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The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer: A Practical Manual for Understanding, Prevention and Care
The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer: A Practical Manual for Understanding, Prevention and Care The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer: A Practical Manual for Understanding, Prevention and Care The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer: A Practical Manual for Understanding, Prevention and Care The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer: A Practical Manual for Understanding, Prevention and Care

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Publisher: Robert Rose

Author Statement: Dr. Sat Dharam Kaur, ND ; Preface by Dr. Carolyn Dean, ND, MD
Audience: Trade
Specs: black and white illustrations, glossary, index
Pages: 384
Trim Size: 7" x 10" x 1"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20040207
Copyright Year: 2003
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The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer: A Practical Manual for Understanding, Prevention and Care

A naturopathic approach to breast cancer, concentrating on nutrition, risk factors, exercise and lifestyle changes that can prevent or help in the treatment of breast cancer.

Despite the risk of developing breast cancer, many women still have a limited knowledge of its causes and prevention. The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer uses the most recent research studies and clinical evidence to explain the causes of breast cancer and techniques for its prevention.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Comprehensive explanations for the causes of breast cancer -- hereditary, hormonal, environmental
  • Identifiable environmental risks
  • Self help detoxification programs, diet plans and herbal recommendations
  • Natural medicine strategies which complement conventional medical treatments and promote recovery
  • Psychological support

Protective factors are highlighted and valuable exercises and worksheets for breast care are included, such as The Breast Health Balance Sheet, an extensive questionnaire that helps to determine risk factors.

Written in an empathetic and accessible style, The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer is an excellent resource for women seeking breast cancer information.

Bio:

Sat Dharam Kaur, ND lectures on breast health at a naturopathic college and has a naturopathic practice specializing in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. She has a worldwide reputation as a teacher and activist and has been a featured speaker at The World Conferences on Breast Cancer.

Preface:

Introduction

A Call to Women

In the fall of 1996 I began teaching the Healthy Breast Program because I felt it was necessary for women to become proactive in the prevention of breast cancer. From my studies of naturopathic medicine, I had some knowledge to share, and while I was a student, I had watched one friend in her early thirties die of breast cancer. My inability to help her at the time stimulated the writing of this book years later.

As I read more articles about breast cancer, I was not only astounded by the connection between the deteriorating environment and cancer development in our age but also angered by the cover-up of this knowledge. My passion to communicate this knowledge grew. I started to visualize women all over the world getting together in small groups -- supporting each other, educating each other, claiming their identities, preventing the disease in themselves, and taking an active role in preserving the environment. I felt inter-species grief resonating in my heart. The grief of mothers unable to nurse their young and unable to nurture themselves because the soil, the air, and the water have become inhospitable to life. The grief of bald eagles who see the shells of their offspring shatter unnaturally beneath their weight; the grief of St. Lawrence beluga whales dying of cancer, their carcasses hazardous waste because of the chemicals they contain. I heard the painful cries of future generations robbed of children because their hormones have been tampered with. It is the feminine principle, the right to raise offspring, that is being violated. The waters of life have been poisoned along with the earth and breath of Gaia. Breast cancer is the call to arms. Arms of action, arms of prayer, arms of holding and joining, arms held up in resistance to complacency, convenience, and denial, arms united. We each have two arms. Together we are one body.

This call to arms has many facets. Breast cancer reminds us that we must be honest with ourselves and in our relationships -- that we speak our truth and follow our inner guidance. Breast cancer draws the anger out of us -- anger at God, anger at ourselves for having surrendered pieces of our wholeness we must now retrieve, anger at the political, corporate, and industrial forces that have got us in to such an insane environmental mess, anger at the unconscious ease of convenience. The breast cancer epidemic offers us a path of purification that we sorely need. Each of us must choose when to plant our feet upon that path -- before or after a diagnosis. I believe that the only way out of the global breast cancer epidemic is through a path of purification. To me this includes honoring the soul and our unique abilities, being mindful of what and how we eat, releasing toxic emotions, cleansing the body, adopting a spiritual practice which is suited to our individual make-up, and realizing that it is our duty to make the environment safe and sacred once again.

It became clear to me as I was writing this book that we must shift from our present attitude of domination to cooperation and facilitation. We have been trying to dominate nature with our agricultural practices and it is making us, wildlife, and the planet sick. We have been trying to dominate the body with the overuse of antibiotics, the birth control pill, hormone replacement therapy, chemotherapy, and invasive treatments. The body has its own intelligence. It is much more fruitful to work with, rather than against, the body's processes: assist the liver in detoxification; enhance elimination with fiber and probiotics; balance the glands with herbs and meditation rather than cut them out, shut them down, or replace them with drugs; fortify the immune system with nutrition, herbs, visualization, and yoga before we immobilize it with chemotherapy and radiation. This is a naturopathic medical approach which recognizes the inherent ability of the body to heal itself when given the means to do so.

