Integrative Ways to Prevent and Treat Breast Cancer
Breast cancer cells are abnormal cells in the breasts caused by diet, environment, estrogen, genetics and lifestyle choices. One out of eight women in the US have breast cancer. It is the most common cancer in women and 1% of men.
“First Do No Harm” Hippocrates. Each person has a unique path to health and wellness. Treatments should include the mind, body, spiritual and emotional aspects of a person’s well-being. Factors that increase risk are increased exposure to radiation (X-rays), alcohol, increased exposure to estrogens especially xenoestrogens (artificial estrogens), obesity, age and the western SAD ( Standard American Diet) diet – high fat, low fiber and processed foods. Factors that decrease risk are regular exercise, prolonged breastfeeding, a diet high in fruits and vegetables, a predominately plant-based diet, Omega 3 fatty acids found in flax seed and walnut oil. Flaxseed oil can be substituted on a vegan diet. Green tea is also a great antioxidant that has been shown to decrease the risk factors and boost the immune system. Soy is not suggested but soy foods are beneficial to the immune system. Ground flaxseed meal added to food is a very good source of omega 3 fatty acid.
Diets high in antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of cancer cells in premenopausal women. A diet of 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily is one of the many diet suggestions in our INFORM program (discussed in the future). Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli decrease the multiplication of cancer cells.
Daily exercises increase the immune system, moods, events of recurrence, increases quality-of-life, health and wellness of the body. Exercise more than three times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes lowers the risk of breast cancer by 3 times. Yoga and Qigong increase balance and improve the moods.
Vitamin D deficiencies are common in breast cancer. Vitamin D3 is the best source to take. Botanicals have been used with very good success to improve the immune system, detoxification and cleansing of the body. They also provide the body with micro-nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it needs to heal properly.
Forgiveness of one’s self and of others helps to heal the emotional self. Relaxation methods help with the stress related to cancer. Aromatherapy (discussed in the future), music therapy, color therapy, and massage therapy all help balance the energetic field of the body. Each person has unique pathways to health and wellness and should be treated as an individual.
The information in this article is presented solely for educational purposes. It is not intended to serve as medical advice or a prescription, or to replace advice and care of your doctor or other healthcare professionals. It’s also a good idea to check with them before beginning, altering or ending any health, lifestyle or diet program.
Dr. Hugh Jenkins
NBC Health Ministry