Taking Tamoxifen or using birth control drugs can increase risk of triple negative breast cancer 4-fold

May 6, 2010

Manchester by the Sea, MA

A woman’s risk of developing aggressive triple negative breast cancer seems to increase 4- fold for individuals who are either taking birth control drugs or are taking the breast cancer drug, Tamoxifen.

Both pieces of research out of the Seattle- based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and published in different scientific journals in 2009,  include important facts for women who are currently using either of these drugs, or considering the use of either drug.

Unfortunately neither the American Cancer Society, nor Susan G. Komen for the Cure have yet to  mention either of these recent and alarming studies on their websites as  of May 7, 2010.


If the American Cancer Society is  considered by many to be our unofficial  national cancer prevention organization ; if Susan G Komen is considered to be  our leading national non profit on breast cancer education,  why isn’t either group sounding an alarm about using birth control drugs or using Tamoxifen?

A possible answer: Pharmaceutical companies that make billions from contraceptive drugs and billions from the sale of Tamoxifen,  also give hundreds of millions to the American Cancer Society and to  Komen each year.  Perhaps, these  non-profits  are unwilling  to bite the hands that feed them.

Meanwhile,   American women  are left vulnerable for developing triple negative breast cancer as  this  fast growing type of breast disease is now rapidly increasing across the United States.

Triple Negative now represents 15% to 20% of all new invasive breast cancer diagnoses, striking younger women more often than older women and striking a disproportionate number of younger black women compared to  white women.

Research studies  cited in today’s post:

Jennifer Dolle, et al, Risk Factors for Triple Negative Breast Cancer in Women Under the Age of 45 Years , Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 2009; 18 (4) April 2009.

The only way to access a free copy of this complete report on line is through the following anti-abortion link:


Christopher Li, MD PhD, Long-term tamoxifen use increases the risk of an aggressive, difficult to treat type of second breast cancer, Cancer Research, August 25, 2009,


Thinking of Sara Palin and Breast Health Centers…or.."Why our hospitals don't talk about real or natural breast cancer prevention

January 5, 2010

Manchester by the Sea, MA

Our  local  Breast ” Health” Centers,  located in medical centers, community hospitals and free-standing clinics around the U.S.,  currently do next to nothing about educating women on how to keep our breasts naturally healthy.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but as Sara says, “It’s still a pig.”

Breast “Health” Centers are currently breast cancer diagnostic centers; places where women are given screening x-rays and possibly more diagnostic  x-rays in the form of mammograms or MRIs with toxic dyes, along with needle aspirations,  and lumpectomies.

But real breast health is something different. Now that we know so much more about how breast cancer begins or grows; now that we know so much more about how to actually limit the number of women who ever develop breast cancer; it’s time for medical centers to also set up real Breast Health Centers or real Breast Cancer Prevention Centers.

Real or natural breast cancer prevention is no longer rocket science; getting the word out to women seems to be a more difficult task.

Here is a sampling of what real Breast Health Centers could offer women today:

  • A blood test to determine your vitamin D3 levels with info sessions on how much vitamin D3 and calcium supplements  you should be taking every day to gradually reach the new recommended level of 60-80 ng/ml of vitamin D3 in your blood serum levels.

For more info on how 60-89 ng/ml of vitamin D3 can amazingly block the first stage of breast cancer development, go to Easy Way #1 at www.knowbreastcancer.net

  • Individualized birth control counseling for women over 40, to help you switch off of birth control pills, patches, rings and estrogen-based IUDs. Women in their  40’s,  who still use these drugs,  significantly raise their risk of developing aggressive estrogen negative breast cancers.

To see some of the research showing that  contraceptive drugs are considered unsafe for women  over 40 years of age, go to Easy Way #3 at www.knowbreastcancer.net

  • Cooking classes for women who want to include dairy-free recipes and other breast cancer-protecting foods, such as Japanese miso and fermented black beans in their families’ daily meals. The Japanese and Chinese, with their dairy-free diets and numerous fermented soy dishes, have one third the breast cancer rates of North American and Northern European women!

For more info on how organic fermented soy foods can be more effective and safer than taking Tamoxifen or Arimidex, see Easy Way #6 at www.knowbreastcancer.net

  • Education groups for women who want to put less alcohol, less nicotine and less sugar into their bodies each day. This is obviously not an easy task, but offering such support under the label of  breast cancer prevention, will take some of the stigma out of treating these dangerous lifestyles.  Using one or more of these toxins every day can triple a woman’s risk level if trying to avoid a second breast cancer diagnosis. Carrying twenty extra pounds of fat can double any older woman’s risk of developing invasive breast cancer. Also heavy drinking and/or  any level of smoking appear to cancel out any protection offered from Vitamin D3 supplementation.

For the latest research on alcohol, smoking, excess body fat and increased breast cancer risk levels, go to Easy Way #7 at www.knowbreastcancer.net

This is all pretty sobering, exciting and hopeful info, but sadly don’t expect our local medical centers to open up any real Breast Health Centers any day soon.

Why not??!

A real or natural Breast Health Center is a low-tech, low-profit service, geared to decreasing the number of community women who will ever develop breast cancer. For these two reasons alone, medical centers do not believe it is in their financial self interest to create such centers.

Remember… most non-profit and for-profit medical centers and clinics operate as for-profit corporations. Executives are often paid a six or seven figure income when they are able to snuff out competing medical centers,   recruit more cancer patients, and continue to offer highly profitable medical services  to these individuals until they die.

Until we have a  health care system that is detached from any profit motives (such as your  local fire department is)  where people’s health (your burning home) comes before corporate profits, medical  centers will never be interested in sponsoring real breast health centers.

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Together, one woman at a time,  we can stop this unnecessary epidemic.

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The Truth:Soy Prevents Breast Cancer

I know this is called Breast Cancer Awareness Month..so let’s be aware about the benefits of eating fermented soy a few times a week if you want to help prevent breast cancer.. or a recurrence of breast cancer.

Two recent   landmark studies of Chinese women and one of  Asian American women  illustrated how women who eat fermented soy foods can decrease their risk of developing breast cancer by 59%.  This is an astounding figure!!

Remember.. those who recommend you take a toxic drug to prevent breast cancer.. and warn you away from merely eating fermented organic soy.. are usually making money each time you purchase your monthly supply of these drugs.. or they receive million dollar grants from the drug companies who sell these breast cancer drugs.

Too many folks are interested in breast cancer awareness… for the big money they can make from unsuspecting patients.

So just  ignore the scare tactics of the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen and other commercially- funded breast cancer organizations when it comes to eating soy.  Remember that we are talking about fermented organic soy foods and this is solid research supporting adding fermented soy to your diet today.

Women who eat fermented organic soy products, such as miso soup and tempest stir drys,  a number of times each week will  find that they will not want to take those toxic  drugs  tamoxifen or arimidex.

Here are links to three recent articles on this subject I  recently  researched and wrote for my bi-weekly Honest Health Column, currently carried by the Gloucester (MA) Daily Times.

Please send your comments. Let’s get a good discussion going on this very important topic.

Does Soy Prevent Breast Cancer

ACS – Protecting People or Corporate Profits

Financial Battle behind the war on cancer

You can also read these articles at Know Breast Cancer”s website.. www.knowbreastcancer.net

Meanwhile .. take a look at  Dr. Colin Campbell’s 2004 book, The China Study to learn why fermented soy is hands down better than popping tamoxifen et al. 

And if your bank account has a few extra $$$$ in it, take yourself to Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts for a week or a weekend and learn how to keep your body’s estrogen levels nice and low.. by eating fermented soy, instead of popping an arimidex each day.