UPDATE: 2 Mar 2014: PARACETAMOL ACETAMINOPHEN, DIGOXIN AND SPIRACTIN are ESTROGENIC: even the most popular and perhaps safest synthetic designer painkiller paracetamol acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panado) discovered in 1877 has again been shown (Harvard University 2014- the Nurses’ Health Study from 20 years ago) to be ( like the 250year old biological human hormone digitalis/digoxin, and the 50year old synthetic antihormone spironolactone), a weak estrogenic ie they proliferate the breasts and thus cancer potential. Acetaminophen use was positively associated with total Estrogen Metabolites (2+ days/week vs. non-use: 236 vs. 198 pmol/mg creatinine; p difference = 0.02, p trend = 0.11), Thus like its cousin phenacetin (never mind alcohol and smoking) after decades of fraudulent promotion as safe, paracetamol’s harms outweigh its utility
Thus while it is fairly safe in adults in moderation, like all designer synthetic drugs eg NSAIDs and synthetic/xenohormones, like even lowdose aspirin, paracetamol has many risks (even for the eyes) and doesnt cure anything- whereas digoxin and spiractin may have lifesaving benefits in serious heart/ hypertensive disease. .
As always, for pain best stick to physical cure by eg manipulation, massage, rest and exercise, heat or cold, acupuncture; or some natural safe biological analgesic/antipyretic combination– massage with arnica/menthol/coconut oil/ DMSO/cayenne/Lugol’s iodine/magnesium oil; or these orally with eg fish oil; vitamins C (eg citrus), D3 (sunshine) and B esp B5 (meat, whole grain, avocado, brassica); magnesium, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium; GABA (but not gabapentin and pregabalin – Bad Medicine); plant extracts eg boswelia, bromelain, buchu, catsclaw, curcumin, dandelion, MSM, nettle, ginger, caffeine, ecchinacea, sage, cherries, Oregano, rosemary, thyme, mint, cannabis, angelica, valerian; and cartilage eg glucosamine-chondroitin .
Oct 2013: BREAST PAIN, CHEST PAIN AND HORMONE CONTRACEPTION.
CHEST/BREAST PAIN: In men and women, nontraumatic pain in the front , back and sides of the chest (and abdomen) is mostly neuromusculoskeletal, and easily diagnosed by the history (absence of cough, central deep pain radiating especially to the jaw , back or left shoulder, breathlessness, fever, heartburn), and physical examination –absence of systemic signs or significant changes in pulse and bloodpressure);
and appropriate assessment of the neck and thoracic spine since these are so often where root pain (around the shoulder girdle, trunk and limbs) originates and can be simply relieved ie cured and thus diagnosed.
This is crucial in daily busy primary care ie general practice where patients –especially the younger fitter ones without the common high risks – want a quick opinion and fix so they can move on, not have to undergo xrays, heart- and blood-tests that specialists and hospitals, medical schemes, politicians and civil servants thrive on..
Older women of course usually have the major extra anterior chest organs – pendulous breasts – to consider. But the same history and physical exam as in men quickly mostly sorts out the source and thus the cause of the pain: a mammary cause eg hormonal congestion diffuse tenderness, discharge, or tender lump or gland, or root cause, is quickly apparent.
CASE REPORTS: at yesterday’s breast clinic we saw the usual spread of middle-age issues in the eight (mean age 45yrs, 32 to 65yrs) who booked for breast prescreening imaging :
HORMONE CONTRACEPTION vs NECESSARY (PRO)HORMONE SUPPLEMENTS:
TWO IN THEIR FORTIES ON DEPOT PROGESTINS:
CHEST PAIN: clerk Ms booked herself for screening with almost constant discomfort in her left breast for about 10weeks.. Like her and her doctors’ examinations, mammography a month earlier found nothing abnormal.. She had no history of trauma or pain elsewhere, just slight neck discomfort. Her last period was years earlier, still on contraception progestin injections. Examination and mechanical tactile breast imaging confirmed tender full breasts; with maximal palpation tenderness midthorax laterally at the site of her complaint. Pressure and rotation elicited no discomfort elsewhere. Gentle traction manipulation of her neck halved the ‘breast’ discomfort, which disappeared with a final satisfying click with gentle prone rotational pressure on her appropriate upper thoracic vertebra – confirming the root source of her pain had been cured; and obviated further concern , tests and analgesia.
