Plastic causes breast cancer

There is an email going around which claims that plastic causes breast cancer.

There are currently a number of emails circulating which suggest that when hot or cold plastics come into contact with your food, they can cause cancer. A simple example of this is when you heat food in the microwave in a plastic container. But how accurate are the facts in these emails?

There are many chemicals involved in the process of making plastic. All plastics, when they reach a certain temperature, will begin to release these chemicals. Plastic containers which claim to be microwave safe are, in theory, built so that they will not release chemicals at the temperatures reached in a microwave. Commonly microwaved plastics which are not microwave safe include glad wrap and the plastic containers of some microwave dinners.

Whether any plastic is safe when heated is still being debated. To be on the safe side, it is suggested that you take the food you wish to heat out of the plastic container, and put it into a container made out of ceramic, glass or Pyrex, as these materials are inert, and will not release chemicals into your food.

Cooling plastics, such as freezing a water bottle, should actually help to stabilise the plastic, so the ‘Dangerous Frozen Water Bottle’ email is a myth.

Some chemicals, such as bisphenol A (BPA), have recently made headlines. BPA is in many plastic food containers, such as baby bottles, tupper wear and drink bottles. Studies have shown that BPA can transfer into your food from the plastic container, but it is not yet understood if this has any negative side effects. Again, to be on the safe side it is suggested that you use BPA-free plastic containers.

Do you know any more about the dangers of plastic? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.





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    grumpygran
    26th Oct 2012
    3:31pm
    Sorry Rachel, here we go again - I was lucky enough to have one of the first microwaves to arrive in the country many years ago. In all this time I have always used plastic containers (ice-cream, take-away and anything else I chose to use). Raised the family using these, cooked food in them, then froze the contents. After over 40 years, no side effects to anyone. Mind you I do check for BPA containers these days, but in bygone days heated, stored, froze items in tupperware and used them in the microwave. I always cover food (and have since gladwrap was invented) with plastic wrap - again so far so good!
    biddi
    26th Oct 2012
    7:45pm
    crikey!!
    musicveg
    26th Oct 2012
    7:52pm
    I also read that BPA is in the lining of all can food,and that it is a good idea to use BPA free canned food,but big companies have not yet started this. I have found a few organic companies making BPA free cans,though I prefer fresh food. I have never used a microwave as a electonics tech told me about the experiments they use to do and found that all microwave food stays radioactive for at least 4 minutes,though its usually too hot too eat before that anyway.
    Anonymous
    26th Oct 2012
    10:38pm
    musicveg - microwaves are not radioactive they are in an entirely different range on the frequency spectrum to ionising radiation much too low to produce radiation, microwaves heat food by "vibrating" the food molecules so heat is produced by friction is a fairly easy way of putting it. I remember the same stories going around when I got my first microwave in the early 80s,as a radiation technician I would not have got one if I had thought radiation was involved. I would have used one daily since then with no effects on my family, tho' I do tend to use glass containers and no plastic wrap since the risks of PBAs was raised. BPAs have leached into water and food chain and could have had a hormonal effect and significance perhaps since introduction in the 1930s, maybe more comprehensive studies will find they are indeed responsible for many of the ills which seem to be increasing, I try to avoid products that may contain them.
    Min
    27th Oct 2012
    8:27am
    I saw on the Dr OZ show recently that it is the number under the plastic food container which tells you if you can microwave it or not. BPA Numbers 3 6 and 7 are dangerous. They mimic the female hormone oestrogen and they are also found in baby bottles, detergents, shaving cream, shampoo ..anything containing perfume. Google has heaps of information.
    AmandaR
    1st Nov 2012
    12:00am
    I didn't know that. Thanks Min

    27th Oct 2012
    2:40pm
    PLASTIC IS POROUS!

