Better Nutrition

Estrogen- positive breast cancer?

Supplement and dietary recommenda­tions to help manage estrogen levels and reduce tumor growth

- BY ISAAC ELIAZ, MD, LAC, MS

Breast cancer isn’t just one disease— it comes in many variations. One of the main factors in determinin­g the type of breast cancer is the sensitivit­y of the tumor cells to estrogen. If a breast tumor is hormone sensitive— or estrogen positive— it means there are specifi c estrogen receptors on the tumor cells, and when estrogen binds with these receptors, it transfers a message to the cancer cells. Like a lock and key eff ect, the breast tumor cells are stimulated by estrogen to grow and reproduce. Therefore, one of the main goals of therapy or interventi­on with hormone- positive cancer is to reduce hormonal stimulatio­n as much as possible. Here are some key strategies:

tion, paint and dyes, and ceramic glazes, among other sources.

Heavy metal and toxin exposure is diffi cult to completely avoid, even with careful choices. Because of this, I advise my patients to use compounds that provide safe, gentle detoxifi cation of heavy metals and other contaminan­ts.

Modifi ed citrus pectin, ( MCP) has been shown in human studies to remove harmful heavy metals and reduce toxic body burden over time. MCP is able to cross the intestinal barrier and circulate in the bloodstrea­m, where it binds to toxins and heavy metals and helps safely excrete them— without removing essential minerals. I also recommend alpha lipoic acid, N- acetyl cysteine, garlic, cilantro, and other herbs and nutrients that provide support for the body’s complex detoxifi cation systems. Avoid plastic containers, canned foods, and body products that contain toxic chemicals.

Avoid Additives— Many chemicals used in agricultur­e, body care products, food packaging, and plastic water bottles are estrogenic, called “xenoestrog­ens” or “estrogen mimics.” In addition to binding with estrogen receptors, these toxins are fat soluble, so they tend to accumulate in fat cells. We know that breast tissue has a high concentrat­ion of fat, particular­ly after menopause. Studies have shown that breast milk often contains dangerous levels of these chemicals. Reduce exposure by avoiding plastic food and beverage containers, canned foods, and body products that contain these toxins. For a list of chemicals to watch out for, visit the Environmen­tal Working Group site ( ewg. org).

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