Top 15 Ways to Cut Your Risk of Breast Cancer

May 20, 2013

in BLOGS,Cancer,Carotenoids,Cruciferous,Flavonoids,Omega-iii Salmon Oil Plus,Tre'

breastCancerFotolia_27169971_XS.jpgRecent headlines have brought breast cancer conversations to the forefront. We are hearing of more women taking, what I believe is, extreme measures to avoid breast cancer. The question I am asking myself, “Is having a double mastectomy the best choice if you are at high risk of developing breast cancer?”

Before I go too far with this article, I do want to make a disclaimer. I am not a medical professional. I am a woman who has an opinion. All statements made in this article are based on my knowledge, some facts, and my womanly emotions.

When I was a very young woman, age 22, and 6 months pregnant with our 2nd child I discovered a large marble type lump in one of my breasts. That was a very frightening experience for me. My doctor said we should watch it as surgery was too risky at that point of my pregnancy.

Our son was born one evening and the following morning I was taken into surgery. To make the experience even more dramatic, I was required to sign authorization to have my breast removed if the preliminary biopsy showed cancer. That was standard procedure at that time, in 1966. Scary!

That was also the days of general anesthesia for a breast biopsy so when I was put to sleep, I did not know if I would have my right breast when I woke up. I have always been very grateful for the surgeon because as soon as I opened my eyes after the biopsy, he was the first person I saw and he told me right away that it was not cancer and they were able to remove the lump completely. It was some type of benign cyst. What a relief!

I was even allowed to breast feed my baby after all that.

MichaelBabyIMG_0002Low and behold, several months later when I stopped breast feeding my baby, I discovered a different size and shaped lump in the same location. The doctor suggested we watch it for 2 or 3 months to see if it might go away. I anxiously waited but it did not change so back to surgery I had to go, signing those same scary papers again.

The doctor once again was there when I woke up from the surgery and assured me there was no cancer. Basically because I was producing milk for my baby when I had the first surgery, milk had become trapped in the cavity where they had removed the cyst. It had hardened, forming a lump so all they had to do was remove the hardened milk residue.

Thankfully that has been my closest experience with the possibility of breast cancer except for being a woman.

Do I think about getting breast cancer? Yes, especially every time I hear of someone being diagnosed or dying from it. I would image most woman experience those same emotions and fears.

What have I done about those emotions and fears? I have tried to be informed and continue to stay informed as well as take steps to reduce my risks.

Some known risk factors are:

  • Nearly 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some time in her lifetime.
  • There are genetic risk factors and particular mutations that increase the risk of having breast cancer.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been linked to a higher breast cancer risk.
  • Use of birth control pills can possibly play a role in breast cancer risk.
  • Alcohol consumption has been linked to an increased breast cancer risk. Some breast cancers are connected to hormone imbalances so it is good to know that regular use of alcohol increases the production of estrogen.
  • Obesity also increases the risk of any type of cancer.

Common ways of reducing the risk of developing breast cancer:

  • Regular exercise, in other words, staying fit may reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  • Eating a diet of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats can be beneficial.
  • Regular mammogram screening is suggested as a preventative measure. My opinion is that mammograms do not prevent cancer but is rather a tool for early detection – there is a difference. Personally I have chosen not to have regular mammograms as I do not like to be exposed to the radiation rays of the mammogram machine.
  • If you are at a high risk of developing breast cancer, there are drugs that block the effects of too much estrogen. These drugs do come with other risks and side effects along with the benefits of reducing the risk of breast cancer.
  • As we have seen recently, some women who are at a very high risk of developing breast cancer are choosing to undergo the surgical removal of both breasts. This is a very radical and very personal decision for these women. I did see some unofficial statistics that about 10% of women who have a double mastectomy for prevention will still develop breast cancer or for that matter some other type of cancer.

What are some other more natural ways of reducing your risk of developing cancer in general and particularly breast cancer?

