In her article, “The Best Breast Test“, Christiane Northrup, M.D. has renamed October Breast Health Awareness Month. Don’t you think that is so much better than Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Yes, of course finding a cure for breast cancer would be wonderful but let’s not wait around for that to happen. Let’s start thinking about prevention. Dr. Northrup talks about using thermography instead of mammograms as a more reliable method for the early detection of breast cancer. Studies have shown that once cancer is able to be detected by a mammogram or by physical examination it has been growing for about 7 years. 7 years!?! Just think of all the lifestyle changes that could have been made in that time if a woman with breast cancer had known earlier that something was amiss. Thermography can detect “hot spots” in the body. It sees changes on a cellular level way before a tumor has grown into something that nobody wants and becomes difficult to get rid of. Here are some numbers that really jumped out at me about the way breast cancer progresses - “At 90 days there are two cells, at one year there are 16 cells, and at five years there are 1,048,576 cells—an amount that is still undetectable by a mammogram. (At 8 years, there are almost 4 billion cells.)” Here is a post from CNN which illustrates the need for a more reliable test – “When a mammogram isn’t enough”. If breast cancer can be detected sooner rather than later there is so much more that can be done before women have to go through surgery, chemo or radiation.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, diet also plays a role in prevention. Here is a link to his website to see the article, “Lowering Breast Cancer Risk”. Lifestyle changes like becoming more active and limiting exposure to xenoestrogens are helpful to reducing the risk. Xenoestrogens are chemicals that mimic the effect of estrogens in our bodies. They can be found in pesticides, dry cleaning & bleached feminine hygiene products. I strongly encourage you to review this list of xenoestrogens and how to avoid them. Dr. Weil also suggests eating generous amount of fruits and vegetables (and I would include as many as possible from the list from my post on Sept. 21 “Eating Away Cancer”), adding more fiber everyday, consuming green tea and very little, if any, alcohol.
So what about essential oils? How can they be used to support a healthy lifestyle? There have been studies that show that frankincense is very effective at shutting cancer down (see this BBC article). There have also been over 50 clinical studies that show that a natural occurring constituent in many citrus oils and in frankincense oil called “d-limonene” has shown to not only inhibit tumor growth but to also regress tumor growth! To me that is just so amazing. A natural substance with no horrible side effects can very possibly be a cure for cancer. In order to duplicate the studies a person would need to consume about 2/3 of a 15 ml bottle of pure therapeutic grade orange oil which contains about 90% of d-limonene. Personally, for prevention I add citrus oils like lemon, orange, or grapefruit to my water everyday. It adds a wonderful flavor so I end up drinking more of it and it also adds the benefits that come with citrus essential oils like d-limonene and immune system support. Of course, I am speaking of Young Living Oils. I know and trust the oils I get from Young Living and I cannot speak of the quality of oils from other suppliers. Below is a piece written by Vicki Opfer, who is a Crown Diamond distributor with Young Living. Vicki studied with the renowned herbalist, Hanna Kroeger, before she found Young Living Essential Oils and is very well versed in the many benefits of using natural remedies for improving health.
When I joined Young Living I was not only skeptical about network marketing, I was also critical of it. Today, I believe that network marketing offers us an opportunity unlike any that has been available in the history of mankind.
I have a story to tell you that will explain why I believe this to be true. Some time ago, I had an opportunity to speak with a woman in Iowa, who is a chiropractor. Dr. Peters told me that she had been concerned because of a family history of breast cancer. She had gotten a mammogram, but felt, like I did, that mammograms may damage breast tissue. So she found a doctor in California who offered thermal imaging of breasts, and flew to CA to have this done. Unfortunately, the doctor found a number of “hot spots” and told her that he would want to re-examine her in 4 months. She went back for a second visit, with the same results – a number of hot spots that the Dr. planned to monitor, and he asked that she come back again in 4 months.
Within a few weeks, Gary Young was in Iowa, speaking about the oils. Gary presented research by Dr. Jamie Matta, which had also been presented at the annual Young Living convention, describing the combination of frankincense oil with other oils such as sandalwood, tsuga, and myrtle, which were documented as oils that may prevent cancer.
Dr. Peters bought these 4 oils. Each day, morning and evening, she would put a few drops of the frankincense in her hand, and add one of the other three oils, and then apply this to her breasts. She used the frankincense every day, and alternated in the other oils. In four months, when she went back to California for her check up, the doctor did not find any significant hot spots in her breasts. The doctor was amazed and wanted to know how this had happened. I was asked to give him an introductory lecture by phone so that he would understand why this might have happened.
The doctor has considered doing a small research study with 30 women to see whether he can duplicate these results in other patients, and, if the results are good, doing a larger study with 300 women.
Isn’t that exciting? Well, there’s something even more exciting to me! While I am absolutely thrilled that the doctor will be validating the effects of the oils, I can begin to share this story with people today, and person to person, we can get this vital information out to as many people as possible – think of it!!! What if we could even prevent 10% of the breast cancer cases that occur? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? That would make everything that we do worthwhile!!! Now, THAT is the power of NETWORK MARKETING!!! ~ Vicki Opfer
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any medical conditions. Please see a licensed medical doctor to discuss treatment options.