New breast cancer screening guidelines recommend against routine mammograms for healthy women in their 40s due to the number of false positives. Although controversial, I can appreciate the decision. As a naturopathic physician, I strongly believe in the basic medical tenet “first do no harm” and breast trauma (squishing) and radiation are harmful. The decision to do a mammogram should be an individualized and educated decision.
The bottom line is prevention. Naturopathic physicians are experts in preventive medicine. Generally speaking, there is much to be done preventively. Regarding breast cancer risk assessment, I highly recommend vitamin D level testing and extensive hormone testing that includes estrone metabolites. Contact me, or your local naturopathic physician, for a complete preventive wellness check, including vitamin and hormone testing.
We are very lucky to live on Kauai where we have locally raised grass-fed beef. There is a HUGE difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef (which is what is generally found in your standard grocery store). As compared to grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef: is lower in fat and calories, has more than double the healthy omega 3 fatty acids, has more vitamins (like vitamin E, beta carotene, B vitamins) and minerals, and has conjugated linoleic acid (a healthy fat that can help weight loss and is a potential cancer fighter).
If you are a meat-eater, I urge you to switch to grass-fed beef to better your health. Here on Kauai, it can be bought at the Wailua Country Sore, Kojima’s, Chevron Station in Princeville, Sueoka’s, and Ishihara markets. Elsewhere, check your local health food store.