Unfortunately, I am seeing younger and younger women being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The youngest woman that consulted with me was 19 years of age! What would cause this onslaught of increased Breast Cancer risk for women of such a young age?
About 7% of newly diagnosed Breast Cancer cases occur in women under 40. This means that over 13,000 young women, many of them mothers or pregnant women discover that their life is about to drastically change. The frightening news, according to a 2013 study done by the AMA, the incidence of metastatic Breast Cancer nearly doubled from 1976 to 2009. Survival rates are worse when compared to older women that are pre or postmenopausal.
Eighty-five percent of women who develop Breast Cancer do NOT have a family history of the disease.
So what does that tell us? That these cancers are developing because toxicity from the environment and poor food choices.
According to the University of Columbia, 95% of cancers are due to diet and the accumulation of toxins.
Let’s briefly look at Essential #1, Let Food Be Your Medicine. The S.A.D. diet (Standard American Diet) has poisoned the masses for decades. The processing of food and the thousands of chemicals that are used in the food industry, have created a toxic burden that the body has to try to eliminate.
Cancer loves acidic food. Your body loves alkaline food. You either feed the cancer or feed the body when you pick up that fork.
Often I hear, “But it’s in my genes”. Sorry, but your DNA is NOT your destiny. With the science of Epigenetics, you have the ability to change your gene expression with the food you put in your mouth. Your genes can be turned off or on with stress, sleep, food and chemicals.
“Would you rather have a sticky bun or broccoli talking to your genes?” ~ Dr. Robert Roundtree.
To eat clean, focus on these types of foods:
1.) Cruciferous vegetables green drink
2.) Green Leafy vegetables
3.) Healthy organic oils such as olive, grapeseed, flax, walnut and avocado
4.) Matcha Green tea
5.) Raw, organic soaked nuts and seeds
6.) Fermented foods like Kombucha, kefir and sauerkraut
8.) Mushrooms like Reishi and Chaga
9.) Very few fruits except Green apples, lemon and occasional berries
10.) Raw Whey Protein
11.) Clean protein from 100% grass fed, hormone free, antibiotic free, free-range animals
Ideally, your goal is to eat 80% raw and 80% alkaline. This can easily be accomplished by juicing in the morning, blending your veggies in a smoothie for lunch and having a small amount of fish or protein with a salad or lightly sautéed vegetables.
If you are on a Breast Cancer healing journey, this 7 day sample menu will show you how easy and delicious it can be. Feed your body and NOT the cancer, by making wise food choices. Next week I will discuss the toxicity issue that may be at the root of the increase of younger women developing Breast Cancer.