If you know me (and this blog) you know I love racks and b**bies (incl mine).
So it is exxxtremely disheartening when I hear of individuals choosing to go through the agony of cortisol-spiking surgeries to remove their respective rack and b**bies. Now that Jolie' preventive bilateral mastectomay has hit the big news, I see chopped off b**bies and ovaries everywhere. [Cue: Sixth Sense movie music]
Breasts and B**bies: Chock Full of Both Omega-3, MCT (medium chain triglycerides) and Taurine
Our breasts serve an evolutionary function as storage for all the goods things that need to be passed to the next generation, besides adipose storage and breastfeeding. Omega-3 fatty acids from seafood, grassfed game, herds, and free range poultry are selectively stored in breast, gluteal, abdominal and thigh fat. And the amount that gets stored in the breasts and other fatty tissues is governed in a dose-dependent fashion over time. The nutrients in the breast are important not only for lactation (year 1-2 for newborns) but also for gestation. Our breasts become factories to feed the next generation all the things that nourish and grow the massive homo sapien brain and forward-gazing, stereoscopic, color vision, X-ray eyeballs, which doubles in physical size during the first 12 months of life. The contents of breast milk are super foods for newborns: MCTs (caprylic acid, lauric acid), omega-3 fatty acids (EPA + DHA), taurine, vitamin A, vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, iodine, colostrum, amino acids, galactose, IgM, immunoglobulins, protective enzymes, epidermal growth factor, etc. For certain nutrients, naturally, maternal supplementation also works when the mom cannot breastfeed (hormone imbalances, anatomical issues, neonatal twisted tongue, etc).
A baby is born with inherent 'leaky gut' (intestinal permeability) for the first few months in order for some of the larger protein molecules and mom's immunity to pass directly into their blood stream for immunoprotection. Since the baby has an underdeveloped and immature immune system, there is no point in vaccinations (full of toxic aluminum or mercury) on Day 1 of life (assinine).
Many factors in breastmilk subsequently raise of the IQ of newborns who breastfeed. In one study, the breastmilk (not necessary connected with the close maternal-baby contact, milk in tube) was associated with a 8.3 point increase in IQ testing in preterm children at age 7.5-8 years of age compared with no breastmilk.
See prior animal pharm: MCT Oil (coconut oil, breastmilk) kick the crapola out of olive oil
"Its unique recipe of fatty acids boosts brain growth and results in babies with higher I.Q.'s than their formula-slurping counterparts. Nursing babies suffer from fewer infections, hospitalizations and cases of sudden infant death syndrome. For the mother, too, breast-feeding and its delicate plumbing of hormones afford protection against breast and ovarian cancers and stress. Despite exhaustion, the in-laws and dirty laundry, every time we nurse our babies, the love hormone oxytocin courses out of our pituitaries like a warm bath. Human milk is like ice cream, Valium and Ecstasy all wrapped up in two pretty packages." Source: NYT Toxic Breast Milk?
Breastfeeding: Good way to detox pesticides, metals and PCBs (flame retardants)
Unfortunately our breasts store both the good and the bad... our fatty breast tissues are magnets and reservoirs for fat-soluble toxins and heavy metals from our produce (pesticides), commercial meat (growth hormones, pesticides), marine fish and seafood, pharmaceuticals (aluminum antacids, mercury/Al from vaccines, etc), dental (mercury and other metals from amalgam and titanium dental implants), Teflon cookware and coated clothing (PFOA), and environment (flame retardants, mercury/arsenic from coal burning plants which supply 40-50% of USA energy, aluminum from municipal water, blah blah blah). The individuals who are least likely to have the biochemical mechanisms to chaperone and eliminate these modern industrial toxins, are the individuals most highly likely to develop inflammatory conditions including cancer, autoimmune diseases and Western chronic diseases.
Some of the identified genetic variants are MTHFR (Amy Myers MD), GSTM1 (Mark Hyman MD), COMT, ApoE4, CBS, GSTT, BRCA1/2, and several other emerging ones. A functional medicine doctor and dietician, Dr. Elizabeth Boham MD talks about how she developed breast cancer in her 30's despite 'doing all the right things' eating low fat, exercising regularly, etc HERE. She talks about how to identify and remove toxins in our food, lifestyles and environment. A functional medicine and SNP case study: 'George'. To see more on SNPs and diverse associated human diseases, go into OMIN (online Mendelian inheritance in man), RegulomeDB.org/GWAS and PrometheASE.
