Breast Cysts - Fibrocystic Breast
Fibrocystic breast disease or breast cysts are easily eliminated in 3 to 4 months by avoiding xenoestrogens and taking natural progesterone and iodine. The key is you have to get rid of xenoestrogens. If you don't get rid of xenoestrogens then your fibrocystic breast disease will not go away. You could be taking 20 different xenoestrogens, and eliminating 19 of them, and the fibrocystic breast disease will not go away because you did not eliminate the last xenoestrogen.
Breast cysts or fibrocystic breast disease are composed of fluid filled spaces covered by a membrane. They are sort of like grapes. There is no solid tissue. They can appear very quickly. They can disappear very quickly. This is because the cysts are like a balloon. They are painful and occur at the same time of the cycle every month usually before your period. Breast cysts are usually painful. This can be contrasted to breast cancer or a breast fibroadenomas which are both painless. However, rarely breast cancer can also be painful and not painless. But breast cancer is usually painless.
So if the lump in the breast is painful and occurs in the same time of the cycle every month, it is normally fibrocystic breast disease or breast cysts. There is some debate as to whether or not fibrocystic breast disease precedes or predicts breast cancer. Some argue that breast cysts have nothing to do with breast cancer. Some argue that breast cysts are the harbinger of breast cancer. Both can point to various studies that show that both are true. However, in my mind xenoestrogens cause both breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease. Therefore, it is xenoestrogens that are predictive of breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease. Instead of wondering whether fibrocystic breast disease predicts breast cancer what you should be looking at is the intake of xenoestrogens to predict breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease.
If you have what many of my patients describe as shooting breast pain in the right or the left breast, it is usually not breast cancer as breast cancer is very rarely painful. However, once again, fibrocystic breast disease IS painful. Some patients describe this sensation as a sharp stabbing pain in the breast.
If this breast pain varies with the period consistently, then there is a hormonal component to it. This is a result of xenoestrogens and your own hormones and this is the root of fibrocystic breast disease. Many times, the patient will complain about increased breast pain right before the period. She may also complain of increased breast pain during the period or ovulation.
However, you may not have fibrocystic breast disease if you have breast pain under the left or right breast without breast tissue there. Then, pain is most likely caused by tissue existing there. The pain also may be caused by one of the following: sore muscles between the ribs, inflammation of the cartilage attaching the ribs together (known as costochondritis), inflamation of the membrane around the lungs (pleurisy) or the membrane around the heart (pericarditis).
First, I usually test for muscle pain and costochondritis by having the patient poke their finger into the rib muscle or cartilage. If the pain increases, whatever tissue is poked will usually be inflamed and it is not fibrocystic breast disease. For pleurisy, I check if breathing in and out causes pain. Pericarditis improves by having the patient sit up and lean forward. Heart attacks are also usually NOT sharp pains, but feel as if an elephant is sitting on your chest.
However, if the breast pain occurs or increases during or before ovulation or before or during the period or menstrual cycle, you may have fibrocystic breast disease. Once again, xenoestrogens are usually the cause of breast cysts and the resultant breast pain. To get rid of fibrocystic breast disease, you must get rid of xenoestrogens.
Xenoestrogens are chemicals and herbs that mimic or act like estrogen. Hormones are chemical messengers. Xenoestrogens look like estrogen to the body. Xenoestrogens fit into the estrogen receptor. They have estrogen like effects but are really strange estrogens.
Imagine that your own estradiol is a white baseball that fits into a baseball glove. The baseball glove represents the estrogen receptor. A xenoestrogen is like a pink softball that fits into the glove. The xenoestrogen while fitting into the glove is not really estradiol. The pink softball blocks your own estradiol and may have strange "estrogen like" effects, but are not really estradiol.
Many xenoestrogens create cancer. They will create bloating and breast tenderness just before your period in synergy with your own natural estrogen. Many of them are just as potent as progesterone except they go on the opposite direction. So it is extremely important to eliminate xenoestrogens from your environment. No one can live in a bubble. So the question becomes how do you get rid of the most xenoestrogens for the amount of effort that you put in. How can you put in the 20% effort and get 80% effect?
It turns out that anything you put on the skin has 10 times the potency compared to what you eat. This is because what are you put on the skin to goes directly into your body. However anything you eat is 90% pre-filtered by the liver. Just like pharmaceutical estrogen patches and nicotine patches that release drugs into your body, shampoos ,lotions, conditioners, and laundry detergents also go into your body through the skin. Some of the chemicals that are found in these common cosmetics and toiletries in synergy are more potent than progesterone, but go in the opposite direction.
