Estrogen Basics

featuring Allison Smith, ND

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Season 3: Episode 6

Published October 17, 2023

Estrogen might make some providers nervous, but estrogen refers to a group of hormones that are fundamentally important to health and well-being. Every cell in the body has estrogen receptors, and understanding how estrogen is secreted and metabolized gives providers a lot of information about their patients’ health.  

With host Jaclyn Smeaton, Dr. Allison Smith introduces us to the different forms of estrogen and sheds light on how understanding estrogen metabolism can offer valuable insights into how our tissues utilize this vital hormone. Dr. Smith explains why estrogen sometimes gets a bad rap and examines the factors contributing to this perception, including the role of environmental pollutants that mimic estrogen in the body. We learn about the importance of screening for and eliminating these xenoestrogens from our lives to promote better hormonal health. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and understanding what happens in the body when estrogen is metabolized is crucial to gaining valuable insights into cancer risk and prevention. 


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About our speaker

Allison Smith, ND, completed her education at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She has worked in private practice focusing on primary care, women’s health, and dermatologic laser therapy. Over the last 10 years, she has consulted with providers on thousands of cases in the context of hormone testing and brought awareness of testing to providers in clinical practice through consulting, webinars, case presentations, and articles. She now leads an esteemed lineup of clinical educators at Precision Analytical, home of the DUTCH Test. 

Please Note: The contents of this podcast are for educational and informational purposes only. Precision Analytical will be interviewing functional medicine key opinion leaders, the best and brightest in the field. The information is not to be interpreted as, or mistaken for, clinical advice. Please consult a medical professional or healthcare provider for medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment.

Show Notes

Become a DUTCH provider and profoundly change your patients’ lives through comprehensive hormone testing. 

Learn more about the Mastering Functional Hormone Testing Course – free to registered DUTCH providers! 

Read the DUTCH Blog to learn more about hormone health. 

Estrogen + Microbiome = Estrobolome 

Evaluating Estrogen Detoxification to Understand Breast Cancer Risk 

Know Your Lab’s Reference Ranges When Prescribing Estrogen Therapy