There's a lot of talk about hormones these days. You might have heard that they're responsible for everything from mood swings to weight gain. But what about their role in immune resilience and breast cancer?
In this episode of The Hormone Prescription Podcast, we're talking with Dr. Lindsey Berkson about the vital role of hormones in immune resilience and breast cancer. Dr. Berkson is a highly respected physician and author who has dedicated her career to helping women achieve optimal health.
During our conversation, Dr. Berkson discusses the importance of hormone balance for maintaining good health, as well as how hormonal imbalances can increase susceptibility to disease. She also shares some tips for keeping your hormones in balance and boosting your immune system.
Join us for this episode of The Hormone Prescription as we chat with Dr. Lindsey Berkson about the vital role hormones play in keeping us healthy. You'll learn why it's important to keep your hormones in balance and find out how you can do that with natural strategies like diet and lifestyle changes. You'll also hear about the latest research on hormone-related cancers, and find out how you can reduce your risk. So tune in and get empowered to protect your health!
[02:03] And we're gonna talk about a topic that's very important right now, and that is immune resilience, right? Who's concerned about immune resilience, uh, just about every human on the face of the planet.
[03:00] Lindsey Berkson has been a thought leader in pioneer, in functional medicine for over four decades and has authored over 21 groundbreaking books on women and hormones, gut health toxicity, including safe hormones, smart women, which is available online with a background in chiropractic and naturopathic medicine
[05:23] Sexiest Hottest, most beautiful 70 some year old you'll ever see. And so she says, well, you know, I've been on natural hormone therapy for what, 20 years.
[05:34] So I waited five years to try and be prudent and to make sure that I'd clean mammograms and clean serum, cancer markers and inflammatory markers. And then I went on hormones.
[06:02] . People, I think, don't realize that their hormones have anything to do with their immune system, let alone their health resilience.
[07:18] So first of all, in the business, we have always known that hormones send signals to satellite dishes called receptors and whatever tissue has these receptors, they're called target tissues. That's where a hormone signals.
[08:23] And we know that 70% of your immune system lives in the lining of your gut and testosterone. The male hormone sends signals to that.
[09:21] And if an older woman wasn't on hormone replacement, she suddenly had the same statistics of severe COVID a, if she didn't have early intervention, but if she was on hormone replacement, then she had similar safety statistics against COVID like younger women did.
[10:17] And the other thing is we talk about the role of the gut with immunity. So a healthy gut opens and closes. You eat a meal and after you eat a meal, supposedly digest your food to tiny little pieces, amino acids, die peptides, tri peptides.
[11:22] So we have greater immunity because we have greater sex steroid hormones when we're younger. And when we age, we are more vulnerable.
[12:20] Because it seems like we women carve out when it comes to hormones. Why, why do we have these opinions and values that somehow it's shameful or bad to use hormones or to bolster ourselves?
[13:16] And I love your show because I wanna bust that at bull crap, because what it is that aging picks up speed. You age faster in your forties than you did in your thirties.
[15:14] We're so afraid of shaming people for being overweight that we tell a whole nation, nothing about losing weight, cuz COVID loves overweight and flamed bodies.
[16:11] You know, by the way, hormones help you keep a trimmer torso. That's one of the reasons you gain more weight when you get older.
[17:07] But the litigious atmosphere made doctors afraid of the women's health initiative and we're afraid to call it like it is. We want everything to be so moderate and middle road that we're willing to sacrifice the smarter kids in the, the kids that are in the midrange.
[18:05] And you're consequently your health and your life are going to be substandard until you die, which will be premature because you will live longer if you use natural hormone therapy.
[19:00] And in none of those cases where women were given right after treatment, hormone replacement and they were tracked for so many years and not one of those 26 studies did women on hormones do worse.
[19:53] There's more of us that are older than more of us than are younger and it's accumulating. And within another 10, 20 years, the majority of Americans are gonna be over 65, which has never happened before.
[20:46] So they decided to do a study to prove that hormones prevent heart disease and keep you healthier and feminine forever.
