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Understanding Brest Cancer

by Dr. Rita Louise

Copyright 2005

Our body is made up thousands of cells that differ in size, shape and

function. Controlled by our DNA, each cell is programmed to perform

certain tasks and after a specified period of time - die. This is

normally done in an orderly manner. However, if our cells are

exposed to carcinogens, viruses or ionizing radiation, for example,

the DNA can become damaged creating havoc with this once orderly

process. Said another way, if the rate of new cell growth in the

body overcomes the rate of cell death, tumors can develop. If these

cells invade and destroy surrounding normal tissues, the abnormal

cell growth is considered to be cancerous.

In the US, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women

between the ages of 30 and 50. Rarely diagnosed before a woman

reaches 25, the number of incidents rises with age, peaking at

menopause and decreasing once menopause had passed. About 182,000

women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and about 40% of

those diagnosed die within 10 years. Scientists believe these

numbers are increasing.

Overwhelming evidence into the cause of breast cancer suggests the

female hormone estrogen plays a central role in this disease.

Studies indicate that estrogen stimulates the cells of the breast to

form cancerous cells. Thus a prolonged uninterrupted presence of

high estrogen levels in the body may predispose a woman to breast


These studies also indicate the less time a woman is exposed to her

own reproductive hormones, the lower her risk of developing breast

cancer is. This includes women who enter menses at a later age as

well as women who enter menopause, both naturally and artificially,

before the age of 45. Pregnancy, breast feeding, physical activity,

a low fat, high fiber diet also helps to reduce the amount of

estrogen flowing through the body.

Additional risk factors for developing breast cancer include a family

history of breast cancer. If your mother, sister or aunt was

diagnosed with breast cancer, it may indicate a genetic

predisposition to this disease. Women who have not had children or

women who did not have their first child until after the age of 30

have been identified as having a two to five times greater risk.

Women who take birth control pill or utilize estrogen replacement

therapy after menopause are also at a greater risk. Other factors

that can increase your chances of getting breast cancer include:

weight, dietary fat intake, alcohol consumption, dietary deficiencies

and certain types of fibrocystic breast disease.

Recommendations For Wellness

Do monthly breast self-examination. If you don't know how, ask

your gynecologist. I'm sure he or she will be happy to show you

how. If you are over 40, it is recommended that you get a mammogram

and begin a regular screening program.

Get rid of your under wire bras. Under wire bras don't cause

breast cancer, however, they do restrict the flow of lymph in the

breast tissue thus allowing toxins and waste products to build up.

If it is possible, have your babies earlier than later. Having your

first child before the age of 30 will help reduce your risk. Breast

feeding your child for 6-8 months will reduce your risk even further.

Think twice before taking birth control pills as a form of

contraception or for menstrual irregularities.

Reduce your fat intake. Studies have shown that women who eat a low-

fat, high fiber diet have lower estrogen levels than women that


Eat soy! Soy has been shown to block the type of estrogen involved

in the formation of breast cancer. Note: If you suffer from

hypothyroidism, soy may reduce thyroid hormone levels.

Nutritional deficiencies weaken the bodies systems. Begin a diet

filled with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, make

sure you take a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure

your body is getting all of the nutrition it needs.

Barley Greens and Nature's Sunshine's Immune Stimulator can

be used to strengthen the body and support the immune system.

Do a liver cleanse! The liver is responsible for breaking down

hormones that have served their function and eliminate them from the

body. Use herbs such as milk thistle, dandelion root, burdock to

keep your liver healthy.

Indole-3 carbinols is found in cruciferous vegetables

(cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts). It has been shown to

reduce the amount of the carcinogenetic forms of estrogen and

increase the good kinds of estrogen in the body.

Essiac Tea is popularly used as an additional supplement to

support the immune system of individuals suffering from cancer.

In preliminary studies paw paw twig extracts have be used to

inhibit the growth of cancer cells. In one study, some breast cancer

patients experienced partial or complete tumor reduction. Talk to

your health care provider before taking this supplement. It should

not be taken with a number of other supplements such as antioxidant

products and Co-Q10. If you have Parkinson's Disease, you

should not take this substance.

© Copyright Body, Mind & SoulHealer 2005. All rights reserved.

Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Rita Louise, Ph.D. is the author of the

books "Avoiding the Cosmic 2x4" and "The Power

Within". It is her unique gift as a medical intuitive and

clairvoyant that illuminates and enlivens her work. Let Dr. Louise

help you bring health healing and wholeness back into your life.

Medical Intuition & Energy Medicine Certification training classes

are now forming. Visit or call (972) 475-

3393 for more information.

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