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Too Much Breast Cancer and Not Enough Answers

by David Brownstein, M.D.

In the US, breast cancer rates are out of control. Presently, one in seven US women suffer from breast cancer.

In 2019, an estimated 268,600 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

Think about those numbers: One in seven and nearly 270,000 women diagnosed with invasive cancer—THIS YEAR!   Those numbers are unacceptable, or at least they should be!

What are the Powers-That-Be doing to stem this tide? The answer: They are too busy diagnosing and treating and are not properly searching for the underlying cause of why too many US women suffer with breast cancer.

The Powers-That-Be promote routine mammograms as the answer to the breast cancer epidemic. But, it is important to understand that mammograms are only a diagnostic tool. Mammograms are not preventative. In fact, they are the opposite of preventative. The radiation from mammograms increases a woman’s risk for breast cancer with EACH mammogram she receives. Studies have shown that mammograms result in more diagnoses of breast cancer without a significant difference in the overall rate of death from the disease. (1)

So, what is causing the breast cancer epidemic?

I think there are many reasons why so many US women are suffering and dying from breast cancer. Remember, to be affecting an entire population, the causative factors have to be widely prevalent in the society.

Here’s what I think is going on:

We are exposed to too many synthetic hormones which can disrupt the normal hormonal milieu. Women are prescribed synthetic hormones in birth control pills and conventional hormonal replacement therapy which have been conclusively shown to increase the risk for breast cancer. Needless to say, I do not prescribe synthetic hormones for any reason nor do I recommend my patients take them. This was one of the main reasons, 25 years ago, that I began researching and working with bioidentical, natural hormones. More information about natural hormones can be found in my book, The Miracle of Natural Hormones.

Iodine deficiency is one of the main reasons we are seeing so much breast cancer. I have been writing and lecturing about iodine for almost 20 years. Iodine levels in the US have fallen over 50% during the last 40 years while at the same time breast cancer rates have risen to epidemic levels.

For well over 50 years, iodine has been the most researched nutrient in treating fibrocystic breast disease. Over 80% of US women have fibrocystic breast disease which is a precursor to breast cancer. Research dating back decades ago proved iodine replacement successfully treats fibrocystic breast disease.

For nearly 20 years, my partners and I have been checking iodine levels. After reviewing results from over 7,000 patients, we have found nearly 97% of those tested are low in iodine, the majority very low.

What can you do to prevent becoming a breast cancer statistic? First, do not take synthetic hormones. Especially synthetic forms of progesterone commonly known as progestins. Next, eat a clean diet free of hormones and pesticides as well as exercise daily and do not smoke cigarettes.

Finally, make sure you maintain optimal iodine levels. It is best to work with an iodine-knowledgeable health care practitioner. At my office, the Center for Holistic Medicine, you don’t have to worry about that. We are all knowledgeable about how to properly use iodine. In our toxic world, it is impossible to maintain optimal iodine levels through dietary means alone. I think supplementation is a must. My research has shown that optimal iodine supplementation varies between 6-50 mg/day for most people. However, those with glandular diseases such as breast illness may require more.

More information about iodine can be found in my book, Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It.

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  • JAMA Intern. Med. 2015;175(9):1483-9