Fibrocystic breast disease 24 August 2009
Fibrocystic breast disease is a very common condition where there are multiple painful cysts in the breasts. It has recently been shown to be a risk factor for breast cancer. It can be very effectively managed by the following steps:
- Eliminate caffeine and trans fatty acids which both make the condition worse.
- Increase the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Supplement with _vitamin E _(mixed) 400 IU.
- Iodine. Iodine deficiency is a profound risk factor for fibrocystic breast disease. The breasts concentrate iodine and iodine is necessary for the development and maintenance of normal breast architecture. If you have fibrocystic breast disease you should check your iodine status with the iodine load test (see Iodine, Thyroid and Cancer) and supplement with iodine until you have adequate body levels of iodine. Acute sever painful fibrocystic breast disease responds profoundly to the application of vaginal/cervical iodine with the simultaneous injection of intravenous magnesium.
Iodine also helps metabolise oestrone (an oestrogen which promotes breast cancer cell growth) and its dangerous metabolite 16-alpha-hydroxyoestrone to oestriol which is an anti-carcinogenic oestrogen.
- Ensure you are not hypothyroid. For more information, see Hypothyroidism.
- Check your progesterone status. Most women over the age of 36 are deficient in progesterone resulting in the condition of oestrogen dominance. Oestrogen dominance predisposes to fibrocystic breast disease. The administration of bioidentical progesterone corrects this imbalance.