Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Rep Confirms Dr. Peter Eckhart MD is a Sham

We have new evidence that THERE IS NO PETER ECKHART MD. 

If you take a look over on Amazon, you'll find "Dr. Eckhart's" book and Progestelle being sold.  One of the reviewers of the product had found my blog and, along with some other issues they had with the product, noted that they didn't like the fact that Dr. Eckhart is a made-up person. A "Progestelle Customer Rep" replies to all of her concerns about the product, except, the claim that Dr. Eckhart isn't real. A representative of the company won't even attempt to come to his defense say that he exists!  Here are screen shots of everything that is said.  

NOWHERE does the rep say "Dr. Eckhart is a real medical doctor" or address her concern at all!  

And again, another Amazon reviewer brings up that there is NO Peter Eckhart MD, and the Progestelle Rep completely ignores the issue, and gives the same excuses that "It's not working for you because you didn't eliminate all of the phytoestrogens."  Which is a really easy answer to give because most people can't avoid all 150 substances!

So go ahead, ask the Women's Therapeutic Institute: is Dr. Peter Eckhart MD real? Is he even a doctor? Their answer will be no!  

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Flax Seeds a Xenoestrogen?

"Dr. Eckhart" puts flax seeds on the list of "xenoestrogens" to avoid if you are estrogen dominant.  This advice is completely counter to all scientific medical evidence.

There is a difference between a phytoestrogen and a xenoestrogen.  A phytoestrogen is a compound naturally found in a plant or food.  Many phytoestrogens are helpful, not harmful to the body like xenoestrogens are.

The beneficial phytoestrogens in flax seeds are called lignans.
  • Lignans have been found to be anti-carcinogenic, inhibiting the growth of breast cancer cells.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22037685
  • Lignans have been found to possibly help breast cancer survival rates in post-menopausal women. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21915130
  •  Dietary flax seeds have been found to aid the breast cancer drug tamoxifen in reducing tumor growth. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21138602
  •  This study found dietary intake of lignans to be associated with lower breast cancer risk.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22113872
  • SECO, a lignan-type phytoestrogen found in flax has been found to have natural anti-depressant effects. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22476613
  • Flax seed lignans have been found to increase fertility in women.  http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/77/5/1215.abstract
  • Flax seed lignans have been found to lower blood cholesterol. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20797475
  • The compounds present in flax seeds have been found to be potent antioxidants.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10705999
  • Flax lignans have been shown to help the body rid itself of certain forms of estrogen. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10368815
And yet, with all of this--flax's proven benefits, "Dr. Eckhart" advises against eating flax seeds?   A food that helps reduce breast cancer risk, helps lower cholesterol, is a powerful anti-oxidant, and helps the body flush out excess estrogen?  Don't believe his claims that it's a "xenoestrogen."  If you're battling with estrogen dominance, eating flax seeds can be one of the most helpful things you can do!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Is Sunflower Estrogenic?

Numerous sites belonging to the "Women's Therapeutic Institute" claim that sunflower seeds and oil are estrogenic, due to their coumarin content.

Here's a sample of one of their pages: http://www.hormoneimbalanced.com/plantestrogen.html
"Sunflower seeds contain coumestrol. Sunflower seeds given to the mother rat effected permanent reproductive problems in the rat pups. Female rat pups whose mother ate sunflower seeds after being fully grown did not ovulate. Male rat pups whose mother ate sunflower seeds had altered mounting behavior and fewer ejaculations. Neonatal rats and immature rats exposed to sunflower seeds had premature estrous cycles. Patients with hormone imbalance should not take sunflower and safflower.
Sunflower oil and Safflower oil probably has active hormone components in it. Until we know more, Sunflower oil and Safflower oil should be avoided not be used. Safflower is in the same botanical family as Sunflower."
First off--what study is this?  There is no link to a study, and a search through all published medical journals on pubmed for "sunflower" and "coumestrol" yields one result that does not point to any coumestrol in sunflower, or any estrogenic activity in sunflower.  In the study, various phytosterol esters were tested, and sunflower oil fatty acids were used as a solvent in the test (due to their inert nature!).

There is no evidence to suggest that sunflower seeds or oil contain coumestrol. 

And if there WAS a study that fed rats only sunflower seeds and they had developmental problems, it likely wasn't due to any "estrogenic" compounds in the seeds, but due to an extreme fatty acid imbalance.  Sunflower seeds and oil contain high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids.  If these rats were feeding upon a diet of primarily sunflower, they weren't getting a balance of omega-3 and omega-9.  Eating primarily one food would cause developmental issues in any animal due to nutritional deficiencies. 

There is NO evidence to suggest that sunflower seed or oil have any estrogenic effects in the body. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Is Pomegranate a Xenoestrogen?

"Dr. Peter Eckhardt" claims that pomegranate is a xenoestrogen and should be avoided by women with estrogen dominance.  But giving this advice is not only unfounded, but potentially dangerous.

Due to his misunderstanding of the way that phytoestrogens function in the body, he has misinterpreted studies.