Here are the top 15 ways I suggest you use to protect yourself against breast cancer:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight – cancer thrives in fat cells.
  2. Moderate exercise – keep in mind that extreme exercise actually increases oxidation thus can increase the risk of cancer.
  3. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables with colorful flesh which are high in carotenoids and flavonoids – they are full of antioxidants to fight cancer.
  4. Cruciferous vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and kale are especially beneficial in preventing hormonal based cancers like breast cancer.
  5. Eat plenty of berries & fruits high in polyphenols.
  6. Allium vegetables (garlic, onions, chives, & leeks) work to reduce the risk of cancer.
  7. Eat healthy omega-3 rich fats from fish, nuts, seeds, etc.
  8. Drink pure clean water.
  9. Stay away from refined, processed sugars and grains. Cancer feeds on sugar!
  10. Avoid high temperature cooking – high temperatures create cancer causing carcinogens.
  11. A diet high in fiber helps the body rid itself of cancer causing toxins.
  12. Drink green tea – there is evidence that it can lower the risk of cancer.
  13. Avoid deli type meats – the smoking process and preservatives used are carcinogenic (cancer causing) – no hot dogs.
  14. Take high quality whole food supplements to fill the above gaps in your diet.
  15. Avoid stress or maybe I should say, learn to react and handle stress in a positive manner. Look for the joy in every situation.

There was a powerful article in a 2007 publication from Tufts University entitled “Eating to cut pink ribbonBeat Cancer”. Notice it did not say eating to prevent cancer or live with cancer, it said BEAT Cancer. The jest of the article not only talks about whole foods but also about specific nutrients and how they work to beat cancer. Included in those nutrients are carotenoids, omega-3 fatty acids, polyphenols, and cruciferous compounds. It is the interaction of these nutrients that gives the most protection.

In 2012, the results of a study by Harvard Researchers & National Cancer Institute were released in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute with the conclusion showing that carotenoids protect against breast cancer. Previous studies have shown a huge reduction in breast cancer among those who also consume flavonoids and cruciferous nutrients.

Be informed and stay proactive in taking care of your health.

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PatIMG_8971  Pat is a Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Coach. 

Pat has been married to the same man for over 51 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren.  Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle.  This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition.  Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others.  Her goal is to share with others the things she has learned and is still learning about having the BEST REAL HEALTH possible. 

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1 Robin October 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Yeah, healthy living and exercise and such are ALWAYS a good thing, for so many reasons 🙂  My grandma (on my dad's side) is a breast cancer survivor… she's 82 and been 'clean' for 7 years now 🙂 

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2 Pat Moon October 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Hi Robin,

Congradulations to your grandma on a clean 7 years. Encourage her to eat healthy food only and to supplement with the very best supplements available. It will make a difference. One of my children’s grandmas just passed away at age 97. My own mother just turned 93 and is coming up on 2 years with stage 4 lung cancer.. still no pain and problems except for the side effects of the low dose chemo drug she is taking. We are so thankful; especially for the excellent supplements she is taking.

Healthy living is a must.

Pat

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3 Lorii Abela October 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Great information about the suggestions for protecting yourself against breast cancer. It is amazing how fruits and vegetables can be important to health. Are apples and oranges good choices of fruits too?

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4 Pat Moon October 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Hi Lorii,

Oranges are particularly a healthy choice for protection again cancer. Apples are good in that they provide fiber for removing toxins from the body.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Pat
 

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5 Carla J Gardiner October 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

I am so glad you posted this Pat. You are right, breast cancer is among the top publicized cancers worldwide. Why? Possibly vanity over the sexiest organ on a human body. However, it is also the most rampant form of cancer today. I sure hope men and women (yes, men can get breast cancer, too) take these precautions seriously and begin changing their lifestyle before it's too late. Funny you should mention "hot dogs". Just yesterday I read an article about children who eat 12 or more hot dogs per month have 9 times the normal risk of developing childhood Leukemia! Hello? (My first husband died with Leukemia. Yes, I'm sensitive to this killer)

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6 Pat Moon October 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Hi Carla,

Yes, men can get breast cancer. My step father-n-law had it. He beat it when he was in his 50’s with nutrition. However later in his late 70’s it came back in his prostate, lungs and finally brain. One of the main reasons is that he refused to give up smoking. Smoking is a killer.

