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Title: Breast Cancer - 10 Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer


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Breast Cancer - 10 Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer
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  • "Your biopsy tests positive for breast cancer."
    These is a sentence feared by all women. In 1971
    President Nixon declared war on cancer. Since
    then billions of dollars have been spent on
    fighting cancer. It seems the only arsenal this
    war has come up with are the antiquated weapons
    of poison, slash and burn. There is still no
    cure. Very little of the money used for the war
    on cancer is used for cancer prevention. Yet it
    is far easier to prevent cancer than to cure it.
  • Cancer is a systemic disease. This means that
    even if the cancer has manifested itself in your
    breast tissue, the actual problem is system wide.
    Because of this, breast cancer can't be prevented
    solely by specifics. It requires an entire
    lifestyle change.

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  • Having said that, there are number of changes you
    can make to your lifestyle that will reduce your
    risk of getting breast cancer (and all other
    cancers). I have chosen, what I consider to be,
    the most effective to share with you.
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  • Before I list them for you, it would be helpful
    for you to understand what cancer actually is.
    Jane Plant, "Your Life in Your Hands", describes
    cancer as "Cells behaving badly." Our cells
    operate under the control of the genes in our
    DNA. These cells grow and divide in a controlled
    way to produce more cells as they are needed to
    keep the body healthy. When cells become old or
    damaged, they die and are replaced with new
    cells.

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  • However, sometimes this orderly process goes
    wrong. The DNA of a cell can become damaged or
    changed, producing mutations that affect normal
    cell growth and division. When this happens,
    cells do not die when they should and new cells
    form when the body does not need them. These
    mutated cells thrive in an anaerobic environment
    and get their energy from metabolic waste. The
    extra cells may form a mass of tissue called a
    tumour.

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  • By definition, a cancer cell is a normal, healthy
    cell that has undergone genetic mutation to the
    point that it can live in an anaerobic
    surrounding (an environment where oxygen is not
    available). In other words, if you deprive a
    group of cells of vital oxygen (their primary
    source of energy), some of them will die, but
    others will manage to alter their genetic
    software program and mutate in a most resourceful
    way the cells will be able to live without
    oxygen and derive some of their energy needs from
    such things as cellular metabolic waste products.
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  • Only five to ten percent of all breast cancers
    are due to genetic predisposition and over 70 of
    all gene mutations are caused by environmental
    factors. This puts you in a very powerful
    position to be able to significantly reduce your
    risk of the gene mutations that cause breast
    cancer.

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  • Eat a whole-food, plant-based diet with lots of
    raw foods Diet is the most prevalent cause of
    genetic mutation. It can also provide the
    greatest protection against cancer. But which
    diet? Studies carried out by Dr Dean Ornish show
    that our blood has powerful anti-cancer
    compounds. That's a good thing. Even those on a
    Standard American Diet (SAD) have blood that
    fights cancer. However, the blood of vegans
    (those who consume no animal products
    what-so-ever) decreased cancer growth by nearly 8
    times over the blood of those consuming the
    Standard American Diet. Another study conducted
    at Loma Linda University found that vegans have
    34 lower rates of breast cancer to other women.
    Other dietary factors include sugar consumption
    processed foods, gluten, chemical additives,
    transfats and over-eating.
  • Give up drinking alcohol One alcoholic drink per
    day increases your risk of getting breast cancer
    by seven to ten percent. Not only that but breast
    cancer survivors who consume three to four drinks
    a week increase their risk of a recurrence by
    34.

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  • Give up smoking Although smoking is usually
    associated with lung cancer, the carcinogens in
    cigarettes affect the whole system. Women who
    smoke are 24 times more likely to get breast
    cancer. The risk doubles if those women start
    smoking before having their first baby and
    increases to 61 times more likely if they start
    smoking before their first mentrual period.
  • Engage in a high level of physical activity
    Women who exercise for more than three hours a
    week reduce their risk of breast cancer by 25.

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  • Don't take Hormone Replacement Therapy As many
    breast cancers are estrogen dependent, it makes
    sense to minimise your exposure to estrogen. Two
    studies published in 2002 and 2003 link HRT to a
    higher incidence of breast cancer.
  • Supplement wisely Three quarters of all women
    with breast cancer are vitamin D deficient.
    Maintaining optimal vitamin D levels decreases
    your risk by 45. Ensure your vitamin D levels
    are optimal through regular blood tests and if
    they're not take a supplement. Those with diets
    rich in DHA Omega 3 fatty acids are two thirds
    less likely to get breast cancer. We usually
    think of fish for our Omega 3. But flaxseeds have
    shown special protective factors due to their
    content of dietary lignans, a class of
    phytoestrogens, which have an anti-estrogen
    effect. Conversly, artificial folic acid (in the
    form of supplements) has been shown to increase a
    woman's risk of breast cancer. So obtain all your
    follic acid from natural, food sources - green
    leafy vegetables.

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  • Watch your weight Obesity is said to be the
    primary cause of 17 of all breast cancers,
    especially after menopause. Luckily, if you
    follow the dietary and exercise suggestions
    listed here, reaching and maintaining a healthy
    weight is easy.
  • Don't fry or grill foods Cooking at high
    temperatures without water or steam creates
    acrylamides in carbohydrate foods (eg.chips) and
    heterocyclic amines in meat (especially chicken).
    Both these substances are highly carcinogenic.
  • Have two or more children and breast feed them
    for up to two years each When we are pregnant
    and breast feeding we are exposed to lower levels
    of estrogen, which in turn, lowers our risk of
    breast cancer.

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  • Avoid unnecessay radiation This includes
    radiation caused by imaging tests, such as xrays
    (including mammograms), CT scans, PET scans and
    bone scans. Remember that mammograms are not
    preventative and cumulative radiation exposure
    over a person's life time includes exposure from
    this breast cancer detection tool. Alternatives
    to mammograms, that are not publised or
    encouraged by the medical profession for breast
    cancer detection, include thermography, MRI and
    ultrasound. If you are serious about preventing
    breats cancer, this is something you should look
    into and discuss with your doctor.

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  • My hope is that these suggestions will not
    overwhelm you but empower you to start making
    changes and keep making them.
  • Remember that permanent change is best
    accomplished with baby steps. This is what
    holistic health coaching can help you with by
    providing information, encouragement and
    accountability to keep you moving forwards
    towards your health goals.
  • Cath King is a nutritionist and holistic health
    coach who specializes in creating optimal health
    on plant-based diets. She has had success in
    helping clients reverse cancer, diabetes, crohns
    disease, ulcerated colitus, heart disease and
    obesity. Her clinic "Seeking Health" is in New
    Zealand. Contact her through http//ckinghealth.we
    bs.com/
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