(NaturalNews) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but the media
focus of this month tends to be about curing breast cancer, with little
said about how to prevent breast cancer. The bad news is that we`re no
closer to a cure for breast cancer than we were 50 years ago. [Really? Surely that is only true if we assume that Royal Raymond Rife's work is excluded because it occurred over 50 years ago. Even so, much curative cancer work has been successfully carried out using vibrational, colour and other therapies since then]. We have
somewhat more effective chemotherapies for treating breast cancer, but
they all can have terrible, even deadly, side effects and hardly
qualify as a cure. [This statement is nonsense. It is a contradiction in terms (as well as untrue) to say chemotherapies are 'somewhat more effective' now while going on to say that 'they all can have terrible, even deadly, side effects.' Surely that's the same as the military saying: "To save the village we had to destroy it!"
The good news is that we know a lot more about how to prevent breast cancer than we did 50 years ago.
1) Avoid synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT). In 2003, the Women`s Health Initiative Study (WHI) showed a 24% increased risk of breast cancer for women using synthetic HRT
such as Provera. This was followed closely by the British Million Women
Study, which showed a 66% increased risk of breast cancer among women
using synthetic HRT. Next came the French E3N Study, which showed a 60%
increased risk. As a result of these studies, millions of women quickly
stopped using synthetic hormones.
In November 2006, research was released by cancer centers around the
U.S. showing that breast cancer rates had dropped dramatically (7 to
15%) for the first time in decades, and in 2009 an article in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that the drop was due to the millions of women who stopped using HRT.
2) Get some exercise.
There`s no need to run marathons or climb mountains; even a 20-minute
walk three times a week can make a difference. A 30-minute walk 6 times
a week makes a much bigger difference. According to the Nurses` Health
Study, walking two miles a day cuts your risk of breast cancer in half.
There are literally dozens of studies showing that regular physical
exercise dramatically reduces the risk of breast cancer.
3) Minimize sugar and refined carbohydrates.
White foods are out; whole grains, fresh veggies and fruits, nuts,
seeds, eggs and fish are in. Too much sugar and simple carbs in the
diet keeps insulin levels high, which sets up a cascade of events in
the body that predisposes a woman`s body to breast cancer.
4) Use alcohol in moderation.
Moderate use of alcohol, such as a glass of wine a few times a week,
reduces the risk of breast cancer. Anything more increases the risk of
5) Avoid environmental toxins.
This is easier said than done these days, but take note of some of the
toxins to be minimized or avoided: pesticides and herbicides, many
cleaning products, nail polish and nail polish remover, oil-based
paints and paint thinners, eating or drinking from soft plastic
containers, cosmetics that contain parabens, fake fragrances such as
air fresheners, scented laundry soaps and most perfumes, and pressed
wood and particle board furniture that off-gasses formaldehyde. Tap water from a municipal water supply or well water in a farming community can be loaded with toxins; use a water filter if necessary.
7) Get plenty of sleep in a dark room.
This is one of the best ways to manage stress! Sleep gives the body
time to rest, repair and heal. Sleeping in a dark room encourages the
production of the hormone melatonin, which reduces the risk of breast
cancer. Plenty of sleep might be 7 hours for some women and 9 hours for
8) Avoid chemical contraceptives if at all possible.
Birth control pills, patches, shots and implants impart a modestly
higher risk of breast cancer, which increases the longer they are used.
Teens who use chemical contraceptives have triple the lifetime risk of
breast cancer. Chemical contraceptives contain the same synthetic hormones
as synthetic HRT (see #1), often in higher doses. The barrier methods
of contraception such as the diaphragm, cervical cap and sponge, use
gels and creams that aren`t entirely safe, but appear to be safer than
chemical contraceptives when it comes to breast cancer risk.
9) Keep the vitamin D tank full.
By now the research is indisputable that women with vitamin D
deficiency have a significantly higher risk of breast cancer. Get some
sun, take a vitamin D supplement, and if in doubt, test your vitamin D
levels. And by the way, vitamin D is also very protective against the
[Ron: ALL of these suggestions focus on physical factors. There seems to be no understanding that spiritual health and an approprite state of mind and heart are key determinants of human health, including health in relation to cancers. Arguably, the primary determinant in relation to avoidance of cancers and all human health problems is the individual's attitude to life, the universe and everything.]
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