By: Carolyn Kaganovsky N.D.
First and Foremost
Scientists are now proving that the beliefs we have and the thoughts we think have a very strong impact on our physical health.
- Be kind to yourself
- Wish yourself well
- Wish others well
- Let go – Often
- Forgive as much as you can
- Practice moderation in food and drink
- Find a quiet space and Pray or meditate a few minutes everyday
- And visit your Naturopathic Doctor regularly
Our thoughts generate energy. Energy you can focus and use to keep yourself healthy. Pay close attention to your thoughts, intentions and actions. Change your mind, change your life.
- To Age 39 – 1 in 235 women are diagnosed
- Age 40 – 59: 1 in 25 women are diagnosed
- Age 60 – 79: 1 in 15 women are diagnosed
- Lifetime diagnosis: 1 in 8
Factors which increase risk
- Mother or sister has been diagnosed
- Female relative with ovarian or endometrial cancer
- Brother or father with prostate cancer
- Mother with breast cancer at an early age
- Larger women over 5 ft 6 in and over 154 lbs
- High insulin levels and obesity
- Increased breast density
- High levels of two types of estrogen called estrone and estradiol and prolactin
- Anti-cancer drugs 15 years after their use
Factors which decrease risk
- After pregnancy the level of one type of estrogen (called estriol) protects the breasts for years.
- Nursing decreases risk
- Exercising enhances the breakdown of estrogen
5% of women have BRCA 1 or 2, the Breast Cancer genes and not all women who have the gene develop breast cancer. In fact, there is a new science called Epigenetics in which researchers have discovered that It is the environment of our cells that is a more important determinant of whether we develop breast cancer or not.
To eat Soy or not to eat Soy
The jury is still out. We definitely need to avoid genetically modified soy as we have no idea how it will affect us in the long run. Some studies conclude that soy helps prevent Breast cancer. But, Soy has been shown to increase Breast Cancer (Isoflavanoids and Breast Cancer 2004) as well. I believe moderation is the key until we know for sure.
Drink only filtered or spring water. Reverse osmosis is the best to date. Avoid drinking from unsafe plastic water bottles as much as possible Unsafe are the opaque plastic type such as #7, PVC #3. The number is located at the bottom of the bottle. Reusable containers and sippy cups should say 1 (PETE). This is safe.
Eat organically as much as possible, especially dairy products. Dairy products are loaded with antibiotics, growth hormones, and pesticides. Avoid eating fish with too high mercury contamination. The website: www.NRDC.org gives you an update on the mercury level in fish. Avoid farmed salmon – it contains a lot of pcbs. Eat only wild caught/organic fish.
- Keep your cholesterol in check.
- Eat less of saturated fats, meat and refined sugar.
- (Sugar lowers the immune function by 80% for 2-5 hours after you eat it.)
- Manage your weight.
- Drink less alcohol because it inhibits proper metabolism of estrogen.
- Decrease alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and recreational drugs. They interfere with melatonin production. Melatonin is important to reduce breast cancer risk.
- Wash away the pesticide residue from fruits and veggies with a special Fruit and Veggie wash.
- Pesticides are loaded with toxins and water is not enough.
- Buy foods in glass jars, as cans are lined with toxic plastic containing Bisphenol-A.
- Bowel Habits – Women who do not have at least 2 bowel movements a week increase their risk of breast cancer. The optimum is 2 per day.
- Detoxification and Cleansing at least twice a year under the guidance of a Naturopathic Doctor.
Foods to Lower Your Risk
- Green Tea
- Brussel sprouts
- Fish Oil
- Sea Vegetables
At least 4 hours per week.
Exercise promotes the breakdown of estrogen.
Once or twice a week really helps detoxify those chemicals.
Avoid Prescription Drug Use
The following Drugs have been associated with increasing the risk of Breast Cancer.
- Beta Blockers ie: Atenolol
- Anti-depressants ie: Prozac, Paxil, Elavil
- Tricyclic Anti-depressants ie: Amoxapine, Cloripramine, Desipramine, Trimipramine
- Hydralazine (Apresoline) for lowering Blood pressure taken for more than 5 years doubles the risk
- Calcium Channel Blockers when combined with Hormone Replacement Therapy
Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs – Verapamil, Diltiazem, Nifedipine and Nondifedipine Dihydropyridine
- Valium, Xanax increase prolactin levels and high prolactin levels have been associated with Breast Cancer
- Metronidazole – Flagyl
- Statin Drugs
- Anitihistamines – ie: Claritin, Atarax. This may promote the growth of existing cancers.
