Nutrition Supplements for Breast Cancer Prevention

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Nutrition Supplements for Breast Cancer Prevention will discuss natural and herbal supplements that have been found not to cure, but can perhaps help to enhance an individual immune system against breast cancer. As you nay know cancer cells generates havoc on one’s immune system via the cancerous mutant cells in addition to many of the cancer treatments given. For years the challenge has been finding a good balance between getting rid of the cancerous cells while boosting the immune system. At least that was the challenge that my sister had when she was fighting breast cancer.

Within my spirit, I’ve always felt that the immune system and the mind-set of the person were two very important parts to fighting this disease. However, I’m not in the medical field and during that time was really struggling to comprehend the 4 w’s (what, where, when, and why) of my sister’s illness. As revealed in my hub, Tattoos for Breast Cancer Survivors, I lost my sister to this disease way too soon. Since our loss, my younger sister (a nurse) and I attempt to stay consciously proactive with any changes that might be occurring within our bodies through education and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Pay attention to any changes within the appearance and/or health of your breast
Pay attention to any changes within the appearance and/or health of your breast

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Dr. Oz’s Guide to Breast Cancer Prevention

If you’ve read any of my other health hubs; then you probably have guessed by now that I’m a student of Dr. Oz and his team. On a recent show Dr. Oz revealed the steps that women should be doing as preventive measures to breast cancer which are:

  • Get a Routine Mammogram

As you know earlier this year there was a debate on at what age a woman should get a routine mammogram. And I’m not sure what the end results of that debate will be; however inevitable it is left up to the individual. However, Dr. Oz is recommending that you don’t skip your mammograms. Having a mammogram can play a critical role in early detection of finding breast cancer at a curable stage. Click here and read Dr. Michel Roizen’s views on who should be getting mammograms.

Now this step surprised me because I had never read that taking an aspirin or ibuprofen could be used for fighting against breast cancer. However, according to Dr. Oz, “recent studies have revealed that the inflammatory process plays a role in causing malignancies in several different organs, including the breast.” As it have been advertised over the last few years, the anti-inflammatory properties in aspirin/ibuprofen are good to keep one heart healthy. But now it is believed that by taking 2 aspirin or ibuprofen a week, an individual can reduce your chance of breast cancer between 21% and 28%.

  • Boost Your Immunity

More researchers are now saying that one of the best defense against cancer and other diseases is to strengthen your immune system. Some researchers of alternative medical treatments theorize that, “all cancer is the result of an immune system that didn’t destroy mutant cells.” Dr. Oz revealed that even a healthy person may have some cancer cells within their bodies. Such cancerous (or foreign) cells are destroyed via healthy cells overtaking and removing them; hence, the importance of healthy cell grow and a strong immune system.

Remember build your immune system & "Fight to Find a Cure"...
Remember build your immune system & "Fight to Find a Cure"...

How to Boost Your Immune System

Obviously, poor nutrition will cripple and or hinder normal bodily functions like healing a wound, managing stress, and even building immune cell blood counts. Numerous researchers have isolated 2 key areas for breast cancer prevention – estrogen regulation and immunity boosting.

The theory is that many types of breast cancer are caused by too much estrogen in one’s body. Nonetheless, there are ways you can reduce the fuel that makes cancer cells multiply, divide and spread. Scientifically proven ways to regulate estrogen and boost your immunity are through the foods that you eat and certain vitamin supplements.

Whole Foods or Vitamin Supplements

Most experts agree that vitamins and other important nutrients are best if eaten in whole foods because food in its natural form may contain many other valuable components that cannot be duplicated in a processed supplement. Dr. Oz says it over and over again: the foods you eat have incredible power to heal – or harm – your body. Below are the top superfoods and supplements that have been shown to protect you from breast cancer. Incorporate them as much as you can into your daily diet.

Because most of these items can be purchase in supplement form as well; so, I’m including the entire list as nutritional supplements. Personally, I like to incorporate whole foods as well as supplements within my diet depending on convenience of the food item. For example garlic, while I love this food item I may not necessarily want to eat it every day. The nutritional supplements are as follows:

Vitamin D

Dr. Oz revealed that taking a daily regimen of (1200 IUs) vitamin D supplements can possibly prevent tumors from spreading, reduce cancer cells and help with estrogen inhibitors. One should be sure to get dietary sources of calcium (such as sardines, salmon and some dairy like milk and cheese); in addition to soaking up 15-20 minutes of sunshine every day.

Vitamin D is an immune booster and assists in improving muscle strength, reduces inflammation, and promotes calcium absorption from the small intestines. Its cancer-protective role is that it can assist in the death of the cancer cells and it slows the proliferation of cells.

