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 Integrative Medicine: The Prevention and Complementary Treatment of Breast Cancer 

Keep in mind that anything that I recommend for the prevention of breast cancer also applies to any person suffering from breast cancer. This position differs somewhat from that of many conventional physicians and cancer organizations. Their position often acknowledges the importance of diet and lifestyle in preventing cancer. However, once a person has cancer, diet and lifestyle are often ignored with total emphasis being placed on the destructive elements of cancer treatment, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. I believe that no matter what conventional treatment a breast cancer patient has or doesn’t have, diet and lifestyle factors should be emphasized. Attention to diet and lifestyle will help to reduce toxic side effects of conventional treatment, promote faster healing and improve the results.

Any activity which will help to remove accumulated toxins in the breasts will help to reduce the chances of developing breast cancer. Thus, studies show that aerobic exercise is associated with reduced cancer risk, as the exercise will promote lymphatic drainage and sweating will help to remove toxins from the tissues. Although I am not aware of any direct studies showing a reduction of breast cancer risk with a detoxification program using saunas and certain nutrients, as is done with the Hubbard method of detoxification, I do know that this procedure has been clearly shown to reduce pesticides and other toxic substances in the bloodstream and in fat tissues. Since high levels of these toxic chemicals increase the risk of breast cancer, reducing them with this detoxification method should reduce breast cancer risk.

Nutritional Supplements for Preventing and Treating Breast Cancer
Oral supplements may be used in both breast cancer prevention and treatment programs. These may include vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, herbs, amino acids, accessory food factors and special therapeutic foods. As mentioned earlierwhen discussing food, the anti-oxidant vitamins A, C and E are important. Large doses of each may be used as long as the person is monitored closely, especially for possible vitamin A toxicity. Most cancer patients will do well with high levels of vitamin C in the 10 gram per day range, spread out over the day. Lower doses can be used for prevention. Severe gas or diarrhea are reasons to cut back on the dosage. Vitamin D plays a role in cancer prevention and should be supplemented unless the patient has sufficient exposure to sunlight.

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Michael Schachter MD, FACAM Director of the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine, Michael B. Schachter, M.D., is a 1965 graduate of Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is board certified in Psychiatry, a Certified Nutrition......more
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