The Cancer Prevention Benefits of Far Infrared Saunas

When you have your SureTouch beast exam at our office, you also get a 30 min treatment on the Far Infrared Mat that you lay on during your exam!! Bet you didn’t know that….

Dr. Irvin Sahni discusses far infrared saunas and their amazing health benefits for cancer prevention and treatment.

Video Transcript

Ty Bollinger: Dr. Sahni, talk about far infrared saunas. I know that you’re a big proponent of far infrared. Talk about the effect that this can have on cancer.

Dr Irvin Sahni: Far infrared saunas, the way they work is relatively simple. They exploit or take advantage of a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that basically increases the temperature of the body, and creates hyperthermia without exposing the body to some of the negative portion of the spectrum which we know is the ultraviolet spectrum.

Go out in the sun too much you can get skin cancer – especially if you don’t wear sunscreen and you’re light complected. So a far infrared sauna takes a part of that spectrum that creates heat, but not necessarily damage in the way that being out in the sun does.

I think the American Indians were people who were doing these more ritualistic heat treatments on themselves long before far infrared saunas were around. Maybe they didn’t understand the science behind it, but they knew it was good for you. But basically what it does is it raises your body temperature and then your body has to release that heat.

The way we release our heat is by sweating and that sweating helps. The sweat helps carry the heat away from the body. So by stimulating that mechanism… people don’t realize this, but you excrete just as much urea through your skin, maybe more. I’d have to go back and look up the numbers, but a significant amount of toxins are excreted through your skin as there are in your urine or your stool. And in some cases, probably specific toxins, even more.

So by exposing yourself to a reasonable time frame and a reasonable level, a safe level of heat, you can just basically stimulate your body to accelerate that excretion of toxins and you can make that happen faster.

The other reason a far infrared sauna is so useful is that normal cells are able to withstand heat because of their normal anatomy compared to the abnormal anatomy of say a cancer cell, especially in relation to its vascular supply. And so a cancer cell doesn’t do well in a hyper-thermic situation. This has been shown in mainstream science to be the case.

So by exposing your body to that heat you’re selectively killing or eradicating those less viable cells, those cancer cells, without hurting your normal cells. And so a far infrared sauna is useful because it can help you sweat, excrete toxins, and in theory eliminate cancer cells which can’t survive the heat as well as the normal cells.

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Suzanne Somers: How I’d Treat My Breast Cancer Differently Today

Don’t learn the hard way by “trying it first”, listen to those who have made the mistake and learn

Video Transcript: Suzanne Somers: How I’d Treat My Breast Cancer Differently Today

Ty Bollinger: Suzanne, if you could, let’s go back about 14 years now in time and tell us about your bout with breast cancer and what you did to treat it.

Suzanne Somers: When I look back 14 years, what I am so glad about is what I didn’t do. I remember that I got the recipe right away; we’ll do surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and after care drug of Tamoxifen.

And even at that time… because all of us in the alternative world, from year to year you know so much more. I can’t do that. The idea of putting chemical poison into my body to cure me just doesn’t make sense. And he [the doctor] said “you’ll die if you don’t.” And I said, “I think I’ll die if I do what you want me to do.”

So I did end up doing radiation because a doctor I respected very much, who is an alternative doctor, said, “Well, you have to do radiation.” And I said, “Really? You would do it, too?” And she said, “Absolutely.”

I think today, knowing what I know about radiation and knowing what I know about a nutritional approach to cancer, I really don’t think I would have done radiation. Because any problem I have health-wise is as a result of radiation. So, I have a whole different feeling about it.

But, we [all] do the best that we can with the information we have at the time. And that is what I knew at that time…

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Cruciferous Vegetables and Cancer Prevention


Mainstream medicine’s message for decades has been that you cannot change the destiny of your genes. The profession as a whole has pretty much ignored sound science on diet as protective against illness, including cancer. Still, to this day, most conventional doctors will only say to patients, “you have to watch what you eat,” (if anything at all), which basically says nothing to the patient.  If you are a regular subscriber of our weekly digest, or have watched our Quest for the Cures docu-series, then you know that the food you eat on a regular basis matters!

Cancer Prevention

Every time you eat broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts, your body converts a key nutrient found in these tasty foods into another one that science has been aggressively researching for its anti-cancer potential. This converted nutrient, known as 3,3′-Diindolylmethane, or DIM, has shown incredible promise in the fight against cancer, demonstrating powerful chemo-protective action that may help in the prevention, suppression, and even reversal of cancer.

The precursor to indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which itself is generated following the enzymatic hydrolysis, or breakdown, of glucobrassicin, an indole glucosinolate present in cruciferous vegetables, DIM has been shown in both animal and human studies to inhibit the development of cancer. One of several bioactive components of I3C, DIM, like its counterpart sulforaphane, is an epigenetic modulator, meaning it has the capacity to alter certain enzymatic pathways to inhibit the formation and spread of cancer.

The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University (OSU) has focused considerable attention on DIM’s precursor, I3C, noting that the action of stomach acid is what converts I3C into biologically active compounds such as DIM. Following its conversion, DIM is capable of exerting its own wide range of pleiotropic, anti-tumor activity.

How DIM Destroys Tumors

Scientists have struggled to pinpoint exactly how DIM works to fight tumors and cancer cells because it acts in a variety of unique ways to induce apoptosis, or programmed cell death, as well as inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells throughout the body. But it is clear from scientific research that DIM selectively targets tumor cells from multiplying and spreading, and it also causes these damaging cells to essentially commit suicide.

