Posted on 04-17-2012
Think Pink is a slogan that has been drilled in all of our heads for breast cancer awareness an results in fundraisers aimed at cancer research (primarily for treatment). Unfortunately this is really backwards for the problem as a whole. Sort of like waiting for your bank account to be overdrawn before finding a job to stop it from happening.
Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! In the 50 years of cancer research we find cancer rates continuing to spiral out of control! We must start to focus our dollars on prevention and find out WHY our bodies allow cancer to develop.
I am in no way turning my heart on those who HAVE breast cancer and desperately need medical help to stay alive. I am merely stating the elephant in the room that must be addressed to really put this disease to rest.
The following study from Harvard Medical School published in the International Journal of Cancer in 2005 found that preschool diet can affect adult risk for breast cancer!
Events before puberty may affect adult risk of breast cancer.
We examined whether diet during preschool age may affect a woman's risk of breast cancer later in life.
We conducted a case-control study including 582 women with breast cancer and 1,569 controls free of breast cancer selected from participants in the Nurses' Health Study and the Nurses' Health Study II.
Information concerning childhood diet of the nurses at ages 3-5 years was obtained from the mothers of the participants with a 30-item food-frequency questionnaire.
An increased risk of breast cancer was observed among woman who had frequently consumed French fries at preschool age.
For one additional serving of French fries per week, the odds ratio for breast cancer adjusted for adult life breast cancer risk factors was increased by 27%.
These data suggest a possible association between diet before puberty and the subsequent risk of breast cancer.
THESE AUTHORS ALSO NOTE:
"Factors in early life may play a role in the etiology of chronic disease."
Fetal, infant, and early life nutrition are predictive and linked to adult cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.
Breast cancer may be linked to hormonal factors that are influenced by early life diet.
An energy-rich diet during puberty and adolescence affects the growth of the mammary glands and increases the risk of breast cancer in adulthood.
This study was done on female registered nurses. The authors evaluated a number of factors, including a number of dietary factors, age of menarche, number of children, age at birth of first child, body mass index, and family history of breast cancer.
The dietary factors assessed included:
1) Servings per day of: Whole milk, skim or low fat milk, cheese, margarine, butter, apples, oranges, orange juice, eggs, ground beef, meat as main dish, meat as a sandwich, bread, potatoes, cereal, cookies, multiple vitamins, cod liver oil.
2) Servings per week of: Ice cream, cabbage or coleslaw, broccoli, raw carrots, cooked carrots,cooked spinach, hot dogs, chicken, fish or tuna, liver, rice, and French fries.
Results show that the "regular consumption of French fries was associated with a significant increase risk of breast cancer, with a 27% increase with one additional serving per week." [WOW!]
[A review of the raw data printed in this article indicates that "one additional daily" serving of ground beef was associated with a 44% increase of adult breast cancer.]
The relation of ground beef consumption with breast cancer indicates that ground beef and French fries "might have been customarily consumed together." [Recall, that the 44% increased risk of adult breast cancer was associated with "one additional" daily consumption of ground beef, while the 27% increase risk of adult breast cancer was associated with "one additional" weekly serving of French fries. The authors note that the 27% increased risk of breast cancer from one additional serving of French fries per week is the most statistically significant association.]
No important relation was found between the consumption of total calories, protein, carbohydrates, vegetable fat, animal fat, saturated fat, fiber, sucrose, folate, vitamin A, carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, or iron at ages 3 - 5 and adult risk of breast cancer.
These authors found a "significant association between frequent
consumption of French fries during preschool age and breast cancer risk later in life."
"For one additional serving of French fries per week during their preschool years, women had a 27% increased risk of breast cancer when they were adults."
"No other food or nutrient appeared as strongly correlated with adult breast cancer risk as did French fries."
"As the consumption of potatoes themselves was not associated with the risk of breast cancer, the preparation of French fries, namely the use of frying fat high in saturated fats and trans-fatty acids, may be of relevance."
"French fries have also been found to contain acrylamide, an industrial chemical that has been classified as a likely human carcinogen due to its DNAreactive mechanism."
The authors did not observe similar association of breast cancer with frequent consumption of hot dogs, another "junk food."
KEY POINTS FROM WellnessOne:
1) Dietary habits before puberty may affect adult risk of breast cancer.
2) In this study, one additional serving of French fries per week increased the adult risk of breast cancer by 27%. This is considered a significant increase risk of breast cancer.
3) This study also showed that one additional daily serving of ground beef was associated with a 44% increase of adult breast cancer.
4) These authors believe that the preparation of French fries that includes high levels of trans-fatty acids, may be the best explanation for the increased risk of adult breast cancer.
5) French fries also been contain the carcinogenic industrial chemical acrylamide that may also be the reason for increased adult breast cancer rates in this study.
Remember everyone...keep your body functioning at its highest as God intended by consuming lots of veggies, lean meats, consume a high quality fish oil, Vitamin D3 (from sun exposure or supplements), exercise both aerobically and anaerobically, watch your peace/stress levels (I use prayer myself), and care for your frame with quality Chiropractic care.
Have a blessed day!
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