When my wife mentioned she wanted to schedule a mammogram, I realized we needed to have a talk.
Of course, I support the idea of “early detection,” but based on all the most recent research, I don’t feel good about traditional mammograms. They expose women to needless radiation, which in some cases, actually causes breast cancer.
So I looked into a new breast cancer screening technology called thermography, and that’s why I’m writing to you today.
I found that unlike mammograms, thermography doesn’t use radiation. It doesn’t require painful compression of the breast. It’s just like having your picture taken. And it’s more effective.
Here’s how it works.
Thermography Predicts Breast Cancer Risk
10 Years Before Mammograms
Thermography measures the infrared heat in different parts of your body and displays it as a thermal image. Those heat patterns show signs of inflammation or blood flow that predict where cancer has the potential to develop.
That’s much different from mammograms. They can only tell you if you already have cancer. By then you’re in crisis mode. It’s often too late to avoid mainstream medicine’s solution of “cut, poison, and burn.”
Thermography can reveal a problem 8 to 10 years before a mammogram or a physical exam can detect a lump. Studies show it’s 10 times more significant in predicting whether you’ll get breast cancer than your family history.
Thermograms are also more effective for the 40 to 50% of women who have dense breasts. These women have more connective tissue that appears white on a mammogram – just like cancer. Tumors can hide behind this connective tissue and be missed on a mammogram.
They also reduce the number of false positives – mammograms that indicate breast cancer where there is none. These false positives have been linked to a 20% increase in mastectomies, many of which were unnecessary.
It’s important to understand that thermography doesn’t diagnose cancer. But it gives you a warning well in advance so you can make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.
How to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Most doctors don’t even know about thermography. To find a Board Certified thermographer in your area, visit the International Academy of Clinical Thermology (IACT) or the American College of Clinical Thermology.
And if you have concerns about breast health, your first step to reducing cancer risk is balancing estrogen levels. As I’ve mentioned before, excess estrogen feeds breast cancer.
One of the best ways to regulate estrogen is with flax seeds. Studies show eating 25 grams (4 tablespoons) per day protects against breast cancer. Add ground flax to smoothies, yogurt, muffins and breads.
Flax is effective because it’s rich in omega 3s that reduce inflammation. They also encourage cancer cell apoptosis (self-destruction).
Other sources of omega 3s are cold-water fish like salmon and tuna. To be sure you’re getting enough, you can supplement with 2 grams of fish oil per day.
Another way to fight inflammation and balance estrogen is DIM, short for diindolymethane. The name makes it sound like a drug, but DIM is actually produced naturally by your body from a compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and cauliflower.
The amazing thing about DIM is that is breaks down excess estrogen and washes it out of your blood through your urine. DIM is helpful for both men and women, because it naturally gets rid of a potentially toxic buildup of estrogen.
You can find DIM at your local health food store or on the internet. Take 100 mg per day if you’re healthy. If you’re overweight or have health concerns like PMS, menopause, or chronic inflammation you can increase that 200 mg.
But don’t do too much too soon. If you have high estrogen and it drops suddenly, you will probably get a nasty headache. But don’t worry. It’s a natural effect when your levels are high, and usually doesn’t last more than a day.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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