BREAST: A modified cutaneous (pertaining to
the skin) glandular structure, ectodermal in origin generally considered as
modified and specialized apocrine (secretory) sweat glands under the
influence of the endocrine (hormonal) system.
As many as 50 - 80% of North American women
suffer from some form of cystic breast disease. This condition causes a great
deal of discomfort,pain and anxiety.
Even though it is classed as BENIGN, it can
be difficult both for women and their clinicians to distinguish a cystic
breast from a cancerous breast.
The term CBD, covers a whole spectrum of
changes that occur in women during their reproductive years under the
endocrine system influence, particularly that of the hormones estrogen and
progesterone. Some women have tenderness and enlargement premenstrually
considered as a "normal" physiological cyclic change. Others have
considerable pain to the touch and their breasts feel lumpy and irregular.
Occasionally, they can feel a clearly defined
cyst. This cyst usually contains clear fluid and is often drained under local
anesthesia. If it "goes away," it is not considered cancerous. If it
"remains" it is often referred for mammography and or biopsy. (New
improved methods are becoming available and much less painful!) As many as 30%
of women with CBD have an incapacitating problem with frequent formation and
scarring of tissue, accompanied by severe pain that interferes with sleep and
normal daily activities.
NOW, for a DIFFERENT perspective:
The thyroid gland produces a hormone, which
controls circulation of blood from the heart to the body by adjusting to
environmental conditions inside AND outside the body. This is accomplished by
the hormones effect on heart rhythm. Such extreme examples would be in
hypothermia where blood is directed from the extremities to the brain or in
weightlessness where again blood leaves the legs and is forced up to the
brain. At lesser extremes we have the menstrual cycle and its uterine blood
changes. A LOW FUNCTIONING THYROID and an imbalance in the hormones estrogen
and progesterone can complicate the control mechanisms in place for adjustment
of our internal/external environments.
The human being reaches a unique plateau in
life at age 33 when the physical, mental and emotional capacities have had
adequate time to practice their skills. At this age we reach true maturity and
from here on, this team begins to express its spirit.
Most cystic conditions begin around this age.
Dr. Ghent, a distinguished surgeon at Queen's
University in Kingston, Ont. found after 20 years of research that certain
types of CBD were caused by a deficiency of iodine in the breast tissue.
Iodine is an essential mineral required by the thyroid for normal function.
He found that treating women with the
colloidal elements for iodine and other trace minerals, that 95% of women had
their breast tissue return to normal.
Dr. Bernard Eskin, professor of obstetrics
and gynecology at the University of Philadelphia, has shown that the whole
reproductive system requires iodine to work properly, especially breast and
ovarian tissue. Because of the breast's affinity to both iodine and the
circulating hormones of the thyroid, it has been suggested that the breast is
likened to one big thyroid gland! In fact, breast cancer is often associated
with an under active (hypo) thyroid gland and low thyroid hormones in the
blood. And now the news - the human body produces one fifty millionth of a
gram of thyroid hormone per day and the circulating amount in the blood plasma
is one part per ten million. THIS AMOUNT CANNOT BE MEASURED BY A BLOOD TEST!
The simplest way to test for low thyroid
function is to take your axillary temperature (armpit) with a digital basal
thermometer every morning immediately upon waking.
You must remain still until the thermometer
beeps and then record the result. If consistently below 36.5 C, thyroid
function would be considered below normal.
A double blind study in Seattle, Wa.,
supervised by the FDA, showed significant improvement of women with CBD with
the introduction of colloidal iodine introduced as a medicament with no ill
effect on thyroid function.
Dr. Susan Love, in her book (Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book)
refers to the work of French researchers who found that breast pain was
relieved 95% of the time with a natural progesterone gel rubbed into the
Dr. Christine Northrup recommends hot castor
oil packs applied to the breast for one hour, 3 times a week for three months
and once per week thereafter.
The Health Detectives conclude:
Low thyroid function can be linked to the
incidence of fibrocystic breast disease in women usually after the age of 35.
To learn more about the thyroid hormones or
pertinent information to the above please contact our office at 604-272-4325.