Wise Woman Ezine with herbalist Susun Weed
July 2007
Volume 7 Number 7

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Anti-Cancer Lifestyle ...
Mammograms are Harmful
by Susun Weed

Mammograms are Harmful
excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health! the Wise Woman Way
by Susun Weed
Available at www.wisewomanbookshop.com


Professor Anthony Miller, Toronto National Cancer Institute, says cancer cells may be squeezed into the bloodstream under the pressure of the mammographic plates. the Art of Camilla CostaScreening mammograms are unsafe other ways, too: they expose sensitive breast tissues to radiation, and they increase your chances of having a biopsy and being overtreated for carcinoma in situ.


Radiation Dangers
Scientists agree that there is no safe dose of radiation. Cellular DNA in the breast is more easily damaged by very small doses of radiation than thyroid tissue or bone marrow; in fact, breast cells are second only to fetal tissues in sensitivity to radiation. And the younger the breast cells, the more easily their DNA is damaged by radiation. As an added risk, one percent of American women carry a hard-to-detect oncogene which is triggered by radiation; a single mammogram increases their risk of breast cancer by a factor of 4-6 times.12

The usual dose of radiation during a mammographic x-ray is from 0.25 to1 rad with the very best equipment; that's 1-4 rads per screening mammogram (two views each of two breasts). And, according to Samuel Epstein, M.D., of the University of Chicago's School of Public Health, the dose can be ten times more than that . Sister Rosalie Bertell-one of the world's most respected authorities on the dangers of radiation-says one rad increases breast cancer risk one percent and is the equivalent of one year's natural aging.13

If a woman has yearly mammograms from age 55 to age 75, she will receive a minimum of 20 rads of radiation. For comparison, women who survived the atomic bomb blasts in Hiroshima or Nagasaki absorbed 35 rads. Though one large dose of radiation can be more harmful than many small doses, it is important to remember that damage from radiation is cumulative. Many women born in the 1930s and '40s-who are now considering the benefits of postmenopausal mammographic screening-have already absorbed quite a bit of radioactivity into their breast tissues from fallout from the atomic bomb tests of the 1950s. (See page18.)

The American Cancer Society claims that the radiation danger from a screening mammogram is no more than that caused by natural radiation in the environment. Not so. The amount of radiation from even one breast x-ray is 11.9 times the yearly dose absorbed by the entire body, according to Diana Hunt, former saleswoman for an x-ray manufacturing company, UCLA Medical Center graduate, and senior staff x-ray technologist for 20 years.14 (See page 18 for a list of rads absorbed while skiing in Denver, flying in an airplane, and other activities often cited as comparable to mammographic screening.)

A study published in the October 20, 1993 issue of Journal of the National Cancer Institute found a statistically significant increase in the incidence of breast cancer following radiation treatment of various benign breast diseases even among women older than 40 at the time of the first treatment.


Treatment Dangers
You increase your risk of being overtreated for the Art of Camilla Costabreast cancer whenever you have a screening mammogram. Eight out of ten masses detected by screening mammogram are false alarms, but if something is seen in your mammogram you'll be urged to undergo a biopsy.

Screening mammograms lead to overtreatment. Many of the "cancers" found by mammographic examination are carcinoma in situ. At least 75 percent of these will remain non-invasive and can be removed surgically, if desired, at any time, or simply left alone. Of the 25 percent of in situ cancers that do become invasive, the number that metastasize is quite small (and unmetastasized breast cancer rarely kills).

Early detection of tiny in situ tumors often leads to orthodox treatments which do not prolong life and which can cause immune system suppression, severe drug reactions, even death. Of course, early detection can also lead to life-enhancing wholistic treatments.

Green Blessings.
Susun Weed


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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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!


Online Course by Lisa Sarasohn

Initiation 2012:
Awakening Your Sacred Center, Part I

Mentor: Lisa Sarasohn

The year 2012 heralds a revolution in human consciousness. The signs suggest that the Sacred Feminine will be informing, and reorganizing, every aspect of human experience. As we embody the Sacred Feminine, we’ll be equipped to participate in — and shape — this evolution of human awareness with wisdom and grace.

This course is the first part of an ongoing process through which you embody the Sacred Feminine by energizing your body’s center with breath, image, story, and movement.

As a first step, this course focuses on befriending your body’s center and learning yoga-based movement and breathing exercises that will form the core of your practice. (Even if developing a movement practice isn’t for you at this time, you’ll still find a process that engages and rewards your participation.)

Price: $49.95

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About the Mentor, Lisa Sarasohn

This workshop flows from my quest for the Sacred Feminine blended with my experience practicing and teaching yoga.

I’ve been a Kripalu Yoga instructor since 1979. I’ve also trained as a yoga and bodywork therapist.

From 1981 to 1988, I served on staff at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. During this time, I led yoga classes for thousands of guests, conducted a practice in bodywork th erapy, designed workshops on many aspects of holistic health, and trained yoga teachers and bodyworkers.

In the course of my continuing yoga studies, I learned how cultures around the world have valued the body’s center as sacred. Delving deeper into this subject revealed connections between the body’s center and qualities of the soul, the extent of women’s power in family and society, and the degree of a culture’s reverence for Sacred Feminine.


Honor your belly!! Discover your treasure with in with Lisa Sarasohn

The Woman's Belly Book:
Finding Your True Center for More Energy, Confidence,
and Pleasure Within

by Lisa Sarasohn 2005
144 pages, 20 illustrations lay-flat perfect binding,

-- "This warm and friendly book is filled with womb wisdom, belly laughs, gut feelings, and pelvic power. It is--as subtitled--a guide to buried treasure. I recommend it highly." --
Susun Weed ~

This book retails for $15.95 plus shipping
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Honoring Your Belly DVD Video

This fun and instructional DVD video with Lisa Sarasohn is much more than a set of conventional stomach exercises. This dynamic sequence of belly-energizing moves draws from the wisdom of yoga and other healing arts. Use this 35-minute DVD video to learn these moves, enacting a rite for reconsecrating our womanhood and animating ancient symbols of the Sacred Feminine. Price: $29.95 plus shipping

"This warm and friendly book is filled with womb wisdom, belly laughs, gut feelings, and pelvic power. It is--as subtitled--a guide to buried treasure. I recommend it highly." --Susun Weed

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