Stress Reduction: Chronic stress is a huge risk factor not only for heart disease, high blood pressure, ulcers, and depression but also cancer. Breast cancer frequently follows a period of severe, constant stress…a bad marriage, the death of a child, abusive work conditions, and bankruptcy. Cortisol, the stress hormone increases estrogen dominance. Getting rid of stressors, consciously acknowledging them, and altering your response to those stressors is critical in disease prevention. Walk, talk, meditate, laugh, and BREATHE! People who ‘go with the flow’ and ‘let it go’ rarely get cancer. Release the anger, forgive.
Low Carbohydrate Diet: Elevated insulin levels from a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, increase ‘estrogen dominance’ by increasing the amount of free estrogen and stimulating the estrogen receptor directly. Tumor cells over express insulin receptors allowing more glucose in to feed the tumor. Breast, and other cancers are stimulated by sugar and other refined carbohydrates. Women diagnosed with breast cancer, which have high insulin levels, have an increased risk of breast cancer coming back and are more likely to die from breast cancer.
Whole food, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds: “Let food be your medicine.” Hippocrates Much of what you need to prevent cancer is a gift from the earth. It’s your choice. The more refined the food, the less nutrition, the more chemicals. Fruits, vegetables (including whole soy foods), nuts, and seeds contain Phytonutrients, which naturally balance your hormones. They contain usable minerals, vitamins, and fibers which also lower the estrogen burden and create healthy estrogen metabolites. Eat 5-8 servings a day.
Avoid Partially Hydrogenated Oils and Tran fats: They are found in almost all processed foods. They not only increase the dangerous estrogen metabolites they stimulate the breast cancer cell directly. Use olive oil.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Essential fatty acids (flaxseed and high quality fish oil capsules) inhibit breast cancer cell proliferation. Flax seed (2 Tbsp. /day) has been shown to reduce the size of breast cancers between the time of diagnosis and surgery. Flaxseed also increases the good estrogen metabolites and binds to the estrogen receptor directly preventing the strong and chemical estrogens from stimulating the cell.
Fiber: Fiber lowers the amount of estrogen and estrogen metabolites which are available to stimulate the breast tissue. It also lowers insulin and glucose levels which feed tumor cells.
Get the Chemicals out of your home and off of your body: Chemical estrogens are very stimulatory to the breast tissue, acting as very strong estrogen. Lotions contain all types of chemicals which get absorbed into your body through the skin.
Limit Alcohol: Limit alcohol to less than 5 drinks a week if you have breast cancer. Alcohol is not only toxic to the cell but increases the amount of estrogen made in the fatty tissue.
Avoid obesity: This will lower the amount of estrone, a stimulatory estrogen, made in the fatty tissue. It will help prevent the conversion of testosterone (breast protective) to estrogen.
Sleep: A low melatonin level has been associated with an increased risk of breast and other cancers. Poor sleep affects the immune system. Hormone imbalance affects sleep.
Low dose Progesterone Cream: Progesterone is one of the balancing hormones to estrogen. It prevents the strong estrogens from stimulating the breast cells. It causes breast cells to differentiate, which is protective. It also lowers the amount of estrogen made from androgens. Low levels of progesterone have been associated with an increase risk of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. Progesterone stimulates p53, the antitumor gene.
Have your hormones tested!
- Low progesterone is a risk factor for breast cancer.
- Testosterone prevents the stimulation of breast cells by strong estrogens and synthetic chemical progestins. Testosterone inhibits breast cancer cells and has been used to treat breast cancer patients. Testosterone is NOT the same as synthetic methyl testosterone.
- Stress , which may be reflected as a high cortisol, is a risk factor for breast cancer. A low cortisol affects the immune system and blood sugar regulation.
- A high estradiol and estrone level are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer as is every hormone except progesterone. Normal levels are needed (in proportion to progesterone, testosterone and estriol ) are needed for heart, brain, bone, and immune health.
- An elevated insulin level is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and decreased survival from breast cancer.
- A low thyroid level is associated with poor immune function and elevated cholesterol.
Synthetic hormones like Prempro, Provera and Methyl-testosterone are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Bio-identical hormones (human hormones), in balance, are protective. (Saliva testing is recommended for adrenal and sex hormones. www.salivatest.com )
Supplements: Do your research. There are so many supplements available and their cost can add up.
• Indole-3-carbinol 200 mg. /day (DIM)
• Curcurmin (tumeric) 1000 mg. twice daily
• Melatonin 0.5 mg at bedtime (3-5 mg. for breast cancer patients)
• Co-enzyme q 10, 100 mg.1-3 times daily (Qgel 30mg. = 100mg.) protects against heart damage from chemotherapy (Adriamycin)
• Vitamin B Complex, Carrots for beta carotene
• Vitamin C (1000 mg)
• Whole food supplement ‘Juice Plus’ (Prospective studies document JP increases antioxidant levels and immune function).
Don’t forget….Sunlight and Fresh Air