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Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

8 best plants nutrients for breast health

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8 Plants and Herbs Scientifically Proven To Support Breast Health

October is the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What they mostly want you to be aware of is slash-burn-poison conventional treatments and the "urgent" need to spend money on the search for a cure (which never materializes and probably never will, given their way of doing things; the War on Cancer is the opposite of the moon program - it’s never going to land anywhere).
 But breast cancer is a big deal, in view of the sheer numbers of women who are affected - about 50,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. One woman out of eight will get this disease. So by all means, let’s do something about breast cancer during these last few days of October - something useful.
To be specific, I want to give you the lowdown on what may be the eight best plant substances you can take for breast health (plus some good news - now they’re all combined in one supplement, although you can get them from foods if you prefer)…

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You should consider these eight ingredients scientifically proven to help you keep your breasts healthy…
  • Quercetin
  • Turmeric rhizome extract (BCM-95®)
  • Astragalus membranaceus root extract
  • Scutellaria barbata extract
  • DIM
  • Mushroom complex — Coriolus versicolor, Reishi, and Phellinus linteus
Take them one by one…
Quercetin is the flavonoid that gives fruits and vegetables their colors. It’s an antioxidant, able to scavenge free radical destroyers that tamper with DNA and cause cellular death.
Quercetin also supports cholesterol within a healthy range, has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory qualities, and protects your cardiovascular system and your cells.
Studies show you’ll be healthier if you eat more fruits and veggies. Quercetin is one of the reasons for that. For food sources, try citrus, apples, onions, and dark berries like blueberries, blackberries, and bilberries.
Turmeric is a spice often used in Asian dishes, part of the ginger family. It's well-established that turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory. Now, early trials seem to show that turmeric can help stop faulty cellular division.  I can believe it, on the grounds that cancer rates are often lower in countries where turmeric consumption is high. We can’t be sure, but turmeric may be one of the reasons if not THE reason.
The highly absorbable, patented form of turmeric called BCM-95® is recommended, for its particular ability to support cellular health.
Astragalus boosts your immune system… which is an important virtue in itself.
 It also seems to be able to "light up" rogue cells so your immune system can easily detect and destroy them. One study showed that Astragalus helped create higher quantities of interferon and leukocytes in the blood stream.
Astragalus has both immune modulating and adaptogenic actions, working synergistically. In plain English, this means it has the capacity to tune your immune function up or down, as appropriate.
Scutellaria barbata is a potent herb whose roots, leaves and stems may be rich in the flavonoid wogonin and other powerful phytochemicals.
Studies showed that nine different Scutellaria extracts significantly stopped rogue cells from spreading in human breast, prostate and brain cells. Not surprisingly, using higher doses of the substance, for a longer time, resulted in more of those cells being killed.
Incidentally four leaf extracts were effective at triggering the death of rogue cells in the brain. When all four were taken together in low doses, they blocked unwanted cellular growth and division in the brain by nearly 50 percent. Individually, they did not.
DIM. 3, 3’-Di-Indolylmethane (DIM) is an active byproduct of cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous veggies include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, rutabaga, turnip, bok choy, and Brussels sprouts. Though your mother probably didn’t know about the amazing compounds they contain, she had it right about their health benefits.
As you hit middle age, it’s much more important to eat them… as both men and women can experience hormonal and metabolic changes that kick estrogen action into high gear. Without even trying, you can become "estrogen dominant".
In overweight men, testosterone converts into estrogen, and then rising estrogen competes with falling testosterone.
Women become estrogen dominant just by virtue of the hormonal changes linked to perimenopause and menopause.
But DIM can also protect against acquired estrogen imbalance (for men and women), which has a lot to do with the influence of your diet andchemicals. "Estrogenic" chemicals are dangerous for alli.
About 20 years ago renowned breast cancer researcher, H. Leon Bradlow, Ph.D., discovered that women with breast and uterine cancer made too little of the "good" estrogen 2-hydroxy and too much of the "bad" 16-hydroxy kindii.
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16-hydroxy acts like a "super-estrogen", stirring up mutations and abnormal growthiii,iv. Obese people also overproduce 16-hydroxy estrogenv.
DIM supports estrogen balance. It can steer your body away from 16-hydroxy production and toward beneficial 2-hydroxy metabolites.
But you’d likely have to eat several pounds of broccoli per day to get the DIM needed to support estrogen balance in today’s chemical-ridden world. Stay tuned, there’s a supplement that can help you avoid that fate.
Medicinal Mushrooms have been treasured for their potent health support for almost two millennia. They are some of the most powerful botanicals to put into your natural health arsenal.
Dozens of medicinal mushrooms have been chosen for their ability to boost your immune system on a long-term basis. Three that are especially important for breast support are Coriolus versicolorReishi, and Phellinus linteus.
Mushrooms naturally contain Beta-glucans, and boost macrophage activity.

