Top 10 Chemicals That May Cause Breast Cancer (& Chemicals To Avoid)

Breast Cancer Caused By Chemicals ExplainedYou may be surprised to know that the food you eat and the garden you love to walk in could lead to Breast Cancer.

Modern scientific evidence has linked some toxic chemicals to the Breast Cancer. Some of these toxic chemicals are commonly used in Food Packaging, Food Containers, and Water supplies, whereas others are well-known pesticides.

To avoid the Breast cancer risk and have a healthy life ahead we should avoid these toxic chemicals. Some of them are mentioned here:

Chemicals To Avoid To Prevent Breast CancerCHEMICALS TO BE AVOIDED
  •    Bisphenol A (BPA)

It is present in reusable plastic containers and the linings of food and beverage cans. Evidence shows that BPA is associated with breast and other cancers and many other diseases including obesity, heart disease and reproductive problems, etc. The percentage of BPA in the bodies of American residents is alarming, up to 93% that poses a serious health risk for them.

What to do?

We can control this toxic chemical from harming ourselves by AVOIDING the use of canned foods and plastic containers.

  •  Phthalates

These can be present in plastic containers. Studies have shown the association of phthalates in hormonal changes causing early puberty in girls which is a risk factor for breast cancer.

What to do?

STOP using plastic containers, toys, bottled water, plastic wraps, etc.

  •    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

It is used for packaging foods and building materials. It releases vinyl chloride. It is an important human carcinogen and has been linked to breast and other cancers.

What to do?

Avoid food packaging and check building materials for PVC before buying.

  •    Styrene

It is released from Styrofoam food trays, egg cartons, disposable cups and containers if heated or under pressure. Styrene is a possible human and animal carcinogen.

What to do?

Avoid any product made from Styrofoam

  •    Tetrachloroethylene

It is a chlorinated solvent used in dry cleaning, industrial cleaning and in making of other products, also in drinking water. It was found to be present in significant amount in the bodies of Americans. It is a known human carcinogen responsible for breast and other cancers.

What to do?

Avoid dry cleaning solvents and other products containing Tetrachloroethylene.

Breast Cancer Pesticide Free GardenPESTICIDES TO BE AVOIDED

Research has also concluded that some pesticides and herbicides also cause proliferation of the cancer cells of breast cancer. Some of there are

Atrazine

It is also known as DDT. It is applied to the crops such as corn, sorghum, etc. to control the weed production. In the United States, its concentration in corn crops and drinking water is increasing rapidly. Atrazine is found to be associated with tumors of the breast, prostate inflammation and delayed puberty in animals. Recent research also shows its association with prostate cancer in humans.

What to do?

We can avoid it by packaging food safely in glass or other non-plastic containers.

DDT

DDT is banned worldwide in agriculture, but it is still used in some countries for malaria. Research suggests that it can increase the risk of breast cancer even on much earlier exposure.

What to do?

Avoid using corn products from untrusted local crops.

Zeranol

It is used for long by the US and Canadian meat industries as a synthetic growth hormone. It resembles the hormone estradiol and causes significant growth of cancer cells on exposure. Zeranol and Zeranol treated meat is now banned in Europe.

What to do?

We should use organic meat and thoroughly wash it before use.

rBGH/rBST

Bovine Growth hormone is a major problem because of its carcinogenic effects. A lot of studies have shown the link between the intake of dairy products and breast cancer in premenopausal women.

What to do?

We can replace cow milk with the coconut milk or almond milk etc. to avoid rBGH/RBST. A lot of other choices are now available that offer rBGH-free products.

Source: Breast Cancer Fund exposes the cancer-causing chemicals lurking in food, July, 2015

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Do You Know What Chemicals Are Stored In The Breast?

Breast Cancer Toxin ChemicalsBy Rika Keck: Certified in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition & Holistic Life Coach

“Healthy Breasts”:Do you know what chemicals are stored in your breast tissue?

The renewed interest of the effect of environmental toxins on health at DNA level is terrific news. It is time to firmly increase awareness of the health implications, esp. cancer (and infertility), related to environmental toxins.
Detoxification is not a ‘Juice Cleanse’; it requires a much more comprehensive approach addressing lung, liver, kidney, skin and colon detoxification pathways. Specific nutrients, not drugs, are used in conjunction with this process and I also find that homeopathic which support drainage, moderated exercise and colonics are a great support in this transformative process.

