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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Susan

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Disagreeing with Teresa Heinz Kerry over mammograms for all

Dec 23, 2009

The number of women in the United States  newly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer is rising by 1% each year. It is with sadness therefore,  that I learned today that Teresa Heinz Kerry is now a part of that statistic.

Mrs. Heinz has been a long-standing  advocate for research that better understands environmental and lifestyle causes of breast cancer. Teresa Heinz, as an action-oriented philanthropist and policy maker,  is clearly a dear friend to all breast cancer prevention proponents.

But mammograms do not prevent breast cancer; so I reluctantly must disagree with Mrs. Heinz when she limits her remarks to say that  all women, no matter what their risk levels, should have an annual mammogram at age 40 and older.

This one and only one- size- fits- all recommendation seems inappropriate, given recent research and experience   on how  high vitamin D levels can  stop breast cancer from happening,  as well as  other known  breast cancer risk factors, not to mention  the well documented limits and sometimes dangers of annual screening mammograms.

To truly protect ourselves  from developing breast cancer,  all women,  young and old,  need to  follow a real prevention lifestyle.. not just go running to get a mammogram!

For example:

  • If you are past 40 have you found alternatives to contraceptive drugs or hormone replacement drugs ?
  • Have you had a vitamin D3 blood test yet? Are you taking enough vitamin D3 supplements every day to keep your blood serum levels at  60 ng/ml?
  • Are you filtering the water that you drink and shower with every day?
  • Are you able to  limit your alcohol intake to  three glasses of wine or beer a week?

Research shows that no one habit or drug is  going to cause breast cancer; instead breast cancer seems to happen when a mixture of such individualized risk factors comes together into a personalized toxic cocktail.

Each of us needs to understand this range of factors as we work to keep our own breast cancer risk level low.

Focusing only on getting an annual mammogram, instead of  also encouraging women to seriously follow a real prevention lifestyle, will never lower the number of women who develop breast cancer.

To understand how you can put together your own  real prevention lifestyle, see Know Breast Cancer’s 7 Easy Ways at www.knowbreastcancer.net

Wishing you  peace and good health in your home, your community  and across our world this holiday season,

Susan

Mammograms do not prevent breast cancer

Breast health centers, affiliated with medical centers around the U.S. are up in arms. Breast imaging radiologists are about to lose one third of their clients because a federal advisory panel just said that women, younger than 50, no longer have to appear each year for a screening mammogram.

Oncologists are also going to see a sharp drop in their actual ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) business. These small, non cancerous, often calcified portions of a milk duct, only found through x-ray, are the predominant diagnosis among 40 to 50 year old women who have annual screening mammograms.

Considered to be “stage zero cancer” (stage zero means that you don’t have cancer), these irregular cells are still treated as though they are cancerous, with surgeons performing biopsies, lumpectomies, recommending radiation and estrogen-lowering drugs, and suggesting the idea of single or double mastectomies if patients want to avoid further treatment or eliminate any risks of developing invasive cancrs in the future. Foul ball!

At a national conference on DCIS this past September, experts agreed that we know next to nothing about this condition, except how to find it. The National Breast Cancer Coalition is recommending changing the term DCIS to “atypical hyperplasia,” in order to lower the fear factor that now strikes women when told they have a “ductal carcinoma in situ” or “stage zero breast cancer.”  It is nice that honesty is about to see the light of day.

Meanwhile, until last week, the U.S. was the only nation in the world that encouraged women during their 40’s, without any high risk of developing breast cancer, to go near a mammography machine.  Over the years,  Canadian and European medical practitioners have watched us in disbelief, now they can at least lower their eyebrows.

Here is an email I received a few weeks ago from Paula, a 50 year old mother of two, diagnosed with DCIS after having an annual screening mammogram in 2007.

You may not remember me but I was one of those women who were at one of your first meetings who broke down in tears after having just learned we had breast cancer. …. I went on to research my diagnosis and options.

It turns out I had a very low grade slow growing in situ for which I had a lumpextory. I refused radiation and refused to take tamoxifen — much to the chagrin of my doctors. I am recurrence free after   2 years and continually fighting all the recommended MRI’s (toxic dye solutions) and most of those additional mammorgram they keep trying to give me. I am probably one of those over diagnosed and over treated women who are swelling the ranks of “breast cancer” survivors.

Now that women like Paula will be spared annual screening mammograms in their 40’s,  those hospital- sponsored “breast health centers” , that have sprouted up around the country,  stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues, with significant layoffs,  as a huge chunk of their youngest clients disappear.

