Breast Cancer - What is the Cause?

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, I wanted to share one last article with you on the concept of breast cancer prevention.

What causes breast cancer? This is not widely spoken of during this month of campaigning. While thousands of dollars are being donated to the cause of a "cure", what can be cured if the cause isn't known? ...or is it?? Some scientists say breast cancer is genetic. Others say breast cancer arises from environmental toxins. What I find interesting is that Oriental medicine says breast cancer stems from our emotional state...

One of the virtues of oriental medicine is it's ability to observe the root cause and the developmental stages of disease. With breast cancer, the cause is seen as a chronic pattern of qi or life force stagnation, rooted in liver dysfunction. This unrelieved pattern of stagnation becomes an invisible contusion in the being, obstructing the free flow of energy, blood and lymph fluids through the specialized and sensitive breast tissue. The problem becomes potentially life threatening when toxins find their way into that area of stagnation. These toxins may enter from the outside, but they may also come from hormones, inflammation and the stress chemistry within the body. Overtime, in a significant number of people, this chronic pattern, now toxic, begins to modify normal cell replication, leading to potential breast cancer.

I don't think this concept is far-fetched, but relate-able in many ways.  Many of our emotional reactions translate into physical manifestations. Your heart races and your pulse rises when you get excited, nervous or angry. Some even faint in response to extreme situations. It is not insane for me to imagine that cancer can be created when we harbor negativity, in conjunction with other environmental factors. As a matter of fact, I've always felt, deep down that my mom, who passed from colon cancer, was overcome bodily, by stress that manifested itself into colon cancer. It didn't help that my father was a smoker, nor was he available much to help manage a family of eight.

Can breast cancer be prevented or at least the risk of it significantly reduced by ridding ourselves of dwelling predominately on negative thoughts? NaturalNews seems to think so and I'm inclined to agree. The fact is women, especially those who are mothers, harbor large amounts of responsibility...and guilt, twice the size of that. We carry the guilt and stress of being wives, mothers, good sisters and daughters. And trying to make a buck while we're at it, whether it's blogging or working outside of the home, we certainly got it hard!

This article has some pretty good suggestions on breast cancer prevention. I'll list a few here, but I strongly encourage you to read it in full for yourselves.

  • "Do not allow emotionally frustrating circumstances to persist indefinitely"
  • "Do not constantly meditate on negativity"
  • "Keep the blood free from toxicity by eating well"
  • Conduct a toxic survey of your home and replace with green products
Changing a negative mindset into a positive one is not an easy process if you're conditioned to think negatively, but it certainly can be done with reconditioning. I'm reminded of one my favorite scriptures:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. - Romans 12:2
Whether you believe in God or not, our bodies are an undeniably wonderdous cascade of events, that labors for the common cause of living life well. Recognizing and embracing what are bodies are trying to tell us is a much better way of caring for ourselves than pacifying it.



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