The American Cancer Society reports that one in eight women risks developing invasive breast cancer at some point in her life. The most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States in 2012 indicate that there are 226,870 new cases annually and around 39,510 of these cases will result in death. To promote the cancer industry and raise funding so they can continue to mislead us with chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatments, pink ribbons are distributed all over the country. These pink ribbons do nothing to stop the spread of breast cancer, or to find the cure. The truth is that the preventative steps are well known, yet not widely accepted or practiced. To efficiently advance forward with a cure, the cause must first be determined. We know the most common causes.
“While scientists are hard at work searching for specific breast cancer-fighting compounds, the safest approach is to apply what we already know: Diets that are highest in a variety of plant foods while avoiding heavy oils, meat, eggs, and dairy products, help prevent a great many diseases. The earlier in life we start, the better.” – Dr. Neal M. Barnard
After assessing several international and migrant studies, Dr. T. Colin Campbell suggests in his book, The China Study, the possibility that we can lower our rate of breast cancer to almost zero if we make certain lifestyle choices. He learned from these studies that those people who migrated from one area to another, and then began eating the typical diet in their new residency, assumed the disease risk of the area to which they moved. This led to his belief that diet and lifestyle are the principle causes of these diseases. He points to a study conducted by Professor Ken Carroll from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, in which a relationship was shown between the intake of dietary fat and incidence of breast cancer. In this same study, Professor Carroll was able to show that breast cancer was associated with animal fat intake, but not with plant fat. When presented with this study, the cancer industry quickly overlooked his findings, and continued putting money towards developing new drugs that fail to prevent, reverse, or cure the disease. The study was published in Cancer Journal in 1986, and titled, “Fat and Cancer.”
Those who were convinced that this increased intake of dietary fats is indeed linked to breast cancer began to lower their intake of fats, yet they did this by eating low-fat or nonfat animal products, rather than converting to plant-based diets. So, as the percentage of calories from fat began to decrease, the percentage of calories obtained from animal proteins increased. This could explain why we still have not largely eradicated this disease.
“Diet and disease factors such as animal protein consumption or breast cancer incidence lead to changes in the concentrations of certain chemicals in our blood. These chemicals are called biomarkers. As an example, blood cholesterol is a biomarker for heart disease. We measured six blood biomarkers that are associated with animal protein intake. Do they confirm the finding that animal protein intake is associated with cancer in families? Absolutely. Every single animal protein-related blood biomarker is significantly associated with the amount of cancer in a family.” – Dr. T.Colin Campbell, The China Study
As I mentioned in chapter seven, the parabens that are added to beauty products trigger the development of breast cancer. The lifestyle choices we make also trigger breast cancer. The food choices we make play a role in the development of this disease as well. Prevention is the safest and most effective method for reducing your chances of being one in eight women who will be afflicted with this cancer. Prevention begins with abiding by a clean, plant-based diet. This means removing all animal products, processed foods, fast food, and food chemicals from the diet. Of all foods, dairy is the most detrimental. Several studies have concluded that the protein in milk, casein, is directly linked to breast cancer incidence. Of these studies, The China Study is the most comprehensive and up-to-date. If you have not done so already, I encourage you to read the book, and see the documentary, Forks Over Knives. In addition to diet, it is important to avoid all chemicals in general. To do this one must refrain from using beauty products that are not organic, and that contain parabens or sulfates. Chemicals are absorbed through the skin and into the lymph fluid. If you enjoy cleaning, and use chemical cleaning supplies, it is also important that you replace your usual chemical cleaners with plant-based, chemical free cleaners, or simply use vinegar. Cigarette smoking, drinking alcohol, and using suntan lotions must also be eliminated.
What I find most appalling about the pink ribbon scam is that many of the retail stores, as well as fast food restaurants, that are accepting donations for pink ribbons, are selling the very same products containing substances known to increase the incidence of breast cancer, yet they still expect us to donate money to their cause. I find this to be backwards, disgraceful, immoral, and wrong.
“Some dairy products, such as whole milk and many types of cheese, have a relatively high saturated fat content, which may increase risk. Moreover, milk products may contain contaminants such as pesticides, which have carcinogenic potential, and growth factors such as insulin-like growth factor I, which have been shown to promote breast cancer cell growth.” – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
A study published in Mutagenesis Journal in 2009, titled, Dietary Intake of Meat and Meat-Derived Heterocyclic Aromatic Amines and Their Correlation with DNA Adducts in Female Breast Tissue, showed that heterocyclic amines not only trigger cancer and promote tumor growth, but that they also increase its metastatic potential by increasing its invasiveness. These cooked meat carcinogens are found mostly in bacon, fish, beef, and chicken, but are present in nearly all animal-based foods once heat is applied. Of the heterocyclic amines, PhIP is perhaps the most damaging to health. The study found that PhIP initiates tumor growth, promotes cancer due to its estrogenic activity, and promotes the invasiveness of breast cancer cells more than straight estrogen. This is alarming, especially knowing how common it is for women with breast cancer to continue eating animal products, and that the most frequent cause of death in patients with breast cancer is from the metastasis of cells from the primary tumor, to distant sites, such as the liver and lungs, where they can grow to form secondary tumors.
In a study conducted at Harvard Medical School, ninety thousand women were monitored from 1991 through 2003. The women completed regular questionnaires to record how often they consumed more than 130 different foods and drinks so researchers could determine a possible link between diet and cancer. The women were asked to report whether or not they had developed breast cancer bi-annually. Only women who were premenopausal with no previous cancers were included in the study. At the end of the study it was determined that women who ate a high-meat diet were found to be much more prone to developing hormonally reactive breast cancers. Women who ate more than one-and-a-half servings of red meat such as lamb, beef, or pork daily had almost double the risk of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer compared with those who ate three or fewer servings per week. The study was published in November 2006 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
In the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, which included 120,000 women from all over the country and investigated the relationship between diet, lifestyle, and disease in women, it was determined after two decades that breast cancer risk increases by twenty-two percent with every 100g per day increment of egg consumption. This is equivalent to about two eggs per day. PhIP has also been traced in the urine of vegetarians who eat eggs, making eggs an even less desirable choice for those afflicted with this cancer.
