Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Desmoid Tumors and Estrogen

There is a study being done on how Estrogen affects Desmoid Tumors. Some results seem to suggest higher levels of Estrogen may cause the growth of a tumor. "They" are not sure if this is what is causing them to appear in the first place or if it's just contributing to the growth once a tumor is there.
Here is a list I found of foods that natural have estrogen and a list of foods that inhibit the absorption of Estrogen.
I have to say I do eat a lot of foods from the first list but can that really be what is causing my tumors—don't most people eat this stuff?
I have to also consider I am on Synthroid—synthetic thyroid—which can cause Osteoporosis and Anemia because it interferes with the absorption of calcium, iron and magnesium. (Long term side effects)
Ahh…having a rare tumor is so much fun! I wish someone would just tell me X, Y and Z causes these tumors—don't eat, drink or sit next to these things and you will be fine. Life would be so much easier. Without this I find myself questioning everything that I ingest. From pills to the dishes we eat, drink and prepare our foods in. It can be exhausting but I am determined not to have a third reoccurrence!
Foods Containing Natural Estrogens
  • Alfalfa            
  • Animal Flesh—ew! That just sounds wrong!
  • Anise Seed
  • Apples
  • Baker's Yeast
  • Barley
  • Beets
  • Carrots—all time fav!
  • Cherries
  • Clover
  • Cowpeas (Black-eyes peas)
  • Cucumbers—another fav!
  • Dairy Foods—OMG, I do not think I can live without these!
  • Dates
  • Eggs—I could take 'em or leave 'em!
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Flaxseed
  • Garlic—was really starting to get into this!
  • Hops
  • Licorice
  • Oats—I am an Oat eater!
  • Olive Oil—have been using this forever!
  • Olives
  • Papaya
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Peppers—this is another big one for me!
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Potatoes—seriously?! I have to have my taters!
  • Pumpkin—my family will be sad, there will be no more Pumpkin Cheese Cake bars.
  • Red Beans—and rice, yes please!
  • Red Clover
  • Rhubarb
  • Rice—poo!
  • Sage
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Soybean Sprouts
  • Soybeans
  • Split Peas
  • Sunflower Seeds—my dad would buy these for me all the time growing up!
  • Tomatoes—I will eat them but they are not my fav.
  • Wheat—was always told to eat Whole Wheat.
  • Yams

Estrogen Inhibiting Foods

  • Berries—ok, this is good.
  • Broccoli—this is right up there with carrots.
  • Buckwheat—I thought this was just a character in Lil Rascals!
  • Cabbage—could live without it.
  • Citrus Foods—not my fav.
  • Corn—good thing I live in Indiana, the CORN STATE!
  • Figs—the old people fruit! Ha!
  • Fruits (except apples, cherries, dates, pomegranates)—I am more of a veggie person really.
  • Grapes
  • Green Beans—this is the only veg my sister will eat so I do eat a lot of this.
  • Melons
  • Millet
  • Onions—LOVE onions
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Squashes
  • Tapioca
  • White Rice—a little flavorless, but I guess I can figure out what to do with it.
  • White Flour—I will not know what to think to eat plain white bread again…

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