Breast Cancer? Breast Health!

By Susun Weed

BREAST CANCER? Things strongly implicated in the initiation, promotion, or growth of breast cancer.

Hormones, especially estradiol and progesterone.

    * Sources: Your ovaries, commercial meat and milk, hormone pills, progesterone creams, steroids, cortisone.     * Reduced by: Strenous physical activity, pregnancy and lactation, menopause, wise lifestyle and food choices, high levels of phytoestrogens in the diet.

Organochlorines, pesticides, herbicides, bleach, plastics.

    * Sources: By-products of bleaching paper, drinking and bathing in chlorinated water, use of bleached tampons, chemical farming practices, water pollution.     * Reduced by: Eating organically-grown food, filtering drinking and bathing water, using unbleached paper, using less plastic, buying fresh (not canned) food.

Radiation, especially when young.

    * Sources: Mammograms, fallout, x?rays, cell-phones.     * Reduced by: Avoidance. Doses are cumulative.

EMFs (Electromagnetic Fields)

    * Sources: TVs, hair dryers, microwave towers and ovens, computer monitors, all electrical appliances and lines.     * Reduced by: Distance; shielding does little.

Vegetable oils, hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated fats.

    * Sources: Corn, sesame, canola, sunflower, soy, flax, and other seed oils; margarine, commercial baked goods and snacks.     * Reduced by: Avoidance; read labels. Use organic butter and olive oil exclusively.

Excessive use of alcohol

Excessive calories in the diet     * Sources: Easy availability, peer pressure, convenience.     * Reduced by: Wise food choices, herbal infusions, hugs.

Growing older

    * Source: Living long.     * Reduced by: Dying young. (Not worth it.)

BREAST HEALTH! Things that counter and reverse the initiation, promotion, and growth of cancer.

Consumption of phytoestrogens

    * Sources: Red clover infusion, lentils, miso, tamari, roots. A diet rich in cabbage family plants, grains, and beans.     * Source: Semi-vegetarian diet.

High dietary intake of carotenes

    * Sources: Dark leafy greens, orange and yellow produce.

High dietary levels of vitamin C complex

    * Sources: Six to eight servings of fruits and vegetables daily.     * Reduced by: Oxidation from washing, heating, aging.

High dietary levels of vitamin E

    * Sources: Olive oil, nut butters, freshly-ground flax seeds.     * Reduced by: Heat, light, time.

High dietary levels of selenium

    * Sources: Organically grown garlic, onions, mushrooms.

Sufficient production and absorption of vitamin D

    * Sources: Sunlight, 10 minutes daily; sardines, tuna.

Adequate levels of melatonin production

    * Sources: Darkness, low-calorie diet.     * Reduced by: Alcohol, beta-blockers, lights on at night.

Regular, significant exercise throughout one’s life.

    * Sources: Active lifestyle, yoga, dance, moving! Important: Supplemental vitamin C and E are known to promote cancer. Avoid pills. Get nutrients from whole foods, weeds, and herbs.
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