This ?chick I know? has a Breast Cancer awareness shirt that makes one simple plea, ?Save the Tatas. This legendary shirt is complete with the little Susan G. Komen ?x? for the Cure pink ribbon. This shirt on its own, like Breast Cancer awareness groups and ?research? funds, does little to change the current state of the disease. It is increasing at an alarming rate. If anything, increased awareness of the disease has paralleled increased incidence of the disease. Increased funds for research has paralleled increased incidence of the disease. More advanced techniques for treating the disease has paralleled increased incidence of the disease. More widespread information on ?proper nutrition? has paralleled increased incidence of the disease (and of every other disease). Should I keep going, or do you get the point?
The reason this has happened is because modern medicine in a capitalist society, in order to keep financial/business interests happy simultaneously, poses its health-seeking questions like this: How can we successfully treat ?x? disease without requiring people eat healthy, wholesome food, forcing the chemical and agricultural industries to be environmentally responsible, suggest nationwide lifestyle changes, etc.
What, did you think that we were going to shut down every chemical plant in the country, switch overnight to 100% organic farming, ban the sale of packaged and fast food, and forbid people from working in a stressful environment for more than 30 hours per week? More simply put, the question is: Without change, how can we treat disease? Billions of dollars are spent each year in search of answering this question as it pertains to all ailments.
And thus, the common logic we have resorted to after millions of years of evolution and refinement as a species goes something like this?
If your hand is over an open flame on your stove, the most effective treatment for ?burning-hand disease (BHD),? is to remove your hand from the flame and place it in a safe cool area ? cool water perhaps, where it is safe and nurtured. However, the medical community, so that you can continue sticking your hand in the flame, recommends one of three options to assist you with your BHD symptoms. One is to apply a fire-resistant salve made from state of the art chemicals. Another is to take a strong medication that numbs the pain while damage is continually being done without you noticing it. Finally, the most effective technique is to undergo Handectomy (removal of the hand). (Warning: all of the above treatments cause severe liver damage, give you mad diarrhea, and increase your risk of IBS, GERD, and CHD).
This reminds me of one of the first books I ever read in pursuit of human health by ?America’s Most Trusted Doctor,? Isadore Rosenfeld. This trusted wise man recommended, to women in the highest risk category for Breast Cancer, that both breasts be removed as a precaution. You know, just in case. You can’t be too careful (this guy is clearly gay or ?America’s Most Dedicated Ass Man?). I’m not making this up. This is the best of the best of modern medicine’s breakthroughs on a disease that hardly existed in 1920 and now affects, with all of our accumulated wisdom on human health over the millennia, more than one out of every nine women.
Modern medicine has achieved one thing. If you get Breast Cancer now, you’ll probably live a little longer than if you had gotten it when Truman was president. Nice work, now let’s get real?
To Save the Tatas there are three main areas to focus on:
1) Breast health
The breast and upper armpit area is filled with a cluster of lymph nodes and blood vessels. Circulation of the lymphatic fluid and blood in these areas is the body’s mechanism for maintaining health, flushing out unwanted material (like carcinogenic industrial chemicals), etc. Chronic overconstriction of these nodes and vessels from bras is an extremely significant contributor to Breast Cancer.
Excerpt from Katie Singer’s The Garden of Fertility?
?From 1991 to 1993, Singer, a medical anthropologist, and Grismaijer interviewed 4,000 women from five large American cities and found that 75% of the women who kept their bras on at night while they slept contracted breast cancer; so did one out of seven women who wore a bra more than 12 hours a day. Women who don’t wear a bra have 1 chance in 168 of being diagnosed with breast cancer ? the same as men.”
This is simple. Choose loosely fitting cotton bras. Never sleep in them. Wear a bra as little as possible. Massage your breasts a little after removing your bra to stimulate the dilation of blood vessels. If possible, exercise without a bra to enhance lymphatic drainage and free blood circulation in the breast. Avoid men who are exclusively ?Ass-men,? seeking lovers that do things like hold up their right hand as if they’re going to grab a large doorknob and say, ?Hey, you know what this is? It’s a booby trap!
