Estrogen and Breast Cancer – A Bad Rap That’s Time to Get Right

estrogen-windowThe safety of estrogen therapy is a hot topic that many women have a lot of questions and concerns about. Dr. Machelle (Mache) Seibel, who is a global leader in women’s wellness and menopause, wants to clear the confusion and set the record straight about the benefits of estrogen for women’s health.

We were fortunate to have Dr. Seibel on our Essentials of Healthy Living radio show last year, and are very excited to have him on the show again in May. He will be discussing his new bestselling book, The Estrogen Window: The Breakthrough Guide to Being Healthy, Energized, and Hormonally Balanced – Through Perimenopause, Menopause, and Beyond.

Below, Dr. Seibel presents a great overview of the latest research on menopausal hormone therapy.

In early 2002, estrogen was the most prescribed medication in the United States. It treated the symptoms of menopause and appeared to have benefit for heart health. Then in July of that year, the large government funded Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study reported that taking a pill that contained estrogen plus a synthetic progesterone called Provera caused an increased risk for developing breast cancer. Women and many of their doctors grew understandably fearful and estrogen got a bad rap.
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Fiber May Help Lower Risk of Breast Cancer

fiber-rich-foodsAn ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This famous saying certainly seems to be the case in a new study published in Pediatrics that shows that teenage girls who eat a fiber-rich diet may have a considerably lower risk of developing breast cancer later in life.

In the study, 4,4000 women were asked about their dietary history during their teenage years. Researchers found that those woman who ate a high-fiber diet had a 24% lower risk of breast cancer before menopause, compared with women who ate low levels of fiber. For the women on the high-fiber diet, the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer was also cut by 16%.

One of the reasons behind fiber intake and reduced breast cancer is that dietary fibers may reduce circulating estrogen levels. Continue reading “Fiber May Help Lower Risk of Breast Cancer”

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4 Ways to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk…Naturally

women-exerciseOne in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over their lifetime, and of those, less than 15% are due to family history. Most breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and lifestyle.

There isn’t much that can be done about family history or aging, but there are ways you can reduce breast cancer risk. Here are four ways you can help protect yourself, your friends, and your family members.

1. Reduce your estrogen load: The Women’s Health Initiative Study published in 2002 confirmed that taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases our risk of developing invasive breast cancer by 26%. There are supplements that can help alleviate symptoms associated with menopause. Natural, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is another option that helps some safely women address hot flashes, night sweats, and the other symptoms of menopause. Continue reading “4 Ways to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk…Naturally”

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NEW: Pathway Women’s Hormone Balancer

womens-hormone-balancerBloating, cramping, and irritable? These may be signs of estrogen imbalance. Pathway Women’s Hormone Balancer is an herbal and nutritional product designed to promote hormonal balance, optimization of estrogen fractions, and proper elimination of excess hormones while supplying antioxidant protection. Women’s Hormone Balancer is formulated to protect women from health problems related to excess estrogen in the body, and may help reduce PMS or perimenopausal symptoms. B-vitamins, including NatureFolate, a proprietary blend of active, naturally-occurring isomers, are included to promote proper cell differentiation and help reduce the potential of cervical dysplasia.

The ingredients In Pathway Women’s Hormone Balancer were carefully selected based on their synergy and effectiveness. Here are some of the ingredients and how they can help. Continue reading “NEW: Pathway Women’s Hormone Balancer”

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Orange Is the New Pink for Breast Cancer Prevention

orange-is-new-pinkDaily Beta-Carotene Intake Reduces Breast Cancer Risk by 19%

Want to reduce your risk of breast cancer? Walk past the pink balloons, wrist bands, and packaged treats at the grocery store and head straight to the produce aisle. Orange is the new pink.

Research shows women who consume 3 to 6 mg of beta-carotene – the amount you’ll find in six baby carrots, half a sweet potato, or one cup of mashed pumpkin – each day slash their risk of breast cancer by about 19%. Leafy greens count, too. One cup of steamed spinach, kale, and mustard greens provide at least 10 mg of beta-carotene, twice the amount recommended by the Institute of Medicine to mitigate breast cancer risk.

If you don’t have a beta-carotene chart handy, then simply reach for foods with bright green, red, or orange hue.

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