Many scientists and medical doctors now feel that these chemicals and herbs that mimic estrogen are causing the epidemic of breast cancer that we're seeing in the world today. So, it is important to eliminate these chemicals and herbs that mimic estrogen to avoid breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease or breast cysts.
Ironically, in my patients, diet with the exception of a few foods doesn't seem to matter that much. Some foods like chocolate cocoa butter and coffee seem to exacerbate breast cysts greatly. Several cups of coffee a day was shown to increase estradiol by 70% in a Brigham Young University study. When the patient cuts out coffee many times the breast cyst stop hurting. However, the breast cyst don't go away or sometimes they may be no effect. And the reason why is that there may be 20 other different things the patient is doing that is stimulating the breast cysts to grow. Laundry detergent seems to make a major difference. Cosmetics seems to make a major difference. Deodorant seems to make a major difference. Shampoo seems to make a major difference.
Flax is the "nuke" of phytoestrogens. Flax has the highest density of estrogen in any herb or plant. Flax seems to cause increased vaginal bleeding and bloating and breast tenderness. I have even had patients complaining about midcycle spotting because of high omega-3 eggs. The hens were fed flaxseed to produce the high omega-3 eggs. I've had patients that used hair gel made from flax and complained of bloating. My wife can eat half a cookie made from flax seed and feel herself bloat.
Usually, if I have a failure in treatment, the patient will call me. The patient seems to think that they are eliminating xenoestrogens out of their environment. However, usually I find that they have not changed their shampoos or cosmetics. For instance, rosemary is very estrogenic. One patient did not seem to get better and she was using a shampoo that contained rosemary. However, she believed that she was eliminating xenoestrogens and was wondering why the therapy wasn't working. This is the most common phone call I get.
It is impossible to eliminate all xenoestrogens. Natural progesterone may be used to balance out the remaining xenoestrogens, if the remaining xenoestroens are few and weak. However, if you are taking strong and many xenoestrogens, natural progesterone will certainly make all your symptoms worse. If you take natural progesterone and strong xenoestrogens simultaneously your breast cysts will get worse. Your bloating will get worse. The pain will be worse. The water retention will be worse. Instead of weight loss you will have weight gain. This is because you did not eliminate the strong xenoestrogens and are trying to take progesterone. Also, if you do not eliminate the strong xenoestrogens, the progesterone may work for the first two months and then stop working.
The reason why you get temporarily worse using progesterone is because you did NOT eliminate xenoestrogens
Everyone in America has a chronic intake of xenoestrogens. The human body in order to protect itself becomes less sensitive to estrogen. The body to protect itself will shut down the estrogen receptors. This is known as a down regulation. Then, when you take progesterone, progesterone wakes up the estrogen receptors back to normal sensitivity. And now all the symptoms of too much estrogen become worse. Your bloating is worse. Your pain is worse. Your water retention is worse. Your weight gain is worse. This is because estrogen receptors were shut down and now progesterone wakes them back up.
This is analogous to going to rock concert. Initially the rock concert seems really loud. And then after half-hour doesn't seem so loud. The body to protect itself, shuts down the sensitivity of the ears. The rock concert doesn't seem as loud. In reality, the rock concert is just as loud. Now when you take progesterone, progesterone wakes up the ears and the concert seems loud again.
But, it is NOT the progesterone that is causing the problem. It is a simultaneous administration of strong xenoestrogens and taking progesterone that is causing the problem.
1. You eliminate all the xenoestrogens in your environment and the breast cysts go away. You don't need progesterone.
2. You eliminate all the potent xenoestrogens from your environment and are only taking a small number of weak xenoestrogens in your environment. Then, progesterone will help your breast cysts.
3. You ignore all my advice and continue to take strong potent xenoestrogens. Progesterone, in this case, will actually make your breast cysts, bloating, and breast pain worse.
4. You do not eliminate all xenoestrogens from your environment; the progesterone “works” for the first two months and then the progesterone "stops working" and the breast pain returns.
5. You take herbs or chemicals that block progesterone along with progesterone. These herbs or chemicals cause miscarriages. It is as if there is “nothing” in the bottle.
Natural Progesterone is not used by mainstream physicians because there is no money in it. Progesterone can be taken using a topical over-the-counter preparation. It is natural progesterone. It is bioidentical progesterone. Natural progesterone is the same molecule your body produces. Since it is a natural hormone, no patent can be filed for progesterone. Therefore, there are plenty of competitors and the price is relatively low. This does not make for a good business model.
A good business model means you file for patent and no one else can sell the product except you. You have a big marketing push, and convince all the doctors to prescribe it to the patients. You then can charge exorbitant amounts of money for the product and make huge profits. So the key is to come out with a novel new molecule that can be patented. These brand-name progestins look like progesterone but are chemically modified so as to be different and novel from progesterone.