My step grandmother died of leukemia back in 1962.. it is definitely a killer. Our son-n-law lost a sister at a very young age to it as well. I have read about the consumption of the hot dogs as well. People are so unaware of the cancer causing nitrates in hot dogs and most all deli type meats. I try to avoid those foods as much as possible. If you do eat them, it is a good idea to take a good dose of flavonoid rich vitamin C prior to consuming any nitrate laden food.

Take care with what you eat.

Pat
 

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7 Carele Belanger October 11, 2013 at 9:26 am

Thank you Pat for these great tips. Food is sure one really important thing!

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8 Pat Moon October 29, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Hi Carele,

Yes, the food we eat does make a difference in reducing the risk of delevoping breast cancer or any other cancer for that matter. Our bodies require the proper tools to fight disease rather than feed it.

Stay healthy.

Pat
 

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9 Meli October 10, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Thank you for the excellent informative post. There is an option to mammograms, thermography. Here is a link you might wish to visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christiane-northrup/the-best-breast-test-the-_b_752503.html

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10 Pat Moon October 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Hi Meli,

Thanks for the link to thermography testing. I am so glad there is another alternative to mammograms for testing for breast cancer.

My goal is to stop the cancer with proper nutrition before it takes hold. We all have cancer cells in our body, its a matter of giving our body the proper tools of stopping or slowing their growth. Nutrition has made a huge difference in my mother’s battle with lung cancer. After almost 2 years since being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer she is still pain free from the cancer with the only problems being from side effects from the oral chemo drug she takes each day. She just celebrated her 93rd birthday. We are so thankful!

Blessings to you.

Pat
 

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11 Luisa Otero October 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

Thank You Pat for sharing this, happy for you & your family….this hits pretty close to home for me I'm sitting in a puddle of tears as I type…my younger sister passed away from breast cancer at the tender age of 39, & one of my sisters is fighting for her life as we speak, second bout returing. Its so important that we women educate ourselves & each other. Will be walking on October 20 here in NYC.

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12 Pat Moon October 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Hello Luisa,

I am so sorry to hear about your sisters. I am praying for your sister who is in the battle of her life right now. You and all your family are also in my prayers as you support her.

Please feel free to let me know if your sister would like to talk to me. My phone number right now is 209-966-2111. Perhaps some nutritional tips can help in her battle. It has made a huge difference in my 93 year old mother’s battle with lung cancer.

God bless you all.

Pat
 

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13 kungphoo October 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

Very glad it was "nothing" but non the less it was scary..

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14 Pat Moon October 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

Hi Robert,

Thanks for your comment.

Stay healthy.

Pat
 

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15 Tina October 10, 2013 at 10:09 am

My daughter's grandmother (on her father's side) died of breast cancer in the early 1970s. I never met her. I know she travelled to Mexiso for Laitril Treatments and I know they didn't work. Richard (her son and my husband) never forgave her for going for those treatments. One day we were watching 60 Minutes and they had a segment on Laitril. That's when he told me how angry he was at his mother for trying it. I told him this: "If the doctor had told her to eat watermelon seeds, she would have done it." He never thought about it from HER point of view before that time.    I hope and pray your sister has the advantages of today's modern medicine and that she heals and has a long and happy and healthy life.

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16 Pat Moon October 11, 2013 at 8:23 am

Hello Tina,

Thanks for sharing your story about your husband’s mother. Yes, so many people will only do exactly what their doctors  tell them to do and do not take responsibility for their own choices. It does cause anger in people sometimes when they lose a loved one despite the person’s honest approach to alternative medicine. I cannot tell you how many times I have shared my nutritional supplements that are perfectly harmless in any condition yet so protective but people still will reject them. Then when I hear they have died, I feel so bad because I was unable to convince them to be more open minded. I am glad your husband is now able to see things more from his mother’s point of view even though it did not save her life. There can be much comfort and healing in understanding.

My mother has stage 4 lung cancer and used the supplements along with the doctor’s suggestions as well as a ton of people praying for her. So far ..will be 2 years in January 2014.. she is still pain free and active at age 93. I wrote a blog about her journey last year. It is now time for me to update her story. I am so thankful for her results.

By the way, it is the wife of one of my cousin’s who has the breast cancer not my sister. We appreciate your prayers.

