Cancer is a broad category of chronic diseases, breast cancer being one type of cancer.
Like other chronic diseases, cancer is easier to prevent than to treat.
A good cancer prevention strategy depends on obtaing a full library of compounds.
The library is obtained from a diet. rich in colorful fooda and a selection of pharmaceutical grade dietary supplements.
For healthy and active people, the diet needs to include a variety of probiotics, soy products, healthy fats, medicinal mushrooms, sea vegetables, cruciferous vegetables and colorful fruit.
Collectively these foods balance the generation of free radicals with their destruction.
Food is responsible for neutralizing free radicals with a large and diverse group of antioxidants.
Certain populations have a higher incidence of specific cancers. It is speculated that this increased incidence can be attributed to carcinogens in their diet and nutritional deficiencies.
The protective relationship of a healthy diet is responsible for the preventive effect and decreased cancer risk in people who obtain the aforementioned phytonutrients.
Vitamin D supplements are further recommended to increase cell ‘stickiness’ and thereby preventing overgrowth, which is the hallmark of cancer cells
A healthy diet designed to prepare someone who considers themselves at risk includes volumes of fruits and vegetables.
Not only do they provide fiber and complex starches to run the human engine but also, if properly grown and delivered, provide an amazing spectrum of anti-inflammatory compounds, pro-growth stimulants and cancer-interfering agents..
A diet that is also low in saturated fat and dairy products and which includes the botanical arsenal outlined, seems like the go-to diet to prevent breast cancer.
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables are thought to provide protection from lung, gastric and colo-rectal cancers.
Flaxseeds and soy beans are high in omega-3 fatty acids and contains other compounds that may help prevent breast cancer.
Cancer is characterized by an uncontrolled growth of cells.
The uncontrolled growth is due to a chemical change that developed in a cell's DNA. This is called a mutation.
There are many products that initiate mutations. One recent one is quite disturbing.
In January 2011, the state of California added an ingredient used in soda beverages to its list of cancer-causing chemicals.
The cancer-causing chemical in question is 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI.
4-MI is a byproduct formed during the production of caramel, the color additive used in cola beverages.
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have since modified their recipes in order to avoid being required to label their products as causing cancer.
But the question needs to be asked, how many more compounds are added to food that pose a health risk?
The ability to repress, prevent and reverse the growth of cancer is based on individual characteristics. Botanicals interact in the body in very personal ways.
What works for one doesn't always work for another.
Pharmaceutical drugs on the other hand, produce consistent results. They utilize the same pathway to cause their effect, regardless of the person
Herbs work on individuals.
The plant produced a library of compounds, not just one.
Nature provided built in options, not available as a single active agent.
This is the most fundamental difference between drugs and herbs.
For many people, preventing breast cancer is aided by the old axiom, "let food be thy medicine".
Prevention of cancer is a high priority in every good nutritional program.
Female athletes are not immune to the the risk of developing breast cancer.
But they stand a better chance of preventing it through the inclusion of colorful fruits, complex vegetables, soy products, sea vegetables, mushrooms and more exercise in their diets.
Those foods, together with good genes and a lot of luck, will keep them healthy.
Those foods and good medical care can help breast cancer patients recover.
These foods provide unique, libraries of phytochemicals.
Plant compounds are manufactured and assembled as members of a series.
Each member will be mirror images of the others in the series with minimal alterations. It is this minor alteration that allows each of the members of the series to produce opposing or tangential effects.
It is this chemical uniqueness that produces the wondrous effects of plants.
There are many such series of compounds with each plant synthesizing its own unique version.
Collectively they add up to a complete library of compounds.
Discovering the activity of any one member of the library, is the purpose of drug research.
This does not bode well for the endangered forests and wildlife of the world.
Some of the compounds in vegetables, mushrooms, and sea weeds have been found to interfere with a cancer cell's reproductive activity.
Drug companies routinely isolate and evaluate any unique plant they find. The more anecdotal, the better.
They extract, refine and test only the most powerful member of the series. They especially look for compounds that kill or retard the growth of cancer.
I think it prudent to eat vegetables, mushrooms, and sea weeds on a daily basis instead of waiting till you need these latest tools in the struggle against cancer as drugs.
Daily ingestion of these foods may prevent the need for the drugs derived from them.
Cancer begins when DNA undergoes a change in chemistry or mutation.
These short-term chemical reactions produce long-term damage.
The damage can be due to a specific carcinogen or some other toxic agent.
The rays of the sun, cigarette smoke, as well as the active hormones produced in the body, can all initiate a mutation.
The initiation of cancer involves the formation of a DNA adduct.
An adduct is a compound that binds to DNA.
The binding of adduct to DNA causes a faulty or incomplete replication of the cell’s DNA.
This is the moment of initiation. This is a mutation.
It is easier to prevent mutagenesis than it is to treat the resulting cancer.
In health, the body’s self-correcting forces, repair damage caused by solitary events.
As the events increase, the body's ability to withstand the added attacks becomes compromised.
When this occurs, DNA mutation outpaces DNA repair and health is not maintained.
It is at this point, that disease can be said to have begun. Carcinogenesis has taken place.
Estrogens are thought to initiate cancer via a DNA-estrogen adduct.
The reasoning is based on estrogen containing the molecule benzene. Benzene was found to cause leukemia decades ago and so it seems likely that the adduct theory is correct.
Flaxseed phytonutrients may lower the level of estrogen in post-menopausal women thereby helping them maintain bone density and metabolism and minimizing adduct formation.
A combination of natural products has been the subject of interest from researchers.
The combination involves resveratrol, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) , lipoic acid, and melatonin.
These four natural compounds help the body block specific estrogen metabolites from binding with DNA, thereby preventing the formation of adducts and mutations.
This combination is presumably more effective than the individual compounds and is deemed preventive for breast and prostate cancers.
Reservatrol (resorcinol) is the polyphenol found in wine. It is a powerful antioxidant synthesized and stored in the skin of the red grape