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By Alfred J. Plechner, D.V.M.

You definitely need to determine, for you and your pet, if extra nutrient estrogen, is a friend or a foe and are you exposing yourself to extra estrogen through your eating habits?

I believe that we already know that soy products do contain a type of natural estrogen, called estradiole. This estrogen may be helpful or not. If you or your pet is estrogen "prominent", it could put you into an estrogen "dominance", that will begin Plechner's Syndrome and all those chronic diseases that you and your pet do not need, or deserve, may happen.

The following is a list that might surprise you, as to those "healthy" foods we eat, but contain natural estrogen. If eaten regularly, these foods may cause catastrophic consequences, if you are estrogen "prominent".

Alfalfa, Meats from mammals, Anise seed, Apples, Baker's yeast, Barley, Beets, Carrots, Cherries, Chickpeas, Clover, Cowpeas, Cucumbers, Dairy products, Dates, Eggs, Eggplant, Fennel, Flaxseed, Garlic, Hops in beer, Licorice, Oats, Olives, Papaya, Peas, Pepper, Plums, Pomegranates, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Red beans, Red clover, Rhubarb, Rice, Sage, Sesame seeds, Soybean sprouts, Soybeans, Split peas, Sunflower seeds, Tomatoes, Wheat and Yams. It makes one wonder if these cause more than just an allergy, or does the estrogen contained in the product add to misery of the patient. This list has come from a website entitled "Foods that Contain Natural Estrogens".

Please do not let this list seem like there are very little foods you and your pet can eat, but do realize that if you or your pet are estrogen deficient, eating foods with natural estrogen may save you from the exposure and often detrimental effects prescribed by your healthcare professional, whether for you or your pet. Obviously, if you have been tested estrogen prominent or dominant, avoiding some of these foods may help both you and your pet not to enter the Plechner Syndrome.

The final word is that natural estrogens may be good for you or bad for you. Please get properly tested before you decide.

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