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February 7, 2012

Dr. Kather’s Breast Health supplement list

Filed under: Breast shape,Olympia Physician — gary @ 12:31 am

Breast health greatly interests me because my aunt died at 56 years-old from metastatic breast cancer. My goal for all of my clients, family, friends and myself is that we make choices that promote breast health instead of ever having to fight cancer. Smart choices begin with our diet. We want to eat lots of colorful organic vegetables and include essential fatty acids in our diet. A diet high in saturated fats and sugar PROMOTE the risk for cancer, so the standard American diet has created an overwhelming stress on the cancer treatment industry.

NO gifts of candy, cakes, cookies or other sugar-laded items to our clinic please! These items are not “goodies,” but rather bad stress to a person’s health. Celebrate holidays with colorful vegatables and fruits, instead of illness-promoting sugar.

I personally prefer a beautiful Birthday Papaya to a birthday cake. Also, instead of wedding cake, please consider experience-oriented foods, like healthy recipes containing Maca and ginseng, which can improve the mood of the guests as well as their energy levels.

Breast health supplements

Iodine (Iodoral, containing potassium iodine and potassium iodide)

Enhance the methylation of estrones, an important concept in promoting breast health, with Di-indolemethane (a natural substance from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli), Trimethylglycine (TMG), Magnesium citrate. Magnesium is also important for decreasing anxiety, relaxing muscles and improving sleep and blood pressure.

Vitamin B12, vitamin B6, folate, Resveratrol, Omega 3 fatty acids, CoQ10 are all important for breast health, which is why Rhythmatix from Univera (vit B12, vit B6, folate, CoQ10, Resveratrol, fish oil EPA & DHA 2-4 capsules a day) should be renamed “breast –matix” because it supports both vessel and breast health.

Vitamin D3 supplementation is especially important in the Pacific Northwest where vitamin D deficiency is an epidemic. 25 hydroxy vit D levels above 75 nanograms/milliliter have been shown to have greater protection against breast cancer than lower levels of vitamin D.

Melatonin is an important neuropeptide for sleep and breast health.

The progestin new-to- nature synthetic drugs in birth control pills suppress the natural production of the woman’s own fertility-promoting hormone progesterone. Bio identical progesterone supplementation in deficient states to youthful levels, in a fashion that mimics youth, may help decrease some of the proliferative effects of those drugs. The cycling of progesterone often promotes periods of a decline in breast size that many women can see, feel, and measure.

Vitamin E– mixed tocopherols 400 iu po qd

Vitamin A retinyl palmitate

The healthy hormone adiponectin made by fat helps decrease the risk of breast cancer and heart disease. Enhance adiponectin production with exercise, vitamin E, specific phytonutrients from Cape aloe and other supplements that improve blood glucose control. I especially like the Univera product Level G (bananba, chromium nicotinate, vanadium, Cape Aloe, Aloe Qmatrix- aloe chromones, cinnamon) one tab taken twice to 4 times a day).

Avoid obesity and minimize inflammation. Supplement the diet with phytonutrients that address the underlying causes of inflammation, such as Scutellaria baicalensis, Acacia catechu, Turmeric/ curcumin -all of which are in the product from Univera called RegeniFREE.

Avoid sugar- use Xylitol instead, for its immune system enhancing effects as well as ability to sweeten foods, while contributing a lower blood glucose load.

STOP smoking.

References:

  1. Curr Med Res Opin. 2008 Jan;24(1):139-49. Molecular basis of the potential of vitamin D to prevent cancer. Ingraham BA, Bragdon B, Nohe A. Source: University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5737, USA. bingraham@umche.maine.edu

Abstract

CONCLUSIONS:

Research strongly supports the view that efforts to improve vitamin D status would have significant protective effects against the development of cancer. The clinical research community is currently revising recommendations for optimal serum levels and for sensible levels of sun exposure, to levels greater than previously thought. Currently, most experts in the field believe that intakes of between 1000 and 4000 IU will lead to a more healthy level of serum 25(OH)D, at approximately 75 nmol/L that will offer significant protection effects against cancers of the breast, colon, prostate, ovary, lungs, and pancreas. The first randomized trial has shown significant protection against breast cancer, and other clinical trials will follow and ultimately lead to improved public health policies and significantly fewer cancers.

  1. J Pineal Res. 2011 Nov 7. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-079X.2011.00940.x. Melatonin interferes in the desmoplastic reaction in breast cancer by regulating cytokine production. Alvarez-García V, González A, Alonso-González C, Martínez-Campa C, Cos S. Source: Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain.

