In my opinion, October should be known as Breast Health Awareness Month as it carries a lighter more preventive feeling than Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here I’ll be sharing 5 things we can do to reduce our risk of breast cancer.
The umbrella that these 5 steps fall under is the umbrella of self-honor. Without this, we remain vulnerable to illness within our heart chakra (breasts, lungs, heart). Self-honor means self-loving, and self-preserving. Without honoring the self, we can use each and every step below to no avail. If we have had major traumas in our life, that imprint can reside within the heart chakra. We must do whatever we can to release the vibration that opposes ease. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer in females and is the second leading cause of death from cancer, second to lung cancer.
Currently, one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer. In the 1940’s one in twenty women were diagnosed with breast cancer. In the 1940’s, bromide was added to bread dough to make it stronger. Bromide displaces iodine. When iodine is displaced from the cells, the cell becomes more vulnerable to cancer.
- Massage the breast tissue to help the lymphatic system remove waste build up. We have lymphatic tissue that parallels our arms and legs that are pumped each time we use them. The breast tissue is tucked nicely in our bras and the natural flushing movement is blocked. You can use castor oil or poke oil which is a lymphagogue (herb that moves lymph)
- Drink lots of water. The lymph tissue depends upon optimal hydration to flush. Active people need to drink their body weight in ounces of water per day (200 pounds needs 200 ounces) and inactive people need half of this.
- Eat almonds and broccoli every day. Almonds contain healthy fats Oleic and Linoleic Acid. Oleic acid specifically protects women against breast cancer. Linoleic acid is a fat-soluble antioxidant and is also specifically protective against all cancers. Almonds contain high levels of Vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble antioxidant specifically protective against breast cancer. Almonds contain manganese, which is a mineral that is an antioxidant that protects the immune system. Broccoli stimulates detoxifying enzymes as well as protects DNA from damage by making cells less vulnerable to toxicity. One chemical component in particular called Sulforaphane targets breast tissue, preventing cancer. Sulforaphane is highest in broccoli seed sprouts. One capsule of Detox II™ contains the amount of sulforaphane in 1/3 of a pound of broccoli seed extract.
- Aging women (over 30) should have their progesterone levels checked. When this hormone naturally drops, we lose breast protection as we age. Optimal circulating levels of progesterone should be 20 or greater with the only side effect of drowsiness. Take at night to protect breast tissue and get a good night’s sleep.
- 5. There are two supplements that are good for overall health but specifically target breast health. Vitamin D and Iodine. It is best to have these levels tested. Blood levels of vitamin D3 ideally should be around 100 to be protective. Iodine is a urine test and dosing should be off of the results of this test. In the 1940’s bromide was added to bread dough to make it stronger. In doing this, iodine was removed. This was a turning point of when breast cancer rates went from 1 in 20 to 1 in 8. Although many people fight for rights from the FDA to be protected, the FDA only encourages bread manufacturers not to use it and remains unregulated.
Dr. Theresa Ramsey is a practicing physician, speaker, lifestyle expert, author of the best selling book, Healing 101: A Guide to Creating the Foundation for Complete Wellness, and a weekly guest expert on Arizona’s top morning show, Your Life A to Z. Dr. Ramsey has been nominated Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc for two years in a row and recently selected as an eHow.com health expert, as well as the 2012 Natural Choice Award winning Naturopathic Physician. As a nationally recognized speaker, she elegantly bridges the gap between Allopathic and Naturopathic medicine educating patients & physicians on the language of wellness and root causes to illness & dis-ease.