Much breast cancer is related to a need to contain emotion.
According to Caroline Myss, hurt, sorrow, and unfinished emotional business related to nurturance are the major emotions behind
lumps in the breast and breast cancer.
Breasts are located very near the heart and can show regret,
guilt or being unable to forgive (self or others). Either of these blocks feelings thereby blocking breast energy and protection.
As early as 1888, medical research identified the relationship between breast cancer, anger, rage, sorrow and
loneliness. The researchers found that women diagnosed with breast cancer were often self-sacrificing, inhibited sexually,
unable to discharge anger or hostility and hid it behind a mask of pleasantness, and unresolved conflicts with their mothers.
Suppression of these feelings was associated with negative changes in their immune systems, possibly making them more prone
to cancer. Many women also stayed in loveless marriages, where they received little support, which could also be a contributing
It takes courage to forgive others and/or yourself and release anger and rage, but it may be
very important in the journey to staying healthy. You may wish to do this on your own, or you can find a mental
health nurse practitioner to help you. A third alternative is to take a course in assertiveness in person or via a book or
online and learn how to express your negative feelings in a socially-acceptable way. For more information on my self-study
course on assertiveness, look to your left and find it in the links.
I am developing a workbook to help women
get in touch with their feelings and find socially acceptable ways to release them. If you have stories you wish to share
about your feelings, information you need to release feelings, or reduce breast cancer risk, please click on my picture
above and follow until you can contact me with your ideas.
Food can also be helpful. An article on the use of
soybeans to reduce breast cancer risk follows.
Caroline Myss, The Creation of Health
Northrup, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
Herbert Snow, The Proclivity of Women to Cancerous Disease, London,
Tarlau and Smalheiser, Personality patterns in women with malignant tumors of the breast and cervix, Psychosomatic
Medicine, vol 13, 1951, p. 117.
C.B. Bahnson, Stress and cancer: The state of the art, Psychosomatics, volume
22, number 3 (1981), pp. 207-220.
Sandra Levy and colleagus, Perceived social support and tumor estrogen progresterone receptor
status as predictors of natural killer cell acitivty in breast cancer patients, Psychosomatic Medicine, volume 52 (1990).
What does soy have to do with breast cancer?
Dietary soy intake among women with breast cancer is significantly associated with lower risk for death and recurrence, according to the results of a new, large, population-based cohort study reported in the Journal of the American
The estrogen-like effect of isoflavones and the potential interaction
between isoflavones and tamoxifen have led to concern about soy food consumption among breast cancer patients.
new study shows that concern may not be warranted.
The Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study evalauted
5042 female breast cancer survivors in China, women 20 to 75 years of age who were diagnosed between March 2002 and April
2006 were recruited and followed up through June 2009.
During follow-up of 5033 breast cancer patients treated
with surgery, there were 444 deaths and 534 recurrences or breast cancer–related deaths. Soy food intake, measured
by either soy protein or soy isoflavone intake, was inversely associated with mortality and recurrence.
Women with either estrogen receptor–positive or estrogen receptor–negative breast cancer exhibited this
inverse association, as did both users and nonusers of tamoxifen.
Although based on a relatively short
followup period, the researchers concluded that eating soy foods is safe and was associated with lower death and recurrence
rate among breast cancer patients.
An editorial accompanying the article stated that health care practitioners
can recommend soy foods to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, but that potential benefits are confined to soy
foods, and inferences should not be made about the risks or benefits of soy-containing dietary supplements.
Be sure to
use only non-GMO soy.
What are some soy foods?
Recipes for soy foods
About mammograms to detect cancer... Find the latest research on them by clicking http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/26/mammograms.aspx
IF YOU HAVE CANCER OR WANT TO PREVENT GETTING IT, USE the spice curcumin
everyday when cooking. For more information, click on http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/02/curcumin-benefits.aspx