Manageress also on longterm depot hormone contraception (Mirena), with growing breasts, rising weight despite careful diet, and concern about hip osteoporosis on DXA screening that was not improving but worsening the past 3 years on some routine vitamins C, D3 2000iu/day. K2 and calcium supplements. Her husband (not she) observed that she had severe night sweats.
Both of the ladies on synthetic progestin contraception were reminded that such depot synthetics suppress the ovaries ie cause artificial menopause with all its longterm subtle adverse effects, and that such hormones are known to slightly increase the risk of breast cancer, fattening and osteoporosis. Both were recommended progesterone cream, vitamin D and metformin as well as the other almost 20 bone supplements, for (pro)hormone balance and to assist with body fat and thus all-risk reduction
Ms mid-60s with no complaints except stress vertebral fracture from osteoporosis now on opioid patch! mother died of breast cancer at 78yrs; she has had 10 mammograms; just dense lumpy breasts;; advised vigorous vit D, Super C, K2; Triple Bone-Pain – antiarthritic blend; metformin; DHEA and melatonin 20mg/d;
Ms early 50s with menopausal symptoms, hypertension ( on perindopril) and lumpy breasts, now off Nuristerate, , was advised to take appropriate supplements including progesterone cream. There is a new report from Holmes ea Canada http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24075077 that ACEi/ARBs use eg perindopril was associated with significant 22% increased deaths from breast cancer (95% CI: 1.04-1.44), let alone the risk with such drugs of recurrent persistent cough and insidious nephropathy; so is advised to swop over to the safest best and cheapest 1st-line antihypertensive regime of lowdose reserpine with low dose amilozide,
Ms mid-30s with a child despite endometriosis and PCOS , 4 years after removal of Mirena (7 years) , had lumpy breasts. Advised metformin, vits D and Supervit C, minerals and vitamins.
Ms early 30s with PCOS , two aunts in their 50s with breast cancer, her granny from the other parent having died of breast cancer at 76years.. with lumpy breasts; she was advised the supplements including progesterone cream, melatonin, and metformin.
TWO IN THEIR 30S HAD KNOWN BREAST CANCER:
Ms mastectomy and DXRT 2011, now off Nuristerate , given weeks to live 18 mo ago with brain metastases that have shrunk with chemoradiotherapy and her zealous work as a cancer counselor; lumpy other breast; now advised metformin, sutherlandia, melatonin 20mg/d, vigorous vit K2, D and Supervit C, DIM, mushroom, astragulus, selenium, minerals and vitamins within her means.
Ms had lumpectomy and 3 positive glands/12 removed in 2011, refused further oncology/ radiochemotherapy. Lumpy breasts confirmed . Advised metformin, sutherlandia, melatonin 20mg/d, vigorous vits K2, D and Supervit C, DIM- I3C, mushroom, astragulus , selenium, minerals and vitamins; if not Iscador, cesium, TCM, and pancreas/gene therapy within her means.
BREAST PREVENTION REGIME: apart from optimizing diet and lifestyle with appropriate obesity-reducing diet and avoidance of estrogenic foods and drugs,
Based on published evidence and our experience from patients of analgesics and anticancer benefit, all were advised to try triple breast massage daily with coconut oil, Lugols iodine then DMSO for a few weeks, and if they want reassurance, return in a month or two for followup breast imaging to show the shrinkage in all lumps that most show. Those with higher risks are advised to take the oils by mouth as well, and if iodine depleted, oral iodine , for their global benefits.
However, short of avoiding sex, or use condoms and barrier creams, or ill-advised sterilization or dependence on coitus interruptus, their contraceptive method is hard to improve, short of relying on the oldfashioned intrauterine device without any contraceptive hormone. The oldest naturally occurring pregnancy we have seen was at 55 years, so women have to take care past this age…Natural human contraception with depot human progesterone and estrogen was developed decades ago, but naturally not made available commercially because only synthetics are patentable and thus commercially viable raincheck drugs that profit Big Pharma, health professionals and politicians. .
Instead, women are advised simply to protect the breasts, womb, brain, heart, skeleton, face etc, and stop menopause symptoms, by adding just enough human progesterone cream daily to their face makeup (+- vaginally); (testosterone cream sparingly if indicated for frailty, depression and poor sex) , and take a sensible daily blend of the twenty other natural bone and multisystem antioxidant anabolics (as this website www.healthspanlife.wordpress.com details under osteoporosis) including vitamin D about 2500iu/kg/month ie about 150 000 to 200 000 iu/month for an average size adult.
