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The Food That Kills Breast Cancer Patients

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Women who suffer from breast cancer should beware of one deadly type of food. Research at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, in Oakland, Calif., shows that these foods seriously increase the risk of death for breast cancer patients.

The problem foods are high-fat dairy products.

Previous research shows that lifetime exposure to estrogen is a causal pathway to breast cancer. Estrogen levels are thought to be high in dairy products because most milk in the supermarket comes from pregnant cows. Estrogenic hormones reside primarily in fat: Levels are higher in high-fat dairy foods than in low-fat dairy products.

“Specifically, women consuming one or more servings per day of high-fat dairy had a 64 percent higher risk of dying from any cause and a 49 percent increased risk of dying from their breast cancer during the follow-up period (of our study),” says researcher Candyce H. Kroenke.

The categories of high-fat dairy products the researchers examined included cream, whole milk, condensed or evaporated milk, pudding, ice cream, custard, flan, and also cheeses and yogurts that were not low-fat or non-fat.

At the start of the study, 1,893 women in Utah and California completed a self-administered food-frequency questionnaire, and 1,513 of these women completed a follow-up questionnaire six years later. They were followed for 12 years on average.

Filed Under: Alternative MedicineCancerCancer ConcernsEasy Health Options NewsNutrition

About the Author: Carl Lowe has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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  • Tri H Nguyen

    I agree, but how can I tell my wife about it ?

    She said it tasted good.

  • Adriane Peterson

    Wonder if the study delineated between organic, raw, pasteurized, rBst or non rBst dairy. I doubt it did, but that information would be very helpful.

  • Scott Crocker

    Grass-fed, organic dairy would probably be fine (Dave
    Asprey of The Bulletproof Exec has studied this in great
    detail) ..

    They probably used low quality conventional dairy for the
    study. I’m guessing the results are flawed ..

    I know a guy that eats an entire stick of grass-fed, organic
    butter daily (throughout the day w/various meals), and he’s
    one of the leanest, healthiest people around.

    • Scott Crocker

      I’d like to also mention that bovine growth hormone was
      the least of everyone’s worries ..

      The real problems with dairy are *antibiotics, other hormones
      such as estrogens and testosterone, the fact cows are fed moldy
      gm grain (fungus issues), and more ..

      I’m not saying growth hormone is awesome, but it pales in
      comparison to the other problems.