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So, You Think MRIs are Safe? Think Again

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Gadolinium, MRI Dangers, Uncategorized on October 7, 2019 at 8:31 am

MRIs, considered to be safer than CT scans that use powerful damaging x-rays (which is likely true), are not as safe as you think. MRIs use strong magnetic fields and some radio-frequency pulses to produce detailed images of structures in the body. While MRIs do not use ionizing radiation such as one receives from x-rays, they are far from harmless, especially when contrast agents are used.

Gadolinium, a para-magnetic toxic heavy metal ion, is often used in the contrast agent that enhances the quality of MRI scans. It was originally thought that gadolinium would chemically bond with non-metal ions when used during MRIs which would allow it to be eliminated from your body before it is released into tissues. However, recent research shows that gadolinium may not be immediately eliminated and may instead persist in your body.[i]  It is unknown at this time what the heightened risks may be, but repeated exposure to gadolinium could cause hyper-intensity in the brain which is linked to multiple sclerosis, liver dysfunction, and other adverse reactions.

Gadolinium has caused problems with cognition, vision, candida overgrowth, bone pain, skin and subcutaneous burning pain, brain fog problems, ringing of the ears, impaired liver function, and discoloration of the skin. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in patients with impaired renal (kidney) function has also been reported. Women who have had MRIs to the breast report breast pain, brain pain, pain behind the eyeballs, deep pain in the bones, dizziness, itching, difficulty swallowing, muscle issues, and weakness in limbs. Some researchers believe that gadolinium poisoning is even worse than lead poisoning.

For some, it takes only one MRI with gadolinium to feel the side effects. For others, it is dose-dependent with the accumulation of toxins which interfere with the body’s normal functioning, including the ability to excrete those toxins.

Gadolinium in the News

Patients are taking notice, thanks to people such as actor Chuck Norris, whose wife Gena developed gadolinium issues after a series of MRIs. Gena reported a burning pain throughout her body, violent shaking, numbness, weakness, kidney damage and trouble breathing. Gena filed a $10 million lawsuit against the manufactures and distributors of gadolinium. Sharon Williams, one of the founders of The Lighthouse Project, developed a rash on her lower legs, high blood pressure, and severe pain in her brain after a series of MRIs (some given just to investigate her growing list of symptoms!).

Detoxing from Gadolinium

Chelation therapies such as EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) are one option to remove gadolinium from the body. EDTA is best done under the supervision of a doctor as the chelating agent can also remove important nutrients such as calcium and zinc from the body. Another option is to use herbs such as cilantro, garlic, chlorella, and supplements such as Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) and N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC). Saunas and Epsom salt baths as well as drinking plenty of water can also be helpful.

While there is certainly a time and place for MRIs, change is needed. Safer contrast agents are necessary. Doctors and patients should weigh the risks and patients need to be informed of the serious risks before a decision is made to order an MRI scan that uses a gadolinium contrast agent.

While the dangers of MRIs are not ‘new news’, I have worked with many clients who were unaware of the dangers of them (as well as CTs, bone scans, mamos, etc.), so I thought it important to post this message. Please consider less invasive scanning whenever possible (sonograms, cancer marker tests, Circulating Tumor Count tests, and the like).

In your good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150resElyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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[i] http://pubs.rsna.org/doi/abs/10.1148/radiol.13131669

What You Need to Know About High TSH Levels and Iodine

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Books for Cancer Patients, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Hyopthyroidism, Iodine, Uncategorized on October 4, 2019 at 10:29 am

It is often believed that iodine shuts down the thyroid and that elevated TSH levels are unequivocally indicative of hypothyroidism.  However, as with many things, there are two sides to every story, and many untruths to be told and righted. If you are supplementing with iodine and have been told your TSH is elevated, here is what you need to know.

               “Who Stole the Iodine?” Lynne Farrow

Iodine was used for over a hundred years to treat a huge list of conditions. Importantly, iodine is essential for the optional functioning of all of the cells in the body, and can actually improve thyroid function as well as immune function. Studies also show that it promotes cancer cell death, suppresses tumor growth, and performs other chemo-therapeutic activities.[i] As Lynne Farrow, author of The Iodine Crisis, so aptly states, “it couldn’t suddenly stop working, so what turned the world against iodine?” 

            “They must know what they are doing.” Lynne Farrow

The claim that iodine shuts down the thyroid is clearly one of those cases where the ‘they must know what they’re doing’ mindset results not only in unfortunate medical advice, but spreading ‘untruths’. According to Farrow, the idea that iodine shuts down the thyroid gland ‘was neither fundamental nor a law’ but was accepted as so. Farrow speaks of an article written in 2005 by Guy Abraham, M.D., The Wolff-Chaikoff Effect: Crying Wolff, that answers the million-dollar question of ‘who stole the iodine?’ In the article Abraham identifies an influential paper published in 1948 by Wolff and Chaikoff ” which persuaded physicians that iodine was dangerous and would stop the thyroids of iodine-takers from working.” (Farrow pg 150). This theory was mistakenly enforced as a ‘fundamental law of physiology’ and thus actively practiced. 

The problem, according to Farrow, was that no one ever fact-checked or replicated the study, yet its warning to avoid iodine supplementation was incorporated into medical practice. According to Abraham, the authors made a mistake in their rat study. Apparently, they never checked the rats’ thyroid levels and actually did not observe thyroid enlargement or disease from high doses of iodine. Further, it seems the mistake was repeated by Wolff in 1969 when another paper extrapolated the findings to a human study.

