OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
6 Natural Steps to Maintain
By Christine Dreher, CCN, CCH
As a natural,
holistic Clinical Nutritionist and Herbalist practitioner, I feel that more
attention needs to be focused on the modern-day causes of breast cancer and
natural ways to prevent this disease from manifesting in the first place. There
is a growing consensus of agreement that breast cancer, like many other cancers
is truly a ‘modern-day’ epidemic, starting with the industrial revolution and
escalating due to modern conveniences including fast foods, chemicals, xenoestrogens (by-product of industrial & chemical processing that has an unhealthy estrogen-like effect), pesticides, other toxins, H.R.T., and more.
sense to me and hopefully to you that the answer for the explosion of cancers,
including breast cancer is right in front of us, if we are willing to look at it. I agree with what Jon Barron says in his Alternative Cancer Therapies Natural
Health Newsletter, Growth of Cancer
article: “The incidence of cancer has
increased dramatically over the last century. We absolutely know that the dietary and lifestyle choices we make
and our exposure to toxins affect our chances of getting cancer.” Likewise, we know that certain dietary choices, chlorinated water, radon gas in our homes, and exposure to numerous
toxins and xenoestrogens in our environment significantly increase our risk of
What do I
recommend to my clients for breast cancer prevention? I believe this answer is
multi-faceted, involving conscious healthy choices to support health and the
prevention of breast cancer. I have included my top six preventative protocol
steps for breast health.
#1 Choose Healthy Whole Foods (Organic, Pesticide Free, Non-GMO foods)
By choosing whole foods free of pesticides and
artificial ingredients, you’re giving your body the proper fuel it recognizes for optimal nutrition. Many of the pesticides used in farming have been shown in studies to
cause cell mutations and cancer. Also, use organic, whole-food nutritional
supplements for optimal assimilation and nutritional support.
Eat your broccoli, brussel sprouts,
cauliflower, kale, and cabbage. These cruciferous
veggies are rich in indole-3 carbinol, offering a
number of protections against breast cancer by supporting health breast tissue, including its detoxification and immune support effects. They are also abundant in sulforaphane, which is a powerful
breast-cancer inhibitor. It’s best to get at least four servings a week in your
diet. One to two servings of broccoli or broccoli sprouts a day contains 27 to 54 mg of glucosinolates, which has been shown in studies to support healthy breast
#2 Cleanse & Detoxification to Release Accumulated Toxins
world, we are impacted by toxins and chemicals in our food, water, air supply and the chemicals in our body and hair care products. I believe cleansing and detoxification is now essential on a regular basis
to prevent the accumulation of toxins. Regular cleansing and detoxification can prevent toxins from accumulating, thereby reducing or preventing
the occurrence of cellular mutations and potential disease.
Sources of Drinking and Bathing Water
I recommend a very good home
water filtration system that has been tested to show it removes chemicals and contaminants from your drinking water. The causes of
water contamination are many, ranging from agricultural run-off to improper
use of household chemicals and everything in between. Few of us realize the extent or impact of these low-level synthetic chemicals in the water we use.
While the standard use in our society of more than 80,000 different
synthetic chemicals has led to added convenience and productivity in our lives, these come at a tremendous price... drastic increases in degenerative
disease, including cancer. According to Ralph Nader Research Institute, “U.S. drinking
water contains more than 2,100 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer.”
Support to Prevent Oxidative Stress
and Damage to our DNA
antioxidant support reduces free radicals, thereby reducing oxidative stress which
is known to cause DNA damage. Studies suggest low antioxidant levels combined
with high fat intake, can increase ROS production (reactive oxygen species).2
Antioxidant protection is a necessary element in reducing the ill effects of chronic inflammation. Controlling inflammation will reduce oxidative
stress in the body.
juice has the highest concentration of punicalagins and ellagitannins, which are
bioactive polyphenols that have more antioxidant properties than any other
commonly consumed juice.3 According to Dr. Aaron Katz, “Research has firmly established the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of pomegranate. Additionally,
pomegranate juice has been found to have apoptotic effects in lab studies, which means that it encourages the death of cancerous cells.”
another powerful antioxidant that reduces LDL oxidation. Lycopene has also
shown in studies to prevent breast, ovarian, and cervical cancers. Tomatoes and watermelon are good sources of lycopene.
