BREAST CANCER: New Link With Deodorants

British scientists have uncovered a fresh connection between deodorants and breast cancer: Women who had surgery for the disease had high levels of aluminum in their breast tissue.

Researchers fear the metal could have been emitted from spray-on and roll-on deodorants. The study done in the U.K., which included 17 patients who underwent mastectomies, will be published in the November issue of the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry.

The team identified aluminum in the samples and noted that levels increased significantly near to the armpit. Dr Chris Exley, who led the study reported, “We found a wide variation in concentrations of aluminum. Some patients had low concentrations while others had quite high concentrations. We don’t know that aluminum originated from anti-perspirants but one can put two and two together and make a guess on that. The next work will be to see if the aluminum is coming from underarm deodorants or elsewhere.”

In 2004, Dr Philippa Darbre from Reading University in the U.K. suggested deodorants could raise the risk of cancer because they contain estrogen-mimicking chemicals called parabens. She found higher levels of parabens in the breast tissue of cancer patients.

COMMENT: From vaccines to deodorants, aluminum is a significant health problem. Add it to the list of petrochemicals and xenoestrogens that have been identified as causes of breast cancer.

October is fast approaching and with it the arrival of “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” In fact, today was the Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio “Race for the Cure.” Runners were featured on the Saturday morning local talk shows and newspapers.

What is the charm of “Running for the Cure” and raising money for drug company research?  The Cure will not end breast cancer.  Wouldn’t it be better to raise money for researching, identifying and eliminating the causes?

Think thermography: Redefining the Meaning of Early Detection.

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Foods for Breast Health

New, conprehensive research  shows that regular consumption of grape juice can prevent painful breast, chronic cystic mastitis and breast cancer. Scientists and natural medicine practitioners have discovered that a glass of 100 per cent grape juice made from the type of grape known as concord grapes can prevent breast cancer.

Dr. Keith Singletary, a professor of nutrition and the lead researcher at the University of Illinios stated that, “the purple grape compound demonstrated the capacity to inhibit DNA adduct formation, increase the activity of the enzymes that metabolize and detoxify carcinogens and suppress cancer causing oxidative stress.”

The new study suggests that anthocyanins in other fruits and juices,  such as cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and red apples, warrant further study for their breast cancer chemopreventive potentials.


COMMENT:  It has frequently been said, “You are what you eat.” Eating more fruits and veggies is important, but when it comes to breast health, specific foods are very important.  In addition to those “RED” foods listed above, here is a list of foods from a 2004 medical article that shows you how to Color Your Way Healthy with different types of fruits and vegetables:


  • Red Group: Tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon. Contain lycopene for prostate health, heart disease, and lung disease.

  • Yellow/Green Group: Spinach, collard greens, yellow corn, peas, avocado and honeydew melon. These foods lutein and zeaxanthin for the eyes.

  • Orange Group: Carrots, apricots, cantaloupes, acorn squash and sweet potatoes. Contain antioxidants and betacarotene.

  • Orange/Yellow Group: Oranges, papayas, peaches and nectarines. Contains cryptothanxin, for prevention of heart disease.

  • Green Group: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale. Contain  sulforaphanes, isothiocyanates and indoles which affect enzymes and break down carcinogens.  

  • White/Green Group: White wine, garlic, onions, celery, pears and chives. Contain flavonoids and  allicin, which appears to deter the growth of tumors.

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Why Do We Insist on a Breast Cancer Cure?

From The New York Times, August 25:  Marlene Wrightsman, a registered nurse, takes time for her annual mammograms. On October 23, 2006, she was diagnosed with cancer. Wrightsman was placed on the fast conveyor belt: Her small, non-palpable tumor was removed less than 10 days after it was discovered, followed by chemotherapy and 33 radiation treatments.  She is an advocate for annual mammograms.

COMMENT:  I am happy to report that, according to the article, Ms. Wrightsman joined the ranks of the breast cancer survivors. 

Notably, the speed of her treatment demonstrates how positive mammograms are treated like five-alarm fires, hurrying patients through the protocols as though they were hemorrhaging to death. Truth is, her cancer had been growing for many years — possibly as many as seven years — before the anatomical changes were detected on her mammogram.

