Are your stomach problems increasing your risk of breast cancer?
August 27, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 67
Two weeks ago, I showed you how stomach problems can significantly increase your risk for hypothyroidism. But this isn’t the only illness stomach problems can cause. Growing evidence suggests that severe gastrointestinal illnesses can increase your risk of cancer, especially breast cancer in women.
Ece Mutlu, MD, a gastroenterologist at the Chicago-based Rush University Medical Centre, sees a connection between the bacteria in your gut and breast cancer. Dr. Mutlu is currently researching this connection. While there aren’t any studies making this direct connection yet, she says there is a lot of indirect evidence.
“We know high-fat foods change bacterial composition in the intestines and a high-fat diet is a risk factor for breast cancer,” Dr. Mutlu said. “There may be bacteria that are harmful in patients with breast cancer, or there may be bacteria that could be beneficial or protective for those people who don’t get breast cancer.”
Since Dr. Mutlu made those comments in 2009, another study has proven her comments to be very accurate.
In this study, the researchers hoped to find out if probiotics could inhibit tumor growth in mice. They studied various bacteria in the gut and found that some bacteria are responsible for converting procarinogens (substances that can cause cancer after metabolism) into carcinogens. They also found that probiotics can prevent the growth of these bacteria. But the real question was whether this would have a direct impact on tumor growth.
It did! The researchers discovered that the probiotics directly delayed the growth of breast cancer tumors in the rodents.
They also found that probiotics decreased intestinal inflammation, which can create an environment that encourages colon cancer. With a pro-cancer environment and bacteria that create carcinogens, you’re far more likely to develop cancer. But the probiotics prevented both from occurring.
It’s pretty obvious how bad bacteria can lead to colon cancer, since they develop in the colon. But how do bad bacteria lead to breast cancer? No one knows for sure. Dr. Mutlu believes the bad bacteria metabolize estrogen, which fuels breast cancer. “The body circulates female hormones, doesn’t completely get rid of them. So the bacteria may have something to do with estrogen,” says Dr. Mutlu.
Traditional Chinese medicine gives another possibility. It says the Stomach meridian runs right through the upper outside quadrant of the breast area. Amazingly, this is where about 50% of breast cancers appear. Whether it’s energy related, estrogen related, or something else, the evidence is growing that bad bacteria in the gut has at least an indirect influence on breast cancer.
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So how do you prevent or treat breast cancer? First, eliminate as many high-fat foods from your diet as you can. You have to stop feeding the bad bacteria. Then you have to replenish the good bacteria by taking probiotics. One of the best probiotics available is Advanced Probiotic Formula. Independent laboratory tests show that this formula contains 9.018 billion viable bacteria per capsule. That’s huge! And it’s a great way to start replenishing the good bacteria in your gut and possibly prevent breast cancer and other types of cancer!
While this isn’t all you should do to fight cancer, it’s where you should begin.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.