This study found that pomegranate reduced breast cancer action in cell cultures:

This study found that pomegranate aided Tamifoxen in its power to beat breast cancer:

This study found pomegranate shows promise in helping to defeat estrogen-dependent breast cancers:

This study found that the omega-5 fatty acids present in pomegranate inhibited breast cancer cells: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20043077

In others words...pomegranate works to protect cells from over-stimulation of estrogen.  Many breast cancers are what they call "estrogen dependent" where estrogen fuels the growth of the cancer.  It is this over-activity of estrogen that also causes endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids, breast fibrocysts and other related disorders.  So, by avoiding pomegranate, you could be avoiding a food that could drastically help your symptoms and possibly lower your breast cancer risk.  Again, an irresponsible recommendation by "the doctor."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Why "Peter Eckhart MD's" Methods are Dangerous

Perhaps if the theories set forth by "Dr. Eckhart" were responsible, correct, and based on science, I wouldn't have a problem with him being a pseudonym.  But the theories that he puts out are not based on science, but on internet rumors, and are potentially harmful.

"Dr. Eckhart" has an almost impossible list of foods to avoid.  Yes, I do agree that there are some phytoestrogens that should, in general, be avoided by women with estrogen dominance, like non-fermented soy.  And there are environmental xenoestrogens that are highly harmful (parabens, phthalates, PVC, BPA, etc.)  But to scare women away from a huge list of beneficial herbs is not just silly, but downright irresponsible. 

Turmeric is one that he recommends avoiding because it's "estrogenic." 

First of all...where is his basis for this claim?  There are no published medicical studies that would suggest that turmeric is estrogenic.  There is no credible historical use of turmeric acting as a harmful estrogen.  In fact, quite the opposite--it has proven to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-estrogen.

Check out these studies that show that turmeric protects against estrogen's growth effect on cervical cancer:

This study found that turmeric reduces uterine fibroids:

In fact, it has been studied for its powers in protecting from cancers in the entire body:

Coffee is another one that Eckhart suggests avoiding.  And, yet again, he's completely mistaken. 

Numerous studies have shown it to help prevent breast cancer:

This study finds it to be an anti-inflammatory:

This study found that the compounds in coffee don't compete with estrogen for receptors: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19710155

This study found that coffee can reduce insulin resistance during hormone replacement therapy in obese women http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18781481

This study found coffee intake gave a decreased risk in endometrial cancer: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18711700

This study found that coffee REDUCED estrogen: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19384973

Dr. Eckhart is advising that these women avoid these powerful anti-oxidant substances that could greatly reduce their cancer risk, help reduce excess estrogen and decrease inflammation in the body.  It's downright irresponsible. 

More to come on flax seeds, pomegranate and rosemary...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

There is no Peter Eckhart MD?

If you've found this blog, you've probably heard of Peter Eckhart, MD or the Women's Therapeutic Institute.  Maybe you've had a bad experience with Progestelle.  Maybe you're doing your due diligence before buying his product.  Or maybe his advice just didn't seem right to you.  Either way, I'm glad you're here.  Because it appears that there is no Peter Eckhart MD. 

First, let's take a look at the Women's Therapeutic Institute and the websites it runs.

Womhoo.com is probably the biggest one.  A Whois search of this domain name shows it being registered to a woman named Isabella Yee. 

ByeEndo.com is also registered to Isabella Yee:

GoodProgesteroneCream.com is another, registered to Isabella and Renwin Yee:
Other related websites also registered to the Yees include:

Clearly the Women's Therapeutic Institute has cast a wide net, trying to capture as many Google search results as they can with these multiple websites, and to make Dr. Eckhart seem like he's a widespread expert online.  Little do most people know that the same people are running all of these websites.

What is the Women's Therapeutic Institute?  Where is it?  Can I go there?

By the name, you would think that the Women's Therapeutic Institute is a clinic.  It sounds so reputable, it's a "therapeutic institute," after all.  So, I did some searching.  Seeing the contact information from the internet registries (above), I knew to search in both Texas and Colorado.  In both states there is no White Pages listing for Women's Therapeutic Institute.  And no physical address on the websites.  Just a PO BOX. 

So, I did more digging.  Going to the website of the Secretary of State of Colorado, I finally found the articles of incorporation for Women's Therapeutic Institute LLC, registered solely to Isabella Yee. I found it strange that Dr. Eckhart wouldn't be a partner in the business--after all, he's the face of the business, lending his name everywhere, and taking care of patients.  But, perhaps he's just set up as an employee of the business, and not a partner in it.  (Which is still strange, but plausible.)

From the articles of incorporation we see an address that matches one from the domain name registration.  Ah!  We've found the address for the Women's Therapeutic Institute!

94 Vista Lane
Woodland Park, CO 80863

Let's look it up on Google Maps!

Zoom out and you'll see that this is waaaay on the outskirts of town.  This is a residential neighborhood in the mountains, with no paved roads.  Not a great place to put a business.  Clearly, from the satellite image, this is a house.  

