Preventing Breast Cancer

Nearly every week I hear or read of another woman who has been handed a diagnosis of breast cancer.  And, much too often, it has been close to home (BTY – one is too often). Too many of my friends, patient’s and family are getting the bad news and being told they have to start treatment right away.  It’s frightening to know just how fragile we really are.  No longer are the days when “I”  feel invincible.

Breast cancer is preventable!  It’s time for all of us to take a pro-active stance by educating ourselves on what we can do to decrease our chances.  And, then doing it.

If you know anyone suffering with breast cancer you know how devastating it truly is and how it has changed their lives forever.

Below are some major ways we can change our future for the better

We are all aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It’s high time we made the rest of the year Breast Cancer Prevention Days.  How many of you know that Breast Cancer risk can be drastically lowered and prevented, naturally?

Read on please because I am going to be sharing with you how you can reduce your risk of breast cancer and other related cancers today.

Let’s start with who is at risk:

*Everyone – male & female
*Family or personal history of breast cancer
*Previous or ongoing use of synthetic hormone replacement therapy
*Thyroid disease
*High Blood Sugar
*Iodine deficiency
*Prolonged use of oral contraceptives (5+ years)
*Non-organic dairy & meat consumption
*Obesity or sedentary lifestyle
*Inadequate vitamin D levels
*Never having children, or having your first after 30
*Being exposed to large amount’s of radiation
*Having high breast density on a mammogram
*Getting older 🙁
*Over consumption of alcohol and/or caffeine
*Xenoestrogen exposure

Looking at this list carefully you can see that avoidance and lifestyle modifications is the easiest and first step to prevention. Dietary changes including less carbohydrates especially processed and simple carbohydrates.  Avoiding sweets, sodas, bakery products, pasta, etc. will reduce your blood sugar levels and ultimately reduce your risk of insulin resistance, diabetes and breast cancer.

Have your vitamin D levels checked and be sure to get enough sunlight to stimulate it’s production.  Exercise, lose weight, avoid over consumption of stimulants such a coffee, caffeine, energy drinks, & alcohol.

Do not consume non-organic meats and dairy. They are full of hormones, pesticides, anti-biotics and more.  All can wreak havoc on and in your body.

Pay attention to the beauty products you are using.  Some of them have estrogen and other hormones in them, not to mention all of the chemicals that are in the majority of store bought makeup, shampoo, lotions, potions, perfume, blah, blah, blah.

Obviously there are factors that are out of our control but we have a choice to be pro-active and the time to start is now.


You may have heard that cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, mustard greens, cauliflower, and cabbage all have health-promoting properties.  The healthy effects include detoxification and cancer protection.

For the scientific minded – “The phytochemicals from the crucifers, including indole-3-carbinol (13C) (and the 13C derivative, diindolylmethane (DIM) were found to stimulate the synthesis of the 1A1 class of cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYP1A1), resulting in increased rates of 2-hydroxylation. Increased hepatic 2-hydroxylation decreases the flux of estrogens through the alternative 16-a-hydroxylation pathway in liver and extrahepatic tissues, raising the 2/16 ratio”.   Hey I don’t make this stuff up, I’m not smart enough.

What I do know is that there are good estrogens and bad estrogens which are found in the urine “metabolites” and there is a simple urine test that can demonstrate your ratio of good to bad estrogen (2/16 hydroxyestrogen ratio) to determine your risk of breast cancer.


And, what has been demonstrated time and time again is those women who consumed high amounts of cruciferous vegetables have been associated with deceased risks of cancer.

Now, as you can imagine, it is not very easy to consume the amount of crucifers needed to decrease your risk appreciatively.
Although adding cruciferous vegetables to the diet can improve abnormally low 2/16 ratio status, some people cannot make the necessary dietary adjustments.

Since food preference and availability may limit the amount of one’s intake, a dietary supplement may offer an effective alternative. Standard Process’s Cruciferous Complete containing dried brussel sprouts and kale can have a significant effect on lowering the 2/16 hydroxyestrogen ratio. Therefore, lowering your risk of breast cancer.

Supplementation, exercise, eating cruciferous vegetables, avoiding xenoestrogens, lifestyle modification and good living can drastically reduce your chances.

Do not delay – Start today!

About Dr. Brenda Sahlin

Dr. Brenda Sahlin, D.C, Clinical Herbalist / Whole Food Nutritionist Making 50 the new 35!
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