By Dr Janey
Tabloid newspapers and magazines have been in a frenzy over the Hollywood actress’ recent revelations of choosing to have a bilateral mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer. With her high profile in mind her actions are bound to have far-reaching consequences amongst her millions of followers around the world. But just how wise was this choice of electing to have this radical surgery performed on an otherwise healthy body?
Angelina was advised by her doctors that because she had been identified as having the BRCA1 gene she stood an 87% risk of getting breast cancer. If she were to elect to have a bilateral mastectomy she was advised this would drop to <5%. Given these statistics it’s not surprising that she opted to go with surgery.
However digging a little deeper we find that this figure of 87% comes from the company that created the test designed for identifying the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and who stand to make millions from this latest spate of publicity. What is concerning is that this same company who produced these statistics won’t allow their test results to be verified by other medical laboratories.
According to the ‘Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’ the truth is that only 3-5% of women with breast cancer actually have the mutated BRCA1 gene. Those women who do have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes should take further heart from the fact that they exercise a great deal of control over whether or not they will go on to develop breast cancer!
What is crucial to realise it that as the science of Epigenetics teaches us, our lifestyle and environment (and how we choose to perceive it) has an overwhelmingly greater influence on how our genes are expressed than hereditary factors do!
This is great news for us of course because we have control over these factors in the following ways:
A) We get to choose the type of food we put in our mouth and can opt to avoid those which are likely to be contaminated with hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, pesticides etc.
B) We can educate ourselves on the products we use on our bodies, as well as those in our environment, avoiding those which contain harmful chemical ingredients which are toxic or potentially carcinogenic.
C) We can choose to partake in regular exercise, particularly in nature where possible to benefit from the life-enhancing benefits of fresh air and nature
D) We can learn how to cleanse and detoxify our bodies which in the process will promote a healthy terrain which has no place for cancer.
E) We can also learn improved ways on how we choose to perceive our world and the emotional patterns that follow from this – a seldom mentioned yet crucial factor in contributing to diseases of all types, including cancer.
All these above-mentioned factors have an influence on our cellular terrain and ultimately on the oxygenation of our tissues. As Dr Otto Warburg (Nobel laureate), and numerous other esteemed doctors and scientists have confirmed, it is a deprivation of oxygen at the cellular level that ultimately cause genes to mutate and cancer cells to form. Therefore when we learn how to address these environmental factors, we are also addressing the oxygenation of our tissues and therefore simultaneously reducing our risk of cancer!
In truth therefore, when we point to examples of women diagnosed with cancer from more than one generation of a family, and site that as evidence that breast cancer is hereditary, we are leaping to a false conclusion. The risk of breast cancer being passed down through the generations is seldom due to true genetic inheritance but rather due to an ‘inheritance’ of similar dietary habits, lifestyle ways and emotional patterns.
Sadly, this false conclusion that breast cancer is primarily about inheritance of ‘bad genes’ is a serious one. It leaves many women feeling as though they are helpless victims of their own genetics which in turn has its own dire consequences. Feeling resigned to the fact that breast cancer is their likely destiny, many women will fail to take action on the multitude of environmental factors that play a significant role in preventing breast cancer.
A further consequence for many women living with the belief that they have a genetic predisposition to getting breast cancer is perhaps even more serious. When we understand the power of the mind and how we create our own reality by the choice of our thoughts, we realise that women who become convinced of their likelihood of being diagnosed with breast cancer are inadvertently using their minds in the most detrimental of manners by setting the stage for ultimately creating the reality they fear the most!
And perhaps most sadly of all, we witness the error of elective mastectomies when these women who have undergone this mutilating surgery still succumb to cancer. Why? Quite simply because cancer is not about the tumour! The tumour is merely a symptom and removing the symptom (tumour) or in this case the tissue which will likely inhabit the tumour is missing the point entirely! The real disease is the health of the cellular terrain and the lack of oxygen and it is here that we should be placing our focus!
Andreas Moritz perhaps sums it up best on the subject of genes and cancer when he says,“Cancer has always been an extremely rare illness except in industrialized nations during the past 40-50 years. Human genes have not significantly changed for thousands of years. Why would they change so drastically now, and suddenly decide to kill scores of people?……. any good genetic researcher would tell you that such a belief is void of any logic and outright unscientific.”
How infinitely better is it to live knowing that you dictate the environmental factors that influence your risk of getting breast cancer (or any other cancer), as opposed to living with the fear that you could become the next victim of a genetic roll of the dice and perhaps opting for drastic surgical actions in line with that misplaced fear?
Resource on Epigenetics: ‘The Biology of Belief’ by Bruce Lipton Ph.D