Pat
 

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17 Alexandra McAllister October 10, 2013 at 9:46 am

Thank you so much, Pat, for sharing this.  I have a dear friend who is going through treatments for breast cancer.  I've also lost my father and a best friend to cancer.  Blessings.

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18 Pat Moon October 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

Hi Alexandra,

It seems so many people are touched by cancer. As you probably know, my mother has stage 4 lung cancer right now but God has been very gracious to her so far. I am so thankful. Cancer is scary but people need to know there are things they can do to reduce the risk as well as things they can do to reduce the symptoms if they do have it.

Blessings to you,

Pat
 

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19 Yetunde June 27, 2013 at 7:57 am

Thanks for this Pat. Being a reast cancer surviovor myself, I know how inmportant it is to take precautions to be cancer free.

The foods we eat can be a contributor or a detterent.

 

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20 Pat Moon June 28, 2013 at 8:24 am

Hi Yetunde,

So sorry to hear you had to go through breast cancer but so happy you made it through.. that is wonderful!

Yes, nutrients are very, very important in determining the long term outcome.

Blessings to you.. thanks for sharing! Pat

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21 Sharon O'Day June 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm

My great grandmother had cancer in the early 1900s, when she was quite young.  To even speak of cancer in those days was considered in poor taste.  She had a mastectomy and proceeded to row a canoe on a lake in New York State … as her form of therapy to redevelop the muscle structure … so no one would know she had been operated on.  She had her second breast removed at around 70.  And she lived well into her 80s.  There were probably so many more "pioneers" in the world of breast cancer that we never knew about.  Thank goodness for Betty Ford for making it a topic we can discuss openly!

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22 Pat Moon June 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

Sharon, thank you for sharing about your great grandmother’s breast cancer experience… that is amazing! I am happy we can now share about such things without shame.

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23 Lorii Abela May 30, 2013 at 7:55 am

Cancer is a serious illness and all preventive measures should be taken. It's a really scary feeling to know that there are chances you already have it. Thankfully, yours wasn't cancer. Everyone should watch their health, eat healthy and exercise regularly. Thank you for these reminders and other important information.

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24 Pat Moon May 30, 2013 at 9:18 am

Lorii, yes, cancer is a serious illness. Staying informed about how to have a strong immune system through how we eat and our lifestyle is very important in doing our part in reducing the risk of getting it.

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25 Liz Bigger May 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Wow, I didn't know that about the high temperature cooking…need to look into that!  Thanks for sharing!!!!

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26 Pat Moon May 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Yes, Liz, high temp cooking, especially charcoaling and burning creates cancer causing carcinigens. We occasionally grill but never a steady diet of charcoaled foods.

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27 Lisa Frederiksen - BreakingTheCycles.com May 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Thank you for this Pat – you've given so many important tips and health suggestions on this very important health issue for women. I can only imagine your fear when being put under and am so happy it was a benign cyst. Again – thank you for sharing this!

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28 Pat Moon May 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Lisa, I so appreciate your support and comment on my article. Knowledge does help overcome fear.

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29 Jessica Stone May 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

Pat, this is a great, full-of-information post that will help so many people out there who are concerned about the rise in breast cancer and their own connection to it.  Thanks for sharing your wisdom on this topic that's so heavily discussed these days.  

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30 Pat Moon May 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Thank you, Jessica. I appreciate your comment and my hope is that you came away with something helpful. Thanks for visiting.

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31 Marvia May 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Pat

Thanks for this insightful article.  I was wondering too why some women are opting for such drastic measures for reducing their breast cancer risks.  I love that you provided basis and easy to follow tips to get healthy and maintain longevity.  Not to be funny but I like the at word cruciferous – it reminds me just how much  hard words veggies do in cleaning out our internal organs and sweeping out the yucky stuff.  I'll be sharing this post.  Thanks for posting.  😉

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32 Pat Moon May 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Marvia,

Thank you for your comment and for sharing. Yes, cruciferous veggies are so helpful in not only providing important nutrients that protect us from disease but also in cleansing and as you said, sweeping out the yucky stuff. Disease has a much more difficult job staying active when our system is clean.

