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Can Flax Seeds Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

October 22, 2014

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Scientists Draw Link Between Vitamin D and Breast Cancer, Reducing Risk by 24%

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by: Elizabeth Renter
August 7, 2012

Scientists have found a promising link between vitamin D and breast cancer, with the vitamin shown to reduce breast cancer risk. However, they say their findings only apply to vitamin D in supplement form, according to Reuters.

Link Shown Between Vitamin D and Breast Cancer Risk Reduction

Researchers found that women who consumed vitamin D in a pill had a 24 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer. But those who got their vitamin D in their food didn’t see the same results. While they don’t say why they think this is, it could be because those using supplements are simply getting more of the vitamin on a daily basis.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at 3,101 breast cancer patients and 3,471 health women, analyzing their diet and supplementation habits. There was no link established between dietary vitamin D consumption (or calcium consumption) and breast cancer. The link was only obvious in women taking more than 400 IU (international units) of vitamin D every day.

The researchers say more work is needed to determine exactly how much vitamin D is needed and to determine how it works. However, we do know that breast tissue cells have receptors for vitamin D, “raising the possibility that the nutrient could help regulate the division and proliferation of these cells.” And while the researchers don’t draw a connection between vitamin D and breast cancer when the vitamin comes from food sources, including the vitamin in a diet for breast cancer patients via foods naturally rich in vitamin D in addition to supplementation will only boost prevention.

Interestingly, the research gives no attention to getting vitamin D from the sun. It’s estimated that the body of the average light-skinned person creates about 20,000 IU of vitamin D3 (the most concentrated form) after one 30-minute, total body exposure to the summer sun at noon. In a darker skin person, the amount of D3 produced is about 10,000 IU.

You don’t need to sunbathe for hours to accumulate vitamin D, but getting outside for some sunshine during the day will increase the body’s natural creation of vitamin D, providing a wealth of vitamin D health benefits that could even reduce your risk of cancer.

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Beating Breast Cancer Holistically and Naturally

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July 25, 2012

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Are Cosmetic Chemicals Contributing to Breast Cancer – Including Men?

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by: Dr. Scott Graves
July 20, 2012

According to a study published in Breast Cancer Research, it is suggested that male breast cancer has been on the rise for the past 15 years. A study in the 2004 Journal of Toxicology, found that “18 out of 20 breast tumors contained significant concentration of parabens.” This study did not conclude a link between them and cancer; however, it raises red flags.

Most people are unaware of what a paraben is and what products actually contain them. If finding significant levels of parabens in breast tumors have been found, this would logically lead us to ask many questions such as: What are parabens? Are they harmful? In what products are they found? Are there alternative products that don’t contain them?What are parabens?

A paraben is a synthetic chemical preservative that is used in wide variety of personal care and cosmetic products. They prevent the growth of bacteria and also help products to last longer on the shelf. One report estimates that they are used in over 13,200 products on the market today. Before being altered, they actually are formed from an acid (p-hydroxy-benzoic acid) found in raspberries and blackberries.

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Diet for Breast Cancer Patients Should Include Omega-3 Fats

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by: Elizabeth Renter
July 16, 2012

More research shows how omega-3 fats should be included in a diet for breast cancer patients. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil have been repeatedly linked to breast cancer prevention and even in positive treatment results. Scientists say more research is needed, as they commonly do, but the findings thus far are promising and definitely make a good argument for adding high quality sources of omega-3 fats to your diet.

Diet for Breast Cancer Patients and Omega-3 Fats

These fats are called essential, not because they are important or necessary (though they are), but because your body doesn’t produce them on its own, so it is essential that you get them in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fatty fish, nuts, and some plant sources.

One study looked at women who regularly use fish-oil supplements, the most common omega-3 supplements on the market. It found that women who took the supplements daily had a 32% reduced risk of developing the most common form of breast cancer.

The study selected just over 35,000 post-menopausal women and interviewed them about their supplementation practices. After following the women for six years, 880 had developed breast cancer, but the risk was definitely lower for the fish-oil consumers.

Another related study examining the inclusion of omega-3′s in a diet for breast cancer patients examined the relationship between omega-3 fats and breast cancer outcomes.  It found that women who consumed the most EPA and DHA (omega-3s) had a 26 – 28% reduced risk for breast cancer recurrence than those women who consumed the least amount of the fats.

