Guest post by Jill From Jill’s Home Remedies
Women are increasingly concerned about the possibility of getting breast cancer, and for good cause too. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012, 289,870 women will have some form of breast cancer, and 39,510 women will die from the cancer.
These statistics are alarming! While there are several things that can contribute to breast cancer, below are three culprits that can specifically lead to this type of cancer.
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1. Antiperspirant Deodorant
Aluminum, the ingredient added to antiperspirants to make them effective, is a known toxin in itself – it does damage to the muscular, skeletal, nervous and respiratory systems. Since anything placed on the skin is absorbed into the skin, these toxins affect the lymph nodes that are located just one inch below the skin’s surface.
Damage to these lymph nodes in a person’s arm pit have been linked to breast cancer.
Antiperspirants are obviously made to keep a person from perspiring. While antiperspirants may help you smell nicer, they also lock poisons in, by closing the skin’s pores.
Sweating is a natural and vital process of regulating the body’s temperature and getting rid of toxins. Not only is it unwise to trap toxins inside the body, the trapped toxins are released into the body.
There is also a link between women shaving the armpits and using antiperspirant deodorant afterwards. Razors can easily leave nicks or raw spots in the arm pits, making the toxins in the deodorant even more absorbent.
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Mammograms are a type of x-ray picture taken of your breast that can reveal tumors growing. This sounds like a great technique! However, x-ray pictures use radiation, which in itself can cause cancer. According to Dr. John W. Gofman, about 75% of breast cancer can be prevented by avoiding this radiation. In fact, mammograms can spread existing cancer cells.
Mammograms have not been proven to be as effective as we think. A Swedish study revealed that 70% of “tumors” detected by a mammogram weren’t really tumors at all.
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3. Wearing Bras
As strange as it may sound, wearing a bra for too long can cause breast cancer. More than 85% of lymph fluid drains from the breast to the arm pit lymph nodes. Bras decrease circulation in the breast tissue. This constriction can cut off lymph drainage, which inhibits the body from excreting toxins from that area. Too many built up toxins can equal cancer.
Sidney Singer, a medical anthropologist, conducted a study in 1997 among women on the Fiji Islands. The women were divided into two groups; half of them wore a bra and the other half did not – all the women kept the same diet and lifestyle. It was discovered that the women who wore a bra had the same rate of breast cancer as American women. The women who did not wear a bra, experienced almost no breast cancer at all.
What can you do to help prevent breast cancer?
- Use a natural deodorant from a local health food store, buy one online, or try making your own! You may have to apply them more than once a day, but they will keep you smelling nice and fresh without the hazardous ingredients!
- Do your own self breast examination about once a month. If you have any concerns about a lump, see your doctor. (Note from Erin: I have found two lumps in the past 8 years. The first was a fibroadenoma cyst that had to be biopsied and was benign. I had an experimental procedure done to freeze the cyst. The second cyst was fluid-filled and was extracted in the office.)
- Wear a bra less than 12 hours a day – this dramatically decreases your chances of developing breast cancer as a bra-wearer. (Note from Erin: I do not typically wear bras at home unless I am expecting company. As a sahm/wahm, I stay home a LOT!)
- As always, eat a healthy diet of a lot of raw foods and exercise. One of the best exercises for developing healthy cells is using the rebounder.
The cases of breast cancer continue to increase. Begin today to make habit and lifestyle changes to help protect yourself.
What are some ways you protect yourself from breast cancer?
Jill is a Christian and has been married to her dear husband for 12 years. She’s
a homeschool mom of 4 and is thankful for God’s goodness in her daily life. As a certified family herbalist, her passions include reading and researching about health and home remedies, and sharing
with others the knowledge she gains. You can find her blogging at Jill’s Home Remedies and connect with her on facebook and twitter.
*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease.*