Fibrocystic Breast Disease- Treatment and Prevention
As a clinician we see large number of fibrocystic breast cases than any other abnormality of the breast. Cysts are likely to develop in women ages 25 to 50; however In fact this condition increasingly in younger and younger women. One has to ask the question: “what would contribute to the rise of this condition so early in life and what would happen to these girls and women over the years if continue on this path”.
The symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease (FBD) may range from mildly annoying in some women to extremely painful in others. The severity to these symptoms may range from month to month in the same women. Some women feel that their breasts become so painful that they can’t bear to touch them and will have trouble sleeping at night due to the pain.
This disease itself is not dangerous, but it does complicate breast self-examination since it is difficult to identify a new lump amongst existing ones. Probing, squishing, x-raying and routine biopsies that many women experience due to the fibrocystic structure of their breasts may in fact result in more traumas and increase the risk of developing malignancy.
synthetic hormones in our environment along with growth hormones and estrogens that are fed to livestock mimic estrogens that encourage the proliferation of this condition in most women. Young girls are beginning to menstruate This disease itself is not dangerous, but it does complicate breast self-examination since it is difficult to identify a new lump amongst existing ones.
Diets high in fat, with meat and dairy products that are loaded with xenoestrogens have a role in contributing to the formation of painful limps. Caffeine in coffee, colas and the proliferation of this condition in most women. at the age of 10, where as the age of menstruation began between the age of 14 and 16 just one generation ago. Women also continue with their menstrual cycle until the age of 52-55, rather than at age 50 or younger a generation ago.
This unprecedented extension of the menstrual cycle has a devastating effect on women, specifically on hormonal areas such as breasts and ovaries. The fluctuating levels of estrogen account for the cystic nature of inflammation and swelling common with PMS sufferers.
Women with a history of constipation or irregular bowel movements are several times more likely to have cysts than those who have at least one movement per day. It is important to point out that those who regularly consume a plant based diet excrete two to three more detoxified estrogens than those who eat meat; carnivores thus tend to reabsorb excess estrogen through their intestinal wall.
Patients that have cysts and fibro adenoma in their breast commonly will have cysts and nodules in other parts of their anatomy, of course the same areas that are hormonally affected along the endocrine tree including thyroid, ovaries, and uterus.
Many terms are used to describe certain conditions of the breast:
Fibro adenomas are tumors that from in the tissues outside the milk ducts. They generally feel smooth and firm, with a somewhat rubber-like texture. Typically a fibro adenoma is not attached to surrounding tissue, and will move slightly when touched. They are most commonly found in adolescents and women in their early20’s but can arise at any age.
Cysts are fluid- filled sacs in the breast. They probably develop as ducts become clogged with old cells in the process of normal emptying and filling. Cysts usually feel soft and round or oval. However, a cyst deep within the breast may feel hard, as it increases in size before her menstrual cycle, as many do.
Fibrocystic breast disease is a benign (non cancerous) condition characterized by round limps that move freely within the breast tissue and generally expand and shrink with the onset and after menstrual cycle. It is estimated that as many as 40% of all women in North America have fibrocystic breast disease. Fibrocystic tissue usually presents with hypothermia (cooling) on a thermo graphic image.
A cancerous growth in the breast is often not tender and not freely movable when touched. During them graphic evaluation, high risk areas often present with an asymmetrically hot area along with considerable warming during functional challenge.
A number of other breast problems that are benign or non- cancerous may be placed under the heading of fibrocystic conditions. These include disorder that may lead to breast inflammation (mastitis), infection, nipple discharge, dilated milk ducts, milk-filled cysts, wart-like growth in the duct, and excess growth of fibrous tissue around the glands Needle aspirations and biopsies to investigate these conditions. One must ask if it is possible to prevent or even reverse this problem in the first place
Fibrocystic disease should be treated with the understanding that it is a multifactorial problem .
We being with a detailed case history of the individual to identify potential problem areas such as current health conditions, past diseases, medications that may cause symptoms, Once the case “picture” is complete and there is a clear identification of imbalances, a therapeutic approach is applied. Since each individual case history is unique, each case requires a different approach.
Diet Advice- besides eliminating caffeine, saturated fats and salt, a fiber diet including a great variety of plant based foods free of pesticides and hormones will help in preventing cyclical fluctuations in cyst size and tenderness. A high fiber diet is extremely beneficial with the elimination of unwanted toxins preventing dangerous xenoesteogens from being re-absorbed back into the body. You should also keep your intestinal flora healthy with the use of Probiotics.
Maintain and enhance your liver’s ability to metabolize estrogens from different sources. This can be done through proper nutrition your and requires very specific concentrations of nutrients and occasional liver support and detoxification. This is a continuous and life-long prevention program. The ultimate goal here is to improve your estrogen metabolism.
Lifestyle Advice- Start and maintain an program that addresses three key components of health:
Duration (aerobics), strength (weight resistance), and flexibility (stretching). A moderate daily exercise routine will promote weight loss and hormonal balance, stabilizing your mood and the overall feeling of well being.
Homeopathic Medications- are a safe and extremely effective way of balancing your problems naturally by allowing your system to correct itself with gentle stimulation of your own immune response. Unlike so many conventional medications, homeopathic are never addictive. Once symptoms are relived and resolved, you can stop talking them.