2) Avoid toxic chemicals
This is a no-brainer. The high incidence of Cancer among us modern humanoids is obviously attributable in large part to the huge boon in industrial and agricultural chemicals. As we all know, this is more or less impossible to completely avoid. Chemical-free deodorants or none at all are a good place to start. Choosing more organic food can’t hurt. Seeking out clean water, avoiding plastics, using eco-friendly cleaning chemicals, and other common sense changes are worth getting accustomed to. You don’t have to become a chemical-phobe to take these few basic and potentially significant steps.
3) Eat to Nourish
Most people are overly caught up on what to avoid. This is a mistake. Proper nourishment is our greatest protection from illness of all kinds, and how we feed ourselves is the most significant thing we do. Animal products have been the staple for healthy humans since the dawn of humanity. Many people avoid meat now because it has toxins or tuna because it contains Mercury. This is like avoiding breathing because you’re concerned about air pollution. The oxygen in air is more fundamental to your survival and well-being than the pollutants are a threat, and the same is true of food that is well documented as being the most nutritious and historically health-giving.
The most nourishing and historically health-giving foods are animal products, particularly fats. If you seek out properly raised animal foods, those raised in a truly natural way, outdoors, on a normal diet for that animal, without chemicals, and you eat much of your animal foods raw, then the optimal diet for Cancer prevention is most certainly a high-fat diet by current standards (up to 3/4 of caloric intake). Raw fish and pastured egg yolks provide us with totally unadulterated, heart disease and Cancer preventing Omega 3 fatty acids EPA (Eicosapentanoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexanoic Acid). Real raw, grassfed butter, eggs, liver, shellfish, pastured-pork fat, and other full-fat dairy products contain fat soluble vitamins A and particularly D, which is an extremely potent Cancer inhibitor (sunlight and real foods are far superior to pills).
Specific to Breast Cancer, one nutrient that has profound anti-Cancer properties is a fatty acid called CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). Significant amounts of this substance are only found in two places: adipose fat from pasture-grazed animals, especially beef and lamb and raw dairy products, particularly butter which concentrates CLA, from animals fed only on pasture. Grain-fed animals yield meat and butter with no CLA. None. Zilch. More importantly, none of the protective fats mentioned: CLA, EPA, DHA, or vitamins A and D in fat soluble form are found in plant foods of any kind. Other lesser-known health-giving and possibly essential substances like Wulzen factor and X-Factor are also only found in animal foods.
Plants do have some love to give. Fresh raw juices from carotene and mineral rich vegetables are valuable. Antioxidant-rich berries should be stressed among fruits. Coconut, with its highly protective fatty acids including the rare lauric acid, is associated with lowered Cancer rates (as seen in countries such as Thailand and the Phillipines despite high levels of industrial pollution).
If there is any food to avoid, it’s hydrogenated and other rancid forms of polyunsaturated oils found in, you know, pretty much everything besides what’s listed above. All packaged foods contain rancid polyunsaturated oils (soy, corn, canola, safflower, cottonseed, etc.). Hydrogenated oils are the worst form because they are the most oxidized, but expeller pressed canola in your organic blue chips is also quite harmful, as are the fats in roasted nuts. The switch from protective animal fats to these unstable oxidative vegetable oils (by far the most consumed by the U.S.) is perhaps the most significant dietary change in the last century as it pertains to Cancer incidence.
As always, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, pasteurized fruit juices, and refined grain ?de-nourish? the body, causing you to use and excrete more vitamins and minerals. None of these foods are helpful in preventing Cancer of any kind. There are far better sources of antioxidant nutrients than those found in red wine, chocolate, OJ, and green tea.
Soy should also be avoided. Breast Cancer is associated with high estrogen levels, and phytoestrogens, found in highest concentrations in soy, are a potential causative factor. Soy is also in pretty much everything at the grocery store except whole meats, fruits, and vegetables.
Although we’re bombarded with information about Breast Cancer, hold on to and practice these simple basics and your chances will be slim enough to at least not live in a state of paranoia. Or you could have a double-mastectomy performed just in case. Hey, doctors orders. What, you’re going to listen to me instead of a doctor? What are you nuts?