Susan here today…
First of all here’s what The American Cancer Society says…
Cancer is caused by changes in a cell’s DNA-its genetic “blueprint.” Some of these changes may be inherited from our parents, while others may be caused by outside exposures, which are often referred to as environmental factors. Environmental factors can include a wide-range of exposures, such as the following:
Poor nutrition, tobacco use, physical activity, ultraviolet light, radon gas, infectious agents like bacteria, fungus and parasites, chemotherapy, radiation, immune system-suppressing drugs …interesting that they don’t come right out and say that cancer treatment can cause cancer:(, chemicals, solvents, sprays, cleansers, vapors, air quality, herbicides, pesticides, paint vapors, gasoline, other chemicals, xenohormones or estrogens in water, herbicides, pesticides, and toxic air.
Substances and exposures that can lead to cancer are called carcinogens. Some carcinogens do not affect your DNA directly, but lead to cancer in other ways.
Carcinogens do not cause cancer in every case, all the time. Substances labeled as carcinogens may have different levels of cancer-causing potential. Some may cause cancer only after prolonged, high levels of exposure. And for any particular person, the risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including how they are exposed to a carcinogen, the length and intensity of the exposure, and the person’s genetic makeup.
In October there is a lot of attention on breast cancer. Cancer plays a role in the lives of most people, either directly or indirectly. So why is breast cancer, in particular so prolific. In the US alone, breast cancer takes the lives of 45,000 women a year. Many in the prime of life! 95% of all breast cancer cases are caused by excess estrogen. So we will be looking at managing estrogen here and to manage your estrogen levels you need to understand the principles of apoptosis (limited cell life) and liver health. The liver is responsible for clearing excessive estrogen from your body so adapting habits that keep it healthy is a must.
Iodine (which most of you know is extremely important to thyroid health) is antagonized by three halides (bromine, fluorine, chlorine). All of these deplete your iodine sources. Iodine is not only needed for thyroid health, but it assists in proper colon function and reduces liver stress thus allowing it to function better and eliminate excess estrogen more efficiently.
Where do we find halides? Municipal drinking water, bakery products (after 1960, bromine was substituted for iodine due to misinformation about iodine), Gatorade and other sports drinks, some water purifiers so be careful what you buy, medications, pesticides (methylbromide used on foods such as strawberries), pools, hot tubs, car interiors (Love that new car smell!!), flouride toothpaste. Basically flouride, flourine, bromide, bromine, chloride and chlorine all are a problem. See the link for more info on iodine inhibitors.
Here’s an excerpt from a previous blog that further explains how it’s not only estrogen that’s the problem but estrogen mimics.
Years ago, it was found that estrogen added to cancer cells caused the cancers to grow like wild fire. (Hmmm…is that why in their infinite wisdom, the medical world was promoting estrogen replacement? Big pharma, MORE $$$$$ MORE CANCER MORE $$$$) Later researchers accidentally found that cancers cultured in plastic petri dishes had dramatically accelerated growth even without adding estrogen. It turned out that the phthalates leeching out of the plastic containers were such potent cast estrogen mimics that they turned on the growth of cancer cells.
It’s obvious then that synthetic estrogens, whether they are from prescriptions or from estrogen mimics, can alter our chances for breast and other types of cancer. The bad news is that our society is swimming in a sea of estrogen.
Estrogen mimics or xenoestrogens are used in plastic bottles that hold pop and bottled water. They’re also used in plastic wraps that wrap supermarket meats and vegetables, etc. (Best to avoid microwave ovens all together but for sure DO NOT put plastic wrap over food and reheat it in a mikey.) So don’t be drinking water from plastic bottles either. Have you ever seen a big flat of bottled water sitting outside a store like say Walmart in the hot sun? What do you think is happening to the water? Yep…toxins from the heated plastic are going into the water. Also, think about cosmetics…full of chemicals. Find a company that produces natural cosmetics. Take a further look into the sources of these chemicals and how they get into our food and water supply so you can be more savvy. Check out the link below to Dr. Mercola’s chat with Dr. Christine Horner, author of ‘Waking the Warrior Goddess’. She has some good info and options for screening instead of mammograms. You can read the full blog and get the link to this interview here.
So what have we learned here? First of all avoid halides as much as possible. Not only will it help prevent cancer but it will help to keep your thyroid gland functioning normally. I call the thyroid your ‘happy’ gland. A great way to become depressed and end up on anti-depressants is to let your thyroid go without the support it needs. What I do is take some Iodine every day, not only for my thyroid but for prevention of cancer. Biotics make it in 2 forms one in a tablet form and one liquid.
http://www.co-creative-health-solutions.com/Common-Conditions.html more info here on iodine inhibitors.
So I know that you are thinking, ‘How can I avoid halides when they are in my drinking water and I can’t drink bottled water’. Get a decent filter for your house and take your own water with you in a non-plastic container. We have a Kangen machine but they are $4000 approx. You can buy them on a payment plan so that might work for you. If you can’t afford one of these types of machines, Santevia filters are reasonable. It’s better than drinking from the tap and consider that reverse osmosis and distilled water are pretty much devoid of minerals and that’s no good either. We hydrate from minerals. So if you drink water that is devoid of minerals, you will deplete your minerals. You don’t want to do that considering our food is already pathetically low in minerals these days. Modern farming practices have seen to that. A hundred years or so ago 1 apple had almost 1/2 the daily recommended iron. Now…you have to eat 26 apples to get the same amount. Shocking!! Read this if you want to get depressed:( http://drdiffrant.com/2012/04/13/shocking-statistics-about-our-food-supply/
So basically eat a healthy organic diet as much as possible. We tend toward the vegetable based paleo diet and I’m not talking about vegetarianism here. Use the 80/20 rule so you don’t get too stressed out over things. We still have to have some fun! Avoid halides, get an iodine supplement, and support your liver. Another good thing to do is use a mineral supplement. And don’t get some cheap brand. Get a nutraceutical brand like Biotics Research – Multi Mins, Standard Process – All Organic Trace Mins or Nutri West – Trace Min +. These need to be purchased through health care practitioners and there’s a reason for that. These are high quality supplements designed to treat conditions so the products need to be really high quality and properly formulated. We mostly use Biotics. If you get cheap mins, you can’t absorb a lot of them and they can deposit where you don’t want them and cause issues. I recommend using nutraceuticals for any supplement you take.
Another really great thing to use for many reasons is Vitamin D as it is commonly deficient for reasons such as avoiding sunshine, sun screen, where you live and your age. Adequate vitamin D improves apoptosis. So when there is lots of sun, you may be able to get away without a supplement but people with darker skin may tend to have lower D levels so may consider supplementing always. We generally use Biotics Bio D Mulsion but there are other nutraceutical companies with Vitamin D products.
For liver support…Phosphatidylcholine (Biotics). This may also enhance gut function, adrenal efficiency, neurological capabilities and short term memory.
In Japan the average daily intake of iodine is 13.8 mg. The US RDA is 150 mcg. Japan has lower incidence of breast cancer, hypothyroid and feminizing cancers. Iodine deficiency is the main predisposing factor for breast cancer and fibrocystic disease. Women share their iodine with thyroid, breasts and ovaries. Before 1960, risk for breast cancer was 1:20. After 1960, iodine in bread was replaced with bromide. Breast cancer is now 1:8 and rising at 1% per year.
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