Holy Hormones Journal: This one statement should pre-empt the headlines about the government shutdown and all other political brouhaha going in the world: A recent study has shown that amongst postmenopausal women, “the risk of dying from invasive breast cancer was 30 percent lower among multivitamin/mineral users compared with nonusers.” I wonder if using these supplements would prevent breast cancer – instead of waiting until the body is so nutritionally depleted – the cells begin to function abnormally. Makes sense – don’t you think? Sure as heck can’t hurt. What did Ben Franklin say? “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
New rules: Nutrition first, diagnosis, medication, and surgery come 2nd, 3rd, and 4th; respectively. Why should this be any surprise to women. By the time women reach menopause – we are hormonally whacked out from 30+ years of living against the circadian rhythm of our endocrine system. In addition we have had a few pregnancies along the way – maybe breast fed those children – all of which depletes vital nutrients” minerals, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes from our bodies. This is women’s wisdom – now becoming evidence-based science.
Want more proof? In the same issue of ScienceDaily, another study was cited on the importance of Circadian Rhythms in Skin Stem Cells Protect Us Against UV Rays.
“Our study shows that human skin stem cells posses an internal clock that allows them to very accurately know the time of day and helps them know when it is best to perform the correct function,” says study author Salvador Aznar Benitah an ICREA Research Professor who developed this project at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG, Barcelona), and who has recently moved his lab to the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). “This is important because it seems that tissues need an accurate internal clock to remain healthy.”
In order for those circadian rhythms to function, we must be aware of the same rhythms in our body. This is what the endocrine glands do. Endocrine functioning begins in the brain. The sensory system begins with the pineal gland – sending signals through the endocrine glands and the central nervous system. In order for those signals to function correctly, they brain needs to have the nutrients – minerals – to send optimized signalling. Sounds complex. Not really. Think of the brain as the motherboard. The rest is common sense.
Listen to Anthony Stephan on VoiceAmerica this Thursday, October 17. He will explain why bio-available synergestic micronutrients – are crucial for mental and physical well being.
If you are facing breast cancer surgery read this study on the importance of circadian/endocrine rhythms in the timing of surgery.
Multivitamins With Minerals May Protect Older Women With Invasive Breast Cancer
Oct. 9, 2013
Findings from a study involving thousands of postmenopausal women suggest that women who develop invasive breast cancer may benefit from taking supplements containing both multivitamins and minerals. The new research, published today in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, found that the risk of dying from invasive breast cancer was 30 percent lower among multivitamin/mineral users compared with nonusers.
“Our study offers tentative but intriguing evidence that multivitamin/mineral supplements may help older women who develop invasive breast cancer survive their disease,” said Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D., lead author of the study and distinguished university professor emerita of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.
Multivitamin/mineral supplements are the most commonly consumed dietary supplements among U.S. adults. They usually contain 20-30 vitamins and minerals, often at levels of 100 percent of U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowances or less, and the usual label recommendation is to take them daily.
The research was conducted as part of the Women’s Health Initiative Clinical Trials and the Women’s Health Initiative(WHI)Observational Study. Combined, the two studies include data from 161,608 postmenopausal women ages 50 to 79 when they first joined the study. These women were enrolled at 40 clinical centers throughout the United States during the years 1993-1998.
The current study focused on 7,728 participants who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during the WHI and were followed for an average of seven years after their diagnosis. Invasive breast cancer is defined as cancer that has spread outside the membrane of the milk glands or ducts and into the breast tissue. Two common types of invasive breast cancer are invasive ductal carcinoma and infiltrating lobular carcinoma.
After enrolling in the WHI and during repeated follow-up visits, all participants provided extensive information about their health including whether or not they had taken a multivitamin/mineral supplement at least once a week during the prior two weeks.