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understanding the link between cancer, autoimmune disease, and gender

Dr. David Bilstrom

Healthcare Provider, Integrative & Complementary Therapy Provider, Speaker, Author, Advocate

I had the honor of interviewing Dr. David Bilstrom on Navigating Cancer TOGETHER. Dr. Bilstrom is a renowned expert in autoimmune and functional medicine. Dr. Bilstrom shared valuable insights into the correlation between autoimmune diseases and cancer, particularly in women. This blog post aims to summarize the key points discussed in the episode and shed light on the importance of understanding estrogen dominance in preventing and reversing these conditions.

The Impact of Estrogen Dominance

Dr. Bilstrom emphasized that estrogen dominance plays a significant role in increasing the risk of autoimmune diseases and cancer, especially in women. Estrogen dominance occurs when a woman has an excess of estrogen compared to progesterone. This hormonal imbalance can lead to various health issues, including hormonal menstrual problems, anxiety, insomnia, and immune system disruption.

The Connection Between Autoimmune Diseases and Cancer

Dr. Bilstrom highlighted that autoimmune diseases and cancer are two sides of the same coin. Both conditions are driven by immune system disruption. When the immune system loses its balance, it can become overactive (resulting in autoimmune diseases) or underactive (leading to infections and cancer). Understanding this connection is crucial in preventing and treating both autoimmune diseases and cancer.

"If you know the language the body speaks, oh my goodness, little things go a long way." - Dr. Bilstrom

Dr. David Bilstrom is an author, international speaker and distinguished member of the American Academy of Integrative Medicine and American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is an advanced fellow in anti-aging, regenerative, and functional medicine, and holds quadruple board certification in Functional and Regenerative Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Medical Acupuncture.

Taking Charge of Your Health

Dr. Bilstrom emphasized the importance of taking a proactive approach to health. He recommended several steps individuals can take to prevent and reverse these conditions:

  1. Get Tested: Simple blood tests can measure estrogen, progesterone, and vitamin D levels. These tests provide valuable insights into hormonal imbalances and immune system health.

  2. Address Estrogen Dominance: Recognize the signs of estrogen dominance, such as hormonal menstrual problems, anxiety, and insomnia. By addressing estrogen dominance through lifestyle changes, supplementation, and hormone balancing, individuals can reduce their risk of cancer and autoimmune diseases.

  3. Manage Stress: Chronic stress can disrupt cortisol levels, which can further contribute to immune system disruption. Incorporating relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and spending time in nature can help manage stress and promote overall well-being.

  4. Educate Yourself: Dr. Bilstrom emphasized the importance of education in empowering individuals to take charge of their health. His book, "The Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Autoimmune Medicine," provides valuable information for both medical professionals and non-medical individuals.

Demanding Change

Dr. Bilstrom encouraged individuals to demand change in the healthcare system. By seeking practitioners who are knowledgeable about functional medicine and autoimmune diseases, individuals can receive comprehensive care that addresses the root causes of their health issues.

Understanding the link between autoimmune diseases and cancer is crucial for prevention and treatment. Dr. David Bilstrom's insights shed light on the impact of estrogen dominance and the importance of addressing immune system disruption. By taking a proactive approach to health, individuals can reduce their risk of developing these conditions and improve their overall well-being. Education, testing, and lifestyle changes are key steps in this journey towards optimal health.

If you want to learn more about this important topic and the scientific research behind it, listen to the complete episode by clicking on the episode in the SmartPlayer below. You can also listen on Amazon Music or your favorite podcast app.


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