We have been trying to dominate each other with marketing hype and consumerism. The driving force behind domination is greed. Greed is destroying the Earth, our home, and destroying us. We must move from greed to living simply, realizing the consequences of our actions. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. Breast cancer is evidence of that. Governments are not acting in the best interests of planetary ecology. We cannot rely on 'them' to take care of us or the earth. Industry continues to spew out billions more tons of chemicals each year into the environment while insisting that it does no harm. Countries explode nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants malfunction. There is no other Earth but the one we live on. Is there anywhere safe? Where can my children go?

Before we buy a product, we can consider how the air, earth, water, and wildlife were affected in the production of it, if it can be recycled or not, and whether it is safe to burn or bury. Most of the things we use are not. As our population expands, so does our toxic landfill. Before we eat our food, drink our water, and flush our toilets, we can ask these same questions. Then we do what we can to create positive change. We can accomplish a lot together. We are the guardians of the fertility of the Earth. All of us.

I feel a responsibility to do what I can in my own lifetime and to help others do the same. And so this book has been born. My prayer is that you will take it, use it yourself, share it with your daughters, sons, husbands, partners, friends, and lovers, teach someone else and perhaps start your own Healthy Breast Program. And that all over the world women will say no to food that is not organic, to plastic, to nuclear power, to chlorine, to anything that nature cannot take back into herself to nurture something else. We have broken the cycle of creation with our toxic waste. We must mend it.

Our immune systems resonate with the health of the planet. The planet is our collective body -- if she is sick, so are we. She is in our blood, our bones, our muscles, our organs. When I had my first child, I felt the earth split as my daughter entered the world. I felt the oceans in my breasts as they filled with milk. I was initiated into the mysteries of the earth. I have not forgotten. She is my mother. I believe that as conscious women, we can and must act as the white blood cells of the planet. Our bodies' immune systems are not separate from the earth's self-protective functions. We have loaded our Earth matrix with debris of every description that does not belong in her body -- nuclear fallout, plastics, plutonium, organochiorines, pesticides, chemical hormones, non-biodegradable landfill -- just as we must recognize and rid our bodies of toxins, so must she. The earth is our body too. Our bodies arise from the 'mater' of the earth and to the earth they will return. There is no separation.

Mankind has become the cancer of the earth as cancer has become the scourge of humanity. Where are the white blood cells of the earth? We find them in the environmentalists, the activists, the educators, the naturopaths and herbalists, the organic gardeners, the builders of windmills and solar energy units, the clean-up crews of environmental disasters. We are the 'cure' for this cancer. I invite each of you to become one of the white blood cells of the earth as you activate your own immune systems. Answer this call to women to act against the breast cancer epidemic by using some of your renewed energy to participate in healing the planet. We need one another to survive. We are the guardians of life and growing things.

I believe that women can turn things around. We stand united. We say no. We shall remain conscious rather than bowing to convenience. We hear the voices of the beluga whales, the polar bears, the Lake Apopka alligators, the Baltic seals, the bald eagles, Great Lakes salmon, and the voices of each other pressing us on, asking us to please help and act now. We act with the welfare of future generations of all species in our minds and hearts. We can and must make a difference

A Program for Prevention and Care

Make your health a priority today, so that you can enjoy your family, work, and leisure time tomorrow. Develop a positive relationship with your body and breasts and put your well-being ahead of family and job responsibilities. Simplify your life, consume less, enjoy more. Throughout this book, various mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual exercises encourage this process.

This book was written to be used by you as an individual or in a group. You can read the information and apply it to your own health, making the changes in your life that are possible at this time. The content may take some time and considerable effort to absorb, but this information is comprehensive, authoritative, and thoroughly grounded in contemporary scientific research. Skim through the book, glancing at the glossary of terms to begin, then review the "Facts" and "Prevention" information in the margins. Move on to the referenced information section-by-section, chapter-by-chapter. Stop and take breaks. Try out the exercises and complete the charts and checklists. Drink some water. Focus on positive changes to your lifestyle. Do the best you can, but don't stress yourself about completing the book and following the program immediately. This is only a guide -- it is up to you to feel comfortable with it and adapt it to your particular set of circumstances.

You may want help in understanding this information and adopting this program for breast cancer prevention. Find support.

