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Breast Healthy Living

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How lifestyle choices can help shape your risk of breast cancer. It’s never too early to be proactive. Breast cancer ranks as the top health concern for women young and old. In Canada, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Despite this staggering statistic, we have made little progress in advancing our understanding of how to treat never mind prevent breast cancer. “An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure”. The lack of progress is in...

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Love the Skin You’re In…Pearls to Beautiful Skin and a Radiant You!

Love the Skin You’re In…Pearls to Beautiful Skin and a Radiant You!

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Your skin is your largest organ providing a barrier to protect internal vital organs and forming your appearance and shape. Here are some “pearls” to taking care of this important organ. Reduce oxidative damage- Continued oxidative damage from free radicals deteriorates our skin, damages our DNA and causes aging. Fortunately, we can slow this process by harnessing the powerful effects of antioxidants. Applying antioxidant creams such as vitamin A at bedtime and vitamin C in...

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Part Three-Breast Cancer -What can be done to reduce your risk?

Part Three-Breast Cancer -What can be done to reduce your risk?

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Lifestyle Interventions Maintain a Healthy Weight Carrying an extra 10 pounds of body fat after age 30 increases the risk of breast cancer by 25%. Fat is metabolically active and the major source of estrone following menopause. Maintain a healthy body weight (BMI less than 24) and avoid eating excessive dietary animal fat (less than 20% of daily calories). Exercise regularly Regular exercise reduces insulin resistance and body fat and independently can reduce the risk of...

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Part Two-Breast Cancer -What can be done to reduce your risk?

Part Two-Breast Cancer -What can be done to reduce your risk?

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Enhance Elimination of Toxic Estrogen Metabolites Phase 2 detoxification involves methylation and glucuronidation to enhance elimination and inactivate toxic estrogen metabolites. Phase 2 detoxification requires many important enzymatic pathways (sometimes affected by gene mutations) and nutrients such as vitamin B6, B12 folic acid, magnesium, glyceine, as well as a healthy working gastrointestinal tract. Fatty acid balance and mitochondrial function are critical to these...

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Part One-Breast Cancer -What can be done to reduce your risk?

Part One-Breast Cancer -What can be done to reduce your risk?

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Breast cancer results from uncontrolled growth of breast cells. About 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Only 20% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of breast cancer and known gene mutations (such as BRCA1 and BRCA2) account for only 5 to 10% of cases. This means that most breast cancer occurs in women without a family history. Women living in the US have a 10-fold greater risk of dying from...

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