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Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer

Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.
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Breast cancer is the 2nd most common cancer killer after lung cancer. Fortunately, natural remedies may improve outcomes and decrease the toxicity of treatment.

Influence of Nutrition

Iodine - High iodine intake cultures (e.g., Japan) have 70% lower rates of breast cancer than low iodine countries like the U.S.

Vitamin D - Women with a higher vitamin D intake may be a quarter less likely to die from breast cancer than women with lower levels.


Though larger studies are needed, early experience showed these nutrients may decrease breast cancer growth or risk.

Iodine - Iodine (Tri-Iodine has 12.5 mg tablet. Take 1-4 tabs a day -- if taking more than 1, do so under a holistic physician's supervision as it may block thyroid function).

Vitamin D - 2,000 units a day (unless you have high blood calcium from bone metastases).

Coenzyme Q10 - Coenzyme Q10 chewables 200-400 mg a day. In 1 study, it helped shrink breast cancer metastases.

Black cohosh - For hot flashes from estrogen blockers (e.g., Tamoxifen), use black cohosh. It does NOT raise estrogen levels.

More Information Online

Black Cohosh May Decrease Breast Cancer Risk by Half While Preventing Cancer Recurrence

Breast Cancer and Iodine Deficiency

Coenzyme Q10 Plus B Vitamins Helpful in Breast Cancer

Mother's Diet during Pregnancy May Protect Daughters from Breast Cancer

The Breast Cancer/Fibromyalgia Connection