There has been a lot said and written about breast cancer, and yet some very important information about this fast-growing health concern has not been widely circulated. For example, consider the following not-so-well-known scientific facts about ways to diagnose, prevent and treat breast cancer.
- Thermography is an FDA-approved adjunct diagnostic tool which uses heat sensing technology to detect estrogen dominance and vascular changes in the breast 5-10 years before cancerous growths can be detected
- High levels of vitamin D and calcium are clear indicators of a 77% reduced risk of breast cancer. Levels of 1,100 IUs and 1500 MGs were used in the study.
- Extracts of pomegranate have potential antigrowth effects on human breast cancer cell lines. Purified pomegranate extract and pomegranate seed oil each reduced mammary gland culture by 87% in laboratory tests.
- Curcumin, extracted from the spice turmeric, has been proved to have the ability to encourage the death of cancer cells as well the prevention of the spread of cancer cells. It is especially effective against breast cancer cell lines, which are resistant to conventional chemotherapy treatments; Curcumin has no toxic side effects, either.
- Green tea has been shown to have a breast cancer prevention effect in both epidemiological observations and animal studies.
- Dietary intake of soy, especially the soy isoflavone genistein, during childhood and adolescence in women is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. Consumption of soy products during adulthood may also reduce the risk of premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancer.
- Several studies have established that diets high in red meat and dairy are associated with a much higher risk of cancer; The China Study was the largest such study. These, and other acid-forming foods, create the perfect biochemical environment in the body for the development of cancer cells.
- Once cancer cells are formed they use glucose or sugar as their primary food. In the book Beat Cancer With Nutrition, Patrick Quillin establishes the clear link between sugar and the growth of all cancers.
- New genetic tests can identify if someone has the genetic predisposition for breast cancer and can even determine what type of vitamin D would be the most effective in producing the optimal risk reduction capability. This type of evidence-based prevention and treatment strategy should be more regularly shared with women everywhere.Understanding the causes of cancer can lead to the development and utilization of the most effective prevention and treatment strategies. Cancer can be influenced by our genetic makeup, but there are a number of even more significant external factors that can lead to the formation of cancerous cells.Early Detection with Thermography.Properly Balancing Your Hormones Many of the most significant cellular stressors were mentioned earlier in the section dealing with risk factors for breast cancer. Others include the following:
- Cellular Stressors
- Many cases of breast cancer are due to the over stimulation of estrogen receptors in the breast. Thermography can sense this change in these receptors about 5-10 years before mammography, which often allows doctors to recommend diet changes and the use of bioidentical hormones to change this hormonal imbalance. Thermography has successfully captured this improvement, thus allowing women to have confidence that they will probably not need to face more invasive diagnostic tests or treatment in the years ahead. Every woman needs to know about how hormone levels are tested to get the appropriate levels of each hormone from these safe plant sources. They also need to know the difference between animal-based hormones and plant-based hormones so they can make the best decision about which doctor to consult and which hormones to take. This topic will be thoroughly discussed by an experienced pharmacist and/or a medical doctor specializing in natural hormone treatment.
- Many breast cancers are identified in the later stages of development when it is more difficult to apply effective treatment strategies. There is one proven diagnostic tool, thermography, that has been able to help identify subtle cellular changes that occur in advance of the actual development of cancer cells. By identifying heat patterns in breast tissue, themography can detect cells that are becoming estrogen-dominant as well as the new vascular growth that occurs prior to the development of cancer cells. Circulating Cancer Cell (CCT) analysis is a blood test that identifies the potential spread of cancer to other parts of the body. Electrodermal screening is another scientific technology that can measure stress and weakness at the cellular level, thus identifying possible sites for future cancer development. These tests are safe and can identify potential cancer sites 5-10 years before conventional cancer tests can. The radiation emitted by CT scans and mammography has actually been shown to cause many cases of cancer (29,000 cases per year by CT scans alone). These safer, more effective diagnostic tools should be fully explored and considered by more women.
- These external factors include, but are not limited to, smoking, excessive use of alcohol, poor nutrition, exposure to chemical toxins such as pesticides and exposure to radiation such as cell phones, computers, mammograms, CT scans and x-rays. Knowing how to avoid and/or minimize exposure to these external factors is the obvious starting point for any anticancer strategy. Knowing how the human body works is also crucial because it can help us understand how toxins attack our bodies and how nutrition, supplements and stress management can help to prevent cancer as well treat it if we do get it. These natural approaches can even help to turn off certain genetic predispositions.