So, this completes fact #1:
The Women's Therapeutic Institute is not a medical practice or a place of business.  It is a home, most likely that of Isabella and Renwin Yee. 

Now, let's go on to Peter Eckhart, MD. 

From this information, we know to look in either Colorado or Texas.  Let's start in Colorado, with the White Pages.  Is there a Peter Eckhart listed in Colorado?  You would think that as a doctor, he would have an office, so, we'll check the business and the personal listings. 

So, Peter Eckhart MD listed in personal or business listings in Colorado.  So, let's try Texas.  After all his Twitter account says he's based in TX.  

Weird...you would think that a doctor would be easy to find, and have an office.  Well, maybe we can find him if we look up his medical license.  Let's try Colorado.  I did a search through the State of Colorado Medical Board License Verification.  I chose all fields.  So we're including Chiropractic, General Medicine, Acupuncture, Nursing, Physical Therapy.  No Peter Eckhart.  

So, let's look at Texas.  Maybe he's licensed to practice medicine in Texas?

Nope.  Searching all specialties, there is no Peter Eckhart, MD. 

Well...maybe he's licensed in another state...let's do a national search through AIM, the Association of State Medical Board Executive Directors.  

One of the reasons that I started this blog was that I kept hearing stories of people who had bought Progestelle and received off-the-wall advice with no basis in scientific or medical fact from this supposed doctor.  (Which I'll get to in other posts).  So, I have had correspondence with numerous "patients" of his.  One lady (who will remain anonymous) asked him outright if he was a licensed medical doctor.  Here was is cryptic reply:

I am a Medical Doctor, but was advised NOT to get a license to do alternative medicine.  I did medical school but I did NOT do a residency.  I went back to Engineering (my undergraduate degree) and then came down with chemical sensitivity after being poisoned with pesticide.  So I have been doing this for 10 years.

-Eckhart, MD

So, what have we learned thus far.  
  • Peter Eckhart MD fully admits he is not licensed to practice medicine in any state.  
  • While the business is purportedly located in Texas or Colorado, there is no Peter Eckhart listed anywhere in these states, business or personal in the white pages.  
  • Peter Eckhart MD is not a business partner in the Women's Therapeutic Institute LLC.
So...how do we know he even exists?

Here are some things to consider...
  • If he is this supposed "expert" on women's health and hormone balance, why isn't he out doing any speaking engagements? 
  • Why have we never seen a picture of him, even on his own website?  (His twitter account uses a stock photo of a leaf.)
  • Why has there never been a profile of Dr. Eckhart in any alternative medicine publications? Isn't he supposedly an expert? 
  • Why has his work never been published by anyone other than himself?
  • Has anyone ever even seen or met him?  
  • WomHoo.com has a 6-part video series.  In nearly 90 minutes of video,  Dr. Eckhart is NEVER seen.  He simply narrates over graphics.  Not ONCE is he seen.  Below his video here, they post a video of a Dr. Flechas.  We can see him.  He's speaking at a conference of some sort.  Conferences such as these are highly documented...so why is there NO evidence of Dr. Eckhart EVER speaking in public, or on video.  You would think on his own website, he would be on camera!  Having a face to put to a name is marketing 101 if you're trying to build a level of trust with customers.  
  • This page says "Eckhart, MD talks about why Progestelle is different in a shameless plug for his product."  If this is HIS product, why does he have NO stake in the company!  (Maybe because fictitious people can't be business owners.)  

"Peter Eckhart, MD" is really Dr. Renwin Yee. 
Trying to dig up some information about Renwin Yee, I happened upon an article in a local paper. An asphalt company was coming to town, and residents were concerned. 
"Right now, we could go to my brother's place in Austin (Texas) or my parents' house in Hawaii," said Dr. Renwin Yee, who moved to Teller County for the clean air. He and his wife were chemically injured years ago from exposure to pesticides in Arizona and easily become ill."
Now is when the pieces all start to fall together.  Yee's experience of a pesticide exposure mirrors exactly what Eckhart described in his e-mail I listed above.  

So, what was Yee doing in Arizona before he moved to Colorado?  He worked as--you guessed it--an engineer.  He worked for a number of years at Motorolla, as documented by his patents he created.  

Now check this out: In "Eckhart's" video here, at 4:26 listen to what he says.  "I went to visit my brother down in Austin, TX."

Look at the striking similarities:
  • Both changed their life courses due to pesticide exposure.
  • Both worked as engingeers.
  • Both have brothers in Austin, TX.
What are the chances that two men who worked as engineers, who both had brothers in Austin Texas, both went to medical school, who both got a pesticide poisoning and changed their lives and then happened to come together and work together?  Slim to none.

"Peter Eckhart MD" is in all likelihood, a pseudonym for Dr. Renwin Yee.
In the weeks and months to come, I will be exposing more information, and talking specifically about the harmful theories that he is propagating about certain beneficial herbs and foods.  He has scared so many women away from many substances that may actually help their estrogen dominance and protect them from cancer.  I cannot stand by and let this continue to happen.