Tests have revealed that breast, prostate, cervical, ovarian, uterine, and colon cancer cells are all targeted by DIM, and in a way that doesn’t harm healthy cells. DIM also appears to differentiate between enzymatic pathways, leaving alone those that don’t involve malignant cancer cells trying to take hold and spread.

Regarding prostate cancer, a 2014 study published in the journal PLoS One concluded that DIM is a promising chemo-protective agent that alongside sulforaphane, aids the body in activating the proper genes that it already possesses to fight off cancer cells. Here’s what the authors of this study had to say about the effects of these two anti-cancer compounds:

“Both SFN (sulforaphane) and DIM treatment decreased DNA methyltransferase expression in normal prostate epithelial cells (PrEC), and androgen-dependent (LnCAP) and androgen-independent (PC3) prostate cancer cells … Overall, our data suggested that both SFN and DIM are epigenetic modulators that have broad and complex effects on DNA methylation profiles in both normal and cancerous prostate epithelial cells.”

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have also found that DIM activates certain cellular stress response pathways in cervical, prostate, and breast cancer cells that makes them more susceptible to elimination. In other words, this active compound, alongside I3C, acts as a soldier of sorts by invading enemy territory and helping the body to rid itself of damaging cancer cells.

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Breast Ultrasound vs Mammograms – Mammograms may not be the best way to screen for breast cancer

A mammogram is the gold standard for breast cancer detection… it always works, right?

Dianne Anderson, 55, knew she had dense breast tissue when she went for her annual mammogram a few years ago. The results showed that the Ohio resident had the dense tissue, but no signs of cancer. Her radiologist suggested that she should have a secondary screening test, something Dianne passed on, thinking that the mammogram would have showed cancer.

The next year, her mammogram did not show signs of cancer. This time, however, her radiologist suggested a molecular breast imaging (MBI) scan. This nuclear test and scan is designed to spot breast cancer specifically in those with dense breast tissue. Her insurance would cover it, so Dianne agreed to have it done.

Thankfully, she did — the scan detected that she had stage 2 breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes.

So, are mammograms enough?

Her story raises an important question that all women should ask themselves: Is a mammogram effective enough to detect breast cancer?


About 50 percent of women have dense breast tissue, which can mask cancer from traditional mammogram images. This is why we have to understand the risks that come with dense breast tissue — namely, that a mammogram could miss detecting cancer if you have it. If you’ve got dense breast tissue, it’s important to know about the MBI.

The Mayo Clinic recently published a study that showed impressive results to using MBI as opposed to other methods of dense breast tissue detection. The MBI showed a sensitivity increase of 67 percent compared to 39 percent in breast ultrasound, 34 percent in tomosynthesis and 56 percent in MRI. Knowing that, and knowing if you have dense tissue, it seems like a good idea to consider an MBI.

More than 20 states require mammogram reports to state a woman’s breast density percentage — if you ask me, that’s not enough to give us the protection we need.

Breast density key to detection

Dr. Deborah Rhodes, who performed the study, explained that the commonality of misdetections like Dianne’s depends on the extent of breast density.

“Breast density has been found to be the most important factor in the failure of mammography to detect cancer,” she said. According the her, the aforementioned study found that mammography missed three out of every 10 cancers in the dense breast.

“The problem is that cancers can be hidden for years in a dense breast, as it can be like searching for a snowball in a field of snow,” she said.

The MBI process

Dianne said the doctors gave her an injection of a drug to enhance the images, then she sat in a chair and placed her breasts in a scanner that lightly compressed them.

“It was not painful,” she recalls. “They had a video screen in front of me to watch nature scenes. In my case, there was a radiology and nuclear med tech with me during the scan so we enjoyed talking.”

After the scan, the radiologist performed a breast ultrasound and then a biopsy.

“Not everyone has to do those last two steps; but the radiology tech told me in advance that might happen so I was prepared,” Dianne said.

Based on all of this, you may want to ask yourself a few questions:

Do I have dense breast tissue?

Rhodes said that breast density is based on the mammographic appearance of the breast, not the way the breast looks or feels. Translation: The only way to know if you have dense breasts is to undergo a mammogram.

Should I have an MBI?

“Mammography remains the standard breast cancer screening tool for all women, as it is the only breast screening tool that has been associated with a reduction in breast cancer mortality,” she said.

After an annual mammogram, you can choose to pursue additional screening if you have dense breasts (this is known as supplemental screening).

Rhodes said there is not a consensus among doctors as to whether all women with dense breasts should pursue supplemental screening or which method is the preferred supplemental screening tool.

“Women must decide for themselves after discussion of the risks and benefits with their care provider,” she said. Risks include over-diagnosis of a breast cancer that wouldn’t otherwise cause harm, and false positive findings, which can lead to more tests that do not detect a cancer and additional costs may be incurred.

What type of supplemental screening might I need?

Whole breast screening ultrasound, tomosynthesis and MBI are the options available if you want extra testing after a mammogram. Rhodes notes that an MRI scan is typically reserved for women at high risk for breast cancer due to the high expense.

