Ways To Prevent Breast Cancer
- August 06, 2018
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Take control of your breast health and learn the simple truths for long term health. The information here will help you reduce risk and improve outcome.
A great deal of attention is paid to the “Pink Ribbon” campaigns and BRAVO for raising awareness – however, what we need, more acutely, are answers on how to control our risk today. The lifestyle decisions you make on a daily basis are either increasing your risk for breast cancer or moving you towards optimal breast health.
Risky lifestyle choices greatly increase a woman’s chances of getting cancer. But no one talks about what those choices are? Did you know that your intake of alcohol or coffee can greatly influence risk? How about the chemicals contained in plastic products like water bottles? Intake of carcinogens or cancer stim ulating elements such as toxins, food chemicals, plastics, etc can increase the rate at which we are likely to form these cancer cells.
The BRCA genes are becoming more familiar to people outside the medical community.
Only 1.7% of all breast cancer cases below the age of 70 are due to BRCA1 genes. Obviously your genes are not a death sentence. They are merely a preview of what “might” happen if you first turn these genes ON and secondly begin to feed the cancer cells.
Diet & Lifestyle:
You can’t change your genes but you can manage their expression. How? By what you do on a daily basis. Your hormones are also under your control and will respond to diet and lifestyle choices you make.
How large is your influence? Ninety percent of the factors that influence whether cancer grows are directly under your control – 90%! So let’s roll up our sleeves and dig into this issue of diet and lifestyle and their impact on cancer.
Over consumption of caffeine can contribute to fibrocystic breast changes that are associated with an increased risk for breast cancer.
Sugar & Insulin:
Both sugar and insulin feeds cancer cells. Sugar will suppress your immune system. Uncontrolled insulin levels lead to degenerative disease such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer.
Organic fruits, vegetables and meats are free of pesticides and herbicides and offer greater nutrient value with more antioxidants, more minerals, and more phytonutrients than traditional varieties
Many pesticides and herbicides mimic estrogens effect and are known as “Xeno-estrogen” or foreign estrogens.
Israel had one of the highest breast cancer rates in the world but when they banned organochlorine pesticides (DDT, BHC, lindane) they saw an 8% drop in breast cancer deaths while the rest of the world reported increases.
Grass fed organic meat and organic chicken and eggs offer important protein, B12 vitamins and other nutrients hard to get from vegetables. Traditional meat contains hormones and antibiotics which are more dangerous in cancer promotion that the pesticides and herbicides on plants.
The active compound, indole-3-carbonal in cruciferous vegetables gets converted to diindolylmethane, which has been shown to rid the body of excess estrogen (estrone) and aid the liver in converting estrone to beneficial metabolites and preventing its conversion into carcinogens.
Green tea has been shown to directly influence breast and prostate health and suppress most cancer types. The polyphenol, (EGCG) in green tea can prevent and treat many types of cancer.
Casein protein makes up 87% of the protein in dairy products and in my view is a cancer promoter Traditional milk contains estrogen and other synthetic hormones that promote breast cancer. IGF-1 is a hormone that is plentiful in cows given bovine growth hormone. Humans who drink the milk of these cows show high levels of IGF-1 which promotes cancer growth.
Vitamin D turns off oncogenes (cancer genes), and has strong anti-cancer effects. The women with the highest level of vitamin D and calcium had the lowest occurrence of breast cancer (for premenopausal women). Blood levels need to be kept around 50 and even higher if you are receiving cancer treatment.
High Fiber Diet:
Fiber in the diet will actually bind estrogens in the bowel and aid their removal from the body.
Butter and coconut oil are saturated fats and are good for your health in moderate amounts. They are very stable and do not oxidize easily. Eating more monosaturated fats resulted in less cancer than those eating more polyunsaturated fats. Monosaturated fats are more stable, less oxidation, therefore less free radicals so less DNA damage. Don’t cook with olive oil as it has a low smoke point and will breakdown at temperatures over 250 degrees. So for cooking use grape seed oil or coconut oil, which is more heat tolerant or stick to butter.
Avoid polyunsaturated fat such as vegetable oils like corn oil, safflower, sunflower, and canola. Corn oil and canola oil are more dangerous than saturated fat. The vast majority of corn and canola oil are from genetically modified plants.
Trans fats are the worst of all for creating oxidized lipids and cell damage. Keep butter, grape seed oil and coconut oil in the kitchen for cooking. Use olive oil for any other need such as a salad dressing or drizzling over cooked vegetables.
Omega 3 fats reduce the risk of insulin resistance, heart disease, hypercholesterolemia, depression, headaches, joint pain, and BREAST cancer.
Vegetable Oils & Trans Fats:
Vegetable oils like corn oil, safflower, and sunflower contain high amounts of omega 6 fats, which can create inflammatory prostaglandins in the body.
Trans fats are man-made artificially hydrogenated fats labeled as “partially hydrogenated oil” on food packages. They can block the actions of good fats, damage blood vessels and increase risk of heart disease and cancer. Throw away any food item containing these dangerous trans fats.
Fructose can only be metabolized by the liver and as such it will monopolize the activity of the liver leaving important detoxification processes unaddressed. It can alter the efficiency of your liver’s ability to remove excess estrogen from the body, so estrogen levels rise.
