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One in Eight Women Will Get Breast Cancer
According to American Cancer Society estimates, about 185,000 American women will develop breast cancer this year. About 46,000 women will die from it, making breast cancer the leading cause of death for women aged 40-55. Twenty-five percent of all cancers in women are of the breast and currently one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
Breast cancer is primarily an estrogen dependent cancer. It is triggered by exposure to excessive amounts of estrogens, not just the estrogens the body makes, but environmental chemicals that mimic estrogen, known as xenoestrogens. The reason breast cancer rates have increased about 1% per year over the last 50 years (about 53% total) is because of our increased exposure to these xenoestrogens.
Breast Cancer Awareness
Little effort is put into researching prevention and no funds are spent researching alternative therapies to the standard radiation and chemotherapy.
This is sad, especially in light of a recently published study in the July 20, 2009 Journal of Clinical Oncology indicating that radiation treatments for cancer in childhood dramatically increase the risk of breast cancer later in life. Are mammograms (routine x-rays of the breast) a safe means of early breast cancer detection, especially when a safer option, thermography is increasingly available?
What is needed most is not early detection, but prevention. Take this opportunity to educate yourself and others to make them aware that xenoestrogens and poor diet have contributed to this epidemic problem we are having with breast cancer. Making changes that reduce your risk of breast cancer will help you prevent and heal many other female reproductive health issues. It will enhance your mood, immunity and overall health. These lifestyle changes will give you side benefits, instead of side effects.
Avoid Alien Estrogens
Xenoestrogens are chemicals that mimic estrogen, when they get into the body they attach themselves to estrogen receptors and over stimulate them. This invasion of alien estrogens wreaks havoc with both women and men's health. These "aliens" are causing girls to enter puberty and start developing breasts at younger and younger ages. They are the primary cause of breast cancer and a major factor in the development of numerous other female health problems; breast cysts, uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding and PMS. They are a major cause of miscarriages.
Men are not immune from the effects of these alien estrogens. They are causing reduced testosterone levels and sperm counts creating a world wide decline in male fertility. They are the major cause of BPH (prostate enlargement), male breasts and prostate cancer.
Identifying the Source of the Xenoestrogen “Invasion”
A major source of xenoestrogens is pesticides, specifically organochlorine pesticides like DDT. DDT was banned in the US, other organochlorine pesticides are still in use in the United States and DDT is sold to countries who use it on crops we import.
In 1990, two researchers discovered that a ban on these chemicals in Israel had resulted in a drop in cancer rates from 1976 to 1986 of almost 50%. This was in spite of the fact that other supposed risk factors for breast cancer had increased during that same period. This is not surprising since studies from the 1960s demonstrated these chemicals caused breast cancer.
Reducing your exposure to xenoestrogens and buying organically grown produce when possible and washing all produce in a natural soap like Sunshine Concentrate to remove pesticide residues may help. Pesticides are not the only avenue of the xenoestrogens invasion.
Estrogens are commonly fed to dairy cattle and chickens to increase milk and egg production, so they wind up in commercial meat, eggs and dairy products. This is in addition to pesticide residues that wind up in these foods. Buying organic meat, eggs and dairy products reduces one's exposure to xenoestrogens. If one is using non-organic meat and dairy, it is best to avoid the fat, where xenoestrogens concentrate.
Another major source of xenoestrogens is plastics. Soft plastics contain chemicals that act as xenoestrogens. Don't let children chew on soft plastic toys! Don't buy milk or other foods in soft plastic containers. Water bottled in soft plastic containers will become contaminated with xenoestrogens when exposed to heat. Microwaving food in plastic containers or putting hot food into plastic containers will cause xenoestrogens to leak into the food. Stick with hard plastic containers or use glass.
There are xenoestrogens in some laundry detergents, household cleaning products, shampoos and cosmetics. Use natural products to avoid these chemicals.
Phytoestrogens: Plants to the Rescue
You can protect yourself from the effects of xenoestrogens by consuming more phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are plant compounds that mimic estrogen. Phytoestrogens are not aliens. Our body understands how to metabolize them correctly and research suggests that they can help to block the action of xenoestrogens.
Some of the best sources of phytoestrogens are dark green leafy vegetables, legumes (beans and peas of all kinds, not just soy products), whole grains and flax seeds. Herbal remedies can be used for their phytoestrogenic effects. Red clover contains phytoestrogens and has been used in the natural treatment of breast cancer because it is a lymphatic cleanser and gentle detoxifier. Black Cohosh, Hops and Licorice are other herbs with phytoestrogens.
Lignans are phytoestrogenic compounds that can help protect the body against cancer. They are found in nuts and seeds and are particularly high in flax and chia seeds. Freshly ground flax seeds or high lignan Flax Seed Oil are good foods to consume to protect your body from xenoestrogens.