The influence of Wolff-Chaikoff conclusions were so wide, the phenomenon was institutionalized by calling the fear-mongering event, “The Wolff-Chaikoff Effect.” Medical textbooks perpetuated this mistake and it was taught it to at least three generations of doctors. According to Farrow, it was all an assumption from an influence-leader with credentials from UC Berkeley and the NIH, therefore ‘they must know what they are doing.’

On the contrary, through the works of Guy Abraham, M.D., Jorge Flecha, M.D.,  David Brownstein, M.D., Lynne Farrow, and others, we now know that iodine is indeed essential for the thyroid and that a deficiency can lead to cysts, nodules, fibrocystic breast disease, cancer, and more (for more information on their work, see the suggested reading at the bottom of this post).

TSH and Iodine

One of the leading pioneers in iodine research and application, Dr Jorge Flechas, M.D., explains in his paper Orthoiodosupplementation in a Primary Care Practice,  how TSH levels may appear abnormal during iodine supplementation, but those anomalies are unlikely to reflect hypothyroidism. He essentially debunks the notion that iodine shuts down the thyroid gland and believes that iodine deficiency can result in the manifestation of hypothyroidism.

Flechas explains that most of the time iodine supplementation lowers TSH and T4 levels and free T3 stays steady. However, he says TSH sometimes goes up, while T4 and T3 may remain stable, rise, or decline. Importantly, this does not necessarily mean that a person has or is developing hypothyroidism. According to Flechas, it can be that the brain is directing the body to make more sodium iodide symporters (NIS). The NIS are channels in the cell membrane that transport sodium iodide into the cells. Iodide (iodine) is an essential nutrient that is absorbed by all cell lines, but particularly in the thyroid. TSH (along with prolactin and oxytocin) has been found to stimulate the making of NIS. Flechas further explains that elevated TSH might not be a bad thing as it has many actions outside the thyroid that have been discovered.

Flechas does make it is very clear that nutritional status and overall thyroid health must be evaluated prior to high-dose iodine supplementation. Ideally, all patients should have an iodine loading test prior to high dose supplementation.

    “TSH levels may appear abnormal on iodine supplementation, but those anomalies are unlikely to reflect hypothyroidism”  Lynne Farrow per Dr Jorge Flechas

Farrow, through her work with the Breast Cancer Choices Iodine Investigation Project reports that a supplement called ATP CoFactors helps speed iodine absorption and normalize TSH levels.  ATP CoFactors is a supplement with a cooperative combination of vitamins and minerals that support the synthesis of ATP for ADP to better promote energy production.

If you have elevated TSH but no other indications or symptoms of being hypothyroid, I suggest you work with an iodine-literate doctor before you take a drug that can actually increase your risk of breast cancer*.  Iodine deficiency is often the cause of Hashimoto’s, especially in the presence of selenium deficiency (Farrow, p.51) so again, seek out an iodine-literate doctor to see if iodine might be right for you. Note: those on a high-dose iodine protocol may need companion supplementation of magnesium, selenium, vitamin c, riboflavin, niacin, and unrefined salt, so please discuss this with your physician. 

For more on the importance of iodine, please listen to my interview with Lynne Farrow and read The Iodine Crisis. You may also want to read Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, by David Brownstein, MD., and The Safe and Effective Implementation of Orthoiodosupplementation in Medical Practice, Guy E. Abraham, MD.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  Always use caution when taking any supplement. including iodine. This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with an iodine-literate doctor or integrative doctor. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

In your good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150resElyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide online medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with an iodine-literate doctor, integrative doctor, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Some product links on some posts are affiliate links. This website is monetized in part through the use of affiliate links. This means that if you were to click on a link that is an affiliate link and purchase an item after clicking on that link, I may receive a small percentage of the sales price. I only recommend products that I love and use often. Thank you for your support!

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[i] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3752513/; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5327366/

[ii] https://www.optimox.com/iodine-study-10

*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29961136

 

Natural Healing with Mike Carey

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Energy Healers, energy healing, Epstein-Barr Virus, Radiation, Uncategorized on March 30, 2019 at 10:23 am

Looking for a natural solution for a ‘medical’ problem? Have a nagging issue you can’t resolve? Often times healers can be helpful as they have amazing gifts. I have been using several for over 5 years and am grateful to have them on my team. I am posting the following message for Mike Carey, who has been involved in alternative health since 1979, and who has helped me and my family many times.m Carey

“I am a Christian Missionary in Colombia and have been given a unique gift to be able to tap into cellular memory to find the cause of health problems as well as the natural remedy. Today, it is impossible to stay healthy for more than a week or two. The body is being attacked from so many directions at the same time. Some of those include Radiation poisoning from Fukushima (which is all over the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.), GMO poisoning, (50% to 70% of the food supply is now GMO), Lyme Disease (now 3-4 varieties and numerous bugs carrying it), Hepatitis, Adrenal Exhaustion, Chronic Fatigue, Chem Trail poisoning, Salmonella poisoning, (from many sources now), Chronic pain, new virus´s that are continually being introduced (and probably coming from Chem Trails), emotional issues, fungal infections, and the list goes on.

Fortunately, over the years, I have developed proven, natural remedies for all of the above. I have also found a way to measure and improve the immune system using quantum physics and the resonant frequency of the immune system. I have checks and double-checks for everything with a very high success rate.

Part of my gift is to be able to test people over the phone via my toll-free number or via Skype for much of the world. Why does this work? Everything in the universe works by electricity and frequencies. Your body and the telephone work the same way. Frequencies also travel through the air or we wouldn’t have TV, WIFI, Cell phones, Radio, GPS, or even the automatic key fobs for unlocking and locking your car door I currently have clients in 26 countries.

