Phytoestrogen – What’s the Big Concern For Breast Cancer?

by | May 18, 2020 | Breast Cancer and Nutrition, Flaxseed Benefits, Phytoestrogen, Soy Foods | 15 comments

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Phytoestrogen – What’s the Big Concern For Breast Cancer?

by | May 18, 2020 | Breast Cancer and Nutrition, Flaxseed Benefits, Phytoestrogen, Soy Foods | 15 comments

The role of phytoestrogen – which essential means plant-derived estrogen – especially with regard to its interaction with estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer, is a subject about which I am frequently asked. So frequently, in fact, I decided to shoot a video about it, so that I can save time answering the question!

I don’t mean to sound flippant – it’s an important subject. As breast cancer patients and survivors, we are frequently told to avoid phytoestrogens in the management of ER+ breast cancer, but is that good advice?

Please watch the video and find out what the truth is about phytoestrogens.

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15 Comments

  1. Lana satia

    Verry happy

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    • Bonee

      I enjoy everything I get from you. I did not think this article was dry but maybe because I’m an RN and love all the detail.
      All good information about soy because we get a lot of differing thoughts on the subject.

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      • Marnie

        Dear Bonee,
        Hey, thanks for the feedback – much appreciated. Sending love to you there (in my old stomping grounds, Denver!).
        Warmest regards,
        Marnie

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    • Angela McCulloch

      Hi thanks for this. I take 2 to 3 tablespoons of flaxseed per day. I was ER 8. They saw a change in my other breast and I wondered if it was the flaxseed. I also take anatrazole.

      Are you saying that red clover is safe?

      Reply
      • Marnie

        Hi Angela,
        You’re welcome. I would not recommend taking red clover if you are on anastrozole – we do not have conclusive studies on that but it is thought that taking herbs like red clover may interfere with the action of aromatase inhibitors. I’m not saying it will, but it is possible. Hence the need for further studies!
        Warmest regards,
        Marnie

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  2. Donna Gale Champion

    I enjoyed your article

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    • Marnie

      Hi Donna,

      Thanks for your comment, I’m glad to know it helped you.
      Warmest regards,
      Marnie

      Reply
  3. Wendy

    Dear Marnie,

    I have triple positive breast cancer, is there anything you can recommend for me as there is very little information online for this type of cancer?.
    I have stopped Tamoxifen as I can’t cope with the side effects, the alternative would not be any better because of my poor bone health, so I’m trying to help myself with a heathy diet.
    I was taking organic curcumin with black pepper, but my breast nurse said that it wasn’t a good idea with my type of cancer and to drink turmeric tea instead.
    I also take organic pomegranate supplements along with organic milk thistle and organic sea-kelp supplements.
    I have a 86% survival rate up to 5 years which is pretty good without any treatment other than a mastectomy.

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    • Marnie

      Hi Wendy,
      Thanks for sharing that with me. Yes, I do indeed have MANY recommendations for you (and may I say you’ve been misled by your breast nurse – she’s given you bad advice about the curcumin!). I see you are receiving my newsletters, full of science-backed recommendations, so pay close attention to them. Also, I have loads of recommendations in my course, Toxic Free Me, about the things you can do that will help most to keep you well. I’m also available for 1:1 coaching sessions should you decide you want a healing plan created for you, which takes into account all that you are struggling with and fine-tunes your regimen for anti-cancer optimization! I hope this response helps, and I look forward to being of service to you.
      Warmest regards,
      Marnie

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  4. Karen

    Thank you for your video. Not one of my many doctors for my breast cancer (stage 3b when I could finally get surgery during the pandemic) talked about nutrition, or lifestyle for that matter. I even asked bc I am vegan, exercise every day, never smoked or take drugs (of any kind!), have eliminated plastic and toxic chemicals from my environment (yup…no more toxic makeup on my largest organ…the skin). So…I did tons of research and said NO to chemo and radiation and aromatase inhibitors. I am not a fan of Western Medicine in “healthcare”. It is big Pharma and hospitals are big business. There is a time and place for medical intervention (trauma). So…people need to take control of their life to live!!!

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    • Marnie

      Dear Karen,
      That’s the way to be an empowered survivor – good for you. If I can help you with any questions or concerns, just ask. I am here for you.
      Warmest regards,
      Marnie

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  5. Kornelia Hanna

    Thank you for this awesome video. It definitely helps me navigate my diet better – will add some flaxseeds. 🙏

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    • Marnie

      Dear Kornelia,
      You are welcome! Happy to help.
      Warmest regards,
      Marnie

      Reply
  6. Barbara Lynne

    I learned a lot from the video. I enjoy carrots, apples, oats, lentils, and flaxseed, but not soy products. Do the foods you mentioned provide different levels of protection? Also, I used to enjoy beer, but I rarely imbibe anymore. Is it safe for revert back to the beer lover I was?

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    • Marnie

      Dear Barbara,
      Thanks for your patience with my response. We do not have conclusive studies on which foods provide the MOST protection, however, as a coach I would say that flaxseed should be right at the top of your list. So should soy, but if you don’t like it, that can be a challenge. Re the beer, if you are cancer free, no reason why you can’t enjoy the occasional beer, but I’d advise choosing a good organic brand to ensure that you aren’t getting a load of pesticides along with your beloved beverage. Quality over quantity! Just be aware that drinking alcohol frequently (ie several times per week) does increase your risk for breast cancer. Hope that helps!
      Warmest regards,
      Marnie

      Reply

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