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Posted June 18, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Defenders of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) now provide evidence that any alleged risks for cancer, stroke, blood clots or other maladies associated with HRT are not greater than those for other commonly-used drugs such as aspirin or statin cholesterol-lowering drugs. Investigators claim risks for these infrequent maladies rise by less than 1 in 1000 HRT-treated women.
What goes unsaid is that while sex hormone mildly increases the risk for breast cancer, dietary modifications can significantly decrease the risk while replacing the estrogen signal in the body.
Researchers recently tested whether estrogen, tamoxifen (a drug anti-estrogen) or a flaxseed diet reduces the production of inflammatory factors called interleukin 1-a and 1-b associated with breast cancer.
Prior studies show that flaxseed inhibits the growth of breast cancer in mice and enhances the effect of tamoxifen.
In another striking study, tamoxifen reduce breast tumor size initially but later induced an increase so that tumor size was similar to pre-treatment size. However, flaxseed reduced breast tumor size in animals by 74%. The use of tamoxifen + flaxseed reduced tumor size by more than 53% than tamoxifen alone. More so, tamoxifen + flaxseed reduces the risk for spreading (metastatic) breast tumors, something that cannot be said for tamoxifen. So why don’t women heart about flaxseed? Physicians demonize it as an unproven remedy. Two to four tablespoons of flaxseed provides ~15-30 grams of flax, is the suggested intake range. – ©2013 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.
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