The Breast Kept Secret Movie Preview

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Well-known medical practitioners discuss mammography and thermography. Have a look to hear what they have to say.


Estrogen’s Role in Breast Cancer— and How to Reduce Your Disease Risk

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According to new government predictions, the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer will rise by as much as 50 percent by 2030. Researchers say the increase in tumors will be fueled by the hormone estrogen. While this is a natural hormone produced by the body that is responsible for reproduction and bone growth in both men and women, environmental exposure to xenoestrogens— an unnatural sub-category of estrogen— is at an all-time high.

Xenoestrogens can be found in everything from the food you eat to the products you use in the shower. When your body is exposed to xenoestrogens, it affects how your body breaks down natural estrogen and can even mimic estrogen in the body. These effects lead to a dangerous state known as estrogen dominance.

Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen dominance is a form of hormone imbalance that can contribute to increased inflammation throughout the body, as well as disease, including testicular, uterine or breast cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Xenoestrogens, like Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and Bisphenol A, promote estrogen dominance by changing the rate at which estrogen is broken down by the body or mimicking estrogen and binding to its receptors in the body. Both scenarios cause an abundance of estrogen and an increase in the overall effects of estrogen on the body, leading to symptoms of hormone imbalance. Some of these effects include infertility, mood swings, headaches, foggy thinking, fatigue, sleep disturbances, hot flashes and digestive issues and, among men, gynecomastia (man boobs).

Aside from these symptoms, too much estrogen can also have another devastating effect: DNA damage. DNA damage is a pathway to disease and the extent of this damage is affected by two things: your genetics and your environmental exposures. Newer studies show that our environment can affect whether certain genes are expressed. This concept is known as epigenetics.

You already know that you can’t change your genetics. Indeed, some individuals are predisposed to metabolize estrogen at higher rates, increasing the risk of breast cancer and other diseases. Your environmental exposures, however, are vastly in your control and can influence your genetics— increasing or decreasing inflammation and, ultimately, your risk of disease. Epigenetic factors that influence inflammation levels include exposure to xenoestrogens, stress levels, weight, physical activity, sleep quantity and quality, nutrition, and lifestyle choices, such as smoking or alcohol consumption.

Estrogen and Inflammation

High levels of inflammation in the body are notorious for increasing the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease, but inflammation fueled by estrogen dominance can also have multiple (and very scary) effects on the body.

The recent increase in estrogen-positive breast cancers and the explosive increases predicted in the coming years are largely correlated with the high rate of overweight and obese individuals in developed countries.

Estrogen can be created in fat cells. Too much fat increases inflammation, affecting the breakdown of estrogen. One inflammation pathway related to estrogen is known as the obesity-aromatase-inflammation-axis. When this pathway is initiated, inflammation upregulates the enzyme, aromatase, increasing the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Excess inflammation also shrinks the number of progesterone receptors in the body, inhibiting sensitivity to progesterone, which balances estrogen and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.

Decreasing Inflammation

As mentioned, inflammation levels are heavily influenced by your environment and can have an impact on your epigenome—a record of the chemical changes to your DNA that can result in changes to the structure and function of your genome. How you manage your weight, what you eat and how often you exercise are just a few of the ways you can influence inflammation levels in the body and—for better or worse—your genetics.

A 2013 randomized test on premenopausal women revealed that increasing aerobic fitness and lean body mass, while also decreasing body fat, lowered the risk of breast cancer among subjects. To effectively achieve these goals, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise, five times a week.

Experts, and even the public at large, are now acutely aware of the intense influence diet can have on disease prevention. This is because the foods you eat can not only help you manage a healthy weight and reduce inflammation, but those choices can be key determinants in the level of exposure to dangerous toxins, like xenoestrogens. Fresh, locally grown, organic whole foods should dominate your diet. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in sulfur-containing compounds, and have been shown to lower the risk of several types of cancers. These vegetables include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, and kale.

In addition to drinking more water (from a non-plastic, BPA-free container), you may also try adding green tea to your diet. Studies show green tea can promote weight loss, and its catechins have also been proven to protect cells against DNA damage. Flax seeds are another easy way to promote healthy outcomes through your diet. Flax seeds contain phytochemicals that appear to reduce the risk of breast cancer and inhibit the action of excess estrogen in the body. Grind flax seeds to optimize benefits, and sprinkle them on top of your favorite foods.

Targeted supplementation is also important for reducing inflammation and promoting hormone balance. Curcumin, resveratrol and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) are potent inflammation-fighters. In a September 2013 study, all three of these phytonutrients blocked activation of NF-kb (an inflammatory signal in the body) in the presence of saturated fatty acids known to induce inflammation, as well as blocking inflammation that upregulates aromatase. Evening primrose oil has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, reduces PMS symptoms, and reduces progesterone resistance.

The enzyme aromatase, known for increasing the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, is upregulated by obesity, alcohol consumption, age and insulin levels. Quercetin, glycyrrhiza (found in licorice), grape seed extract and resveratrol are shown to naturally inhibit aromatase.
Stress management and sleep are important factors as well. Practicing relaxation and mindfulness techniques, along with making plenty of quality sleep a priority in your daily routine, can significantly reduce inflammation levels.

Understanding that the environment and genetics determine how estrogen is processed by the body is important, but recognizing that there are things you can do to protect yourself from estrogen dominance and the threat of breast cancer is crucial to your health and quality of life.