Abstract

Melatonin exerts oncostatic effects on breast cancer by interfering with the estrogen signaling pathways. Melatonin inhibits aromatase enzyme in breast cancer cells and fibroblasts. …Lower levels of cytokines stimulate the differentiation of fibroblasts and decrease both aromatase activity and expression, thereby reducing the number of estrogen-producing cells proximal to malignant cells.

  1. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2001 Jan;65(2):163-9. Effects of oral contraceptives on breast epithelial proliferation. Isaksson E, von Schoultz E, Odlind V, Söderqvist G, Csemiczky G, Carlström K, Skoog L, von Schoultz B. Source: Department of Oncology, Radiumhemmet, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. erika@rah.ks.se

Abstract

The association between oral contraceptive (OC) use and breast cancer is not fully understood. Estrogen is a known mitogen to breast epithelial cells, but there is still a controversy about the effect of added progestogens[progestins]. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies were used to assess epithelial proliferation in normal breast tissue from 106 healthy premenopausal women with and without oral contraceptives. In 26 women biopsies were performed before and after 2 months of OC use. Proliferation, expressed as percentage of Ki-67/MIB-1 positive cells, was correlated to endogenous progesterone, androgenic/anabolic compounds and exogenous progestogen[progestins]. We found a higher proliferation (p = 0.03) in OC users compared to non users, with mean values of 4.8% and 2.2%, respectively. There was a positive correlation between proliferation and progesterone levels in non-users and with serum levonorgestrel concentrations in women using OCs containing this progestogen (rs = 0.43, p = 0.02). Women using OCs had significantly lower serum androgen levels compared to naturally cycling women and free testosterone levels displayed an inverse relation to breast epithelial proliferation. There was a marked variation in the response to exogenous sex steroids. In certain women after 2 months of OC use, the percentage of MIB-1 positive cells was as high as 40-50%. The results add to the growing evidence that progestogens may be mitogenic in breast tissue. Increased proliferation during hormonal contraception should be regarded as an unwanted and potentially hazardous side effect. Efforts should be made to define hormonal contraceptive regimens which minimize breast epithelial proliferation and to identify those women with the most pronounced proliferative response.

 

September 30, 2011

Breast shape and your health

Filed under: Breast shape — Dr. Natalie Kather @ 7:42 pm

Many women step out of the shower and pause for a moment in front of the mirror to glance at their breasts. They look at the shape and the wonder is this the right shape? Are they healthy? Should they look different? Is there anything I can do to change them?

We women are often taught to look at our breasts and make sure that the nipples are pointed in the same direction, that there is no dimpling, or any area on the skin that looks like an orange peel. These are important features, as they herald or suggest possible breast masses or lumps. The concern about breast lumps, of course, is whether these lumps are cancerous, precancerous, or just a hormonal fluctuation effect.

To state that breast size is entirely related to hormones is very narrow sighted. Many women will tell you from their experience, that they can feel changes in their breasts depending upon what they eat or drink. It is not uncommon to hear a woman relate her caffeine intake to how swollen her breasts feel. Breast tissue is as responsive to our diet as any other part of our body. It requires good nutrition, healthy weight, avoiding effects that cause inflammation, avoiding oxidizing processes like smoking, and healthy hormone balancing. Some of this healthy hormone balancing can be a result of eating particularly breast healthy phyto nutrients.

A good example of addressing breast shape and supplementing breast tissue with the nutrients it needs includes a client of mine who has had multiple breast biopsies, all of which were benign, to assess multiple breast cysts. To cysts have persisted in this caused her to have itching on her breast for a few years. Since iodine is a mineral that breasts really like a need for good health, I recommended that she topically apply liquid over-the-counter iodine to her breasts daily. Within a couple days the itching had resolved. I anticipate that as she supplements iodine, as I have done with my other clients with breast cysts disease, the shape of her breasts will change. Her breasts will become less lumpy, have less cysts, and perhaps take on a smoother contour.

Some breast shapes are the result of inadequate hormone effect. I think of my clients, and previously myself, who have inverted nipples or secondary mound breast shape retained from pre-puberty. In this case, we think about issues of arrested development, and sex hormone level testing may provide direction about the treatment path.

As the woman stands in front of her mirror critiquing her breasts’ shapes, these are the appropriate questions that she can ask herself about the reflection she sees in the mirror.

  1. Does my diet create a breast shape that is healthy, free of lumps and bumps, free of discomfort?
  2. How do my breasts change throughout the course of my menstrual cycle?
  3. Do I need to lose fat and gain muscle so that I can have healthier breasts?
  4. What steps to I need to take to stop smoking so that I can significantly decrease my risk of breast cancer?
  5. Do my breasts ever feel bloated, such as an inflammatory reaction to food I’ve eaten or recent infection?
  6. Do I have tiny red vessels the parents in the skin over my breasts, which suggests inflammation?