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Toxic Teeth and the Breast Cancer Connection

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by: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers
July 12, 2012

There is no safe level of mercury. Mercury is the most toxic naturally occurring substance on the planet, yet, according to the EPA, there is currently over 1,000 tons of mercury from amalgam fillings in the mouths of Americans. Over 67 million Americans exceed the exposure of mercury vapors considered “safe” by the EPA because of the presence of amalgams in their teeth.1

Mercury is treated as a bio-hazardous material in a dental office, but then, the uninformed and unsuspecting patient ends up with a mouth full of amalgam fillings, which are 50% mercury.

With over 32 years in the Wellness Industry and having worked with thousands of very sick patients, I have noticed that there has always been a common denominator – amalgam fillings and root canals. Although the focus for this article is the effect of toxic teeth and the role they play in breast cancer, the principles can be applied to every known disease.

Your teeth are living entities that are intricately connected to your blood stream and lymphatic system. There are miles of microtubules inside each tooth that are connected to the bloodstream. Once the tooth is drilled and the enamel is compromised, any substance placed in that tooth is absorbed directly into the body. Human and animal studies have confirmed the presence of mercury in several organs as a result of amalgam fillings placed in the teeth.

The biohazard effect of the amalgam fillings is increased with the slightest friction on an amalgam filling such as brushing the tooth and chewing warm food.  Toxic mercury vapors in the form of methyl mercury are then released and absorbed in the body. The release of these vapors has an estrogen disrupting effect.

Specifically relating to the effect of heavy metals and the effect on breast cancer, several studies suggests that there is a link between accumulation of “transition metals” such as mercury, nickel and cadmium (also known as metalloestrogens) and the malignant growth process of breast cancer. A Canadian research team recently (2011) assessed breast cancer tissue biopsies and discovered a highly significant accumulation of heavy metals in the diseased breast tissues.2

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Olive Oil for Health – Cancer Prevention, Promotes Gut Health, and More

via: NaturalSociety
by: Elizabeth Renter
July 11, 2012

According to a Spanish study, a little bit of olive oil could go a long way in protecting people from breast cancer. The flavorful oil is a cornerstone of the Mediterranean Diet, and perhaps with good reason. Olive oil contains numerous health benefits which make it a must-have in every kitchen, so why anyone wouldn’t want to use olive oil for health is a mystery.

Olive Oil for Health

According to Spanish scientists from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, olive oil doesn’t just have a single effect on cancer cells, but stages a “multi-pronged attack,” says The Daily Mail.

It stunts tumor growth, causes tumor cells to “implode,” and protects against cancerous DNA damage – no wonder people are using olive oil for health and not only for taste.

They recommend you get 10 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil each day. For someone not used to consuming olive oil, this could seem like a lot. However, if you add it to a salad at lunch and cook with it at very low temperatures at dinner, your requirement could easily be met.

The oil doesn’t just prevent a gene that encourages the development of breast tumors, it “switched off proteins that cancer cells rely on to stay alive.”

Breast cancer prevention isn’t the only benefit of this oil. It’s been shown to have amazing health benefits including a decreased risk of heart disease and improved vascular health. It can aid in the reduction of cholesterol and even lower blood pressure.

In amounts as small as one to two tablespoons a day, extra virgin olive oil has anti-inflammatory benefits. It can improve digestive health by slowing the growth of bad bacteria in the intestines, preventing infections and possibly ulcers.

Perhaps most fascinating, is that olive oil can help improve cognitive function, especially among the elderly. Visual memory and verbal fluency are positively affected by regular consumption of the oil. It may also offset brain problems like an unbalanced nervous system.

All research says extra virgin olive oil (evoo) can provide more health benefits than other varieties. This variety is obtained from the first pressing of the olives. Basically, evoo is more concentrated than those that come from later pressings. So, you may need to spend a bit more for the best health benefits. It would also be most beneficial to buy organic evoo, as organic food has consistently risen above conventional – with one example being organic tomatoes outranking conventional in recent research.

How can you use evoo? A better question would be how can’t you use it. Use it on salads and with raw vegetables, sauté with it. If you are a meat-eater, it is a great marinade base. For pasta, a little olive oil and fresh vegetables make an amazingly simple sauce.

There are countless ways to cook with evoo and to get the benefits of this flavorful oil. Use olive oil for health? You bet.

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