Join or form a breast cancer awareness and prevention group. The program will be more powerful this way, and the group support will make the information easier to digest. Go through the chapters together. You don't have to cover all the details in each chapter. Focus on enough to get an overview, on the experiential exercises, and on group sharing. Keep the momentum going. If you are in a group, please take action on the environmental links to breast cancer in your area. Figure out what you can do together. Make waves. Let us bring about a tidal wave of personal and global transformation.

Exercises and Worksheets

The book is interactive, in that each chapter features exercises, charts, checklists, and worksheets for you to study and complete. Here is a list of the most important worksheets. Complete them in the book or photocopy these sheets. Revise them periodically to self-monitor your breast health and present them to your health-care professional for advice and action. The final chapter in the book, 'Working with Healthcare Professionals,' offers a set of guidelines and a 'Breast Health Data Sheet' for diagnosis and ongoing care you can share with your physician.

  • Breast Health Balance Sheet (p. 29)
  • Breast Map Worksheet (p. 44)
  • BBT (Basal Body Temperature) Chart (p. 82)
  • pH Balance Chart (p. 152)
  • Weekly Diet Diary (p. 238)
  • 14-Day Diet Routine Worksheet (p. 239)
  • Daily Therapeutic Amounts of
  • Vitamins and Minerals Chart (p. 261)
  • Daily Supplement Schedule Worksheet (p. 264)
  • Exploring Your Beliefs Exercise (p. 270)
  • Letting Go Exercise (p. 271)
  • Communication Style Worksheet (p. 274)
  • Assertive Behavior Worksheet (p.276)
  • Meaning Mandala Worksheet (p. 289)
  • Breast Health Data Sheet (p. 323)

Keeping Abreast

This program is continually evolving. As I work with patients and groups to understand the implications of breast cancer research, I add and subtract information, always looking for new, authoritative studies and clinical evidence. You can keep abreast (!) of changes by attending conferences, workshops, and training courses. Link up with women worldwide who are following this Healthy Breast Program by contacting my website at www.healthybreastprogram.on.ca. or by consulting the 'Resources Directory' at the back of this book. The better we understand the medical basis of breast cancer, the better our ability to prevent this disease.

10 Actions for Prevention

    The following 10 suggestions summarize the components of a natural medicine program for prevention of breast cancer and breast care. Each suggestion will be discussed in greater detail chapter-by-chapter. Further 'actions for prevention' appear throughout the book. Read these first, if you wish, before digging into the text for more information.

  1. Breast Cancer Risk Factors: Determine you hereditary, reproductive, lifestyle, hormonal, environmental, dietary, psychological, and spiritual risks for developing breast cancer. Complete the Breast Health Risk Balance Sheet provided in Chapter 7.

  2. Breast Examinations: Get to know your breasts through self-examination and mapping. If you have high risk factors for breast cancer or suspect a problem during self exams, use thermography, ultrasound, and other diagnostic procedures annually to ensure that no cancer is present. Use mammography biannually after the age of 50, and before age 50 when there is suspicion of cancer.

  3. Hormone Balance: Gain an understanding of your endocrine or hormone system, especially the link between estrogen and breast health. Monitor your hormone levels yearly, checking estradiol, estrone, estriol, the ratio of C2 to C16 estrogen, serum IGF-1 and 2, testosterone, insulin, progesterone, TSH, T4, T3, reverse T3, cortisol and melatonin using saliva testing.

  4. Environmental Toxins: Decrease your exposure to known carcinogens and toxins. Become active in your home and community in protecting yourself from environmental toxins and in restoring the health of our environment. Use non-toxic body and home care products.

  5. Detoxification: Do a liver cleanse for at least six weeks, once or twice a year, or on an ongoing basis if you have breast cancer or live in a particularly polluted area. Do a parasite cleanse for three months, once or twice a year, while simultaneously cleansing the intestines with a fiber formula or enemas and using probiotics (good bacteria). Make saunas a part of your life, having at least one each week (two 20-minute periods with a cool shower in between). Do a sauna detoxification program with supervision every 1-5 years.

  6. Lymphatic and Immune Systems: Activate your lymphatic and immune systems. Exercise at least four hours a week and rebound daily for from 5-30 minutes. Practice the exercises for lymphatic cleansing at least three times weekly. Use one of the herbal formulas for lymphatic cleansing for at least three months twice yearly, or continuously if you have breast cancer. Practice skin brushing and have alternating hot and cold showers daily. Activate your immune system with one of the immune herbal formulas each winter, as needed, or continuously if you have breast cancer.

  7. Diet: Follow a preventive dietary regime, including increasing your consumption of foods with high phytoestrogen content. Try following the Healthy Breast Diet.

  8. Nutritional Supplements: Supplement your diet with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in consultation with your health care professional. Develop a daily supplement schedule.

