Dioxins are dangerous environmental chemicals and they are everywhere. Since the 1920’s they have been showing up in the food that we eat, and especially in animal products such as dairy. Now researchers are connecting dioxins to BRCA gene mutations and higher risk for breast cancer. Knowledge really is power when it comes to how to avoid these dangerous substances on your Healthy Breast journey.
What Are Dioxins?
Dioxins are chemical compounds. They are used in the bleaching process and in agriculture. They are utilized mostly in paper manufacturing and in the production of herbicides for farming. In total, there are over 30 different forms that are considered dangerously toxic to the human body.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO),“more than 90% of human exposure is through food, mainly meat and dairy products, fish and shellfish.” This is because dioxins– including TCDDs, PCDDs, PCDFs and dioxin-like PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)—accumulate mostly in animal fats.
Also according to the WHO, “(d)ioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.”
The fact is that any amount of dioxin in the body should be cause for concern.
Dioxins and BRCA
Women with BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 gene mutation are at a higher risk for Breast Cancer.
Investigations conducted at the University of Arizona and others have found that TCDD in particular can cause BRCA-1
and BRCA-2 gene mutations. Remember that BRCA is actually gene coding which protects a woman from breast cancer. Breast cancer risk increases when BRCA genes become mutated. TCDD toxicity can silence BRCA, stimulate breaks in DNA strands and cause these mutations.
Three Things You can Do
Here are some research-backed actions steps you can take NOW to protect yourself from gene-altering dioxins.
#1 Eat Only Organic Fats, Dairy and Meat.
Livestock like cows, pigs, goats and sheep raised on pastures that have been sprayed with dioxin-containing pesticides (or who eat grain that has been produced in the same manner) contain the highest levels of dioxins. If you are on a Healthy Breast path, be sure to consume only organic, grass-fed animal products. Ideally, choose livestock that has been raised locally and avoid pork altogether.
#2 Use Natural, Non-Bleached (and Non-Perfumed) Feminine Products.
Manufacturers of commercial feminine products use a bleaching process that includes dioxins for pads and tampons. According to a November 2013 report commissioned by the non-profit organization Women’s Voices for the Earth, both scented and unscented versions of two of the biggest names in the feminine products industry – Proctor and Gamble’s Always and Infinity pad and tampons—consistently emitted chemicals which the U.S. Department of Health ad Huma Services (HHS) have deemed carcinogenic and a threat to reproductive health.
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#3 Eat Foods High in Resveratrol and Other Cancer-Fighting Phytonutrients.
Remember the connection between TCDD and BRCA gene mutations? According to that same University of Arizona study, the phytonutrient resveratrol has the miraculous ability to reverse the damaging effects of TCDD on BRCA genes when taken proactively. You can find resveratrol in many whole foods, including berries, pistachios, dark chocolate and red wine. Other powerful cancer-busters found in whole foods include luteolin (celery, broccoli, thyme, and parsley) and enoki mushrooms, which can inhibit Breast Cancer growth by 99%.
Besides doing all you can to avoid dioxin exposure, changing to a whole-foods diet with low animal protein can place you dramatically on the path towards optimum health. In fact, a 2009 Canadian study found that women with BRCA mutations had their risk of breast cancer diminish by 73% when they consumed 27 different fruits and vegetables per week. The researchers also found that diversity as to which fruits and vegetables you choose to fill up your plate has a powerful affect on health as well.
Now that is what I call using food as medicine on your Healthy Breast journey!
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr V”) is the founder of Breast Cancer Conqueror.com and The 7 Essentials System®. This step-by-step guide empowers you with knowledge so you Never Have to Fear Breast Cancer Again! To watch a FREE webinar about the 7 steps for beating breast cancer naturally, Click Here