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Bodacious Breasts

During my summer vacation after the 5th grade, my brother and I went to a summer camp for one month in Poland and then visited with family there for the second month. Upon my return I was a different person. Not just because of the experiences I had there of the European culture, not just because of the people I met nor the friendships I made. I was also a changed person on a physical level as my body went through a transformation called puberty and my breasts had started to grow...and grow...and grow some more. It was that inevitable time in a girl's awkward adolescence when she realizes she has to start wearing a bra.

Shopping for new bras was an interesting experience. The part that I could have done without was when the boys at school would sneak up behind me and pull on the back strap of my bra that they could somehow always see through my shirt. This got really tiring really fast and, unfortunately for me, it continued to last. I wore baggy shirts more often than not in an attempt to hide my bumps. I was on the track team and found it mildly annoying and often painful how they bounced up and down when I ran. Needless to say, that was my last year on the track team.

I spent the better part of my growing and teen years resenting these large, protruding organs on the upper part of my chest. I developed the bad habit of hunching my shoulders forward in an attempt to make my breasts look smaller, which not only injured my confidence, but also my posture. I thought that any boys who were attracted to me were only showing interest in my physical shape and that left me a bit untrusting of the opposite sex. Comments were often made to me by other females with smaller breasts about how lucky I was to have large breasts. I wished at that time that I was able to see the benefits that they saw. I didn’t yet understand their biological use nor had I found any appreciation for them and thus they were experienced as burdensome to me.

While pregnant with my son in 2007, I started to develop a deeper connection with my body than I had ever experienced before. Growing a life inside my womb was miraculous and most sacred. I was filled with awe and joy. It wasn't until after giving birth and using the fullness of my bosom to feed my newborn that I can truly say I loved my breasts for the very first time in my life. They suddenly had a purpose, a very important one! They helped foster a deep bond during breast feeding that I will always cherish and they provided nourishment for my growing boy.

Sadly though, the beauty and biological brilliance I’ve recently discovered for my breasts is being largely overshadowed in society by the plague of breast cancer sweeping the modern world. I have two friends and one client who have been diagnosed and had to make some tough decisions, and I know of other women through colleagues and acquaintances that were in the same boat. It pains me that incidence rates are alarmingly high but also may be preventable. Keep reading, because there is good news I'd like to share with you to restore hope regarding your breast health.

Most breast cancers are a result of cell mutation and not the genetic factors that many scientists lead us to believe. Our breasts are naturally designed to respond to signals from both the internal environment and outside influences. Breast tissues are highly absorptive cells that are brimming with endocrine receptors which, unfortunately, cannot tell the difference between real and synthetic estrogens. The fake ones disrupt our delicate hormonal balance and lead our health awry, even causing gender-bending effects. Nadine Artemis, founder of Living Libations and author of the well-researched book Renegade Beauty, identifies three key imbalances that are prevalent in breast cancer patients. Virtually all cases of women with a diagnosis of this dis-ease are proven to have high levels of xenoestorgens, metalloestorgens and mycoestrogens.

Xenoestrogens are molecular compounds found in the environment that bind to the estrogen receptors in our bodies and block the biological estrogens from doing their job. Many of us are exposing ourselves regularly to excessive levels of endocrine disruptors and xenoestrogens which are foreign to the human body. These compounds are lurking everywhere, from plastic water bottles to pasteurized milk. They are found in abundance in many sunscreens and skin care products. Use of artificial air-fresheners, perfumes, and even birth control pills contributes to the load of artificial estrogens that get stored in the fat cells of our breast tissues.

Metalloestrogens come to us via exposure to toxic and heavy metals, such as mercury from dental fillings, lead from lipsticks, aluminum from using antiperspirants and cooking with aluminum foil or aluminum pots and pans, cadmium from inhaling cigarette smoke and by consuming contaminated rice and grains. Halides from the halogen family of metals are another group of offenders. These include fluorine found as fluoride in drinking water and commercial toothpaste, chlorine found in public swimming pools and tap water. Bromine, whose various forms are lurking in processed foods and flame retardants on clothing and furniture, can attach itself to dust in our homes. If not eating organic foods, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides contribute to this chemical soup as well.

Mycoestrogens make their way into the body from a fungi that produces a mycotoxin that mimics estrogen as a byproduct. Candida albicans is the most common culprit. This is the fungus responsible for yeast infections in women and thrush in babies. Candida feeds off sugar yet this is not the only reason to reduce high sugar consumption in your diet. A domino effect occurs when our blood sugar levels are spiked; this leads to insulin resistance which contributes to estrogen spikes. Most of the Western population has a sluggish liver that struggles to process the elevated estrogen levels leaving us in further excess.