  9. Emotions and Spirit: Develop assertiveness and release anger. Practice imagery and visualization. Live your life in harmony with your true nature, making the most from your gifts and doing what makes you feel happy and fulfilled. Make time for play and being. Practice a relaxation, meditation, or breathing exercise 1-5 times daily, including before bed. Develop a spiritual practice that suits you and helps you stay in touch with your soul. Include prayer in your life.

  10. Healthcare: Monitor your program daily and yearly. Make adjustments as necessary. Consult regularly with healthcare professionals. Maintain with your physician a Breast Health Data Sheet.

TOC:

Preface by Dr Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
Introduction
Glossary

Chapter 1: What is Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?

Preface
Incidence Rates
Causes of Breast Cancer
Hereditary Risk Factors
Reproductive Risk Factors
Lifestyle and Healthcare Risk Factors
Hormonal Risk Factors
Environmental Risk Factors
Dietary Risk Factors
Psychology and Spiritual Risk Factors
Summary

EXERCIES, CHARTS, CHECKLISTS & WORKSHEETS
Body-Mass Index
Waist Circumference and Waist:Hip Ratio
Breast Health Balance Sheet

Chapter 2: Getting to Know Our Breasts

Preface
Breast Anatomy and Physiology
Breast and Our Body Systems
Befriending Our Breasts
Common Breast Conditions
Breast Cancer
Diagnostic and Predictive Tests for Breast Cancer
Summary

EXERCIES, CHARTS, CHECKLISTS & WORKSHEETS
Exploring Positive and Negative Associations with Our Breasts
Breast Self-Examination (BSE) Directions
Breast Map Worksheet
Measurable Factors in Breast Cancer Prognosis
Medical Protocol for Diagnosing Breast Cancer

Chapter 3: Understanding the Hormone Puzzle

Preface
What is a Hormone?
Estrogen Balance
Low Progesterone
High Prolactin
Increased Growth Hormone
Increased Testosterone
Unbalanced Thyroid
High Insulin Levels
High Insulin-like Growth Factors-1 and -2 Levels
Unbalanced Cortisol
Decreased Melatonin
Summary

EXERCIES, CHARTS, CHECKLISTS & WORKSHEETS
Components and Functions of the Endocrine System
Estrogen Sources
Target Sites and Effects of Estrogen
Target Sites and Effects of Progesterone
Vitamins and Minerals to Increase Progesterone
Symptoms of Unbalanced Thyroid
Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Chart
Dietary Sources of Tyrosine
Strategies for Improving Thyroid Function
Insulin and Estrogen
Strategies for Balancing Insulin
Melatonin Healing Mechanisms
Food Sources of Tryptophan for Elevating Melatonin
Strategies for Taking Care of Your Pineal Gland
Hormone Balancing Strategies for Breast Cancer Prevention

Chapter 4: Environmental Impact on Breast Health

Preface
Radiation
Electricity and Electromagnetic Fields
Petrochemicals, Chlorinated Chemicals, and Formaldehyde
Organochlorines
Phthalates
Bisphenol-A
Nonylphenyl Ethoxylates
PBE (Promiated Fire Retardants)
Is There Any Place Salve to Live?
Rachel Carson Day (May 27)
Non-Toxic Body and Home Care Products
Summary

EXERCIES, CHARTS, CHECKLISTS & WORKSHEETS
Radiation Protection Diet Checklist
Currently Used Pesticides and Breast Cancer
Pesticide Residue Chart
Greenpeace Alternatives to PVC
Phthalate Sources and Health Effects
North American Pollution Chart
Rachel Carson Day Annual Letter Writing Exercise
Non-Toxic Home and Body Care Products Shopping Checklist

Chapter 5: Detoxifying Our Bodies

Exotoxins and Endotoxins
Detoxifying Systems
Promoting Blood Circulation
Assisting the Liver
Kidney Cleansing
Adjusting Acid and Alkaline Balance
Eliminating Intestinal Parasites and Yeast
Cleansing the Colon
Bringing Back Friendly Bacteria
Assisting Digestive Enzymes
Sweating It Out
Detoxifying the Lungs
Summary

EXERCIES, CHARTS, CHECKLISTS & WORKSHEETS
Functions of the Liver
Harmful and Protecive Substances that Speed Up Phase 1 Detoxification
Phase 2 Detoxification: Conjugation Reactions
Phase 1 Activity
The 10-Day Liver Flush and Cleanse Exercise
Directions for Using a Castor Oil Pack
Water Filters
Urine and Saliva Testing Directions
Acidic and Alkaline Forming Foods and Activities
pH Balance Chart
Directions for Preventing Parasites
Directions for Giving Yourself an Enema
Enzyme Functions
Chemicals to Monitor During Sauna Treatments
Directions for a Sauna Detoxification Program
Sauna Nutritional Supplement Schedule
'Breath of Fire' Lung Detoxification Exercise