    Plastic is the most dangerous product for baby bottles due to, once the surface is even slightly grazed, everything put in that bottle thereafter is contaminated.. not only by milk, juice or water but also by cleaning and sterilising substances.
    Anonymous
    2nd Nov 2012
    3:57pm
    Agree especially since plastic babybottles often get dropped and probably get invisible cracks to leach into the liquid, regardless of whether it is milk, juice or water.

    28th Oct 2012
    12:22am
    As far as I recall I used glass bottles for the only one of mine who was bottle fed and sterilised them in a cold solution, the poor mothers today who used plastic bottles withthe latest steam heat sterilising units must be feeling devastated when all they wanted was the best for their babies. Even if we did use prepared baby food it came in glass jars. We were the lucky generation.
    AmandaR
    30th Oct 2012
    2:22pm
    I agree. In many instances we were the lucky generation. My daughter has had this conversation with me and she said that she feels she failed her first child because she was not aware of the risks of BPA. She said she felt like she had been slowly poisoning him for the first year of his life. I am sure she didn't but for a while she was not convinced.
    Pardelope
    28th Oct 2012
    7:22pm
    I too feel sorry for the young people of today and the future.

    Research has shown that in many countries where chemicals have become ubiquitous - since the 1940's and 50's, males (including men) are producing fewer sperm and more mal -formed sperm. In many places where chemicals find their way into water (lakes, streams, and the ocean) fish and amphibians are showing increased deformities, skin diseases, and reproductive problems (they are the canaries of the water world). Certain chemicals found in plastics and other chemical-based products are known to cause feminisation e.g. boys developing breasts and smaller genitalia. There is also some evidence, that chemicals also play a role in the increase in obesity and some cancers - especially in sensitive individuals.

    Some individuals are more sensitive to chemicals. Other individuals will notice little or no effects on themselves (or even their children or grandchildren). However, future generations will be more likely to suffer obvious problems for two reasons - (1) Some chemicals, or genetic effects from them, are multiplied in each generation, and (2) they will be in contact with chemicals from the moment of conception, and during the vital growth period of their lives.

    I have developed a sensitivity to many chemicals in food, cleaning products, air-fresheners, toothpaste, and many other products. I have had a number of trips to the Emergency Department with a swollen tongue, rashes, difficulty breathing, and digestive symptoms - all put down to chemicals (often hidden in common products).

    I have to avoid non-stick cookware, petroleum based products - perfumes, makeup, hair-dyes, cleaning products, pest poisons, plastic containers, artificial sweeteners, artificial colours, artificial preservatives, anti-caking agents, waxes and sprays used on supermarket fruit and vegetables etc etc.

    I use old-fashioned "natural" (non chemical laboratory) products e.g. white vinegar, borax, bi-carb soda for cleaning. I use glass, corning-ware, or ceramic containers. I particularly avoid oils packed in plastic containers - or foods cooked in plastic containers (oily foods are really bad for absorbing chemicals during cooking and re-heating). I grow my own salad veggies from seed and never use chemical sprays.

    Since I have learnt to be vigilant, my health has improved, and I have not had to go to emergency. It is definitely worth the effort for me to avoid these toxins.

