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Breast Cancer Study Finds Parabens in Virtually All Tumors
Posted: 01/24/2012 5:26 pm
Written by Jill Ettinger

A comprehensive study published in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of Applied Technology shows more evidence of a correlation between parabens and incidences of breast cancer.

Titled "Measurement of paraben concentrations in human breast tissue at serial locations across the breast from axilla to sternum," the team of researchers, led by Dr. Philippa Darbre from the University of Reading in the UK, found that virtually all -- 99 percent -- of the tissue samples collected from women participating in the study contained at least one paraben, and 60 percent of the samples contained no less than five parabens.

Parabens are chemicals used as a preservative in a number of cosmetics and personal care products including deodorant, shampoo, makeup, lotions and oral care products, as well as in processed food items and some pharmaceutical products.

Underarm deodorants often contain parabens and have been thought to contribute to an increased risk of high paraben levels in the body that have been linked to breast cancer. But according to Darbre's team, even women who did not use underarm deodorant were found to have parabens present in breast tissue.

The estrogen-mimicking properties of most parabens are believed to be a factor responsible for the rising cases of breast cancer. The prevalence of the number of types of paraben toxins found in the human body, however, make it difficult for researchers to conclude which of the preservatives are most likely the causal agents, but many speculate that parabens commonly found in underarm antiperspirants and deodorants can easily move into breast tissue and may result in tumors.


Dr. Fuhrman delivers the FACTS on breast cancer

Protection is Better than Detection
You can protect yourself so that you don't detect anything!

What you should know:
Cruciferous vegetables powerfully prevent breast cancer.
Vitamin D powerfully protects against breast cancer.
Mammograms cause some breast cancers, reduce deaths by almost the same number of deaths they cause and overall do very little to extend lives.
A new study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports that women who are at high risk of breast cancer who are advised to start getting mammograms as early as age 30, are at even higher risk for breast cancer from the additional radiation exposure. They reported that due to the risk of radiation-induced breast cancer, mammographic screening may have a net harmful effect.

Be proactive and adjust your diet and lifestyle to achieve a high level of health, so that any abnormal cells never can overcome your body's powerful immune defenses. Early, pre-cancerous changes in the breast can be normalized by nutritional excellence. Women can prevent breast cancer! Even if they have cancer they can significantly increase their survival with nutritional excellence.

Read Eat For Health, to understand nutritional excellence; spread the word and help change and start protecting yourself today.

Ovarian Cancer

 Ovarian Cancer Whispers - so listen... Watch for pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort;  vague but persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea, and indigestion;  frequency and/or urgency of urination in the absence of an infection;  unexplained weight gain or weight loss;  pelvic and/or abdominal swelling;  bloating and/or feeling of fullness;  ongoing unusual fatigue;  or unexplained changes in bowel habits.  If symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, ask your doctor for a combination pelvic/rectal exam, CA-125 blood test, and transvaginal ultrasound. A Pap Smear Test WILL NOT detect ovarian cancer.


Oregon State University study finds elderly women can halt bone loss

By Mark Floyd, 541-737-0788
SOURCE: Christine Snow, 541-737-6788

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A new Oregon State University study has found that postmenopausal women who participate in a long-term fitness regimen that includes jumping and "resistance" exercises using weighted vests can prevent significant bone loss in the hip.

In some cases, the researchers say, the bone density of elderly women who participated in the OSU study actually increased. Results of the five-year study have been accepted for a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.

The findings are significant because they suggest that exercise can provide a natural alternative to estrogen and other supplements for women seeking to prevent bone loss after menopause, said Christine Snow, director of the Bone Research Laboratory at OSU and principal investigator in the study.

The exercise program developed by Snow already was shown to be effective in helping the elderly reduce their risk of falls by improving their strength and balance. Those improvements, coupled with the new study results on halting bone loss, suggest that the number of hip fractures - estimated at 300,000 annually in the U.S. alone - could be significantly curtailed.

"The evidence is persuasive that the right kind of exercise can play a role in the slowing of bone loss in postmenopausal women," Snow said. "The women themselves are pretty excited about it."

The OSU study, which focused on bone density in the hip, found that the loss of bone by the exercise group was much less in the trochanter region and in total hip measurements than that of the control group, and that bone density actually increased in the femoral neck of the hip. The femoral neck is the site for more than 50 percent of all hip fractures in the U.S.

Overall, the control group lost 3.8 percent of total hip bone mass during the five years of the study while the exercise group lost less than 1 percent. The control group lost 3.4 percent bone mass in the trochanter compared with 0.2 percent for the exercise group. At the femoral neck of the hip, the control group lost 4.4 percent of its bone mass, while the exercisers gained more than 1.5 percent.

"That, of course, is really exciting," Snow said. "These kinds of results from an exercise routine haven't been achieved before and they contradict what the medical community has been saying for years. One important aspect of the study is its longevity. When we checked these women after nine months, the results for bone mass weren't significant.

"After five years, though, the improvement was significant," she added. "Exercise was as good or better than either estrogen or Fosamax for preventing bone loss."

Snow, who is emerging as a leading national authority on the effects of exercise on osteoporosis, has conducted several studies that show the benefits of weight-bearing exercise on bone density in children and younger adults.

No previous studies, however, have extended such benefits to postmenopausal women after this length of time.

In the OSU study, a group of women with an average age of 66 years at the start of the study participated in an exercise program for five years. The program included three sessions a week, which featured a series of "resistance" exercises wearing vests weighted with one to 10 pounds, including squats, lunges, stepping up and down, and getting in and out of a chair.

In addition, they would jump - without weighted vests - about 50 times a day, three days a week. "The key," Snow said, "is to jump comfortably in the air - probably no more than four or five inches - and land flat-footed to distribute the force. The subjects had to have sufficient knee, ankle and hip strength and stability provided by the weighted vest resistance exercise before we would allow them to participate, but no one had any problems."

The results were noticeable to the participants even before they were evaluated.

Barbara Black, a Corvallis resident, was 74 years old when she began the study and has stayed with it ever since. Closing in on her 80th birthday, she is acknowledged as one of the group's most fervent participants. And no wonder - her bone density has actually increased 15 percent with the study.

"Before I started the program, my bone density was below average," Black said. "And, at my age, I certainly expected to be losing more. To actually gain bone is really fantastic. It's been a great motivation. I think you need to keep moving as you age, otherwise you won't be able to.

"You don't have to go downhill," she added with a laugh. "This shows you can go uphill, too." Another study participant is Pat Coolican, 71, who loads a bit of extra weight in her vest for 20 jumps, then goes another 50 to 60 jumps with no weight. She does this three times a week.

"I was never really one for exercise," she said, "but I stayed with it because of the study. And it has made a difference. I've noticed that it has become easy to get out of a chair. And when I go on trips, I walk a lot more; I have the stamina.

"Another big plus," she added, "has been an improvement in my balance. Now when I stumble, I'm able to catch myself without falling."

Another added bonus, Snow said, is that some women in the study who had suffered from arthritis pain reported a decrease in symptoms due to better joint stability.

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