You could create your own powerful breast botanical,
But you don’t have to
Why buy all eight of these ingredients separately when you can take a convenient 8-in-1 “done-for-you” formulation? Dr. Isaac Eliaz, an integrative physician whom I greatly respect, has done all the hard work.
 He’s created a scientifically researched formulation and sourced all the ingredients, to put together a high level of support for your breast health. So there’s no need to spend your precious time researching and sourcing everything yourself.

Every ingredient in BreastDefend was selected based on scientific research on phytonutrients, antioxidants, and botanically enhanced medicinal mushrooms.
This blend offers dynamic, comprehensive support for breast health at the cellular, genetic, immune, and hormonal levels. And it also promotes overall vitality.
How BreastDefend Supports Your Breast Health
BreastDefend has been shown to:
  • Promote breast health
  • Promote healthy hormone balance
  • Support cellular health
  • Promote healthy immune function

Let’s tackle each one of these one by one…
  1. Promote breast health.
    Three major peer-reviewed studies demonstrate this formula’s protective effects. It was proven to slow cancer growth, suppress genes that promote cancer, and hinder metastases.
    BreastDefend was shown to inhibit breast cancer metastasis to lung
    Researchers found this supplement suppresses cancer invasiveness, modulates the expression of cancer cell cycle genes and decreases metastasis, all without toxic side effects.,vii
  2. Promotes healthy hormonal balance.Proven by scientists, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are breast-protective. This is attributed to the compound DIM (3,3’-di-Indolylmethane) - which promotes beneficial estrogen metabolism and hormonal balance.
    New in vitro (test-tube) research that was conducted in an estrogenic environment shows that BreastDefend works alone against estrogen-dependent rogue cells that proliferate in such an environment. It also works synergistically with Tamoxifen, if you happen to be taking this prescription drug. This exciting study was just announced October 10-12, 2013, at the 18th World Congress on Advances in Oncology and the 16th International Symposium on Molecular Medicine in Crete, Greece.
  3. Supports cellular healthBreastDefend contains a patented, highly bioavailable form of turmeric (BCM-95®) that’s been shown to promote cellular health. This turmeric was paired with the celebrated antioxidant, quercetin – which synergistically delivers astounding cellular health support.
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    The herbs Astragalus and Scutellaria barbata both make contributions, as time-tested herbs with active compounds like saponins. Studies show that saponins and similar compounds support healthy breast cell behavior.
  4. Powerful Immune SupportAs described above, mushrooms contribute to a healthy immune response, and naturally contain beta-glucans.

Whether you favor a conventional, complementary or a holistic medical paradigm, BreastDefend can help support your breast cell health.
It is safe to use with conventional chemotherapy and radiation treatments. And it’s also been shown to work synergistically with PectaSol-C® Modified Citrus Pectinviii, another supplement created by Dr. Eliaz. This combination offers a significant increase in cellular and breast health protection and support.
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Saturday, October 26, 2013


Delante White
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BOWIE, Md. - Bowie State University dominated from beginning to end in a sunny, but very chilly Bulldogs Stadium on Saturday, beating rival Virginia Union University 34-7. The victory snaps a four-game Bowie State losing streak.