    I guess (after a quite a few more generations) humans will evolve to deal with these artificially created toxins - through "natural selection" (those who can't handle them will fail to reproduce).
    AmandaR
    30th Oct 2012
    2:25pm
    Interesting post Pardelope. Is it just me, or are there more children developing respiratory problems? I don't know what the statistics are but I seem to hear of more and more instances nowadays. Many more than I was aware of when my kids were babies.
    Anonymous
    30th Oct 2012
    3:18pm
    Know how you feel Pardelope once one is sensitised to one chemical there seem to be a lot of other cross reactors. AmandaR I think there are more children with asthma too, there is one theory that the almost clinical cleanliness in the home and no pets are causing children to not be able to build up resistance but maybe the chemicals used today for cleaning are the culprits? Another interesting point I was talking to a friend about is the apparent increase in auto-immune diseases e.g. MS, Lupus also my children have had friends die from brain tumours and cancers, leukemia. Neither of us could recall a single friend dieing at such a young age. We are not leaving a great world for them to inherit.
    AmandaR
    30th Oct 2012
    3:50pm
    I have noticed that too. I have also noticed an increase in dermatitis type skin conditions. It has to be the modified foods we eat, the products we consume and the changing environmental doesn't it? Have you ever purchased a product you have been using for years only to find the formula changed and you develop a reaction?
    Jen
    31st Oct 2012
    12:30pm
    I am concerned about this, as well. I am one of 4 siblings, none of whom has/had respiratory or any other problems. I had two daughters, neither of whom have these problems - but they did have lots of middle ear infections, something new to this family. Two of my three granddaughters have been diagnosed with asthma, another first in this family. One of them also has excema. I have often wondered if these things are caused by a polluted environment.
    AmandaR
    31st Oct 2012
    11:59pm
    Quite possibly Jen. Excema and asthma can go hand in hand can't they? Have you identified what triggers the asthma attacks?
    Nan Norma
    1st Nov 2012
    5:57pm
    Asthma has been around for ever. You will hear about asthma more because it is better diagnosed today. Also, due to better treatment and drugs, asthmatics are suviving when years ago they would have died . Plus asthma tends, but not always, runs in families.
    Pardelope
    30th Oct 2012
    8:27pm
    Additives are often put in foods to make them cheaper to produce, prolong their shelf-life, or to change their palatability (whilst using cheaper ingredients). Many "low fat" foods have extra sugar - or different ingredients to mimic the original texture or taste of higher fat original recipes.

    It is necessary to read (and understand) all the ingredients each and every time you go shopping - as the ingredients do change. Companies change hands - and old "tried and true" products are altered without warning.

    Many products, such as baked goods, tinned fish, and desserts, now often contain high levels of "vegetable oil" or "vegetable oil blends" or "olive oil blend". This usually means "palm oil" (which is a cheaper, but less healthy substitute for butter). In addition to the health costs, native jungle is being cleared and burned at amazing rates to plant oil palm plantations. "Rice Bran Oil" or Rice Bran Oil Spread", along with Australian grown olive oil are healthier options (some olive oil is produced using chemicals - and some is merely packed in Australia). Canola oil is actually "Rape Seed Oil" - Canola is short for "Canada Oil".

    Did you know that many products from China and other Asian countries are PACKED in New Zealand and marked "product of New Zealand" e.g. frozen peas?

    I do not buy anything unless each and every actual ingredient is listed e.g. Sunflower, grapeseed, linseed etc - not just "vegetable oil".

    Fish are often bred or kept in small enclosures near the coast or in estuaries where they are fed on food pellets (from unknown sources) before being sold as "Ocean Fresh" or "Wild Ocean Fish". They are sometimes given antibiotics because over-crowding results in diseases.

    "Imported prawns" are grown in Asia in large ponds. The ponds receive run-off from local streams and villages (sewerage etc). In some places (to avoid the ponds becoming so foul that the prawns die) they have beche-de.mer (sea slugs) living on the bottom of the ponds to eat the faeces from the prawns etc (the slugs are then dried and sold to the Chinese who consider them a delicacy). The prawns are harvested, washed (in ordinary water) and packed before being exported to Australia and elsewhere.

    I wish our Government(s) would bring in strict labelling showing where each ingredient was GROWN, where it was packed, and who REALLY owns the company.
    AmandaR
    1st Nov 2012
    12:30am
    You make some really good points Pardelope. It is understanding the labels that is the tricky bit and companies are getting very good at telling you what is in the product without really telling you what is in the product.

