STOP Keep plastics out of your microwave & dishwasher

Still pooh-poohing those friends or mothers who keep saying… stop microwaving food in any kind of plastic container.

If you still put plastic containers in your dishwasher and say, What the heck!

Those are two silly things to do if you are trying to follow a better-safe-than-sorry lifestyle. …. it’s just that all of these bits and pieces of chemical estrogens that shed off of your plastic containers add up….
Then .. poof you are the 1 in 5 woman in Massachusetts or the 1 in 8 woman in North Carolina or Iowa who ends up with a diagnosis of invasive breast cancer.

“Why me?” you ask.

Not any one single thing is going to give you breast cancer. Research tells us it is that cocktail effect that can catch up with us , if we don’t watch out… or even if we do.

• A hard hit spray of DDT when you were 14
Birth control pills since you were 20… and now you are 40 and still using
• Microwaving a meal a day in your favorite plastic containers
• Washing plastic utensils and dishes in the dishwasher every day
• Not knowing your current vitamin D3 level (it should be between 60ng/ml & 80 ng/ml if you want that protective layer of gardol… remember gardol ??!

Your toxic cocktail is getting pretty thick with early and ongoing assaults with chemical estrogens in your earlier years and in your current everyday life.

Why not try a better- safe- than- sorry lifestyle today…. and eliminate three of these four toxins from your life right now.

The life you save can be your own.

Charles Movalli oil painting, "Gloucester" grand prize in March Madness Raffle to benefit Know Breast Cancer

20" c 24" framed oil painting by Charles Movalli

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Gloucester artist, Charles Movalli, has donated a 20″ x 24″ framed oil painting of Gloucester Harbor to benefit the work of the National Breast Cancer Prevention Project.

His gift is donated in memory of the beloved Gloucester artist, Carlene Muniz, who died from complications of breast cancer in 2009 at the age of 61.

On display at ClubXcel in Manchester, MA, until March 7th, at Alexander Westerhoff Antiques in Essex from March 9-16, the Wenham Tea House March 17-23 and Debora Lunt Studio from March 23-29, the painting, valued at $5,000, will be the grand prize in Know Breast Cancer’s March Madness Raffle. Tickets are $25@… and available at seven venues around Cape Ann and on line at www.knowbreastcancer.net A complete listing of ticket venues can be seen at www.knowbreastcancer.net

Along with the Movalli Grand Prize, other luscious offerings will be raffled off, including an original haircut by Debora Lunt of Debora Lunt Studio in Beverly Farms, MA, a 2’x3′ Afghani wool rug from Landry & Arcari of Salem, valued at $250,two framed prints by Lynne Comb of Manchester, and oil paintings by Susie Field and William Fusco

The Raffle drawing will take place at a Gala Fund-raising Reception and Fine Art Sale for Know Breast Cancer, on Saturday April 9th from 4pm-7pm at a private residence in Manchester. Vocals and piano selections from the American Song Book, performed by John Archer of Danvers, MA, will form a backdrop for this private art sale, curated by Bonnie Crane of the Crane Collection, of Cape Ann. Food and libations are being donated by Cape Ann’s leading beverage makers and caterers, under the direction of Gloucester food maven, Timmie Cullen.

Attendees can support Know Breast Cancer’s life saving work by choosing an image of Cape Ann by the late Carlene Muniz, by Movalli, or by Crane Collection artists Don Stone or John Traynor, as well as paintings of Ipswich, Newburyport and Cape Ann by Haverhill artist, Stephen LaPierre, and Gloucester artist, Susie Field.

All proceeds from the March Madness Raffle, the April 9th Gala Reception and Art Sale will benefit Know Breast Cancer’s educational programs, research and forthcoming book, Busting Breast Cancer.

Please support this unique non-profit during our March Madness Raffle and/or our April 9th Reception and Art Sale.

American Cancer Society Report is Misleading; younger women getting more triple negative, estrogen positive & HER2+ breast cancers

Women of childbearing age, in many states around the U.S. today, face historically high invasive breast cancer levels. The American Cancer Society’s (ACS’) recent study, published Feb 22, in the American Association for Cancer Research, is incorrect when it says breast cancer rates are not changing for younger women.

