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November 01, 2011



Excellent post. I have almost decided not to go for any more mammos - I don't want the false-positives (with all that entails) or the radiation waves directed at my chest nor the horribly squashed breasts (that can't do them any good).

I get so annoyed at the whole breast cancer circus. Here, in the UK, the awareness campaign consists of getting women to wear pink ribbons and go on sponsored 5k walks... Yet, the information such as you've posted, that they need to maybe *prevent* them getting this disease in the first place has no profile at all (particularly the need to stop drowning us in synthetic chemicals in cosmetics/food). And the corporate sponsors of these awareness 'campaigns' are the very people selling women all the synthetic chemical crap and the cancer drugs.

I read somewhere that there are more people living off the cancer 'industry' than have cancer.



My biggest pet peeve is the junk food and pizza companies using pink ribbons to sell their cancer-causing fare!


Thanks for continuing to inform with your wonderful blog!

Since you asked in Part 1 what we do as far as mammograms, I had a base-line one done a few years ago at 55 (very painful, left bruises in fact!) and do not plan to get another unless something suspicious pops up. I eat a nutrient-dense diet a la Dr. Fuhrman. My oncologist husband is fine with that as well as I have no other risk factors. I wouldn't tell anyone else what to do, but this was a stress-free decision for me.

Thanks again,


I could not agree more myself. Think of the huge amounts of money the Susan G. Komen group is raising with such small results.

This is almost criminal. They do not want to challenge the status quo. They have
become the darlings of so many large corporations. Diet changes would not make food corporations happy.

It is not nearly so profitable to sell raw vegetables.


Of course, we all know very slender and fit people, who have followed good nutrition with no belly fat, and none of the known genetic mutations, who have gotten breast cancer.

The Healthy Librarian

You're right, J! Thanks for your comment.

But, we can't make assumptions w/o knowing all the details about someone--that's why research is helpful.

One person's idea of "good nutrition" might not look like the same "good nutrition" that the MD Anderson dietitians recommend. The slim/exercise/no belly fat recommendations operate by lowering the body's own estrogen supplies--and regulating insulin production. I don't think that would do a thing for the less common estrogen negative cancers--but I don't know.

And of course we'll never know that person's full risk factor profile--how much she drank, BRCA gene, breast-feeding/children, exposure to radiation/toxins, or...if her cancer was the indolent, innocuous kind and didn't need treatment anyway. We just do the best we can to cut the risks--and hope for the best!


I think all we can do is cut the risk.
There always will be cancer in people who do everything right.
But the important thing is that we are not helpless. We can really lower our risk.
And that is encouraging!
I felt empowered when I read Servan-Schreiber's book (and that doesn't change even though he died of his cancer). I didn't feel so helpless in regard to my own cancer history any more.
Lifestyle and our food choices are something we can do, something we have in our own power. And that is important!

Thanks again for your posts, for your blog.

And another thought: Perhaps the recommendations are too vague and it needs a more Esselstyn type of approach for even better results: no half measures.
After following your blog for quite a while now this seems really likely.


Interesting food for thought. My mom died of breast cancer 4 1/2 years ago. Not long after, I had a mammogram which led to a biopsy showing atypical lobular hyperplasia--abnormal cell growth, but not cancer.

Based on family history and this information, I have a 1 in 4 lifetime chance of getting BC. This is something that would only show up on a mammogram, and I'm glad to have found it out. As a result, I got some valuable information on steps I could take to stay healthy (e.g., at that time I did not know the importance of vitamin D in prevention).

It was also recommended that I take tamoxifen. I don't. But that's another story.


Thank you, your posts are valuable and often life-changing. Love the recipes and science-based information. Very refreshing in a hype-filled world!

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