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Double jeopardy

MagazineMarch 2013 (Vol. 23 Issue 12)Double jeopardy

One woman learns that a predisposition to breast cancer isn't a death sentence

One woman learns that a predisposition to breast cancer isn't a death sentence

Freda consulted me, accompanied by her husband, about a not-unusual medical problem: her genetic predisposition to breast cancer. Her mother, two aunts and three elder sisters as well as many other female family members had all developed breast cancer and many of them had already died of it, and she wanted to know if she was at risk. She'd had a blood test, which confirmed her genetic predisposition.

A number of women in her family had had double mastectomies only to die of ovarian cancer a year or so later, which strongly suggested some sort of hormonal influence on the disease.

Although only in her 30s, she'd been recommended to have both breasts removed by the surgeon, but she didn't see any point if she would only live to die of another cancer.

When she consulted with me, I first explained that her genetic predisposition only predisposed her to breast cancer, but did not cause it. I told her it was similar to someone who had a genetic predisposition to migraine, but then discovered that, as cheese, chocolate and red wine could trigger his headaches, if he avoided all three he would be free of migraine.

Taking a full history of her was my way of identifying her causes. I was looking for anything that could cause inflammation, and before long I discovered that she'd missed school often because of sore throats. She'd been given antibiotics for them regularly with each attack-which was at least three times every year.

As antibiotics wipe out 'good' bacteria as well as bad, I wasn't surprised to learn that she'd had thrush as an adult. Considering the number of antibiotics she'd taken, she almost certainly had some sort of fungus in her body that was inflammatory, as she'd had other courses of antibiotics for various infections as an adult. She had also had premenstrual breast tenderness and mental irritation that, once again, are inflammatory. Otherwise she was remarkably well and exercised most days.

I recommended two tests. One was a thermoscan of her breasts. This imaging technique uses infrared sensors to map out heat levels on the skin surface, with higher heat indicating greater blood flow-exactly what tumours need to grow. The second was a blood test called a 'telomerase test' to see if she had cancer anywhere in her body. Telomeres are the tail-end of DNA strands; every time our DNA divides, we lose a bit of it. So as far as I am aware, we cannot make any more telomeres-but cancer cells can because they contain the enzyme telomerase. This means that a raised telomerase result indicates cancer somewhere in the body.

Life changes
I also suggested that she change her diet and avoid all animal milks and products (which are, in my opinion, highly inflammatory as they tend to encourage respiratory infections and flu in children), all sugar, alcohol and caffeine, and all chemical additives, especially aspartame, as that has been shown to cause cancer.

After Freda had a thermoscan done in London, I saw her and her husband for a second visit a month after her first consultation. Her thermoscan was clear as far as we could tell and her telomerase test was also negative. I recommended she repeat both tests every so often. I was happy to learn that her next premenstrual phase was completely symptom-free, so her hormonal imbalance had corrected itself simply by changing her diet.

Freda explained all this to her surgeon who was, to her great surprise, fascinated by what she told him. Although Freda tried to explain her experience to the other women in her family with the same genetic predisposition, all of them rejected her advice out of hand. Surely their doctors would have suggested such an approach, they said, had there been anything in it.

Not long ago I received a letter from Freda, reminding me that she had come to see me 20 years ago. She had not needed a bilateral mastectomy and was very well.

She'd decided to contact me to tell me how good my advice had been, but the other female family members who had not taken any notice of her suggestion had either died from breast cancer or had the double mastectomies but then still died of ovarian cancer.

As Freda said, you can only talk to those who are prepared to listen.

Dr Patrick Kingsley

The telomerase test was carried out by Neuro-Lab in Bournemouth, Dorset; tel: 01202 510 910. They may require that you be referred by a doctor to whom they can send a report.

Dr Patrick Kingsley, a holistic practitioner for more than 40 years, specialized in 'no hope' diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis.Now retired, he can speak freely about his unorthodox but highly successful approach to treating the 'incurables'. See thenewmedicine.info for more details.


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