The Bulldogs (3-5, 1-4 CIAA) jumped on Virginia Union from the opening kickoff. Redshirt junior Kendall Jefferson returned the kickoff 55 yards to the Virginia Union 45 yard line. Senior Jared Johnston (Dumfries, Va.) connected with sophomore Garry Cropper (Odenton, Md.) for 30 yards on BSU’s first play from scrimmage. From there, senior Keith Brown (Temple Hills, Md.) carried the ball three straight plays, scoring from one-yard out. Junior Mario Diaz-Aviles (Washington, D.C.) added the extra point to give the Bulldogs the early 7-0 lead at the 12:59 mark.

Virginia Union (3-5, 3-2 CIAA) tied the score at 7-7 early in the second quarter on a three yard rushing touchdown by Damon Kelly (Orange Park, Md.) and extra point by Troy Krepich (Leesburg, Va.), capping off a nine-play. 41 yard drive.

The Bulldogs put together a 12-play, 82 yard drive on the games very next possession with Brown finding the Panthers end zone again, this time scoring from four yards out.

Bowie State pushed their lead to 21-7 at the 2:09 mark of the second quarter following an interception by junior Anthony McDaniel (Ft. Washington, Md.) at the Panthers 11 yard line. Redshirt junior Khari Lee (Baltimore, Md.) caught a four yard TD bullet for six from Johnston.

Jefferson recorded his seventh touchdown run of the season, scoring on a five yard run with 5:35 left in the third quarter to give the Bulldogs a comfortable 28-7 advantage.

The Bulldogs final points of the game came about following an interception by redshirt sophomore Curtis Pumphrey (Laurel, Md.), his second of the afternoon. Bowie State began the drive at the Virginia Union 35 yard line with 4:21 remaining in the game.

Johnston did most of the damage, rushing for 24 yards and passing for 15 yards, capping off the drive with a seven yard TD run to put the game on ice with 1:19left on the clock

Brown rushed for 93 yards on 26 carries, averaging 3.6 yards per carry. Johnston went 8-for-20 in the air for 131 yards and a touchdown.

Lee led the Bowie State receivers with four catches for 46 yards and Cropper had to catches for 50 yards.

Senior Delante White (Temple Hills, Md.) led the Bulldogs defense with 13 tackles, while redshirt sophomore Antoine Young added 11 tackles. Senior Dwayne Price (Ft. Washington, Md.) contributed seven tackles and redshirt freshman Kevaugn Townsend (Ft. Washington, Md.) had five tackles in the win.
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Eric Shaw (Washington, D.C.) was the leading offensive producer for VUU’s Panthers, rushing for 85 yards on 27 carries. Panthers quarterback Kenneth Graham (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) completed 8-of-20 passes for 46 yards. Jamaal Wright caught two of those passes for just six yards. London Byrd (Sanford, Fla.), Tyrell Austin (Miami, Fla.) and Dominique Roane (Richmond, Va.) were tops for the Panthers defense with seven tackles each.

The Bulldogs will return to action on Saturday (November 2nd), taking on The Lincoln University at Bulldogs Stadium at 1 pm. Fifteen seniors will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony.

Duke 103 - Bowie State 67 (MEN'S BASKETBALL EXHIBITION)

Durham, N.C. – The defending CIAA Champion Bulldogs battled Division I Duke University in a men’s basketball exhibition Saturdayafternoon before falling 103-67. Graduate student Brian Freeman (Clinton, Md.) led Bowie State with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Seniors Ray Gatling (Oxon Hill, Md.) and David Golladay (Upper Marlboro, Md.) added 12 and nine points respectively.

