Why Processed Soy Products Should Be Avoided for Breast Health

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Soy beans in and of themselves can provide a nice, healthy dose of wholesome vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutritionally rich components.  While they do supply a bit of what’s called phytoestrogenic effect, which means they have some naturally active components that mimic the effects of estrogen in the body, they have a complete nutritional profile because they are the whole, unprocessed and unadulterated form of a vegetable.

If you imagine what most processed soy products are, they are very different from the original soy bean, and they are highly processed.  The problem is, they are also still estrogenic in their effects.  So you basically strip out all the other nutritional benefits that raw soy has, and you still have the fact that these products have estrogenic effects, and that is something that’s not so healthy for your breasts.

The more body fat you have, the more estrogen that you have circulating in your body since estrogen tends to embed itself in fatty tissues.  This can also explain why one of the fattiest areas on a woman’s body, and also a part that tends to be extremely sensitive to hormone fluctuations (think how tender your breasts are during your period and pregnancy, when estrogen is surging and receding), is prone to have abnormal cell growth that results in cancer.

Because processed soy causes increases in these synthetic/alternative estrogens in the body, and these estrogens tend to store in the fatty tissues of the body more than other places, and the fact that breast cancer is often driven by estrogens in part, it is prudent to avoid processed soy products.

They can be really easy to eat too much of as well, especially if you are a person who does not eat meat or other forms of protein.  If you eat them, be sure to eat them in moderation.

Instead of using them as a source of alternative protein, look for other sources, like fish, various types of nuts and seeds, quinoa, which supplies a lot of the amino acids you might be missing from a meat free diet, and other plant based sources of protein. Or, dairy can supply a good type of protein as well as long as it’s not too high in fat.


A Good Bra Alternative : When??

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Like a good pair of comfy shoes, a great bra can really do a lot for a woman’s general level of comfort in her every day living. And yet, most bras are still not comfortable enough that you can almost not even feel them there!

If someone figures it out, and creates a bra that not only is comfortable and barely noticeable throughout the day, then they would probably be an instant millionaire.  I’ve always said that this would be the same if someone figured out a flattering and affordable and ridiculously comfortable pair of shoes.  Some things are just worth it.  I’d pay a  bit more for either of these items if they made my life a lot more comfy. However, I wouldn’t pay an exorbitant amount of money.

And it shouldn’t cost all that much. Aside from the hours put into engineering such a bra, there are some excellent, flexible yet supportive materials out there now. So why haven’t we yet, in this modern day and age, created an alternative to the typical brassiere?

It’s hard to imagine a support system that doesn’t go around the circumference of the chest in order to support the breasts, however there may be some alternatives out there today that would suffice at least in baggier clothes to provide some sort of modesty. Take for example pasties.  These are little circles or scalloped circles that go around the nipple.

They help to create a contour and camouflage that hides them, which is part of the function of a good bra – to shield them from showing when you’re cold.  Every women knows how embarrassing it can be to be showing your “headlights” when you don’t want to be!  This is actually one of the main reasons that I wear a bra, not for the support so much but more for the modesty aspect of things.

Women who are larger in the chest may need the actual support though, which is where we come back to alternatives. I suppose you could imagine some sort of undercarriage support that pushes them up from the bottom, but how would it adhere to the skin?  There’s always the possibility that any adhering material would irritate the skin since adhesives typically are made of chemicals that can cause irritation when they are adhered to the skin too long. Ever seen your skin after you peel off a band aid at the end of the day?

There is another alternative as well, perhaps to make a bra come further down than traditional bras, so you don’t get that cutting sensation just under your chest, and so that you also don’t have them riding up if they’re a simple cotton spandex design.

What is your idea of the ideal bra?  Or an ideal bra alternative?  Even better!

Heidi Montag Downsizes Her Implants

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The infamous reality star who’s most famous for appearing on the popular reality series “The Hills” along with her second half Spencer (something), and who also happens to be famous for getting a litany of cosmetic enhancement procedures a few years back, all at one time, has made the news again.

Heidi Montag infamously went to a size F breast implant when she had her series of cosmetic surgeries, and she also dramatically altered her appearance in other ways as well, looking a lot different than her former self suddenly.

If you know much about cup sizes, then you sure know that an F cup is HUGE.  It’s really just much too big, and it can really cause a lot of issues not only with back pain, but it can also cause hardening of the implants, capsular contrapture, and a multitude of other problems like implant migration and other things that can require further surgery.