In people rapidly fattening due to lifestyle, stress and the bad marketed adverse food chain, wiser choices have to be promoted-which does not suit most politicians, Big Business or the Disease Industry for whom Only Disease Pays- Prevention Doesn’t Pay.. So to protect against fattening and insulin resistance perils, metformin to sensible tolerance is also an inevitable recommended natural albeit prescription supplement until healthy robust lean weight can be maintained without it.
The supplements listed above – (fish oil, appropriate parenteral human sexhormone replacement and the other antioxidants/anabolic vitamins, minerals and natural biologicals including the prohormones metformin and vitamin D) also mostly obviate the deplorable high-risk use (for commercial profiteering) of risky synthetics eg statins, bisphosphonates, psychotropes, analgesics, NSAIDS, patented xenohormones and chemotherapy etc – none of which address the underlying stress, deficiency and pollution ie primary causes of disease.
UPDATE: FIGHTING THE TIDE OF BREAST CANCER, DISEASE in YOUNGER WOMEN:
16 June 2013 A new review by Carolanne Wright reviews how to combat estrogen overload – How environment and lifestyle contribute to hormonal imbalance while devastating the health of both men and women.
27 May 2013 Wikipedia reports that in 2008, about half a million women died from breast cancers (out of some billion older women worldwide ie 0.5 per 1000 women, an annual deathrate of 0.05% pa), 23% of cancer deaths in women; with cancer overall accounting for about 13% of deaths -the commonest being stomach-colon-liver 2.8%; lung cancer 1.4%, then breast 0.46% of deaths. So breast cancer – mostly undetected globally by the luxury of mammography till it presents clinically- kills only perhaps 1:2000 older women per year, ie perhaps <25% of the perhaps 1:500 older women who develop clinical breast cancer- 995/1000 of older women’s deaths being from other causes than breast cancer.
These figures dispel the dangerously fraudulent fearmongering lie of the USA Radiological and Breast Cancer Associations and Curves International that “(screening) mammography saves lives”. Its good to see in the current Curves South Africa website that in this Celebrating Mothers’ Week at Curves, they have dropped the Mammography saving lives myth of 3 years ago that started this particular theme column. That hasnt stopped USA doctors from continuing to propogate the lie.
But some there eg Dr Lissa Rankin MD – daughter of a mammography radiologist- are still brave enough to refute the lie. And even the American Cancer Society chief medical officer doesnt make such ludicrous claims but points out how complex the issue of prescreening detection is. .
Johnson and Bleyer reported Feb 2013 from the SEER study that advanced breast cancer in young USA women 25-39yrs has doubled between 1976 and 2010.
South Africa (religion mostly African Christian) has the distinction of being one of Earth’s most corrupt and illiterate countries, with strange bedfellows – Latin America (mostly Catholic), Egypt Lebanon & Pakistan(Islamic), and South Korea(mixed religions)- that follow the USA in defying evidence – in this case of danger to cows and humans – and allow the use of rBGH recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone ; and sex hormones in dairy and meat production. The evidence of harm, eg carcinogenicity and feminization is so strong that such use has been banned in many countries for decades .
MORTALITY TREND AND CANCER IN RSA AND GLOBALLY: Breast cancer is usually a disease of postmenopausal women-who till a centry ago on average barely lived to that age. In South Africa at the peak of the untreated AIDS epidemic around 2000, with average lifespan drastically fallen, of all deaths, overall infections (HIV TB, pneumonias etc) caused about 39%, external causes 12%, cardio/vascular disease 11%, cervix cancer 1.4% and breast cancer 1.3%. But Statistics SA report last month that by 2010, with antiretrovirals, life expectancy had risen about 5years, and that of all deaths, HIV+TB deaths had at least halved to 15% (17% in Africans, 9% in coloureds, 2.4% in Indians), cardio/vascular deaths were 12% in blacks but 27.8% in whites; external causes down to 9%, cancers 9% (mostly digestive and respiratory); with only 20 breast cancer deaths ie 0.00% reported in RSA.
Breast cancer is still rare in a mostly young population with mean age of survival of women still half of that of the first world, with virtually a generation gap due to the carnage of the untreated AIDS era and institutionalized male violence especially against women, children and minorities- xenophobia.