Story to come later

Bowie State vs Duke (10-26-13 at Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium))

Official Basketball Box Score

Official Basketball Box Score
Bowie State vs Duke
10-26-13 1:00 p.m. at Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
VISITORS: Bowie State
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
15 Brian Freeman....... f  7-12   0-0    3-6    2  1  3   4  17  0  1  1  0  21
20 Carlos Smith........ f  0-3    0-0    1-2    2  1  3   5   1  1  1  0  0  16
04 Cameron Knox........ g  1-3    0-0    0-0    2  2  4   1   2  1  4  0  1  15
21 Zafir Williams...... g  3-6    1-1    1-4    1  3  4   1   8  4  3  1  0  30
25 Donald Williams..... g  3-8    1-3    0-0    0  0  0   3   7  0  0  0  0  18
00 Julian Williams.....    1-3    0-1    0-1    0  0  0   1   2  1  0  0  0  10
01 Ray Gatling.........    3-7    0-1    6-8    0  3  3   3  12  3  4  0  0  27
10 Andre Jackson.......    0-2    0-2    0-0    0  2  2   3   0  0  0  0  1  11
11 Milan Durant........    1-3    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   4   2  0  4  0  0   8
22 Justin Beck.........    1-3    0-0    3-4    0  0  0   3   5  0  1  0  0   9
31 David Golladay......    4-5    0-0    1-2    2  2  4   2   9  0  2  0  0  20
34 Joel Clemmons.......    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   2   2  0  1  0  0  10
45 Tai Marshall........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  1  0  0  0   5
   TEAM................                         2  2  4             2
   Totals..............   25-57   2-8   15-27  13 22 35  33  67 11 23  2  2 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-26 57.7%   2nd Half: 10-31 32.3%   Game: 43.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%   2nd Half:  1-6  16.7%   Game: 25.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  9-16 56.3%   2nd Half:  6-11 54.5%   Game: 55.6%   6,1
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Jabari Parker....... f  6-9    1-3    3-6    2  2  4   2  16  5  1  3  4  24
05 Rodney Hood......... f  6-10   1-4    6-8    3  5  8   2  19  4  1  1  0  28
21 Amile Jefferson..... f  6-7    0-0    3-6    1  3  4   2  15  0  0  0  1  16
02 Quinn Cook.......... g  1-4    0-2    0-0    0  2  2   2   2  3  2  0  0  14
14 Rasheed Sulaimon.... g  1-5    1-3    6-7    0  0  0   3   9  2  2  0  0  23
03 Tyler Thornton......    1-2    1-2    2-2    0  1  1   1   5  4  0  0  4  15
12 Alex Murphy.........    1-2    1-2    2-4    1  2  3   0   5  0  0  0  0  14
13 Matt Jones..........    4-9    2-6    5-6    3  1  4   2  15  1  1  0  1  20
15 Josh Hairston.......    2-6    0-1    1-2    4  2  6   3   5  0  1  0  1  12
20 Semi Ojeleye........    1-2    0-0    1-2    2  4  6   2   3  0  0  0  0  11
34 Andre Dawkins.......    1-7    0-6    0-1    0  0  0   0   2  1  1  0  1   9
40 Marshall Plumlee....    1-3    0-0    5-6    0  1  1   1   7  0  0  2  0  10
45 Nick Pagliuca.......    0-1    0-1    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
52 Todd Zafirovski.....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
   TEAM................                         1  1  2
   Totals..............   31-68   7-30  34-50  18 25 43  20 103 20  9  6 12 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-33 48.5%   2nd Half: 15-35 42.9%   Game: 45.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-16 31.3%   2nd Half:  2-14 14.3%   Game: 23.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 17-26 65.4%   2nd Half: 17-24 70.8%   Game: 68.0%   12
Officials: Dwayne Gladden, Anthony Marotta, Clarence Armstrong
Technical fouls: Bowie State-Justin Beck. Duke-None.
Attendance: 9314
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Bowie State...................   40   27  -   67
Duke..........................   54   49  -  103
Exhibition Game 1
BSU - Smith fouled out at 12:23 in 2nd

Bowie State 34 - Virginia Union 7 (FOOTBALL FINAL)

