Paying attention to your nutrition, exercise, stress reductions, avoiding environmental toxins, and getting rid of the toxic, pathogenic junk surrounding our tissues is the only successful preventative measure against cancer, including those of the breast. But, the myth keeps on that mammography is the ultimate way to prevent breast cancer.
In all truth, however, the radiation emitted from a mammogram may actually trigger the onset of breast cancer, and instead of prolonging lives, mammograms may also result in over-diagnosis and over-treatment.
As for breast cancer prevention, iodine is among the most important nutrients you should be ingesting. Although typically associated with the thyroid, iodine is also vital for brain development in infants and a fantastic antimicrobial, iodine is essential to the health of women’s breasts. Iodine stores in women are higher in their breast than in the thyroid.
Low Iodine and Breast Cancer
Low iodine levels in the body cause the body to produce more estrogen, which (without enough progesterone to balance it), in turn increases the risk for reproductive cancers, like breast cancer. What’s more, low iodine levels also increase estrogen sensitivity in the breasts, making them more prone to breast cancer.
According to Dr. Bernard Eskin, a pioneer in iodine research, iodine deficient breast tissue was more likely to undergo pre-cancerous alterations, and iodine could reverse them. As shown by lab studies, iodine led to the cellular death of cancer and tumor growth reduction, without affecting healthy cells.
Women in the Western World Today
The breast cancer rates in Japan are 66 percent less when compared to those in Western countries, and iodine is the one making the difference. The U.S. Dietary Reference Intake for iodine is 150 micrograms daily, while Japanese women are getting almost 25 times that amount!
The Western diet, which is iodine deficient, is yet another contributor to this difference. Most Americans get their iodine from salt, due to the government pushing to add iodine to salt to prevent goiter. However, iodine in salt is in a nearly useless, synthetic form, and women have also begun avoiding salt due to its negative effects, especially on circulation, which all led to an increase in iodine deficiency rates.
Another factor which contributed to iodine deficiency is the increase in environmental toxins. They tend to attach to receptors in the cells meant for iodine, shutting them out and preventing the body from absorbing it.
Natural Sources of Iodine
Although the body is not capable of producing iodine, there are some excellent sources we can consume to get it. Some of the best sources include cranberries, navy beans and unpeeled potatoes. (Although iodine is also in tuna, shrimps, salmon, and lobster, I don’t recommend seafood at all, and you will find all the reasons why in Nourished by Nature.)
Seaweed is better, however, I recommend purifying it with an ozonator to get rid of the biological and chemical contaminants. You may then add it to cooked soups, stews, or beans. According to a Japanese study, seaweed has ten times more iodine and is even more effective against breast cancer when compared to fluorouracil, a widely used chemo drug.
Otherwise, use a liquid ionic iodine supplement, such as Lugol’s iodine. More on this, and everything else you need to know to help your body heal itself, in The Art of Healing.