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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Breast Cancer Genes

On July 12, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article reporting that women who possess the BRCA genetic mutations, known as “breast cancer genes” do not have a higher risk of dying than patients with no BRCA mutations.  The study was completed by researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto.

“With the new study, we can offer the reassurance that in spite of a bad profile of prognostic factors in carriers, their survival rate is actually at least as good as for noncarriers,” said Technion researcher Dr. Gad Rennert.

COMMENT:  BRCA1-associated breast cancers tend to occur in younger women, are high-grade and are not estrogen-receptor positive, all factors which are associated with a poorer outcome. In addition, BRCA mutations are more common among women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. About 2 percent of all Ashkenazi women carry a mutation in one of these two genes.  Some 60 percent of Israeli Jews are Ashkenazi. According to The New England Journal, learning that you have one of the genes in the presence of breast cancer adds little to a clinician’s ability to select a therapy or predict the course of disease.

 

If you have not been tested for the BRAC genes, you may decide to opt out of this testing.  Since the presence of the gene doesn’t make any difference in survival *if* you contract breast cancer, then why would you want to identify a ticking time bomb living in your chest? If you believe (even a little bit) that you get what you think about, knowing that you have a cancer gene in your breast tissue just might attract the cancer.

 

The real risk of developing breast cancer if you have one of the genes has been inconsistent in the medical literature. Despite this, many women are opting for testing and bilateral “preventive” mastectomies if they have the gene. While that may give some peace of mind, for others, a better option is close follow up and a plan of action to keep breasts healthy.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Appeal to your insurance company to pay for a baseline MRI, especially if you are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. 

  • Have semi-annual clinical breast exams and thermograms instead of only annual exams.

  • Take breast healing supplements, such as DIM, calcium-d-glucarate and tumeric.

  • Use a rebounder 10 to 15 minutes a day to keep your lymphatic channels flowing.

  • And think about healthy breasts instead of worrying about getting cancer: Remember the Law of Attraction…you get what you dwell upon.

 

The Environment, Chemicals and Breast Cancer

A groundbreaking research study, coordinated by the non-profit Silent Spring Institute  and recently published by the American Cancer Society found that synthetic chemicals are playing a large role in the skyrocketing incidence of breast cancer throughout the world. 

The study identified 216 man-made chemicals—including those found in everyday products like pesticides, cosmetics, dyes, drugs and gasoline (and diesel exhaust)—that have been shown to cause breast cancer in animals. Researchers believe these substances, many of which “mimic” naturally occurring hormones (estrogens)  are to blame for the increasing prevalence of human breast cancer.

Further proof exists that the environment plays a large role breast cancer risk.  Breast cancer in adopted children parallels the risk of the family they grew up in, not that of their biological family, data originating from meticulously kept medical records throughout Scandinavian countries. 

COMMENTS: The break down of tissues and DNA by chemicals takes years. That is why finding a breast lump is not a five-alarm fire: that mass has been growing for six to seven years before it was identified on a mammogram. The three important –and simple–things a woman can do to lower risk of breast cancer are exercise, keep well hydrated, and avoid unnecessary chemicals.

  • Exercise: decreases estrogen load and reduces chemical-accumulating fat
  • Water: keeps lymphatics open and allows the body to eliminate chemicals more easily
  • Avoid chemicals: women are famous for slathering on gels, creams and lotions. Anything that is applied topically goes directly into your body. If you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin.

Keeping healthy can be a little more work, but it doesn’t have to be hard.

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Choosing between Hot flashes and Cancer? Better choices…

Once again, researchers have concluded that a definite link exists between breast cancer and the use of menopausal hormone therapy, particularly synthetic estrogen-progestin treatment combinations. Since 1990, “breast cancer rates dropped in parallel with declining hormone use just as it rose in parallel to it,” says oncologist Andrew Glass, lead author of the study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

But does hormone therapy—once touted as being heart-healthy and preventing bone-thinning osteoporosis—offer any benefits? “To get rid of hot flashes and to make it through the night, it’s probably a reasonable thing,” says  Donald Berry, a professor and chairman of the biostatistics department at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

COMMENT: It is sad that Conventional Medicine’s only option for women with miserable hot flashes and night sweats is synthetic HRT. That is making a choice between a good night’s sleep and the risk of breast cancer.

 

A much better option is acupuncture. I have seen it work like a miracle with my patients…and with my own perimenopausal symptoms. Getting weekly treatments for about six weeks have stopped the PMS, pre-period headaches and insomnia. Check with a local acupuncturist about treatments for women’s health issues.  Be sure to get your thermogram if you are using any type of hormone replacement, even if it’s bio-identical hormones.  And add a large amounts of fish oil and vitamin E for good measure.




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