Scoring Summary (Final)
Virginia Union vs Bowie State (Oct 26, 2013 at Bowie, MD)
Virginia Union (3-5,3-2) vs. Bowie State (3-5,1-4)
Date: Oct 26, 2013 • Site: Bowie, MD • Stadium: Bulldogs • Attendance: 1641
Score by Quarters
Virginia Union
Bowie State

BROWN,Keith 1 yd run (DIAZ-AVILES,Mario kick)
5 plays, 45 yards, TOP 2:01
0 - 7
KELLY,Damon 3 yd run (KREPICH,Troy kick)
9 plays, 41 yards, TOP 3:23
7 - 7
BROWN,Keith 4 yd run (DIAZ-AVILES,Mario kick)
12 plays, 82 yards, TOP 5:32
7 - 14
LEE,Khari 4 yd pass from JOHNSTON,Jared (DIAZ-AVILES,Mario kick)
2 plays, 9 yards, TOP 1:09
7 - 21
JEFFERSON,Kendall 5 yd run (DIAZ-AVILES,Mario kick)
5 plays, 22 yards, TOP 2:04
7 - 28
JOHNSTON,Jared 7 yd run (DIAZ-AVILES,Mario kick failed)
6 plays, 35 yards, TOP 3:02
7 - 34

Kickoff time: 1:00 pm • End of Game: 3:47 • Total elapsed time: 2:47
Referee: H. Drumheller • Umpire: Ernest Jones • Linesman: Eddie Buffaloe • Line judge: Lafayette Tatem • Back judge: Glen Harris • Field judge: Eric Monroe • Side judge: Uzell Stokes •
Temperature: 55 • Wind: SSW15mph • Weather: Sunny
NEXT VUU GAME: (11/2) vs. Elizabeth City State - 1 pm
NEXT BSU GAME: (11/2) vs. Lincoln - 1 pm (SENIOR DAY)

How the Amish beat cancer time and time again

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The Amish Cancer Secret
How to cure just about any cancer the Amish way
Is it possible to cure just about any cancer the Amish way? Is it true that many Amish people easily get rid of cancer in just three or four weeks? Are the Amish onto something BIG?
To find out, I interviewed Jakob and Fannie, a young Amish couple from southern Minnesota. Jakob and Fannie are just two out of roughly 800 Amish people each year who travel 2,000 miles by train to go to a little-known cancer clinic.
They told me an amazing, lifesaving tip that everyone should know. . .but almost nobody does.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Don't fall for this major cause of breast cancer

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Don't Fall For This
Major Cause Of Breast Cancer

   These days, we know genetic mutations affect your likelihood of developing breast cancer, especially if you have mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

    But like so many other cancers, diet and lifestyle also play a significant role in whether you'll develop breast cancer. In fact, diet and lifestyle appear to be the biggest factors overall. Researchers now estimate as much as 73 percent of breast cancer is caused by diet and lifestyle choices, as opposed to genetics. That bottle of cola and that dish of ice cream had better be really good because you may end up paying a terrible price.

    But lifestyle means far more than our food and exercise habits. It also includes toxins we're exposed to, including some prescription drugs we take because doctors tell us they're "harmless." Right now I'm thinking of the types of hormones you might be putting in your body that could elevate your risk. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, let's take a look at some things you can do...

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Is Cancer a Result of Eating Too Few Apricots?
    When it comes to cancer prevention you'd be mad to surrender your health to conventional care. Some so-called experts would have you believe that cancer is caused by an apricot or laetrile (a naturally accruing substance found in the kernels of apricots) deficiency... and that you should eat apricot pits to correct the problem.

    Remember, cancer is self-inflicted damage. It comes as a result of our unhealthy lifestyle.

    Cancer is not a result of eating too few apricots. 99.9% of native peoples, who are cancer free, do NOT eat apricot kernels. Cancer is not a laetrile deficiency, whatever you may have read about this "cure".

