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Breast cancer prevention: A toxic-free environment
Posted On October 31st, 2013

A woman holding her hands over her her chest

According to Dr Kathleen Wills, 80% of women who get breast cancer have no family history of it. For these women, other factors like exposure to pollution, toxic chemicals and poor diet may have played a significant part in increasing their risk. Women (and increasingly, men) are exposed to around 120 chemicals everyday, through the personal care and cleaning products they use and for that reason, it’s important to be proactive about reducing our exposure to toxic and unhealthy synthetic chemicals in our environment.

One of the problems is that many of the synthetic chemicals used in household products are endocrine disrupters; they produce xenoestrogens (foreign oestrogens) which are read by our bodies as oestrogen. Too much oestrogen can convert to oestrogen dominance which can in turn lead to breast cancer in women and in men.

What can we do?

  • Detox household cleaners and body care products -avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals such as parabens, triclosan, BPA, Cocomide DEA
  • Avoid oral contraceptive pills
  • Avoid synthetic hormone replacement therapy – look for yam-based bio-identical progesterone.
  • Menopausal women tend to have elevated iron levels which has been linked with cancer. It can be chelated with copper, but needs proper guidance.
  • If an individual has braca 1 and braca 2 genes get a referral to a geneticist for genetic testing.
  • Avoid fluoride. researchers in Austria and Japan found that a concentration of 1 PPM fluoride contributes to the body not being able to repair its own DNA. Without this most basic cellular function, cancer is promoted, and tumour growth is accelerated. Up to 80% of fluoride consumes builds in your bone tissues, and depletes the body of essential nutrients such as Vitamin D which is an essential vitamin for cancer growth prevention and inhibition.
  • For new mums – breastfeeding for the first 6 months (whenever possible) is not only healthier for your baby but good for reducing breast cancer risk as well.

Dr Kathleen Wills

Dr Kathleen Wills is a Doctor of Integrative Medicine (I.MD) (USA) which combines the best of conventional and evidence-based natural medicine. Dr. Kathleen is also a Doctor of Natural Medicine, and holds diplomas in Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Assessment and Counselling. She also holds a degree in Medical Anthropology, in which she studied skeletal bones for nutritional deficiencies. Dr Kathleen currently practices at Optimal Wellness Centre in Epsom, Auckland.

You can find out more about Dr. Kathleen Wills on her website:

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