Category Archives: Integrative Medicine

Herbs for Overall Breast Health



…Now, here’s another really important statistic that I like to hammer home to people.  Eighty percent of breast cancer patients have absolutely no family history…..

….Let’s talk a little bit about breast cancer statistics in general.  Because sometimes I feel as though it’s easy to lose track of reality when it comes to talking about breast cancer, especially in October.  It is an important disease and it’s really scary.  But let’s get realistic about what’s actually going on.  Only 15% of breast cancers are diagnosed in anyone under the age of 45…..

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Powerfood Profile: Medicinal Mushrooms

 

Medicinal mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms contain compounds that can enhance the effectiveness of chemo while reducing side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite, as well as suppress metastasis and increase levels of natural killer cells. One type of mushroom compounds, beta-glucans, has been shown to boost the cancer-fighting powers of the immune system’s cyto-toxic T cells.
Again, it is difficult to obtain clinically meaningful quantities of the mushroom phytochemicals from even the healthiest diet, which is why Dr. Block recommends getting them in the form of extracts. Look for those containing maitake (Grifola frondosa), agaricus (Agaricus blazei), shiitake (Lentinula [or Lentinusedodes), reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), turkey tails (Trametes [or Coriolusversicolor), and caterpillar fungus or cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis).

By Keith Block

Get Rid Of Bad Estrogen And Lower Breast Cancer Risk!

Research has shown that estrogen can promote the growth of breast cancer cells, but not all estrogen is bad for you. Healthy forms of estrogen can help strengthen our bones and help us feel energized, young and vital. Multiple genes control how our bodies process estrogen. Changes can occur in these genes called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that make it harder for us to get rid of excess estrogen and lead to a build up of toxic forms of the hormone that can increase breast cancer risk.

The good news is certain foods and lifestyle choices have been shown to help our bodies metabolize estrogen and get rid of any bad forms of it, even if we have these gene SNPs.  

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