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Understanding Breast Cancer
Posted by on 01 December, 2005

In the US, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 30 and 50. Rarely diagnosed before a woman reaches 25, the number of incidents rises with age, peaking at menopause and decreasing once menopause had passed.

Understanding Breast Cancer
By Dr. Rita Louise

Our body is made up thousands of cells that differ in size, shape and function. Controlled by our DNA, each cell is programmed to perform certain tasks and after a specified period of time - die. This is normally done in an orderly manner. However, if our cells are exposed to carcinogens, viruses or ionizing radiation, for example, the DNA can become damaged creating havoc with this once orderly process. Said another way, if the rate of new cell growth in the body overcomes the rate of cell death, tumors can develop. If these cells invade and destroy surrounding normal tissues, the abnormal cell growth is considered to be cancerous.

In the US, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 30 and 50. Rarely diagnosed before a woman reaches 25, the number of incidents rises with age, peaking at menopause and decreasing once menopause had passed. About 182,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and about 40% of those diagnosed die within 10 years. Scientists believe these numbers are increasing.

Overwhelming evidence into the cause of breast cancer suggests the female hormone estrogen plays a central role in this disease. Studies indicate that estrogen stimulates the cells of the breast to form cancerous cells. Thus a prolonged uninterrupted presence of high estrogen levels in the body may predispose a woman to breast cancer.

These studies also indicate the less time a woman is exposed to her own reproductive hormones, the lower her risk of developing breast cancer is. This includes women who enter menses at a later age as well as women who enter menopause, both naturally and artificially, before the age of 45. Pregnancy, breast feeding, physical activity, a low fat, high fiber diet also helps to reduce the amount of estrogen flowing through the body.

Additional risk factors for developing breast cancer include a family history of breast cancer. If your mother, sister or aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer, it may indicate a genetic predisposition to this disease. Women who have not had children or women who did not have their first child until after the age of 30 have been identified as having a two to five times greater risk. Women who take birth control pill or utilize estrogen replacement therapy after menopause are also at a greater risk. Other factors that can increase your chances of getting breast cancer include: weight, dietary fat intake, alcohol consumption, dietary deficiencies and certain types of fibrocystic breast disease.

Recommendations For Wellness

Do monthly breast self-examination. If you don’t know how, ask your gynecologist. I’m sure he or she will be happy to show you how. If you are over 40, it is recommended that you get a mammogram and begin a regular screening program.

Get rid of your under wire bras. Under wire bras don’t cause breast cancer, however, they do restrict the flow of lymph in the breast tissue thus allowing toxins and waste products to build up.

If it is possible, have your babies earlier than later. Having your first child before the age of 30 will help reduce your risk. Breast feeding your child for 6-8 months will reduce your risk even further.

Think twice before taking birth control pills as a form of contraception or for menstrual irregularities.

Reduce your fat intake. Studies have shown that women who eat a low-fat, high fiber diet have lower estrogen levels than women that don’t.

Eat soy! Soy has been shown to block the type of estrogen involved in the formation of breast cancer. Note: If you suffer from hypothyroidism, soy may reduce thyroid hormone levels.

Nutritional deficiencies weaken the bodies systems. Begin a diet filled with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, make sure you take a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure your body is getting all of the nutrition it needs.

Barley Greens and Nature’s Sunshine’s Immune Stimulator can be used to strengthen the body and support the immune system.

Do a liver cleanse! The liver is responsible for breaking down hormones that have served their function and eliminate them from the body. Use herbs such as milk thistle, dandelion root or burdock to keep your liver healthy.

Indole-3 carbinol is found in cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts). It has been shown to reduce the amount of the carcinogenetic forms of estrogen and increase the good kinds of estrogen in the body.

Essiac Tea is popularly used as an additional supplement to support the immune system of individuals suffering from cancer.

In preliminary studies paw paw twig extracts have be used to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. In one study, some breast cancer patients experienced partial or complete tumor reduction. Talk to your health care provider before taking this supplement. It should not be taken with a number of other supplements such as antioxidant products and Co-Q10. If you have Parkinson’s Disease, you should not take this substance.

© Copyright Body, Mind & SoulHealer 2005. All rights reserved.