    30th Oct 2012
    11:49pm
    Amanda R re contact allergies, certainly have and do have a problem with some chemicals, sulphurs, PPD (used in hair dyes and clothes dyes cosmetics and sunscreens) and it occurs naturally in some fruits: black rubber and print and a few other things. As long as I am careful I can avoid bad reactions. The point with any allergic reaction to something is that you gradually buildup in your immune system an intolerance until one day your body reaches overload and a full blown reaction follows - bit like each wasp or bee sting gets worse until one day you go into shock.I put that fairly simply. I guess that is what is happening to the children too many chemical contacts today, that we never had, and their immune systems are immature anyway.So sad for the children.
    AmandaR
    31st Oct 2012
    11:54pm
    I think there is something in that vivity. We weren't exposed to the chemicals that are everywhere today. Although, growing up in the country I did have a little crop dust dumped on me from up high one time - couldn't have been good.

    A couple of months ago I broke out in blisters on my fingertips after using a well known hand cream, something I have been using for donkeys years. I am on the lookout for a natural replacement which is harder than I though.
    Ritza
    31st Oct 2012
    12:26am
    More power to you Pardelope I completely agree.

    My fear is the genetic modification of our food. It will take several generations to see the effect of this . I want all food labeled GM free or containing Gm products
    scicdb3
    31st Oct 2012
    3:24pm
    The plasticisers used in (some) shopping bags can emulate estrogen ("estrogen mimicking agents") and which can leach into water: Rangers in the Florida wetlands observed "gender blending" in alligators and caymans as they lacked clear gender distinction and often exhibited both male an female genitalia which could only have resulted from unexpected intervention by estrogen or an equivalent. So the Florida EPA tested the water for chemicals. Curiously the tests came back positive for both the samples and the benchmark (pure) water. Further inquiries revealed that the company testing the samples were using plastic beakers made in Austria. So the EPA asked the manufacturer for information on the composition of the plastics used in the production to isolate this as a variable; but they were denied because it was a trade secret. All of this goes to show that even laboratory-grade plastics can have an effect. I refuse to use anything plastic, hot or cold, hard or soft.
    Anonymous
    31st Oct 2012
    7:22pm
    Feminisation of fish are being noted in European countries as well as USA. As well as from plastics there are Oestrogens from hormone replacement,contraceptive pill and Hormones used in animal husbandry all finding their way into the water system/supply and a way of filtering them out before human consumption has not been found. It may also help to explain the so called "Obese Epidemic" also younger people who buy bottle water in plastic are getting a daily dose. Another thing which is sad, my grand-daughter started her periods at 10 when I said to my son that was very young he said yes it was but the acceptable "norm" has now been reduced to anything above 8 years old!
    AmandaR
    1st Nov 2012
    12:19am
    Scary stuff. Do you remember the press about the GM chickens years ago? I recall about 15 years ago when my youngest daughter was hitting puberty that a lot of her friends, male and female, were developing earlier than you would expect. I blame the hormone-laced chicken feed ;)

    10 is far to young to be dealing with the emotional trauma of periods. 8 is just obscene! Acceptable 'norm'? So very wrong. It has to be related to the environment, what we eat, what products we use.

