The only successful preventative measure against breast cancer is paying attention to your nutrition, exercise, stress reductions and avoiding environmental toxins. But, according to some myths, mammogram is the only way to prevent breast cancer.
However, if you make a research about mammogram, you will find out that the radiation emitted from a mammogram may actually trigger the onset of breast cancer. Over-diagnosis and over-treatment may result because of mammograms instead of prolonging lives.
You try adding iodine as the best new nutrient in your diet as a breast cancer prevention. We all know that the iodine is associated with thyroid, but in woman’s body this nutrient is in higher levels in their breasts than the thyroid.
Iodine is also nature’s ways of protecting the babies, and helping the brain development in infants. By storing the iodine in the body it ensures that the baby gets solid amount of iodine. Iodine deficiency is bad for babies, but it is also bad for women because it increases the risk for breast cancer.
LOW IODINE AND BREAST CANCER
When your body has low iodine levels it produces more estrogen. And that leads to increased risks for reproductive cancers like breast cancer. Another thing that can be caused by low iodine levels is estrogen sensitivity in the breasts, making them more prone to breast cancer.
Dr. Bernard Eskin says that iodine deficient breast tissue is more likely to undergo pre-cancerous alternations and iodine could reverse them. According to lab studies, iodine can lead to cellular death of cancer and tumor growth reduction, without affecting the healthy cells.
WOMEN IN AMERICA TODAY
The main reason why breast cancer rates in Japan are 66% less than those in America is iodine. Women in America have 150 micrograms of iodine intake daily, while women in Japan are getting almost 25 times that.
This difference is also because the Western diet is iodine deficient. And in their diets, Americans get iodine only from salt. But lately women started to avoid salt which leads them to an increase in iodine deficiency rates.
Environmental toxins can be another factor that contributes to iodine deficiency. Toxins tend to attach to receptors in the cells that are meant for iodine and shutting them out and preventing the body from absorbing it.
NATURAL SOURCES OF IODINE
Because our body is not capable of producing iodine, we need to find natural sources from which we can consume it. Sources like that are cranberries, navy beans, unpeeled potatoes, eggs, and seafood like tuna, shrimp, salmon, and lobster.
The main source of iodine in Japanese diet is seaweed. You can buy dried seaweed at Asian supermarkets and larger chains. Add the dried seaweed to cooked soups, stews, beans, and many other dishes.
According to some studies, seaweed has ten times more iodine and is more effective against breast cancer than fluorouracil, chemo drug.