Wise Woman Ezine with herbalist Susun Weed
February 2007
Volume 7 Number 2
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Grandmother Speaks...
Mammograms vs Thermography
"don't believe the hype"
by Sandra Fields

Mammograms vs Thermography
by Sandra Fields

dont believe the hype - mammograms vs thermography

Recently several newspaper and tv reports spoke of the value of mammogram in preventing breast cancer deaths. The truth is that it is not mammogram that leads to the drop in the death rate, but early detection.

the ART of Dana LeggettThe play on words here is to make mammogram and early detection synonomous. Mammogram is not early detection. A cancerous tumor has been growing eight to ten years before it is big enough and dense enough to be detected by mammography. That is why the treatment at that stage is so drastic-removal of breast, underlying muscle, lypmh nodes, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormonal therapy(Tamoxifen).

By the time a tumor reaches the size of a pin head (approximately two years into its growth) it can no longer be sustained by the normal blood supply and so it develops its own. The development of that blood supply is called angiogenesis. Thermography is the only technology in place that can detect angiogenesis. The tumor at that stage cannot be detected by mammogram, sonogram, MRI, etc. Ideally, to maximize prevention, the first thermography should be taken at age 25. This is because the highest incidence of breast cancer fatality is between the ages of 40 and 44 and breast cancer can grow up to 15 years before it becomes fatal.

Lifestyle and dietary changes can impact the growth proccess in its earliest stage to prevent and reverse further growth. Monitoring with thermography can insure the success of those changes. Even if no changes are made, monitoring with thermography can insure the earliest detection by mammography to effect the inclusion of lumpectomy only as a treatment option.

Don't be misled. The radiation used in mammogram(1 Gy) is a different type of radiation than that used in a chest x-ray (Gy). Mammogram radiation is ionizing radiation that can and does cause unrepairable double strand breaks of DNA.This type of radiation has been demonstrated to be 5 times more effective at causing cancer.

Due to hormonal influence, the breasts of pre-menopausal women are far more sensitive to this type of radiation. Each series of mammograms increases the pre-menopausal woman's risk of developing breast cancer by 1% per breast. As the effects of radiation accumulate over time, if one was to follow the American Cancer Society's recommendation to have mammography every year from age 40 to 50 (chosen arbitrarily to be coincide with menopause), that risk for developing breast cancer has increased 10% per breast over and above whatever ones risk already is. A recent article published in the Journal of Radiation Research suggests that the actual risk/benefit of mammographic exposure in premenopausal women warrents re-examination.

the ART of Dana LeggettAmerica is the only country that routinely screens pre-menopausl women with radiation. By some estimates this accounts for up to 20% of all breast cancers annually in the U.S. America also uses two or more mammograms per breast annually in postmenopausal women . This contrasts with the more conservative European approach of a single view every two to three years.

Mammogram should be placed in it's proper heirarchy. First thermography, if suspicious, then sonography, if suspicious, then mammogram to pinpoint the exact location of an existing tumor for biopsy.

Ideally to maximize prevention the first thermography should be taken at age 25. This is because breast cancer takes up to 15 years to become fatal and the highest fatalities occur between the ages of 40-44.

Which makes more sense to you, use radiation and painful breast compression(which could also cause blood vessels surrounding small yet undetectable tumors to burst and thus accelerate the growth and spread of cancer), or use a painless non-radiation heat sensitive camera to screen for angiogenesis and cell changes that precede cancer ? You decide, it's your body, your health.

Please forward this to every woman you know.




Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
The Wise Woman Way

by Susun S. Weed
Foreword by Christiane Northrup, MD
380 pages, index, profusely illustrated.
Foods, exercises, and attitudes to keep your breasts healthy. Supportive complimentary medicines to ease side-effects of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or tamoxifen.
Retails for $21.95

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Read some excerpts:
Mammograms - Who Needs Them? from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
Using Herbs Safely from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
My Anti-Cancer Lifestyle from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!


What a gift to women of all ages! This book helped me overcome my fear of what I might discover during self-examination. I am so grateful that this book came my way and I am healthier in mind, body, and spirit thanks to Ms. Weed's wise words! If I could, I would give a copy of this book to every woman in the world!

Menopause, Phytoestrogens and Breast Health
- 2 CD Set

Menopause, Phytoestrogens and Breast Health
2 CD Set
Susun S Weed
7th International Herb Symposium 2005

Expose the common myths about menopause and hormones. Straight talk about phytoestrogenic herbs. Are they the best herbs to use when a menopausal woman wants treatment? Do they promote health? Are progesterone creams safe? Should we be concerned about scientific research that shows some estrogenic herbs, including soy and black cohosh, correlate with breast cancer. Find the best way through the menopausal maze.
(Length - 1 Hour/57 Minutes)

Price: $22.50

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Hands On Herbal Medicine 2 DVD set

Hands On Herbal Medicine

First Susun Weed leads her students on a walk around her land at the Wise Woman Center. She teaches about plant and animal cells, nourishing herbal infusions, digestive fire and grounding. Herbs discussed include mitchella, hemlock, sheep sorrel, white pine, nettles, and mushroom turkey tail. In the second part, Susun teaches about preparing herbs for use. The five menstruums she uses are honey, water, vodka, oil, and vinegar. Each one is explained and demonstrated. Herbs discussed include catnip, ginko, shiso, nettle, and wormwood.

Time: Part 1 - 1 hr 22 min Part 2 - 1 hr 28 min.
Produced in 2009 by HerbTV Studio

Price: $35.00

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