Chapter 6: Activating Our Lymphatic and Immune Systems

Preface
Parts of the Lymphatic System
Assisting Lymphatic Circulation
Specialized Cells of the Immune System
Western Herbs
Western Herbal Formulas for Breast Health
Ayurvedic Herbs
Chinese Herbs
Herbal Oils for Breast Health
Medicinal Mushrooms
Summary

EXERCIES, CHARTS, CHECKLISTS & WORKSHEETS
Dry Brush Massage Instructions
Breast Self-Massage Instructions
Rebounding Exercise Instructions
Low Immunity Factors
Phytochemicals in Herbs Active Against Breast Cancer Cells
Essiac Formula Instructions
Etiology of Breast Cancer in Chinese Medicine
Chinese Herbal Formulas for Breast Health
Directions for Making Herbal Oils

Chapter 7: Eating Right for Breast Health

Preface
Organic Food
Vegetarianism
'Good' Fats and 'Bad' Fats
High Fiber
Phytoestrogens
Protein
Low Sodium / High Potassium Foods
Shitake and Maitake Mushrooms
Our Kitchen Parmacies
Low Glycemic Index Foods
Foods to Avoid
Food Rotation
Summary

EXERCIES, CHARTS, CHECKLISTS & WORKSHEETS
Cancer Fighting Phytochemicals
Directions for Sprouting Broccoli Seeds
Citrus Flavonoids
Fat Content of Common Foods
Evaluating the Fiber Content of Your Diet
Phytoestrogen Content of Various Foods
Calorie, Protein, Isoflavone, and Fat Content of Soy Foods
Vegetarian Sources of Protein
Sulphur-Containing Protein Rich Foods
Potassium Content of Common Foods
Glycemic Index of Various Foods
Calcium Content of Various Foods
Recommended Healthy Breast Daily Diet
Weekly Diet Diary
14-Day Dietary Routine Worksheet

Chapter 8: Nutritional Supplements for Breast Health

Preface
Vitamins
Minerals
Other Nutrients
Supplement Packaging
Summary

EXERCIES, CHARTS, CHECKLISTS & WORKSHEETS
Bioflavonoids and Cancer
Nutritional Strategies for Breast Health Guidelines
Daily Therapeutic Amounts of Vitamins and Minerals Exercise
When to Take Supplements Guidelines
Daily Supplement Schedule Worksheet

Chapter 9: Psychological and Spiritual Means of Preventing Breast Cancer

Preface
Developing a Healthy Self-Image
Becoming Assertive
Purging Anger
Resolving Conflict
Mind-Body Connections
Living with Joy and Purpose
Searching for Meaning
Healing Dreams
The Power of Prayer
Summary

EXERCIES, CHARTS, CHECKLISTS & WORKSHEETS
Exploring Your Beliefs Exercise
Letting Go Exercise
Communication Style Worksheet
Assertive Behavior Worksheet
12 Steps for Purging Anger
Visualization Exercise
Guidelines for Creating Healing Imagery
Activating Your Capacity to Heal
Expanding Your Joy
'Why I Am Here' Exercise
7 Steps for Finding Purpose
Meaning Mandala Worksheet
Invoking a Healing Dream
How to Pray

Chapter 10: Breast Disease Treatments

Preface
Assessing Treatment Methods
Preparing for Surgery
Surgery Support
Botanical Surgery
Chemotherapy Support
Radiation Support
What to Use with Tamoxifen
Managing Side Effects of Drug Treatments
Treating Other Breast Ailments
Homeopathic Symptom Pictures and Remedies for Breast Care
Summary

EXERCIES, CHARTS, CHECKLISTS & WORKSHEETS
Healing After Surgery
Guidelines for Preventing and Minimizing Lymphedema
Visualization Script for Surgery
Materials Checklist for Dressings and Salve Application
Recommended Supplements for Chemotherapy
Antioxidants in Cancer Therapy
Recommended Supplements Checklist for Radiation Treatments
Phytochemotherapy for Life
Homeopathic Remedies Indicated for Breast Cancer

Chapter 11: Working with Healthcare Professionals

Responsibilities of Patients
Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals
Summary

EXERCIES, CHARTS, CHECKLISTS & WORKSHEETS
Exercise Worksheet Checklist
Breast Health Data Sheet

Resources Directory
References
Further Reading
Acknowledgements
Index

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