This is a great article, which you can find the whole thing here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/20/breast-cancer-prevention.aspx And there is a good video from Dr. Horner on this page as well.
By Dr. Mercola
According to estimates by the American Cancer Society, about 232,300 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, and about 39,600 will die from the disease.
Dr. Christine Horner is quite familiar with breast cancer. She began her career as a board certified general and plastic surgeon, performing breast reconstructive surgeries on women who’d had full mastectomies due to breast cancer.
While Dr. Horner was still in college, her mother developed breast cancer. Despite having a mastectomy, and successfully addressing a second breast tumor that appeared 13 years after the first one, she later died from cancer that metastasized in her femur.
“That’s the thing that really rocked my world,” Dr. Horner says. “In the interim, I had started my plastic surgery practice.
Because my mom had had breast cancer, I thought, well, I’d get active with the American Cancer Society. I was the spokesperson for the American Cancer Society on breast cancer issues.
I was trained to say, ‘We don’t know what causes it. We don’t have any known cures. The best things that women can do are mammograms and breast exams in the hope of catching it early to save lives.’
[Then] it was like, ‘Well, that didn’t work for my mom.’ And then, I noticed at my practice that my patients started getting younger and younger and younger. Finally, I was doing women in their 20s. I just thought, something is way wrong with this picture.”
Thousands of Studies Show Why We’re Not Winning the War on Cancer…
Dr. Horner began reviewing the medical literature in search of clues that might reveal an answer to the dramatic increase in breast cancer, now appearing in women at an increasingly younger age.
What she discovered was thousands of studies that show exactly why we have a cancer epidemic—factors that contribute to it, and factors that are highly protective.
“And they were all natural,” she says. “It’s food, supplements, herbs, diet, and lifestyle. …I’m board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery… there’s 11 years of training in there.
I didn’t have a single course in nutrition. I learned nothing about health – nothing. All I learned was how to suppress symptoms with pharmaceutical medications or cut it out.
It wasn’t until I discovered that there was such an association with diet, herbs, lifestyle, and emotions too, that I thought, okay, these are the real secrets to health.”
As a result of her research, she got trained in Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine from India. “Ayur” means life and “veda” means knowledge, so it literally means “the knowledge of life”; wisdom that, if followed, can bring you into balance and enhance your body’s innate self-healing intelligence.
The truth is, there are many simple strategies that can drastically reduce your chances of developing cancer, or any other chronic disease for that matter; strategies that do not involve harmful side effects.
“I decided to quit my practice and dedicate myself to teaching people about what they can do – the simple things that they can do – that can have a dramatic impact on their life,” she says.
“With all my research in the area of breast cancer, I thought the first thing I’m going to do is write a book on all the natural approaches to protecting against and fighting breast cancer because, definitely, we have the information to end the breast cancer epidemic. No question about it.”
It’s worth mentioning that the same strategies apply for other types of cancer as well. Prostate and colon cancer tumors, for example, are similar to breast cancer tumors, as certain hormones cause them all to grow. Hence, protective strategies that are effective against breast cancer also work on these other types of cancer. Cancer prevention strategies will also virtually eliminate most other chronic disorders.
Her dedication, research, and ultimate findings led to her writing the book,Waking the Warrior Goddess: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Protect Against and Fight Breast Cancer, which contains research-proven all-natural approaches for protecting against and treating breast cancer.
Most Natural Prevention Strategies Cut Your Risk in Half
What’s most important, however, is Dr. Horner’s discovery that most of the lifestyle strategies that have been scientifically tested have the ability to cut your risk of cancer by about 50 percent; sometimes more. And yet virtually no one in conventional medicine talks about and shares such findings with their patients. Why? For example, turmeric can slash your risk by about half, while optimizing your vitamin D levels has been shown to cut breast cancer incidence by 77 percent1 in four years!
Of course, other lifestyle factors are also important in preventing cancer, such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, and managing stress. However, vitamin D’s critical importance seems to grow with every emerging study. Carole Baggerly, founder director of GrassrootsHealth—an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about vitamin D and the crucial role it plays in health—believes that as much as 90 percent of ordinary breast cancer is related to vitamin D deficiency, which is 100 percent preventable!
Despite its name, vitamin D is actually a powerful neuro-regulatory steroid with epigenetic influence over more than 2,000 genes in your body. That’s about 10 percent of all your genes. There are more than 830 peer reviewed scientific studiesshowing vitamin D’s effectiveness in the treatment of cancer, and personally, I believe it is virtually malpractice to not optimize vitamin D levels when treating someone with cancer. In this case, your vitamin D levels should be around 70-100 ng/ml. For more information about optimizing your vitamin D levels, please see my previous article Test Values and Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency.
Now, if making just ONE beneficial change can halve your risk, or more… imagine what can happen if you address several lifestyle factors known to have an effect.
“It becomes incredibly simple to dramatically lower your risk of developing this disease,” Dr. Horner says. “And then it takes the fear away. We don’t have to be so afraid of this horrible disease… we do have tremendous power in dramatically lowering our risk.”
Most importantly, Dr. Horner discovered that there are a number of healthy habits we’ve stopped doing in our modern culture that are highly protective against cancer. We’ve dramatically altered our diets—shunning our native, whole-foods cuisine for highly processed fare—and engage in very little physical activity, for example. We’ve also been told to fear the sun and slather our children in toxic sunscreens instead of reaping the tremendously protective benefits of vitamin D production that appropriate sun exposure brings. Fortunately, these factors are entirely within your personal control.
A quick rundown for you of what I have done for our cancer patients over the years.
- Adjust. We have tackled the atlas as the first priority, and we have seen great results with that. In some cases with as many as 15 adjustments per week.
- Diet – no sugar, nothing that turns to sugar, and get clean with meats first followed by meat products. Find out what allergies and sensitivities might exist, and avoid them.
- Detox. Suero Cleanse is new on our radar, and we love it. But we did Opti Cleanse with liver support, and heavy metal detox, as well as the Daily Detox. Lots of work to get the garbage out of the system.
- Love. Yep. We have always seen the value of pouring out love. It boosts an immune system, every time.
Articles like this are always good to remind us that the pursuit of health should come before the treatment of disease. Both literally (before is always better than after), and figuratively (put the importance of health above the treatment – meaning, don’t choose a treatment option that scares you).
Be well and Be blessed! - Dr. E