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Safe Cosmetics: Why We Should Be Buying Organic

What Makeup and Cosmetics are Safe?

Being diagnosed with breast cancer led me into doing vast amounts of research on WHY breast cancer seems to be one of the scourges of modern living.  One in EIGHT women in the USA will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.  I knew there must be a reason for this, beyond what we’re told by modern science.

Part of the research I did took an interesting direction.  Putting aside all of the discussions about toxic environment, stress of modern day living, etc what I discovered is that many of our body products (in fact I’ll go out on a limb here and say MOST body products, especially those in the grocery stores and supermarkets) are toxic as hell.  We shouldn’t be using them!

Chemicals and Cancer

If you look at the list of ingredients in most hair care products, skin care products, deodorants, etc you can’t even pronounce most of the ingredients and many of them have NO business being put into our products. There is a definite link to some of these chemicals and cancer.

I’m sorry if this is turning into a rant, but it’s a personal sore subject for me.  Here are just 3 of the baddies:

Propylene Glycol – used as a skin conditioning agent, it’s strong enough to remove barnacles from boats!  My husband says it’s a constituent of anti-freeze.  What’s it doing in skin care products, especially those for babies?  Are you kidding me?

Paraben preservatives (methyl-, propyl-, butyl-, and ethylparaben) – used as inhibitors of microbial growth and to extend shelf life of products.  What delightful information I discovered about these came from a Professor Philippa Darbre at Reading University in England.  Her research on actual breast tumors discovered that parabens were in every sample.  Parabens have been shown to be able to mimic the action of estrogen, which hormone can drive the growth of human breast tumors.  This research was done in 2004 – why are parabens still being allowed in our body products???

DMDM Hydantoin – this contains formaldehyde.  Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen (causes cancer). Causes allergic, irritant and contact dermatitis, headaches and chronic fatigue. The vapor is extremely irritating to the eyes, nose and throat (mucous membranes).  It has NO business being in our body products.

This is a list of only a FEW of the toxic chemicals in body products being routinely used by women all across the world.  Please stop using any products that have these nasties in them.  Reduce your breast cancer risk.

Want something better for yourself?  I’ve done a lot of research on various companies making safe and organic makeup and cosmetics and I believe there is one that is top notch.  I found MiEssence products when I was living in Australia and they are now available pretty much world wide. I believe you deserve the best, most safe cosmetics, completely free of nasty toxic chemicals. 

If you prefer an American based company, I have found a good one in 100% Pure, their products are pretty divine and absolutely safe.  Click here to see their website:

100 Percent Pure

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Chemo Resistant Breast Cancers in the News

 

Chemo Resistant Breast Cancers in the News
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Chemo Resistant Breast Cancers In The News

One big problem of chemotherapy for breast cancer is that some people have chemo resistant tumors.

This is a major problem for some types of breast cancer and many patients undergo treatment that does not work, thus delaying other more suitable treatments and subjecting the patient to adverse side effects in the process.

New UK Research

Researchers at the University of Hull in the UK have discovered a family of proteins, called biomarkers (which are molecules that allow for the detection and isolation of a particular cell type), that are twice as prevalent in clinical samples obtained from breast cancer patients who were resistant to chemotherapy than those who were successfully treated.

Lead researcher at the University of Hull, Dr Lynn Cawkwell, says: “A major goal in cancer research is to be able to predict the response of a patient to chemotherapy. Unfortunately, a reliable test has not yet been developed to achieve this. We hope our work can help to bring us a step closer.” (Medical News Today, 4.14.12).

Dr Cawkwell is hopeful that by testing for certain proteins, doctors will be able to tell in advance a patient’s response to different chemotherapy agents, and be able to decide which course of treatment is most helpful for them.  Dr Cawkwell’s team is continuing with this study, as well as investigating radiotherapy resistance in a number of different cancers.

We all wish them well in their research.

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Breast Screening Without the SQUISH!

Thermal Imaging

Thermal (infrared) imaging for breast cancer screening seems to me to be a fantastic, SQUISH-free method of discovering whether something diabolical is happening within the breast.  When I lived in Australia, there was a top-notch thermal imaging facility that I attended every year after my diagnosis of breast cancer (wish I’d gone before!).

Current research indicates that 1 in every 8 women in the US will get breast cancer in their lifetime, sobering statistics.

While mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and other breast imaging devices rely primarily on finding a physical tumor, thermal imaging detects the heat produced by increased blood vessel circulation and metabolic changes associated with a tumor’s genesis and growth (called neoangiogenesis). By detecting tiny variations in normal blood vessel activity, infrared imaging may find thermal anomalies suggesting a pre-cancerous state of the breast or the presence of an early tumor that is not yet large enough to be detected by physical examination, mammography, or other types of structural imaging.

Thermal imaging uses ultra-sensitive medical infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution images of these temperature variations (see photo above).

The extreme sensitivity of thermal imaging may be the best device for indications of neoangiogenesis and a developing tumor.  And as we know, early detection means LIFE.

According to breastthermography.com, “Studies show that an abnormal infrared image is the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer, 10 times more significant than a family history of the disease (P. Haehnel, M.D., M. Gautherie, Ph.D. et al; Long-Term Assessment of Breast Cancer Risk by Thermal Imaging. In: Biomedical Thermology, 1980; 279-301)” (bold type added by me).

Better yet, it doesn’t hurt!  Unfortunately, the medical profession as a whole still hasn’t completely accepted thermal imaging and few insurance companies will cover the cost of it, at least in the USA.  Here in Colorado, the fee for first-time patients is around $300.  Be that as it may, I believe it’s a fantastic method of discovering problems early on and well worth the price, especially if you consider yourself in a high risk category or have found a breast lump that ordinary mammography hasn’t picked up.

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3-D Mammograms Come to a Breast Near You!

Mammography vs Tomosynthesis

The latest 3-D Mammogram, called Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, for Breast Cancer Screening

Breast imagers around the world are beginning to use digital breast tomosynthesis, or DBT, to perform three-dimensional mammography for breast cancer screening and diagnosis.

The DBT system uses a digital x-ray that records a series of low-dose, high-resolution images of the breast while traversing a small (15°) arc around the compressed breast. As the projection angle changes, images are recorded at slightly different depths and thicknesses, from one surface of the breast to the other. Both mammography and DBT need a similar (about 4 seconds) compression time.

Each DBT image can be magnified or manipulated to better reveal tiny details and reveal more accurate interpretations of breast changes.  Radiologists are excited because DBT offers images with a clarity and degree of detail substantial enough to reduce some of the false-positives and false-negatives associated with 2-D mammographic imaging. In small series studies, researchers have reported reducing the false-positive callback rate by as much as 30-40%.

There are some drawbacks to DBT:

  • The approved indications for DBT state that it must be used as an adjunct to standard digital mammography. This means that the radiation dose for women having DBT is slightly higher than it would be with standard digital mammography. Even with the addition of DBT, however, the dose remains lower than the maximum allowed with older, analog mammography.
  • Because DBT is a new platform, techniques for best use are still evolving.  Various studies are being carried out to determine whether the dose of DBT can be reduced without losing image integrity.
  • To date, no substantial trials of DBT have been performed in the U.S., though a large trial is currently being planned. A large-scale population-based study is ongoing in Europe. These trials are very hard to do, and must involve many thousands of women to show a significant benefit in cancer detection of tomosynthesis over routine mammography.

Now if they’d just create a device that didn’t squish us to bits!  Actually there is one – thermal imaging.  See my article on thermal imaging screening – (my preferred method).

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Looking for a breast cancer website? You came to the right place!

HydrangeaMy greatest hope with this breast cancer website is that you will be informed, empowered, inspired and supported during your healing journey.  Whether you have a new breast cancer diagnosis or whether you are just looking to decrease your chances of getting it, let me know how I can best help you!

I have some great resources available here for you.  Cruise on down the categories on the right-hand side of the page to find an answer to your burning question.  My focus is to unite conventional medicine and complementary medicine.  My passion is to share with you everything I’ve learned during my journey with breast cancer – information on ways to prevent breast cancer, newsworthy items, anything and everything to do with breast cancer and healing from it.

You might like to check out my Breast Cancer Diary for my personal story, or if you’d like to see which books have made a difference to me, cruise on over to Breast Cancer Books.

I send my love to everyone taking this journey right now. If you would like my help with getting through breast cancer in an inspiring and ultra-healthy way, please sign up for my free e-newsletters on the right, or “like” me on Facebook (MarnieClark.com) and I’ll do my utmost to keep you informed and empowered on your healing journey… and beyond. 

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Okay, my very first post on my breast health blog!  Please let me NOT be boring!

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