Thursday, February 5, 2015

Protection Against Breast Cancer

Before you read this, I'd like for you to pause and close your eyes.  Think about a time when you have felt really good about yourself and how you looked.  Then say to yourself, "I can have that again."  Say it to yourself several times like Dorothy did with her ruby slippers to go home in the Wizard of Oz.  "I can have that again."

Now you can read on:

If you're looking to give yourself an edge against getting breast cancer, there are a number of interesting studies going on right now engaging some natural approaches.  In order to get a scientific study funded, up, and running there generally has to be pretty strong indicators from previous science work that the hypothesis has a good chance of proving true.  Further, it often takes several repeat studies to prove the legitimacy of one study's results.  That being said, I think it makes some pretty good sense to adopt the following approaches that are presently being tested into your daily health regimen.  In a way you are participating in the study through the backdoor.  The main advantage being that you don't get drawn to be in the placebo group when you volunteer yourself to run your own experiment.

Three Solid Approaches to Improve Your Breast Health:

  1. There have been a number of pretty strong studies that show being overweight increases the risk of breast cancer (and others as well.)  So, the first recommendation is lose weight if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25.  The current study going on in Kansas is aimed at helping women lose 10% of their body weight in six months and then maintain it.
  2. Fat cells tend to be great little manufacturing plants for estrogen.  Estrogen is a known high powered fuel for cancer.  The other way fat figures in is in the inflammation picture.  Inflammation is also a huge fuel for cancer.  So reducing the number of fat cells (weight loss) and changing the composition of fat cells could remove two of the principle fuels for cancer.  The study in Kansas is using roughly 3 grams (3,000 mg) of fish oil/day with high profiles of EPA and DHA - two principle Omega-3 fatty acids that have been studied a lot.  In addition to it reducing inflammation, it has other benefits including: clearer thinking, less reactive nervous system, improvement in good cholesterol, improved cardiovascular health, and mild blood thinning.
  3. Work on your spiritual and emotional health.  Experiencing awe, compassion, joy, love, forgiveness, calmness & relaxation, and other positive emotions have been proven to reduce your production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.  As their name implies, this would further reduce your inflammation levels.   

You will lose absolutely nothing by embarking on these three changes.  If you are already doing these then you're some laps ahead on the wellness journey.  Look for a separate post where I share my 2015 suggestions for improving overall wellness.  Remember weight loss follows wellness - not vice versa!

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