May we  can seize this moment and this empty office space as a time to turn the tide toward  real breast cancer prevention.  Maybe breast health centers can begin to staff up and offer real breast cancer prevention programs,  instead of merely mammography, biopsy and lumpectory services.  But what would a real breast health center program look like?

In my  next post we will look at the kinds  of program that real breast health centers can  offer.  These are programs that can work to limit the  number of women who develop breast cancer;   For a preview,  see Know Breast Cancer’s 7 Easy Ways to help stop breast cancer from happening to you at  www.knowbreastcancer.net

To read the full report on what we don’t know abou DCIS  and what we need to know about DCIS,   formally called.. National Institutes of Health State-of-The-Science Conference Statement – Diagnosis and Management of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) September 22-24, 2009   http://consensus.nih.gov/2009/dcisstatement.htm

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
http://www.gloucestertimes.com/archivesearch/local_story_225222932.html

ACS – Protecting People or Corporate Profits
http://www.gloucestertimes.com/archivesearch/local_story_246224311.html

Financial Battle behind the war on cancer
http://www.gloucestertimes.com/archivesearch/local_story_267224543.html

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. 

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Best Kept Secret: Cows' Milk increases risk for breast cancer

May 25, 2009

\In my May 29th Honest Health column on the need to ban rBGH and other growth hormones from our food supply  www.gloucestertimes.com  I describe known links between drinking milk from cows treated with rBGH and eating meat and poultry containing added growth hormones with the increased risk of developing breast, prostate and other hormonal cancers.

 

What I don’t say is that cows milk by itself, is considered to be a major risk factor in breast and ovarian cancer. It appears that when individuals do not have the correct enzymes to metabolize many of the hormones naturally found in any type of cow’s milk., a glass of milk can flood the body with excess estrogen. This raises the risk of developing or accelerating the growth of existing breast cancer.

 

Jane Plant, a British geologist, describes saving her own life twenty years ago after facing metastatic breast cancer. An estrogen positive tumor, growing in her neck, disappeared in six weeks once Plant , currently a professor at the University of Nottingham,  began a  dairy-free lifestyle. She has continued to follow a dairy free lifestyle since that time and has remained cancer free to this day.

 

Plant’s book,  The No-Dairy Breast Cancer Prevention Program,   http://www.amazon.com/No-Dairy-Breast-Cancer-Prevention-Program/dp/0312291671

 also published under the title, Your Life in Your Own Hands: Understanding. Preventing and Overcoming Breast Cancer,  http://www.amazon.com/Your-Life-Hands-Understanding-Preventing/dp/0312275617   are both available from Amazon and other booksellers.

 

One  possible reason most people have not read much about the connections between dairy products and an increased risk of breast cancer may be because the U.S. Dairy Lobby is formidable. The industry  is able to maintain federal milk subsidies in spite of the fact that this policy artificially raises  milk prices for  U.S. consumers, tot the  benefit of milk producers.

 

The Industry’s popular Got Milk? Campaign reflects a motherhood and apple pie feeling by including former federal cabinet members (Donna Shlala) , movie starts (Jennifer Aniston) and sport heroes. (Muhammad Ali).  No wonder it is difficult to believe the research that shows how milk can increase breast cancer rates and accelerate breast cancer growth in a huge group of women.

 

See Andrew Weil’s comments on the strong links between dairy and hormonal cancers.  http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA400175

 

For additional studies linking cows’ milk to breast cancer risk factors in humans, see:  

http://milk.elehost.com/    www.notmilk.com   www.milksucks.com;   and  www.sustainabletable.org

 

Arimidex & Atrazine: Money money money

February 9, 2009

Each month, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment or CHE, sponsors a conference call for members. As the director of  Know Breast Cancer, I am able to stay up- to -date on new research that continues to link our high U.S. breast cancer rates to many things in our environment.  Now it appears we  really need to wonder what  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is  all about when October rolls around again. 

Dr Tyrone Hayes was the guest speaker on  last month’s conference call. He had a few things to say about the pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca, the original manufacturer of Tamoxifen;  the same company that now brings us Arimidex. This is not a pretty story. 

Astra Zeneca, the corporate founder, and editor of  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month  has no moral conscience.. just money on their minds.

Astra Zeneca co-owns Syngenta, the company that manufactures Atrazine.  This popular pesticide acts as a chemical estrogen or aromatase enhancer,  and pollutes rain water, rivers and produce  across the United States.  Many laboratory studies have shown that Atrazine, now banned in Europe, increases the risk of prostate, breast and ovarian cancers in lab animals and in humans.

