Best Breast Health

All women face special challenges regarding to their reproductive system. At the top of their list of concerns are two problems which can be dealt with very successfully, especially when it comes to prevention. The first concern is breast cysts which affect about 20% of women between puberty and menopause, and may be either benign or precancerous. Our second concern is malignant breast disease, the incidence of which has increased by 53% since 1950, and is growing by approximately 2% per year.

Cystic Disease and Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is often blamed upon hereditary genetic susceptibilities, but it is really a result of a genetically and/or metabolically compromised immune system.  You are not doomed to this problem simply because your family has it and there are certain breast irritants which can be easily minimized.  Specifically, there are steps which are unique to each person that can precisely arrest this problem before it becomes a bigger problem.

Breast cysts typically swell up, become lumpy and painful during Menses. The cysts are irritated by the estradiol hormone, along with estrone estrogens which are female ovary hormones.  These are converted into nonirritating Estriol in the liver, which in turn binds to breast estrogen receptor sites. Larger amounts of these female ovary hormones can lead to more problems.  A compromised liver which does not process these hormones efficiently can also add to the problem of breast cyst development and irritation, when the general health status is imbalanced.  Multiple mineral deficiencies and excesses can exist along with toxic accumulation, which worsens the problem dramatically.

General Breast Cyst, and Breast Cancer Irritants and Precursors 101

Caffeine (methylexanthine) found in soft drinks, commercial, teas, coffee and chocolate, nicotine, x-rays, coal car products, known carcinogens such as six food additives that used regularly in food processing, and even emotional triggers – all work to stop the catabolic enzyme Phosphodiesterase from breaking down cystic and tumor growth-stimulating cyclic AMP.  Reduction of these tumor-activating and enzyme-antagonizing irritants reduces risk of symptoms.

The reduction of estrogenic receptor site activity by certain natural blocking agents provides natural protection from tumors.  Food and environmental allergies should be dealt with effectively, and overuse of medications and drugs do not provide the proper answer in this case – only add to the problem.  Other cystic and cancer irritants include x-rays, all toxins (especially mercury), stress (emotional and physical), lack of regular activity and proper oxygenation, direct injury, poor hygiene, overtight bras, progesterone deficiencies and chronically-held anger.

Specific-to-the-Person: Cystic and Cancer Irritants

Mineral and Vitamin Deficiencies

Magnesium, selenium, germanium, zinc, sulfur, vitamin C and A, and disturbed zinc-to-copper ratios.  L-tyrosine, folic acid, choline and inositol, B6, vitamin E, essential fatty acid, PABA, coenzyme CoQ10, melatonin, indole-3-carbinol (a phytonutrient) and p-hydroxyphenyllactate (and enzyme intermediate that blocks estradiol stimulation of cancer cells), plus estrogen excess with progesterone deficiencies.

Heavy Metal Toxins

Heavy metal toxic accumulation, especially mercury and arsenic are problematic.

Mineral and Vitamin Excesses

Excessive soft tissue calcium, insulin, saturated-trans-very long chain fatty acids-and odd-numbered carbon fatty acids and heterocyclic amines, amino acids phosphoethanolamine and ethanolamine, excess or deficient iodine levels, extended use of high blood pressure medications, excess sun exposure, profound frustration of a chronic nature, less physically active lifestyles, over-fat syndromes and obesity, the presence of intestinal pathogens (symbiotes-parasites-bacteria-yeast), diindolymethane (another phytonutrient) and benzene infiltration.

All of the abnormalities listed above need to be measured in each person and precisely addressed for best anti-cancer and anti-cystic results.

Warning: Estrogen can be a woman’s best friend or worst enemy – amongst the other concerns listed above, every woman needs to know exactly where they stand in relation to this very powerful compound.  The potential pro-carcinogenic effects of estrogen ended the initial enthusiasm amongst clinicians regarding Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT.

Subsequently, the emphasis has been shifted to helping the body to generate its own supply of hormones on a more efficient basis versus trying to replace or artificially induce a better hormonal response in most women.  Hence, the emphasis is back on nutritionally fortifying the body for maximum hormone response and interaction.  Stronger, healthier and more balanced glands systematically secrete better and more synergistically interactive hormones.  A more synergistic neuroendocrine system provides the utmost degree of cancer prevention (the BioCorrect Nutrition™ system guides this automatically when closely followed and gives additional guidance in the case of hysterectomy).

The Good, Bad, and the Ugly – Estrogen

The increased cancer and cystic risk from estrogen and its metabolites have led to a search for natural compounds that produce beneficial estrogen-like effects, but without the downside of tumor stimulation. Certain soy isoflavones such as daidzen and geinistein are touted as coming close to meeting the criteria for some people.

