Breast Cancer Prevention Information

It is Breast Cancer Prevention week and women around the world are being asked to share a pink heart with other women on Facebook as a reminder to get their breasts checked for lumps. This is important, but it’s more important to share information about simple lifestyle strategies that can prevent the lumps from appearing in the first place.  Remember also that men get breast cancer too.  It’s worth taking a look at the big picture first.

The Big Picture: Cancer, disease and chronic illness is caused by long-term, compounding imbalance and stress in the body.  The body becomes overloaded with physical and emotional toxins and over time, a physical condition manifests, usually at the weakest genetic link in the chain.  Genetics may determine where you may manifest an illness, however it is usually dependent upon your lifestyle and diet as to whether this eventuates.  It is never just one thing that causes stress or imbalance, and can be an accumulation of little things over a long period of time.

The big picture aim is to reduce the toxic load and give the body the right environment for a healthy immune system so that it can combat potential disease, or heal itself.  This includes putting in the nutrients that the body needs for cellular information, reducing stress and finding a balance of oxygenating activity and restorative time for self-healing.

Stress:  Physiological stress is an underlying factor in most illnesses. There are two parts to the Autonomic Nervous System – the Sympathetic Nervous System and the Parasympathetic Nervous System. The SNS is the fight or flight system, the fire alarm. It is intended to save our lives at any given moment.

When we go into fight or flight mode, many things happen.  Blood flow changes, our digestive processes cease, kidney and liver function slow down and blood flows away from the frontal lobes where our creative thought comes from.  Instead blood flows to the large muscles so that you can run or fight whatever is threatening your life.  These things happen automatically. 

If your life is in danger, you don’t need to digest food, clear toxins from the liver, balance the electrolytes in the kidneys, or have creative thought, because if you don’t survive the next few minutes all of that doesn’t matter. 

The problem is that the average person is staying in fight or flight for long periods of time.  Sustained over time this can cause damage to the organs and especially affect the immune system.

Eventually something breaks and shows up as a symptom.  When there are a number of symptoms, it becomes a disease.  A disease is simply where the weak link in the chain broke under the pressure called stress.

Genetics are a contributing factor for many conditions, however the science of Epigenetics believes that nutrition and lifestyle is the final arbiter on whether these genes are activated.

Recurring worries, negative thought patterns and products containing stimulants such caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, chemicals and preservatives add to the toxic load.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

CANCER THRIVES IN AN OXYGEN-POOR ACIDIC ENVIRONMENT

It makes good sense then to create and maintain an oxygenated, alkaline environment in your body which will boost your immune system and allow your body to prevent or combat illness.

If you want to find out more, take a look at these documents: 

Take the Acid Test  (Printable PDF - RIGHT-CLICK TO OPEN THIS IN A NEW TAB:  Take the Acid Test

Eating your way back to health (Printable PDF - RIGHT-CLICK TO OPEN THIS IN A NEW TAB: Eating your way back to health)

It’s all about balance so aim for the 80\20 rule and try to implement what is good for you at least 80% of the time.  If you want to lead a healthy life and reduce your risk of cancer these are some things that are worth considering: 

Stress:  A major factor that could be undermining your immune system.  If something is causing ongoing stress in your life, get rid of it or learn to manage it.  If you are struggling with long-term grief, get help now.  It is imperative that you find a way to express and release old grief, angers, frustrations and grievances.

 

Listen to your body!  Your body will try to tell you that something is wrong.  You can develop an awareness of what various aches and pains may mean.  Learn more here.

Breathing:  Shallow-breathing into the upper chest signals the body that you are in danger and triggers the fight or flight response.  Most people leading a busy life breathe this way the majority of the time.

 Switching to slow, deep breathing can help to calm the body and tell it that you are safe.  It can then begin to go into relaxation mode, restore the digestive function and begin self-healing.  This also helps you to get maximum nutrients out of the food that you are eating.  One way to do this is to take 5 minutes 3-4 times each day to just sit and focus on your breathing.  Regular meditation will also help you to learn to control your breathing and your mind. 

Exercise daily: Aim to move enough each day to get your heart rate up and oxygenate your cells.  This is a link to an exercise routine that stimulates the lymphatic system, gently increases the heart rate, boosts your metabolism, is suitable for all fitness levels and will be effective even if you only do it for 10 minutes each day.  https://www.facebook.com/hhealthm/videos/1792656520986686/

Eat Alkaline: Avoid sugar, coffee, alcohol and other stimulants and focus on alkaline foods.  You can find a list of alkaline foods in Eating your way back to health (printable PDF).

