Breast cancer is still a dreaded thought to many women. Most women know someone or certainly have heard of someone who has been diagnosed. There are many stories of women who have beaten the disease and, sadly, some who have succumbed. The good news is that research is continuing in trying to find a cure for all cancers including breast cancer.

And there are new ways to treat the disease,According to the Center for Disease Control,

“Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.”

Nearly 200,000 new cases of breast cancer will be reported this year. Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and results in 500,000 deaths every year. The more developed the country, the greater the incidence of breast cancer.

Since 1960, approximately one million women-double the number of Americans (male and female) who died in World Wars I & II, and in the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars combined-have died from breast cancer.

Unfortunately, breast cancer screening and prevention leave something to be desired as mammograms, thermography and self-examinations statistically don’t fare very well. The best way to be safe is to focus on true prevention which can be done safely and effectively. It’s hard to believe that 1/3 of Americans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime and that statistic is rapidly increasing.

Risk factors for breast cancer include:

  1. Conventional hormone replacement therapy
  2. Birth control pills
  3. Alcohol
  4. Not having children or having your first child after the age of 35
  5. Menstrual periods before 12 or menopause after 55
  6. Hair Dyes
  7. Underarm Deodorants
  8. Vitamin D Deficiency
  9. Radiation exposure
  10. Tobacco
  11. High-fat diet
  12. Dense breasts
  13. Overweight
  14. Toxic chemical exposure
  15. Xenohormones – plastics, pesticides, etc.
  16. Antioxidant deficiencies
  17. Silicon implants
  18. High blood pressure medication

According to the world-renowned and brilliant immunologist Dr. Aristo Vojdani, “You and I can be exposed to the same amount of chemicals, and our response will differ, perhaps by a hundred fold. Therefore, carcinogenic agents in the environment are more harmful to certain members of society than others who are similarly exposed, and significant gains in cancer prevention will come only from ensuring that these more vulnerable people are protected. It has been estimated that in the absence of environmental exposure to toxic chemicals, cancer incidence would be reduced by 90%.

Prevention of cancer is the best treatment, avoiding even 20% of cases in the U.S. Would translate into more than 270,000 people spared from the disease. I hope this illustrates how important it is to avoid products that contain chemicals including skin care, make-up, bathing supplies, dental products, etc. Many people go about their daily lives using toxic chemicals on themselves and in their homes completely unaware of the devastating effects they have on the human body. Visit the Environmental Working Groups Cosmetic database to see the potential toxicity of the products you are using.

Let’s discuss what causes cancer. This has been known for quite some time, yet it has been ignored due to a long and dirty money trail. Cancer is the most profitable disease in the history of the world, so it is very difficult to make inroads with traditional medicine. Cancer is a deficiency of DNA repair enzymes due to an intracellular antioxidant deficit and insufficient immune system function.

This means that your cells can no longer repair themselves resulting in mutation. A cancer cell was a normal cell that could not be controlled by your immune system. Cancer cells thrive in an anaerobic metabolism meaning they do not require oxygen whereas healthy cells flourish in an oxygen-rich metabolism. We all have cancer cells in us right now, but our immune system metabolizes them because we are healthy and have a surplus of antioxidants.

The first test you should have done is a hormone profile that measures the estrogen metabolites 2, 4 and 16 hydroxy estrogens. This will give you your 2:16 ratio which is a risk factor for estrogen-dependent breast cancers. If the ratio is off, there are simple steps you can take to optimize your estrogen metabolism. The first is to eat three servings of cruciferous vegetables every week. These include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage to name a few. These contain the compounds indole-3-carbinol and diindolylmethane or “DIM” which optimize estrogen metabolism.

Obesity is a factor in estrogen metabolism as the more body fat a woman has, the more imbalanced her estrogen metabolism will be to the more toxic estrogen metabolites. Essential fatty acids from fish oil such as EPA and DHA will help healthy estrogen metabolism. And lastly, toxic chemicals such as pesticides that accumulate in the body from conventional food will result in unhealthy estrogen metabolism. Seasonal detoxification/cleansing programs will rid your body of these chemicals, and this is one more reason to eat organic foods. The hormone profile will also give you progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, all three estrogens and cortisol levels all of which interact in their unique way.

The second thing you can do to prevent breast cancer is to be evaluated for iodine deficiency. Iodine is a vital nutrient for the health of not only the thyroid but the breast as well. In fact, when you ingest iodine the body prioritizes all that the thyroid needs and anything left over goes directly to the breast. Iodine works in two ways to prevent breast cancer: It directly destroys breast cancer cells. It optimizes estrogen metabolism shunting the more potent estradiol and estrone to the weaker, yet more protective estriol.

You may have an iodine deficiency if you have any of the following symptoms or diseases:

  • Fatigue
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Fibrocystic breasts (lumps or lumpy breasts)
  • Hair loss
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Heartburn
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Dry skin, nails, and hair
  • Any and all thyroid disorders

Prostate problems (let’s include the guys here since 2% of all breast cancers occur in men)

It’s important that you are sure you do not have autoimmune thyroid disease before supplementing with iodine as it can potentially make this condition worse. The form of iodine to ingest is critical as well. Iodine supplements come in the form of iodide and iodine. Iodide mainly fortifies the thyroid gland and iodine the breast. It’s best to take a compound of both of these types of iodine. I use drops and capsules depending on the patient and the dose needed