Michael Burt ND MRN examines six of the most promising methods to reduce the risk of breast cancer, from diet to nipple stimulation.
(1) AVOID MAJOR EMOTIONAL STRESS IN YOUR LIFE: especially for periods of three to five years. Dr Ryke Geerd Hamer in Germany specialises in the treatment of "emotional conflict", especially in breast cancer cases.
(Source: Lynne McTaggart 1997, page 49 of the "Cancer Handbook", WWDTY)
Naturopathic Comment: prolonged emotional stress can be dangerous because some emotions, such as fear and worry, not only cause your body to produce chemicals that are toxic but can also result in hormonal imbalance.
(2) DO NOT DRINK TOO MUCH ALCOHOL: Many studies have confirmed a link between alcohol and breast cancer. The variable factors appear to be age and dosage. Teenage drinking does not appear to promote breast cancer but after that women who drink more than 14 units a week over a period of five years are 70% more likely to develop breast cancer than women who drink less. Further, beer-drinking women are at nearly double the risk of women who drink wine or spirits.
(Source: Mandy Payne page 41 Sunday Times supplement STYLE 01.03.98)
Naturopathic Comment: Basically, alcohol is a biological toxin produced by yeasts to kill bacteria -their chief competitors. Excessive alcohol can seriously damage healthy cells. It appears that women in general and people who are blood group "0" are particularly susceptible to damage by alcohol.
(3) AVOID FOODS CULTIVATED WITH DDT AS A PESTICIDE: Studies show a fourfold increase in the risk of developing breast cancer among women with high levels of DDT.
(Source: Lynne McTaggart 1997, page 31 of the "Cancer Handbook", WDDTY)
Naturopathic Comment: DDT is not eliminated from the body but accumulates in body fat, making it a long term risk. Apparently, despite the well-known toxic effects of DDT upon humans it is still in use.
(4) DO NOT WEAR A TOXIC BRA: A British doctor claims that women who wear new bras without taking the precaution of first thoroughly washing them are more prone to breast cancer. In fact, he doubts that all the dyes and other chemicals used in bra manufacture can be washed out and therefore suggests that only pure cotton bras should be worn.
(Source: Lynne McTaggart, WDDTY)
Naturopathic Comment: The ability of the skin to absorb chemicals into the blood flow has, until quite recently, been greatly underestimated.
(5) HORMONAL BALANCE: This can be improved by:
- Breast massage and nipple stimulation: In 1995 Professor Timothy Murrell published a paper showing that nipple stimulation and breast massage releases certain hormones, in particular the thyrotrophic hormone OXYTOCIN. Oxytocin has been shown to play a major role in preventing breast cancer. This study supports the evidence that many women suffer an oxytocin insufficiency, and shows how unwise it is to allow the development of flat, atrophic and unresponsive nipples because this increases the likelihood of milk duct obstruction and the subsequent build up of carcinogenic (cancer promoting) toxins, to which the breast appears particularly vulnerable. Inverted nipples appear to be associated with an even greater risk of developing breast cancer. Prof. Murrell ran a three-year study group, involving 5,000 women. These women undertook to stimulate their nipples to produce erect nipples (either on their own or with the help of another person) and breast massage, of both breasts, at least twice a week, for 2-3 minutes. The incidence of new cases of breast cancer IMMEDIATELY DROPPED TO AND STAYED AT ZERO for the duration of the study.
Flat, atrophic, unresponsive and inverted nipples can usually be normalised within about six weeks by means of self-treatment with an Avent Niplette. The Avent Niplette is a simple mechanical device based on the fact that the negative pressure produced by suckling is the best stimulant for healthy nipple development and function and the best remedy for flat atrophic, unresponsive and inverted nipples. Happily, the Avent Niplette renders surgery for nipple inversion a thing of the past, although it is hard to believe that surgery for this condition ever became a medical practice in the first place. (It is also hard to believe that, for a brief period in Victorian times, female circumcision (surgical removal of the clitoris) to curb emotional feelings was also a medical practice; and even harder to believe that the Christian Church intervened in medial matters by opposing, on doctrinal grounds, the introduction of anaesthesia to case the pains of childbirth).