    Have a good smell of the clothes you buy. I had some that we couldn't get the stench out of. When I opened the plastic bag they came in the smell was overwhelming. I contacted the shop I bought them from and was told the raw materials are 'washed' in formaldehyde. I call b.s. but who knows, they could have been.
    kino
    1st Nov 2012
    12:05pm
    Researchers at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in collaboration with the Vall d'Hebron Hospital Fetal Tissue Bank, the Department of Gynaecology and the Research Unit of Paediatric Endocrinology, analysed the effects of Bisphenol A (BPA), a polymer widely used to manufacture plastics, in an in vitro culture of ovaries. The research demonstrated that exposure to this substance gravely altered the development of oocytes and future ova, possibly diminishing the fertility of a woman's offspring and at the same time increasing the risk of Down Syndrome in following generations.
    kino
    1st Nov 2012
    12:11pm
    Imagine starting your day with an Estrogen pill, followed by progesterone, prolactin, melatonin, oxytocin, and 50+ other hormones including gastrointestinal peptides
    and hypothalamic hormones. It is no wonder that the Townsend Medical Letter noted the following in May of 1995:
    "In reality, the hormones present in cow's milk, especially processed cow's milk, has been linked to a variety of health problems, including: mucous production, hemoglobin loss, childhood diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, kidney stones, mood swings, depression, irritability, allergies."
    Most, if not all, of these hormones are female bovine hormones, which, in the quantity a cow produces hormones, have no place in the human system, in particular the male human system.
    Anonymous
    1st Nov 2012
    5:25pm
    This is about plastic.. not milk!!!!
    Anonymous
    1st Nov 2012
    6:37pm
    I immediately thought of the plastic bottles we get milk nowadays leeching hormones into milk but it is stamped (2) so presumably safe. The alternate to milk, soy, is high in phytoestrogens, with soy products being used right through the food chain! and soy plantations are also being planted by Monsanto to replace rain forests in the Amazon basin. Both my sons and daughter have change over to drinking Almond milk to avoid the hormones in milk.
    kino
    1st Nov 2012
    5:37pm
    Hi Pip, I didn't think it would be long before you commented.

    The article is about allergic responses depleting the immune system which leaves one vulnerable to diseases such as cancer. It is not the plastic, but our (allergic) reaction to it.
    Same with milk, potato, peanuts, food colouring, MSG, and a host of other products.
    Anonymous
    1st Nov 2012
    9:39pm
    Kino. the article means that the chemicals in the Plastic particularly BPA damages our immune system so in fact we cannot deal with allergens as we would if our our immune system was 100%. It is not that we are "allergic" to plastic in the same way as some are to peanuts etc. Damaged immune systems also mean people are more vulnerable to various cancers including breast cancer.
    kino
    1st Nov 2012
    7:45pm
    Phytoestrogens are chemicals found naturally in certain plants, including foods like whole grains, leafy greens, beans, and garlic. Scientific research shows that phytoestrogens can mimic the action of estrogen, a hormone that influences functioning in the female reproductive system. In alternative medicine, dietary supplements containing phytoestrogens are sometimes used to protect against hormone-dependent cancers (including some forms of breast cancer), heart disease, osteoporosis, and menopausal symptoms.
    Some research shows that women in countries with a high consumption of phytoestrogens may have a lower risk of breast cancer. In a report published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians in 2007, scientists note that exposure to phytoestrogens in childhood or early adolescence may help protect against future incidence of breast cancer.
    Pardelope
    1st Nov 2012
    7:57pm
    Pip - you really should try to understand this very serious problem because it may adversely affect you and your loved ones. Plastics are only one form of chemical industry products and cannot be seen in isolation.

    Often labeling is misleading. Animals may not receive hormones by injection, but they are often grazed or fattened on pastures which have been sprayed with petro chemical based fertilizers or weed killers. Their meat or milk is then processed and packed with equipment or packaging made from or lined with plastics or other chemical based products.

    It is virtually impossible to avoid plastics and similar chemicals - unless you are fortunate enough to have local food and drink producers who are truly organic and who use safe packaging.
    kino
    1st Nov 2012
    8:22pm
    Where I live, in Eastern Gippsland Vic, we have a big blackberry problem which, a lot of farmers believe, needs spraying. We are also in the dairy district of Vic. Actually Johne's disease started in Victoria. Johne’s disease (OJD) was first diagnosed in Australia in 1980, and by January 1998, more than 200 infected flocks had been identified in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
    Scientists at St Georges hospital in London are claiming there is a link between Crohns disease - a debilitating digestive problem that affects more than 40,000 people in the UK - and drinking milk.
    Anthrax is an acute bacterial disease causes by Bacillus anthracis that is a serious zoonotic disease in parts of Australia including Victoria.
    Listeriosis
    Listeria monocytogenes is most commonly associated with clinical disease in ruminants including encephalitis, abortion, septicaemia and mastitis. It is transmitted through the ingestion of contaminated feed, often silage. It can also be transmitted through the upper respiratory tract mucosa, conjunctiva and wounds. Listeriosis in humans is predominantly a food borne disease that is associated with soft cheeses, meats and milk.
    Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis is the bacterial cause of Johnes Disease in cattle and sheep. This subspecies has been implicated as a possible cause of Crohn's disease
    I think I'd rather have BPA.
    kino
    2nd Nov 2012
    7:15am
    Hi Vivity,