With this sort of attention, a woman can seek medical care when appropriate and choose a lifestyle and environment that promotes healthy breasts, and live a long happy life with healthy beautiful breasts.

 

July 1, 2010

Newsletter Vol I. Issue I

Filed under: Olympia Physician — Dr. Natalie Kather @ 8:30 pm

Advanced Family Wellness is pleased to present our first edition to our bi-weekly newletters, entitled “To Your Health & Wellness: a bi-weekly newsletter from Natalie Kather, MD.” In this issue you will find Dr. Kather’s article on pre-diabetes and the American sugar problem along with her recommended assignment for the week. Also, we will be unveiling our clinic’s product of the month from the health & wellness supplement company Univera. Check it out! If you prefer to have our newsletters emailed to you call our office at 360-570-8010 to be placed on our email list.Click to see newsletter: Newsletter 1 July 2010

July 18, 2008

Clinical Research Trials are Underway

Filed under: Olympia Physician — Dr. Natalie Kather @ 7:55 pm

Advanced Family Wellness is pleased to announce that it will start its third clinical trial. If you are interested in participating, please contact the clinic at phone # 360-570-8010.

October 4, 2007

Healthy Energy vs caffeinated adrenaline rush

Filed under: Olympia Physician — Dr. Natalie Kather @ 9:02 pm

The most common complaint I hear from patients is “I’m tired all the time!” What they do not realize is that they have created a cycle of worsening fatigue with their use of caffeine. Caffeine is found in coffee, teas, soda pop, and now even beer. It is a pro-aging substance. Yes, it makes people grow older faster. Is it no wonder then that these caffeine lovers  drag around the office because their energy is so low? Sadly, they often drink more, trying to battle the ever-increasing fatigue! As an Anti-Aging physician, I must admit that caffeine keeps me in business!

“So what am I supposed to do then?” is the usual response I get after explaining how this fast-track-to-being -old stresses the adrenals and depletes the body.

Healthy cellular energy and body renewal come when the body gets the substances it needs. Substances known as bio-energetics are particularly effective for this job. My favorite book describing this process is THE METABOLIC PLAN: STAY YOUNGER LONGER, written by international metabolic chemistry expert Stephen Cherniske. If you own a body, then this is the instruction manual you need for it. The book gives easy to understand descriptions of nutrients we can choose to improve our cellualr energy, performance and health. It’s my favorite anti-aging book! (See my review on Amazon.com.)

My two favorite bio-energetic drinks that improve cellular renewal are Xperia and AgelessXtra. A recent research trial at my clinic showed positive benefits in well-being for the subjects without causing much affect on blood sugar levels. To find out more about purchasing these drinks or a copy of THE METABOLIC PLAN, please contact my office Advanced Family Wellness Inc PS at phone # 360-570-8010.

May you have a day filled with sustained healthy energy!

September 23, 2007

War and Peace

A delicate balance exists among the hormones of the body in order to have optimal health. A recent request for Yaz (ethinyl estradiol-drosirenone, a birth control pill) by a patient with PMS, irritability, weight gain and poor sex drive reminded me of the important balance between our “warrior” hormone testosterone and our “world peace” hormone progesterone. A woman with PMS can be described as having an imbalance between these two hormones. Her aggitation and irritability may make her seem more ready to start a war than to relax in peace and acceptance of this beautiful world. So drugs like Yaz try to stomp down these testosterone-related symptoms of irritability. But testosterone does more than make a woman assertive and strong, it also contributes to a her sex drive and strength. And progesterone does more than improve her tolerance of others’ imperfections. Progesterone also makes her to want to cuddle and helps regulate her body’s warmth. So optimal and balanced levels of these hormones add better quality to life than depleting either of them. What many women don’t realize is that the drug Yaz helps decrease the testosterone signals in their bodies. This is a reasonable choice for a woman who truly has testosterone excess and a relative, but not true, progesterone deficiency. If the woman is low in both progesterone and testosterone, but has enough tetsosterone to create a relative testosterone deficiency, then use of this medication may produce a worsening of her low testosterone condition, even though she’ll have less irritability. These unwanted symptoms of testosterone deficiency include muscle loss, fat weight gain, fatigue, thinning hair, dry skin, weakness, and depression. This is why I advise women with PMS to test their serum hormone levels during their worst PMS days to see what their true hormone conditions are before starting any hormonal therapy, whether it’s bio-identical or synthetic. Because the truly desired outcome is more than just war or peace before menses, but rather strength, harmony, health and patience.

Dr Natalie Kather, MD