Tuesday, May 5, 2009


I am still deciding whether or not to take the the estrogen receptor blocker drug, Tamoxifen. All the while, I am researching bio-identical progesterone cream as an alternative.

I busy reading Dr John R Lee's books: 'What you Dr may not tell you about Breast Cancer' and 'What your Dr may not tell you about Menopause' - his points are below.

(Dr Lee has also written a book called 'What your Dr may not tell you about Premenopause' which I will buy next - although I am sure the info is all pretty much the same).

EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO READ THESE BOOKS! DOCTORS DO NOT KNOW THIS INFO. EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU ARE NOT A CANDIDATE FOR BREAST CANCER. The bio-identical progesterone also helps treat various other female problems.

To date, Dr Lee's books have been the most useful, well researched, comprehensive, and hope providing. Finding a practitioner int his country who has successfully treated breast cancer for many years is a not proving easy.

The only thing is: my breast tissue results came back as estrogen positive and progesterone ambivalent - they could not determine whether or not the breast cancer was stimulated by progesterone.

If it was stimulated by progesterone, I am not sure whether or not I can use the progesterone cream. About to email Dr Lee now.

I am questioning whether women could start measuring their estrogen and progesterone levels from 20-25yrs, correct any imbalances with bio-identical hormones, and decrease the chance of getting breast cancer. Obviously, there are other contributing factors to breast cancer and all these need to be addressed.

......Back to the lab for more info on the breast tissue results


What Dr. Lee Said About Breast Cancer


For more than 20 years, women and charitable organizations around the world have joined together each October to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over the last two decades, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has done much to raise money and awareness levels for the disease. In our opinion, however, the event has focused too much attention on promoting the early detection of breast cancer while devoting little energy to preventing women from getting the disease in the first place.
To prevent a disease, one must understand what causes it. This is the truth that Dr. Lee understood. It was Dr. Lee's desire to know the causes behind breast cancer that led him to write his book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer. If you have not read this groundbreaking document, we encourage you to do so this October. Here is an overview of some of the central points he made in the book.

Despite billions of dollars spent on breast cancer research, a woman's chance of surviving a malignant breast tumor has changed little over the last 50 years. It may come as a shock, but a woman's chance of surviving a malignant breast tumor today is about one in three...roughly the same rate as five decades ago. Research studies on mortality rates have shown that radiation therapy, tamoxifen, and chemotherapy are not saving more lives. At best, they prolong some lives by a few months or years, but often at the expense of painful or even deadly side effects. Moreover, the number of breast cancer cases per thousand women is much higher today than it was 50 or even 30 years ago.

While breast cancer is rarely caused by a single factor, unopposed estrogens play a central role in the formation of the disease. For decades, researchers have known that excess estrogen (i.e., estrogen that is unopposed by adequate progesterone and other hormones) increases a woman's risk for endometrial cancer. Recent research has revealed that it also plays a key role in breast cancer formation. Unopposed estrogens can break down into quinone estrogens that react with and damage the DNA in breast cells. These damaged cells can become cancer cells if the body's various defense mechanisms do not recognize and destroy them. In addition, unopposed estrogen can activate the Bcl-2 gene that frequently induces cancer-causing cell proliferation.

Unfortunately, it has become common in developed countries for both women and men to have high levels of unopposed
estrogens. This condition, which Dr. Lee called estrogen dominance, has been fueled by changes in our diets and lifestyles. Another cause is our growing exposure to the estrogen-like substances–known as xenoestrogens–found in plastics, fertilizers, pesticides, and other manmade products. Unless we address estrogen dominance, breast cancer risks are likely to remain elevated.

Progesterone plays a critical role in countering the negative effects of unopposed estrogens. In the body, progesterone neutralizes many of the effects of unopposed estrogen that can lead to breast cancer. It decreases the cell proliferation that is induced by estrogen. In addition, it down-regulates the cancer-causing Bcl-2 gene and up-regulates gene p53, a gene that promotes the death (known as apoptosis) of tumor cells.

Given these findings, having adequate progesterone can be critical to preventing breast cancer. Unfortunately, progesterone levels among many women in developed countries are below normal, healthy levels. This is especially the case among older women and those who use conventional hormone replacement therapies (
HRT). This is why Dr. Lee recommended natural progesterone supplementation for women suffering from estrogen dominance, not to mention the avoidance of HRT.

Besides maintaining healthy progesterone levels and avoiding HRT, women should take steps to reduce other breast cancer risk factors. These include reducing our exposure to xenoestrogens, maintaining healthy levels of other hormones such as DHEA and melatonin, reducing our intake of sugars and unhealthy fats, and managing stress levels through exercise and adequate rest.
Throughout his career as a physician and researcher, Dr. Lee was passionate about finding the causes of breast cancer and the other cancers that women face. It is therefore fitting that What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer was the last book that he completed before he passed away in 2003. The words with which he opens the book speak volumes about his commitment:

"The book is dedicated to all the women who have lost their lives to breast cancer, and to all women currently fighting breast cancer."

1 comment:

John said...

The wise use of natural progesterone to combat all sorts of problems that currently and frequently affect both sexes can no longer be disputed. The oestrogenisation of our environment (we live in a "sea oif oestrogen") demands that at the very least we should balance the effect of this profound pollution with progesterone therapy. The incidence of breast cancer has increased by >700% since the '50's and this pollution is one of the main reasons for this extraordinary and alarming statistic. The so-called "lack of evidence and trials" is illogical - we know all about the effects of natural hormones from extensive research done from the late '30's to present time. Progesterone is the only hormone to be available OTC. Modern medicine's solutions for the managment of the many common conditions caused directly by oestrogen dominance and / or progesterone deficiency would be laughable if it was not so tragic.