While early detection of cancer can improve survival, we have lost our demand for finding the cause. In its place, we eagerly walk, run and raise money for The Cure. In a list of the top 15 drugs used in clinics in 2006, 12 of them are chemotherapy agents, topping more than $118 million in drug company revenues…and this is not an all-inclusive list.  This is the industry’s idea of Finding the Cure; they have no interest in the Cure.  That would mean a significant loss of market share and revenues.  Women really need to grasp the reality of that.

We must do better: We must demand identification and elimination of the Cause.

Science has identified more than 200 chemicals  that accumulate in breast tissue; many are known carcinogens. We must demand research dollars be spent developing detoxification methods, measuring the true effect infrared saunas, acupuncture and detoxing baths. The Cancer Industry won’t fund anything like this.  It will have to be a non-profit that is truly interested in preventing the tragedy of breast cancer.

Women need to demand  prevention, not The Cure. We have to stop being satisfied with “finding it early.” We need to redefine the meaning of early detection.

Thermography: Redefining the Meaning of Early Detection

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Opting Out of The Mammogram Club

Susan Reimer, a columnist at The Baltimore Sun newspaper, wrote that she failed to get her annual mammogram because “the prospect of getting a very sensitive part of my body pressed between two pieces of cold glass — the greater the pressure the greater the accuracy — had driven me under an afghan and in front of a soap opera.” After her commentary was published, by her own admission, she was scolded.

Everyone from radiologists to cancer survivors let her have it for having second thoughts about the procedure.  It’s a very interesting column; well worth the read.

COMMENT: I don’t understand the hysteria women have over annual mammograms. It’s almost like, if you don’t get one, you are ostracized from The Club. The same thing that happened to Ms. Reimer happens to most of us if we dare to say we’re skipping the torture this year.

Yes, mammograms can “find cancer early.” But when are women going to demand widespread use of a technology that can identify concerns years before cancer is identified on a mammogram? When are women going to insist that the millions raised by running races be used to identify and elimate the Cause?

One reason given for not investigating The Cause is that “breast cancer is complex.” Well, doing heart transplants and disconnecting Siamese twins is complex too, yet we have found successful ways to perform those medical miracles. The truthful answer is that there’s no money in cause:  The Money Is In The Medicine, Not The Cure.

Woman need to push for tools–like thermography and others–that can redefine the meaning of Early Detection. Let’s make all the fund raising activity count for something that can make a substantial difference in Women’s Health. 

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“You Have Breast Cancer…”

Those words strike fear in the hearts of every woman. Most of us have known someone–a friend, a family member, a co-worker, a neighbor–who has been treated for breast cancer or worse, has died from the disease.

We are told to get our annual mammogram. We have come to believe that mammograms prevent breast cancer. They do not. In fact, they are a late test, detcting a change in the tissues that has already occurred. Women place unreasonably high hopes on the ability of the technology to reduce their risk of cancer. A recent study reports that women typically overestimate the risk reduction capability of the technology by more than 100-fold. (REF: Annals of Internal Medicine. 3 April 2007.)

Is there a better way?

At 49 years of age, I am old enough to remember the slogan, “Find the cause, find the cure.” But instead of identifying the cause, hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on finding the cure. We run for the cure, raise money for the cure, pray they will find the cure, wear pink ribbons for the cure. What ever happened to discovering the cause? Conventional medicine has no interest in the cause. If we identified the cause–and did something about it– we could eliminate much of cancer. The money is in the medicine, not in the cause…or the cure. 

So, is there a better way? Is there something women can do to keep from hearing, “YOU HAVE BREAST CANCER” at some point in their life? Currently, one in every eight women will be told they have breast cancer at some time in their life; it is anticipated that risk will rise to one in every 3 or 4 women; maybe even every 1 in 2 (50%).

Is there a way to detect abnormalities in the breast before they progress to cancer? ABSOLUTELY yes there is. More importantly, there is something you can do to improve the health of your breasts. That is what this blog is about. Pass the word. Stay tuned. Tell your friends about that a revolution has begun……