    But it is arguably an oxygen deficiency, an anti-oxidant deficiency, electron deficiency, enzyme deficiency, love deficiency and vitamin C and D deficiency. Even, our standard Western diet contributes to cancer.

    You can find out the REAL cancer secrets from the collected writings of an experienced holistic physician, with over 30 years experience.

    Click here to discover scientifically-proven cancer therapies and get wise about cancer before it strikes.

5 "little" lifestyle tips that can help you
Avoid breast cancer
    Lifestyle choices can have a profound affect on your health, and on how your body performs at all levels. Doctors rarely spend the time necessary to talk about these things. Be smart today, and implement this "top 5" list.
  1. Smoking and Alcohol. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible. Studies show that women who smoked for 35 years had a 60% greater risk of serious breast health problems. And women who smoked 15 years were 34% more likely to develop abnormal breast cells.
  2. As for alcohol, drinking the stuff on a regular basis may fuel estrogen imbalances and abnormal breast cell changes. As the rest of this article will show, high estrogen levels are a major cause of breast cancer and other cancers.
  3. Exercise. Even mild or moderate exercise (i.e., 30 minutes of walking) can help move immune cells around your body, support a healthy estrogen balance, and help keep abnormal breast cells from taking root. It also promotes insulin sensitivity and a healthy weight. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Walk a little bit — ten minutes, 15 minutes. DO SOMETHING.
  4. Your Weight. Fat cells produce more estrogen. A healthy weight also benefits your cardiovascular, metabolic, and overall health. Yes, I know everyone's tired of being nagged, but the years this can add to your life are worth all the trouble of tackling this problem.
  5. Vegetables. Eat a diet high in organic veggies, especially cruciferous and dark leafy greens. They're chock full of crucial vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals you've probably never heard of. Raw is better than cooked.
  6. Thermography and breast exams. Do monthly self-breast exams and an annual thermogram. A thermogram doesn't directly diagnose cancer, but it can warn you of inflammatory hot spots that can spell trouble, up to ten years in advance of actually having cancer that can be detected. This gives you tons of time to take action.
Meanwhile, beware of this mainstream medical therapy
    It's widely documented that hormone replacement therapy increases the risk of breast cancer. Not so many years ago, doctors promoted this therapy like crazy. Nearly half of all post-menopausal women at least gave it a try — that's a staggering number of people.

    Then a big study revealed that hormone replacement therapy was clearly linked to breast cancer. It turned out it was a really bad idea to blindly trust your doctor — you know, that guy or gal who has all that schooling and knows everything.

    Thousands of women promptly quit hormone replacement therapy, and within a few years the breast cancer rate plunged.

    It was probably the most dramatic proof ever seen that a lifestyle choice can give you cancer. In this case the choice was a prescription drug that is not essential.

    In spite of the warnings, it seems quite a few women still take hormone replacement therapy. If that describes you, take heed — you're putting your life in danger. And that may be true even if you're a loyal natural health fan and take "bio-identical" hormone therapy, as I'll explain in a minute.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
    Conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause is a lifestyle choice and it's something women have been choosing for decades, although far fewer women choose it now. It's also known as menopausal hormone therapy (HT or MHT), postmenopausal hormones (PMH), or postmenopausal hormone therapy (PHT). Treatments are generally administered through a pill, topical cream, or patch.

    Most conventional hormone replacement therapy is made up of progesterone or progestins (synthetic hormones that act like progesterone). In rare cases, androgens (testosterone-like male hormones) are used, along with something called Tibolone, a synthetic hormone drug that acts like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, depending on which tissue of the body it gets put into to.

    Women choose HRT to replace the female hormones in their bodies that are no longer made after menopause (in general, that's when women have lower estrogen levels). But it's a choice that can dramatically increase your breast cancer risk as well as your risk of other cancers, even if you use it for as little as two years.

    Before the big study linking it to cancer, HRT used to be a standard treatment for any woman who experienced hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms, and was believed to have long-term benefits that protected against illness like heart disease and dementia. Now we know the treatment did more harm than good, especially for older post-menopausal women.

