Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women today. The chance of a woman developing breast cancer in her life is about 1 in 8 (12%) and 230,480 cases have been diagnosed among women in 2011.
Kelly Sutton, a doctor in western medicine and an anthroposophical physician, has toured all throughout California to inform women about eastern medicines and ways for a woman to keep her body strong and healthy during cancer treatment.
Anthroposophical medicine is an eastern form of medicine and therapies that is viewed as an holistic approach to medicine, which focuses on ensuring that the conditions for health are present in the person.
Anthroposophical medicine is simply an extension to western medicine, not an alternative. Physicians must be trained in the use of conventional medical treatments ⎯ including surgery and medications ⎯ before being allowed to practice.
During her tours, Sutton explains ways for women to keep their immune systems strong during treatment of breast cancer, such as staying away from foods containing soy because it has been known to increase estrogen in the body.
“Soy is a ’plant’ estrogen which has been known to alter the immune system and stimulate the growth of the cancer,” Sutton said.
The immune system plays a huge part in preventing cancer as it does during treatment because poor circulation in the body is evidence to immune suppression. As a person gets older, they tend to have a lower body temperature, so keeping warm becomes crucial.
“Cold is a stress," Sutton said. "When you’re cold, you’re putting stress on your body and some of its major organs by constricting the blood vessels and not allowing proper blood flow through the body."
According to Sutton, eating a healthy diet is very important. A person going through treatment of cancer or someone that is at high risk should eat a balance diet and a variety of high quality food that has been minimally processed. She doesn’t recommend a long-term vegan or vegetarian diet because she believes a person should let the body choose what it needs.
“A cleansing diet is one thing, but I wouldn’t recommend a long term diet of that nature,” Sutton said.
Breast cancer can be physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting on the body, but there are ways to lower the risks of breast cancer and to help the body fight through and destroy the disease. The ultimate decision is left up to the person on how to treat their body during the course of their life, especially if diagnosed with the disease.
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