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Plant Foods May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:28PM GMT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Postmenopausal women who eat healthy amounts of plant foods rich in estrogen-like compounds called lignans may reduce their risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study.

"Following the general dietary guidelines for a healthy and prudent diet, that is, consuming large amounts and varieties of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain cereal products daily (all foods rich in lignans) may also help prevent breast cancer in postmenopausal women," Dr. Francoise Clavel-Chapelon told Reuters Health.

Clavel-Chapelon, from the National Institute of Health and Medical Research, Villejuif, France, and associates evaluated the relationship between the amount of four types of plant ligands in the diet and breast cancer risk in 58,049 postmenopausal French women.

Over an average follow-up period of 7.7 years, 1469 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Analysis of the data showed that women with the highest total amount of lignans in the diet had a 17-percent lower risk of developing breast cancer compared with women having the lowest dietary lignan levels.

"The reduction in risk was confined to breast cancers positive for hormone receptors, the major type, of which incidence is increasing," Clavel-Chapelon noted.

A diet containing lots of plant foods is hypothesized to offer a breast cancer prevention strategy, the researcher added. This hypothesis was recently confirmed by a study that found a reduced risk of invasive breast cancer among postmenopausal women with high lignan levels in their diet, Clavel-Chapelon said.

SOURCE: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, March 21, 2007.

 

About Thermography

Introduction

 

The best doctors are those who are incredibly skillful in diagnosing disease. Most patients only focus on the treatment they receive, but any medical professional will tell you that diagnosis is the key to wellness. Thermographic Health Screening when applied intelligently can be one of the best tools to obtain an accurate and early diagnosis.

 

If you have suffered any significant medical problems recently you have already been through a maze of diagnostic testing. Blood tests, urine tests, stool analysis, PSA, TSH, ekg stress tests, x-rays, ultrasound imaging, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may have all been in your experience. All are expensive and, unfortunately, some are better than others at detecting the presence of disease. There is a flurry of controversy surrounding some of the more prevalent procedures: mammography as a tool to detect breast cancer, and the PSA test to find prostate cancers.

 

Today’s modern diagnostics may or may not find the focus of disease, and that means the treatment you receive may or may not help you get well. It's not uncommon that treatment for a misdiagnoised disease causes harm. In fact, it's common. The more serious the illness, the more difficult it is to accurately diagnose. That is a fact of life. For example, a high white blood cell count can mean there is an infection somewhere in the body. More diagnostics are needed to find out exactly where the problem is, or more commonly, a broad spectrum antibiotic will be tried. Antibiotics are modern wonder drugs and very effective at treating a whole host of diseases, but they often cause longer term problems with digestion as they are harmful to beneifical intestinal flora. If antibiotics don't work then more diagnostics are definitely needed. And it can go on and on.

 

Even with an accurate diagnosis, the challenge with almost any treatment protocol is what are called “distant effects.” What that means simply is that treatments for one diagnosed disease can cause problems in other areas, such as your liver or digestive system, further compromising your health. And quite possibly without having found the real focus of the disease. Really ill patients with a chronic disease for which no doctor can find a cause or a cure call this the “downward spiral.” More diagnostic confusion can result when more than one chronic disease is present. Thermographic Health Screening can help prevent this from happening by directing diagnosis to the focus of disease from the beginning, and monitoring the efficacy of treatment protocols from a whole body perspective, over time. Please read on to discover how thermograpy works and how it can help you...

 

The Basic Principles of Thermography

 

When you know you have a fever, most likely will use a thermometer to tell you how sick you are. When your body is sick or injured you notice swelling and inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury and infection. The strength of your fever tells you the extent of your illness. Thermography is nothing more than a temperature sensor hooked up to a computer, but that makes it very useful in diagnosing disease by pointing to the source of inflammation and dysfunction letting the doctor know where to begin with testing and diagnosis. Thermography can make use of an infrared camera or a simple contact thermometer. The result is the same because the goal is the same: to look for warm and hot spots and present the information as an image, graphic, or computer generated chart.

 

One of the challenges to accurate diagnosis is that symptoms can mask the true source of a disease. For example, the extremeties can become swollen and inflamed in response to a major infection in a visceral organ. In diagnosing disease it is very useful to know what vital systems are affected. Thermography maps the location and the degree of inflammation in all your visceral organs. It makes sense that the focus of disease is where there is the greatest inflammation.

 

One thing that all of medical science agrees upon is that all disease begins as a dysfunction somewhere in the body. A dysfunction is simply when some part of your body slows down and isn’t doing its job as well as it should. It makes sense that when and where you see dysfunction, you can prevent disease. Healthy bodies don’t get sick. When bodies are functioning well, disease cannot get started regardless of exposure. The fact is we are constantly exposed to germs and carcinogens. Yet the majority of the population is healthy and unaffected. It takes a breakdown somewhere in the body to become vulnerable to disease.

 

What is really amazing about Thermographic Health Screening is that it is a whole body function test. This ties into a whole branch of health care called "Functional Medicine." It is called functional because it is all about how the body responds to stress. Thermography is functional in nature because it looks at temperature variability at 120 points on the body before and after a simple stress. The “stress” is simply taking your shirt off and allowing your skin to cool from exposure to room temperature air. This evokes a response from the autonomic nervous system called “homeostasis” – the part of your body that maintains a constant, healthy 98.6o core temperature. Thermographic Health Screening is considered a functional test because it measures similar points on both sides of the body, left and right, before and after a stress.

 

That means there are three distinct advantages to Thermographic Health Screening:

 

  1. Warm or relatively hot areas indicate local areas of inflammation in visceral organ systems, the lymph system, the circulatory system, the sinus, and dental areas.
  2. Areas of dysfunction are readily apparent and the extent of the dysfunction is made known by the body's response to the stress.
  3. The whole body is tested at one time making it possible to pinpoint the focus of disease, and suggest where the greatest imbalances may be present.

Thermography is not diagnostic in it's nature. In fact, neither is a mamogram. These tests only indicate where further diagnosis is needed. These tests can more appropriately be thought of as a "screening" to be followed up with diagnosis.

When you think about it, the methods of Thermographic Health Screening are really quite simple and just common sense. The most likely focus of disease is where there is stress or imbalance, dysfunction and/or inflammation. This is the “language” of thermography. Where is the greatest stress? Where is there dysfunction? Where are the imbalances? Where is the inflammation? How significant is it? Thermographic Health Screening gives us the answers. Then we know precisely where to perform traditional medical diagnosis and hugely increase the chances of obtaining a good diagnosis quickly.

 

Treatments based on accurate and relevant diagnostic information yield the best results. That’s good news for you!

 

Conclusion

 

You don’t have to get on the diagnostic treadmill to find out where your illness is coming from. Thermographic Health Screening will give you a whole body assessment in one, 20 minute screening. As a “preventative” measure, getting a thermogram is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself. Thermography gives you an “early warning” of dysfunction, inflammation, imbalance or stress in your body long before anything shows up in laboratory diagnostic testing. Let’s face it, when a disease shows up in diagnostic testing, you are already sick. With thermography, you can see where you need to correct imbalances and remedy dysfunction or inflammation before a serious problem develops.

 

If you are already sick, Thermographic Health Screening can help you get the best treatment possible. You will have a much better chance of knowing the true focus of disease. Then you can use thermography to monitor the functional health of vital body systems as your body heals and recovers from disease. Not only will you be well, you will get well faster.