[22:05] But in Europe they've primarily been using biologically identical hormones for decades.
[22:19] So they came out and said to reanalyze the data because we didn't buy the conclusions of the data. And when we reanalyze it, we made a big, big discovery that in the control arm, they forgot to control which women had taken estrogen historically.
[23:13] And if they did get breast cancer, once they had been historically on estrogen replacement for a little bit, they had a 44% decreased mortality case incident.
[25:14] Women on hormones had a decreased incidence of getting Alzheimer's disease by 69%. But if they were on bio identical hormones, they had a decreased incidence of Alzheimer's disease by 72 to 73%.
[26:08] It's key though, to hear what Dr. Lindsay is saying about estrogen, protecting against breast cancer, protecting against cognitive decline in Alzheimer's among other things. I mean heart disease and heart attack, which we always gave it to prevent.
[28:10] There are those who are motivated by deprivation and fear and lack, and they're going to lose something they already have or not get something that they want. And then there are those who are motivated by pleasure.
[29:00] So when you're true, more hormonally out of balance, you're a more fearful, anxious person.
[29:24] So we are a much dirtier air food and water, which all of adversely they're endocrine disruptors. So I wrote one of the very first books on endocrine disruption called hormone deception.
[30:16] They talk about if they're not looking for a super orgasm, they really are not functional, and they'll go, oh, well I know I sat too much this month and I ate too much processed food and I know, but it's, it's out of control.
[31:29] You may render them in, of making decisions based on healthy cognition. And basically you block their hormones, you screw their hormones up and people can't function optimally.
[32:13] And one of the things is balancing your hormones and getting them for which, for each woman, has her own individual hormonal footprint. And that's why it's important to work with a doctor that honors that like yourself, when your hormones are more balanced, you understand that you wanna never ever give up, but you want to push yourself.
[33:13] The more muscle mass you have, which of course testosterone replacement is one way to maintain it. But resistant exercises are another way.
[34:06] Because if you are, you know, you need the androgens, you need the testosterone and your regular doctor probably is not only not aware of that, doesn't know how to properly test for it.
[34:30] If a doctor tells you there's nothing left to be done for you, or it just means they know, wait, what is it? It just means they know nothing left to be done for you.
[36:03] And I was told many times in my fifties, you're just not, you're not getting any younger. You have to learn to age gracefully.
[36:47] I love feeling well. And I love feeling so young and well and full of energy. I'm flying all over the country, lecturing, isolating everyone else's isolating and scared of everything.
[39:22] And that's pretty much a steady diet, lots and lots of diverse pigments in those different colored plants, protect your eyes, protect your brain, protect you against cancer.
[40:11] So I work out, I try to find things to turn a fire in my belly. So I love what I do a lot, but not all the time cuz nobody loves what they do all the time.
[40:52] I think vitamin F fun is an important component to life. And so canoeing for me is fun and hanging with girlfriends is fun, but I eat plant food. I work out regularly.
[42:00] I don't believe in doing this obsessively every day, but I take 30 to 40 to 50 supplements a day, depending on what I'm dealing with. Um, I only have one kidney, so I can't overwhelm it.
[42:43] So I do a lot of botanicals, and I've just created a new line for Biotics, with one product that clears off your receptors.
[43:35] Thank you so much for sharing your regimen because I think people, well, two things, some people, they overestimate what it takes to get their health back in line and keep it there. And a lot of people underestimate.
[45:24] What does it take to have six-pack abs in your seventies? And you mentioned getting your hormones at the optimal levels, and this is not going to happen in corporate medicine.
[45:42] And what really gave, so realizing that estrogen protected against breast cancer and that you died less from a, if you did get it. So that was huge.
[47:49] So I got courage to go higher than the little toe in the water by taking just the right amount to eliminate the symptoms. And boy, the minute I did that, I shed weight.
[48:21] And that's why at the hormone club, we test, we don't guess everybody gets monitored and followed with the dried you're in testing because you got to, to know where that person is, because it is a unique blueprint.