By Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath
My first issue with breast cancer is tied into what I hear it all the time…
- Breast cancer awareness
Maybe by reading this above, you get why I do not like the current focus on breast cancer.
As a culture, we do not need a larger focus on breast cancer awareness and any of the other invasive interventions.
What you need as a woman, is a deeper understanding of the causes of breast cancer, non-invasive testing options and natural protocols to assist your body in overcoming this health challenge.
The second issue is that the focus in not typically in prevention or healthy ways to support your body if you have breast cancer.
You may have been told it is genetic?
Heck, you likely heard of a popular actress that had a double mastectomy because she had the “breast cancer gene.” Did you know that carrying this so called breast cancer gene does not mean you will get breast cancer?
Understand that when you have a gene for any particular issue, the gene has to be expressed based on epigenetics. This could be tied into:
- Stress levels
- Suppression of emotions
- Toxicity levels
- Health challenges
- Poor sleep
- Lack of exercise
So when you have a gene that increases your risk for breast cancer, that gene needs to be turned on by the epigenetic factors. And thankfully, anything turned on, can also be turned off.
So when you think of the causes of breast cancer, think of the epigenetic factors.
- Do you need to find healthier ways of perceiving and/or reacting to stress in you life?
- Are you holding on to past emotional suppression from trauma in your life?
- Are you eating the SAD diet? That is the standard American diet, high in sugar, processed foods, caffeine and/or alcohol?
- Are you eating foods that inflame you?
- Do you live in a toxic environment and living with heavy loads of toxicity?
- Do you already have known health challenges, such as, but not limited to; adrenal fatigue, digestive issues, aging brain, infection, thyroid hormones imbalance, blood sugar issues, etc.?
- Do you get less that eight hours of sleep nightly, go to bed past 10pm consistently, usually have broken sleep or wake up still feeling tired?
- Have you been exposed to xenostrogens through past microwave use with plastic, chemicals in skin care products and cleaning products and exposure to plastics overall?
- Do you feel that you are sedentary?
- Are you aging (not gracefully)?
These are all factors that lead to the development of breast cancer, regardless of a gene or not.
There are also deeper more clinical issues such as adrenal insufficiency, brain degeneration, chronic inflammatory conditions, chronic infections, estrogen dominance, apoptosis that has been “turned off” and more…
The goods news is that you can address all these levels to prevent breast cancer and you can address all these levels to also assist your body in overcoming breast cancer if this is either your concern or diagnosis.
The third issue I have tied into breast cancer is the current methods of assessment, which are self-examination and mammography. While I love that you may do self breast examination, and I recommend this, by the time you would recognize a lump, you could be late in the game and I know you would like this information as early as possible.
What woman wouldn’t!
And while I do not feel it is my place to tell anyone to not get a mammogram, I do share that there are some documented risks involved. Ladies, you are compressing some of the most sensitive tissue in your body and then hitting it with radiation.
Testing is definitely recommended though and there are non-invasive testing methods to consider, such as Thermography and SureTouch.
What is SureTouch You May Ask?
What About Thermography?
Thermal body scans provide valuable information about your current health. The DITI (digital infrared thermal imaging) camera scans the thermal patterns of your skin and converts them into an image.
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