But meat and dairy milk (in South Africa widely containing added rBGH and sex hormones) are among widely used foodstuffs likely contributing, as Joe Mercola notes, to the increasing occurrence of breast cancer in younger women. Never mind deadly sugars, smoking and alcohol consumption on the rise here in RSA.
AVOIDING CANCER AND MASTECTOMY:
To improve immunity, insulin receptor sensitivity, lessen obesity and excessive estrogenization (from both outside your body, and your own fat production):
- Exercise; Maintain a healthy body weight -BMI < 24kg; waist girth<about 85- 90 cm; earthing- walk barefoot.
- AVOID:- added or concenrated sugar, (especially fructose- commercial fruitjuice; cornstarch, white flour); charred fats; smoking; alcohol; unfermented soy products; licorice; GE genetically engineered foods. .
- BUT those with asthma, leaky gut/IBD, epilepsy or bad arthritis should also try excluding for a few weeks WHEAT; DAIRY; AND NIGHTSHADEs (potato, tomato, peppers/cayenne, eggplant).
- —synthetic sexhormones (progestins, xenoestrogens eg in meat, commercial milk, birth control and HRT, BPA, phthalates, pesticides); spironolactin Spiractin; digoxin; and .
- –physical trauma eg underwire bras; xray (eg airports and xray screening mammography), electromagnetic fields eg electroblankets.
- -other toxin overload – aspartame, marketed designer drugs (eg painkillers, statins, psychotropes, bloodthinners, antiinflammatories- even paracetamol Panado acetaminophen Tylenol); and –overload metals (eg iron, fluoride, bromide, chloride, aluminium, lead, mercury, – consider detox.
- Do (Lymphatic) breast massage with eg anticancer coconut oil, DMSO, Lugols iodine;
- Breastfeed your babies;
- & To avoid common deficiencies (on our depleted polluted GMO-fastfood diet, especially with increasing longevity), which contribute to all common diseases, take plenty of
- –sunlight; melatonin & enough restful natural sleep and relaxation!
- -organics eg green/coloured vegetables/ juice daily. .
- –fish oil ie marine omega-3 (dont fry in Om6 plant oil)
- -for lipidemia, overweight, diabetes, the prime insulin sensitizer-weight/appetite reducer galega/metformin to tolerance;
- –iodine as eg kelp, or Lugol’s iodine.
- -vitamin D3: with cancer, target blood vitamin D level 70 to 100 ng/ml ie we need about 70-100iu/kg/day – and sunshine and food cant provide this. . .
- –natural vitamin A – organic eggs, raw butter, raw whole milk, and beef or chicken liver, or a supplement.
- -buffered vitamin C about 50mg/kg/day up to tolerance;- with acute infection/inflammation/cancer in an adult, this may be 1/2 up to >2gm hourly till better, or diarrhoea, then (like metformin) just enough to avoid diarrhea;
- -virgin coconut oil & DMSO each 1(-15) tsp/day;
- -magnesium about 5 mg/kg/d; calcium phosphate;
- -zinc, chromium, selenium, manganese, boron; and
- –vits Bco, CoQ10, & K2.
- -natural estrogen-aromtase inhibitors to lower adverse estrogen dominance, raise the 2OH:16OH estrone balance to about 2:1 – eg exercise; lecithin/choline (from eg eggs/seeds); oranges/lemons, red grapes, passionfruit; celery, parsley, basil, artichokes, avocado,coconut, onions, garlic, olives, olive leaves; asparagus, squash, cauliflower, broccoli/cabbage/spinach/Brussels (provide I3C/DIM di-indole methane), yams, milk thistle, sawpalm, diet fibre, black radish, mushroom-astragulus, sutherlandia, beet, dandelion, curcumin turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, honey, garlic, black pepper; taurine; methionine; zinc, selenium, vits C/D3/E/K2; and/or balancing progesterone/ testosterone – or just 7ketoDHEA in the elderly..
Just this month, a major trial from UCLA (Smith, Kurzer ea) confirmed that in healthy sedentary young women, moderate exercise 2.5 hour a week significantly beneficially lowered the risky estrone level and raised the 2OH:16OH estrone ratio.
These preventative steps may remove justification for therapeutic mastectomy (which is known to reduce survival) for localized breast cancer , let alone preventative bilateral mastectomy even in women with high penetration BRCA genes, as publicized this month by filmstar Angela Jolie .