Chapter K1. 'Advanced' Topics (Part I)
   You  have  very  good  RED Triangle  in  your  favor (the foundation of
   your 'house of health').  The following could be considered the 2nd and
   3rd 'floors' of your 'house of health':

   1. Where you live - Rural  is  generally  better than urban in reducing
      breast cancer risk.  But  you  will  not  be  buying a  house  in  a
      'general' rural area, but a particular one.  So, talk with potential
      neighbors about pollution risks.  Before buying a property, have the
      soil analyzed  for  heavy  metals and toxins.  Call up a reporter of
      a local  newspaper  and  ask  him  if he can remember any 'pollution
      scares'.  Before  buying,  have  the  drinking  water  analyzed  for
      toxins; consider  having  a  house inspector examine the 'new' house
      before committing to purchase.

      [Book] David Steinman and Dr. Samuel Epstein, The Safe Shopper's
      Bible: A consumer's guide to non toxic household products,
      cosmetics, and food (1995, Macmillan USA)

   2. Mercury amalgams in your mouth -  Leave  them  there  or  have  them
      removed?  Dentists refer  to  these  fillings  as  'silver' fillings
      although  they  contain  about  50%  mercury, a  neurotoxin.  If you 
      can  afford  it, consider  having  all  'silver'  fillings  removed.
      Unless  the  dentist  ( preferably  a  'mercury-free'  dentist )  is
      very  well  schooled  in  the  proper  protocol of removing 'silver'
      fillings, your  health  could  be impaired.  Ask prevention oriented
      MDs  and  naturopaths  who  their  dentist  is  and  why  they  have
      confidence  in him/her.  Alternatives  to  'silver'  are  composite-
      resin (i.e. plastic),  porcelain,  and  gold.  Porcelain may contain
      aluminum;  ask  your  dentist  if  she  considers  porcelain  to  be
      a  safe  alternative.  If  you ( an  adult ) take  a supplement with 
      at  least  100   micro-grams  of  selenium,  you  will  reduce  your
      levels of heavy  metals; but  this  is  no  substitute from removing
      the source of  heavy  metals from your body.  EDTA Chelation therapy
      is somewhat useful in  removing  mercury  from the body (see section
      6 of this chapter, K1).  Heavy metals such as mercury,  cadmium, and
      lead weaken the immune system which cancer cells 'find very pleasing

      Prevention of Cavities - If your mom provided  you  with  long  term
      breastfeeding and put you on an optimum (and tasty) diet thereafter,
      you should have very few, if any, dental cavities; a side-benefit of
      this should  be   fewer dental  X-rays.  Medical  X-rays before  the
      approximate) age of 16 years are much more likely to produce cancer,
      compared to medical X-rays  after 16.  But  dental  X-rays  are  not
      likely to cause  breast  cancer, so  why  worry?  The 'name  of that 
      tune' is: the  goal  of  your  'medical  helpers' is  to  leave  you
      in better health than 'when they found you'. Remember: Who's paying?
      Is there  an  alternative  to dental X-rays?  Some  dental  diagnos-
      tics can be performed non-invasively via a technology named EAV (see
      section 10. of this chapter).

      It's All in Your Head (Hal Huggins, DDS)
      Silver Dental Fillings: the Toxic Time Bomb (Sam Ziff)
      The Price of Root Canals (edited works of Dr. Weston Price) 
      Preventing Breast Cancer: The Story Of A Major, Proven, Preventable
        Cause Of This Disease (John W. Gofman, M.D., Ph.D., 1995)

