Mastectomy as preventative Medicine

MASTECTOMY AS PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE
Despite breast cancer screening and genetic testing, breast cancer rates continue to rise and its incidence is affecting younger aged women, possibly due to lifestyle factors, according to Cancer Research, UK. Needless to say, is the fear of breast cancer’s devastating effects sufficient to run to the nearest surgeon and have one’s breasts removed? Should positive findings for genetic risk factors for cancer coupled with the fear of breast, prostate, colon, lung, and uterine cancer, any cancer in fact, be sufficient enough to have a surgeon begin to cut away at your body? Do we want to begin to routinely remove body parts as preventative medicine?
First of all, I say to all my patients that “fear is not of God”, that “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” 2Timothy 1:7. Whenever I see the media or those in positions of power (doctors, government, your boss, those seeking power over you) trying to impose a spirit of fear by making comments that seek to motivate action based upon a fear, I consider that a red flag and I ask “what does this individual or institution have to gain by manipulating my actions/decisions through fear”. No reasoned decision can come to good when the emotion of fear is at its root. Our thinking is not clear, reasoned and rational when fear seeks rash actions, and quick solutions, “the quick fix” so that we can then have the “false” sense of all is well now that I’ve solved that problem.
In addition, should we justify cutting out body parts when one tests positive for the genetic “potential” for cancer alone? Are we sending another message that such a “quick fix” absolves one of the responsibility of living a healthy lifestyle to reduce one’s risk factors. Lifestyle is reported as having a significant determinant to the development of chronic inflammatory conditions, heart disease and cancer. In fact recent evidence may support the conclusion that lifestyle is “the” single most important factor that determines our quality of life and what diseases we will succumb to. In fact there is now a term called “lifestyle disease” Wikipedia identifies such diseases as: Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, asthma, cancer, cirrhosis, COPD, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, chronic renal failure, osteoporosis, stroke, depression, and obesity. This means that what we do and don’t do on a daily basis determines if we will develop these conditions, how severe our condition will be and whether we will die of the consequences of this condition. It means we and we alone are responsible!
Even more significant is the fact that research is acknowledging that our environment, our lifestyle can and does alter our genes for the good and for the worst. The emerging science of nutragenomics studies the effect of diet and nutrition on gene expression. This means that what we eat has a direct impact on how our genes behave.
Cyrex labs was founded to test inflammatory gene markers that become active upon exposure to glutenin (a protein found in gluten products). Depending on the gene, susceptible individuals exposed to oats, white flour, wheat flour and barley can develop skin rashes, infertility, brain fog/inflammation, irritable bowel, and tendonitis. Excluding gluten from the diet of these individuals keeps these gene markers silent! Isn’t it wiser to seek the cause of gene activation and prevent it than cut out one’s body parts?
Depression, negative thinking, and trauma have also been show by researchers at UCSF and Preventive Medicine Research Institute, that telomere length was shortened, the end caps to our genes. The unraveling and shortening of our telomeres results in increased mortality. (Biological Psychiatry 2012, Lancet Oncology 2008) How we react to our environment besides the foods we eat has a direct impact on our genes. We are not victims, we are responsible for how we engage our world. Patients with positive, non-pessimistic attitudes, who engaged healthy lifestyle living habits were shown to in as little as three months increase the enzyme telomerase that helps to lengthen our telomeres.
You might be thinking in the case of breast cancer, how simple a solution it is to remove the breast and never have to worry about breast cancer, especially in this day and age when doctors can give you better looking breasts than what you came into this world with. However, this solution says nothing of the fact that these cancers don’t develop without a trigger.
Estrogen based cancers result from excessive estrogen circulating in the tissues as opposed to the blood stream. Serum (blood) tests for estrogen are the standard in allopathic medicine. However, serum estrogen levels do not reflect the amount of estrogen circulating in tissues. It is the length of time that estrogen has to irritate tissues that leads to the activation of genes in those tissues to become altered and proceed to a malignancy. Allopathic medicine is not testing for tissue levels of estrogen. Such a test is easily done via a saliva test through Diagnos-Techs (http://www.diagnostechs.com/) called their Flex Matrix saliva panel and the cost is under $100. This test is also being made available by Immune Matrix at https://www.immunematrix.com/store.