About Dr, Rita Louise

Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Rita Louise, Ph.D. is the author of the books “Avoiding the Cosmic 2x4” and “The Power Within”. It is it is her unique gift as a medical intuitive and clairvoyant that illuminates and enlivens her work. Let Dr. Louise help you bring health healing and wholeness back into your life. Medical Intuition & Energy Medicine Certification training classes are now forming. Visit or call (972) 475-3393 for more information.

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Women, Sexuality, Healing and Economics
Posted by on 05 November, 2004

What does money have to do with healing and sex you might wonder. I have found that many women do not have a direct connection to the in-flow and out-flow of their money. Do you pay detailed attention to and know what credits, debits, assets and liabilities are, as well as always know what your ‘bottom line’ financial position is - your actual ‘Net Worth’?

What does money have to do with healing and sex you might wonder. I have found that many women do not have a direct connection to the in-flow and out-flow of their money. Do you pay detailed attention to and know what credits, debits, assets and liabilities are, as well as always know what your ‘bottom line’ financial position is - your actual ‘Net Worth’? Bankers do this, and most are men who are the ones in power, making major financial, economic and political decisions that affect our global economy.

Money can be seen as a form of energy, and in our culture having money means having power. Energy flows in and out of our bodies and weak energy like a weak battery, equals weak power. The more energy you have, the more power you have. Money can buy you what you want. It cannot buy you spiritual fulfillment or peace of mind, but understanding your relationship to money will give you an understanding of your own power and what kinds of choices you can make. To live grounded in today’s world, is always knowing exactly where your energy, your power or your money is and how to hold it in a way that supports what you want to achieve with your life.

I find that some women can have difficulty saying NO, and having boundaries that are clear and firm. We are intended energetically as ‘receivers’. Vaginas are designed to take in the male energy that penetrates - which is like penetrating a boundary physically. Many women have had a form of boundary violation at some point in their life either physically (e.g. rape), or more often, emotionally (e.g. emotional abuse). The result is that many of these women are unable to hold a boundary and contain their own power. They constantly find themselves giving away their ‘power’ to another. If you do believe that money symbolically equals power, then you may notice that those people who do not have a strong sense of
self, unable to hold their own boundaries, quite often have poor financial circumstances. This happens to men as well as women. Everyone has an inner masculine aspect as well as an inner feminine aspect. We have both polarities in our bodies, inherited genetically from our ancestors and learned from our environment through parents and caregivers who modeled gender differences.

In the eastern model of the body-mind system, the human body is seen as an inter-related energy system that has an aura and specific energy centres, called chakras, throughout the body. The second chakra, located below the belly button, is commonly known as the centre of self-respect. This centre includes issues around sexuality, power and creativity.

As women begin to pay attention to themselves, listen to their bodies, they begin to heal their emotional wounds caused by dysfunctional power, control, sexual or self-worth issues. These wounds can be understood as blocks of energy that flow through our bodies and can cause illnesses such as endometriosis, genital herpes, cancer, etc. If we place attention on our bodies, we can change, redirect or engage differently the energy and reduce or clear the emotional blocks that weaken us. More connections are made to your intuition. Many of us don’t listen to that deeper inner voice that speaks to the creative, feminine side. A lot of suppressed anger and grief can be found lying dormant in the body as healing
begins. The body can flare up in stress or serious illness if emotionally you are suppressing or are unaware of what your issues are. Anger for many women is quite often seen as an unacceptable emotion, but it can also be a way to keep and hold a boundary and for some, their right to have one in the first place. I’ve learned to respect illness as a message of wisdom hidden below my current consciousness. The body can be understood as calling for a more grounded way of being to meet today’s reality.

Although money is a western symbol of power, real power comes when a woman has a clear voice to say NO when something is not working that includes her reality. Women are inherently relational by having bodies designed to hold another being, a baby, creating an awareness of including another person’s reality inside the body. The real work is to understand separateness. When our reality requires us to stand our ground, to say NO, we need a sense of safety in our separate identity, without loss of emotional and financial security. The key to real power is in the ability to know safe ground and support, while enjoying a difference of opinion with others. Women need to re-claim their power as they reclaim consciousness of their bodies.

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