In Massachusetts, younger women (under 50), saw a 45% increase in invasive breast cancer between 1995-2007; younger women in Colorado saw a 27% increase between 1990-2008, and younger women in Florida saw a 40% increase between 1984-2008.

The American Cancer Society’s February, 2011 report doesn’t count the actual number of women diagnosed in each state; instead, it uses an estimate, based on a formula, based on 9% of the U.S. population.

To know the real story, we need to count every woman who is affected, and we need to have those numbers published for all of us to see and understand.

Contact you state cancer board and ask them how many younger women developed invasive breast cancers last year, compared to the past five or ten years. Also ask them, how many of these younger women were diagnosed with triple negative, HER2+ and estrogen receptor positive breast cancers.

We need this specific information, not estimates. Keeping women in the dark when it comes to these critical numbers, makes it impossible to measure any positive changes, as women try easy and healthy ways to stop breast cancer before it starts.

BPA Baby Bottles & Increasing breast cancer in America's younger women; What is the connection?

Increasing numbers of younger American women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during the past eight years. According to American Cancer Society statistics, pre-menopausal women (under age 54) had a 41% increase in invasive breast cancer from 2002 to 2010.

This sharp increase in triple negative, HER2 positive and estrogen/progesterone positive invasive breast cancers probably means that younger women are absorbing higher levels of chemical and animal hormones, hormone disruptors and/or are getting zapped with ionizing radiation while in the womb and/or during their infancy, childhood, teen and/or younger adult years.

Some laboratory tests have shown that bisphenol A or BPA, a chemical hormone disruptor, used to make baby bottles soft and pliable, can  leach into the milk when the bottles are heated.  Absorbing enough BPA over time can sometimes cause cell mutation, often a  first step in the development of breast cancer or other adverse biological changes in infants.  Based on these studies, Canada banned the use of BPA in baby bottles beginning in 2011 and the European Union will ban the sale and import of these same bottles in 2011.  “Better to be safe than sorry” is the motive behind these  new  prevention laws.

Unfortunately, the U.S. government has not yet banned the sale of BPA in baby bottles. Just last week, after being pressured by the chemical industry lobby, GOP Senate leaders again refused to allow a vote that would have banned BPA from baby bottles.

What causes breast cancer?

Breast cancer only seems to happen when an individual absorbs a personalized cocktail of radiation, chemical hormones, animal hormones and/or hormone disruptors from a variety of sources, over a period of years. But often, the younger you are when you are hit by any of these toxic events, the stronger their impact.

Not using baby bottles containing BPA is probably one easy, healthy and important way that women can help protect their daughters and granddaughters from developing breast cancer later in their lives.

To learn 7 other easy, inexpensive and healthy ways to protect your daughter and yourself from this unnecessary epidemic, see:  http://www.knowbreastcancer.net http://www.thetruthaboutbreastcancer.com

For more information on how BPA can harm babies when it is used to make baby bottles, see the Work Group for Safe Markets report, Baby’s Toxic Bottle: Bisphenol A Leaching from Popular Baby Bottles

http://www.chej.org/documents/BabysToxicBottleFinal.pdf

Enough Vitamin D3 will stop breast cancer before it can start!


Make sure you have a high level of Vitamin D3 in your body.
This is one incredibly important way to block breast cancer cells from happening to you.. ever or never again.
Get a blood test to find your current D3 level
Start taking over- the -counter Vit D3 supplements each day to reach the magical 60 -80 ng/ml blood level
The blood test is called: The 25-hydroxy vitamin D test
See how and why it is important to keep your vitamin D3 blood level at 60-80 ng/ml..
Then do it!!! it’s easy and cheap too!
Make sure to check out this video as well!!!!!

U. S. Breast Cancer Epidemic Hitting Young Moms and Other Women of Childbearing Age

In   2009, about 62,520 women of childbearing age in the United States were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.  This is a whopping 41% increase from 2001, when approximately 44, 300 women of childbearing age were reportedly diagnosed with the disease, according to recent American Cancer Society statistics.

These younger American women are being hit with triple negative, HER2 positive and estrogen positive breast cancers; diseases  that usually maim, sometimes kill and often bankrupt a woman’s current and future financial situation.