Unfortunately, the new molecules are like the pink softballs that fit into the baseball glove. These patented molecules that mimic progesterone frequently cause malignant mammary tumors in beagles. If you check any physician’s desk reference for the patented brand name progesterone molecules called progestins, you'll find out that these molecules cause malignant mammary tumors in Beagle dogs.
These brand-name progestins will cause birth defects. In contrast, natural progesterone does NOT cause birth defects. Natural progesterone is used by fertility medical doctors to stop miscarriage. Natural progesterone is the same molecule in your body produces. Progesterone is produced in the latter half of the cycle at 20 to 40 mg per day. When you are pregnant, the progesterone production ramps up. So that one day during the third trimester, your body is producing 400 mg progesterone a day.
Your body needs a sufficient amount of progesterone to maintain the pregnancy. "Pro" means for. "Gesterone" means gestation. So progesterone means "for gestation”. A woman can have a level of progesterone anywhere between 20 to 40 mg in the beginning of the pregnancy to 400 mg during one day during the third term of the pregnancy. The therapeutic range of progesterone is quite large. Although her baby is subjected to large amounts progesterone, it is quite safe for the baby. Progesterone is neither male nor female.
Natural progesterone does not cause birth defects. However, brand-name progestins cause birth defects. Which would you rather use?
Many Natural Progesterone Creams have chemical or herbs in them that act like estrogen. Our Progesterone Oil does NOT have these chemicals or herbs.
The problem is many of the natural topical progesterones that you can find off-the-shelf have additives and chemicals that are estrogenic. For instance, parabens are estrogenic. Parabens have been used for 30 years when taken orally they are quite safe they do not cause cancer. They are hypoallergenic. The are non-toxic. Parabens when taken orally are not estrogenic. However, parabens are used as preservatives in topical progesterone creams commonly. Again, parabens used topically are not carcinogenic and not highly allergic.
However, when parabens are put topically on the skin, parabens increase rat uterine sizes by 30%. And, I have found that parabens given topically to my endometriosis patients tend to exacerbate their endometriosis. Therefore, parabens are the wrong type of preservative to use an progesterone creams, if you are trying to treat endometriosis.
Then, I realized that many of the topical cosmetics and toiletries found in the supermarket are in the health food store use parabens as preservatives. These common shampoos, toiletries, and perfumes were making my endometriosis patients worse.
So the problem of preservatives and chemicals that act like estrogen is that they are not only found in progesterone creams, but are found in almost all the modern day topicals that we use in our bodies. So, if you are treating breast cyst patients,it is important to be extremely mindful of the things that you put on the skin. Simply going to a department store and using the bathroom and wash your hands with the soap next to the sink may cause exacerbate breast cysts.
Anything put topically on the skin that is oil soluble, may take one to three months to washout the body. So, the patient has to stop the topical with xenoestrogens and and wait 1 to 3 months for it to washout. These chemicals and herbs are frequently stored in the subcutaneous fat. So, if the patient undergoes a juice fast or is losing weight rapidly, these xenoestrogens which were stored in the fat are now released into the body.
I had one patient with severe adenomyosis that went on the program of avoidance of xenoestrogens. She was pain free for an entire year and a half. She told all her friends about it. Then, she went on a juice fast and began to lose 5 to 7 pounds a month. Her adenomyosis returned. Despite watching all the things that went on her skin for adenomyosis continued and she had extreme pain. She ended up getting a hysterectomy.
This was a case of the patient losing her fat, and the fat was releasing xenoestrogens.
It is like LSD the drug of abuse. People can have bad trips of LSD 10 years later. The reason why is that LSD is oil soluble and acted very small amounts. The LSD is stored in the fat. When the patient cannot have food, cannot eat, or has the flu and cannot eat, then the subcutaneous fat is dissolved or reabsorbed and LSD is released into the body. The patient can then have a bad trip 10 years after he took LSD.
For example, I knew an outdoor tour guide who shared this insight. When he took potheads hiking up in the Colorado mountains, they began to get high even though they did not smoke anything. This is because THC was released from the subcutaneous fat. The exercise and sweating simply released the xenoestrogens from the subcutaneous fat causing them to get high.
When runners haven't run for a while and begin to run again, they experience a "runners flu". The "runners flu" is the release of toxins from their subcutaneous because they're running and sweating.
The other supplement I recommend to take is iodine. Jonathan Wright M.D. of the Tahoma clinic reports that iodide and iodine reliably converts estrone and estradiol into estriol. He could not quote any studies. However, he gave supersaturated potassium iodine to hundreds of patients. He observed that the ratio of estriol divided by the sum of estradiol and estrone increased. His website page can be found here.
