October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This topic is near and dear to my heart since I had breast cancer and chose not to do chemotherapy nor radiation. My mother died of cancer, my aunt died of cancer, and my cousin died of cancer, and I look back and I say, Was it the cancer or the treatments that caused these deaths? In my mothers case, it was the treatment. Facts n Women who are constipated have a four-time greater chance of getting breast cancer than women who have a bowel movement every day. n Candida (yeast infection) and cancer go hand in hand. n If there is a history of breast cancer in your family, your odds are now at a 50 percent greater risk of getting breast cancer. n High levels of estrogen cause breast cancer. n Low levels of progesterone are a marker for cancer. FACT: When I was a child, I was very ill, and I was lucky if I had a bowel movement once a week. I remember as a child, my mother asking the medical doctors if this had anything to do with my health. They said, No, this is her habit. Every person I work with who comes to my office and is seriously ill is lucky if they go to the bathroom every two three days. FACT: Candida is a major cause of illness. Yeast is suffocating the organs and getting into the bloodstream and causing major health problems. Medical mistakes have been made by X-ray machines picking up tumors, and once they get a person on the operating table and open them up, it is nothing but yeast and mucus that is the problem. FACT: How many of us know someone who died of cancer, and in their family tree there is cancer? Who knows? Is it the foods that we eat, our environment, our bowel habits, our genetics, or all of the above? FACT: Every magazine that you see in the grocery store is now warning women about HRT, but still today, medical doctors put you on the patch without doing any type of lab work to see what your estrogen levels are. High levels of estrogen cause breast cancer. Estrogen is in our foods that we eat and the clothes that we wear. We are estrogen dominated, and yet our doctors are still putting women on the estrogen patch. FACT: As we become estrogen dominated, we become progesterone deficient. Your hot flashes and depression are not a lack of estrogen but a lack of progesterone. I cannot stress enough as a friend and a woman to educate yourself and ask questions. You have to be your own advocate and your own doctor. Listen to your body, for you know your body, and your body does not lie. Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Colon Hydrotherapist. You can hear Dr. Julia on WROK the first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. You may reach Dr. Julia at her Rockford office at 962-3326 or in her Belvidere office at 547-7211.