Breast Cancer Education
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, this month's newsletter is dedicated to breast cancer education. Cancer may be in part a lifestyle related illness. A strong immune system, proper hormone balance and a balanced, plant based diet may be your best protection. Additionally, here are the risk factors you should be aware of.
Here's what we know about breast cancer risk:
Women who have very high, or imbalanced estrogen secretions, are at more risk for breast cancer. Examples: women who had their first period before age 12, those who went through menopause after age 55, those who had a child after age 30, or who never had children, and those who smoke. Avoid excess alcohol as that may be a trigger for some women.
Family history of breast cancer and certain marker genes play (BRAC1, BRAC2) a role in risk.
There is a veritable assault on female hormone balance from man-made estrogens - try to limit your exposure. Long term synthetic estrogen and/or oral contraceptive use, can raise breast cancer risk.
Obesity can increase your risk. Exercise is a key: it balances body chemistry to control fat deposits that store excess estrogen; it increases fat metabolism to help flush out excess estrogens.
Be aware that a diet high in meats and dairy foods is bad news for estrogen balance, too. Many food animals are injected with hormones that add to the synthetic estrogens circulating in a woman’s body. Note: Women who eat soy foods have lower levels of circulating estrogen. Vegetarians seem to have less instance of cancer because they process estrogen differently.
Purifying and Balancing Diet for Immune Protection
Cancer used to be rare. Is our modern lifestyle that bad? Smoking alone causes over 180,000 cancer deaths; and synthetic estrogen hormones seem to permeate our lives.
Dramatic diet changes can mean dramatic results for immune system health. The purifying diet below is an effective tool as needed for system strength and immunity.
This diet cleanses and balances with high vegetable fiber and protein. It reduces fatty foods that can alter body chemistry. It stimulates the heart and circulatory system with an emphasis on Asian foods like miso, green tea and shiitake mushrooms. It is alkalizing with umeboshi plums, sea veggies and soy foods. It is high in potassium, natural iodine and other minerals.
Its greatest benefit is that it is cleansing and strengthening at the same time, and offers truly balanced eating. It can be personalized for one’s environment, the seasons, and the health of the person using it.
The form given here for an intensive immune support program may be followed for 3 to 6 months.
Before each meal, and before bed: take 2 to 4 tbsp. aloe juice concentrate in water .
On rising: take carrot-beet-cucumber juice to clean the liver and kidneys; or cranberry concentrate (2 tsp. in water) or red grape juice; or a ginseng restorative tea; or a superfood drink.
Breakfast: have Pulsating Parsley Juice: 6 carrots, 1 beet, 8 spinach leaves, handful fresh parsley; then, make a mix of 2 tbsp. each: nutritional yeast, wheat germ, lecithin, bee pollen granules. Sprinkle some on a whole grain cereal or granola, or mix with yogurt and dried fruit; use on fresh fruit, like strawberries or apples with kefir or kefir cheese; or have a whole grain breakfast pilaf like Kashi, bulgur or millet, with apple juice or kefir cheese topping.
Mid-morning: take a cup of fresh wheat grass juice or a potassium drink; or a glass of fresh carrot juice; or a cup of miso soup with fresh ginger and seaweeds chopped on top. (Have 2 tbsp. dry seaweeds daily.)
Lunch: have a Super V-7 veggie juice: 2 carrots, 2 tomatoes, handful each of spinach and parsley, 2 celery ribs, ½ cucumber, ½ green bell pepper. Add 1 tbsp. of a green superfood powder. Or, have steamed broccoli or cauliflower with brown rice, or an oriental stir fry with brown rice and miso/umeboshi plum sauce; or a fresh green salad with whole grain pitas; or a black bean, onion or lentil soup, or a 3 bean salad.
Mid-afternoon: have green tea and whole grain bread sticks or crackers with kefir cheese or a soy spread; or raw veggies with a little sesame salt.
Dinner: have brown rice and steamed vegetables with maitake or shiitake mushrooms. Add 2 tbsp. chopped sea veggies (like dulse, arame or nori), 1 tbsp. flax or olive oil, and nutritional yeast; or have a brown rice, millet, bulgur, or kasha casserole with tofu, or tempeh and some steamed vegetables; or a hearty dinner salad with sea veggies, nuts and seeds, and whole grain bread or chapatis; or baked, broiled or steamed fish (wild caught in uncontaminated waters) with rice and peas or other veggies; or stuffed cabbage rolls with rice, and baked carrots with tamari and a little honey.
Before bed: have a cup of shiitake mushroom or ginger broth; a cup of miso soup; or a glass of organic apple juice.
To help this purifying diet work correctly with your body, avoid the following foods: • Red meat, preserved, smoked or cured meats of all kinds. • Coffee, black teas and carbonated drinks of all kinds (even juices). • All frozen, canned and processed foods; white vinegar, and table salt. • Excessive sugars, corn syrup and all artificial sweeteners • Artificially colored foods, chemical-laced and microwaved foods. These foods clog the system so that the vital organs cannot clean out enough waste to maintain health.
Your Holistic Lifestyle
Longterm Diet Tips for Cellular Health
A plant-based diet is best for health. Reduce animal fats in your diet. Especially avoid saturated fats and trans fats in snack foods, fried foods, dairy foods, and high sugar alcoholic drinks. Increase fiber, antioxidants and high lignan foods-fruits, vegetables, whole grains and soy.
Add cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and watercress for estrogen-reducing effects. Carotene-rich foods (esp. lutein), like dark greens, tomatoes and watermelon are especially good.
Sea veggies provide EFAs and protective plant minerals that reduce the chemical overload (like copper, zinc, chromium, manganese and magnesium), critical to detoxification pathways. Seaweeds are a natural iodine source that balances thyroid activity. Use 2 tbsp. dry sea veggies daily.
Drink plenty of pure water. British research shows high water intake could reduce breast cancer risk by 79%!
If you eat meat, choose hormone-free chicken and turkey. Fish, especially wild salmon, and walnuts offer protective EFAs.
Exercise daily. Increasing physical activity results in lower levels of estrogen in the blood, increases levels of hormone binding globulin (SHBG), and boosts protective DHEA in menopausal women. (EPIC Study)
The Power of Therapeutic Mushrooms
Today many holistic health practitioners use mushrooms to help enhance immune strength and whole body health. Important: Consult with a holistic physician to see if medicinal mushrooms are a good choice for you.
1. Maitake D-Fraction:a premier source of beta glucan for immune system health. Early research suggests it may enhance chemo and radiation results, and reduce side effects.
2. Royal Agaricus: the highest known content of immune boosting beta glucan of all mushrooms; helps stimulates interferon and natural killer cells.
3. Shiitake: its lentinan and LEM have strong immune power (clinical studies). Shiitake bolster the body’s own natural ability to eliminate abnormal cells. Japanese studies find that chemotherapy patients who also receive lentinan injections survive significantly longer with less tumor growth, than patients who receive chemotherapy alone.
4. Reishi: detoxify and disperse toxins. Reishi are helpful in protecting the body from infections caused by poor immune response or chemo/radiation.
5. Turkey Tail: New research shows turkey tail mushrooms boost recovery from chemo and radiation.
6. Cordyceps: an excellent endocrine rebuilding tonic, I’ve personally known people whose strength significantly improved with cordyceps supplements.