- What Causes Breast Cancer?
- These examples represent the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of what women should know about how to prevent breast cancer as well as how to treat it when they are diagnosed. If women started to eat an anticancer diet, exercise regularly, took the appropriate supplements, practiced stress management and got the best tests every year, there is every reason to believe that breast cancer could be virtually eliminated in our lifetime.
|Breast cell formation||Oral contraceptives|
|Aging||Use of alcohol|
|Genetic factors||Saturated fat|
|Tissue density||Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)|
|Menstrual periods||Environmental estrogens|
|Early radiation||Electromagnetic radiation|
|DES treatment||Low vitamin D3 levels|
|Being overweight||Poor diet|
|Lack of exercise||Unbalanced pH|
|Prescription meds||Nonprescription meds|
|Abortions||Night shift work|
|Household cleaners||Air fresheners|
We can also add the following to this long list:
- Overcooking food destroys enzymes and nutrients.
- Overcooking meat actually produces carcinogens.
- Preservatives found in foods.
- Toxins found naturally in the soil.
- Stress brought on by many factors.
- Bad attitudes (ours and others’) cause stress.
- Microwaving food.The Stages of Cellular DeteriorationBreast cells have at least three strikes against them, compared to other cells in the body.
- Breast Cell Weakness
- This list of cellular stressors appears overwhelming and might cause some people to throw up their hands and say, “What’s the use? I can’t avoid all those things.” Later on we will see that some things are more important than others, and doing the right thing in these categories can reduce risk considerably. First, let’s consider how toxins impact our bodies.
- Maturity – Breast cells are immature, which means they are not fully developed at birth like other cells, and they don’t mature until some time after puberty. This immaturity makes them more vulnerable to mutations caused by carcinogens or other cellular stress.
- Division – Breast cells divide frequently, as do skin, colon and uterine cells. Some cells don’t divide (e.g., nerve cells). Others divide much less frequently. This frequent division allows less time to repair mutations and presents more opportunities for mistakes to be made in the replication process.
- Hormones – Breast cells are very vulnerable to hormonal imbalances. The ovaries, fat tissue, food stimulants, chemical stimulants, contraceptives and hormone replacement can all add hormones. This makes it difficult for breast cells to maintain a proper balance on a daily basis.Most diseased cells go through five distinct stages of deterioration on their way to becoming cancerous. The stages are as follows:
- The Five Stages of Cellular Deterioration
- Stressed – The first response to free radical damage and/or nutritional deficiency is for the cell to become stressed as it tries to compensate for the problem present.
- Weakened – The hyperactive cell eventually becomes exhausted and weakened, which further inhibits its ability to function and protect itself.
- Dysfunctional – Soon after the cell is weakened, it loses its ability to perform its assigned duties. This means the body begins to produce recognizable biometric signals, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and hormone imbalance.
- Mutated – As the degree of dysfunction advances, the cell is vulnerable to DNA mutation. The nucleus is not adequately protected, which leads to the production of inferior replacement cells.
- Diseased – As the DNA becomes more damaged in more cells, the probability of disease increases. Organs may begin to shut down, or gradually fail, as is the case with stroke, heart attack, asthma attack, depression, Crohn’s disease, cancer or any one of the many chronic diseases.How to Create a Feasible Breast Cancer Prevention Strategy1. Thermography – Without question, the No. 1 way to avoid breast cancer is to have infrared digital analysis performed every year. Thermography has been proven to be 95% accurate in the identification of cells that are starting to show signs of moving towards cancer. If cells of this type are detected, then a more serious prevention program can be adopted than the one recommended here.3. Vitamin D – According to several scientific studies, taking 4000 – 50000 IUs of vitamin D3, with calcium, can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 77%. Taking 2000 – 3000 IUs in the morning, and the same dose at dinner, can ensure that blood levels of vitamin D3 are at consistently high levels. Having an annual blood test for vitamin D3 levels is also advisable, because some women have defective vitamin D3 receptors, and may need either a higher dose or a different form of vitamin D3. A genetic test is available to determine if someone has these defective receptors.5. Maintaining Hormone Balance – Many breast cancers are caused by hormone (specifically, estrogen) imbalance. Beginning (at the latest) in your 40s, hormone levels should be tested, at the minimum, every few years. After age 50, levels should be tested annually. If hormones are out of balance, it is recommended that bioidentical hormones be used initially. For most women, these plant-based hormones are far more effective and safe than the ones made from horse urine. In a small percentage of women, the plant-based hormones are not effective, and low doses of animal hormones are recommended. Most holistic medical doctors can provide prescriptions for these hormones, which are then filled by compounding pharmacies.7. Weight Management – Body fat has many disadvantages, not the least of which is that it produces estrogen that can cause hormone imbalances in the breasts. Extra body fat is also associated with heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. If someone eats an anticancer diet, takes quality supplements, exercises and practices stress management, it is almost guaranteed that he or she will not be overweight. Some tips for weight management include:
- 6. Proper Diet – Good nutrition is as important as anything else on this list. Every cell in our bodies needs proper nutrition to repair and replace cells, maintain a strong immune system and produce hormones and neurotransmitters.