#5 Natural Hormone Balance to Support Normal Cell Growth
meat and dairy generally has added hormones that do not break down with
cooking. This can create estrogen dominance and a myriad of health issues.
Alternatively, grass-fed, organic, wild, and
free-range varieties of meat and
dairy, do not have added hormones.
are derived from man-made chemicals and mimic estrogen, which can throw off not only the balance of
estrogen, but all hormones and cause other diseases. Further research, in the
book Our Stolen Future by authors Colburn, Dumanoski & Meyers have identified 51 families of hormone mimics including xenoestrogens, that can cause an alarming number of new health issues
including breast, ovarian, uterine, prostate,
and testicular cancer.
herbal compounds have an ability to block excess estrogen uptake by binding to
estrogen receptor sites, helping to maintain a healthy hormone balance and
healthy breast tissue. Plant lignans, which are phytoestrogens, can help balance proper estrogen levels by binding to
the estrogen receptor cells, thereby blocking the xenoestrogens from attaching
to the receptor cells.
Therefore, the phyto-estrogen-like plant lignans protect against the negative
effects of harmful synthetic estrogens in our environment and are protective
against breast cancer. Plant lignans are phytochemicals found in grains, seeds,
and legumes. In addition to adding plant lignans into your diet, I suggest supplementing
with plant lignans derived from flax seeds in a natural supplement like Brevail. More
information and articles on Brevail and plant lignans are on our website.
progesterone (not to be confused with the synthetic progestin) can also help
with estrogen dominance and reduce breast cancer risks. Dr. Lee is the author
of the books What Your Doctor Will Not Tell You
About Menopause and What
Your Doctor Will Not Tell You About Pre-Menopause. Both books explain the importance of natural progesterone for hormonal balance in our estrogen-dominated diets for
health and for breast cancer prevention. I recommend and suggest that my
clients use a natural progesterone cream called ProgestCare by Life-flo that we carry. It is made with natural progesterone rather than wild yam for
better absorption and results that contain no added parabens or chemicals.
More information and recommendations for hormone balance are on my
#6 - Immune Support — A Healthy Immune System Rids the
Body of Damaged Cells
Keeping your immune system healthy is also
important for breast health so your immune system can dispose of damaged cells before they have a change
to multiply. Immune health can be protected and strengthened with immune
modulators that balance immune function. My favorite immune modulators are medicinal mushroom. Also,
probiotics and cultured foods help to keep the gastro intestinal tract healthy. The majority of immune cells are created in the G.I. tract. A healthy G.I. tract also
helps to keep the immune system strong. More information on suggested medicinal mushrooms and probiotics are described our website.
I do believe that vibrant health and
well-being including breast health, is not only possible, but is our natural intended
birth right. I also believe an end to the suffering
from our modern-day diseases including breast cancer is possible. I feel this requires a ‘whole-istic,’ natural health approach.
We all need
to consciously choose to live in the healthiest way possible and to make
choices that support a healthy planet
for all, including for our future generations. I like what Thomas Edison has to say about our health “The doctor
of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and
in the cause and prevention of disease.”
1.Baseline of Health Foundation, Alternative Cancer Therapies, Natural
Health Newsletter, Growth of Cancer, Jon Barron, 2-21-11,
2. AACN Clinical Issues, Advanced Practice in Acute & Critical Care,
Nov 2002, Vol.13, Issue 4, pp 540-549
3. According to the Heber Cancer Letters of 2008
Christine Dreher, CCN, CCH is a Nutritionist,
Herbalist, author of The Cleanse Cookbook and
President & Founder of Christine’s Cleanse Corner, Inc., a nutritional
company that specializes in nutritional & health education and Whole Food Vitamin
Supplements. Christine is the Editor & Publisher of the free, online “Transform
Your Health” Nutrition and Health E-Newsletter. She is also a
Health/Nutritional Speaker and Teacher, and a Nutritional, Diet and Internal
Cleanse Consultant. Visit www.TransformYourHealth.com or call (760) 294-5275.