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Healing Strategies - Breast Detox
Four Breast Detox Strategies 1. Iodine and Breast Detox The editors of this website consider iodine a first line strategy for healing the breast. Iodine in the form of Lugol's Solution , Iodoral or even tincture of iodine has reduced swollen, tender, fibrocystic breasts in every woman in the online group who has experienced breast pain or swelling. Women applied several drops of iodine to the breasts with a Q-Tip each day until the pain and swelling diminished then found a comfortable maintenance dose. Reduction of symptoms took from 24 hours to 3 months. If you are allergic to iodine consult an iodine-literate physician. See the Iodine Page for a more comprehensive explanation and documentation.
2. Reduce bra wearing, reduce lymphatic congestion.
Is wearing a bra a risk factor for developing breast cancer? According to Elizabeth Vaughn, MD, at www.brafree.org, the answer is yes. In the November 4, 1978 issue of Lancet, John Douglass, MD, from the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, tactually noted the breast temperatures of 550 women after bra removal. Large, bra-encased breasts were hotter than smaller ones, but braless breasts, large, medium, or small, were cool. Observing that men with undescended testes have a high cancer incidence due to glandular tissue overheating, and testicular cancer increasing markedly after men began wearing hotter jockey-type underwear, he suggested that a similar mechanism was at work with breast cancer. If women keep their breasts hot, they develop more cancer. In the early 1990s, medical anthropologists, Sydney Singer and Soma Grismaijer, studied 4,500 women in 5 cities across the U.S. about their habits in purchasing and wearing bras, and later published their findings in the book, Dressed to Kill. Though the study did not take into account other lifestyle factors, the results are too striking to be denied: 1. If you wear a bra 24 hours a day, you have a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer. 2. If you wear a bra more than 12 hours, you have a 1 out of 7 chance of developing breast cancer. 3. If you wear a bra less than 12 hours a day, you have a 1 out of 15 chance of developing breast cancer. 4. If you wear a bra rarely or never, you have a 1 out of 168 chance of getting breast cancer. Suggestions:
Consider substituting a tank top, or camisole. Check the lingerie section of
department stores for bra alternatives which are becoming more popular.
If you do wear a bra, try to shorten the hours that you wear it.
3. Thermograms and Homeopathy Detox At the September 2005 National Homeopathic Association at Duke University, Dr. Bruce Shelton presented slides of a sample of patients who had non-malignant breast changes and used homeopathy to help detox their breasts. Homeopathic remedies are based upon the belief that small doses of medicine, herbs, or both may stimulate the immune system. Using homeopathic remedies solely to detoxify their breasts for a minimum of three months, these patients improved and reversed some of their non-malignant changes as seen on before and after thermograms. A digital thermogram, which is radiation-free, is a heat-seeking camera that develops a color image on a computer screen based upon temperature differentials on the surface of any area of the body. The rapid growth in malignancy causes the body to need more blood supply and even to grow new blood vessels, and this extra blood and blood supply make a distinctive heat pattern. According to Dr. Shelton, the value of using thermograms is that there is an ability to make an early diagnosis of breast abnormalities, such as fibrocytic disease and lymphatic congestion, before these abnormalities can be felt by self-examination or seen on a mammogram. Early diagnosis leads to early treatment of these abnormalities to help ensure that they will not progress to cancer. Every woman who has a mammogram is elated to find out that she does not have cancer. But what if the mammogram shows benign changes? She might take her chances and wait until the next year before she gets another mammogram. Dr. Shelton emphatically advises every woman at the first sign of problems, to be proactive. Take control of your body. Work to reverse the abnormalities before any potential cancer can arise. While Dr. Shelton's patients use a variety of detox methods, such as progesterone, metals' removal, and chelation, the sample of patients presented at the conference only used homeopathic remedies to detoxify their breasts. To deal with all levels of toxicity, Dr. Shelton devised a program using homeopathic remedies that target the liver, kidney, intercellular matrix, and the cell to help drain poisons from the body and help detox the breasts. After a minimum of three months, the results were promising. All improved and were able to reverse some of the non-malignant breast changes as evidenced on the thermograms. (Drbruceshelton.com) [The website editors are in the process of preparing Dr. Shelton's slide show which demonstrates how homeopathic detox was visible on follow-up thermograms.] 4. Reduce Personal Products
Commercial deodorants and antiperspirants may block the protective detox mechanism of the armpit. Although breast cancer has never been linked directly to deodorants, parabens have been found in surgically removed breast tissue. Try health food brands and avoid aluminum, parabens, and propylene glycol (antifreeze) ingredients. Talc also been associated with ovarian cancer but has not yet been studied for breast cancer.
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