   3. Natural Progesterone - EXCESS estrogen is an 'enemy' of modern
      women.  Dr. John R. Lee (book: Natural Progesterone) has reduced
      the benefits of progesterone to a table:
Estrogen effects                      NATURAL Progesterone  effects

creates proliferative endometrium     maintains secretory endometrium
breast stimulation                    protects against breast fibrocysts
increased body fat                    helps use fat for energy

salt and fluid retention              natural diuretic
depression and headaches              natural antidepressant
interferes with thyroid hormone       facilitates thyroid hormone action

increased blood clotting              normalizes blood clotting
decreases libido                      restores libido
impairs blood sugar control           normalizes blood sugar levels

loss of zinc and retention of copper  normalizes zinc and copper levels
reduced oxygen levels in all cells    restores proper cell oxygen levels
increased risk of endometrial cancer  prevents endometrial cancer

increased risk of breast cancer       helps prevent breast cancer [!!!!]
slightly restrains osteoclast function   stimulates osteoblast bone
reduces vascular tone                 necessary for survival of embryo
                                      precursor of corticosterone
(Right to reprint above chart granted by permission of John R. Lee, MD)

      Most women take natural progesterone to rebuild bone mass; at best,
      estrogen  only  slows  down  the rate of loss.  Some sentences bear
      repeating: natural  progesterone helps postmenopausal women REBUILD
      bone mass. One of the side-benefits  is  the  reduction  in  breast
      cancer risk.  Researchers  Linda  D.  Cowan et  al.  reported  that
      "The risk of premenopausal breast was 5.4 times  greater  for women 
      in  the  PD  [progesterone  deficient]  than  those  in  the  NH [ 
      not progesterone deficient] group."  Dr. Rona recommends that women
      who would benefit from natural progesterone  take it for a  minimum
      of five (5) years; this is especially  true  for  women who want to 
      to rebuild bone mass.   
      Women who use natural progesterone creams generally wait until about
      the age of  menopause  to  rebuild their bone density; (a deficiency
      in  natural  progesterone  increases  BC  risk  also).  But  Dr. Lee
      informs  us  that  about  20%  of bone loss occurs before menopause.
      So, to gain the  many  benefits  of  natural  progesterone, ask your
      prevention  oriented  doctor  if  it  is  OK  for you to use it. The
      cream form of 'P' is  the  safest  and  most effective form.  Should
      you buy a cream that  only  has  'Mexican  Wild  yam' (as the active
      ingredient)?  No!!  Some  claim that  diosgenin  (from  the  Mexican
      Wild yam)  is  converted by  the  body  into  natural  progesterone.
      But Dr. John R. Lee asserts, "..there is  no evidence that the human
      body converts diosgenin (found in Mexican Wild yam) to hormones." 

      How quickly will NP rebuild your spinal bone mass?
      That strongly depends on how  'low' your  bone  mass  was before you
      started NP.  If it was very low, the average gain is likely to be in
      the range of 2%-5%/year. This low per year gain  may disappoint some
      women, but GAINING vs. losing bone is nothing but a health  plus for
      women; plus you get the various other side-BENEFITS.  If  your  bone
      mass was just marginally low, your yearly bone mass gain will likely
      average in the range of .5%-2%/year.

      Which Natural Progesterone product to buy? - If you  decide  you are
      going to use a NP product  for  five  or  more years, you want to be 
      very confident of the product you select.  There  are  two  products
      (both CREAMS) that Dr. John R. Lee has recommended:
        a. Pro-Gest
        b. Natural Woman
             (see chapter P for the phone numbers to order these products)
      [Your author is not directly or indirectly  financially connected to
      any doctor or product listed in this entire document]

      More bone builders -Impact exercise & a good calcium/magnesium supp-
      lement. Will a sport such as swimming substantially build bone mass?
      No, it requires an activity with some impact, such as BRISK  walking
      (25-60 minutes/day).  A daily supplement  of  calcium/magnesium will
      also help; Dr. Bob Martin (Phoenix, Arizona)  recommends the product
      Osteoprime but you must be confident that the particular product you
      choose  will  be one  that  will  easily  assimilate (i.e. avoid the 
      CARBONATE from of calcium/magnesium).

