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Preventing Breast Cancer

In the April 19, 2010 issue of Netscape, Marilyn Marchione reports on the research of Dr. Scott Lippman.  In a long term study of older women who also have a genetic high risk of breast cancer, he found that Tamoxifen and Evista both blocked estrogen but had different side effects. He says use of one or the other drug should be individualized.

I ask if a simpler method might work. In my book, I cite Dr. Bob Arnot who tells breast cancer survivors they can prevent a recurrance by cutting out sugar and common salad oils containing omega-6 fatty acids.

I think that omitting these common foods probably allows the woman’s immune system to act effectively against potential cancer cells. Cutting out sugars would prevent the sugar from combining with protein immune factors in a glycation reaction that makes them less effective.

A moderate amount of omega-6 fatty acids as found in raw nuts helps the immune system. However the modern American diet has too much of this fatty acid. Excess omega-6 fatty acids (from corn,cottonseed or soybeans) in salad oils and other foods can produce excess arachidonic acid which can nterfere with the immune system’s natural removal of foreign cells or particles, whether they are outside invaders like bacteria and viruses or potential cancer cells.

Keep your immune system strong with natural foods like anti-oxidant containing berries and a healthy ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids and you might not have to worry about becoming a high risk patient..

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