    What you explained is an immune reaction to an allergen! We react to electromagnetic such as mobile phones (Brain tumours) and high voltage power lines, dairy, peanuts, plastics, cigarettes and modern medicine the same way. These products instigate an immune response that eventually depletes the immune system which leads to disease being able to infiltrate. Some researchers now think that 95% of diseases is caused by allergic reactions weakening the immune system the way described above.
    Anonymous
    2nd Nov 2012
    10:15am
    I think we are same the same things in a different way with the immune system sitting above the allergic response. I think as BPA has more insidiously invaded the ecologically system the effects are going to be greater across the whole community. Coming back to Breast Cancer,quoting your UK figures known Crohns disease sufferers, not new cases, (by your figures) is affecting a much smaller proportion at 40000, compared with new breast cancer diagnoses of 48,788 per year (2009) and are 31% of all new cancer diagnoses. Should BPA and other chemicals in the environment be affecting the immune system we are right to be concerned. I have to admit that as a retired Mammographer knowing that approximately 1 in 100 of the women xrayed could/would be diagnosed with Breast Cancer, seeing their devastation, colours my concern at anything that would increase those chances. BPA is a concern.
    kino
    2nd Nov 2012
    10:58am
    Hi again, Vivity,

    My main interest lies in allergies.
    As a Kinesiologis/Sports therapist/Structural alignment therapist that is primarily what I encounter in our health retreat. In particular dairy allergies which we find to be the most common. And we are not the only ones to find dairy allergies the most common!.
    "At least 50% of all children in the United States are allergic to cow's milk, many undiagnosed. Dairy products are the leading cause of food allergy, often revealed by diarrhea, constipation, and fatigue. Many cases of asthma, earache and sinus infections are relieved and even eliminated by cutting out dairy."
    Natural Health, July, 1994, Nathaniel Mead, MD
    Growth hormones, (which are common in all milks, including human) in cows milk makes cancer cells proliferate

    "IGF-I is critically involved in the aberrant growth of human breast cancer cells."
    M. Lippman. J. Natl. Inst. Health Res., 1991, 3.
    ____________________________________________

    "Estrogen regulation of IGF-I in breast cancer cells would support the hypothesis that IGF-I has a regulatory function in breast cancer."
    A.V. Lee, Mol-Cell- Endocrinol., March, 99(2).
    ____________________________________________

    "IGF-I is a potent growth factor for cellular proliferation in the human breast carcinoma cell line."
    J.C. Chen, J-Cell-Physiol., January, 1994, 158(1)
    ____________________________________________

    "Insulin-like growth factors are key factors for breast cancer growth."
    J.A. Figueroa, J-Cell-Physiol., Nov., 1993, 157(2)
    ____________________________________________

    "IGF-I produces a 10-fold increase in RNA levels of cancer cells. IGF-I appears to be a critical component in cellular proliferation."
    X.S. Li, Exp-Cell-Res., March, 1994, 211(1)
    ____________________________________________

    "IGF-I plays a major role in human breast cancer cell growth."
    E.A. Musgrove, Eur-J-Cancer, 29A (16), 1993
    ____________________________________________

    "IGF-I has been identified as a key factor in breast cancer."
    Hankinson. The Lancet, vol. 351. May 9, 1998
    Anonymous
    2nd Nov 2012
    4:08pm
    Kino I think you are sidetracking off the Topic which is Plastic and BPA in particular.