Testing  For ToxinsTesting for chemical toxicity can have its challenges, why?

  • Toxins are not stored in the blood, thus they are hard to investigate in the blood.
  • If you have silver fillings, your blood levels might be low, yet you are storing mercury in your tissues, and organs.
  • Some toxins are stored primarily in fatty tissue. This is a large factor why some individuals cannot lose weight despite calorie restriction and exercise. The toxins must be mobilized and bound for elimination Mineral deficiencies will inhibit detoxification of metals and chemicals.
  • Only specific labs can do the testing. These are most often not covered by insurance.
  • Conventional medicine does not recognize the impact and dangers associated with environmental toxicity.
  • There is a strong link between environmental toxins and cancers. Toxins are stored in organs and tissues. Sluggish lymphatic flow is a hindrance regarding detoxification capacity. Tight clothing and bras (esp. in the armpit area) diminish lymphatic flow in the breast area.

Pesticides Cause Breast CancerWhy is it important to test your chemical exposure?

  1. Toxic chemicals can disrupt our hormonal balance and this can have implications especially regarding our thyroid and breast tissue health. A lot of toxins are stored in the thyroid, which is really a filter as the blood continuously passes through the thyroid, just as it does through the liver. Toxic chemicals include Fluoride, chlorine, bromine and others settle in the thyroid and they can inhibit optimal thyroid function.
  2. Fibrocystic breasts can be indicative of toxic overload. A need for an iodine supplement would be helpful in combination with lymphatic drainage and detoxification. I would not recommend the common ‘wait and see’ approach. I would want to change direction to restore non-­dense breast tissue.

Regarding chemicals and your hormones: Certain chemicals mimic estrogen. We call them ‘xeno-­‐estrogens’ as they behave like estrogen but are actually harmful chemicals. They are also known as ‘endocrine-­‐disruptors’. This affects babies, children, men and women. The ‘dangerous’ estrogen is implicated in various disease and hormonal imbalance conditions if it is out of balance.
Prevent recurrences of certain cancers, which are linked to chemical toxic exposure such as breast, uterine and prostate tissue. This particularly affects reproductive tissues such as breast, ovarian and prostate tissue.

household-chemicals
What are common concerns for breast health?

  • Airborne chemical exposures e.g. hair sprays, perfumes, cigarette smoke.
  • Fabric cleaners, new carpets, dry-­‐cleaned clothes
  • Personal care products including parabens, ‘estrogen-­‐like’ hormones, 
shampoo, make-­‐up, deodorant, toothpaste
  • Plastic containers, esp. if put in the microwave (AVOID)
  • Commercial household cleaning products
  • Materials used in teeth restoration, root canals, crowns
  • Water: tap water, water in cheap plastic bottles

How can you find out what toxic load is in your body (and breasts)?

1) The EPP Test: (US BioTek) 
This is the “Environmental Pollutants Panel” test from US Bio Tek and it is very affordable esp. in view of the most valuable health information you receive. It will change your health (and life). 
This is a great and simple test to assess urinary metabolites connected to phthalates, benzene, styrene, toluene and more environmental toxins related to paints, furniture, air fresheners in offices, fragrances, car exhausts, plastics, polystyrene food containers and cups, cosmetics.

2) Urinary Metabolic Profile Test: (US BioTek) A simple Urine Collection Strip for over 36 metabolites!
This test is cutting edge and eliminates the need to freeze or refrigerate urine samples (used during Iraq/Afghanistan war – cutting edge technology to prevent spoilage of samples).

These tests are a must for any condition associated with Cancer, chronic fatigue, mental health concerns as it affects neurotransmitters, fibromyalgia, mold and or/chronic co-­‐infections related to Lyme’s, sleeping disorders, skin conditions and other chronic health conditions.

If you are having health challenges that you cannot get id rid of, consider the above testing. Both tests are affordable and will provide some missing pieces to the health challenges.

Rika_KechAbout Rika Keck: Find Rika at NYIntegratedHealth.com
 . Rika specializes in Nutrition, Fitness and  Women’s Wellness. Rika is Certified in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, also a CMTA Speaker, Corporate Wellness Consultant and Holistic Life Coach.

The Magic of Dandelions and Breast Health

Dandelion & Breast Health

Dandelion & Breast Health

By Patricia Kyritsi Howell

When you look out at all those sunny yellow dandelion flowers in your yard this spring, rather than seeing them as a signal to do something about your lawn, I invite you to congratulate yourself for your good fortune. One of the most important herbal remedies for breast health is growing right in your own backyard.