Your body produces three natural kinds of estrogen. Your body produces estradiol, estrone, and estriol. Breast cancer seems to be correlated with estrone and estradiol. Estriol is produced in high levels during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Estriol and estrone are thought to be a "weak" estrogens. Women who are pregnant and deliver multiple times produce high levels of progesterone and estriol during pregnancy. Their breast cancer and endometrial cancer rate is lower than women who do not have these pregnancies. Thus, estriol is thought to be protective for breast cancer.
Essentially, Jonathan Wright M.D. observed that giving supersaturated iodine can increase estriol, and decrease estradiol and estrone. In this way, iodine decreases fibrocystic breast disease. It is the synergistic action of xenoestrogens and estradiol that causes fibrocystic breast disease. If estradiol is reduced by conversion to estriol, then your fibrocystic breast disease should become better. Estriol is less potent than estradiol. Estradiol encourages breast cysts. Estriol discourages breast cysts.
Lemon M.D., a leading expert on estriol therapy, found that when you look at the ratio of estriol to estradiol, the more estriol you had relative to estradiol the lower your risk of breast cancer. The Japanese population, known to have a lower risk of breast cancer, has more estriol relative to estradiol. The Japanese population also has lower estradiol levels. Dr. Lemon found that rats given estriol prior to being given a carcinogen had a 90% reduction in the incidence of breast cancer. Dr. Lemon concluded that estriol played in important role in allowing the differentiation of normal stem cells in breast tissue. Differentiation of breasts tissue makes the breast more resistant to cancer-causing chemicals. If the breast tissue is not allowed to differentiate and is still in the stem cell level of development, then the breast tissue is more vulnerable to cancer-causing chemicals.
According to Brownstein MD, 95% of Americans or more are deficient in iodine. The gold standard is to measure whether or not your iodine is sufficient to give an oral dose of 50 mg iodine and measure the amount of iodine in a 24-hour urine. If you get back 80% of the iodine, then you are sufficient in iodine. However, if you get less than 80% of the iodine back in the urine, then you are iodine deficient. Your body needs two types of iodine: Iodine and Iodide. Atomic iodine is I2. Iodide is the ion I-.
Some body tissues take up iodine, I2. Some body tissues take up iodide, I-. So, you need both iodide and iodine. The two forms of iodine that I recommend to my patients are Lugol's iodine and Iodoral. Lugol's iodine is cheap and has been around since the 1800s. However, Lugol's iodine stains and may cause stomach upset. Iodoral is a pill and does not cause stomach upset and does not stain. Iodoral is expensive.
The most important thing when taking iodine is to watch out for bromine toxicity. When you take iodine, bromine will be forced out of the tissues. The bromine causes toxicity and many times this toxicity is blamed on iodine. There is no iodine toxicity, the iodine is forcing out bromine and bromine is toxic. Bromine can be found in soft drinks, sports drinks, commercial bakery goods, asthma inhalers, sleep aids, and brominated swimming pools.
Bromine toxicity may cause heart palpitations, vivid dreams, a rash, acne, sore thyroid, coughing, and mucus running. The sore thyroid is especially worrisome because it means that the thyrocytes are actually breaking up. These broken thyrocytes or thyroid cells may start a Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I've only seen this in one out of 400 patients. However, if your thyroid is sore, stop the iodine immediately. Therefore, it is extremely important to start off slowly with iodine and ramp up. I usually like to start at 3 mg per day and see how the patient does. You may do the 3 mg for a week and then ramp up another 3-6 mg every week.
My wife started at 6 mg. She experienced heart palpitations and vivid dreams. However, after about two weeks of this, the vivid dreams and the heart palpitations disappeared.
I usually like to slowly ramp up all the way to 50 mg/day over a period of three months and use 50 mg/day for three months. Then you can maintain a 10 mg per day. However, most if not all patients experience mild bromine toxicity reactions.
1. Remove all xenoestrogens from your environment paying special attention to things that are put on the skin because these things are causing the breast cysts. If you buy any product from us, you will get a list of avoidance and a list of recommended products to use. If you just use the products on the recommended products sheet, the fibrocystic breast will become normal. The use of any other products may encourage fibrocystic breasts.
2. Take progesterone to balance out the remaining xenoestrogens. If you do not cut out sufficient xenoestrogens, the breast pain and breast cyst likely will get worse because the progesterone wakes up the estrogen receptors.
3. Take iodine, being careful of bromine toxicity because iodine reduces sensitivity to xenoestrogens.
Once again, if your breast pain consistanty occurs before or during your period or ovulation, you are likely to have fibrocystic breast disease. If you do follow these three steps, your breast cysts along with the shooting breast pain will disappear. However, if you don't get rid of xenoestrogens, you may experience increased breast pain and your breast cyst may not improve.