9 Ways to Avoid Breast Cancer and Resist its Growth

 

We've gotten this together originally to clarify our own thinking in response to a diagnosis of breast cancer.  Having gotten this much in writing, we thought maybe our synopsis might be of use to others and so we've formalized this a bit.  We begin with these three understandings:

 

1) Most all breast cancers are estrogen driven. 

Not all estrogens are created equal; some are more beneficial than others.  Avoiding and combating breast cancer seems to be a question of avoiding substances that produce the undesirable kinds of estrogen, inhibiting their production in the body, and eliminating the dangerous forms of estrogen - especially estradiol - from the body.

 

2) Along with the ovaries and adrenals, Estrogen is produced in fat cells.  Reducing body fat - to the extent we can do this - helps shut down the estrogen factory.

 

3) Various other substances also promote the growth of cancers.  We must avoid exposure to carcinogens whenever we can.

 

Everything that follows is based on these premises.

 

There is the estrogen our bodies make and there is the estrogen we ingest.  Ultimately, since some substances stimulate our bodies to produce harmful estrogens and some encourage their elimination, we have some control over what happens to us.  It's best to keep healthy-minded about this: think empowerment but do not think guilt.  Some of the current approaches to diet and health almost suggest that when we get sick, it's our own damn fault.  Stay away from guilt.  When we get sick, we can fight back.  Go with that.

 

Who is this paper for?

This is intended for women who have a family history of breast cancer and not family histories of heart disease.  Women who do have histories of heart disease and osteoporosis in their families must look at estrogen with a more friendly eye.

 

Women with family histories of breast cancer must take extra precautions - and the recommendations for younger pre-menopausal women are not identical to those for older women.  In general, though, the object is to turn our bodies into inhospitable environments for the formation and growth of breast cancer.

 

Statistically, we've learned that very early menstruation, having no children, not breast-feeding when we do have them, abortion, several anti-depressants, seem to predispose some women to breast cancer.  Having lots of babies and breast-feeding them all seems to provide a hedge against breast cancer.  Obviously, the life courses of many women will not take them down the multi-breastfed baby road and there is no controlling the onset of menarche, but these are useful indicators to tell us when caution is due.

 

What follows are generally desirable objectives and lists of ways to attain them..  The main objective in any case is to not ingest bad estrogen-causing substances and to eliminate bad estrogens already in the body.

 

1) DO NOT DELIBERATELY TAKE ESTROGEN DIRECTLY INTO THE BODY.

    a) Avoid birth-control pills, especially starting them early or continuing them without let-up.  This includes shots or any other estrogen-rich birth-control measures.

    b) Avoid Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) unless family histories of heart disease and/or ostoeporosis make those a greater risk to you than breast cancer.

    c) Avoid animal meat and dairy products that have been given steroids and/or hormones.  Seek free range, organically-grown, hormone-free products.

 

2)  INCREASE ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS especially OMEGA 3 and 9.  DECREASE SATURATED FATS, TRANSFATTY ACIDS AND OMEGA 6 FAT. 

     a)  Essential Fatty Acids are essential for energy production and increased oxygen metabolism.  Omega 3 helps destroy tumors and protect the body from harmful pesticide residues.  We cannot live without them.  

     b)  We have decreased our Omega 3 intake by 5/6 during the last 150 years.  We have doubled our Omega 6 intake.  To increase Omega 3 eat deep sea fatty fish like tuna, non-farmed salmon, arctic char, herring, sturgeon, and halibut.  Eat 1 to 2 TBLS fresh ground flaxseed per day or fish oil tablets each day.  To decrease our Omega 6 keep away from processed vegetable oils like safflower, corn, soybean and peanut oils.

     c)  The real culprit is how we process these oils.  The colorless, odorless, tasteless supermarket oil is treated with sodium hydroxide, acid and bleach which renders it rancid and is then heated to rid the oil of the odor of rancidity.  This process completely alters the beneficial effects of these oils at the molecular level.  

     d)  If it's hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, don't eat it.  These are transfatty acids, the worst of the worst.  They reduce the effect of good prostaglandins.  Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that help regulate platelet stickiness, inflammatory mechanisms, blood pressure regulation and metabolism of water in our kidneys and tissues.  

     e)  Use organic, fresh pressed, unrefined oils.  Extra virgin olive oil is best, an  Omega 9 oil that reduces the dangerous booster effects and is loaded with anti-oxidants.  Do not cook with oils.  Use them after cooking as dressings like you would butter or margarine.  Water saute vegetables and meats.  

 

3)  AVOID ALCOHOL - This is especially vital for younger women with family histories of breast cancer and older women taking HRT.  It elevates the level of estradiol, a strong, bad estrogen.  If you're taking HRT, the alcohol causes the liver to metabolize more estrogen from the good to the bad type.  Also, alcohol contains urethane and pesticides, both carcinogenic contaminants.  