Immune Matrix (http://www.immunematrix.com/) routinely tests their patients with this Flex Matrix Saliva test to determine their estrogen, progesterone and testosterone tissue levels. What they have routinely found is that in a majority of cases, patients on hormone replacement, whether synthetic or compounded hormones, were being given excessive dosages of estrogen. In such cases, their doctors are increasing their chances of developing an estrogen based cancer. Immediate change to their dosages would be made until tissue levels of estrogen were more in proper range. All of these women had no symptoms that their estrogens were excessive (breast tenderness, bloating, irritability) and thus their estrogen “dominance” was silent, making the development of an estrogen based cancer all the more ominous while under doctor supervised hormone replacement therapy. Bottom line, get a saliva test done to know your estrogen levels and don’t let your allopathic doctor “poo-poo” this test result because it is not routinely done in allopathic medicine. The only thing you have at stake is becoming surprised one day after trusting your doctor to prescribe hormones that you now have breast cancer.
The other factor not address is evaluating a woman’s efficiency to detoxify estrogen. This is an ever increasing challenge in modern society as we are surrounded by estrogenic chemicals that elevate our estrogen levels. A woman’s lifestyle in this day and age includes not just child rearing but also working a full time job, adding chronic stress to the equation that is now know to elevate estrogen levels. The fall in fertility also means that women, younger women are failing to ovulate regularly, which means that they will not produce progesterone that month. Failure to produce progesterone (due to not producing an egg that month from stress or peri-menopause, to full blown menopause) causes the woman to have more estrogen circulating in her tissue without the benefit of progesterone, which helps the cells to absorb estrogen. This is why the peri-menopausal, menopausal woman has a rise in breast/uterine/ovarian cancer risk, because she remains estrogen dominant.
Is there anything that can be done to reduce estrogen dominance and stop the activation of genes sensitive to excessive estrogenic stimulation? Yes! Improving one’s methylation is the key. Methylation is the process the liver uses to break down and excrete estrogen. A slow or dysfunctional methylation function of the liver (this happens without elevated serum live enzymes) results in estrogens becoming reabsorbed back into the body, making one’s estrogen dominance worse.
Are there any red flags to indicate if a woman methylation pathways are inefficient? Absolutely! If while a woman is cycling monthly she routinely suffers breast fullness and tenderness (sign of excessive estrogen irritating breast tissue), bloating, abdominal fullness, irritability (sign that the liver meridian is congested/stagnated/slow in function), frequent sighing and red eyes (another sign of liver congestion), menstrual cramping, pain, clotted menstrual blood (all signs of liver congestion), then her efficiency to detoxify and eliminate estrogens needs to be improved.
For most people, supplementing the liver with methylation support products can make a world of difference in helping give the liver the essential nutrients it needs to process toxins. Some of us have a higher degree of toxic retention. Some of us have slower lymphatic flow that results in more toxic retention. Some of us are non-secretors making the elimination of toxins an even slower process. Some of us have genetic defects that slower our methylation pathway down and make us reactive to some supplements such a sulfur based supplements (a COMT snp, or a MTHFR snp). But there are ways around these challenges.
In addition, our vegetables are low in these key minerals due to the inhibiting effects fertilizers have on plants to block the uptake of minerals. Therefore we are deficient in these minerals nutritionally. Add the fact that we live in a more toxic world now than 100 years ago, means our body has a higher nutritional need for methylation support and we suffer more toxic retention as a result. These combined toxins will stress our liver’s ability to process toxins as well as the added burden women suffer to rid themselves of excessive estrogens from lifestyle stress, and estrogenic chemicals they have been exposed to. Deficiencies, even minor of magnesium (chronic tight neck and shoulders, hard stools, restless legs), manganese, molybdenum, zinc, selenium, folate, B12, B6 all slow the liver’s ability to process toxins. Immune Matrix reports that all their patients suffering from estrogen dominance and/or chronic inflammatory conditions are deficient in these key minerals and some have developed immune sensitivities to these minerals, further blocking their absorption and use.
The solution is to regularly monitor one’s tissue estrogen levels, every 3 months if on hormone replacement therapy, and every 6 months if one’s tissue estrogen levels are in normal range. Taking a methylation support product is essential for any woman that shows signs of estrogen dominance. DIM-Pro, Methyl-Sp, or UltraClear Plus ph can bring one’s tissue estrogens back into normal range. It also goes without saying that women should avoid the consumption of alcohol, and smoking, as significant risk factors for cancer and regularly test themselves for their tissue estrogen levels.  If this sounds like a lot of work, or responsibility, yes it is. Some individuals would rather not bother and just cut their breasts out so they do not have to live with the responsibility of taking the extra care the body requires to live in this stress inducing, toxic world.
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Anna Manayan

Anna Manayan