She said that MBI has a much higher yield of additional cancers detected than tomosynthesis and ultrasound. But MBI also has a higher false positive rate than tomosynthesis. Ultrasound has a very high false positive rate. At Mayo Clinic, women who seek supplemental screening for dense breasts are offered either tomosynthesis or MBI.

“I see cases in my clinic every month of women who are diagnosed with breast cancers despite having had a recent negative mammogram,” Rhodes said. It is usually always due to breast density.

Is an MBI safe?

The radiation dose used in MBI is considered safe for screening. There is a lot of concern about radiation exposure, but I think there is also a lot of misunderstanding about what constitutes a safe dose. The dose administered with an MBI is higher than for mammography, but still considered a low and safe dose, Rhodes said.

“I think the more important question is: What is the test that is most likely to find a cancer, which is ultimately the whole purpose of screening for breast cancer,” she asked. “If MBI nearly quadruples the chance of finding a breast cancer relative to mammography, alone, then I think it is an important option for women to consider.”

“It is important for women to know that they should pursue additional evaluation for any breast change, even if they have just had a normal mammogram,” she said.

Clearly, Dianne agrees.

“For women with dense breast tissue, MBI is a very important diagnostic tool in addition to yearly mammograms,” she said. “The MBI found my cancer and saved my life. Please go the extra step and do an MBI.”

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Some Breast Cancers Are On The Rise…Others Will Become Less Common


The reasons why are fascinating.

Breast cancer is already the most common form of cancer. We’ll see 234,000 new cases of the disease diagnosed this year alone — but according to new data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research’s 2015 Annual Meeting, that number is only set to rise substantially in the years ahead.

According to the research, breast cancer rates will increase by 50 percent by the year 2030, compared to stats analyzed from the year 2011 — a risk that’s especially potent in women over 70. Around 40 million women in the U.S., born between 1946 and 1964, will experience high absolute risks for postmenopausal breast cancer — or two to four percent risk over a decade-long span. Another 56 million women in their 20s and 30s will see a substantial risk of premenopausal cancer, around 0.4 percent to 1.5 percent over a 10-year span.

On the current trajectory, the total number of breast cancer cases will jump from 283,000 in 2011 to 441,000 in 2030. Although the number of diagnoses among women 50 to 69 should see a drop, the proportion of women seeing a breast cancer diagnosed between ages 70 and 84 will rise from 24 percent to 35 percent. This is mostly due to a jump in ER-positive, in-situ cancers, generally found by mammography, from 19 percent to 29 percent.

These numbers seem staggering, but, when you look at the reasons why, they make more sense:

1. Baby boomers are aging: There will be more women at an age where they experience a higher risk for breast cancer.

2. People are living longer. As women age, they’re more likely to develop breast cancer.

3. Estrogen positive breast cancer is on the rise.

Researchers delved into national data on breast cancer rates using projects run by the Census Bureau: NCI Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program. Then they used mathematical models to help forecast incidence of the disease, gleaning insights into the eventual burden of these cases and how we should approach prevention.

According to Richard Bleicher, MD, associate professor of surgical oncology and breast surgeon at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, these statistics are a reminder that we can’t get lax about testing and symptom checks. “It emphasizes the fact that screening is important,” he tells Yahoo Health. “There’s been a lot of controversy lately about mammography, the reliability, effectiveness and false positives — but mammography is still our front lines in detecting cancer.”

Bleicher also insists that it’s important for every woman to know the symptoms of cancer — whether she has family history and other risk factors, or not. “We hear different numbers, like one in eight women, or one in 11 women will develop cancer,” he says. “But it’s difficult to provide an exact estimate of cancer risk in the absence of a genetic mutation, which we know can lead to a 40 to 80 percent lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.”

It’s important to be aware of changes in your body. In addition to a lump in the breast, which most women know about, he says other reasons to see a doc include bloody discharge from the nipple, a lump in the armpit or changes to the contour of the skin.

However, no woman is immune to breast cancer, and all should be watchful. “It’s more common to get breast cancer in the absence of risk factors,” Bleicher says. “This is called sporadic cancer. Sometimes it’s due to various types of tissues having a high rate of cell turnover, or a hormone change, but the point is, even though you may do everything right — eat right, exercise, stay at a healthy weight — you may still get it.” Which is why you should know the signs, get regular screenings, and take active steps to reduce your risk.

On a positive note from the study, the researchers involved in the current study believe we’ll see fewer tough-to-treat cancers, like HER2-positive and triple-negative subtypes of breast cancer, as well as fewer estrogen receptor (ER)-negative tumors.

Why the drop in certain types? No one’s sure, but researchers are delving into clues. As an example, the trend in delaying motherhood and choosing to breastfeed may have something to do with a the reduction in the rates of these cancers, as early age at first birth and lack of breast-feeding are both risk factors for ER-negative tumors.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Yahoo! Health), article by:  Jenna Birch, April 20, 2015 – See more at:

Mind Body Healing Techniques for Breast Cancer

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The diagnosis of breast cancer can send your mind spinning in a hundred different directions. Right after diagnosis, being in “panic mode” is normal. It is important, however, for you to step back at some point and simply process all the information.

This is the time when YOU must reel in all those anxiety-producing thoughts and take charge of your mind. Even though it may seem like you are in a situation that is out of your control, you DO have a choice. You can let the cancer control you and become the “victim” of cancer cells… or YOU CAN CONTROL THE CANCER.

