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Title: HolisticHealingforBREASTCANCER.
Authors: Eliaz,Isaac
Source: BetterNutrition(BETTERNUTR),2014Oct76(10):4650.
PublicationType: journalarticlepictorial
Language: English
MajorSubjects: BreastNeoplasmsPhysiopathology
BreastNeoplasmsPreventionandControl
EstrogensPhysiology
Receptors,CellSurface
MinorSubjects: AdiposeTissuePhysiologyMetals,HeavyFood
PreservativesDietSoyFoods
JournalSubset: Alternative/ComplementaryTherapiesConsumerHealthUSA
SpecialInterest: ConsumerHealthNutritionOncologicCareWomen'sHealth
ISSN: 0405668X
MEDLINEInfo: NLMUID:9891753
EntryDate: 20141003
AccessionNumber: 2012736374
Database: CINAHLwithFullText
Section: features

HolisticHealingforBREASTCANCER
Supplementanddietaryrecommendationstohelpmanageestrogenlevelsandreducetumor
growth
Breastcancerisntjustonediseaseitcomesinmanyvariations.Oneofthemainfactorsindetermining
thetypeofbreastcanceristhesensitivityofthetumorcellstoestrogen.Ifabreasttumorishormone
sensitiveorestrogenpositiveitmeanstherearespecificestrogenreceptorsonthetumorcells,and
whenestrogenbindswiththesereceptors,ittransfersamessagetothecancercells.Likealockandkey
effect,thebreasttumorcellsarestimulatedbyestrogentogrowandreproduce.Therefore,oneofthe
maingoalsoftherapyorinterventionwithhormonepositivecanceristoreducehormonalstimulationas
muchaspossible.Herearesomekeystrategies:
MaintainaHealthyWeightTheovariesmakeestrogenduringtheyearsbeforemenopause,butitsalso
madeinfatcellswhereenzymesconvertotherhormonestoestrogens.Aftermenopause,fatisthe
primarysourceofestrogenproductioninthebody.Thismeansthatweightisacriticalfactorin
determiningestrogenlevels,forbothpreandpostmenopausalwomen.Dietarychoicesandactivities
thatpromoteahealthyweightareessentialtoanyestrogenreducingprogram.
OptimizeCholesterolNewresearchhasshownthatcholesterolbyproductsareabletobindtoestrogen

receptorsandstimulatetumorgrowth.Elevatedcholesterollevelsareassociatedwithbreastcancer.
MinimizeExposuretoHeavyMetalsHeavymetalsincludingcopper,cobalt,arsenic,cadmium,mercury,
andleadhavebeenfoundtostimulateestrogenreceptors.Sourcesofarsenicincludesomebrandsof
rice,seafood,andwellwater.Cadmiumishighincigarettesandcanbefoundinsomesoils.Mercuryis
mainlyprevalentinlargerfishandolddentalamalgams.Andleadcontaminationisacomponentofair
pollution,paintanddyes,andceramicglazes,amongothersources.
Heavymetalandtoxinexposureisdifficulttocompletelyavoid,evenwithcarefulchoices.Becauseofthis,
Iadvisemypatientstousecompoundsthatprovidesafe,gentledetoxificationofheavymetalsandother
contaminants.
Modifiedcitruspectin,(MCP)hasbeenshowninhumanstudiestoremoveharmfulheavymetalsand
reducetoxicbodyburdenovertime.MCPisabletocrosstheintestinalbarrierandcirculateinthe
bloodstream,whereitbindstotoxinsandheavymetalsandhelpssafelyexcretethemwithoutremoving
essentialminerals.Ialsorecommendalphalipoicacid,Nacetylcysteine,garlic,cilantro,andotherherbs
andnutrientsthatprovidesupportforthebodyscomplexdetoxificationsystems.
AvoidAdditivesManychemicalsusedinagriculture,bodycareproducts,foodpackaging,andplastic
waterbottlesareestrogenic,calledxenoestrogensorestrogenmimics.Inadditiontobindingwith
estrogenreceptors,thesetoxinsarefatsoluble,sotheytendtoaccumulateinfatcells.Weknowthat
breasttissuehasahighconcentrationoffat,particularlyaftermenopause.Studieshaveshownthat
breastmilkoftencontainsdangerouslevelsofthesechemicals.Reduceexposurebyavoidingplasticfood
andbeveragecontainers,cannedfoods,andbodyproductsthatcontainthesetoxins.Foralistof
chemicalstowatchoutfor,visittheEnvironmentalWorkingGroupsite(ewg.org)
DietandEstrogenLevels
Determiningtheeffectsthatspecificfoodshaveonbreastcancerriskandprotectionisanactiveareaof
research,withanumberofcontroversiesstillunresolved.Whatwedoknowisthis:
TheBad
Regularalcoholuseincreasesbreastcancerrisk.Inanexcellentliteraturereview,20studiespointed
toapositiveconnectionbetweenalcoholandbreastcancer,throughmultipleeffectsonhormonal
systemsandgeneticsignaling.
Fattyredmeathasbeenassociatedwithincreasedbreastcancer,especiallymeatscookedathigh
temperature.
A2008studyofmorethan15,000womenfoundthathighfatfoodchoicesweresignificantly
associatedwithincreasedcancerrisk.Amongothernegativeeffects,fatintakeincreasesestrogen
levels.