 

4)  CONSUME FIBER - It decreases the blood level of estrone sulfate and then carries it out of the body.  This is more important in pre-menopausal women than menopausal women.  

 

5)  USE SUGARS AND STARCHES IN MODERATION AND UNPROCESSED - This helps to keep insulin levels low - cancer cells have insulin receptors.  Also, insulin is 30 times greater moving calories into fats; more fat, more estrogen stored.  Sugars and fat harden the muscles and make it harder for insulin to flow freely- therefore the body thinks it has to make more.  

 

6)  INGEST ANTI-OXIDANTS -  Free radicals damage genetic material and promote cancerous changes in the body.  Eat nine servings of fruit and vegetables spread throughout the day.  Good sources are garlic, green leafy vegetables. beets, red pepper, strawberries, plums and grapes.  Green tea is also a great anti-oxidant.  

 

7)  EAT ORGANIC FOOD - Pesticides and artificial hormones mimic bad, strong estrogen and attach themselves to receptors in the breast tissue.  Organic food yields more mineral content, especially selenium and potassium and is lower in substances such as mercury, lead and cadmium. 

 

8)  EXERCISE - Increases production of good estrogen.  Decreases body fat where estrogen is stored.  Reduces insulin levels.  Young women benefit from more intense activity while middle-aged and beyond benefit from more moderate activity.  

 

9)  RESEARCH - Individualize your own diet to your own needs.  Learn to understand the mesages from your own body.  Experiment a little bit. Educate yourself and physicians and your daughters.  Remember, fifty years ago 1 in 20 women contracted breast cancer.  Today it is 1 in 8 or 9.  

 

 

BOOKS THAT HAVE HELPED US:

 

PRIMARY CARE & CANCER, March, 1999 a desk reference for Primary Care Physicians, monthly publication, 48 S. Service Road, Melville, NY. 11747  Covers usefulness of dietary programs, Tamoxifen, Raloxifene, and other anti-estrogens, including foreign & domestic test results.

 

THE BREAST CANCER PREVENTION DIET, Dr. Bob Arnot / Brown Little Press ISBN: 0-316-05114-4  Discusses mechanism of breast cancer, plus specific effects of specific foods, outlines diets, specific to various age groups... a thorough nuts & bolts book.

 

Breast Cancer? BREAST HEALTH!, The wise-woman way , Susun S. Weed, Ash Tree Publications  ISBN: 0-9614620-7-8  More informal, though no less detailed in its own way, this is a more spiritually and emotionally supportive book and makes a nice counterpoint to the previous title.

 

THE BREAST CANCER PREVENTION PROGRAM Epstein & Steinman, MacMillan USA

ISBN: 0-02-862634-6  This one covers dietary considerations, various treatment and detection possibilities... lots of nuts & bolts except this time, these authors focus also on cancer as a political and a money-making issue.  You can get mad as well as mobilized and informed.  A good and useful read.

 

TOTAL BREAST HEALTH,  Robin Keuneke  Kensington Books ISBN: 1-57566-459-3

In-depth discussion about the role of diet.  A focus about all kinds of fats is particularly useful.  125 recipes, great reference guide to back up claims, frustrating index.

 

It worked out that these sources complimented each other well.  There are LOTS more and you really need to browse widely to find books that meet your needs.  

 

Bettina & Lawrence Brown

44 Sylvan Drive  Hyannis, MA. 02601           phone/FAX 508-771-5096

email: omamerica1@gmail.com

 

FOR MEN:

You might think that none of the above could possibly be of use.  But prostate cancer in men is going up at a nearly identical rate as breast cancer in women and appears to be driven by the same environmental and dietary considerations.  Consider that breast-reduction surgery is the third most common plastic surgery for men in the United States today…    The estrogen-soaked dietary environment poses a danger for both sexes and the advice provided here may be of universal value.

 

My wife has banished an early stage lobular carcinoma in situ through diet alone while, on the same diet (more or less) my cholesterol count dropped 50 points in 6 months.  (L. Brown)

 

In 2011, there is still no recurrence.

 

OUR RESULTS SO FAR:

 

In June of 1999, my wife Bettina got a suspicious mammogram.  Biopsy at Faulkner in Boston yielded a diagnosis of lobular carcinoma in situ.  After 6 months of dieting along the lines described herein, her breast tissue - always very lumpy with calcifications - had dramatically changed texture.  Lumps were gone.  She lost 25 pounds, more than she'd wanted to, but her weight then stabilized.

 

testing results after 6 months:

calcium up

estrogen way down  (So you can reduce estrogen without depressing calcium)

X-ray shows cancer gone

blood scan shows no antibodies for cancer (ie.none to fight)

 

As a side effect, for keeping my wife company on the diet, my cholesterol reading dropped 50 points!

 

Please remember that not all cancers are estrogen driven to the extent my wife's was - and like everybody we have no guarantee it won't come back - but this is wonderful news and we'll take it!_