Is Your Water Making You Sick?

About a year ago, I installed a water purification system from Israel that is incredible. It purifies and energizes the water in my whole house. I am able to test the energy level of water, and if it is negative energy, it is unhealthy, and if positive, it is healthy.  Most tap water, all over the world, is negative because it is full of chemicals, toxins, parasites, etc. Most of the bottled water being sold is just tap water and is negative. There are very few that are even positive. The best that I have found is a positive 20. The energy level of the water in my house is now positive 2200. The water itself has many healing qualities.  Here are just a few:

  1. It increases circulation
  2. It heals wounds or open sores
  3. Using it as an eye wash, my vision has improved 350% in just a few months.  What used to be just a blur without reading glasses, is now clear.  I have not had to use my glasses at all for the past 8 months or more.
  4. My mother-in-law was in danger of having her feet amputated due to bad circulation. I had her soak her feet in the water for 10 minutes per day, and in 2 weeks she had perfect circulation and a leg ulcer that she had on her ankle, for more than a year, was healed.  Most people do not realize that when they shower, they absorb water through the skin. If their tap water is negative, it is a source of many illnesses. The Israeli system has no filters or electricity, and comes with a 10-year warranty.  I recommend this system to all of my clients.” Mike Carey

To learn more about Mike Carey and his services, or to get more information on the water filtration system, please contact Mike via his website (his phone is listed there as well).

For more information on healers, please visit my Alternative Therapies page. and read my article on Healing Elyn.

In your good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

 DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide online medical advice and cannot guarantee the effectiveness of Mike Carey’s services or the services of other healers. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Tribute to Rose Green Ferguson

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Cancer, Uncategorized on January 30, 2019 at 11:02 am

roseWhen Roses’ husband Hal called me to let me know that she was in transition, headed home to a greater place, I was beyond saddened, I was angry too.  Angry that cancer took yet another amazing woman, a person I loved and respected. A colleague and friend, Rose made the world a better place for having been in it, and I will miss her greatly.

When I first met Rose after her recurrence, she told me she decided against more chemotherapy as she had a strong conviction that it was not the right choice for her this time. Her training as a naturopathic practitioner and nutritionist — not to mention countless hours spent reading studies, articles, and books – provided her the knowledge, confidence, and strength that she was making a good choice. She had done the research and prayed for guidance. Rose prayed over ever decision to be sure it was the best for her body, knowing through God she would find the answer. She was determined to recover, and grateful for the perseverance and tenacity to move forward. She was steadfast in her belief that she was on the right path, but God had another plan for her. We can be angry with God, but he always has a plan, painful as it can sometimes be.

Rose lived with her cancer for over 18 years. She accomplished this through her immense knowledge and with the tender love and support she gave to and received from others, especially her family. Those of you who knew Rose knew that she did many things to combat cancer. She kept to a strict but delicious and varied diet, using the power of food as medicine alongside many supplements and essential oils. But most of all, she relied on her faith in and love of God.

Rose felt that a very big component to her health was her relationship with God.  She would meditate with God and visualize His healing power going into her bones and the rest of her body. She felt it was very powerful and would do this once or twice a day. She once told me she would speak every day to her white blood cells to increase and be strong like the Lion of Judah, in Jesus’s name. She would use visualization to see her lymphocytes making strong colonies like an army; shoulder to shoulder not allowing any abnormalities in her cells and in her body. She worked hard on this visualization.

Days before she began her transition, and while in great pain, Roses’ only thought was to share some things she learned from her new doctor. She wanted to share these with me as she thought it could help others. That was the kind of person Rose was, always striving to make a difference in the lives of anyone she crossed paths with and even those she hadn’t. She would pray for me, pray for others, and insist that others pray for others she was praying for. It brought a big smile to my face when I heard that over and over again at the celebration of her life.

But cancer is sneaky, and can take advantage of us at our weakest times (and even at our strongest). Stay vigilant; if you are on a holistic protocol that is working for you, stay on it. Try not to revert back to your pre-cancerous lifestyle that could allow cancer back through the door. If you notice symptoms, you may need to make changes to your protocol. Get checked out and don’t delay seeking treatment (conventional or holistic).  The sooner you address the issue, the better your chances.

However, don’t let the beast we call cancer get to your soul. The mind is more powerful than the body, so stay out of that dark place we call doubt. Most importantly, you don’t have to be dying to start living. Enjoy every day; tell your loved ones how you feel—you just never know when you won’t get the chance to do so.

Roses’ light still shines for me and for countless others. I will greatly miss her voice, love, kindness, and wisdom.  My heart aches for her beloved husband Hal and for their loving children, family, and friends.  Rose’s love shone through everything she did, always a kind word, a sweet note, or a cherished gift.  I can feel her presence as if she was still here, and in a way, she is and always will be.

Rose Green Ferguson M.A., R.D. C.H.C., was an internationally renowned naturopathic practitioner and nutritionist who specialized in chronic diseases (such as G.I. issues (i.e., leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and celiac disease) and thyroid complications. She shared a plethora of knowledge of a variety of natural modalities including diet therapy, supplementation, essential oils, and hydrotherapy.

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150resElyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

The Power of Affirmations in Cancer Healing

In Affirmations, Alternative Cancer Therapies, benefits of Yoga Nidra, Books for Cancer Patients, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cell Phones, EMFs and Health Risks, Emotional Healing, Healing Cancer Naturally, Uncategorized, Yoga Nidra on October 30, 2018 at 9:08 am

An affirmation is really anything you say or think. Every thought you think and every word you speak is an affirmation. All of our self-talk, our internal dialogue, is a stream of affirmations. Our subconscious hears everything we think, say, and hear. It will work hard to make thoughts become reality. Affirmations serve as a part of the psychological immune system, and can have a significant impact on your quality and quantity of life.

