Holistic approach for estrogen dominance, breast cancer awareness community focus ahwatukee.com gas 2015

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• Triple negative is an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer. It is not positive to receptors for estrogen, progesterone, or HER2. Approximately 10-12 percent are known as “triple negative” because they lack estrogen and progesterone receptors, and do not overexpress the HER2 protein.

I recall a statement Dr. Harry Eidenier, Jr., Ph.D. made in a recent seminar I attended: “We are swimming in a sea of environmental xenoestrogens.” Xenoestrogens are environmental, man-made chemicals that have a chemical structure similar to estrogen that accumulate in fatty human tissue. The longer these foreign substances stay in your body, the more opportunity they have to do damage. Your body has to detoxify these xenoestrogen chemicals every day, and over time this can become a burden.

Estrogen in general tends to promote cell division, particularly in hormone-sensitive tissue (breast and uterine lining). Excess estrogens in your body increase aromatase (an enzyme found in estrogen producing cells in the adrenal glands, ovaries, placenta, testicles, adipose or fat tissue and the brain).

Sources of Xenoestrogens: artificial scents/air fresheners, food additives/preservatives, household cleaners/detergents, car exhaust and indoor toxins, non-organic foods (particularly animal fats from dairy and meat), personal care products (shampoos, lotions, perfumes, make up, deodorants), oral contraceptives and prescription drugs, pains, lacquers and solvents, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, Styrofoam products, plant estrogens (soy, flaxseed), plastics, canned foods, and plastic food wrap.

• A Northwestern University study, published in the journal Annals of Oncology, found that oleic acid found in avocados, oils such as almond, pecan, macadamia, cashew and extra virgin olive oil (10 tsp/day) inhibit activity levels of the Her-2/neu gene.

• Sugar is a food source for cancer. A study in the Journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention found that refined carbs (white flour, sugar, corn and HFCS) are linked to cancer. The study of more than 1,800 women in Mexico found that those who got 57 percent or more of their total energy intake from refined carbohydrates had a 220 percent higher risk of breast cancer than women who ate more balanced diets.

• Pesticide exposure — the molecular structure of some pesticides closely resembles that of estrogen. This means they may attach to receptor sites in your body. It’s a known fact that those with elevated levels of pesticides in their breast tissue have a greater breast cancer risk.

Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Smart exercise and deep breathing provide oxygen down to the cellular level. Exercise balances your insulin levels and controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks.

Omega-3 fish oils — make sure you supplement with a quality brand that is free of toxic heavy metals, PCBs and other chemicals. Research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention showed that postmenopausal women who take fish oil supplements may lower their risk of breast cancer by 32 percent.

Vitamin D prevents and reduces 78 percent of all cancers. Vitamin D suppresses growth of breast cancer by blocking and enhancing signals that inhibit cancer cell growth and by altering gene regulators of the cell cycle. A University of Birmingham study also found that Vitamin D3 encourages healthy breast cell growth while making cells more resistant to toxins.

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Paula Owens, M.S., is the author of two books, “The Power of 4” and “Fat Loss Revolution.” She is a nutritionist and fitness expert with more than 25 years of experience, and creator of “21 Days to a Leaner, Healthier You,” an online exercise and fat-loss program. Visit Paula at www.PaulaOwens.com.