Pioneering activist/surgeon leads new breast cancer prevention campaign

Christine Horner, M.D., offers top 12 practical tips to fight off dreaded disease that haunts most women

TAOS, N.M.— An unspoken fear haunts most women today—the fear that breast cancer is inevitable, that the clock is ticking, and that it’s impossible to prevent.

Christine Horner, M.D., FACS, who has been at the front lines of the fight

against breast cancer for more than 10 years, is launching a new campaign to dispel the misperception that women can’t substantially lower their risks of breast cancer or improve their odds of surviving it. Dr. Horner’s goal is to reverse the alarming increase in breast cancer rate by raising awareness of research-proven approaches that are highly effective at protecting against

and fighting breast cancer.

“The viability of natural approaches has largely been overlooked,” says Dr. Horner. “Credible human studies show breast cancer can be reduced and survival enhanced dramatically through simple dietary and lifestyle changes.”

Dr. Horner’s new book, Waking the Warrior Goddess: Dr. Christine Horner’s

Program to Protect Against and Fight Breast Cancer, is slated for publication by Basic Health Publications in April 2005. This groundbreaking work presents a simple program to help women incorporate healthy lifestyle changes to prevent and fight breast cancer naturally, including the following 12 practical tips for ensuring optimal breast health:

1) Eat a plant-based diet high in organically grown vegetables (especially cruciferous) and whole grains.

2) Avoid health-destroying fats like trans fats and saturated animal fats. Instead, eat health-promoting fats, like omega-3 fatty acids found in flax oil, every day.

3) Think Asian: Make whole soy foods, green tea, maitake mushrooms, garlic,

turmeric, and wakame seaweed part of your regular diet, or take them as supplements.

4) Take a good daily multivitamin.

5) Take protective supplements daily like calcium D-glucarate, grape seed extract, selenium and CoQ10.

6) Avoid red meat, sugar, alcohol, and smoking.

7) Keep your weight ideal.

8) Exercise regularly.

9) Go to bed by 10 p.m. and get up by 6 a.m. Optimize melatonin production by making sure your bedroom is as dark as possible.

10) Use nontoxic products.

11) Practice stress-reducing techniques daily such as yoga and meditation.

12) Laugh, stay positive, and make it a point to take care of your needs.

In the ’90s, Horner became a national hero by successfully pushing legislation through 35 states and then Congress requiring insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. She was named Glamour magazine’s “WOW Woman of the Month” in February 1999, and celebrated as a member of Oprah’s “Angel Network” on national TV in 2000.

“This time it’s more personal than ever,” says Dr. Horner. “At the beginning of the five-year legislative campaign, I lost my own mother to breast cancer. Equally disturbing was the trend I witnessed in my practice and across the country—younger and younger women falling victim to breast cancer every year.” This, along with her personal unwillingness to become a breast cancer victim herself, compelled this surgeon/activist to make radical changes in her life’s direction. After years of research, Horner, now a former surgeon, has become a leading educator in the area of women’s wellness and breast health.

“The incidence of breast cancer rose 21 percent between 1999-2000. Greater

cultural affluence,” she says, “seems to be directly related to higher levels. Women in Asia on average have six times lower risk of breast cancer, but when they move to the U.S. they rapidly become on par with American women. How we eat and live in the U.S. is a prescription for disaster.”

Dr. Horner emphasizes that even in a highly toxic environment, many common foods, natural spices, herbs and supplements can help to significantly protect women from breast cancer. The list includes green tea, turmeric, grape seed extract, garlic, flax seeds, CoQ10, soy, rosemary, maitake mushrooms, wakame and mekabu seaweed, vitamin D, and many plant chemicals, especially several found in cruciferous vegetables such as DIM and calcium D-glucarate.

“Everyone should know there are dozens of natural sources and techniques that are highly effective at warding off breast cancer and also helping you fight the disease if you already have it,” she says. “It’s never too early or too late to incorporate health-promoting habits, foods, and products into your life.”

From the April 13-19, 2005, issue

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