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33 Elizabeth Maness May 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Thank you for sharing these facts. I lost  a beloved sister-in-law to breat cancer and we are still fighting this ugly killer with my 93 year old mother-in-law! Thanks for making it just not a a fact stoey but empowerment! Love it!

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34 Pat Moon May 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Oh, Elizabeth, I am so sorry for your loss and for what your mother-in-law is going through right now. I would really suggest you get her on our Tre’ and if she is able to swallow pills PhotoDefense. I do not know what stage she is in but in whatever stage it is, those 2 products could give her a boost and a better quality of life. I am going to send this to you as a personal message.

Yes, knowledge and then action is empowerment.

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35 Moira Hutchison May 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Excellent article Pat – you've done a great job at putting solution-based and empowering information here.  Knowledge and awareness is so important in this area.  I remember being re-called for a mammogram a couple of years ago – the fear that set in was overwhelming… that's what happens when you do not know what's going on!!

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36 Pat Moon May 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Moira, thanks for your positive comment.

Yes, fear can easily set in when we have to face a 2nd test or are given any hint of maybe having to face a life-threatening ordeal. Naturally the more knowledge we possess, the easier we are able to process that kind of news. I assume the results of the 2nd mamogram were good?

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37 Shari May 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

This is very helpful information, Pat. Did you read the book Anticancer? The author writes about the idea of our "terrain" — our bodies and minds — being hospitable or resistant to cancer. I find that metaphor useful and now I think in terms of caring for my terrain, like I'm a vineyard or something!

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38 Pat Moon May 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Shari, I have not read ‘Anticancer’ but it sounds like a good, informative read. Thinking of your body or life in general as your own terrain is a great concept of viewing how we caretake our life.

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39 Carolyn Hughes May 23, 2013 at 7:20 am

Thank you for such great information Pat. I'm glad to say that I already follow a lot of your suggestions and pleased to find your mention of green tea. I didn't realise it was so good for me and it's one of my favourite teas!

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40 Pat Moon May 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Carolyn, I love sharing.

It is so refreshing to hear that you are doing many things right in taking care of your health. I also love green tea. When I have options, I always chose green tea over any other kind.. with no sweetners or other things added.

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41 Susan Deborah Schiller May 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm

These are really great tips, Pat, and I can't imagine how scary it must have been to be put to sleep for surgery not knowing if they would remove your breast or not – wow!

Many people don't realize there is a direct correlation between iodine definiciency and breast/uterus problems. In fact, for those of us who live in the Midwest, it's called the "goiter belt" because the soil is lacking in iodine, so even if you eat good foods you  may still lack iodine.

They've discovered that adding iodine (an inexpensive element) can greatly reduce your risk of breast cancer and it also prevent cysts and tumors in the ovaries and uterus. I'm not a medical expert either – it's just what I've been reading lately.

Dr. David Brownstein has so really great resources on this…

I really enjoyed this article of yours, Pat – it's something that every woman needs to be educated about! Thank you 🙂

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42 Pat Moon May 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Susan, thank you for sharing about iodine. I have read many of Dr. Brownstein’s papers and actually have some of his books. He is a very good resource. I believe I have a responsibility to share and sort through things I have found on the subject. I appreciate your support.

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43 Victor Ordu May 23, 2013 at 3:07 am

You're absolutely right, Susan. I think it's safe to say that ANY kind of nutritional deficiency or imbalance can cause a gamut of problems. It's crucial for people to inculcate moderation and 'sustainability-thinking' when it comes to lifestyle decision!

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44 Sue Glashower May 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

It's hard to say how I would feel if I was faced with that situation. I guess it would take lots of prayer for clear direction. Hoping I never have to face that decision! Great article!

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45 Pat Moon May 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Sue, you are right. There is not a one of us who can really say what we would do until faced with a situation. Taking those decisions to the Lord is clearly the best action as well as making sure we know the facts and all our options.

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46 Jeanne Costello May 22, 2013 at 6:42 am

Thank you Pat for very pertinent information. I had a lump removed right after my first child was born (1976) with no general anesthesia. It was a very disturbing expereince as I could hear them sawing through my flesh , see blood splashing etc…it was in CA and I had just moved from France, quite a stressful experience. I think women are insane to have both breasts removed as a prevention. Good to know that doesn't prevent cancer.

