are the specific items I personally want feedback on. I would love input from you, Wray, or anyone else's personal experience with the items listed below. If I need to keep avoiding them, then I will, but I would like to convinced of it. And if certain items are okay to use, then I would definitely like to know that too.
BORAX - okay, so this one isn't a plant item but I SO DESPERATELY miss my Borax-based laundry detergent. I feel like I have struggled to get clean laundry since giving it up a few months ago. Actually just today I made up a new batch WITH the Borax out of frustration.
GUM - this wasn't on Eckhart's list but another site listed gum base as being a xenoestrogen
ROSEMARY EXTRACT - this takes almost all castile soaps out
TEA TREE OIL
TEAS - I had already mostly given up tea because of reading about the flouride in teas affecting the thyroid. But I struggle with this one because I'm a teaholic.
ESSENTIAL OILS - citrus ones are the only ones OK'd
CHOCOLATE - need I say more?!
Thank you again for the time you put into answering all of our questions and for sharing your knowledge with us. You are very appreciated!!