    In spite of this finding, HRT is still considered a helpful treatment for certain groups of women, such as those at high risk of heart disease (this is because some studies show estrogen may decrease heart disease risk). But it's not clear whether the benefits outweigh the risks even for these special groups.
Why the HRT cancer risk is real
    As more research on HRT surfaces, more risks are coming to light. For example, women who take estrogen supplements without the right balance of progesterone risk uterine cancer. Breast cancer risk also rises, in part because HRT can cause a breast to look denser on a mammogram, making cancer all but impossible to detect.

    Worse still, not only does hormone replacement therapy elevate your risk of breast cancer, but once developed, the cancer might be more aggressive. Meaning the cancer might be more advanced once discovered, thus increasing your risk of dying from the disease.

    Doctors caution that if you have a current or past history of breast, ovarian, or endometrial cancer, you should steer clear of HRT—a fact that underscores how much hormone replacement therapy supports the growth of cancer.

    Here's a sampling of some recent negative results from HRT supplementation:
  • One study of women taking estrogen-only therapy showed that one in nine women who took the therapy for three years developed a pre-cancerous change in the lining of the uterus.
  • In a Women's Health Initiative study (WHI), those who took estrogen-progestin therapy had a higher risk of breast cancer. And the longer the hormones were used, the higher the risk. In this study, it took three years of halting hormone therapy for risk levels to return to normal.
  • In the same WHI study, it was found that women on estrogen-progestin therapy actually had a lower risk of colorectal cancer, but the cancers they did get were more likely to spread to lymph nodes or distant sites.
  • Observational studies suggest that estrogen-progestin therapy slightly increases the risk of ovarian cancer.
    In general, your risk returns to normal within five years of stopping hormone replacement therapy.
What about natural alternatives to drug-company
hormone replacement therapy?
    The first step to getting off hormone replacement therapy is to gradually minimize the amount you take. Use the lowest dose possible to treat your symptoms, and focus on improving other aspects of your health—by following the five tips at the beginning of this article.

    Limiting stress is also an effective way to help curb menopausal symptoms. Take up yoga or practice relaxed, deep breathing or meditation. Tai chi and acupuncture may also help.

    An alternative is to take bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, which appears to have a higher satisfaction rate. For example, those patients who take bio-identical hormone replacement therapy with progesterone report higher satisfaction than those who take a synthetic progestin. Same case for those taking Estriol, a bio-identical form of estrogen, which reacts within the body differently than estrogens found in conventional hormone replacement therapy. The latter are not exactly the same as the natural hormones your own body manufactures.

    It makes sense to me that bio-identical hormones would be safer, but even so this type of therapy remains controversial. Having spent years recommending the man-made hormones, mainstream medicine has now done a complete about face and says ANY estrogen supplement — man-made or bio-identical -- may increase cancer risk.

    I am anything but an expert, but I do know that exposure to estrogen does raise cancer risk. For this reason, the more pregnancies a woman has, the lower her breast cancer risk, because estrogen levels drop during pregnancy. Breast cancer risk is directly related to the number of monthly cycles a woman has during her lifetime, since estrogen levels peak during a certain part of the cycle. Pregnancy arrests this process and leads to lower cumulative lifetime exposure to estrogen.

    I've also read (and, again, I'm not an expert) that the symptoms of menopause can be managed by diet and proper food supplements. Doctors who advocate this approach say that the annoying symptoms of modern menopause are largely a product of our bad dietary habits. Like other symptoms of aging including diabetes and heart disease, we're inflicting this problem on ourselves.
In the end ... avoid the risk
    Controlled trials are needed before we have more conclusive results about the risks of hormone replacement therapy, but for now, it appears much safer to go with what's natural. Especially since every time researchers learn more about hormone therapy, the message seems to be that it's not that great after all.

    So as long as there are alternatives, your best bet is to try them first.

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"Breast Cancer: Reducing Your Risk." Whole Health Insider. Issue from 3 October 2013.

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