      Recommended reading: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About
        Menopause (John R. Lee, M.D., 1996)
      Hormone Replacement Therapy: Yes or No (Betty Kamen)


      NATURAL PROGESTERONE   The Multiple Roles of a Remarkable Hormone
        (Dr. John R. Lee)
      Hormone Replacement Therapy: Yes or No   (Betty Kamen)  
      Return to the Joy of health, Dr. Zoltan Rona, Jeanne Marie Martin,
        (alive publishing)
      Cowan LD, et al., Breast cancer incidence in women with a history of
        progesterone deficiency; Amer Journal of Epidemiology,
      Ho K, et al., Estrogen Lipid Oxidation, And Body Fat, NEJM, 1995;
      Sowers M, The relationship of bone mass and fracture history to 
        fluoride and calcium intake: a study of three communities, Amer J
        Clin Nutrition, 1986;44:889-898


   4. Juice Fasting - No one in  North  America  has a body fee of heavy
      metals and other toxins. How to get rid of them? Hundreds of years
      ago our ancestors in  the  late  Winter  and  early Spring went on
      'involuntary' fasts (not enough food).  During  a  fast  the  body
      'says', in effect, 'time to get rid of this stored junk (toxins)'.
      Is juice  fasting  for  everyone?  NO!!  For  people  with certain
      medical  conditions  (e.g. hypoglycemia)  juice  fasting should be
      avoided.  Get your doctor's  OK  before  going  on a fast.  If you
      have a very bad reaction, it  is  likely  best  to  forget fasting.
      All fasts should  be  supervised by  a  medical professional.  The
      first juice  fast  should  be  very short (1 day, 2 days maximum);
      the second  fast  a bit longer (2 days, 3 days maximum).  When you
      'break'  the  fast,  do  it  gradually (ie. do not end the fast by
      eating  big  meals  of  solid  food).  Eating fruit only is a good 
      way to 'break' the fast.

      Airola, Paavo  How to Get Well.  Phoenix, Arizona: Health Plus, 1979
      Darlington, L.G. and Ramsey, N.W.  "Clinical Review of Dietary
        Therapy For Rheumatoid Arthritis."  British Journal of
        Rheumatology, 1993;32:504-514
      Hauser, G.  New Treasury of Secrets. Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett, 1976
      Lust, J.B.  Raw Juice Therapy.  Northamptonshire, England: Thorsons,
      Ross, S.  Fasting: The Super Diet.  New York: Ballantine, 1976
      Salloum, T.K.  Fasting Signs and Symptoms - A Clinical Guide. East
        Palestine, Ohio:  Buckeye Naturopathic Press, 1992
   5. Where You Work - Chemicals  can  be  carcinogenic  (cancer causing).
      Ask  the  National  Institute  for  Occupational  Safety  and Health
      (1 (800)-35-NIOSH) to  send  you  the  free  NIOSH  Pocket  Guide to
      Chemical Hazards.  The  National  Coalition  Against  the  Misuse of
      Pesticides publishes materials on pesticides in our schools:
        701 East St., SE
        Washington, D.C.  20003      (tel.: (202) 543-5450)
      You  have  to  be a  bit  of  your  own 'Sherlock Holmes'; if you or
      a friend  knows how to use INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES, your 'sleuthing'
      will be much easier.  Keywords for the search could include:
        1. occupational
        2. hazards
        3. risks
        4. xxxxxx  (where xxx is your profession)
        5. health
        6. cancer
      Examples of keyword searches:
      1. electrician NEAR cancer AND risk
      2. photocopier NEAR cancer
      ['NEAR' means that the two words must be within a few words of
      each other; 'NEAR' and 'AND' must be CAPITALIZED]

      Loomis D, et al. Breast Cancer Mortality Among Female Electrical
        Workers in the United States, JNCI, 1994; 86:921-925
      Rubin C, et al., Occupation as a Risk Identifier for Breast Cancer,
        American J Public Health, 1993; 83:1311-1315

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