The mind is powerful and controls the body. The healer Ze’ev Kolman titled his book The Mind is the Healer The Mind is the Killer.  He says that if you heal the mind the body will follow. When I spoke with him about it and did a few sessions with him (and other healers), it all made perfect sense. People are only just beginning to learn that our thoughts are powerful and contribute not just to our mental well-being but also our physical health. 

You may not realize it because perhaps your medical doctors have instilled fear and doubt, but it really is a choice. Now, right now, this moment and all moments — you can choose to change your thinking and ignore theirs. Your life, your health, won’t turn around overnight, but if you’re consistent and make the choice on a daily basis to think thoughts that you are healthy and happy, it can make a difference in every area of your life and your healing. Importantly,  negative thoughts will have the opposite effect. If we don’t believe or have confidence that we can be healthy and happy, we won’t be. In other words, if we have doubtful thoughts it will be harder for the mind to make us healthy. 

These days so many people are angry, really angry and express this anger and negative thoughts on social media, believing somehow the world or situation will change by harsh words.  Anger is a strong emotion, often misdirected and rarely useful and causes a cascade of negative thoughts and statements that contribute to stress and ill health.  According to Louise Hay, “Every complaint is an affirmation of something you think you don’t want in your life. [But] every time you get angry, you’re affirming that you want more anger in your life. Every time you feel like a victim, you’re affirming that you want to continue to feel like a victim.”  She says that when people say their affirmations once a day but complain the rest of the time, the complaining affirmations win. They are typically more of them and the are said with great feeling. 

However,  saying affirmations is only part of the process. The secret to having your affirmations work quickly and consistently is to prepare an atmosphere for them to grow in. Affirmations are like seeds planted in soil. You will hear that from Lizzy Hill in her Yoga Nidra guided meditations (I relax, I release, I let go). She says that the intention (affirmation) you make in the beginning of the session plants a seed for transformation in your body.  You can say something like ‘I am happy and healthy’ or ‘I am calm and relaxed’ or some other short, positive statement in the present tense. Feel your intention throughout your body and know it to be true. For more on the effects that Yoga Nidra has on the mind and body, read Yoga Nidra: The Key to a Better Night’s Sleep and Optimal Health.

The benefits of daily affirmations have been scientifically supported and can help a lot of people. Optimistic people tend to be healthier, more productive, and generally happier than those who view themselves less positively.  People who practice daily affirmations don’t sweat the small stuff because they have a better grasp on what is important in their life. They are able to think about the big picture and not get overwhelmed with minor nuisances.

The more you choose to think positive thoughts, the quicker the affirmations work. Consciously choose words that will either help eliminate something from your life or help create something new in your life. Think happy, healthy thoughts — it’s that simple. You can do it! The way you choose to think right now is your choice. Believe you can be healthy, that you are healthy.

One of my wonderful healers, April Fontana, recommends adding a ‘why’ before each affirmation. For example, ‘why is it so easy for me to be 100% healthy?’ or why is it so easy for me to understand that I control my body with my mind?’ and ‘why is so easy for me to love myself and be happy?’ You can come up with others.  She says when you don’t put a negative word in there and start it with the word “why”, there is no resistance in your subconscious.  She believes you can have complete control over your life if you do this. Say each one three times out loud. Do this as often as you need to.

You may also wish to write your affirmations down. Saying good things about yourself aloud is good, but writing them down increases their potency. Writing an affirmation down allows your mind one more way to absorb the positive message.

“Be mindful of your self-talk. It’s a conversation with the Universe” – David James Lees 

It might seem silly or trivial at first, but the outcomes are real. People are just happier  and more productive when they practice daily affirmations. Many years ago in my Wall Street-days my boss sent everyone to a Dale Carnegie training session. We learned just how powerful affirmations could be. I still remember the yellow sticky notes on my bathroom mirror (you may wish to do that too).  Sales increased and we all had a more positive attitude. 

Here are some sample affirmations to help you get started:

  • I am calm and peaceful
  • I am grateful and at peace
  • I am healthy and happy
  • I am thankful for my family and friends
  • I am confident and able to handle any obstacle thrown in front of me
  • I am a being of light, love, and bliss I radiate love in every cell if my body

Your body is listening to everything, everything you are thinking and saying. Do you really believe you have self-worth, believe you are healing? Can you talk to your own body and know it is listening? Every day you can talk to your body and tell it you can feel it healing. It is your choice, it is up to you! remind yourself with conscious intent. You can heal, just believe in yourself.

For more about the healers I have and still used and learned from, please read my healing story.

In your good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

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Elyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. Consult your doctor before beginning any supplement program. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Some product links on some posts are affiliate links. This website is monetized in part through the use of affiliate links. This means that if you were to click on a link that is an affiliate link, and purchase an item after clicking on that link, I may receive a small percentage of the sales price. I only recommend products that I love and use often. Thank you for your support!

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Upcoming Events for Cancer Healing

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, Breast Cancer, Cancer, colon cancer, Emotional Healing, Healing Cancer Naturally, Mind Body Therapies for Cancer, Uncategorized on August 4, 2018 at 8:15 am

Heal Your Emotions, Heal Your Life with Jean Swann

As you know, I always emphasize the critical need for emotional healing to overcome cancer and other diseases. My friend and colleague, Jean Swann, has been helping hundreds of people around the world who are suffering from cancer and other illnesses to heal emotionally. She’s hosting a free training event Thursday, August 9th at 3pm Pacific/4pm Eastern, which I highly recommend you attend.