Essential #4 of “The 7 Essentials System™ ” for healing and preventing breast cancer naturally is learning how to heal emotional wounds. What does this mean, exactly?

Healing your emotional wounds involves healing not only those wounds that we are consciously aware of – the trauma of a recent breast cancer diagnosis, for example – but also the wounds that have been imprinted deep into your subconscious brain. Emotional wounds that go unhealed are very likely connected to the development of cancer because every stress, whether we are aware of it or not, eventually manifests somewhere in the body.

The Silva Method Mind Body Healing program is one tool that has impressed me. Jose Silva, founder of the Silva Method, believed that 90 percent of all illnesses are caused by the mind. If illness is caused by the mind, he reasoned, why can’t it be healed by the mind as well?

Through my own participation in the Silva program, I discovered that a child’s brain (between the ages of zero to three years of age) functions primarily at the delta frequency. Between the ages of four and seven, a child’s brain functions predominantly at the theta frequency.

This means that from childbirth (or maybe even in the womb) to the age of seven, your brain registers things at a deep, “hypnotic” level. What is more significant is that the experiences you had during those formative years created the foundation for how you will react to the outside world for the rest of your life. That is, unless, you learn to change the programming you are running on the subconscious level.

Just how can you do this? Simply put, you can do it through meditation and visualization practices conducted at those same frequencies. Jose Silva found that people who can remain in the alpha and theta levels of consciousness are able to put their mind and body in a state conducive to healing. In this state cells repair, stress dissipates, the immune system strengthens, and physical symptoms of illness are, in some cases, reduced.

Dr. Carl Simonton was a radiation oncologist specializing in the treatment of cancer. His wife Stephanie is a counselor and trained in psychology. They are the authors of the book Getting Well Again: A Step-by-Step Self-Help Guide to Overcoming Cancer for Patients and Their Families. Through their study of bio-feedback as well as various modalities such as the Silva Method, they learned that people can influence their internal body processes. The book describes example after example of people who had been diagnosed with cancer and were told to go home to die. Yet, after learning how to meditate and “visualize their body healing,” the cancers disappeared.

Current research on the effects of meditative practices on breast cancer patients confirm that it really does work:

1. Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) had a significant effect on sleep quality in Danish breast cancer patients;

2. Mindfulness-based Art Therapy decreased anxiety in women with breast cancer in an 8-week study;

3. The use of meditation and yoga improved long-term quality of life for African American breast cancer patients in a 2011 study.

Learning to harness the power of your mind can have numerous benefits – including accelerating your body’s ability to heal. I am so convinced of this fact that this process is a requirement for my coaching program. Unless you take proactive steps toward learning how to meditate and, even better, make a commitment to visualizing a positive outcome for your breast cancer journey every day, you may be missing the mark when it comes to truly healing.

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Mammograms Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths…Insurance Companies Want To Restrict Access

Mammograms reduce breast cancer deaths by an average of 15%. New recommendations against routine mammograms for women aged 40-49 have been issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Other major health care providers, including the American Cancer Society, disagree with the new recommendations.

Tell state insurance regulators not to allow insurance companies to restrict access to mammograms. Sign the petition & tell a friend today!

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Recent studies have identified a superstar of breast cancer prevention – vitamin D

Women with higher levels of vitamin D have a reduced cancer risk of 50% or more for most cancers including breast. Vitamin D protects against cancer by helping the body regain control over genes that regulate cellular proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis (death of defective cells). These three types of processes: proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis are key factors in the development of cancer. Without a sufficient level of vitamin D the expression of the genes that regulate these processes become defective and cancer can develop.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of vitamin D

Many studies demonstrate that women with higher levels of vitamin D have significantly lower rates of breast cancer.  In 2007, a large, double blind, placebo-controlled study showed after four years of vitamin D supplementation with calcium, a 60% decrease in all cancers was attained, compared to the placebo group.  On further analysis of the data, eliminating those diagnosed in the first year of the study (since they already had the cancer before taking vitamin D), the reductions were 77%.  These are absolutely astounding numbers!

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because our skin converts sunlight to vitamin D.  If you regularly sunbathe or use a tanning bed you may have enough vitamin D.  If not the only way to get an adequate amount is to take vitamin D supplements.  And the only way to know if you’re taking enough vitamin D is to be tested.  The blood test for vitamin D is 25, hydroxyl vitamin D.  An optimal level is 60 to 80.  Getting to those levels is likely to take 5,000 to 10,000 IU’s a day.  Some of us, me included, don’t absorb vitamin D well and need a special form called sublingual vitaminD3.  My favorite comes from Superior Source and can be found in nearly any health food store.  Bottom line, supplement with vitamin D and get your levels checked at least once a year.

Stay tuned for the next prevention tip!

Breast Cancer Treatments Expose A Huge Systematic Issue In American Health Care

The more breast cancer treatments a radiologist administers, the more reimbursements he or she typically receives. This is known, in healthcare, as fee-for-service medicine — and lots of experts don’t like it, largely because it creates an incentive to provide as much care as possible, regardless of whether patients get any healthier.

For ages, conventional treatment has been a five- to seven-week course of radiation after a lumpectomy. Women have to come see the doctor each day for breast cancer treatments, and doing that for over a month can be disruptive. But around 2008, researchers started publishing some great news: three weeks of higher-dose therapy could deliver equally good results for many patients. It has no worse side effects, and patients could spend less time and money on doctor’s visits.

