October is “Breast Cancer Awareness” Month. It’s very “in” and pink is status quo.
But I’m not here to encourage you to wear pink . Nor contribute to the Komen Foundation. In fact, those would be the last things I’d advise any of my no-nonsense readers. It’s a bit un-American and I had trouble even finding a graphic for this because it’s so popular to wear pink and “find the cure”.
My personal Breast Cancer Awareness series started on September 29th: How To Prevent Breast Cancer – Top 8 Best Practices. There is some solid, valuable information in that article. If you spend your next years taking that info to heart, you can seriously minimize your risk of ever getting the “You’re the next contestant with breast cancer” news. Prevention starts now, not the afternoon after you have a suspicious lump.
But let’s just say you’ve been living the standard American life – eating the standard American fare, not supporting your immune system, etc – and in an effort to catch any brewing cancers early, it’s time for some imaging. Would you like a mammogram or a thermogram? You can read about 9 Reasons You Should Ask for a Thermogram here.
Okay, let’s get to today’s advice. God forbid, your mammogram/thermogram – or a self exam – suggests something troubling. Your doctor suggests a biopsy.
If I only teach you ONE THING in my whole career, listen up.
If your lesion really is cancer, the LAST THING you’ll ever want to do is insert a needle, break the encapsulation, and release the interstitial fluid – and cancer cells – into the rest of the your body.
It’s no coincidence that a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, goes through treatment, and then the breast cancer comes back a few years later, and now it’s in her bones, lungs, liver, and/or brain.
If it was cancer, and you opened up that protective membrane encapsulating it, you can likely thank the biopsy for spreading the cancer. Our bodies have built-in protection mechanisms….and if there is a rogue cell, our body is smart enough to wall it off. But if we mess with mother nature, we open up Pandora’s Box.
This information I’ve just shared is true for any recommended biopsy. Opening up the lump, and allowing the contents to spill out, is medical advice at its worst. Although it makes a lot of money for “The Industry”.
If you have a suspicious lesion/lump, here are some safer options to think about:
- Watch the lesion and see if it changes/grows. You can do this for years if needed, and in the meantime, take my advice to heart about diet and lifestyle.
- Is it growing? Is it sinister in shape? Does it just make you nervous and anxious? By all means, have the lump removed, and THEN let them biopsy it. At least if it is cancer, they won’t have created a bigger mess for you to deal with.
Now, I realize some of you reading this have already been down the biopsy road. Is it too late? Is your fate sealed? No, of course not. Your body is amazing and wants to do what is best for you.
Which one fits?
- The lump was benign – It’s still in your best interest to begin making the appropriate lifestyle changes. Food is medicine. Lifestyle is medicine. There is LOTS of research about real true causes of breast cancer – but they don’t make any money. Take action and learn more from the Top 8 Best Practices for preventing breast cancer. Do an Ask Tracy Session and we’ll add individualized strategies to your care plan.
- The lump was malignant and you’ve had treatments – If this is the case, and I was in your shoes, I’d start implementing the Top 8 Best Practices for preventing breast cancer today. Your body fights off cancerous cells every day. Support your immune system, remove inflammatory foods that feed pathogens like EBV, start on nascent iodine, eat a massive amount of fruits, veggies, and leafy greens. Use spices liberally and daily. Avoid trendy diets like animal-based Paleo, and high fat Ketogenic programs. Your body needs the anti-oxidants and phytochemicals that are uniquely gifted to plant foods.
What else can you do? Share this article with every woman you know. Not for my benefit. For theirs. 1 in 3 women will be given the breast cancer diagnosis. This affects all of us. Mothers. Sisters. Aunts. Daughters. Cousins. Friends. Best Friends.
If we know better, we can do better.
Don’t let the industry decide what is right for you. I hate to say it, but we have answers to breast cancer. Most any cancer really. It’s not popular to start juicing and significantly reduce your intake of animal foods, but I can guarantee you that it’s an enormous part of the equation.
About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN
Tracy Konoske is an eclectic clinician and uses a blend of natural, integrative, functional, and personalized medicine to help her patients feel their best. Tracy understands that there are 4 drivers of chronic disease: Toxins, Infections, Stress, and Diet. And it's often a combination of all 4 that lead to a chronic health condition, and thus it takes a treatment plan addressing each of the 4 to resolve and reclaim good health. Tracy has recovered from 2 "perfect storm" situations which had drastic effects on her health and led to multiple mystery illnesses and diagnosis including Lyme.
By reducing the burden of these triggers, Tracy is successfully resolving:
- Fatigue (anemia's, adrenals, thyroid-related, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME-CFS)
- Auto Immune Conditions (Hashimoto's, Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac)
- Mental Health Conditions (anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD)
- Cognitive Dysfunction (trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, symptoms of early Alzheimer's)
- Digestive Disorders (low hydrochloric acid, "leaky gut", Candida Albicans, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO, IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
- Migraines and chronic headaches
If you've one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, or have been told you have Lyme or chronic Lyme, there's a good chance you are in the right place.
If you have a history of chronic sore throats, tonsillitis or tonsillectomy, mononucleosis, glandular fever, shingles, and/or cold sores, there's a good chance you are in the right place.
There are no coincidences. All good things come from God.