In recent years young media leaders and celebrities have shared their personal breast cancer diagnoses, including Fox News political reporter Jennifer Griffin (triple negative); ABC’s Good Morning America host,  Robin Roberts (triple negative); National Public Radio’s Tavis Smiley Show Executive Producer,  Sheryl Flowers, who died from triple negative breast cancer in 2009 at the age of 42, folksinger Melissa Ethridge (HER2 positive) and film star, Christina Applegate.

Why is this new epidemic happening to our younger women? How can younger women help stop breast cancer from happening to them ever… or never again?

For more information on why younger women in the U.S. are facing this current breast cancer epidemic, and for specific ways each woman can help lower her risk of developing breast cancer ever… or never again, sign on to The Truth About Breast Cancer blog  http://www.thetruthaboutbreastcancer.com
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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.

WHY??

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:

http://www.jillstanek.com/Abortion%20Breast%20Cancer%20Epid%Bio%20Prev%202009.pdf

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,

http://www.fhcrc.org/about/ne/news/2009/08/25/tamoxifen.html


Breast Cancer survivor credits vitamin D for recovery

Listen to your doctor and also take enough vitamin D to get your blood serum levels up to 60-80 ng/ml is the word out of Toronto for Rhonda Abrams, diagnosed with stage IV invasive breast cancer five years ago.

Given two years to survive, in spite of following the medical protocol, Abrams read the new research on how enough Vitamin D3 can prevent tumor formation.

She took her life in her own hands and began supplementing her diet with enough daily Vitamin D3 to raise her       blood levels to the magical 60-80ng/ml.  Today her breast  cancer remains in remission.

Read about how Vitamin D3 can help protect you from developing breast cancer ever or never again at www.knowbreastcancer.net

And remember that the breast cancer detection and  treatment industy (oncology centers, “breast health” centers and drug companies) is not interested in teaching women how to avoid an initial breast cancer diagnosis.

Prevention is not their business;  prevention is not their job.

But prevention is your business and my business. We can learn how to take care of  our own health. Learn more at www.knowbreastcancer.net

Read  Rhonda Abrams’ amazing story  in the Toronto Star at www.knowbreastcancer.net

or at

Read  Abrams’ own story and personal protocol for health at:

whatididtosurvive.com

Birth Control Pills Now Linked to Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Recent research out of Seattle  shows a disturbingly strong link between young  women (40 years and younger) who used oral contraceptives  and their tendency to develop triple negative breast cancer, a rapidly growing estrogen-negative type of the disease.

Among women (40 years and younger) the relative risk for triple-negative breast cancer associated with oral contraceptive use (of more than one year ) was 4.2. (95%confidence interval, 1.9-9.3)

This study, Risk Factors for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer in Women Under the Age of 45 Years,  involving over 1,000 women, led by Jessica M. Dolle, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle,  and published in the academic journal, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention in April of last year, did not find a similar link between   other kinds of  breast cancer and the use of oral contraceptives in this  same  group of breast cancer patients.

( one page abstract/summary of study)

http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/18/4/1157.abstract

( full study: ten page PDF)

http://www.jillstanek.com/Abortion%20Breast%20Cancer%20Epid%20Bio%20Prev%202009.pdf

Most types of breast cancer seem to be  caused by a  cocktail of various ingredients that appear to be unique to each person, that  mixed together can create  a perfect toxic storm.

Triple Negative breast cancer strikes  younger women more often than older women, and strikes black women at double the rate of white women. Younger black women are currently the most at- risk population for developing this type of breast cancer.

Sadly 90+%  of the dollars earmarked for  triple negative breast cancer research,  by Susan G Komen for the Cure, by  the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, by government and other private grant makers are only focused on developing  expensive drugs that can “find a cure”  for this disease.

Last week  a recent  market research report predicted that by 2018 a new breast cancer drug, BSI-201 will enjoy  $1.7 billion in worldwide sales, with special potential for the triple negative market.

http://www.drugstorenews.com/story.aspx?id=131607&menuid=345

For women fighting this disease, this is wonderful news as such drugs can be critical. But we also need  to figure out how to stop triple negative breast cancer before it starts... even if there is no $1.7 billion drug at the end of the rainbow.

Audre Lorde,  poet, lesbian, feminist leader,  African American and   author of The Cancer Journals, who  died  in 1992 after a fourteen-year struggle with breast cancer,   was one of the first to notice society’s interest in profit making, rather than in trying to stop  breast cancer before it starts.