Whether you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, are healing from breast cancer, or just want to have healthy breasts, you need to know about the healing properties of dandelion (Taraxacum officiale).

The seeds of this humble flower are dispersed by the wind. Once they are airborne, they travel vast distances, crossing oceans with ease. Once the seeds find solid ground, they cheerfully thrive in just about any kind of soil. As a result this Mediterranean native is now found on every continent except Antarctica.

Dandelion’s deep taproot is similar to a carrot though paler and much smaller. It’s difficult to eradicate or harvest by simply yanking it out of the ground. Dandelion is target of a well-­‐funded campaign by companies that manufacture herbicides.

In a futile attempt to eradicate dandelions, homeowners are encouraged to dump toxic chemicals onto their lawns. Once these toxins are introduced into the environment, they ultimately find their way into our water and food supplies. These carcinogenic substances, most of which are also estrogen disruptors, are a proven contributing factor in increased cancer rates, especially breast cancer.1

The most effective remedy for treating diseases caused by exposure to environmental toxins is actually the much-­‐maligned dandelion.

Dandelion root is one of the most detoxifying herbs we have and it is hepatic, or tonic for the liver. It improves liver and gallbladder function, which improves digestion and elimination. Most importantly, dandelion root helps the liver clear excessive estrogens and toxins from the blood and eliminate them. In addition, research with alcohol extracts (tinctures) of dandelion root indicates it may prevent or reduce tumors.2 Dandelion extracts also decrease something known as the tumor

necrosis factor (TNK) that causes inflammation and disrupts immune response to increase the risk of developing cancer.

Spring is the best time to gather dandelion leaves -­‐ a nutrient rich wild food with high levels of vitamins A, C, K and calcium that also stimulate endocrine secretions and supports digestion. Drinking dandelion root tea on a regular basis encourages the growth of 14 strains of bifidobacteria that are critical for healthy gut flora.3 When used regularly after taking a round of antibiotics or other strong medications that may disrupt digestion, dandelion root helps restore the digestion. Regular use of dandelion root tea or extract protects the liver from damage caused by pharmaceutical drugs and environmental toxins.

What all of this boils down to is the use of dandelion root and leaf to improve liver function, promote healthy digestion and elimination, and break down tumors, malignant and benign, is well supported by folk tradition as well as modern research. And because dandelion root is a food-­‐like tonic herb, it is suitable for long-­‐ term use. (In some rare cases it may cause a loose stool and it is contraindicated while taking antihypertensive or diuretic medications.)

Who would benefit from dandelion as a tonic or food? Women who suffer from cyclic breast pain and swelling or fibrocystic breast disease and anyone being treated for or at risk for developing breast cancer would be wise to consider dandelion root part of a long-­‐term health strategy. While harvesting dandelions from urban areas is not recommended as they contain toxins generated by air and water pollution, most health food stores and on-­‐line sources have organic dandelion root in various forms. Unlike pharmaceuticals, dandelion works slowly and deeply to bring you into balance. It can, and should, be used for months or even years as part of every woman’s wellness program.

How to Use Dandelion

Dandelion root is available in three forms: as bulk dried herb for tea; as a capsule; or as an alcohol extract or tincture. If you have a source of unpolluted dandelions, spring is the time to harvest them. Get a good sturdy trowel to dig up their long roots. Clean the entire plant and use it to make tea. Or eat the greens in salad. And of course there is always dandelion flower wine!

A Recipe for Dandelion Root Tea

Bulk dried dandelion root may be purchased from mail order sources or your local herbs shop. To prepare dandelion root tea, use 1 heaping teaspoon of dried root, or 2 teaspoons for fresh root (chopped) per 8 ounces of boiling water. Measure dandelion root into a teapot or quart canning jar and cover with freshly boiled water. Cover and steep for 40 minutes. Strain the herb and discard. Drink a half a cup of tea three times a day. The taste is bitter, which many people enjoy, but if you prefer you may combine it with other teas you enjoy, especially aromatics like lemon balm, peppermint or spearmint, and little bit of honey. Store tea in the refrigerator for no longer that two days.

Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG) is a clinical herbalist with more than 20 years experience and the author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians. A member of the Governing Council of the American Herbalists Guild, she is founder and director of the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies, located in the mountains of northeast Georgia. Learn more at www.wildhealingherbs.com

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