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47 Pat Moon May 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Jeanne, that must have been a horrible experience in 1976. It makes me thankful I was given a general anesthesia. I am glad we are learning to stand up, at least somewhat, to just letting doctors have free range with our health. Education and staying informed is so critical for us.

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48 Martha Giffen May 22, 2013 at 5:41 am

This is such a hot topic right now. While I do think it's radical to have breasts removed just because you are in a high risk category, I have had several friends and a family member choose to have both breasts removed when discovering cancer in one,

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49 Pat Moon May 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Martha, I can understand a person’s decision to have the 2nd breast removed if they have had the 1st breast removed as a result of actually having breast cancer. It is a hot topic and I do not condemn people who make these decisions. What I do believe is that people need to know all the options including nutritional based options. So often it seems that the only options doctors give people is to poison, burn, or cut when there is proof of other options.

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50 Daniele Holmberg May 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Thank you for the article about tips to cut the chances of getting breast cancer. I enjoyed reading and thank you for sharing your personal stories.:)

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51 Pat Moon May 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Daniele, I’m happy you enjoyed and benefited from reading my article.

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52 Barbara Becker May 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

Great article Pat! Also, I'd like to add, holding onto what no longer serves us and holding back our truth are others ways cancer is manifested in the human body.

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53 Pat Moon May 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Yes, Barbara, our attitude towards stressful situations does have a tremedous effect on our health and can give cancer a foothold when handled badly.

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54 MarVeena May 21, 2013 at 8:09 am

Thannk you for sharing your ideas!

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55 Pat Moon May 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Appreciate your visit, MarVeena.

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56 Tom Holmberg May 20, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Lovely story and post Pat,

Thanks for sharing the many insights you have learned over your life. 

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57 Pat Moon May 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thank you for visiting, Tom.

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58 Leslie Yerger May 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Thanks – I've heard most of the these, but the high temp cooking I didn't know about.  Like now 'high'?  Maybe broiling and stirfry??  Thanks for the new awareness!

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59 Pat Moon May 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Leslie,

High temp cooking are things like broiling, grilling at high temps, and frying crisp. Basically browning or almost burning (like charcoal) are not good. Stir frying is not so bad if done on medium heat and short term. Awareness is key.

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60 Susan Hinds May 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Thank you Pat.  I enjoyed reading about your experience regarding the lump in your breast.  I also had to have a lump surgically removed and I know just how frightening it is waiting for the result.  I have some information about cancer that you may find interesting and will pass on to you.  Thank you for sharing this information.

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61 Pat Moon May 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Susan, thanks for passing along that information about cancer. We must all stay informed.

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62 Catherine Doucette May 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

We all need to look after ourselves and eat lifegiving foods 🙂

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63 Pat Moon May 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Catherine, yes, lifegiving foods are a necessity to health protection.

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64 Alexandra McAllister May 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

This is such an important article. Thanks for sharing all this information. I remember years ago going for a biopsy and couldn't wait for the results. I had found a lump and was so scared. It wasn't cancer, thank goodness! I do check and do everything in my power to be healthier.  Blessings to you, Pat.

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65 Pat Moon May 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Alexandra, I know you do everything you can to be health. Special blessing to you also.

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66 Victor Ordu May 20, 2013 at 6:52 am

Thanks, Pat, for this post!

I will have to take a look at the literature to see what studies have to say about the merits or demerits of bilateral radical mastectomy for high risk women. Personally, I find it illogical, considering that such individuals can still develop breast cancer in other parts of the body other than the main mammary gland – some cancers show up in the axilla (armpit) so I should think they should be lopping of the shoulder region as well. I hate to sound sarcastic when talking about a serious issues such as this, but these are my sentiments. However, like I said, I will look it up – I'm willing to be re-educated.

Meanwhile, I'm sharing this post everywhere!

P.S. Happy 70th Birthday!

 

Than

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67 Pat Moon May 20, 2013 at 10:41 am

Victor,

My sentiments exactly. How can these women have the assurance the cancer will not show up some where else? I appreciate your input as a medical doctor.

Thank you for the birthday wishes.

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