Alternative Medicine Explanation of the Cause of Breast Cysts
Alternative medicine breast cysts treatment prefers to treat the cause rather than the symptoms. Mainstream medical authorities prefer to surgically excise or needle aspirate the breast cysts, and the breast cysts grow back again after several months to several years.
Breast cancer is usually, but not always PAINLESS. In contrast, breast cysts are PAINFUL and typically vary in size and pain with the menstrual cycle, but not always. The cyst feels like a grape; it is a fluid filled skin enclosed little ball. It may be as small as a pin head or as large as a plum. However, it can be painful and varies again with the menstrual cycle. The very fact that it varies with the cycle is a clue that the breast cysts are hormone related.
In my opinion, and that of many medical researchers and alternative medicine practitioners, Estrogen Dominance (too much estrogen) causes both, breast cysts and breast cancer.
Xenoestrogens and Phytoestrogens
Estrogen Dominance (too much estrogen) CAUSES breast cysts. This excess estrogen comes from chemicals that mimic estrogen; the chemicals pretend to be estrogen (xenoestrogen). Blood or saliva tests do not show these xenoestrogens because the lab test only can measure estradiol, estriol, estrone, or progesterone. For instance, DDT, a common pesticide, is a classic hormone disrupter. However, the lab test does not measure DDT. DDT is still found on produce from third world countries imported to the USA. Phytoestrogens may also cause Estrogen Dominance (too much estrogen). Most of the products from the health food store have some kind of herb that mimics estrogen. These herbs are phytoestrogens.
Topical Dose is 10 times in Potency to Oral Dose
An important point is that "ANYTHING PUT ON THE SKIN IS 10 TIMES IN POTENCY THAN WHAT IS PUT IN THE MOUTH". This is because whatever is put on the skin bypasses the liver and goes directly into the body. However, whatever taken orally is 90% prefiltered/metabolized by the liver. For instance, a 200 mg oral dose of Natural Progesterone is equivalent to a 20 mg topical dose of progesterone cream. The liver metabolizes 90% of the oral dose of progesterone before it reaches the body. What those 90% or 180 mg of progesterone does, I and many physicians are unsure of what they do, but it does make you VERY sleepy. That is why I believe that topical progesterone cream is a superior mode of administering progesterone than the oral route.
Synthetic estrogen skin patches sold commercially by big pharmaceutical companies rely on skin absorption of estrogen.
After the age of 35 Progesterone Levels Drop to Less than 1% of Normal
Another contributor to Estrogen Dominance is the lack of progesterone after the age of 35. Normally, BEFORE the age of 35, a woman cycles and has a surge of estradiol and then a surge of progesterone. The follicle looks like a giant pimple on the ovary and begins to become larger. The follicle produces estradiol. Then the follicle "pops" out an egg. The "used" follicle becomes the corpus luteum. The corpus luteum then produces progesterone.
In contrast, AFTER the age of 35, even though the woman has a menstrual cycle, she is NOT ovulating and just having estrogen pulses. Most women, most of the time, are having an anovulatory menstrual cycle. This means the follicle comes up, does NOT "pop" out an egg, no corpus luteum is being produced, and no progesterone is produced. So after the age of 35, the woman only, usually, but not always produces estrogen pulses only. Progesterone usually counters estrogen. So the woman after the age of 35, produces progesterone pulses with the synergistic action of xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens is estrogen dominant.
Blood and Saliva Testing of Hormones are NOT usually helpful
This is why blood and saliva testing of hormones is not helpful clinically, in my opinion. After the age of 35, the woman depending on her particular cycle will not produce any progesterone anyway. Instead of doing a lab test for progesterone, I just ask her age. If she is above the age of 35, it is likely that her progesterone level taken at the appropriate time of the cycle is less than 1% of a woman that is before the age of 35 that is having ovulatory cycle. Also the lab test does NOT measure xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens.
For instance, lavender is a potent phytoestrogen that mimics estrogen. Lavender does NOT increase estradiol in the blood. Lavender pretends to be estrogen. The blood or saliva test does NOT measure lavender in the blood or saliva. The blood test measures estradiol. See the article here.
Fear / Stress / Anxiety
Chronic fear / stress / anxiety can cause impaired excretion of xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens. It is accompanied by "chemical sensitivity". Chemical Sensitivity is found in some breast cysts patients, but not most breast cyst patients. It is accompanied by a hypersensitivity to smell, abnormal Rhomburg test, multiple allergies, and sensitivity to drugs. The hypersensitivity to smell may appear as a headache with perfume. Or all smells appear to be "sharp". Newsprint may make the eyes water and can be sensed from as far away as several feet. I have seen patients wear plastic gloves to avoid contacting the print. Patients may avoid the cosmetics isle of a department store because the "smell" of cosmetics makes them sick. Typically, the patient can smell things from a far away distance as compared to her peers. Fear/stress/anxiety increases histamine levels and interleukin-6 levels. These increased neurotransmitters may or may not be linked to this effect. See and article that links allergies to fear/stress/anxiety.