"Oxytocin is the elixir of life responsible for parturition, infant suckling, lactation, maternal bonding, orgasm in men and women and the buzz from physical fitness endeavours. Descriptive studies at the Family Practice Unit at Highbury suggest that hormonal mastopathy and fibrocystic breast disease; precursors for breast cancer, can be cured by appropriate counselling in nipple care and breast massage."…so runs the opening paragraph of a paper published in the South Australian College of Lactation Consultants Newsletter (1996) entitled "The Potential for Oxytocin to Prevent Breast Cancer" by Timothy Murrell, Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, University of Adelaide, South Australia.
- Endogenous and exogenous endocrinotherapy: Jules Samuels MD (Berlin University) specialised in the treatment of cancer and claimed a high success rate. Using a spectroscopic Reduction Time Test analysis of blood, he showed that, physiologically, many women suffer from either a relative or an actual insufficiency of other thyrotrophic hormones (other than oxytocin), especially PROGESTERONE; usually combined with a relative or actual excess of the gonadotropic hormones, especially the oestrogens. This imbalance is usually markedly exacerbated by menopausal influences.
Information published in Dr Katrina Dalton's book "Progesterone" and in Dr John Lee's book "Natural Progesterone" confirm Dr Samuels' findings. Dr Samuels' method of treatment was to re-balance the hormonal glands by the application of short-wave radio energy to the appropriate gland (Endogenous Endocrinotherapy or "EE"). Dr Dalton and Dr Lee treat hormonal imbalance by the prescription of (exogenous) hormones, usually progesterone. Since the measures suggested by Prof. Murrell also stimulate the production of progesterone, the benefits derived from nipple stimulation most probably have a much wider range of health promoting effects than those mentioned by Professor Murrell. For example, when hormonal imbalance exists, the NATURAL OESTROGENIC INHIBITION function of oxytocin and progesterone will have a balancing effect upon the two sides (gonadotropic and thyrotrophic) of the autonomic-neural-hormonal system. During Muscle Testing with Applied Kinesiology Technique, reaction to breast tissue indicates dysfunction of the gonadotropic hormones (usually oestrogenic excess) and reaction to nipple tissue indicates dysfunction of the thyrotrophic hormones (usually insufficiency of oxytocin and progesterone). This insufficiency can be countered, for example, by regular nipple stimulation, especially when combined with c.
- Diets and/or rub-on creams that are rich in progesterone precursors.
Naturopathic Comment: Professor Murrell's prophylactic (disease preventing) work with regard to breast cancer is in accordance with the naturopathic maxim "what you don't use you lose" and also supports the motto coined by the Father of Modern Nature Cure — Henry Lindlahr MD — "NATURE'S REMEDIES ARE THE BEST". Although the therapeutic implications of Prof. Murrell's study are obviously in urgent need of further investigation and research, 1 can think of no quarter from which funding is likely to be forthcoming.
(6) DO NOT WEAR A BRA FOR TOO LONG: It has been suggested for some time that women living in cultures where bra wearing is the norm are more prone to breast cancer than women living in non bra-wearing cultures. (Prof. Murrell also cites historical evidence for this). Recently, research workers in the USA have demonstrated that women who wear a bra for more than 12 hours out of 24 have a markedly (19 times) increased risk of breast cancer, (113 times if the bra is worn virtually all the time), apparently due to reduced lymphatic drainage causing the build up of toxins which can be particularly carcinogenic ("cancer forming") for the breast.
(Source: Lynne McTaggart 1997, page 55 of the "Cancer Handbook", WWDTY)
Naturopathic Comment: It would appear that for the promotion of healthy breast and nipple tissue, movement and activity produce better results than immobilisation and inactivity.
IN SUMMARY: It appears that, firstly, emotional stress, hormonal imbalance and toxins play a cardinal role in the development of breast cancer. Secondly, the wearing of a bra for more than about eight hours is not health promoting for the breast and increases the risk of breast cancer. And thirdly, regular breast massage and nipple stimulation is not only health promoting generally but specifically protects the breast against the development of cancer. Given the particularly high incidence of breast cancer in the UK and USA, and given the relatively poor response to present day orthodox medical treatment this knowledge, if acted upon, should lead to a much-needed fall in new cases.
Copyright ©Michael Burt, 1997,1998