Monday, October 20, 2014
Beyond 'Pink': How To Decrease Breast Cancer Risk Naturally
I would like to add avoidance of xenoestrogens and heavy metals from environmental sources and personal care products, sufficient fiber to help with appropriate estrogen metabolism, and avoidance of imbalanced synthetic estrogen/progesterone hormones.
Bottom line – decrease or quit dairy starting today. Even with "organic" milk, you will be getting some stimulating effects. If you don't want to stop drinking milk, choose non-fat milk to eliminate the fat-soluble hormones and chemicals. Unfortunately, this is not possible to do with cheese since cheese is mostly fat.
Bottom line – stay away from meats that aren't grass fed and try to reduce the amount of meat in your diet overall.
Bottom line – get off of your sugar addiction by reducing the amount of sweets (including artificial sweeteners) you eat.
If you stay away from wheat, you will be drastically reducing the amount of gluten in your diet. The reason why gluten can be a problem – even if you don't have Celiac disease – is because it causes inflammation in your gut that triggers an exaggerated response from your immune system. Once your immune system is off balance, it cannot fix any cellular or DNA damage as easily, so your risk for cancer is increased. Anything that causes increased levels of inflammation in your body increases your risk for cancer.
Not all fats are treated the same way in your body. There are some fats – especially artificial fats like trans fats or margarine – that cause on increased amount of inflammation in the body. Your body does not treat all oils the same way and so you should pay attention to which type of oils and fats you use. Oils that are healthier for your body include coconut, avocado, walnut, and olive oil. Oils that you should stay away from include corn oil, vegetable oil, sunflower oil, and any synthetics like Crisco. Remember that when you eat fried foods from a restaurant, not only are you unsure of what type of oil they use, but the oil has probably been used so many times that it changes the structure of the oils as well. When you eat out, stick to food that is not fried and use only healthy oils in your home."
Madeleine Castellanos, M.D.