 Registration Link <<< Enroll Now

Jean will be delving in to the reasons transforming the mind and healing emotions are so crucial to overcoming cancer, or any illness. She will demystify it for you and outline the steps you need to take to transform your mind, so that your body can heal.

At this FREE training event, you will discover:

  • The connection between your mind, your emotions and your health
  • The “Aladdin’s Lamp” that can end your suffering
  • How changing self-sabotaging beliefs, painful stories and shocking memories can allow you to heal
  • The invisible reasons you may not be moving forward on your healing path
  • What you must know and do in order to heal

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This is a rare opportunity for you to really understand the connection between your mind, your emotions and your health, and what you need to do in order to heal. I hope you’ll join me for this free event.

Square One: Healing Cancer Coaching Program with Chris Wark

ALL 10 Video Modules of my SQUARE ONE: Healing Cancer Coaching Program online for free!

SQUARE ONE is the culmination of Chris Wark’s experience, plus over 14 years of research learning from doctors and experts, survivors who’ve healed naturally, and from personally coaching hundreds of cancer patients one-on-one.

He has taken the best, most powerful, most effective healing strategies that he’s seen work for the most people, and organized them into a simple straightforward plan for you to follow.

This course is not just for cancer patients and caregivers, it’s for anyone who is serious about prevention. 

The SQUARE ONE Program will take you step-by-step through the healing process. It will eliminate the confusion, show you exactly where to start, and give you a road map to transform your life, and start your healing adventure.

This is normally a paid program, but the ENTIRE course online for you to watch for free in August. You can register for this FREE event by clicking on either of the Trailer link below.

TRAILER 
In your good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

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Elyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person.

 

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo anti-hormone therapy. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Potential Therapeutic Effects of Phytochemicals and Medicinal Herbs for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, Epstein-Barr Virus, foods that target cancer stem cells, High Dose Vitamin C and Cancer, Uncategorized on July 11, 2018 at 8:01 am

The following is an excerpt of my recently published article, Potential Therapeutic Effects of Phytochemicals and Medicinal Herbs for Cancer Prevention and Treatment. It was published in the journal Archives of General Internal Medicine (Arch Gen Intern Med 2018 Volume 2 Issue 3).

The current standard of care, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation has not proved to be highly effective and comes with significant side effects and costs. Although conventional cancer therapy can target certain cancer cells and sometimes prevent relapse of the illness, complementary and alternative therapies are required due to disadvantages of the current therapies such as low effectiveness, adverse effects, or availability. Moreover, a number of studies have found adjunctive therapeutic approaches to improve outcomes for cancer patients. One potential complementary method with conventional cancer drugs involves the use of medicinal herbs and phytochemicals. The possible therapeutic benefits include, but are not limited to, anti-proliferative, apoptotic, anti-metastatic, and anti-angiogenic effects, of which have been demonstrated in in vitro experiments and some clinical trials.

Studies have revealed beneficial effects of medicinal herbs and phytochemicals against cancer by providing anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiviral, free radical scavengers in the form of cancer-fighting compounds. Phytomedicines have the ability to interact with signaling pathways that modulate cell growth, replication, and death of a wide variety of tumor cell types through diverse mechanisms. These phytocomplexes have the remarkable capability of affecting us on a cellular level – where diseases such as cancer originate. Many plant species are already being used to treat or prevent development of cancer outside of the traditional oncology environment, notably without harm to healthy cells.

During the last century, scientific knowledge about anticancer phytochemicals and herbs has remarkably progressed. Despite numerous reports of their effects on cancer, functional use for the prevention and treatment of cancer has been largely limited to self-care. Like most cancer drugs, the main mechanisms of action of plants include inducing apoptosis and inhibiting proliferation, growth, and migration. But unlike conventional cancer drug therapies, phytotherapies are cytotoxic to cancer cells and relatively non-toxic to normal cells. Moreover, use of phytomedicines may be an option for the prevention and treatment of cancer both with and without conventional drugs. In the event that conventional cancer drugs are not accepted due to their side effects or low effectiveness, phytomedicines offer an effective and viable alternative as they are considerably safe and relatively affordable. It is worth recommending application of phytomedicines as alternative cancer therapies for patients who do not benefit or face side effects from conventional drugs or alongside conventional treatments to improve efficacy.

There are two sections in this review, phytochemicals against cancer and medical herbs against cancer. As it was impossible for me to address hundreds of different phytochemicals and medicinal herbs in this one paper, I only focused on a few examples in each category. To read the article in full, please read: Potential Therapeutic Effects of Phytochemicals and Medicinal Herbs for Cancer Prevention and Treatment.

You may also enjoy my article published in the Journal of Cancer Biology and TreatmentEtiology of Chronic Disease: A Discussion on Epstein-Barr Virus.

In your good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

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Elyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person.

 

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical treatments. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Epstein-Barr Virus and it’s Connection to Cancer, Autoimmune, and other Chronic Diseases

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, autoimmune, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cell Phones, EMFs and Health Risks, Epstein-Barr Virus, Uncategorized on June 18, 2018 at 4:47 am

Recently published in the Journal of Cancer Biology and Treatment was my article Etiology of Chronic Disease: A Discussion on Epstein-Barr VirusOver the past two years I have made Epstein-Barr (EBV) my pet-project, so to speak, as it is becoming all too clear of the role of viruses such EBV in the development and progression of cancer, autoimmune, and many other disorders.

Epstein-Barr Virus is a common herpetic virus and is one of the most common and prolific viral infections in humans. It can first present as chicken pox, mono, cold sores, or with no noticeable symptoms and can stay in the body forever. Over 95% of adults carry this virus, and most children are infected as well. Chronic disease is the clinical manifestation of primary infection with Epstein-Barr virus. Infection from EBV is often asymptomatic. Once the virus inserts itself into immune B cells, it reprograms them, effectively evading programmed cell death and escaping recognition and destruction by cytotoxic T cells. EBV can manifest in a range of pathologies including various cancers, Infectious Mononucleosis (IM), autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid disease, Meiners disease, type 1 diabetes, Lyme disease, and numerous other conditions.

Deactivation of the virus is critical. New antiviral therapies and an effective EBV vaccine might protect against the wide range of pathologies generated from infection and reactivation, but could come with significant side effects. Dendritic cell therapy and ozone therapy may also be effective and have been used in many clinics. More research needs to be done in these areas, especially to make them available to the general population. However, natural strategies aimed at deactivating the virus and preventing re-activation must be emphasized and public awareness increased, particularly among those diagnosed with a chronic disease. Holistic solutions currently available are high dose vitamin C and D therapies as well as antiviral agents such as olive leaf extract, quercetin, licorice root, coconut, astragalus, bee propolis, lysine zinc, and many other substances. Herbs are powerful medicine and should not be taken without care and guidance. Importantly, EBV and other viruses are often triggered by emotional stress, so reducing day to day stress as well as resolving past traumas may be helpful.

EBV is not the only virus associated with cancer and other diseases. However, following an antiviral strategy is likely to be effective for many other viral conditions.

Note: EMF exposure from cell phones, laptops, hair dryers, baby monitors, and other devices is believed to trigger reactivation of EBV, perhaps because EMFs disrupt the way our cells function and clog detoxification pathways in the body. Please read my articles for suggestions on reducing risk.

The referenced journal article was published in the Journal of Cancer Biology and Treatment. Citation: Jacobs E (2018) Etiology of Chronic Disease: A Discussion on Epstein-Barr Virus. J Cancer Biol Treat 5: 014.

In your good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

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Elyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person.

 

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo anti-hormone therapy. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Doctors Suggest Less Chemo and Other Harmful Cancer Drugs: My Review

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Uncategorized on June 6, 2018 at 10:05 am

The following is my review of the news-blast of the new landmark study that suggests less chemo, Herceptin, and surgery for some cancer patients and admits that many cancer patients receiving have been receiving chemotherapy unnecessarily. Results were discussed at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago and published by the New England Journal of Medicine ( the WSJ , NYP, and most newswires and publications covered the story).

First, it is about time. That said, we have known this for a long time. DOCTORS have known this for a long time. But cancer is big business and an ego business. However, to be clear, these studies were not necessarily done to protect patients from the damages of cancer drugs. The issue was cost, while acknowledging patients can be spared the life-threatening and quality of life-threatening side effects of these treatments. The studies were federally funded, which is great as there is no way a drug company would run a study that could impact their business. Of course, one was funded by Pfizer, but that was to push the drug Sutent over surgical removal of the kidney, so there was a financial interest for them.  However, what these studies have in common is a potential reduction in overall medical costs. This is a good thing! But, don’t for a minute think they are doing this to save your skin. Nothing was mentioned about forgoing cancer drugs while simultaneously requiring insurance companies (and Medicare) to cover well-care.  A well-care program would make holistic therapies and dietary supplements more affordable to the masses. It would allow people to improve health and to address the cause of their cancer, which is not a tamoxifen, Herceptin, or chemo deficiency.

By helping people to change the cancer environment within their bodies, we really CAN lower medical costs and save lives. While that is a story for another day, what annoys me about this sudden revelation of less drugs is that we really have known for many years that drugs are toxic to the body and are not particularly curative. They may kill some of the cancer at hand but do nothing to heal the body and prevent the cancer from coming back. In many cases, they make cancer more aggressive, not to mention do serious collateral damage to the body.

But back to WE KNEW:

I reported back in 2013 that lead doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in NYC presented on the failure of chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer and melanoma. They said they were seeking funds to find new drugs that work. Yet they have still been recommending these failed treatments (certainly for breast cancer) since that revelation. Why? Because they won’t admit to patients that they have no viable tools in their toolbox (and perhaps still need to make money?) I also want to believe that they have significantly scaled back on drug therapies, which is likely the case. I am not singling out MSKCC. I have to believe most cancer centers have seen their patients return with recurrent and metastatic disease after the failure of chemo. It just bugs me that drugs are still at the forefront for cancer treatment. Further, the lack of true integrative oncology in many cancer centers is nothing short of horrifying. Integrative oncology methods improve survival and help mitigate side effects, yet are resisted by many conventional oncologists — even at centers that boast of an integrative department. But that too is a discussion for another day.

Knowing the ineffectiveness of chemo, drug companies have been working hard on new drugs. These new immune-oncology drugs are supposed to extend lives by years, rather than months, but do not offer a cure. In particular, an agreement between Ziopharm Oncology and MD Anderson Cancer Center commenced work on combination drugs they then found could shrink tumors about 30% of the time, but safety studies have not been completed. However, we know that tumor shrinkage does not correlate with survival and combining drugs means additional side effects to the patient. That very topic was part of the MSKCC discussion in 2013, that single drug therapies do not work so doctors were looking at consecutive therapies to get better results, but the effects were too toxic. Yet, new combo treatments are doing just that.  Of course, oncologists are so used to the heavy toxicity of their treatments and the damages they do that it doesn’t seem to concern many of them. But on to the discussion at hand. This hot-off-the-press revelation that chemo is toxic and not helpful for many is old news. But the results from these studies are noteworthy—there was only a 1% risk reduction for a certain group studied who added chemo to their treatment plan.  1% for all that damage. Clearly doctors have been over-treating patients for a long time. The researchers make mention of the OncotypeDX test that can help determine which patients would or would not benefit from chemo. Notably, they make no mention of testing patients to see if they can even tolerate cancer drugs, something that is not uncommon.

Herceptin, another toxic cancer drug that damages the heart, was previously given for 12 months while the new study found 6 months had the same efficacy.  A median follow-up of more than 5 years showed the 4-year disease-free survival rate was 89.4% for women assigned to 6 months of treatment and 89.8% for women assigned to a 12-month duration—a difference of only 0.4%. Perhaps they will now do a new study showing 0 months would be just as effective.

Doctors know that in many cases drug therapy is not needed, but as it has been the Standard of Care (SOC), they must prescribe it. Now that the SOC is proving to be too expensive, the government is looking to curb usage.  Smart move but know that your health is not really on their minds.  Many fear a backlash from drug companies who may raise rates to make up for lost sales. Good luck there—insurance companies will balk and then people may finally be able to get less toxic holistic treatments covered in lieu of costly drugs (okay, maybe I am too optimistic).

Conclusion

The present state of cancer chemotherapy is unsatisfactory. New cancer drugs continue to be developed and approved on the basis of marginal improvements in survival at an unsustainable high financial cost, many of which will later prove to have been ineffective. Personally I would not accept any drug that has not been proven in patients, not trials, to be effective and safe for at least 10 years. If any side effects or lack of efficacy present in those ten years, I would wait another ten years to see the follow up results, as well as more studies that show dismal efficacy for other subgroups of patients. Of course, that strategy of waiting does not work well for obvious reasons, but clearly one must be careful and explore all options, including ‘alternative’ options. For those with late stage or seemingly untreatable cancers, taking a chance on an drug is a different story.

It would seem more rational for cancer strategists to investigate less-conventional treatments currently being used by many to heal from their cancer.  However, the lack of financial reward and tainted association with alternative medicine could dissuade conventional investigators and funding agencies from seriously considering holistic alternatives. At present, few cancer clinical trials of holistic treatments are being conducted. Even if serious interest in funding and carrying out large, formal clinical trials were to develop, data are lacking as to which cancers and chemotherapy regimens to focus on.

Safe, low-cost therapies are underutilized, owing to the absence of randomized controlled trials, the current disinclination of medical journals to publish case reports, and increasing pressures on clinicians to follow the “standard of care.” A methodical evaluation of the effectiveness of such therapies is long overdue.

I am not saying there is never a reason to offer chemo. What I am saying is that the SOC must include the option for less toxic and less expensive remedies for cancer. Holistic treatments have had gratifying results on cancer patients for many, many years despite a lack of clinical trials and published results. Even in the absence of conclusive studies, clinicians should consider using non-toxic therapies, especially for those patients adverse to conventional medicine.  Because the effect seems to be substantial, a small series of cases should enable the clinician to judge whether the effort and expense is worthwhile. If a clinician keeps a running tabulation of patient outcomes, future patients can be told what percentage of patients can expect relief from various treatments and make their decisions accordingly.

The cancer world is not going to change because of my comments, but given the attention these new studies are getting, I felt some commentary could be helpful. My suggestion is to ask, inquire, and DEMAND proof that a recommended toxic treatment will work. Thing is, there is no proof, and moreover, killing the ants will not get to the nest. It is imperative to address the reason for the cancer and not just stomp on the symptoms.

ps…sorry for the rambling 🙂 and this is not meant to be controversial. I respect the choices of all and know that there are many paths for healing. Most importantly, there is no one path that works for everyone.

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150resElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make better, healthier, non-toxic choices. She emphasizes the critical nature of addressing the root cause of cancer and not just its presenting symptoms (such as the tumor). Elyn specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and debunks the myths associated. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and was creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Contact Elyn via her website. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone or in person.

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What to Do if You Have Low Estrogen Levels and Your Doctor Prescribes an Aromatase Inhibitor

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives to Anti-Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Tamoxifen, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, Boosting Estrogen, BPA and breast cancer, Breast Cancer, Natural Aromatase Inhibitors, Uncategorized on May 17, 2018 at 9:00 am

Despite the fact that estrogen is essential for both quality and quantity of life, aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are regularly prescribed to most post-menopausal women with estrogen-sensitive breast cancer — even if they have low estrogen levels. AIs are associated with numerous life-challenging issues such as heart damage, osteoporosis, musculoskeletal symptoms, and increased risk of bone fracture. AI treatment reduces nearly all circulating estrogen which exacerbates post-menopausal symptoms and increases mortality.

Most of my post-menopause clients have VERY LOW ESTROGEN LEVELS. This is important to note as the last thing they need is even lower estrogen levels. Many, in fact, have low estrogen across the board (meaning the pro-cancer as well as protective estrogens). Often they have low progesterone as well, so their hormones are actually in balance, offering protection against breast cancer.  (While progesterone, in most cases, is protective, it is good to be balanced). However, low hormone levels leave these women with unpleasant symptoms and an increased risk of debilitating and life-threatening issues. Plus, when I look further at their labs they often even have favorable estrogen metabolism, which is also associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. (More on estrogen metabolism in a pending post). It simply makes no sense to block the production of estrogen in most post-menopausal women even if they have breast cancer. (For more information on why aromatase inhibitors may not be right for you, please read: Why You May Want to Reconsider Estrogen-Blocking Aromatase Inhibitors and Tamoxifen).

So, what can you do if you have estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer? First of all, it is important to resolve the real reason for the cancer. Estrogen may feed it, but does not really cause it. Environmental toxins, emotional trauma, and viruses such as Epstein-Barr are some of the most common triggers. Lowering estrogen with a harmful drug will not resolve any of these issues and may be detrimental to your health. If you have high estrogen, there are natural alternatives to AIs; please read: Natural Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer. If you have low estrogen or even if you don’t, read on:

Estrogen is Essential

We need estrogen for aiding in the prevention of heart disease and for strong, healthy bones. In fact, estrogen is essential to the health of all parts of your body, from your eyes to your heart to your brain to everywhere else.  Estrogen also increases insulin sensitivity and is protective against diabetes.

In general, estrogens are not always bad, and some are even protective, particularly Estriol (E3).  True, Estradiol (E2) can stimulate cancer cell proliferation, but not when opposed by sufficient progesterone. Keeping one’s progesterone levels up will offset your own more aggressive Estradiol. Sad that most doctors do not order hormone panels prior to subjecting patients to aromatase inhibitors.

Xenoestrogens (chemical estrogens), however,  should always be avoided. Xenoestrogens are chemicals that mimic natural estrogen compounds. They are close enough in molecular structure to estrogen that they can bind to estrogen receptor sites and stimulate proliferation of human breast cancer cells. Some examples of xenoestrogens are BPA (bisphenol A), found in plastics, paper products, cash register receipts, plant pesticides, and can linings, and parabens, which are found in many personal care products, cleaning products, and scented candles.

Boosting Estrogen

If you have low estrogen and would like to increase it, consider consuming more flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and other phytoestrogens (plant estrogens). Phytoestrogens are plant derivatives that have a similar structure to estrogen and can bind to the estrogen receptor sites. They are weaker endogenous estrogens and, through competitive inhibition, can prevent the receptor binding of more potent estrogens. These will not raise your risk of breast cancer, and can actually lower it.

Importantly, research conducted by the Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University indicated that eating plant-based foods that contain phytoestrogens may  help women raise estrogen levels, relieving symptoms of low estrogen.[i]

herbs Estrogen

The increased cancer risk associated with anti-hormone therapies has encouraged many women to seek non-hormonal alternatives. Many foods, such as herbs, grains, vegetables and fruits provide compounds with estrogen-like effects.  Below is a list of some plant-estrogens you may wish to add to your diet:

  • Seeds such as flax, pumpkin, poppy, sunflower, and sesame
  • Apricots, oranges, strawberries, peaches, many dried fruits
  • Yams, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, kale, celery
  • Soy foods such as tempeh, tofu, miso soup, and soy yogurt (all soy should be organic and with no sugar added).
  • Dark rye bread
  • Lentils, peas, lima beans, pinto beans
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Chickpeas
  • Fresh herbs, such as parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
  • Licorice root*

 

Here’s what you really need to know. Estrogenic cancers can be managed with a sensible diet and lifestyle changes. Drugs are not necessary to manage estrogen, and in fact will often fail for many reasons, as addressed in the links below. What women with breast cancer are rarely told is that in lieu of taking harmful medication (which creates its own set of problems and serious side effects), they can adapt diet and lifestyle strategies which can effectively reduce high levels of the antagonistic estrogen, estradiol.

If you still suffer from low-estrogen symptoms despite a change in diet or other lifestyle activities, then you may want to consider bio-identical hormones or an inexpensive paraben-free estriol cream.

*I want to highlight one phytoestrogen that seems to worry many women with breast cancer–licorice root. There is no cause for alarm. In fact, licorice root has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antiangiogenetic (meaning it inhibits cancer cells from generating their own blood vessels), and other anti-cancer properties. Licorice root is toxic to human cancer cells, but not to healthy cells. It also promotes an increase in progesterone by inhibiting the enzyme necessary for its breakdown, which helps to block the cancerous activity of estradiol, the most potent form of estrogen created within the body. Further, it is an adaptogenic herb, so if your estrogen is too low, it will increase it, and if it is too high, it will bring it down.  Licorice root tea is a delicious way to enjoy this herb. It is not advised to take licorice root during pregnancy or for those with high blood pressure, or for extended periods of time unless under the direction of a professional. Use of any medicinal herb should always be done under the direction of a knowledgeable physician or professional.

You may also wish to read:

Why You May Want to Reconsider Estrogen-Blocking Aromatase Inhibitors and Tamoxifen

Natural Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer

Vitamin D Better than Aromatase Inhibitors

Natural Alternatives to Tamoxifen

Natural Alternative to Aromatase Inhibitors

Why Aromatase Inhibitors Fail Women

You may wish to read my articles on flaxseed:

Demystifying Flaxseed and Estrogen 

Flaxseed: Better Than Tamoxifen for Breast Cancer

Flaxseed: The Anti-Cancer Power Seed

To read about one of the major contributors to most cancers, please read this article on Epstein-Barr and Cancer.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo anti-hormone therapy. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make better, healthier, non-toxic choices. She emphasizes the critical nature of addressing the root cause of cancer and not just its presenting symptoms (such as the tumor). Elyn specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and debunks the myths associated. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and was creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Contact Elyn via her website. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone or in person.

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[i] https://www.aao.org/eyenet/article/watch-ocular-effects-of-breast-cancer-drugs

[i] http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/lignans