Yes, I actually have done the research. It’s no lie that we pump a huge amount of hormones (in addition to corn & soy) into the cows that serve the meat and dairy industry here in the states. It’s also no lie that a plant based diet certainly wouldn’t hurt you. But what is a plant based diet? Literally plants. Few grains. No sugar other than occasional fruit. It’s actually not all that hard to do anymore with all of the vegan products available. But a plant based diet is NOT just a vegan diet. And a breast cancer fighters plant based diet is even stricter.
⚫️ SOY: “Tofu contains phytoestrogens — or plant-based estrogens. These compounds have an estrogen-like effect on the body so they block normal estrogen production and have been linked to breast cancer. Some scientific research finds that soy might “feed” certain breast cancers since it can behave just like estrogen. It might depend on how much soy is consumed as well as the overall health of the woman, but if you have breast cancer currently, are a survivor of breast cancer or you have a family history of breast cancer, I would definitely avoid tofu and other unfermented soy products entirely”. (6) – DrAxe.com
Well that makes things more challenging. Especially since I was a vegetarian for 7-8 years in the 90’s/00’s when all of the meat/dairy alternative products were soy only. Only recently has that market expanded to almond, coconut and more options.
So maybe soy ✔️
⚫️ What about birth control? Breast cancer is an estrogen/ progesterone fed disease (usually, not always), so what did those ten years of birth control do to me? Also, I am a huge proponent to a woman’s right to access to it, but I’m becoming reluctant at fighting blindly for something we know very little about chemically.
BIRTH CONTROL: “Increased Risk: Breast Cancer. If you take or have taken birth control pills in the recent past, you are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than women who’ve never used them. Researchers aren’t sure if the link is due to the estrogen or progesterone” – American Cancer Society
So maybe birth control ✔️
⚫️ What about smoking? Well there is the off/on smoking “socially” I did for all those years.
SMOKING: “Smoking causes a number of diseases and is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger, premenopausal women” – breastcancer.org
Hmm. Maybe the smoking ✔️
So yeah, I’m healthier than most people I know. I haven’t drank or done any outside substance for nearly a decade. I used to run 20+ a week before treatment, and still walked 10-15 miles a week all through chemo, and again 2 weeks post mastectomy. I have done countless 5k, 10k, half marathons. I don’t eat fast food very often, and almost never drink soda. I eat mostly dark chocolate and don’t use a lot of butter or excessive cheese.
So WHY ME. I’ll never know. Just please don’t assume it won’t be you either.