Sponsors of "breast cancer fighting" organizations will go into overdrive this month to spread their message of "early detection is your best protection." This is commonly - and mistakenly - considered "prevention". What it really is is early detection, as tumors need to be already present in order for mammogram to detect them. Early detection is important, but we very much need to advance breast cancer prevention information ... so tumors do not develop in the first place. After all, prevention of breast cancer is what I like to refer to as a 100 percent cure!
It is no mystery why prevention of breast cancer gets the silent treatment. The primary sponsor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the multi-national behemoth AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of the tamoxifen cancer drug, as well as the Monsanto-developed carcinogenic herbicide acetochlor, which, by the way, contributes to breast cancer.
In addition to classic gene mutations such as BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, data is rapidly accumulating demonstrating another mechanism by which breast cancer develops. This mechanism is none other than epigenetics, a frequent area in which I lecture and have written about here.
A growing number of human-introduced environmental toxicants, including heavy metals, organic solvents, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, lead to epigenetic changes in gene activity resulting in increased risk of breast cancer.
Years ago, Israel had the dubious distinction of the highest breast cancer rate in the world. (This was fueled in part by the naturally high rates of BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations found in many Jews.) The Israeli government responded by banning a couple of pesticides that were found in high amounts in their milk supply ... and the rates of breast cancer plummeted. This is a beautiful demonstration of epigenetics: Although the women of Israel were genetically "primed" for breast cancer, the rates in that country nevertheless declined significantly with the chemical ban.
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The following is a list of chemicals associated with increased breast cancer risk (www.breastcancerfund.org, one of my favorite resources):
BPA (food and water containers, store receipts)
Phthalates (anything with a fragrance, plastic wrap)
Vinyl Chloride (found in shower curtains, blinds, flooring)
Dioxin (formed in manufacture of polyvinyl chloride or #3 plastic)
Styrene (styrofoam containers)
rBGH/rBST (bovine growth hormones found in milk)
BPA and Styrene (food containers)
Flame retardants (degrading foam in furniture cushions, draperies, mattresses)
Dry cleaning chemicals (one of the top chemicals found in the indoor air of homes)
Mercury (paint and thermometers)
Lead (old paint and household pipes)
Cadmium (rechargeable batteries and cigarette smoke)
Further reading about everyday toxins and what to do about them
Clean, Green, and Lean
By one of the top U.S. environmental physicians, this book provides clear guidance on how to avoid everyday toxicants and cleanse them from your body. Or just ask me!
Slow Death by Rubber Duck
Two authors rid their bodies of common toxicants, then measured how toxic they became after re-exposing themselves.
I love this one!
The Hundred-Year Lie
Investigative reporter Randall Fitzgerald exposes the truly shocking truth behind the proliferation of chemicals over the last 100 years (the vast majority of them untested against human health) and their ubiquitous use in every day food, packaging, and pharmaceuticals.
Detoxing or tissue cleansing, along with avoidance of known toxicants, is a key strategy for not only preventing cancer, but for healing the body of illness. If you have an autoimmune disease of any kind - asthma, chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or neurological problems such as brain fog, balance problems or memory problems - you are clearly toxic and would benefit from a detoxification program. Many of my patients are amazed at how much better they feel.
To your good health,
Dr. Anne Marie Fine
Fine Center for Natural Medicine
I gave a presentation this past weekend at an Environmental Medicine conference on Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM), specifically as I use it for the chelation of heavy metals. FSM provides a needle-free, cost-effective, easy and convenient alternative to traditional methods of cleansing the body of toxic metals.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so here are some resources on actually preventing breast cancer, which goes far beyond "awareness" or pink ribbons. Does anyone really think that putting a pink ribbon on the box of a toxic beauty product makes it any less toxic? This "pinkwashing" obscures our very real need to focus on the causes of breast cancer. Donating money to organizations that only look at new drugs to treat breast cancer is okay, but it provides no assistance whatsoever in stopping the disease. The information below should help.
The total genetic contributions to breast cancer (from BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes) add up to less than 10 percent of all breast cancers. This means over 90 percent of breast cancer is environmentally caused. Such epigenetic contributors include heavy metals, solvents, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Which, I am sorry to say, are ubiquitous in our world.