Have all mercury amalgam fillings removed. There is a special protocol for doing this. Make sure your dentist knows how to do this properly. Each tooth is associated with an acupuncture meridian and organ. The teeth most directly related to the breasts are the two teeth to the front of the wisdom teeth on both sides of the upper jaw. If there is a root canal, low grade infection or mercury amalgam filling associated with these teeth it can affect the breasts negatively. Mercury in amalgam fillings lowers the immune system. Mercury vapors fill the air in dental offices. To protect yourself take ½ tsp Buffered C powder and 2 capsules Methym, 1 hour before going to the office and 1 hour after whether having dental work done or not. Mercury combined with fluoride is an even more toxic combination. Avoid fluoride containing toothpastes because fluoride lowers immune function by interfering with the pineal gland. There are a lot of toothpastes available without fluoride. Some municipalities are banning the use of fluoride. When your dentist asks if you want fluoride say “no” emphatically.
Wearing a Bra
Do not wear a bra more than 12 hours a day. For lymphatic circulation of the breasts to work well the breasts must move freely. The lymphatic system helps to remove toxins from the breast area.
Use non-aluminum deodorants as aluminum and zirconium clog our lymphatic system and lead to toxic buildup in breast tissue. We carry Deodoroche Spray in our office and it really works.
Darker hair dyes contribute most to breast cancer risk. Try a natural alternative ie: Igora Botanic, Vita Wave or Paul Penders hair colouring products.
Do a thorough self exam once a month.
Hormone Analysis and Blood Work
There are several lab tests which help determine if our hormones are balanced.
Saliva Hormone Analysis
- Evaluates levels of the 3 most important estrogens – estradiol, estrone and estriol as we as progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. Blood tests do not indicate individual levels of each type of estrogen so they are not useful for breast cancer prevention.
- Also evaluates cortisol levels which can rise as a result of chronic stress (High cortisol levels have been associated with an increased risk for Breast cancer)
- Melatonin levels can be measured. Melatonin helps protect us from Breast Cancer.
Urine Test to Evaluate How Estrogens break down In Our Bodies
- This is a little more complicated (but basically all estrogens must be broken down and the products from their metabolism are very important. There are 3 major types of estrogen metabolites : C2, C4, C16
- The C2 estrogen metabolite has very weak estrogenic activity and is generally termed the good estrogen. In contrast the C16 and C4 estrogen metabolites show persistent estrogenic activity and promote tissue growth. Women who metabolize most of their estrogen via the C16 path have an elevated risk of breast cancer.
- Increased C4 and C16 estrogens are linked to pesticides, car exhaust, paint fumes, phenols, formaldehyde, mercury, lead, arsenic, tin, thallium, pharmaceutical drugs, intestinal toxins, sugar, rancid or fried fats, high fat diet and inadequate protein.
- The urine test will give the amounts of each of C2, C4 and C16 metabolites in your body.
- DIM, rosemary, cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts) schizandra and isoflavones (kudzu, clover) promote C2 metabolism.
- Insulin Growth Factors I and II (High levels of these increase our risk)
- Fasting Blood Glucose
Birth Control Pills/HRT and Fertility Drugs
There are many hormonal links to breast cancer. Avoid birth control pills, fertility drugs and synthetic HRT as well as Bio-identical Hormone creams containing parabens. (Many creams contain these toxic parabens, be careful) I have included the list of ingredients for the most common base used for all hormone creams, called VanPen cream. As you will see, it contains many toxic ingredients:
- Purified Water
- Soya Lecithin
- Isopropyl Palmitate
- Butylated Hydroxytoluene
- Sodium Hydroxide
- Edetate Disodium
- Cetyl Alcohol
- Stearyl Alcohol
- Stearic Acid
- Glyceryl Monostearate
- Isopropyl Myristate
- Polyoxyl 40 Stearate
- Ethyl Alcohol
The only safe HRT is plant based as the body is able to metabolize plant hormones very quickly. I have an excellent Fertility program which involves the use of Homeopathic Remedies and Nutrition as an alternative to fertility drugs.
Your health is very important. Computerized Regulation Thermography (CRT) can help measure your level of health and provide indications of Disease process at a very early stage.
A major asset of CRT is in the area of early detection and confirmation of Breast Tumors. In a German study, 54% of breast cancer patients were correctly diagnosed by history and physical examination.
The number rose to 76% when mammography was added. However, when Computerized Regulation Thermography was used, the accuracy of diagnosis rose to 92%.
CRT detects functional changes in Breast tissue before tumors form and when they are too small to be detected by X-ray.
What else does CRT Measure?
CRT identifies patterns in the body which may lead to disease such as: