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Could Aromatase Inhibitors Actually Increase One’s Risk for Breast Cancer?

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Alternatives to Anti-Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Estrogen, Estrogen and Breast Cancer, Hormone Balance, Hot Flashes and Night Sweats, Soy and Breast Cancer Risk, Uncategorized on October 21, 2019 at 4:05 pm

Most oncologists recommend estrogen blockers or aromatase inhibitors for those with hormone-sensitive cancers. However, new research shows that decreased estrogen levels can promote insulin resistance, which may actually increase the risk of cancer of the breast, endometrium, and ovaries. 

To recap from my previous post, What You Need to Know About Sugar and Breast Cancer, insulin resistance leads to increased insulin in the body. High insulin triggers breast cancer cells to divide and grow.

After menopause many women face a dramatic increase in insulin resistance (and start noticing belly fat that wasn’t there before). Declining estrogen is considered to be the reason.[i] If decreased estrogen promotes insulin resistance, could intentionally reducing estrogen increase one’s risk of breast cancer? Can aromatase inhibitors actually promote breast cancer? Research shows they just might.

Decreased Estrogen Levels Promote Insulin Resistance

Studies (both clinical and animal) have shown a strong correlation between circulating estrogen deficiency and insulin resistance. At Texas A&M, a team lead by Dr. Shaodong Guo identified that decreased serum estrogen levels promote insulin resistance and that even a slight decrease in circulatory estrogen levels is associated with resistance and may increase the risk of cancer of the breast, endometrium, and ovaries. The researchers found that “for premenopausal women, even a slight decrease in their circulatory estrogen levels associated with insulin resistance may increase the risk for cancers, particularly in the organs having high estrogen demand (breast, endometrium and ovary). On the other hand, postmenopausal state with profound estrogen deficiency confers high risk for cancers in different organs with either high or moderate estrogen demand.”[ii]

According to the Guo, the lead investigator for the Texas A&M study, estrogen deficiency or impaired estrogen signaling is associated with insulin resistance. “Studies have shown the reduction of estrogen in postmenopausal women accelerates the development of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.” He further explains that estrogen replacement therapy in postmenopausal women can reduce insulin resistance. “Clinical trials of estrogen replacement therapy in postmenopausal women have demonstrated a lowered insulin resistance as well as reductions in plasma glucose levels.”

2015 research published in the Journal or Diabetes Research also concluded that the loss of circulating estrogen E2 and impairment of its cellular activity can lead to an abrupt reduction in metabolic rate and that E2 replacement is preventive. “It is very clear that E2 has tremendous potential as a therapeutic against diabetes and its associated complications, but it has to be administered in a safer form and personalized to individual needs”. [iii]  While the link between synthetic HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and breast cancer has been established and therefore may not be an option, it  just doesn’t make sense to intentionally lower our own already-declining natural estrogen.

Many women choose bio-identical hormones, but to be clear, bios are not ‘natural’, they are chemically constructed in a lab. According to Dr Mache Seibel, M.D., author of The Estrogen Window, you have to be careful with compounded bio-identicals. He says that studies show that despite the fact that the prescription may be filled correctly, typically progesterone tends to be 60-80% lower than ordered and estrogen 80-200% higher than ordered which can result in increased estrogen dominance and could raise your risk of hormone-driven cancer. He also points out the serious risks of declining estrogen, which include increasing your risk of heart disease by 30% and dementia 70%. 

Why You Need Estrogen 

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 improves body fat distribution and B-cell function, and reduces inflammation. And of course, estrogen increases insulin sensitivity (and thus is protective against diabetes and metabolic syndrome predisposing one to obesity) and conversely, low estrogen levels can lead to increased insulin resistance or impaired insulin activity.

Given that studies show that the reduction of estrogen in postmenopausal women accelerates the development of insulin resistance and thus could promote breast cancer, it is hard to believe that aromatase inhibitors are always a good idea. Perhaps ‘prescribing’ phytoestrogens such as flax and sesame seeds, herbs, and even perhaps whole soy, would be a better tactic. Phytoestrogens are plant-based weak estrogens which bind to estrogen receptors in the body (just like tamoxifen) and through competitive inhibition, can prevent the receptor-binding of more potent estrogens (including xenoestrogen such as BPA). Phytoestrogens also promote hormone balance and homeostasis. One can also take steps to raise progesterone to balance natural estrogens by taking supplements such as zinc and vitamin E, lowering stress, and using an over-the-counter progesterone cream. I will further address the role of phytoestrogens and hormone-driven cancers in my next post.

Natural Aromatase Inhibitors

Some natural substances and formulas that reduce aromatase activity (should you need to reduce aromatase activity or improve estrogen metabolism or hormone balance) include Calcium d Glucarate, which helps clear excess estrogen and chemical estrogens from the body, and a product known as Aromastat, which contains a blend of herbal ingredients that work together to help keep your natural hormones balanced.  Aromastat contains chamomile (apigenin), chrystin, daidzein, genistein, indole-3-carbinol, and glycitein (it does contain soy isolates, so if avoiding, look for these ingredients individually, although in the case of genistein, I prefer you eat organic whole soy). For more information on natural alternatives to tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors, please read my previous posts on the subject or visit my Shop page.

This information is for educational and thought-provoking 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. 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.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5535874/#B135-ijms-18-01381

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5535874/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28396216

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jdr/2015/916585/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30487265

https://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/68/2/291

DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide 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 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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Gluten-Free Anticancer, Anti-inflammatory Seeded Flatbread

In Alternatives to Anti-Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, Breast Cancer, Estrogen and Breast Cancer, Hot Flashes and Night Sweats, Tamoxifen, Uncategorized on January 21, 2019 at 8:51 am

This protein-rich, anticancer, anti-inflammatory flatbread is delicious with runny eggs (and lots of cancer-fighting herbs) or as a canvas for sliced avocado and tomato or other open-faced sandwich offerings. I also love it with pesto and finely grated Parmesan cheese when the bread is hot from the oven.

flatbread

Buckwheat is actually not wheat, but rather a seed that is naturally gluten-free. It is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Buckwheat has been found to boost heart health and reduce blood sugar and cancer risk. Its antioxidants, flavonoids, and other compounds fight free radicals and reduce inflammation.

Flax and sesame seeds offer anti-cancer lignans which can significantly reduce tumor growth by increasing cell death and decreasing angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels that allow cancer to advance). Lignans are phytoestrogens that can relieve the symptoms of menopause and modulate the effects of estrogen in the body by connecting to their receptors (just as tamoxifen does) thus inhibiting cancer cell replication. This is because they have a very similar chemical structure as to an estrogen molecule. Studies have found that consuming 25-30 grams of flaxseed daily inhibits the growth of ER+ and ER- breast cancers and reduces the metastasis of breast tumors.[[i] Flaxseed is also high in omega 3’s, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and antioxidants which further defeat cancer.

While flaxseeds have approximately 100 times more lignans than other foods, a new study showed that sesame seeds may rival flax in the lignan arena.[ii]  The researchers found sesame to be a better inducer of programmed cell death (apoptosis) in breast cancer cells than flaxseed. It could be that whole sesame seeds are more easily digested than whole flax and that particular study used un-ground flaxseed[iii], so more research needs to be done (I always recommend grinding flax just prior to ingestion). Meanwhile sesame seeds are a rich source of plant-based calcium and protein, and certainly a good source of lignans. They also help lower blood pressure and oxidative stress, and reduce diabetic neuropathic pain and inflammation.

Chia seeds are anti-inflammatory and high in protein and omega 3′ fatty acids. Poppy seeds offer vitamins and minerals, and bestow antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities that support the blood, bones, and gut.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup buckwheat groats
  • 2 Tbs. flax seeds
  • ¼ cup raw, sprouted sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. dried parsley
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. fine grain sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs olive or coconut oil (melted)
  • Seed topping (recipe below)
  • Olive oil, for drizzling (optional)

 Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a small rimmed 10 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper
  2. In a spice or coffee grinder, grind the oats until they resemble flour; transfer to a medium bowl and do the same with the groats. Coarsely grind the flax seeds and add them to the bowl. Add the sunflower and chia seeds, the spices, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add the coconut milk, syrup, and oil and stir until combined. Spread the batter onto the prepared baking sheet.  It will not leak, but keep it on the paper. Sprinkle it with the seed mixture and coarse Celtic sea salt to taste. Drizzle with a very small amount of olive oil, if desired.
  4. Bake 20 minutes on a low rack in the oven. Move the pan to the upper rack and rotate the pan; bake 5-10 minutes more or until firm to the touch.
  5. Allow to cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Slide the parchment to a board and cut into 6-8 pieces with a pizza cutter or sharp knife.
  6. Store the flatbread in an airtight container for a few days or freeze to enjoy later.

Seed Topping:

2 Tbs. raw, sprouted sunflower seeds

½ tsp. chia seeds

2 tsp. poppy seeds

2 Tbs. sesame seeds

This recipe was inspired by a recipe in Angela Liddon’s amazing “The Oh She Glows Cookbook”. There are so many delicious recipes in this book –mouthwatering soups, stews, and more so I highly recommend it.

[i] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5808339/

[ii] http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/sesame-may-eclipse-flaxseed-ultimate-healing-seed?fbclid=IwAR2YKTl7BTIY2teL4IhXo0EJ6ylpl4pM2y5FPppBpC1Gi4oEeU7j1a7tZTg

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22136581

You can find groats and sprouted seeds at Whole Foods and other markets or here at Amazon:               Buckwheat Groats         Raw, Sprouted Sunflower Seeds

Enjoy in good health,

Elyn

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.  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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Hot Flashes and Night Sweats May NOT be What You Think

In Hot Flashes and Night Sweats, menopause, Uncategorized on April 2, 2018 at 7:33 am
hot flashes

A Cancer Coach Explains How Hormones Might NOT Be the Reason for Your Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

Hot flashes and night sweats are a common complaint from many of my clients. Most have been told by their doctors that these symptoms are related to hormonal changes during menopause or are just one of the side effects of cancer treatments that they must endure. However, contrary to what you have been told, hot flashes are rarely just hormone driven, and therefore we could be barking up the proverbial wrong tree when we try to remedy them as such.

It is natural to assume that when you dramatically lower the production of estrogen, hot flashes and night sweats may be more problematic. I do believe there is some truth in that, and not coincidentally, hot flashes and night sweats are a common side effect of aromatase-inhibiting drugs. However, there is more to the story than just that–or at least that is what I have learned from Anthony William.

William makes perfect sense. I wondered why bioidentical hormone treatments help some people for a short time, but not always in the long run, and for others, have no effect at all.  When I read about this in one of his books, Thyroid Healing, I had the big AH-HA moment.  Hot flashes and night sweats have very little to do with menopause, and hormones in general! According to William, much of the time the Eptein Barr Virus (EBV) and environmental toxins are at the root of what most of think are menopausal symptoms. In other words, most of these symptoms are actually caused by EBV, and not the so called ‘change of life’. He adds that radiation exposure  may be contributing to the problem, so it is very important to protect yourself from EMF (Electromagnetic field) exposure as well as radiation from other sources, such as diagnostic testing.

Why Toxins Contribute to Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

According to William, those miserable bursts of sweat are the result of a toxic liver. He says that when the liver fills up with toxins, it becomes over-burdened and starts to run hot. The body, being efficient, tries to cool itself down. The process involves expelling the heat form the liver, which then pulses through the body making you feel hot and sweaty. It also stands to reason that the body produces these heat reactions to rid the body of toxins through the pores (a natural defense mechanism). Arguably, it would be preferable to sweat the toxins out during exercise or sauna.

These toxins can include, but are not limited to, viral poisons (such as Epstein Barr Virus) heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, EMFs, and the remnants of prescription drugs.

Interestingly, ‘menopausal’ symptoms typically appear in mid-life, but it could well be that this is about the time when toxins have overwhelmed the liver. This also explains why the hot flashes and night sweats often continue well beyond menopause.

In the 2015 SWAN study, researchers found that hot flashes can go on for an average of 9-10 years. Importantly, those who experienced hot flashes for a longer time tended to be former smokers, overweight, stressed, depressed, or anxious.[i] These are also things that feed EBV (think emotional and environmental toxins) and trigger its rising out of dormancy. If it were just the sudden decline of estrogen prompting the sweating, perhaps this would not be the case.

According to William in an article on his blog, “the fact that symptoms [of menopause] manifested around the age of menopause was a coincidence.”[ii]  He talks about how prior to the 1950’s women actually looked forward to menopause. He explains that it is actually the fallout of radiation exposure from World War II, exposure to the pesticide DDT, and EBV — which was just beginning to affect the general population, and which resulted in mysterious symptoms — that we now associate with menopause. But since the blame was placed on hormones, women were given synthetic HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and then bioidenticals after HRT was linked with cancer. However, the effects were not lasting, and the suffering continued. Sadly, no one looked beyond hormones for the cause, or the solution.

What You Can Do NOW

Following the antiviral diet I describe for EBV in What You Need to Know About the Epstein Barr Virus and Cancer could be very helpful in alleviating the symptoms of EBV-related hot flashes and night sweats (and has many other benefits as well). Keeping the virus dormant is critical.

It is also important to support the liver so it can remove pathogens (try herbs such as milk thistle and dandelion root). Of course, it is essential to reduce exposure to radiation and to use protective nutrients and devices to lessen the effects of everyday, unavoidable exposure (yes, you can get rid of your hairdryer, but the refrigerator? ouch). Mint, blueberries, and flaxseed are just a few foods that help protect the body from radiation. The less toxins you feed your body and viruses the better (not just environmental toxins, but emotional toxins as well).

bitdot on watch

A device such as the bioDot that is attached to the back of my watch harmonizes EMFs so they are no longer harmful. To purchase a bioDot, see the link below.

Of course, we cannot ignore hormones completely. When we have thyroid issues or adrenal fatigue, our reproductive hormones become out of balance, contributing to not just hot flashes, but cancer as well. The point is we cannot just point the finger at hormones if we want to feel better.

Regardless of your take on this, it is food for thought — especially if despite all, you are still troubled with hot flashes and night sweats. It sure can’t hurt to keep an open mind, and the remedies are good for you and may lower your risk for cancer and it’s progression!

One note —  in this excellent article by William, What Doctors Are Missing About Your Menopause Symptoms, he recommends Schisandra berry to help flush estrogen from the body (it helps with night sweats too). Excellent recommendation, but please do not take this if you are taking Tamoxifen as it may decrease the effects of the medication. Please also know that tamoxifen is a known carcinogen. If that concerns you like it does me, know that there are alternatives.

For more interactions between drugs and herbal substances, please read the following:

Recommended Books for Herbal and Drug Interactions:

Herbal Contraindications and Drug Interactions: Plus Herbal Adjuncts with Medicines, 4th Edition

Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies, 1e

You may also enjoy reading some of Anthony William’s books, and I highly recommend you do:

Thyroid Healing

Life Changing Foods

Medical Medium

Liver Rescue (Preorder)

To purchase a bioDot, click HERE and use the code energy10 for a 10% discount. I also use smartDots on my phone, hairdryer, router, and other devices.

This post is dedicated to all my amazing clients who are looking for answers. I hope this helps you to feel better and to propel you to ultimate wellness.

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.health.harvard.edu/blog/menopause-related-hot-flashes-night-sweats-can-last-years-201502237745

[ii] http://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/the-truth-about-menopause