The Causes of Breast Cancer
An Innovative Perspective
By Dr. William Lyden
How many women hesitate to get a traditional mammogram? How many anxiously wait for the mammogram technician to give them the okay to get dressed indicating they have found nothing suspicious? How many women live in fear of finding a lump in their breast? How many women wait in a controlled terrified state for the results of their lumpectomy? TOO MANY! We believe education can make a difference in this fear based existence.
In the 1940's a woman’s lifetime risk for breast cancer was 1 in 22. Today it is 1 in 8. This rapid increase is not due to genetic causes, nor has the research shown that increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables has any effect on lowering breast cancer like it does for heart disease and strokes. So what is causing this rapid rise? A long time researcher in breast cancer, Ana Soto, MD, discovered in 1989 that plastic ware leached chemicals that mimicked the female hormone, estradiol, which caused breast cells to grow rapidly. Dr. Soto states that the increased risk of breast cancer has paralleled the increased use of synthetic chemicals since WWII.
The known risk factors that account for only 50 % of breast cancer include:
· Age: over 34, risk increases each year
· History of any type of cancer
· Family history of breast cancer
· Having no children
· Early onset of periods or late menopause Overweight or large breasted
· X-ray exposure
· Jewish/European descent or Middle/Upper Class
But what about the other half of breast cancer cases that cannot be explained by known risk factors. Researchers like Dr. Soto suspect that such “man-made estrogen mimics” in the environment, now called xenoestrogens, play a role in the statistical increase in breast cancer. The greatest concern with xenoestrogens is that they do not break down easily and can accumulate in the body’s fat cells, including breast fat. A recent Cornell University fact sheet explains that these xenoestrogens can mimic the effect of human estrogen because their chemical structure is like a “key” that allows them to fit into the estrogen receptor “lock” thus causing increased cell division which can stimulate cancer cell growth. Everyday we are swimming in this sea of “man-made estrogen mimics” as a result of our use of: pesticides (over a billion pounds per year in the U.S.), Hormone Replacement Therapy, hormones used to commercially produce meat, plastic containers, and from chemicals produced by stored fat in our bodies.
The Unknown risks that have been linked to breast cancer:
· Ibuprofen use increases breast cancer risk by 150%.
· Use of antibiotics increases the risk.
· Obesity, because of the chemical, Leptin, secreted from fat cells that stimulates growth and rapid spread (malignancy) of cancer cells.
· Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) increases the breast density and reduces the ability of x-ray mammograms to detect tumors.
· Diet, for every serving of french fries women ate weekly as preschoolers, their risk of breast cancer as an adult rose by 27%.
· High blood sugar levels from eating too many carbohydrates or diabetes feed and increase cancer growth.
· Premarin (“horse” estrogen) used to treat menopausal symptoms. If used for more than 1 year, the increased cancer risk rose 450% to1390%. This was the #1 prescribed drug in the U.S. in 1999.
· Tamoxifen, a drug used to prevent and treat breast cancer, was added to the federal list of carcinogens in 2002.
· Plastic containers leach chemicals into the water or other food product that act as hormone disruptors and/or estrogen mimics in your body.
· Breast cancer risk is determined by your total lifetime exposure to estrogen and estrogen mimics.
There are several diagnostic tests available that are useful for early detection and/or prediction of your risk of developing breast cancer in the future.
• Thermograpic Mammograms can detect some breast cancers up to 4 years earlier than x-ray mammograms, without any radiation or painful compression of the breast.
• A hormone test that measures the ratio of 2-hydroxy-estrone (“good estrogens”) to 16-hydroxy-estrone (“bad” estrogens) can tell you that you are at risk, many years before developing breast cancer.
• The A.M.A.S. blood test can detect cancers anywhere in your body two years before conventional medical tests are able to detect them.
How do we combat these xenoestrogens? Innovative treatment approaches based on the new research include using nutritional supplements containing isoflavones from kudzu, red clover, and soy have been shown to significantly improve the 2 to 16 hydroxy-estrogen ratio test (see below), decrease hot flashes, and improve cholesterol ratios. Isoflavones can lower the levels of estrogen when they are too high as well as increase them when they are too low. Additionally therapies of Diet, Exercise and Stress management which we teach in our FirstLine Therapy™ classes, increase consumption of foods in the brassica (cabbage) family, nutritional support liver detoxification pathways, and increase antioxidants in your diet through supplementation. Remember, biochemistry is infinitely complex, but good nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices are not!
If you would like to know more about breast cancer causes, new innovative diagnostic testing, prevention and supportive nutritional therapies, call Michiana Wellness & Longevity Clinic at 574-258-4444.
Most importantly, get educated, make some changes in your lifestyle, and find a health professional who can guide you. Remember education is power over our fears.
Dr. William Lyden is a holistic Chiropractic Physician in private practice emphasizing integrated healthcare since 1985.He has two postgraduate diplomats or specialty degrees: D.A.C.B.N. (Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of nutrition) in Clinical Nutrition and a D.A.B.C.I. (Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Internists) in Internal Disorders and Diagnosis. He is a member of the American Association of Chiropractic Physicians. (A.A.C.P.) and the American Chiropractic Association. As past president of the Midwest Chiropractic Internist Association, he teaches and consults, and has developed laboratory blood profiles utilized by chiropractic physicians in the upper Midwest. He is dedicated to changing health care paradigms in North America.
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