SugarintakeincreasesIGF1(insulinlikegrowthfactor),whichisassociatedwithincreasedestrogen.
A2013studyfoundthatintakeofhighfatdairy,butnotlowfatdairy,wasrelatedtoahigherriskof
mortalityafterbreastcancerdiagnosis.
TheGood
Cruciferousvegetables,suchasbroccoli,cauliflower,kale,andcollards,containawealthofbeneficial
compounds,includingdiindolylmethane(DIM),whichpromoteshealthyestrogenmetabolism.The
botanicalbreasthealthsupplementBreastDefendcontainsDIM,andhasbeenshowninmultiple
studiestostrategicallysupportbreasthealth.
Flaxseedfacilitatesremovalofestrogensandimprovestheratioofgoodandbadestrogens2:16
alphahydroxyestrone(AHE).Thesearemetabolitesoftheparentestrogentoomuchofthe16AHEis
highlystimulatory.
Ahighfiberdietpromotesthebindingofestrogensinthecolon,thusreducingestrogenexposure.
Fiberalsopromoteshealthybacterialpopulationsandenhancessatiety,helpingtokeepweightina
healthyrange.
Greenteaisatruestarintermsofitsanticancerproperties,withmanystudiesonitsmultiple
anticancermechanisms.
PhytoestrogensandSoy:theDebate
Phytoestrogensarecompoundsthathaveamildestrogeniceffectandarefoundinwholegrains,nuts,
andseeds,aswellasmanyotherbotanicals,fruits,andvegetables.Thesefoodsareassociatedwitha
reducedriskofbreastcanceraswellasreducedcancerrecurrence.
Thecontroversybecomesheatedinthedebateoversoycontainingfoods.Thisissueiscomplex,with
somestudiesshowingthateatingsoyearlyinlifecanreducebreastcancerrisk.Ontheotherhand,
consumptionofconcentratedsoyextractsshowedincreasedproliferationofbreastcancercells.Finally,
otherstudiesshowaprotectiveorneutraleffectfromwholesoyfoods.
Myrecommendationforsoyistoeatwholesoyfoodsinmoderationnomorethanafewservingsper
week,preferablyfermentedsoyfoodssuchasmisoortempeh.Avoidsoyproteinisolatesand
supplementscontainingconcentratedsoyisoflavones.
OtherDietaryTips
KeepyourvitaminDlevelsinthehighnormalrangewithsomesunexposureandappropriate
supplementation.VitaminDbeneficiallyinfluencesalargenumberofgenesinvolvedintheregulationof
cellgrowthandmetabolism.

Useoliveoilandfoodshighinomega3fatsincludingwildcaughtAlaskansalmonandsardines,flax
seeds,andwalnuts.Anddiversifyyourdiettominimizeyourrelianceonanimalproteinsources.Any
animalproteinyoudoeatshouldbelean,organic,andgrassfedtoavoidpotentialchemicalandhormonal
additives.Andcompletelyavoidsugarandprocessedfoods.
Byunderstandingthewaysthatestrogenlevelsincrease,andotherwaysinwhichthesereceptorscanbe
stimulated,wecanmakewisechoicesandengageinactivitiesthatwillminimizeactivationofestrogen
receptorsinbreastcells.Wecanalsoboostoverallvitalityintheprocessawin/winsituation.
BREASTHEALTH:HELPFULSUPPLEMENTS
EcoNugenicsPectaSolCModifiedCitrusPectin(inLimeInfusionflavor)hasbeenshowntosafelyassist
withheavymetaldetoxification.Simplymixwithwater.
GardenofLifeSuperSeedBeyondFiberhelpsclearawayexcessestrogenswithablendoffiberfrom
grains,legumes,andseeds(includingflaxseeds).
NaturalFactorsAlphaLipoicAcidworkssynergisticallywithvitaminsCandEtoprotectcellsfrom
oxidativestressfromtheinsideandout.
NaturesWayDIMPluspromoteshealthyestrogenmetabolismwith100mgofdiindolylmethanealong
withvitaminEandacruciferousvegetableblend.
WakunagaKyolicAgedGarlicCholesterolFormula104combinesAgedGarlicExtractandlechithinto
supporthealthycholesterollevels,whichmayprotectbreasts.
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