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GNO 11-2013
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This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our focus is on prevention!  Genetic predisposition and family history have been shown to affect one's breast cancer risk BUT lifestyle choices control gene activation & the expression of health.  So what does this mean? It's an empowering spin on what research is telling us.  Higher risk means more reason to take action.  Positive action toward prevention! We have dedicated this newsletter to giving you proven ways to stay cancer free.  Sitting around, playing on your iPad, drinking, stressing at work and eating the Standard American Diet are NOT helping you stay healthy and cancer free.  Take the time to read this newsletter and learn what LIFESTYLE actions you can take to stay healthy and strong, minimize your risks, AND be cancer free!  Please share with all the ladies in your life!

And don't forget that ALL of our services will be highlighted at our
Girls Night Out Event on Friday, November 1st!  Bring a friend who is curious about our unique brand of healing.  We have room for 16 gals, don't wait to reserve your space! 

Until our next adjustment...
Yours in Health, 
Dr. Heidi & the InnerMovement Wellness Team
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer.  About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.


The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2013 are:

  • About 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer
Death rates have been falling since 1989, believed to be a result of early screening and detection, along with advances in treatments. It is estimated that there are approximately 2.8 million Breast Cancer Survivors living in the U.S. 
Lifestyle Choices That Reduce The Risk Of Breast Cancer:

  • Breastfeeding:  may play a role in prevention and the longer you breastfeed, the greater the benefit.  A recent study conducted in Spain showed that women who breastfeed for longer than 6 months had a gain in life expectancy of 10 years versus women who did not breastfeed.  
  • Birth control: studies show that women who have taken oral birth control have a slightly higher risk.  This risk is diminished after women stop taking birth control pills..
  • Smoking:  there is evidence of a direct link between smoking and breast cancer.
  • Alcohol consumption:  a direct link has been proven between alcohol drinking and breast cancer.  This risk increases with the amount of alcohol consumed.
  • Overweight or Obesity: being overweight after menopause increases the risk as after menopause, most of a women's estrogen comes from fat cells.  Having more fat tissue after menopause increases your risk for breast cancer.
  • Poor diet:  it's widely documented that eating a diet low in fresh fruits and vegetables, and high in sugar, processed or fatty foods, increases your risk.  
  • Reduce Estrogen in your dietresearch links high estrogen exposure to increased risk. Most people don't know that there are estrogen-mimicking synthetic hormones in beef, chicken and eggs.  Buy hormone-free meats and eggs and reduce intake of unfermented soy products as these increase estrogen in the body as well.
  • Vitamin D Deficiency:  a deficiency in Vitamin D is linked to increased breast cancer risk so be sure to have your level check with a simple blood test.
  • Physical activity:  evidence shows that physical activity serves to decrease the risk.  A Women's Health Initiative Study showd that as little as 1.25-2.5 hours of brisk walking reduced a women's risk by 18%.  The more exercise, the further reduction in risk.
  • Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution.
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Toxicity and Cancer:  Outweighing the Genetic Connection


While the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations account for 20-25 percent of hereditary breast cancers and 5-10% of ALL types of breast cancers, there are a number of environmental toxicity factors that increase the risk dramatically.


According to the National Toxicology Program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are 52 chemicals known to cause cancer of all kinds in humans.  Residues of more than 400 toxic chemicals - some found in household products and foods - have been identified in human blood and fat tissue.


One of these key toxins is in plastics, something we are in touch with everyday.  Certain chemicals, like Bisphonel A (BPA), in  plastics leach estrogen-mimicking chemicals that are linked to breast cancer. Unfortunately this chemical is present in many food and beverage containers.

There are other breast cancer implicated chemicals in household products, cosmetics, and food.  Visit the Breast Cancer Fund for more information.

It's important to minimize the exposure of these harmful substances to you and your family so we've provided some websites for you to visit below.  And while it's difficult to avoid these chemicals entirely, we recommend adhereing to healthy lifestyle habits that incorporate detoxifying nutritional programs and detoxification treatments - both of which are on special this month!

For more information on BRCA Genetic Testing, please visit:

More links on toxicity and breast cancer:
Holistic Treatments Proven to Benefit Physical & Emotional Results of Cancer


Studies have shown that Holistic Medicine can help alleviate the pain and side effects of cancer treatment and speed up the recovery process.



Chiropractic care successfully treats the joint pain and headaches typically experienced during cancer treatment.  In addition, Chiropractic helps restore nerve function and boost the immune system to aid in recovery.


The healing touch of massage not only helps reduce the anxiety and depression associated with breast cancer by releasing dopamine, it's proven to aid in pain relief.  In a study conducted at the University of Minnesota, massage lowered the need for pain medication.  Massage also boost the body's natural immune system.


Acupuncture alleviates the nausea associated with chemotherapy.  It is also being used in hospitals and cancer treatment centers to relieve pain, reduce the hot flashes, reduce arm swelling and other side-effects of cancer treatment.

For more information on the benefits of Holistic Medicine, please ask Dr. Heidi who can develop a custom treatment plan for you.
Breast Cancer: 
Early Detection & Screening
Early detection improves the chances of diagnosing breast cancer and is key in surviving breast cancer so it's important to formulate an early detection plan consisting of monthly self-exams, clinical exams, and mammograms.
For a comprehensive Self-Exam How-To, please visit:

For detailed information on Mammograms, please visit:

Here are two Los Angeles area resources for low-cost or low-cost mammograms and cancer testing centers:

Nutrition Corner: Pumpkin Power
Pumpkin is loaded with the anti-oxidant beta-carotene and current research shows that a diet high in foods containing this important nutrient may reduce the risk of developing cancers and protect against heart disease.   There are even more reasons to incorporate more pumpkin into your diet.  Here's why:
  • Beta Carotene also decreases  joint inflammation.
  • High in Vitamin A:  great for your vision and helps boost your immune system.  
  • Vitamin RIch:  High in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Potassium, Selenium and Zinc.
  • High in Fiber:  great for your digestion system, lowers LDL and regulates blood sugar.
  • Contain L-triptophan:  known for alleviating depression, this triggers feelings of happiness and well-being.
Recipe Of The Month
Pumpkin-Cranberry Muffins
(make 12 muffins)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil  (or substitute 1/8 cup oil + 1 small overripe banana - well mashed)
  • 1 cup almond or rice milk
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine flours, agave nectar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Combine pumpkin, beaten egg, oil and milk substitute in a medium bowl. Make a well in dry ingredients; add pumpkin mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in chopped cranberries. Fill muffin cups and bake for 22-25 minutes. 


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