Ending Breast Cancer: Can balancing your hormones help save your life?

When was the last time you thought about your personal risk for breast cancer? Hopefully it’s been on your mind somewhat during this  autumnal month of  National Breast Cancer Awareness. But let not the disappearance of pink ribbons as October wanes, rob us of the greater message of our hard won awareness. That despite all the money raised and billions spent, we still have no guaranteed treatment for breast cancer. In the meantime, let’s face it, continuing the war on cancer with the latest designer drugs or procedures is big business. Sometimes it works and we survive to race for the cure. But breast cancer keeps catching up, and overtaking too many of us. One in eight women; the numbers have not budged. In North America a woman dies of breast cancer every 12 minutes. Still no cure. Except to prevent it in the first place.  I don’t mean to sound glib, but I have science on my side here. Prevention is Doable.

Not every breast cancer is inherited. In fact, the majority manifest as the end result of risks we knowingly or unknowingly take with our health every day – the overworked, overfed, overstressed, toxic lifestyle, that over time is a breast cancer waiting to happen.  Many of us are living this way. Many of us are at risk. So. What do we do about it? Is it too late to reduce our odds  to slim and none? Can we do something, right now?

Yes. Absolutely. You can start by losing weight and balancing your hormones.

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As it turns out, these may be two of the most important actions we can take to reduce breast cancer in our lifetime. The evidence is there, and growing. Numerous studies in the medical literature report the association between out of balance hormones and lifestyle to cancers.

For example, a recent study published in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society (Dec 2012, vol. 118), found that extra pounds—even within the overweight but not obese range—are linked to a 30 percent higher risk of breast cancer recurrence and a nearly 50 percent higher risk of death despite optimal treatment. Given that the most common type of breast tumors are fueled by excess estrogen, and that fat cells (via aromatase conversion) are mini-estrogen producing factories, pinpointing the hormonal links to weight gain is a key to preventing breast cancers.

Dr. John Lee, M.D. and David Zava, Ph.D. are at pains to make that very point in their groundbreaking book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer: How Hormone Balance Can Help Save Your Life. “Experts agree that environmental risk factors, such as diet and exposure to toxins, account for about 80% of breast cancers, and genetic factors account for about 20 percent. Even those who happen to have a genetic predisposition can improve their chances of dodging a breast cancer diagnosis with hormone balance and a healthy diet.”

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So what are the best ways to dodge a breast cancer diagnosis in the first place? To RAZE (as in demolish) your personal risk for breast cancer it is GOOD to Do These Things:

  1. First test your hormone levels to detect hidden imbalances. Examples such as estrogen dominance or high cortisol stress hormones are associated with weight gain, as well as higher risks for breast cancer.

In case you haven’t heard, ZRT Laboratory just launched a Weight Management Profile that can detect and help correct such imbalances.

  1. If estrogen dominance is identified through testing, take steps to correct it ASAP. An estimated 97% of breast cancers are linked with excess estrogens unbalanced by adequate progesterone.
  2. Fill up on high fiber, cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts that help promote proper estrogen metabolism.
  3. Get your “good fats” in avocados, olive/coconut oils, nuts and seeds to help inhibit tumor growth, boost immunities, and reduce inflammation.
  4. A daily dose of 64 oz. of water can flush out free radicals and toxins that invite cancers.
  5. Avoid bad “xeno” hormones with hormone-free meat/dairy/poultry. Also make sure to microwave in glass or ceramic vs. plastic containers, drink from non-plastic water bottles, and choose “green” household, garden and personal care products.
  6. Minimize stress to stabilize cortisol, blood sugars and insulin levels. When those levels are elevated, they provide raw fuel for tumors. Prioritizing time to de-stress, eat right, get enough sleep, and exercise are HUGE when it comes to  boosting your immune reserves against cancer.

So there you have it!  Seven lifesaving steps to balancing your hormones which in turn will reduce your own personal risks for breast cancer, which in turn will help to prevent it ever happening in the first place,  to you or to anyone else, which in turn will eventually put an end to this dread disease we don’t deserve.

What we do deserve is for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and all the other prestigious scientific bodies out there to prioritize prevention. (Note: NCI still spends the majority of its entire budget on treatments and diddlysquat on research into prevention.)  Time to take the pink earbuds out and turn all that awareness into action.

3perisHere’s another blog that gives you more information on hormone balancing. Just click on the link: http://menopausibilities.com/2012/05/23/you-could-be-walking-around-with-a-hormone-imbalance-and-not-even-know-it-oprah-said-that-but-what-did-she-mean-hormone-imbalance-defined/

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2 responses to “Ending Breast Cancer: Can balancing your hormones help save your life?

  1. Robin Brantley

    I have been seeing Kyle for years now- just turned 50 in August and feeling great hormonally. I am on bio-identical hormone replacement (estrogen patch & progesterone cream) and I would recommend this to all women who are menopausal and having issues. It makes me feel so much more like my old self, keeps the hot flashes away and even helps with keeping my skin in better shape. I take many natural supplements (like DHEA and Opti-Ferin C and others) that Kyle recommended and I really feel they too have balanced me in a way nothing else could. This post is really great as it identifies things that can keep cancer away. I am a vegetarian and H/W proportionate at 5’9 / 129#. It was very hard to manage my weight before I had a hysterectomy but now I seem to be on a much more even path. Of course there was a HUGE crash of hormones after the surgery, but then I got right on track through Kyle’s help. She has you do cortisol tests and other things to determine your proper levels. And let’s not forget about Rick-the-Rock Rosenfield, the surgeon who literally saved my life! Thank You, Pearl Women’s Center!!! I drink tons of water and work out daily, plus eat a very balanced diet. I also find that meditation and appreciation are key to my happiness. I love this blog as it really lays out what works, and these ladies are in the KNOW!!! Thanks, Kyle & Candace!!! xoxoxo~Robin

    • Robin, thanks so much for your lovely comment and for your BIG vote of confidence in the work that we do at Pearl Women’s Center. You are truly ‘a poster woman’ for the importance of finding and maintaining hormone balance! You are walking the walk, by getting your hormones tested in a reliable manner(saliva/blood spot is our preferred approach), taking bio-identical hormones designed for your “unique-ness”(individualized health care is what we are advocating), and adopting a whole health lifestyle in order to maintain your hormone(and therefore your health) balance. These actions are among the most powerful things a woman can do to PREVENT the occurrence of breast cancer. As more women adopt this approach, we are optimistic that the numbers of women affected by this terrible disease will finally drop. In addition, we know that these same hormone-balance-oriented activities will also greatly reduce your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and dementia, as well as enhancing the quality of your daily life.
      I love the work that I get to do everyday. Working with women like Robin makes me know that the work I do truly matters. Thank you to all of the women I get to see everyday. I feel very blessed indeed to have taken that fork in the road years ago in my own nurse practitioner practice towards integrative and functional medicine. That was a life changing decision for me and I am thankful to the providers who paved the path for me.

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