Preventing Breast Cancer Slide Presentation

Live Well to Prevent Breast
Georgia Tetlow, MD
• Philadelphia Integrative Medicine
• Factors in your control
• Overall goals
– Strengthen the immune system
– Reduce inflammation
– Reduce free radicals
– Reduce DNA damage that leads to cancer
Nothing to disclose
– Supplement sales only benefit educational
• Website and webinar offer information is
not medical or psychological advice or
Georgia Tetlow, MD
• Graduate Fellow, University of Arizona
Center for Integrative Medicine
• CEO, Founder of Philadelphia Integrative
• Clinical Assistant Professor of
Rehabilitation Medicine Thomas
Jefferson Medical College
Georgia Tetlow, MD
• Yoga Teacher for 20 years
• Mindfulness teacher
Philadelphia Integrative Medicine offers a
comprehensive approach to health and
healing which recognizes the whole
person and champions self-care for
health, illness recovery and prevention
through education, inspiration and
Return to Art of Medicine
• Mind, Body and Spirit
• Fight cancer, but focus is on
health and returning to health
• Power of life style choices!
– Understand root causes
Cancer: Factors Within Your
• Smoking
• Weight control/Exercise
• Diet
– Fruits/vegetables, alcohol, best fats, certain
cancers: hormones in beef and milk
– Green tea
• Omega 3 Fatty Acids (November 2012 webinar)
• Vitamin D—get tested! Many people
• Keep immune system healthy—emotional
and spiritual health
Factors in Your Control
President’s Cancer Panel, 2010
• Minimize toxicity in food, house and garden
products, toys, medicines and medical tests
• Filter tap water, store water in stainless steel,
glass or other containers to avoid exposure to
BPA and other plastic components
• Buy produce grown without pesticides or
chemical fertilizers, or wash it thoroughly
• Antibiotic-free and hormone-free meat and
avoid processed, charred and well-done meat
Diet: Vegetables and Fruit
• How to get enough?
• Antioxidants…
• Reduce inflammatory and toxic cell
– NFkB, Il-6, Il-8
• Donate electrons to electron-deficient
free radicals
– Neutralize them!
– Cells and DNA protected, help prevent
Your Plate
Your Plate
• No one food ingredient
– Broccoli/cabbage family
• Cancer risk reduction
• Choose foods that allow you to have a
healthy weight
– Overweightincreased risk of breast cancer
– Overweightmakes recovery harder
• 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruit
Your Plate
• Whole grains
• Low fat—fish and nuts, rather than fried
• Eat vegetables!
– Supplements may not reduce risk
– Need more studies
• Green tea
• Organic food
• Vitamin D and calcium
Fruits and Vegetables: Juice Plus
Fruits and Vegetables: Juice Plus
Fruits and Vegetables: How?
1 drink daily
or less
Type of fat is important...
• Cook with Olive Oil
• FISH OIL (Omega 3’s fatty acids)
– modulate estrogen metabolism, estrogen
– 2-3 grams total daily, with food
– mercury/toxin free
– many benefits
– thins the blood, ask you doctor if right for you
Fish Oil Slows Tumor Growth
Hardman, J. Nutr. 132:3508S-3512S, 2002
Mind-Body Interventions
• Mindfulness
Mindfulness literature
• Witek-Janusek, et al (2008). Effect of mindfulness
based stress reduction on immune function,
quality of life and coping in women newly
diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Brain,
Behavior, and Immunity, 22(6), 969-981.
• Carlson, et al (2007). One year pre-post
intervention follow-up of psychological, immune,
endocrine and blood pressure outcomes of
mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in
breast and prostate cancer outpatients. Brain,
Behavior, and Immunity, 21(8), 1038-1049.
Mindfulness Literature II
• Carlson, et al (2004). Mindfulness-based
stress reduction in relation to quality of life,
mood, symptoms of stress and levels of
cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate
(DHEAS) and melatonin in breast and
prostate cancer outpatients.
Psychoneuroendocrinology, 29(4), 448-474.
• Tacón, et al (2004). Mindfulness-based stress
reduction in women with breast cancer.
Families, Systems, & Health, 22(2), 193-203.
Reduction in acute and chronic anxiety
Less emotional reactivity
Greater happiness and peace of mind
Increased empathy—for self and others
Enhanced creativity
Heightened perceptual clarity
Enhanced self-actualization
Cancer: Factors Within Your
• Smoking
• Weight control/Exercise
– Diet
• Fruits/vegetables, alcohol, best fats, certain
cancers: hormones in beef and milk
• Green tea
– Omega 3 Fatty Acids (November webinar)
• Vitamin D—get tested! Most people
• Keep immune system healthy
– Self-care, mindfulness
Why Integrative Medicine?
• Patient at the center
• Addresses the full range of physical,
emotional, mental, social, spiritual and
environmental influences
• Personalized strategy that considers the
patient’s unique conditions, needs and
• Health as “a state of complete physical,
mental and social wellbeing and not merely
the absence of disease or infirmity.”*
*Constitution of the World Health Organization — Basic Documents, Forty-fifth
edition, Supplement, October 2006.
• If registered, we’ll send you the recording
• November webinar: Heal Your Guts with
Omega 3 Fatty Acids!
– Friday, 11/30, 12-1pm
and click on events!
Questions, comments
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“Integrative medicine honors the innate
ability of the body to heal, values the
relationship between patient and physician,
and integrates complementary and
alternative medicine to support the organism
and facilitate healing.”
Maizes, MD
Executive Director
University of Arizona Center for Integrative
“Integrative medicine
addresses the root causes
of illness and suffering.
These root causes involve
many aspects of a
person’s life, including the
physical, but also the
psychosocial, emotional,
and spiritual dimensions
as well.”
--Dean Ornish, MD Founder and Director
of the Preventive Medicine Research
Thank you!

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