“When we see patients who have breast cancer, their first concern is if it yields the same cure rate, which it does, and the second is whether it’s more toxic, and it’s not,” says Justin Bekelman, a radiation oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania whose practice focuses on treating prostate cancer. “Then it’s like, wow, if that’s true and the new breast cancer treatment is only three weeks, its a no-brainer.”

It seemed like a no-brainer to radiation oncologists too. In 2011, their trade group, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, found that the two options were “equally effective for in-breast tumor control and comparable in long-term side effects” for a huge percent of patients.

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This makes it all the more surprising that, three years later, new research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the vast majority of radiation oncologists aren’t using the new treatment.

The slow adoption of a faster and cheaper technology — one that delivers a better patient experience at a lower cost — isn’t just an issue with breast cancer treatments. It speaks to a lot of what’s screwed up in the larger American health care system. Doctors don’t have big incentives to stay up-to-date with new treatments. Sometimes, it’s actually financially ruinous for them to do so.

“This is the case where everyone could win, except for the radiation oncologists, who would be getting less money for fewer treatments,” says Zeke Emanuel, a bioethicist at University of Pennsylvania and co-author of the new study with Bekelman, the oncologist. “We have a persistence of no-value care, and that’s not good.”

Two-thirds of early-stage breast cancer patients get the wrong treatment

The new research looks at the insurance records of thousands of women treated for early-stage breast cancer between 2008 and 2013. It uses the billing claims that their providers submitted to see what type of treatment they got.

“We have a persistence of low-value care.”

It finds that use of the new treatment — known as hypofractionation whole breast irradiation — definitely increased from 2008 through 2013, as more research came out proving its efficacy. In 2008, when there was nearly as much research as there is today, 10.6 percent of women for whom the new treatment was endorsed ended up receiving it.

By 2013, that number had grown to 34.5 percent. That’s way more than 2008 — but also nowhere near a majority of patients getting a newer, faster, and equally good treatment as the older option. While the United States has made progress since 2008, for Emanuel, that one-third figure still raises the question: why, two years after national guidelines endorsed the new treatment, were most breast cancer patients not getting it?

Why don’t doctors pick the better treatment?

One cynical answer has to do with money: the more treatments a radiologist administers, the more reimbursements he or she typically receives. This is known, in healthcare, as fee-for-service medicine — and lots of experts don’t like it, largely because it creates an incentive to provide as much care as possible, regardless of whether patients get any healthier.

The billing records that Bekelman, Emanuel, and their co-authors examined show that insurance plans were billed more than $4,000 more for patients who received the older, longer course of treatment than those who had the newer, shorter chemotherapy sessions. Patients also had slightly higher (about $100) out-of-pocket costs for radiation-related expenses.

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“In terms of the financial pressures, right now we work in an environment that rewards higher intensity care and quantity rather than quality,” says Bekelman. “It’s not the whole story, but it’s part of it. Our health-care system certainly doesn’t incentivize and may even disincentivize high-value cancer care.”

And there’s also the role of old habits being hard to kill, and radiologists relying on the same treatment they’ve used for years now. Yes, it is a bit more expensive and inconvenient for patients, but there’s no evidence that it’s actively harming their health.

“If you don’t take into account convenience, costs to patients, and costs to society, you can tell yourself that it’s not the worse option,” says Emanuel.

This could be true not just on the part of oncologists but on the part of patients, too, who might assume that the longer, more expensive course of treatment has to be better. In most other things we shop for, like cars and vacations, bigger and more expensive generally means higher quality. Why wouldn’t health care be like that too?

“In cancer care, we’ve always thought that more is better,” Bekelman says. “The fact is more isn’t always better. Sometimes less is just right. But making that change in mindset can be difficult.”

Low-value care happens everywhere in the health care system

The financial incentives, the doctor preference, and patient attitudes — all of these add up to American women getting worse breast cancer care than women in other countries. In Canada, for example, more than 70 percent of eligible patients receive the new treatment. That’s double the rate here in the United States.

This isn’t an issue limited to breast cancer care. The American health care system is replete with examples of doctors providing care that doesn’t help people get better — care that wastes time, money, and energy on the part of patients and providers. Medicare, for example, spends an estimated $1.9 billion on care that study after study shows doesn’t make people healthier.

And by rewarding volume over value, the American health are system makes this type of unnecessary, unhelpful breast cancer treatments especially easy to provide. The incentives are all there to encourage doctors to provide more care, even if, like the older breast cancer treatment methods, it isn’t the best choice for the patient.

(Article Excerpt and Image from How we treat breast cancer exposes a huge systematic issue in American health care, December 10, 2014,

How Exercise Can Prevent Cancer



How Exercise can Prevent Cancer

Exercise is critical for improving one’s overall health. It is the key to cardiovascular wellness, respiratory productivity and improving your mood. Many people don’t enjoy adding exercise to their daily life and yet, it’s been proven in thousands of studies to both prevent and fight disease.

It is a complementary treatment without negative side effects!

Don’t ignore the benefit of a 30-minute workout. Your health is worth the investment. A walk around the block, a yoga class, time on a stationary bike or treadmill (especially when the weather is bad) are excellent low-impact ways to get your blood pumping!

Early in the morning is one of the best times to exercise. It revs up your circulation, warms the muscles, and clears the “fog” from your mind. Starting your day with a workout will keep you energized and alert.