    The above references are all old, youngest being 14 years and if I am going to spend time reading anything it will be on something that has utilised up to date up research equipment and scientific criteria and relating to the topic, Plastics in Breast Cancer. Sorry if that upsets you but that is my view.
    kino
    2nd Nov 2012
    4:38pm
    We all do what we have to do!
    kino
    3rd Nov 2012
    5:14am
    there is a lot of money to be made from capitalizing on cancer, as morbid as it might sound to some. Non-profit groups like Komen for the Cure and LIVESTRONG, not to mention the entire multi-billion-dollar cancer industry, would not exist if effective cures and prevention methods were widely disseminated to the general public. Just think about what would happen to all that pink gear if women were given even simple cancer prevention guidelines that included things like avoiding toxic bisphenol-A (BPA) and estrogen-producing dairy products, for instance, and instead taking cancer-preventing superfoods and herbal supplements.
    Anonymous
    5th Nov 2012
    12:30am
    Glad you are now mentioning BPA. Komen for the Cure (Sponsor Yoplait) and Lance Armstrongs Livestrong ?????
    Claimed Cures and cancer preventing herbal supplements are not valid without proven scientific data and comparative studies.
    Alcohol is thought to be probably more of a feature in cancer than milk.
    The only natural diet for babies is milk, preferably its mothers, I doubt anyone could dispute that could they.
    kino
    5th Nov 2012
    6:27am
    I am sure you have't read my comments, because I mentioned plastic in my reply on the !st of Nov, and again on the 2nd of Nov. and again on the 3rd of Nov. All I did is de-isolate plastics and focus more on the fact that many things cause breast cancer, including deodorants, and dairy products. If we eat what we are supposed to eat and eliminate what we are not supposed to eat and do, the odds of getting through life without health problems are much better.
    Proven scientific data, like Thalidomide, and symptom suppressing drugs? And even mammograms! The Lancet wrote in July 1995 that 'the benefit (of mammograms) is marginal, the harm caused is substantial, and the costs incurred are enormous.'

    Many doctors have trouble trusting mammograms due to their enormous rate of false positive diagnosis. In one large study looking at 60,000 women, the researchers found that 70% of the detected tumors were not tumors at all.

    This has been known for almost 20 years! The same with dairy products being a causal factor in the development of breast cancer, This information too, has been known for almost 20 years, as you so rightly pointed out!
    In the 1930's many doctors believed allergic responses and the subsequent depletion of the immune system was responsible for 95% of health issues. That was more than 80 years ago!! Now the medical establishment claims disease is caused by a lack of drugs!!!!
    kino
    5th Nov 2012
    6:52am
    In Jan 2002, Dr. Darbre said (http://www.wen.org.uk/health/support_statements.htm) "I believe that there is strong evidence for an involvement of underarm cosmetics (antiperspirants/deodorants) in the cause of breast cancer, not least because of the gross disproportionate incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast, just the place where these chemicals are applied with ever increasing frequency" (reference: Darbre 2001, European Journal of Cancer Prevention 10, 389-393).

    The steel re-enforced bra's have also been implicated in the aetiology of breast cancer and are best avoided.
    kino
    5th Nov 2012
    6:58am
    A research team from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany has published the result of a study in the journal, Carcinogenesis that shows how curcumin inhibits the formation of metastases in prostate cancer tissues and other cancer lines as well.

    In prior studies, lead researcher, Dr. Beatrice Bachmeier has demonstrated that curcumin significantly reduces the incidence of lung cancer metastasis in breast cancer patients, and wanted to expand her scope to determine if men suffering from prostate cancer would benefit in a similar manner

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/037826_curcumin_prostate_cancer_turmeric.html#ixzz2BHmOUoGr


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