Breast Thermography: What Does a High Hormonal Grade Mean?

When your breast thermography report indicates a high “hormonal grade,” it’s a good indication that estrogen stimulation of the breasts is high.

Patients sometimes become alarmed, feeling that they should immediately begin to avoid estrogenic foods – soy being high on the list.

Dr. Connie Hernandez, ND

Dr. Connie Hernandez, ND

In actuality, the estrogens in plant foods are far weaker than our own human estrogens.

The fact is that these plant estrogens compete for binding sites with human estrogens, thus lowering estrogen when estrogen is high, and providing an estrogen-increasing influence when estrogen is lacking. Thus, plant-source estrogens can help regulate the body’s estrogen levels.

Of much greater concern than plant estrogens are the hormones used in raising animals, and consumed when we drink conventional milks, or eat the meat from caged chickens and other feedlot animals.

Also, the xeno estrogens from innumerable sources in our chemically contaminated environment contribute greatly to disrupting the hormonal levels in human breast tissue.

If you’re being treated for breast cancer with aromatase inhibitors and other medicines designed to lower estrogen levels, we can compare a pre-treatment thermography report with a therm report during treatment. Then we can evaluate any changes in the vascularity of the breast tissue to determine the efficacy of the treatment.

This is far more useful than worrying about the possible effects of estrogenic plant foods, since the thermography reports will give us an objective basis for evaluating your estrogen status.


Read more about breast thermography at Pacific Naturopathic here and here.


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