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HEALTH CONCERN? BioHealth Health Concerns

Toxic Overwhelm and Breast Cancer

Contributing Author: Petersen, Vikki D.C.

Vikki PetersenDr. Petersen is the Clinical Director for HealthNOW Medical Center located in Sunnyvale, CA. The medical center offers family medical care, chiropractic with physical therapy and clinical nutrition. Dr. Petersen has been in private practice for over two decades. Dr. Petersen received her Doctorate from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1983. She is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and holds a Diploma from the American Chiropractic Board of Nutrition. Dr. Petersen has lectured throughout the United States and appears regularly as a speaker for various companies. She is an international radio personality, speaking on topics such as Women's Health, Stress, Anti-Aging, Fibromyalgia, Weight Loss, etc.

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This year 182,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,300 will die from it. Of men, 1,600 will be diagnosed and 400 will die. These are chilling statistics, but ones we have more control over than you might think.

Let's look at toxins for a moment.

  • Organic pollutants accumulate and concentrate in fatty tissue, especially female breasts.
  • Americans utilize over two billion pounds of pesticides each year.
  • More than 3,000 chemicals are added to the foods one commonly finds in the supermarket.
  • Over 700 chemical compounds have been found in common drinking water.
  • The average school child in the United States is exposed to illegal drugs by the time he is eight years old.
  • Medical drugs, a multi-billion dollar industry, are used today for a multitude of problems, from sleeplessness to depression.
  • Research has found that the average person consumes up to four pounds of pesticides each year and has residues of over 400 toxic substances in the body.
  • * Evidence exists that women with breast cancer have 50% to 60% higher levels of organochlorines in their tissues than women without breast cancer.
  • Organochlorines are chemicals made from chlorine and these include everything from bleach to plastics, deodorants, paints, wood preservers, pesticides, and cleaning agents.
  • Scientific research demonstrates that drugs and chemicals stay in the body long after they are ingested, dulling awareness, decreasing mental acuteness, and affecting our emotions.


  • What are the lifestyle and dietary habits that put us at greater risk?
  • Prolonged use of oral contraceptives and estrogen replacement therapy.
  • High-fat animal and dairy product diets heavily contaminated with chlorinated pesticides that are estrogenic (similar to the hormone estrogen) and carcinogenic (can cause cancer) to the breast. Meat contaminated with potent sex hormones used to fatten cattle in feed lots before slaughter.
  • Exposure to petrochemical carcinogens in the workplace that put about one million U.S. women at increased risk.
  • Exposure to carcinogenic chemicals from hazardous waste sites and petrochemical plants that pollute soil, air, and water.
  • Exposure to indoor air pollutants, including carcinogenic pesticides and solvents.
  • Prolonged use of black and dark-brown permanent or semi-permanent hair dyes.
  • Heavy smoking and drinking that commences in adolescence.
  • Inactivity and obesity.

As you can see, there are many risk factors. Unfortunately, many of these are difficult to avoid.

You can do two things to decrease your risk:

1. Make sure your liver is working optimally. Why your liver? The liver is your detoxification organ. Its job is to take toxins that enter your system and render them harmless, allowing them to be excreted from your body before they cause damage. Needless to say, the stronger and better your liver, the better able it is to perform this vital job.

COREONE Diagnostics has an incredible lab test designed to evaluate liver function. It is a simple urine test that looks at your liver's ability to detoxify from two different angles.

I consider it a foundational test. By that, I mean it is one of the basic, critical tests that I perform on most of my patients. And now you know why that is. With all of the chemicals that we are bombarded with, normal liver function is critical.

2. Remove the stored toxins already in your body. This may sound complex, but fortunately it's not. When there are too many toxins for the liver to deal with, the body deposits these toxins in the fat in our body. These residual toxins can cause adverse reactions in people months and even years after they have been first exposed to the drug or chemical.

As women, we frequently hear that mammograms are our best prevention tool when it comes to breast cancer. I disagree. Early detection is, of course, important. Far better is to lessen your chances of getting cancer at all. Having a healthy liver can go a long way toward the prevention of many illnesses, including cancer.