A pleasant-looking body can be achieved through exercise, but you can also enjoy other benefits. These benefits enable the body to fight serious illnesses that can easily destroy the body.

Proven Health Benefits of Exercise

  • Part of a healthy weight control plan. Obesity is a primary risk factor for cancer, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and many other serious health conditions.
  • Helps improve mood and prevent depression – a serious side effect of cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment. Exercise boosts the production of the endorphin hormones in the brain that make you feel happier and more relaxed.
  • Improves energy levels by boosting your body’s circulation and delivery of oxygen to your cells. Over time, your heart, lungs, and muscles get stronger and work more proficiently.
  • Get better (and deeper) sleep if you suffer from insomnia – a common complaint amongst patients struggling with the anxiety of their cancer crisis.
  • Boosts the excretory system so that cancer-causing toxins and waste are removed more efficiently. The fewer the toxins in your system, the better you’ll feel overall. The excretory system is comprised of your blood, lymph, bladder, kidneys, and intestines.
  • Enhances your immune system (specifically the lymphatic system) preventing the growth and spread of disease-causing organisms in your body. A strong immune system is your best defense against cancer.
  • Makes you more conscious of your overall lifestyle choices. People who exercise regularly tend to be more attentive to their food choices and water intake. They are also more likely to eliminate pro-inflammatory substances such as dairy, processed foods and excessive alcohol consumption.

You don’t have to spend all your time in the gym or invest a fortune on home exercise equipment. To improve your health from head to toe, you can incorporate “healthy movement” in many ways that won’t feel like a chore.

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12 Fun Ways to Exercise (without being miserable)

1.Take regular walks with family, friends, and pets
2.Jump on a mini-trampoline while watching TV
3.Playing with your kids in the pool or at the beach
4.Turn “meeting over coffee” into a walk
5.Housework (yes, it really works)
6.Yoga, tai chi, water aerobics, or other “low-impact” classes
7.Join a community athletic league (and meet new people)
8.Power walk while you grocery shop or wait for a prescription
9.Take the stairs if you have the option
10.Park further from stores and use those extra steps
11.Bike or walk to work, friends’ homes, or to do errands
12.Use breaks at work to walk around the building with a co-worker

Exercise shouldn’t be awful. It can help prevent cancer – as well as dozens of other serious, life threatening diseases – and keep it from coming back.

Help your body get strong and stay strong with thirty minutes of heart-pumping, physical activity every day. Once you get in the habit of “moving,” you’ll never want to stop. The trick is to find the exercise or activity that’s right for you, something you love and get excited about doing.

Get moving…right now!

(Article Excerpt and Image from by Ty  Bollinger).

Why You Should Consider Visiting an Orange County Mammogram Facility

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Cancer is a frightening disease that typically strikes with little to no warning, and is best dealt with through prevention. In the case of breast cancer, NBC Los Angeles says that “while mammograms are not a cure for breast cancer, research has shown early and routine screenings are the best way for women to lower their risks of dying from breast cancer.” However, about 50 percent of all women who undergo regular mammograms don’t always follow through with their appointments.


Last November I received a phone call at the office, the lady’s name was Kristie.   She was given my name by Robin Jones at the Living Temple.   Kristie had a lump and wanted to talk to someone about alternative exams.   We talked for quite a while, nice lady.  The second time she called she gave me her phone number and we discussed books and alternative m


edicine and even a little bit about her lump which was growing fast.   Our calls were few and far between but we did stay in touch.   Each time we talked we said how we’d been thinking of each other often but just never found the time to call.   Kristie was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome so she is not able to function like the rest of us.   She is also on disability due to the disease.

I was exhibiting in January at Mother’s Market in Orange talking to everyone as they walked in the door, when I heard someone say “Janice?”, I looked up at this women standing behind the crowd and I just got this feeling.   She said, “Hi, it’s me Kristie”.   I just about flew over the exhibit table to give her a hug.   She immediately reminded me not to squeeze her to hard because the lump had grown to the size of her breast and she didn’t want it to rupture.    Goodness, it was really her.   Very thin, my guess 90 pounds, great face and so very soft spoken.   I saw her a few hours later leave Mother’s, she did not say goodbye.   I called and left a message the next day saying how nice it was to finally meet her.

The holidays were here and I thought of Kristie often, she was always on my to-do list but I wanted to have time to talk to her not just rush through a five minute conversation.   I left a few messages and then she called me back.   She went to the doctor!   Finally, but as soon as the first doctor saw her they said she had breast cancer and sent her immediately, same day, to a surgeon at St Joseph’s.   The surgeon didn’t spend any time with her but ordered every test under the sun.   She said she went back the next day for testing. She was talked into having a mammogram, she was told it was required by the doctor.   Are they crazy the tumor is the size of her breast and they are going to smash it in a mammogram?   The biopsy (5 vacuum needle tissue samples of the breast and 3 samples from under the arm) determined she had stage 3 breast cancer.   When she called her breast and back were blue from the procedure, the surgeon would not talk to her……..she was not going back to St. Josephs!    And she didn’t.

Months went by and we left messages but didn’t talk.   On May 2nd she called crying.   She was sure she was in Stage 4, she was having pain in her body where in the past, she had no pain anywhere.   I persuaded her to come in to the office.  Before she panicked let’s take a look at how everything looks on a thermogram and Suretouch.   I also invited her to the Standup for the Cure event on May 4th.  I knew she would meet qualified doctors, staff from Ultimate Healthcare and other women who had gone through the same trauma.