Natural Garlic and or Garlic Supplements

A good immunity booster has anti-inflammatory properties and the allyl sulfur compounds reportedly help the body gets rid of cancer-causing chemicals and may help to reduce cancer cell growth. Garlic can be used to treat bacterial, yeast, fungal, and parasitic infections and can be used to treat high blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, and aid in reducing heart disease.

Some proponents believe on how garlic should be ingested by eating either raw or cooked, while others believe it works just as well if it is taken in the form of garlic extracts, powders, oils, or tablets. The suggested dosage of fresh garlic should equal to 4 grams per day (about one large clove per day) to assist in healing one’s body.

Seaweed

Is a type of algae that grows in or near the sea and has been eaten as food for thousands of years.  It is another estrogen reducer, and high in iodine.  In recent years seaweed and other algae are sold as food supplements called sea vegetables.  Advocates claim that sea vegetables contain nutrients that assists in regenerating the body because organic iodine from seaweed can be absorbed easier; and fights against the degenerative diseases of asthma, cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and tuberculosis.  Marketers of some blends recommend taking 3 or more capsules a day.  The dried plant can be blended into a powder and mixed into soups or other foods.

Green tea

Research has shown that in countries like Japan where people consume green tea regularly tend to have lower cancer rates.  Experts believe that having 3 cups of green tea a day can prevent breast cancer by as much as 50% because of its high EGCG antioxidant content. In addition if you squeeze a little lemon into your cup and increase the antioxidant power 10 times. Researchers think that the polyphenols help kill cancerous cells and stop their progression.  In one study of 472 women with various stages of breast cancer found that the women that consumed the most green experienced the least spread of cancer.  Green tea can be found as a supplement as well however, as with all supplements you must research the quality of the product and consult with your doctor if you are under a physicians care.

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Photo courtesy of: flickr.com/photos/hoyasmeg

Cruciferous vegetables

Are green leafy vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. Leafy greens like kale, bok choy, and Swiss chard bind estrogen in your GI tract and reduce tumor stimulation. Cruciferous vegetables contain a unique molecule called the indole-3-carbinol, which enhances the ability of the body to detoxify cancer-causing agents; while stimulating enzymes that convert estrogen into a safer form of estrogen. They also detoxify the liver, so you don’t have toxins flowing through your body that may irritate cells and turn them into early cancers. So if your grandmother was like mine in that she always insisted that you drink the “pot liquor” from the greens because of the nutrients; now you understand why.

Olive oil

The Greeks are another population that has lower cancer rates than other countries. Many advocates contribute it to the fact that for over 4000 years Mediterranean cultures have used olive oil as a medicine. This monounsaturated fat can help suppress tumor activity. It is the only added lipid [fat] that has not been associated with increased risk of cancer.

In addition, olive oil prevents the formation of certain free radicals (highly reactive molecules) that may cause cell destruction within the human body; which is contributed to the presence of phenols, tocopherols, and other natural antioxidants. Earlier studies showed that oleic acid, the main monounsaturated fatty acid in olive oil, can assist in fighting a cancer gene responsible for 25 to 30 percent of all breast cancers.

Turmeric

The Indian cultures whose diets are rich in turmeric have lower cancer rates than countries that do not. This spice known for its beautiful orange color has been found to help decrease estrogen and can block cancer-causing toxins.Researchers found that curcumin helped to stop the metastasis of breast cancer cells to the lungs within mice. As little as 1 teaspoon a day has been shown to reduce tumor growth. It is believed that turmeric inhibits or blocks an enzyme called COX-2 that plays a key role in the initiation and progression of breast cancer. One can take it as herbal supplement capsules or get your daily dose by mixing the root or powder form into salad dressings, rice or vegetable dishes.

Photo courtesy of: flickr.com/photos/akk_rus Perform a breast exam monthly and become proactive in breast cancer prevention
Photo courtesy of: flickr.com/photos/akk_rus Perform a breast exam monthly and become proactive in breast cancer prevention
Become proactive with monthly exams of pecs and prostate
Become proactive with monthly exams of pecs and prostate

Wrapping Up

In conclusion of Nutrition Supplements for Breast Cancer Prevention, I think it is important to write again the above suggestions are not a cure for breast cancer. Nonetheless, anyone wishing to take a proactive approach in prevention of breast cancer should follow the above list provided by Dr. Oz’s show; it is theorized that when all steps are followed one can decrease your breast cancer risk by 50%. Also take an additional step, both male and females and be proactive by performing a self-exam of one's chest (male) and breast (females).

Important: Remember a small percentage of men (1%) develop breast cancer, as well. Statistics reveal that 480 men will die from male breast cancer in comparison to over 40,000 women will lose their lives to this disease.

In addition to the foods listed above from Dr. Oz’s lists, my research revealed that there are other foods that are believed to increase the activity of T cells and their escort cells while increasing the production of antibodies and fighting cells. The American Cancer Society provides information under its diet and nutrition section on broccoli, grapes, kombucha tea, maitaske and shiitake mushrooms, soybeans, wheatgrass, the noni plant, and more. Perhaps at a later date I will do another hub to review those findings.