In the same study, alcohol consumption was found to increase breast cancer incidence by forty-one percent for women consuming thirty to sixty grams of alcohol per day, when compared with women who choose not to drink.
“I performed multiple regression analysis on breast cancer incidence. The highest correlation with breast cancer incidence was from animal source calories as compared to plant source calories. The saturated fat in meat and milk products increases the risk of breast cancer.” – Dr. William Harris, author of Cancer and Vegan Diet
In his book, Super Immunity, Dr. Joel Fuhrman presents us with a list of foods he believes to have the most powerful immune-boosting and anti-cancer effects. He provides an acronym for these foods, being G-BOMBS. These are: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds. He claims these foods help to prevent the cancerous transformation of normal cells, and keep the body armed and ready to attack any pre-cancerous or cancerous cells that may arise. In one of his articles titled, Fight Breast Cancer with G-BOMBS, published October 8th, 2012, on diseaseproof.com, Dr. Fuhrman explains why he recommends these particular foods. He specifically mentions cruciferous vegetables as being associated with decreased risk of breast cancer, and increased chances of survival in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. He was inclined to include beans because they are high in fiber, and according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2011, high fiber diets are found to reduce the risk of breast cancer. If you are going to include beans in your diet, learn to use a steamer basket or bamboo basket, or try a double boiler so the beans boil in the water but do not touch the hot bottom of the pan. Also be sure to add plenty of raw vegetables to your dish. Because onions contain organosulfur compounds, they can be effective in slowing tumor growth and killing cancer cells. Mushrooms contain compounds known as aromatase inhibitors, which can block the production of estrogen. In a Chinese study published in the International Journal of Cancer in 2009, it was determined that women who ate at least ten grams of mushrooms per day had a sixty-four percent decreased risk of developing breast cancer. This is equivalent to a button mushroom per day. Berries also contain aromatase inhibitors, as well as many antioxidants, which protect against DNA damage that could lead to cancer, and reduce inflammation. Some seeds, especially sesame and flaxseeds, are rich in lignans. These are plant estrogens that protect against breast cancer. A study published in the Clinical Cancer Research Journal in 2005 found that women who were diagnosed with breast cancer, and were given flaxseeds daily, had reduced growth and increased death of their tumor cells after only five weeks.
In June 2005, a study conducted by researchers in Italy was published in the Journal of Nutrition. The research team found that when they mixed raw cauliflower juice with breast cancer cells, not only did the cancerous cells stop growing, but when they were exposed to higher doses of the juice, the cells died. Normal cells however, were not impacted. The compounds in cauliflower juice that are responsible for killing these cancerous cells are known as isothiocyanates (ITC). ITCs are anti-cancer compounds formed when compounds called phytoalexins, or glucosinolates, which act as the defense system for the genus of plants known as brassica, are modified after being chewed, or blended. These brassica plants are also categorized as cruciferous vegetables. When we chew these plants, they produce an enzyme known as myrosinase, which converts the glucosinolates into ITCs. The ITC compounds then stimulate the liver to excrete the carcinogenic compounds that may be circulating in the body. This does not mean you can simply drink cauliflower juice and expect breast cancer to go away. This means that if you cleanse internally, avoid foods that nurture cancer cells, and incorporate the juices from cruciferous vegetables into your diet you will have a greater chance of reversing the condition – and preventing its recurrence.
“The scientific evidence shows that women do have the power to protect themselves against breast cancer with powerful preventive lifestyle measures. Staying slim and active, focusing on healthful natural foods, and avoiding the disease-causing foods of the Standard American diet are strategies women can use to win the war on breast cancer.” – Dr. Joel Fuhrman
If breast cancer has already developed and you happen to be living with this disease, this does not mean you will die. This also does not mean you will need to have a mastectomy. You will not need to go through unnecessary chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This means you must begin to cleanse internally, incorporate juicing into your daily routine, exercise, and change your diet and approach to life. Internal cleansing services such as the lymphatic drainage, oxygen bath, and colon hydrotherapy have all proven to be helpful in combating this disease. The lymphatic system operates by moving lymph fluids through connective tissues, and this can only be done through the movement of tissues. Because of this, as Ron Garner mentions in Conscious Health, “Women should not always have their breasts bound tightly with bras. They should exercise daily wearing loose apparel that allows the breasts to move. The restriction of movement causes a constriction of fluids and obstructs lymphatic circulation. This long term restriction of the lymphatic drainage system in breasts blocks natural energy flow and can be a factor in the development of breast cancer.” If you wear bras often, fail to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, and partake in activities that can cause the lymph fluid to stagnate, such as smoking, consuming dairy products, eating meat or eggs, and wearing cosmetics and anti-perspirants containing harmful chemicals, then going in for a lymphatic drainage would be a good idea. Beginning to exercise regularly, and remembering to wear loose clothing while doing so, will also get the lymph fluids moving again.
By eating the foods which Dr. Fuhrman recommends, eating cruciferous vegetables from the brassica family, drinking fresh organic juices, avoiding all animal-based foods, cleansing internally, getting exposure to sunlight, using plant-based cleaners, steering clear of cosmetics loaded with sulfates and parabens, exercising, and making healthy lifestyle choices, one diagnosed with breast cancer would be making wise choices in alignment with healing and prevention.