Low Glycemic Foods:
High glycemic foods include most grain products like breads, pastas, crackers, cereal, rice, and starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn. Any food that causes a rapid rise in blood sugar will lead to insulin resistance and diabetes over time and this is a great way to fuel cancer growth. Cancer loves sugar and insulin so anything you can do reduce these will help.
When you eat high fiber foods and vegetables they release their sugar over a long time frame and don’t cause spikes of insulin. The less insulin your produce over the course of your life, the longer you will live with less degenerative disease including cancer.
Water is the basic elixir of life. It serves to flush toxins from your liver and kidneys. It makes it possible to burn fat efficiently. Bottled water comes in a plastic container that leaks estrogen in the form of BPA as well as phthalates right into the filtered water you desire. Bisphenol A is a xeno-estrogen used in the manufacturing of most plastics and should be aggressively avoided.
Do you want to make cancer cells uncomfortable? Then surround them with oxygen, they hate that. Exercise increases the oxygen content in your tissues. Studies show that the more intense the exercise the more inhibitory its effect on cancer growth. Another bonus is that vigorous exercise leads to sweating which is an excellent way to remove toxins including heavy metals from your body.
BPA (bisphenol A) is a xeno-estrogen and cancer promoter. Heating plastic in the microwave and even washing them in your dishwasher heats plastics to unsafe levels and fosters the loss of these estrogens into the food you eat. Cooking with plastic utensils, storing food in the freezer in plastic containers, and squeezing plastic condiment bottles all release more estrogen and phthalates into your food.
If you sleep less than 5 hours a night then you have a 73% increased risk for obesity and this correlates to increased cancer risk. Lack of sleep will elevate cortisol, which increases cancer risk. Melatonin stimulates healthy immune function is has been shown in studies to reduce cancer risk.
Don’t take your sleep cycle for granted. If you have bad habits then address them: don’t use the computer two hours before bedtime.
Stress? What stress? I don’t have stress! Cortisol along with insulin are two of the most dangerous chemicals we produce. Both are critically important to our proper function but both are metabolic wrecking balls when they get out of control.
Cortisol is your body’s response to stress. If you have daily unremitting stress then your cortisol will rise and lead to inflammation, weight gain, poor insulin function, poor immune function, muscle breakdown, fatigue, sleep disorder, thyroid suppression and general destruction. Adrenal fatigue is strongly related to cancer via multiple avenues.
Alcohol consumption is linked to breast cancer. A little is fine, a lot is not. Moderate intake is considered one alcoholic beverage a day for women. Women don’t metabolize alcohol as efficiently as men Consuming more than one drink per day has a direct correlation with cancer risk. Alcohol increases circulating levels of estrogen.
Cancer loves an acidic state. Too much dairy, meat, coffee, or alcohol will increase acidosis. Vegetables are alkali and reverse acidosis.
Petrochemicals & Xeno-Estrogens:
Beware these chemicals in your personal environment. Petrochemicals include: all plastics, all pesticides and herbicides, solvents, glues, cosmetics, nail polish and polish removers, dry cleaning chemicals, detergent breakdown products, gasoline and diesel products, car exhaust, PCBs and dioxins, emulsifiers and waxes found in soaps.
Change is all there is: Moving forward with confidence
Life does not stand still. Everything in nature is constantly evolving and changing. Whether you have had perfect health, normal mammograms, fibrocystic breast disease, or a history of treated breast cancer, your body’s battle against cancer goes on each and every day that you are alive.
It’s a not a great test and is fraught with difficulties but the reality is that it’s one of the few tests available to screen for changes in breast tissue. Mammography is radiation and radiation causes cancer. Mammograms tend to be less accurate in younger, dense breasts but are slightly more accurate in older patients.
Something as safe and simple as thermography Infrared No Radiation technique deserves a closer look by every woman. It detects heat patterns from increased blood flow associated with tumor growth.
The procedure of thermography has been a breakthrough in infrared imaging. The test of thermography uses an infrared camera to detect the blood flow and heat patterns of your body.
A type of thermography which is DITI(Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging) is used to diagnose breast cancer by checking the varying temperatures on the surface of the breast. How does that happen? When cancer cells are multiplying, they need more oxygen rich blood to grow and as the blood flow to the tumor increases, the temperature of that area of the breast increases as well indicating a possible tumor.
About the Doctor:
Dr. Saxena is the founder and director of Dr Saxena Integrative Medicine Pvt Ltd, recognized by the DIPP Government of India. It is popular for developing a plan for the transformation of health care in the India, which includes strategies for developing effective and affordable care for all Indians.
Dr Saxena considers each patient to be unique, and seeks to combine treatment methods in both conventional and biological medicine to formulate protocols that are best suited to the individual patient. He has practiced holistic and integrative medicine for over fifteen years, and worked for over ten years as a Board-Certified specialist in Clinical Metal Toxicologist.
Over the years, Dr. Saxena has helped people with chronic health problems using latest advances in complementary & integrative medicine, which emphasizes science based natural therapies in place of surgery & prescription medications. With vast experience in the field of Radiology (interventional), he has done extensive work in AUTISM & Vaccine safety. He adopted chronic disease management programs using novel treatment procedures like detoxification, metabolic weight loss, nontoxic cancer therapies (immune modulation, nutraceuticals), external counter-pulsation (non-surgical bypass), Ozone & HYPERBARICS therapy for addressing various ailments. The essence of his practice is balancing the physiology and biochemistry at the cellular level by removing toxicity and & correcting oxygen levels.
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