Health Report, October 30th, 2014.

You've seen the abundance of the pink ribbon, right?

It's truly difficult to escape these days. But, what does it really mean? The widely recognized pink ribbon symbol is not regulated by any agency and does not necessarily mean it effectively combats the breast cancer epidemic. Some products sport pink ribbons to try to communicate that they are “healthy” and don’t contribute to breast cancer at all, such as a number of natural health and beauty products.

Other products have a pink ribbon in order to indicate that the company supports breast cancer programs even if the company’s contributions are not tied to the purchases of the specific product bearing the ribbon. Many companies have sold pink ribbon products that are linked to increased risk of breast cancer. There are companies profiting from building a reputation based on their concern about breast cancer, while their very products contribute to cancer. Some of the earliest cause-marketing companies were well-known cosmetics companies that continue to sell cosmetics containing chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer.

While we can all appreciate the need for awareness of disease, we need to make sure that our buying habits truly support what we stand for. Instead of deciding to purchase a product with a pink ribbon, take some time to research what that company truly supports. The purpose of our office is to reach as many people as possible in their quest for natural health so they may help others. Education of products, practices, and choices is the first step to true health.

Have you attended a home health class yet? This class is geared to new patients and long term patients needing a refresher course in home care. This month's class will be held at our office on Tuesday, November 11th, at 6:30pm. You need only worry about how many people to bring! Because we learn techniques to help others, we ask that you bring family, friends, even co-workers. Anyone that is able to work on you (and you on them) outside of adjusting time. Dinner will be served for all who attend. Make sure to let a staff member know how many you'll be bringing at your next appointment!

Please be aware that our office will be closing for the Thanksgiving holidays. We will be close November 27th and 28th.

Also, please remember to set your clocks back one hour this Saturday night for daylight savings time. An extra hour of sleep? Yes, please!

Chemicals That Can Cause Breast Cancer
Volume 17 - Issue 107

Although no one has figured out what causes breast cancer, there are several risk factors that are widely acknowledged. High exposure to certain estrogens is an important one, and 50 percent of breast cancers are actually estrogen-dependant. What causes high exposure to estrogen, and is it possible to control it? The level of estrogens in our body can, like all hormones, increase due to a number of factors.

These include:
•Alcohol
•Birth control pills
•Excess body weight
•Diet
•Exercise
•Hormone treatment
•And Environmental estrogens.

Enviromental Estrogens - Often Over looked, But Important The last of these, ‘environmental estrogens,’ also known as xenoestrogens ,xeno being the Greek word for ‘foreign,’ are among the most common causes of high exposure to estrogen, and among the least considered. There are natural, plant-sourced xenoestrogens, which aren’t too much of a problem, and synthetic. The synthetic xenoestrogens are problematic because they are not easily broken down and tend to lodge in the fat cells, including breast fat. As you are exposed to more and more of them, they accumulate in the body and cause problems. How Are We Exposed t o Syntetic Xenoestrogens? Unfortunately, synthetic xenoestrogens are found just about everywhere. In pesticides, food preservatives, detergents, plastics, skin and personal care products like shampoos, toothpaste, mouthwash–they’re even found in the linings of the cans that contain our food!

You’ll recognize some of the names:
•DDT
•BHT
•BHA
•nonyl-andoctaphenol
•BPA
•Phthalates
•Red dye#3 (in food)
•Formaldehyde
And more.

What is the Solution to High Estrogen Exposure? For the first list, there are the obvious solutions. Stay away from alcohol and birth control pills. Keep your weight down, exercise, find a healthcare practitioner who will help with hormonal problems without throwing things out of balance and causing high exposure, and eat well – that means fresh food, preferably organic. But if we can also get rid of the outside influences – the synthetic xenoestrogens – we have a much better chance of keeping our estrogen exposure in a normal range. You can control your intake of xenoestrogens by eating fresh food that does not contain preservatives and other food additives, food coloring, and soon. Also, it’s vital to use natural cleaning and personal care products that do not contain toxic chemicals. With a little Internet research you can discover all the details, but the rule of thumb is ‘stay away from synthetic chemicals, and stick to the healthy alternatives provided by mother nature.’

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