- 4. Maintain pH Balance – Maintaining a urine pH level of 7.0 to 7.4 is very important because cancer has a difficult time growing in a body with a proper acid-alkaline balance. Inexpensive urine test strips can be purchased online and in most pharmacies. If you are too acidic in the morning, then it is recommended to eat more vegetables and much less meat, dairy, sugar, processed foods, simple carbohydrates, alcohol and fried foods; taking mineral supplements will also help. These changes should be continued until pH levels reach the desired range and you can keep them there.
- 2. Avoid Radiation – According to scientists at the University of California, avoiding electromagnetic radiation can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 83%. Avoiding things like CT scans, mammography, dental x-rays, cell phones, excessive use of computers, excessive use of microwave ovens and other products that produce radiation can reduce overall risk dramatically.
- It seems very difficult to do everything that has been recommended to prevent breast cancer. Very few women (or men) could easily adopt such a strict nutritional program, and stay committed to it for the remainder of their lives. Some things are more important to do than others, and some things are easier to do than others. So, if we had to narrow the list down to 10, what would they be, based on the scientific evidence in the prevention of breast cancer?
- The most important of these stages is the first stage, because this is where the development of breast cancer begins. There are many things that can cause cellular stress, and the following partial list includes most of the recognized cellular stressors for breast cancer:
- Consume calories equal to 10 times your body weight or less.
- Eat something healthy every 3 hours.
- Walk, or exercise, 30-60 minutes every day.
- Eat foods high in water and nutrients to fill up.
- Eat 40 grams of fiber each day.
- Eat at least 50% of your food raw.
- Take digestive enzymes before meals, especially people over 49 years of age.9. Stress Management – Stress is a factor in most chronic diseases, and is definitely a factor in the promotion of cancer. We are often unaware of how much stress we have, and only find out when it is too late. We should all practice some type of stress control or management every day. Some ways to do this include:
- 8. Exercise – Every cell in our bodies works better if we exercise regularly. Insulin receptors are activated by exercise, which means glucose and insulin can get into the cell. This allows cells to have the energy to do their jobs. Exercise helps us detoxify, build muscle, burn calories and strengthen our lungs and cardiovascular system. Exercise also helps reduce stress, manage our moods and allow us to focus better. Exercise is as powerful as any nutritional supplement.
|Deep breathing exercises||Meditation or yoga|
|Consuming less caffeine||Consuming extra vitamin B|
|Listening to music or a stress|
- Nutritional Supplements – Taking nutritional supplements is an absolute necessity in this day and age. It is impossible to get all of the nutrients we need from the food we eat. The following supplements are needed by most people as a bare minimum:
|General Supplements||Breast Cancer Supplements|
|Vitamin E||Digestive enzymes|
|Vitamin C||Green drink|
|Vitamin D||Vitamin A (as beta carotene)|
|Omega 3||Turmeric or Curcumin|
This 10-step breast cancer prevention strategy is feasible and will provide excellent protection for a vast majority of women. The earlier a woman can adopt these strategies, the greater risk protection she will get. There are many scientists who agree that if every woman adopted these strategies, there would be virtually no breast cancer within 30 years. In other words, we don’t really need to continue to spend billions of dollars in search of a cure. We already have the cure; now we just need to convince women to take personal responsibility and adopt this strategy.
About the Author
Charles Bens is an internationally recognized author, speaker and consultant specializing in the fields of organizational improvement and workplace wellness. His creative publications and presentations have garnered praise in the form of Man of the Year recognition in the U.S. and Canada, commendation from the President of the United States and speaking engagements worldwide, including a United Nations Habitat Conference. He is one of the top-rated speakers for Vistage, the largest CEO organization in the world.