• Massage and bounce your breasts before bed to aid lymph flow
• Wear your bra as little as possible
• Never ever sleep in a bra! Night is when the detoxify processes of the body rev up.
• Avoid push up bras and sports bras, since these further constrict the breast tissue.
Skip the mammogram
Mammograms have long been controversial and, as time passes, we have more and more evidence to avoid the harmful effects of this type of cancer screening.
According to health expert Dr. Mercola; The Institute of Medicine is finally acknowledging the toxic effects of mammogram radiation as a significant factor in the development of breast cancer; just one mammogram can expose you to the radiation equivalent of 1,000 chest x-ray.
In September 2010, the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most prestigious medical journals, published the first study in years to examine the effectiveness of mammograms. Their findings are a far cry from what most public health officials would have you believe.
The bottom line is that mammograms seem to have reduced cancer death rates by only 0.4 deaths per 1,000 women, an amount so small it might as well be zero. Put another way, 2,500 women would have to be screened over 10 years for a single breast cancer death to be avoided.
The radiation and lack of effectiveness is not the only problem with mammograms. A big problem is the staggering numbers of false positives from mammograms. One study looked at three decades of U.S. data and found that one million women may have been mistakenly diagnosed with breast cancer due to mammogram screenings.
Additionally, there is concern among alternative medical practitioners and even some Western medicine doctors that the intense compression of breast tissue during mammograms may spread the growth of any cancerous cells.
Interestingly, the body has a strong defense system against breast tumours and the immune system allows 30 of breast tumours to go away on their own.
Growing in popularity; thermograms provide a safer method for breast cancer detection. There are pitfalls, however, as Sarah explains in her post Thermography.
Though, not a perfect alternative to mammograms. The problem is that women are often pressured to get a mammogram before or after a thermogram. Be sure to have a discussion with your chosen thermographer before the appointment to be sure that he/she has a way for you to get only a breast ultrasound and not a mammogram if a suspicious area is detected.
Stop the toxic personal care products
In our modern world, we are inundated with chemicals. There are chemicals that we cannot always avoid, like air pollution. There are chemicals that we can minimise, like the toxic furniture and carpeting that we bring into our house. And then there are the chemicals that we can completely avoid, like the chemicals in cosmetics and body care items.
Whatever we put on our skin is absorbed into the blood stream. Those unpronounceable chemicals from your shampoo and hairspray and body wash all end up inside your body, where they increase the risk of cancer, warp your endocrine system and may even increase the risk of heart disease.
In particular, natural health experts condemn anti-persperants and deodourants, since the aluminum from these products are found in cancerous breast tissue.