Not to mention, I’m sure it welcomes a lot of unwanted male attention (and female stares as well, after all it’s kind of hard to ignore the enormity of such big breasts).  So, I’m thiking Ms. Montag was just plain sick of lugging those big bad boys around.

She reportedly did not get her imlants completely removed though, she simply downsized to a smaller cup.  She’s now a “modest” D cup, and she looks much more comfortable now.


TMZ Catches Parking Spot Altercation in Front of Breast Cancer Treatment Center

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I can’t believe I got sucked into watching this, and I have to say that I never knew the edgy gossip website TMZ also now has a television show. For all I know, maybe the website is based on the show and the show came first. At any rate, you know how addictive these types of gossipy websites can be where they give you a glimpse into the beautiful and exciting lives of celebrities.  It’s definitely appealing to the voyeurs in all of us, and even the best of us can get caught up in it here and there.

And I was certainly no exception last night when they were showing clips of their reporters going out and soliciting reactions and comments from multiple celebrities, invading their personal lives and space, and generally just trying to get them on camera for as long as they can.

One of the things they caught was Mrs. Mark Wahlberg, who happens to be a stunning model, get into some sort of small altercation over a parking spot with a woman.  It wasn’t clear whether the two women actually had words or not, but the woman whose spot she said Mrs. Wahlberg took certainly had plenty to say.

She said that she was there for a breast cancer treatment and that she had gotten duped out of her parking spot.  But upon further examination, she started to hedge on it and seemed to admit it wasn’t her that was there for treatment, or something to that effect.

Exciting stuff, no?!  Not really, I just figured I’d share it because it was pretty funny that this is considered newsworthy. And even funnier that I got sucked into watching such a mundane encounter, simply because someone famous was involved!  I guess in the end it’s nice to know that the rich and powerful and famous also have to deal with the same mundane details of life just like the rest of us do.  I think that’s why celebrity gossip escapism has become so popular.

New Mammogram Slogan “Woman Up” – Thoughts?

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It’s officially breast cancer awareness month now.  You see the pink ribbons and pink colors everywhere, and while it’s a really nice way to remember and recognize women who have struggled with this still too-pervasive disease, it does have its critics.

Some think that the “pinkwashing” phenomenon encourages women to only seek the current toxic treatment options that are out there rather than actually preaching nutrition and lifestyle changes to help address the cancer.  There are of course other criticisms, too numerous to list here, but I’ll leave that up to the reader to read about on their own.

One thing that’s a bit troubling to me personally is that I’ve been seeing these billboards and hearing commercials on the radio with the new slogan to “Woman Up” and get a mammogram. The commercials go something like, yeah it may be a pain and it may be uncomfortable, but we are women hear us roar, or something to that general extent. But what if, like me, you’re really not sure that mammograms aren’t actually contributing to the exacerbation and proliferation of breast cancer cells?

Since mammograms expose the breast tissue to radiation, some critics do think that they may be encouraging breast cancer, and that they may also be causing women to get treatment for cancer that don’t really need it yet because the cancer cells are so slow growing.  Now, if you’ve already got a tumor that’s one thing, however some think that mammograms turn on the panic button when there are not enough cancer cells yet to be of any concern.

I know that sounds like it’s a bit unscientific, but if you read about it, some experts will even say that there are some very slow growing cancers that may not cause problems for years, and they may even go away on their own according to yet some other experts.

So what is right? How are we to know who to believe?  It’s really hard to make a judgment about whether mammograms are right for you without doing a lot of self-education.

You have to go with what your instinct tells you is right.  It can take a lot of soul searching and also a lot of simply relying on your own intuition, but it’s a bit bothersome that the medical community is preaching mammograms as the end-all be-all when it comes to early detection and breast cancer prevention.  It’s also a little off putting that they are making it sound like you’re being irresponsible in your own self-care if you choose not to get a mammogram periodically.

I suppose I would just much rather see them promote self-exams (manual, by the hands) than promote something that is completely safe and can be done any time, several times a year, in one’s own home, which also happens to not expose the delicate breast tissue to radiation.

Especially when emerging studies are putting their benefit into serious question.  What is the answer? I don’t know, and don’t presume to be able to tell anyone else, only that they must really do their own research and come to their own conclusions about their beliefs in what is the best way for them to prevent breast cancer.