Breast Cancer

Background

Breast cancer is the 2nd most common cancer killer after lung cancer. Fortunately, natural remedies may improve outcomes and decrease the toxicity of treatment.

Influence of nutrition

Iodine

High iodine intake cultures (e.g., Japan) have 70% lower rates of breast cancer than low iodine countries like the U.S.

Vitamin D

Women with a higher vitamin D intake may be a quarter less likely to die from breast cancer than women with lower levels.

Treatment

Recommended Supplements

Though larger studies are needed, early experience showed these nutrients may decrease breast cancer growth or risk.

Iodine

Iodine (Tri-Iodine has 12.5 mg tablet. Take 1-4 tabs a day — if taking more than 1, do so under a holistic physician’s supervision as it may block thyroid function).

Vitamin D

2,000 units a day (unless you have high blood calcium from bone metastases).

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 chewables 200-400 mg a day. In 1 study, it helped shrink breast cancer metastases.

Black cohosh

For hot flashes from estrogen blockers (e.g., Tamoxifen), use black cohosh. It does NOT raise estrogen levels.

More Information Online

Black Cohosh May Decrease Breast Cancer Risk by Half While Preventing Cancer Recurrence

Breast Cancer and Iodine Deficiency

Coenzyme Q10 Plus B Vitamins Helpful in Breast Cancer

Mother's Diet during Pregnancy May Protect Daughters from Breast Cancer

The Breast Cancer/Fibromyalgia Connection

Contributor: 

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is a board certified internist and author of the popular free iPhone application “Cures A-Z,” which was ranked in the top 10 of all health/wellness downloads on iTunes. Dr. Teitelbaum is the author of the perennial bestseller From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery Penguin), which has sold over half a million copies; Pain Free 1-2-3 (McGraw-Hill); Three Steps to Happiness--Healing Through Joy (Deva Press); the Beat Sugar Addiction Now! series (Fair Winds Press);  Real Cause, Real Cure—The 9 root causes of the most common health problems and how to solve them (Rodale Press); The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution (Penguin/Avery);and his latest, The Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction (Fair Winds Press, 2015).