She came to the Standup for the Cure Event on the beach at Newport Dunes and stayed most of the day, met with a nurse practicioner at Ultimate Healthcare, a couple surgeons and Jae Son the inventor of SureTouch.   She is such a nice lady; we could not imagine what the standard of health care was going to do to an 88lb lady, with no immune system, kill her we joked.

Monday she came to the office and we examined her and talked for hours.   Kristie is very smart and is reviewing as much information as she can to make the right choice.Kristie's Breast Cancer

On Mother’s day I called Kristie.   It’s been all this time and I have no idea if she is a mother or where her family lives.  I learnt that she has never been married, has no children, her sister and mother were killed by hospital medical mistakes, no wonder she hasn’t gone to the doctor.  She talked about The City of Hope and I offered to drive her to Duarte once she got an appointment.   The trip was eye opening!!   Not only did I learn a lot about her and her past but the medical system is downright cruel. She had called The City of Hope in January but was told to go back to the St. Josephs surgeon.   She had to go above the call takers head and contact a supervisor, finally over 3 1/2 months (another long story) later she gets this appointment.

The oncologist said “we can’t cure you” after she examined her blue breast and swollen lymph nodes.  But they did suggest Kristie have a bone scan and a CT scan to see how far the cancer had spread before they start treatment with 3 different chemo drugs.

I could not drive her the next day for the scans so she went alone.   It was an all-day affair. Results were that the cancer had spread to the skin, bones in her spine, hip and upper leg area but no “vital organs”.   So what are her options?    Remember Kristie has had chronic fatigue syndrome for 10 years, she is 88 lbs. and her white blood cell count is on the low side (I read her blood report), how in the world is she going to survive 3 different chemo medicines, to just “keep her alive”?   And for how long?   When Kristie asked that question to the oncologist, she did not have an answer.

So here’s our suggestion, during this time of decision OC Breast Wellness wants to support her with nutritional products and alternative treatments and will be fundraising.   Our fundraising efforts will include breast exams and a non-profit donation site;

Kristie has been doing what she can alternatively.    My husband is making her liposomal vitamin C (wow does that taste bad), she is juicing vegetables from my garden and the farmer’s market, she is taking Vitamin D and IP6 (  We’ve ordered Flor Essence, Aloe Arborescens plants, Graviola Liquid Extract and other natural nutrients because Cancer Can Be Cured.

To help assist in these plus other alternatives and for organic vegetables (which as you know are so much more expensive than the “other”); we are having a fund-raiser at OC Breast Wellness on June 17th.  All proceeds will go to Kristie’s pre and post food sources……we are hoping to collect $1500.00

May 25, 2013 – Update

As you might have guessed the folks at the City of Hope did not make Kristie comfortable in continuing care.   She was asked to be in a clinical study which had heart issue side-effects, she flat out refused.  So we headed up to City of Hope and picked up all the test results.   When reading the oncologists comments about Kristie they were just “off the wall”.   I sat in that 45 minute patient exam and evaluation so where they got some of the comments in her file is beyond me.

During Kristie’s visit at the Standup for the Cure event on May 4th she met a surgeon that she felt good about at UCI.   So now off she goes to another new doctor’s evaluation with all her test results from City of Hope and St Joseph’s.  I hope someone here cares.

She is getting weaker by the day.   The bone and CT scan showed it moved to the bones and now she is feeling lots of pain.   Let’s hope that UCI has better results.  Kristie is now taking Aleve first time in her life.

June 17, 2013 – Update

It has been awhile since I wrote but so much has happened.   Pain is now the big issue with Kristie, especially her upper right back where the tumors are all over the skin and her hip bones where the cancer has spread.    This weekend she called UCI but the oncologist assigned to her is on vacation so she spoke with someone on call and was told to call the Pain Management Center.   Guess what, they are only open on Thursday and Friday’s!   Guess you can’t be in pain over the weekend!    She has an appointment this Friday, in the meantime she is living on Tylenol and Advil.  The pain is a 7 on a 10 point scale.   She could go to emergency.

She is filing for her birth certificate from Utah in case the Mexico options open up and she is drinking the juice that we are making her from the Gerson diet list of approved vegetables.  She even got a prescription for raw cannabis to help with the pain plus there is evidence it might help with the cancer.   BTW cannabis that is unheated doesn’t have psychoactive effects.  Mother’s Market and the local farmer’s market are donating vegetables for us to prepare, what great organizations.

This is a busy week fundraising for Kristie.   All breast exams are discounted and the profits are going toward Kristie for whatever she needs at this point.

Stay tuned!






Valuable Breast Cancer Resources

Breast Cancer Information Resources
Breast Cancer Resources

Whether you’re a women newly diagnosed with breast cancer or a family member of a cancer patient, you’re likely looking for information to better understand the disease. There is a wealth of knowledge that’s widely available to women and their families to better understand breast cancer. The right information can help women build confidence about making the right treatment choices or where to get breast exams. However, finding quality sources of information can be tough, as there are hundreds of websites and books that cover the topic. We’ve highlighted some great resources that will help you on your search for facts.

Waking the Warrior Goddess

This creation by Dr. Christine Horner contains information on women’s health whether you suffer from breast cancer or want to avoid getting breast cancer or just want to stay healthy and happy.   The book is available on Amazon or on Dr Horner’s website   It is a wealth of information no women should be without!