Author: Dr. Jennifer Landa is Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD, the nation’s largest franchise of physicians specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy. Dr. Jen spent 10 years as a traditional OB-GYN, and then became board-certified in regenerative medicine, with an emphasis on bio-identical hormones, preventative medicine and nutrition. She is the author of “The Sex Drive Solution for Women.”  Learn more about her programs at www.jenlandamd.com

Source: Fox News


Understanding Blood pH And It’s Critical Role In The Prevention Of Cancer

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Remember back in high school chemistry when you learned about acid/alkaline balance, also referred to as the body’s pH (“potential Hydrogen” or “powers of Hydrogen”)? Our pH is measured on a scale from 0 to 14, with 7.35 being neutral (normal), below 7.35 is acidic (with 0 being the most acidic) and above 7.35 is alkaline (with 14 being the most alkaline phbalance).

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Hydrogen is both a proton and an electron. If the electron is stripped off, then the resulting positive ion is a proton. In short, it is important to note that alkaline substances (also called “bases”) are proton “acceptors” (“+” charge) while acids are proton “donors” (“-” charge). Since bases have a higher pH, they have a greater potential to absorb hydrogen ions and vice versa for acids.

In chemistry, we know that water (H2O) decomposes into hydrogen ions (H+) and hydroxyl ions (OH-). When a solution contains more hydrogen ions than hydroxyl ions, then it is said to be acid. When it contains more hydroxyl ions than hydrogen ions, then it is said to be alkaline. As you may have guessed, a pH of 7.35 is neutral because it contains equal amounts of hydrogen ions and hydroxyl ions.

Over 70% of our bodies are water. When cells create energy via aerobic respiration, they burn oxygen and glucose. In simple terms, in order for the body to create energy it requires massive amounts of hydrogen. As a matter of fact, each day your body uses about ½ pound of pure hydrogen. Even our DNA is held together by hydrogen bonds and since the pH of bases is higher, they have a greater potential to absorb hydrogen, which results in more oxygen delivered to the cells.

The hydrogen ion concentration varies over 14 powers of 10, thus a change of one pH unit changes the hydrogen ion concentration by a factor of 10. The pH scale is a common logarithmic scale. For those of you who never liked math, what this means is that a substance which has a pH of 5.2 is 10 times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 6.2, while it is 100 (10 squared) times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 7.2, and it is 1,000 (10 cubed) times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 8.2, etc…

Our blood must always maintain a pH of approximately 7.35 so that it can continue to transport oxygen. Thus, God has made our bodies resilient with the ability to self-correct in the event of an imbalanced pH level through a mechanism called the buffer system. In chemistry, a buffer is a substance which neutralizes acids, thus keeping the pH of a solution relatively constant despite the addition of considerable amounts of acids or bases. However, the American diet (United States) being full of junk foods, fast foods, processed foods, and sodas, puts the body through “the ringer” in order to maintain the proper pH in the blood. Although our bodies typically maintain alkaline reserves which are utilized to buffer acids in these situations, it is safe to say that many of us have depleted our reserves.

When our buffering system reaches overload and we are depleted of reserves, the excess acids are dumped into the tissues. As more and more acid is accumulated, our tissues begin to deteriorate. The acid wastes oxidize (“rust”) the veins and arteries and begin to destroy cell walls and organs. Having an acidic pH is like driving your car with the “check engine” light on. It’s a sign that something is wrong with the engine and if we don’t get it fixed, then eventually the car will break down.

According to Keiichi Morishita in his book, Hidden Truth of Cancer, as the blood becomes acidic, the body deposits acidic substances into cells to remove them from the blood. This allows the blood to remain slightly alkaline. However, it causes the cells to become acidic and toxic. Over time, many of these cells increase in acidity and some die. However, some of these acidified cells adapt to the new environment. In other words, instead of dying (as normal cells do in an acidic environment) some cells survive by becoming abnormal cells. These abnormal cells are called “malignant” cells, and they do not correspond with brain function or the DNA memory code. Therefore, malignant cells grow indefinitely and without order. This is cancer.

Putting too much acid in your body is like putting poison in your fish tank. Several years ago, we purchased a fish tank and a couple of goldfish for our children. After killing both goldfish, we quickly learned that the key factor in keeping fish alive is the condition of the water. If their water isn’t balanced, then they die quickly. We also learned that you can kill a fish rapidly if you feed it the wrong foods! Now, compare this to the condition of our internal “fish tank.” Many of us are filling our fish tanks with chemicals, toxins, and the wrong foods which lower our pH balance, and an acidic pH results in oxygen deprivation at the cellular level.

So, what other things can we do to keep our tissue pH in the proper range? The easiest thing is to eat mostly alkaline foods. The general rule of thumb is to eat 20% acid foods and 80% alkaline foods. Fresh fruit juice also supplies your body with a plethora of alkaline substances. You can take supplements, such as potassium, cesium, magnesium, calcium, and rubidium, which are all highly alkaline.

Some excellent alkaline-forming foods are as follows: most raw vegetables and fruits, figs, lima beans, olive oil, honey, molasses, apple cider vinegar, miso, tempeh, raw milk, raw cheese, stevia, green tea, most herbs, sprouted grains, sprouts, wheat grass, and barley grass.

Foods such as yogurt, kefir, and butter are basically neutral. Several acid-forming foods are as follows: sodas, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, tobacco, aspartame, meats, oysters, fish, eggs, chicken, pasteurized milk, processed grains, sugar, peanut butter, beans, and pasta.

Source: http://thetruthaboutcancer.com/