During Dr. Oz’s show, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow confirmed that she was eating and or supplementing all the items mentioned except she had not heard about the aspirin. She said she would be implementing that in her daily regimen immediately. Sheryl has been cancer-free since 2007 and is an advocate for routine mammograms and an activist involved with organizations like Stand Up to Cancer whose directive is to find a cure for cancer as fast as possible.

Disclaimer: This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should do your own research, and then consult your present physician.

Thank you for being a reader of this hub; please be sure to share your thoughts via the comment section below and rate it up (green button below) if you have found the information helpful and or informative.

Namaste!

05-08-10

Please find a cure now...

48 comments

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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast

Excellent info, Money...very well done!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks my friend for stopping by for a read and commenting. It is always wonderful to see your beautiful smiling face. :)


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Great review of supplements for breast health and breast cancer prevention. Thanks for the heads up! Peace :)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

superb info and hub, Money, I use olive oil and then yes mammogram, I am forty now and so, I need that. You know your last image is exactly the way things are sold in the country where I came from Philippines, hehe, those are tropical veggies and fruits--

I rated this up again, but the only thing is that I am envious with the breasts in the first image, Can I have those too?

Money sexy woman, Happy Mothers Day, and if not to your MOM, maita


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

A relative of mine actually just passed away from breast cancer a few months ago. Although she was only a far relative, it still spooked me quite a bit. As I've heard, this thing usually runs in families. Anyway, thanks a lot for this useful info. Thumbs up! :)


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fucsia 6 years ago

I recently read that drinking lots of milk is a risk factor for the breast cancer. But I do not know if it is a news scientifically proven. One thing is certain: our best weapon is early diagnosis and therefore very very important to perform self-examination. thanks for your hub!


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

MG I have added your hub to the roundup, and linked to it on my Breast Cancer hub as well!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@katiem2- Hi Katiem, you are welcome and thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

@Maita - I just love your comments. I told my mom happy Mother's Day from you.:) Sincerely hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day with lots of love. Hey, I'm envious of the breast in the first picture also. Figured it would attract some men to read the hub. :) Sometimes, we tend to forget that men can have breast cancer too. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Om - Hi Om, sorry to hear that your family has suffered a loss of a loved one to breast cancer as well. It's true that breast cancer can be within a family's history (20%-30% of the time), however, many times the patient has no family history of the disease, like with Sheryl Crow. She's the first one in her family to endure and become a survivor of the disease.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@fucsia - Hhhhmmmm, interesting about the milk, I'm lactose intolerant so that's not in my diet. However, I will definitely research and read what is being theorized. But, I thoroughly agree that self examination and early diagnosis is definitely important. Thanks for stopping by for a read and sharing your thoughts. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@rmcrayne - Thanks so much RM for adding the link to the Hubmob and to your own breast cancer hub. I really appreciate it and will definitely stop by for a read. :)


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oishi 6 years ago

Money, thanks for this very informative post. It will help a lot of people , particularly those of high risk group.


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anglnwu 6 years ago

First, I'm sorry about your sister. I agree with you totally, foods play a very important part in this health equation--from boosting immunity to providing a whole range of nutrients to fight cellular damage on ground zero. Your hubs are always very informational and well done. Rated up!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

Hey, Money Glitch! I'm back and I have something to confess. In my first read, I just jumped to the info about the supplements and totally missed your first paragraph! So I just wanna say I'm very sorry you lost your sister.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@oishi - You're welcome oishi! Thanks so much for stopping by for a read. :)

@anglwu - Thanks for your sympathy for my sister, and thanks so much for complimenting me for creating informative hubs. Like you I feel it is important for people to be informed to start looking at the benefits of preventative and alternative natural remedies. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Om - Hi Om, I'm happy that you felt the need to review my hub again, thanks for your sympathy for my sister, and let's continue to be healthy and live well in honor of our love one's that we've loss to this disease. Namaste!


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rprcarz50 6 years ago

Very tastefully done . Great work !

Thank you for your time !

Ron

As Always Also a2z50


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I just had to come back to check this out again! Fantastic HUB on nutrition supplement for breast cancer prevention, I appreciate the healthful heads up. I was thinking after I left the first time maybe you should think about putting a pink ribbon on this wonderful breast health hub. Thanks and Peace :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks rprcarz50 for your time as well to stop by for a read and commenting. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Katiem2 - Well hello again, Katiem, glad to see ya again; and thanks for the reminder, I've added the breast cancer ribbon. :)


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Naturally I am only reading this because I love yer writing, great hub as ever MG and great advice on a subject all women should be aware of !