…what would happen if an army of one-breasted women descended upon Congress and demanded that the use of carcinogenic, fat-stored hormones in beef-feed be outlawed?

Each year, about 30,000  women in the U.S.  are now being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and this number continues to grow.  Most of these women are younger than 40 and more than 15% of these young women are  black.

We need to ask  foundations and government agencies to fund Jessica Dolle and other cancer prevention researchers as they try to  understand more about what chemicals, foods and drugs are causing all of this triple negative.

Meanwhile, do not expect your birth control pack  to mention Dolle’s recent research linking birth control drugs to triple negative breast cancer; in fact do not expect the American Cancer Society or even most major breast cancer foundations to breathe a word of  Dolle’s 2009 study.

Birth control pills and breast cancer drugs are both multi-billion dollar a year markets. The   pharmaceutical companies that sell these drugs also give many millions of dollars each year to the American Cancer Society, Komen and other.  Few organizations, I suppose,  want to bite the hands that feed them.

From a practical, personal  point of view, younger women who want to continue using birth control  pills should  counterbalance their risk of developing triple negative by getting a Vitamin D3 blood test.. and taking 2,000 IUs or more of Vitamin D3 supplements every day until your blood test shows you have a level of 60-80 ng/ml of vitamin D3. New research shows that this level of vitamin D3  should protect a huge majority of all women against developing all types of breast cancer.

For more  ideas on how to help lower your risk of developing any type of breast cancer, at any age, see  Know Breast Cancer’s 7 Easy Ways at www.knowbreastcancer.net



Thermography: safer, more accurate than mammograms

February 13. 2010

I recently had a full body European thermogram instead of a screening mammogram. Happily,  I learned that I have no tumors in my breasts, nor do I have any inflammation there, which can be an early warning sign for future  atypical cells (DCIS) or various types of actual breast cancer.

The thermogram took place in the practitioner’s office, where she had me wear a long sleeved  button-down- the- front shirt with no bra and had me strip to my underpants.

She then touched her electromagnetic wand to   various points on my body… from head to pelvis, while the computer compiled the temperature of each point.

The worse part was having to stand fairly naked for ten minutes while my body cooled down! The practitioner again passed the wand over those same body points, as the computer took a second reading of my now cooled- off body.  BRRR!!!!

Five minutes later, the computer printed off a diagram, along with  an analysis of my body’s cool and hot spots!

I   recently  learned that there are two types of thermography,  both types  being safer and more accurate than screening mammograms.

The full- body European type, that I experienced, uses electromagnetic pulses, while the more common type of thermogram uses thermal imaging.

The European type offers a functional assessment of the nervous system and is more readily accepted by medical insurance companies. But both types of thermograms are usually done on the entire body, as the breasts are integrally linked to the rest of your body!  duh!!

For example, if your left breast shows inflammation, but not your right breast, your full body thermogram might show a core of inflammation in your left shoulder  that radiates over to your left breast; Hence as in everything in life.. it is always important to get the full picture, so you can  locate  the actual  source of a problem.

Two clinics that offer European Thermography (also called computer regulated thermography ) in New England are : Jackie Bell Natural Health in Cambridge, MA  www.naturalbell.com and Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Westminster, VT www.sojourns.org

As more and more women use some type of thermography,  instead of choosing to have an annual or biannual mammogram, I predict that breast health clinics and medical centers will complain or shout  that “mammograms are safer” … until these same  clinics decided to switch over to thermography as well!

But right now, many breast health clinics and medical centers  need to pay off the cost of their new digital mammography machines , so there will probably continue to be huge marketing pressure put on women of various ages to have an annual screening mammogram rather than a thermogram.

For those of us who like to think for ourselves, and limit the amount of radiation that touches any part of our bodies, it is nice that some of us now have the     thermography option.

Dr Mercola,   America’s #1 on-line natural health MD, agrees that thermograms are safer and better than mammograms. Check out this link to his video on thermography and vitamin D3 for breast cancer prevention)

Choosing thermography over a screening mammogram is one of Know B rest Cancer’s  7 Easy Ways to help stop breast cancer from happening to you.  To learn about all 7 Easy Ways, please  visit www.knowbreastcancer.net