 A useful recipe: Superfood Green Kale and Quinoa Salad

Foods that help prevent cancer:

Broccoli – boosts the body’s protective enzymes and targets cancer stem cells (sulforaphane)  

Black Raspberries – contain anthocyanins that slow the growth of premalignant cells

Tomatoes – the lycopene helps stop endometrial, lung and stomach cancer cell growth

Walnuts – their phytosterols may slow breast cancer cell growth

Garlic – contains phytochemicals that halt the formation of nitrosamines, carcinogens in the stomach

Remember that cooking reduces the benefits so all foods are best eaten raw, or very lightly steamed or stir-fried.

Eliminate Toxic Products: Read the labels on anything you eat, smell, inhale or slap on your skin and replace anything that contains parabens, sulphates and other nasty ingredients.  This includes cosmetics, cleaning products, air fresheners.  You can see a list of potentially harmful ingredients in the Green Homes Bathroom Pocket Guide and Cosmetic Cover Up

Many deodorants contain parabens and aluminium can increase the risk of breast cancer. The increased presence of parabens can be seen in the breast tissue of every woman in a late-stage breast cancer. Check your deodorant. Parabens in other products also increase your toxic load.  Unless you actively look for a safe brand, cosmetics and personal care products contain many harmful ingredients.

Tight bras:  It is recommended that you avoid wearing a bra whenever you can.  When you do need to wear one, put your underwires away and try to go for a soft, sports bra. Despite articles to the contrary, scientific studies have confirmed that there is a correlation between wearing tight bras and breast cancer. A tight bra will block the flow of lymph as the lymphatic system tries to remove toxins from the body, decreasing the body’s ability to detoxify itself. The lymphatic system is activated by movement.  A combination of an inactive lifestyle and wearing a tight bra has the potential to contribute to the retention of toxins in the body.

How many times have you noticed a woman standing in front of a microwave (usually at breast level) while it is working. If the microwave is leaking, radiation energy is absorbed and consumed by breaking up tissue molecules.

This microwave radiation causes breast cancer, and the risk is increased if you are wearing bras with metal underwires which conduct the EMRs. Don’t stand within 5 ft of a microwave while it is operating. Always turn it off at the wall when not in use as it can still emit radiation.

Electromagnetic radiation surrounds us in modern everyday life.  It comes from many sources, including microwaves, mobile phones, cordless telephones, smart meters, TV and radio broadcasts, computers, power lines, fitness tracking devices, routers, and, of course, ultraviolet waves, x-rays, and gamma rays.  When this type of energy is high and near your body, it may cause damaging microwaves and free radicals causing oxidative stress within the body.  Under certain circumstances with prolonged exposure, this can lead to cellular and\or DNA damage.
 
For example, carrying a mobile phone on or near your body consistently in the same place is not a good idea. Have you ever noticed your mobile getting really hot when you are driving? When your phone is in high use, including when you’re using a GPS location finder or talking while your car is moving, your phone is doing a lot of working to keep up. The harder it has to work, the more cell-damaging microwaves it is putting out into the atmosphere, right near your body.  This has the potential to affect you.  Two separate studies were carried out on a  38 year old vegetarian woman and a healthy 21-year-old woman who both carried cell phones in their bras for a number of years and ultimately in both women, an aggressive breast cancer developed in the exact spot where the cell phone was carried. 
Free radicals causing high levels of oxidative stress can affect every organ and system in the body and have been linked with many illnesses including cancer and heart disease. 
 
Antioxidants help the body to counteract the effects of free radicals.  However when antioxidant levels in the body are lower than those of free radicals, due to factors like poor nutrition or lots of incoming toxins, the immune system is overloaded and aging and disease can occur more rapidly.  We can easily increase antioxidants and help reverse the destructive oxidation process with a diet rich in a variety of plant foods along with things like exercise and stress reduction. 
 
However because many of our foods are lower in nutrients than they used to be due to nutrient-deficient soils, long storage time and over-cooking, supplements can also be useful.  Glutathione is an important antioxidant together with vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, bioflavenoids, COQ10 and minerals selenium, zinc, copper and manganese.  However it is important to take a synergistic blend of minerals, not just isolated ones.  If your body is deficient in minerals, it is unable to absorb and utilise the vitamins that you are getting.
 
 Although it is difficult to avoid the effect of EMRs indoors, you can also help to counteract it by having indoor plants and getting outside as much as possible.  Spend time in nature, take your shoes off and walk with bare feet as much as you can to absorb the earth energy.

If you need help in managing stress or eliminating it from your life, locating and clearing residual stress and old issues, learning to meditate, sourcing safe and effective supplements and products or developing a healthy eating and lifestyle strategy, contact Holistic Health Melbourne on 0409 706727,  email holistichealthmelb@bigpond.com or visit www.holistichealthmelb.com.au