Who has pesticides and PCBs in their toxome? Apparently everyone -- adults and newborns before even their first breath of air according to CDC, NHANES and EWG studies. Even the President's Panel reported so in 2008.
In the '80s and '90s apparently Europe cracked down and starting banning dousing all home furnishings and clothing products with flame retardants (PCB and its cogener, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, PCBEs). Not the case in the USA. In California for several decades, PCBs were required on pajamas, pillows, mattresses, couches, etc and thus many other states (and China) have followed suit. PCBs end up in the ocean and rivers and marine life especially large predators bioaccumulate PCBs, mercury, dioxins, and pesticides. Cats and other indoor pets (and children) inadvertently consume dust and lick their fur, subsequently becoming exposed to PCBs. All of our cats unfortunately developed endocrine disorders and I can never be certain that it was not secondary to the PCBs in their seafood/tunafish soft food that we 'treated' them with (combined with BPA-lining of the catfood cans). They were all healthy and fine until 3-9 months after introducing them to seafood canned catfood....
In 'A retrospective study of PBDEs and PCBs in human milk from the Faroe Islands' the authors tested and tracked flame retardants in the milk from women who live on the Faroe Islands. They concluded 'Although remote from pollution sources, the Faroe Islands show high concentrations of POPs in human milk, particularly PCBs, but also PBDEs. The PBDEs show increasing concentrations over time.'
From Dr. Pizzorno in Is Toxin Exposure Relevant?
We know that considering the effect of one chemical at a time is no longer suficient. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published data on the levels of selected persistent organic pollutants (POPs) – a category of toxins which includes dioxins, phthalates, PDBEs, PCBs, etc. – and found that among a representative sample of the US population, some toxins were present in essentially every individual over the age of 12, including, for example, p,p’-DDE and hexachlorobenzene.5 An analysis of NHANES data found up to a 38-fold adjusted increase in risk for diabetes prevalence in those with the highest levels of 6 POPs,6 and increased risk has also been documented for cardiovascular disease,7 insulin resistance, impaired neurological development, learning and attention deicit disorders, endometriosis, and deficits in the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis8,9,10,11 (Figure 1 shows the increasing concentration of PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) in breast milk).12 While very little data for humans is available, current evidence suggests that PDBEs are likely to be developmental neurotoxins, and are likely to have synergistic effects with similar chemicals.13
In addition to exogenous toxins such as POPs and heavy metals, a number of endogenous substances also require efficient functioning of detoxification enzymes to prevent a build-up of harmful metabolites. For example, endotoxins from bowel flora have been associated with depression, chronic fatigue, inflammatory bowel disease, and atherosclerosis, effects partly influenced both by bacterial species as well as intestinal permeability.14,15,16,17,18 Also, catechol estrogens and estrogen quinones are estrogen derivatives associated with oxidative damage and reproductive tissue cancers, which accumulate due to alterations in enzymatic activity.19,20 Other examples are the build-up of methylmalonic acid and homocysteine - both metabolic by-products known to have vascular, renal, and neurological toxicity, consequences of genetic susceptibility and poor B vitamin status.21,22,23,24
What Can We Do?
We must do much. The statistics for lifetime sporadic cancer risk is currently 1:3 and will exponentially increase to 1:2 by 2020 according to WHO statistics. I believe it. Our toxome is excessive and unfortunately no diet (even paleo or ancestral diets) frees us from the pollution and the body burden accumulated over generations (our mothers, their grandmothers and, particularly, this current one). We can thank the World Wars which ushered in technology (nitrogen fertilizers, Agent Orange). It is rather wicked and ironic that the best green for liver support and thus elimination of pesticides, metals and PCBs is dandelion greens (e.g. a weed) introduced to the Americas by the British.
Good luck as we shall all need it.
See other animal pharm:
BRCA 1/2 Myths and Measuring Oxidative DNA Damage, 8-OHdG
USA Cancer Management: 50 Shades of F%$*# UP
Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer
Dr. Cate, BRCA Testing: Are the Medical Options Sensible
Mercury: How to Get This Lethal Poison Out of Your Body
How to Rid Your Body of Mercury and Other Heavy Metals: A Three-Step Plan To Recover Your Health
Kaayla Daniel and Galen Knight (WAPF) -- Oral Chelation and Mercury/metal-free Living (How to Avoid Toxic Metals and Clear Them From The Body)
Soy Recovery: The Toxic Metal Component
The Little Known Soy Gluten Connection
WAPF -- Environmental Toxins (comprehensive list of Wise Tradition articles)
Toxic Ignorance and Right-To-Know Biomonitoring