Breast Cancer Video Series

Comprehensive and easy to understand, the National Breast Cancer Foundation has authored a series of educational videos that discuss nearly every aspect of breast cancer. Some of the topics covered are breast exams, diagnosis, treatment, and stages of breast cancer. These educational videos offer an overview analysis of fundamental breast cancer issues.

In-depth Breast Cancer Information Guide

National Compressive Cancer Network (NCCN) published an in-depth 110 page digital booklet that covers most aspects of breast cancer. Each chapter includes extensive medical analysis that’s accompanied by detailed anatomical illustrations.

Cancer Risk Self-evaluation Survey

Developed by the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, this lengthy and detailed survey helps women assess their breast cancer risks. The survey asks questions about personal and family health history to create an individualized health profile.

Breast Cancer Support Network is a social network specifically for breast cancer survivors and current cancer patients. Women are encouraged to share experiences and give personal guidance. After creating a free profile, you’re matched with a breast cancer survivor who has endured a similar cancer ordeal.

Paperback Book on Treatment, Diagnosis, and Prevention of Cancer

Author Suzanne Somers has published an alternative medicine’s guide to cancer treatment in her book Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer–And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place. Somers uses personal experiences to discuss natural options to cancer treatment.—Prevent/dp/0307587592/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1367025714&sr=1-1&keywords=knock+out+suzanne+somers

How care-takers and families can support their loved ones with Cancer

Cancer is a group of diseases defined by abnormal growth that begins destroying healthy tissue. As of just a few years ago, scientists placed a person’s lifetime risk of developing cancer at 38.5 percent, but thanks to better detection and treatments cancer survivors are living longer, healthier lives after diagnoses.

We listed just a few of our favorite sources for women’s health information. There are many other great websites and books out there, so use this list as a starting point on your search for facts.

Stress and Breast Cancer

Your cell phone is broken, your child has the flu, and you received a negative review from your supervisor. Stress seems to be a constant part of a women’s life. However, can stress harm your body? New research indicates that women who frequently suffer from stress are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.1 Researchers believe that episodes of stress can lead to changes in hormone levels and a decline in the body’s immune system. Hormones, like oestrogen, are widely recognized by healthcare professionals as a contributing cause of breast cancer. 1 Stress is more than just a nuisance, as it can have dramatic implications to your health.

Accept that your Stress is a Problem

There are issues that women have to overcome on a daily basis that make life challenging. However, when something causes stress it’s worth taking note. The common symptoms of stress are sleepiness, anxiety, teeth grinding, gastrointestinal discomfort, and constant worrying. If you recognize one or more of these signs, it can mean that you’re dealing with stress. When stress becomes a daily part of your life, it needs to be acknowledged as a health problem that must to be addressed.

Identify Causes

Determining the causes of stress in your life is important to reducing it. As you age, the sources of stress will change. In your 20s and 30s, dating may have been source of stress, but it’s not likely to be relevant in your 40s and 50s. Rather, you’re more likely concerned about your health and your family’s health. When a friend or family member is fighting cancer, it may be hard for you to shake the constant thoughts in your mind that you may have to confront the disease. For women who are 40 and over, breast cancer becomes a real concern.  Writing down your thoughts on a notepad is an easy way to identify your sources of stress.

Seek Remedies

Once you’ve figured out what causes stress in your life, you need to take action to eliminate it. There are issues in life that you can’t resolve immediately, but look for things that you change within a few weeks to reduce stress. This could mean that you need to consistently schedule your required annual health tests, like breast exams, in order to be confident that they’re healthy. If work is negatively impacting your life, you may need to switch jobs to one that is less demanding.  Determining your non-essential responsibilities and then eliminating them is also a direct way to reduce stress.  Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your support network.

Stress is more than just a minor nuisance. It’s a legitimate health concern that every women should seek to reduce. There are difficult issues in our lives that lead to stress, and they can’t be fixed quickly. It’s important to recognize the affect they have on our bodies as a result of stress. Reducing stress is essential to our health and must not be ignored.  Outline what steps will work for you to reduce it and then implement them into your daily life.

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Radiation in a Mammogram

Radiation Causes Cancer

We all know “radiation causes cancer”, right?    And that no one wants to get cancer, right?   Then we should make choices that keep us from as much radiation as possible.

In case you don’t already know this about radiation, it’s effects are cumulative. That means it is not like having a glass of wine at night. Next morning the effects are gone. Each exposure to radiation causes genetic changes inside our cellular DNA. Enough radiation all at once or over a period of multiple smaller exposures produces enough damage to cause cancer.

In a well respected online medical site called Medscape. Dr. Topol has a must see video called Runaway Use of Radiation Harming Patients .   He says 2-3% of cancer is caused by medical radiation and patients should be told exactly how much radiation exists in the imaging that we are exposed.

This radiation chart is very valuable

You can see that one chest x-ray equal 20= uSv and one mammogram film =400uSv.   Therefore one mammogram picture  is equal to having 20 chest x-rays.  The chest x-ray is spread out over the entire chest area.   The mammogram x-ray is condensed and focused through that small 2 inch nozzle directly into the breast tissue.  But wait, who has just one mammogram picture?

How many mammogram films do you have at each visit, 2, 4, 8?   Do the math!



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