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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 8:09 am

Dear Pharmacist: I started bioidentical hormones thanks to you, and feel dramatically better. I can’t convince my sister who still takes a prescription estrogen drug from horse urine. What can I tell her since she won’t switch medicines? — T.W., Decatur, Illinois

Forget the horse urine if you can. The bigger problem with estrogen is their by-products! Most doctors agree the human body preferentially breaks down estrogen hormone into cancer-promoting by-products (termed metabolites) instead of anti-cancer metabolites. This is more apt to happen if you tax your liver with a poor diet, household chemicals and other toxins. Your liver is always on overdrive and it has to break down the estrogen that you take, eat or make. When I say “take,” I mean take as medicine. When I say “eat,” I mean eat from commercial meats or drink from plastic water bottles with BPA.

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