An abnormal Rhomburg is the only concrete physical manifestation of chemical sensitivity. Put your feet together, stand on tip toes, and close your eyes. A person with chemical sensitivity will "wobble" compared to a young healthy teenager. This represents impared cerebellar function. Chemical Sensitivity is certainly NOT permanent, and when you get rid of fear/stress/anxiety the "wobbling" will get better and better until you become steady.
The Chemical Sensitivity patient also has multiple allergies to foods, soaps, and cosmetics. However, they may not be recognized as such. The most common allergic reaction may be a rash, but may be may be as subtle as increased heart rate, insomnia, upset stomach, diarrhea, headache, transiently increased heart rate, asthma, stuffy nose, and watery eyes.
The Chemically Sensitive patient will be more "sensitive" to drugs than other patients. Small amounts of drugs will have a great effect on this patient. I have actually dosed these patients with 500 mg of caffeine and then measured the caffeine blood levels 24 hours later and found that the caffeine levels were elevated 24 hours later. This elevated caffeine level says that the patient has difficultly excreting caffeine. In reality, the patient has difficulty excreting all chemicals including xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens. This is an additional reason why the patient has difficulty excreting all drugs and is Estrogen Dominant. I usually ask my patient whether or not a cup of coffee before bed would keep her up all night.
So because the chemically sensitive patient cannot excrete xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens as well as other people, she is Estrogen Dominant and susceptible to breast cysts.
Conflicts with other Women
Furthermore, it seems that most patients especially if the breast cysts are one sided and not the other, can trace the start of the breast cysts to a conflict with another woman. Breast cysts in the right breast are correlated with fights with a non-blood relative woman such as an office coworker or a mother in-law. Breast cysts in the left breast are correlated with a conflict with a blood relative such as a grandmother, sister or mother.
I initially scoffed at this. But I began to look at my patients. The first lady I mentioned this to said that "It was a "reach."" But then she thought about it, and remembered that the breast cysts in her right breast started when she had a conflict with her boss at work 6 years ago. The next patient that I talked to said she was a manager of a pool of women and always had conflicts with them. She had cysts in her right breast. The final consecutive woman that I talked to had extensive breast cysts in both breasts. After consistently avoiding xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens for a year and taking topical progesterone all the cysts in her breast resolved except for one lump in her left breast. This was a painful lump that after excised by the surgeon turned out to be breast cancer (usually breast cancer is PAINLESS). After I mentioned my observation that left breast cysts are linked to conflicts with blood relative women, she exclaimed, "My mother has been dead for 20 years, and I still hate her!"
These were three consecutive women I queried. The only thing that I could think of was that this conflict with other women makes you upset. This emotional "upset" causes biochemical changes in the brain and body leading to impaired excretion of xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens.
The conflict with other women leading to breast cysts is certainly NOT 100% of all women, but occurs in most women. It is an surprising startling observation that I myself initially scoffed at. I cannot fully explain it, but I consistently observe it in my patients.
If the patient is able to "make peace" with the other woman, or forgive, or otherwise comes to terms with the other woman that she has had a conflict with, many times, but not all the times, the breast cysts will resolve spontaneously.
Not Wearing a Bra - Secondary Importance
Some women have found improvement in their breast cysts by NOT wearing a bra. Bras if tight can impair the lymphatic drainage of the cysts by constricting the "tubes" (lymphatic system) that can drain the cysts. This is a simple alternative medicine solution, but still does not address the primary cause of breast cysts of Estrogen Dominance or the impaired xenoestrogen and phytoestrogen excretion. The breast cysts are still formed they are just drained more efficiently. The goal of getting rid of Estrogen Dominance is NOT to have them form altogether bra or no bra.
SummaryIn summary, a woman is Estrogen Dominant (too much estrogen) because of:
- 1. Xenoestrogens (usually, but not always, topical)
- 2. Phytoestrogens (usually, but not always, topical)
- 3. Anovulatory cycles after the age of 35 - estrogen pulses only, no progesterone pulses.
- 4. Chronic Low level fear / stress / anxiety can cause impaired excretion of xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens. (do the seminar at www.pleasantvalleychurch.net)
- 5. Conflicts with other women can cause impaired excretion of xenoestrogens.
Alternative medicine breast cysts treatment suggest that you avoid xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens. Sometimes women that resolve their conflicts with other women spontaneously have their breast cysts resolve. This is because the resultant decrease in stress from resolving the conflict allows the woman to excrete xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens more effectively.