October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but monitoring your breast health should be a year-long effort. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, early detection can greatly increase your chances for a full recovery. Do you know your breasts? Do you know the risks and benefits to screening? Are you actively preventing breast cancer? Do you know what preventive supplements you must be taking? Here is a quick hitting primer to what you need to know and what to do to save your ta-ta’s and avoid this wicked disease.

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People, get to know this as a fact and then take it to the bank. It may save you from the horrors of cancer or debilitating neuro-degenerative diseases. We simply don’t know everything. Surprised? Most certainly the EPA and FDA do not know everything! Wait, aren’t they protecting the consumer? There is no one protecting you from shampoo and cosmetic toxin health dangers but yourself. This may sound like hyperbole or conspiracy theory hype, but it is not. Here’s the Cureology shampoo and cosmetics real deal and bottom line on poisons and toxins you use daily.

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thermography breastBreast cancer screening saves lives.  There is no question about the fact that finding breast cancer earlier, leads to treatments that are less invasive and leads to a much better chance for cure.  This is because an earlier diagnosis is hopefully associated with a cancer that has not yet spread through the blood stream or the lymphatic system.  The problem is that some cancers are very aggressive at the cellular level and can spread even before the cancer tumor in the breast is smaller than a pea.  Even at that size there are tens of millions of cells in the tumor that are trying to break free and spread.  So, what is the best way to detect this as early as possible?

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Does radiation from medical diagnostic studies that most of us get really increase your risk of getting cancer rather than preventing it? Well no one is going to encourage you to voluntarily seek out and get as much radiation as possible. Each test you get should be giving you obvious benefit to balance the possible cancer risk from diagnostic radiation. Generally speaking, other than those few advocating yearly CT scans for general disease screening, CT scans are usually obtained judiciously for urgent reasons. Similarly chest X-rays are usually obtained when there is lung condition suspected or other specific reasons. Neither is recommended routinely for screening, although research on this issue continues. However, the mammogram is something used rather liberally for breast cancer screening.

At some point in life, annual mammograms are recommended with a strong track record from most studies saying that we are diagnosing many earlier curable breast cancers. Are we over-diagnosing and possibly performing surgery on more patients than strictly necessary? Possibly. But how do you know if this might happen to you vs. finding an early breast cancer which would have otherwise been missed and possibly led to death? You don’t. So, while most people who get a mammogram will never truly benefit from it, a significant group of women WILL. Having no way to truly predict the direct early cancer detection benefit for yourself, you have to consider whether the risk of causing harm (like radiation induced cancer) is worth the possible benefit. To date, the consensus among the vast majority of experts, based on numerous studies, is that the risk is definitely worth it. However, the choice is yours. What exactly is the risk of radiation from mammography, as well as the risk from chest X-rays and CT scans?

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Cureology’s mission is to study and report on natural and integrative remedies that work or are the most plausible. Prevention is key, and natural health strategies are front and center as the best approach. Minor problems like occasional headaches, cosmetic problems like acne and similar things are also amenable to natural integrative remedies. But what if you come down with a lethal or chronic disease like cancer, diabetes or heart disease? Is there a role for natural treatment? If yes, are natural remedies a safe and effective approach when used alone? If not, what is integrative medicine’s role and what is it really? Don’t get misled!!

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