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hey my friend, I'm sooo glad you shared your thoughts. While I know you enjoyed the ladies' pictures; the man with the pecs was there for a reason. :)

Males can have breast cancer too. It can happen at any age, however, most are detected between ages 60 and 70. :( I've added a link in the text above that will provide more information. Take care of yourself my friend. xoxo


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Excellent information and well presented. I use the Olive Oil already in my salad dressing. This is great information for any woman or man. Thank you


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

You're welcome lctodd. Thanks for stopping by for a read and comments on nutrition supplements for breast cancer prevention. :)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I found great information here. I hope this useful for us and become an inspiration to prevent the breast cancer. I think all woman should read this hub. Good work. Thumbs up and I rate this.

Prasetio :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hey Prasetio, thanks for stopping by for a read and the compliments. And I agree that it is good to finally have some steps that are proving to be preventive measures; until hopefully one day there is a cure to breast cancer.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

I hate Cancer, and the Cancer Business, so I really like your article. Rated, stumbled, linked (from my hub on Cancer) and shared with my followers. Very well done Money.


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Amanda Severn 6 years ago from UK

Very informative and useful hub Money Glitch. There are some really good tips here.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@hypnodude - Thanks for all the HubLove Hypno! I appreciate your help to get this information to others that may not know. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

@Amanda - Hi Amanda, I glad you found this hub informative and useful. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.:)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Excellent hub with great tips. I am already eating the right foods as I think that is extremely important.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Pamela, I too have been eating most of the right foods and taking many of the vitamins/supplements mentioned, however, it is my plan to implement the seaweed (I've always heard it was good for you). Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.


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Joy56 6 years ago

oops breast cancer is prevalant in our family, and it looks like i eat the wrong things, and i do need to phone to go for a check up, i forgot to back again..... thanks for the reminder, brilliant informative hub..... sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. My mum lost her mum at two years old, and last year my mum died of cancer also;


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Joy, for sharing your thoughts and sympathy. Please take a little better care of yourself by implementing whatever you can from the nutrition supplements mentioned here. It's o.k. to take baby steps at first. Again, thanks for stopping by. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

It is great to meet you; thanks for sharing your insight about breast cancer. And hopefully doctors will find a cure soon. Thanks for stopping by incastreasures, my #1 fan in Peru! :)


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dinkan53 6 years ago from India

just a few hours back read in an article that, according to research in China, regular green tea drinkers are less likely to develop breast cancers than nondrinkers. nicely presented hub, thanks for sharing.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Dinkan, I've read articles on the benefits of green and black teas. As a matter of fact, one of the contributing factors to the Blue Zones' longevity is drinking green tea several times a day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and thanks for stopping by. :)


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

@toneyahuja & @ phamzy- Obviously the two of you are new here to HubPages. Please take time to read the rules and regulations to avoid getting yourselves banned as being spammers. You get a free link to your profile pages, so please reframe from advertising on your fellow hubbers’ work. It is really considered to be quite rude and disrespectful.

If you read below the comment section it clearly states that comments are to be genuine and are NOT for promoting your hubs or other sites. Thanks! :)


James 5 years ago

Consume more alkaline vegetables and fruits, they helps a lot in cancer prevention because our body is slightly alkaline in PH, which means these alkaline foods will help maintain our body PH :) great hub, thumbs up :)


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)


Getting Rid Of Period Cramps 5 years ago

I knew a little bit about this before like the green tea and garlic, but I didn't know about a lot of the stuff covered on this hub. I agree the regular mammograms are definetely very important. I really learned a lot here. Thanks for sharing!


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)


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jimmylesaint 5 years ago from Metropolis of Life

Topical conversation, if i may add food for thought.

One line of thought (heaven forbid we judge the billion$ pharmaceuticals:) is that the pill is the main culprit behind breast cancer, or certainly a causative factor. Also here is another hot debate about to happen.....breast feeding may pass the "cancer cells" to your child and so on and so on very much like HIV is passed to child during breast feeding.

Finally Vitamin C is extremely good at mopping up free radicals and fighting cancer cells.

Excellent hub!


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)


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Jenny30 5 years ago from Canada

Great hub! My mother-in-law just had breast cancer. This is great information that I can share with her. Thanks so much for sharing!


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Jenny30 and sharing your thoughts. I hope your mother-in-law has much success in battling this disease. As I've stated before it is soooo time for the medical industry to find a cure for this disease. Be sure to check out my hub titled, "Eat to defeat breast cancer" also. Namaste' and best wishes to your family.


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thefoodpharmacy 4 years ago from Central Jersey

Great article! Loaded with info!


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

Very good and thorough information about breast cancer. A study mentioned in the U.S. Library of Medicine showed that the amount of calcium in your diet has no effect on weak bones or osteoporosis. It is about the amount of calcium in your urine. That is why Wikipedia (under protein) explains that dairy weakens bones-- due to high amount of protein and since it is an acid forming food.


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