Breast Assured is a phytoestrogenic formula containing herbs and nutrients that can help counteract the effects of xenoestrogens and reduce the risk of breast cancer, breast cysts and uterine fibroids. It contains flax meal, kudzu extract, maitake, lutein, calcium glucanate and ellagic acid from pomegranate. Research suggests that ellagic acid can stop carcinogens from initiating cancer cell growth. It is found in pomegranates, cherries, grapes, raspberries, strawberries and walnuts
Give Your Body the Nutrition It Needs
Experts suggest that 30-50% of all cases of breast cancer could be prevented by improved diet and regular physical activity. Your overall health and energy will greatly improve if you primarily eat quality protein foods with 5-7 servings of fresh vegetables and fruits every day. Get off the simple carbohydrates (refined sugar and white flour) and use only whole grains.
Generous portions of the dark, green leafy vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, berries and legumes will provide you with phytoestrogens, antioxidants and nutrients that help protect the body against cancer. Make sure these foods are organic and wash them in Sunshine Concentrate to remove chemical residues.
When you're in a hurry, try making a shake with some frozen berries and Ultimate GreenZone. You may benefit by supplementing your antioxidants with Thai-Go or Super ORAC.
Xenoestrogens concentrate in animal fat, avoid fat from commercial meat and dairy products, but remember that you need good fats in your diet. Nuts, avocados, deep ocean fish and coconut oil are sources of good fats. You may want to supplement with Flax Seed Oil or Super Omega-3.
Keep Your Lymph Moving
The breast is primarily lymphatic tissue and good lymphatic drainage is essential to breast health. Lymphatic stagnation can contribute to the development of cysts, lumps and tumors. Exercise moves the lymphatic system, so regular exercise contributes to breast health. Consider Lymph Drainage.
Wearing properly fitted bras will ensure good lymph drainage. The use of underarm antiperspirant deodorants blocks the release of toxins from sweat glands in the armpits and contributes to lymphatic stagnation. Use Enzyme Spray with a little of your favorite essential oils.
Breast massage is another way to improve both circulation and lymphatic drainage in the breasts. It causes a release of oxytocin, which creates feelings of love and bonding. It promotes relaxation and decreases symptoms of PMS and menopause. It can decrease discomfort from pregnancy and breast feeding.
Use Supplements to Balance Your Hormones
Keeping your other endocrine glands working properly and your hormones balanced will benefit the health of your breasts and your body. Make sure you have an adequate intake of iodine. The biggest user of iodine is your thyroid (and many women suffer from low thyroid), but the second biggest user of iodine is your breasts. Iodine supplements have helped women with breast cysts and even breast cancer to recover. Iodine can be found in seaweeds like Kelp and Dulse. Concentrated Black Walnut is another good source. If you must use salt, you can count on a pure, unprocessed Sea Salt form NSP.
Progesterone counterbalances estrogen in the body. Many women have found that using Pro-G-Yam a progesterone cream helps to balance their hormones and block the action of xenoestrogens. Melatonin may be helpful as it appears to help the body break down excess estrogens.
Make Your life Enjoyable
Stress weakens our immune system and contributes to the development of cancer and numerous other diseases. People who get cancer often devote to much energy to caring for others while neglecting themselves. While service to others is great, don't be a martyr. Make time to recharge your own batteries.
Pleasurable experiences create more good in the body than stressful experiences cause harm. You don't have to avoid stress so much as deliberately schedule time for pleasant experiences. Anything that is physically pleasurable will do, such as taking a walk in nature, getting a massage, listening to good music or enjoying a hot tub or bubble bath. Consider adding Lavender Oil.
If you are under a lot of stress, then you may need help from adaptagens. Adaptagens reduce the output of stress hormones, boosting your energy, mood and immune responses. If you have restless sleep with disturbed dreams and are tired during the day, try Nervous Fatigue. If you just want to reduce your stress level and boost your immune system, AdaptaMax is a good formula. Or you will find Nutri Calm and/or Stress-J are very helpful.
Your Liver: Destroying Xenoestrogens
Your body has a natural defense against excess estrogens. It can break them down using the enzyme detoxification system in your liver. This enzyme detoxification system needs good nutrition to function properly.
Foods high in sulfur are garlic, onions and cruciferous vegetables aid estrogen breakdown. Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens and turnips. Eating these vegetables regularly along with generous portions of phytoestrogenic-rich foods is a great way to combat excess estrogens. You can use MSM to get natural sulfur.
A sulfur compound from cruciferous vegetables called Indole-3 Carbinol is helpful in breaking down excess estrogens. It can be taken as a supplement by women wishing to reduce their risk of breast cancer. It can be useful for fighting breast cancer and other ailments caused by excess estrogen.
Liver cleansing herbal formulas such as All Cell Detox and Enviro Detox can help the body break down xenoestrogens and other chemicals as well. Doing a periodic cleanse with Tiao He Cleanse can help your body detoxify from chemical estrogens.