For people with slower metabolisms, soy is a bad choice because it is metabolically antagonistic.  In this case, flaxseed oil is a much better choice because it provides similar protective properties without confounding a more efficient metabolism.  In contrast, people with fast metabolic rate/types can enjoy the benefits of soy isoflavones without metabolically antagonistic effects.  This is exactly the reason why it’s important to know your metabolic rate/type – something the BioCorrect Nutrition™ system provides automatically.

A personalized diet can provide a large measure of chemo-preventive effects against breast cancer and cystic development by increasing the removal of estradiol (the worst type of estrogen) from the general circulation.  As an example, this occurs when we nutritionally activate certain enzymes known as P-450 cytochromes, which in turn will break down estradiol and other cancer-stimulating estrogens.  Two food containing phytochemicals known as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and diindolymethane (DIM) have been showed to be active inducers of P-450 enzymes, that in turn produce non-harmful hydroxylated estrones.

The glucosinolate precursor of I3C, glucobrassicin is found in a number of cruciferous vegetables.  These include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radish, rutabaga, and turnip; however, available I3C will vary in food sources and is further dependent on food processing and preparation.  Depending on your BNA, these vegetables may or may not be recommended in your diet for other biochemistry reasons.  Don’t worry, there are nutritional supplements available for both I3C and DIM.

Target detoxification also provides a large measure of chemo protection against cystic and cancer syndromes.  For maximum effect, you must identify what toxins are present because efficient detoxification is highly specific to each toxin.  A generalized detox approach rarely works to eradicate the most deadly toxins from the body.  Heavy metals are at the top of this list and need to be dealt with decisively, because they can create mutagenic damage.

Mechanical Damage to the Breast

Mechanical damage to the breast itself can occur from wearing bras that are too tight, thereby increasing the hormone prolactin’s secretion; which lessens blood circulation within the breast and in turn increases the risk of cystic and cancer development.  Physical dehydration also increases prolactin secretion; which in turn suppresses immune killer cells.  Stay hydrated and drink more pure water.  Extended use of high blood pressure medications may cause risk for breast cancer (we’ll discuss blood pressure moderation elsewhere).  While sunlight has many beneficial properties such as Vitamin D production, excess solar exposure may also increase the incidence of cystic and cancer problems in the breast.

Female athletes statistically demonstrate very low sex gland cancers, suggesting that fit and lean persons produce less harmful estrogen.  Calorie restriction, low salt intake and a greater variety of vegetable ingestion can help to reduce the potential for breast cancer and cystic problems.  More exercise should help (take that 20 minute walk, run or swim before watching a movie tonight).

The hormone melatonin tends to block estrogen receptor sites, as does fenugreek and chlorophyll.  Nipple stimulation and orgasm are both thought to stimulate removal of the toxin by triggering contractions of the small muscles in the breast by helping the breast to remove trapped carcinogens.

All in all, each of the variables listed above can be effectively measured by the BioCorrect Nutrition™ system with maximum chemo-protection as a most desirable benefit.  Diet-related disease prevention, anti-aging effects, faster and more efficient metabolic rates, greater brain function, optimized energy production and of course accelerated body fat reduction, are all characteristic of the BioCorrect Nutrition™ system.

Know Precisely What Your Body Needs…  “It’s In Your BNA

To learn more about your unique biochemistry, please refer to your BioCorrect Nutrition™ Analysis (BNA) report or order your BNA today.  The BioCorrect Nutrition™ Analysis is a medically-proven, clinical laboratory test that measures 36 trace and toxic minerals in a patient’s hair sample; which correspond to an individual’s biochemical and metabolic status.  From the millions of patients tested over the past 30+ years, much has been further studied and learned about the interactions of these minerals with vitamins, enzymes, hormones and other biochemical processes.

Suggested Reading:
1. Tefft, GH. Your Personal Life. Westlake Village, CA: Angel Mind, 2006
2. Tefft, GH. For Your Body Only: Discover the Diet You Were Born to Eat. Dragon Door Publications, 2003
3. Watts, D.L. “Commonly Asked Questions About Hair Mineral Analysis.” US: Trace Elements, 1999
4. Watts, D.L. Trace Elements and Other Essential Nutrients. T.E.I., 1995.

These statements have not been directly evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease as a substitution for standard medical care.

About the Author:

Dr. Greg Tefft, Board Certified Naturopath (A.N.M.A.), Doctorate in Chiropractics (L.A.C.C./S.C.U.) and Triple-Crown Natural Mr. America is “America’s Leader in Personalized Nutrition.” Dr. Tefft is a best-selling author, pioneered the lab-guided, personalized nutrition system at Malibu Health and Rehab in the 80’s and 90’s, member of the 1984 Olympic Team Sports Medicine Staff, and is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer (CSO) of BioCorrect Nutrition.

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