October is “Breast Cancer Awareness” Month. We all that wearing pink has become a sign of support.
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.
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 this information 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 your mammogram (aka radiation dose).
(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. Or you have some of these symptoms: change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple. If it has progressed, there may be bone pain, swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath, yellow skin.
Your doctor suggests a breast cancer 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.
Whoa….Read that again.
Is it REALLY a coincidence that a woman has a suspicious lump, gets a breast cancer biopsy (opening up the sack of garbage that the body had so wisely contained), is diagnosed with breast cancer, goes through treatment, and then sometime later, the breast cancer “comes back” a few years later, and now it’s in her bones, lungs, liver, and/or brain. It has spread throughout the body.
If the lump was truly 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 changes.
- Is it growing? Is it sinister in shape? Does it just make you nervous and anxious? By all means, have the lump REMOVED (without a biopsy), 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 breast cancer 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. Learn how to truly support your immune system, remove inflammatory foods that feed pathogens like Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), get on a few powerful supplements that will weaponize your immune system, eat a massive amount of fruits, veggies, and leafy greens. Use spices (without natural flavors) 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 regarding breast cancer biopsies. It’s not the status quo 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.
You can also check out Dr. Kelly Turners book Radical Remission. Kelly studied episodes of radical (or unexpected) remission—when people recover against all odds without the help of conventional medicine, or after conventional medicine has failed.
She was so fascinated by this kind of remission that she embarked on a ten month trip around the world, traveling to ten different countries to interview fifty holistic healers and twenty radical remission cancer survivors about their healing practices and techniques.
Her research continued by interviewing over 100 Radical Remission survivors and studying over 1000 of these cases. She analyzed what they did, and came up with the nine common themes that she believes may help even terminal patients turn their lives around.
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