Putting breast cancer on the offensive

Of all the recommended strategies for fighting cancer and promoting overall health and well being, few are as critical and profound as the practice of healthy eating and nutritional supplementation.

With all the opposing recommendations in today’s dietary trends, though, choosing eating habits to help your body heal and stay healthy can seem a daunting task riddled with heated conflict and contradictory information…

However, some recommendations have been clearly substantiated…

The right foods

For example, overwhelming evidence supports an organic, whole food diet emphasizing a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for cancer prevention and recovery. Choosing organic is critical to avoid exposure to dangerous chemicals and pesticides which are known to contribute to cancer and can be stored in fat cells, including those in breast tissue. A plant-based diet that favors fiber, as well as omega-3-rich foods including nuts (such as walnuts), seeds (such as flaxseed) and wild salmon and sardines is ideal.  Specific vegetables such as cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, kale, chard, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts) which are high in sulfur have been shown effective in supporting the fight against cancer as well.

Healthier fats

On the other hand, research links artificially “hydrogenated” trans fats — found in margarine and many crackers, cookies, baked goods, and fried foods — to increased breast cancer risk. Similarly, excess amounts of polyunsaturated omega-6 fats in vegetable oils have also been linked to breast cancer risk, despite their deceptively healthy reputation. Instead, stick with organic fish, flax, walnut, or olive oils, which have all been shown beneficial in reducing both inflammation and cancer risk. And finally, avoid sugar and white flour products — they promote inflammation, suppress your immune system, and fuel cancer growth.

Be wary of chemicals

Proper hydration — at least six to eight glasses of fresh, clean water a day — is equally essential in the fight against any disease. Avoid tap water or bottled water. While the former often contains cancer-promoting chemicals like chlorine or fluoride, the latter may be just as dangerous (if not more so) due to estrogen-mimicking compounds imparted from plastic bottles.

Researched nutrients for fighting breast cancer

It is also critical to include an array of nutrients and botanicals that have been proven to help your body fight cancer and help prevent recurrence. Based on the latest scientific research and clinical applications, many different compounds and nutrients have shown significant success in the fight against breast cancer. Combining these nutrients in a strategic protocol allows the cancer to be attacked from all sides — to promote better health. They can be used at all stages and in conjunction with conventional treatment protocols to enhance efficacy and reduce side effects.

The two most important protocols I use in my practice are modified citrus pectin, and a comprehensive breast care supplement. Modified Citrus Pectin has been proven in a number of peer reviewed studies to help prevent cancer metastasis by directly attacking the tumor and blocking the spread of cancer cells to other areas of the body. In addition, MCP offers other health promoting benefits, most notably the ability to help prevent and reverse the effects of chronic inflammation and fibrosis, supporting the fight against heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis and many other chronic degenerative conditions. MCP is also helpful in the safe and effective chelation of heavy metals and environmental toxins from the body, which may help in the recovery of many illnesses, not least of all cancer.

A comprehensive breast care formula is a great way to support healthy breast cell growth and behavior in human breast cells. The right combination of targeted ingredients can offer dynamic, comprehensive support for breast health on a number of levels: cellular, genetic, immune, hormonal and more — while promoting overall vitality at the same time

In addition, vitamins and minerals are among your best allies in the fight against breast cancer, in particular the powerful antioxidants vitamin A and C. Research shows that the two work synergistically in combination to inhibit human breast cancer cell proliferation. Similar results have been seen with vitamin E and D3 — the latter of which is the most bioavailable form of supplemental vitamin D. Adequate levels of all of these vitamins are critical if you want to stay cancer-free, along with the trace elements zinc, selenium and iodine — all of which are linked with lower rates of cancer in population studies.

Proper diet and nutritional supplementation are critical tools in the fight against cancer. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with this disease, the most important thing to remember is that there are choices available for you to optimize your recovery. And where there are choices, there is always hope.

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By Dr. Isaac Eliaz

Dr. Isaac Eliaz is a renowned integrative medical doctor, licensed acupuncturist, researcher, product formulator and frequent guest lecturer. He has been a pioneer in holistic medicine since the early 1980s, and has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers on several of his key integrative health formulas. He is the founder and medical director of Amitabha Clinic in California, an integrative health center specializing in cancer and chronic conditions. Dr. Eliaz is an expert in using highly strategic, synergistic protocols to address numerous areas of health including metastatic cancer, immunity, digestion, detoxification, diabetes, cardiovascular health and more. His approach integrates modern science with traditional healing wisdom for optimal health and wellness. To download any of Dr. Eliaz's comprehensive wellness guides, click here.