In this installment we will look at 20 ways of reducing the risk for breast cancer. This is in supplement to our other section on
general cancers found by clicking here
My mother and Grandmother both died of breast cancer. What can I do to prevent this disease instead ofgetting a double mastectomy, which was recommended
to me by one doctor ?
Zoltan Rona, MD, MSc :
I've often wondered why doctors don't tell their male patients with a family history of prostate cancer to have their prostates excised to prevent prostate cancer
like the often do for women who have a strong family history of breast cancer. I have at least three female patients who have undergone this senseless surgery. While it may be true that
breast cancer is connected to genetics, studies show that diet and lifestyle changes can prevent or delay the expression of unfavourable genetic programming. There are at least 20 things
you can do:
- Eat a high fiber, low fat (15% of calories) diet of mostly raw organic foods (unrefined and vegetarian) to limit carcinogens and increase antioxidants.
- Avoid bras, but, if you must wear one, make it loose fitting and do not wear it more than 12 hours a day to prevent constriction of your lymphatic system, the channels that drain toxins from the body.
- Filter all tap water (including cooking water - At LRU we recommend bottled Spring water) to minimize carcinogens; store water in glass bottles (plastic bottles will leech
estrogen-like chemicals into the water; these xenoestrogens can cause abnormal breast cell growth)
- Drink 6 to 10 glasses of water daily (1/2 ounce water for each LB body weight) to help flush toxins.
- Supplement vitamin C in high, bowel-tolerant doses for it's antioxidant, cancer-preventive effects.
- Get 20 to 30 minutes of early morning exercise daily to optimize lymphatic circulation; rebounders (mini-trampolines) are ideal for lymphatic system exercises.
- Avoid foods sprayed with pesticides, which contain dioxins, known breast cancer inducers.
- Minimize intake of animal products, especially chicken, beef, pork and all dairy, due to their estrogen content, which can increase breast cancer risk.
- Avoid prescription estrogens, excessive exposure to the sun and metal dental fillings (which are about 50% mercury, an immune system toxin)
- Avoid cigarette smoking, alcoholic beverages, canned, packaged and smoked foods to limit carcinogens.
- If you are experiencing menopause, use natural progesterone rather than conventional hormone replacement therapy, if possible, to lower breast cancer risk.
- Find cartoons, humour books or other things that make you laugh to enhance immunity
- Add these 10 breast cancer-preventing foods to your diet (fresh and organic) : apricots, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, flax seeds (ground), garlic (raw and crushed), ginger, millet and soy bean products.
- Take a broad-spectrum multivitamin and mineral pill daily as insurance (should contain a minimum of one Mg folic acid and 200 Micrograms of selenium)
- Avoid X-rays (except in emergencies) to prevent malignant transformation of breast tissue. This includes routine mamograms.
- Supplement with proven breast cancer preventive nutritional supplements : 1) calcium-d-glucarate, 500Mg three times daily; 2)rosemary extract, 30Mg three times daily; 3) indole-3-carbinol,100Mg three times daily
- Supplement with sea vegetables ( kelp, dulse, nori ) or sea salt daily for iodine, which supports thyroid function, important for breast cancer prevention.
- Get restful sleep to optimize immunity. Consider more aerobic exercise or supplements such as valerian root or inositol. Use as diected.
- Avoid carcinogenic chemicals such as those in hair dyes, shampoos, toothpastes, silicone breast implants. electric blankets and artificial sweeteners.
- Keep fungal invaders, thought by some to increase breast cancer risk, under control by supplementing with wild oil of oregano drops and Lactobacillus acidophilus as directed.