Astra Zeneca also manufactures Arimidex, one of the aromatase inhibitor drugs, used to protect individuals against a recurrence of estrogen positive breast cancer. Arimidex works by blocking  aromatase or future estrogen levels in the body.

This means that women who eat produce and grains and drink water tainted by Astra Zeneca’s Atrazine pesticide, increase their risk of developing breast cancer. But now women  can also  purchase Astra Zeneca’s Arimidex, to help them survive, once they actually develop estrogen positive breast cancer. 

How do these corporate fathers and mothers of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month sleep at night come October,  when  it is time to bring out the pink ribbons?

Dr Tyrone Hayes, an award-winning tenured professor of biology at the University of California at Berkeley discovered  Atrazine’s adverse hormonal effects on laboratory animals  while working for Astra Zeneca as a research consultant. Hayes has now named Astra Zeneca a one-stop shopping experience. See his website www.atrazinelovers.com

 

Coming Next:

No More Big Squeeze:    New Research Tells Women to  Avoid  Mammograms

Water Filters: One of Many Ways to Reduce Your Current Breast Cancer Risk Level

February 1, 2009

Do you know that  much of our tap water  and well water is polluted  with animal and human estrogen and other hormones… thanks to millions of women using contraceptive drugs, estrogen replacement drugs and fertility pills?   

Thanks to folks eating  animal growth hormones in most beef, chicken and milk these days.

Thanks  to Atrazine, the #2 most popular pesticide that pollutes our rivers and  rainwater.

A recent study by Silent Spring Institute (www.silentspring.org) shows that septic systems are not able to filter out all of those estrogens from our sewage.

The Silent Spring study helps us understand why many of us now must drink a hormone soup from our tap each day, pushing up our breast cancer risk level with each sip. (Pun not intended!) 

All of these natural and artificial hormones end up in our tap water and then in our bodies. This extra estrogen in our bodies, sometimes helps to create breast cancer. What goes round, comes round.

Meanwhile we also need to take chlorine , OUT of our drinking water and OUT of our shower! The combo of hot chlorinated water hitting a vinyl shower curtain and then us breathing in this steaming mixture of chemical hormones while enclosed in a wet cocoon in not a healthy picture!

Chlorine may be important when it comes to killing off nasty bugs in our municipal water supply; but we do not need to drink or breathe it too, thank you very much!

Today a water filter for the kitchen sink and one for the shower need to be basic home equipment, right along side indoor plumbing and a fridge.

There are many water filters on the market today. So it is important to get educated when you are ready to buy a filter for your home water supply, or for your kitchen sink or for your shower and bath tub taps.

In searching the internet for such a basic education on water filters, I happily discovered Tim Hickey out in Nevada City California. A Boston transplant, Tim takes his water filters seriously . His website www.friendsofwater.com   can also be called water filters 101.  So take your time when it is time to get ready to buy a decent home water filter system or just a filter for your kitchen tap or shower head. 

 Tim will also consult with you for free and ship you whatever economical filter meets your needs. Anti-chlorine & anti-hormone?  or just anti-fluoride or a customized combo?

Tim recently also agreed to become one of Know Breast Cancer’s first Prevention Products Companies. This means that you can go to www.knowbreastcancer.net/products.html and find a link to Tim’s website, along with a few other of our pioneering prevention products companies.

In the coming days and weeks, you will see us adding many more prevention product company links to our website.  We are now out on the net everyday, looking for companies that offer multiple types of products that can help keep a person’s estrogen levels low low low… thus reducing the risk of developing breast cancer. 

From water filters, to organic citrus, to paraben-free eye cream and lead free lipsticks, to glass refrigerator storage containers, to no-wire underwire bras and wild yam supplements to keep your hormones balanced, our prevention products pages will make it fun and pretty easy for  you to start living a better -safe -than -sorry lifesyle today!

Our Prevention Products Pages can  help you easily  find wonderful prevention products companies,  help  these companies  enjoy  increased sales of  their good stuff, and help Know Breast Cancer increase our contributions from happy site visitors and happy companies.  This should be a win- win situation.

Back to water filters…. and understanding all of the environmental causes/connections to breast cancer:

1st download a free copy of the Breast Cancer Fund’s 2008 State of the Evidence Report, “The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment” at www.breastcancerfund.org to understand what is polluting our drinking water.

Or just contact  Tim and figure out what type of water filter you need, and enjoy decades of healthy water from www.friendsofwater.com