PAINT THE TOWN PINK: The fight to battle breast cancer with natural remedies

Wicked Local Duxbury

By Chris Reagle
Posted Oct 27, 2010 @ 12:00 PM

With statistical numbers still high for breast cancer, women afflicted with the breast disease are increasingly looking for alternative therapies to either compliment conventional therapies or replace them altogether.

A diagnosis of breast cancer will likely send the afflicted and their families scrambling for answers, from “How did I get breast cancer?” to “How do I treat it?” Most of the current conventional approaches to treating cancer include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, biological and hormonal therapy, including Tamoxifen and Herceptin.

But did you know that derivatives of natural plants, including mistletoe and green tea, are increasingly being used by some doctors and patients to combat the disease?

Cancer doctors around the world have been having some success with a mistletoe derivative called Iscador, and Essiac, a green tea extract, and mushroom extracts, to name a few to combat breast cancer. Iscador is most extensively in Mexico, overseas, and some places in the United States. Some other non-conventional approaches used include: 714X, diet, nutrition, enzymes, laetrile, use of progesterone creams for hormone imbalances, MGN3, and IP6.

Calcium D-glucurate has been shown in animal studies to reduce tumor formation by 50 to 70 percent, and the levels of serum estradiol were decreased by 23 percent, according to The Cancer Cure Foundation,a 35-year-old West Lake, Calif., nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education in alternative cancertherapies.

Some studies suggest applying progesterone directly to the breast may help to curtail the proliferation of breast cancer cells. But the medical trial jury is still out on that one.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.