Breast Cancer Averted: Thermography Before and After Pictures

by Ann Marie Michaels on February 2, 2012

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As many of you know, a good friend of mine passed away from breast cancer a few weeks ago. Needless to say, breast cancer has been on my mind.

I was chatting with another friend about it recently. My friend, who shall remain nameless (because who wants everyone to see their boobie photos on the internet?), told me she had gone for a thermography session. She said that the first session showed pre-cancerous activity — or something to that effect (I don’t know the actual terminology she used).

Here are her before and after photos. She also describes what she did to avert breast cancer:

Thermography Before Photo

Thermography Before Photo

In the BEFORE photo, my right breast (would be the left one in the photo) shows feeder blood flow (new vessels formed to feed cancerous cell cluster). Looks like a red and yellow snake weaving across my breast.

I had to have an ultrasound, but fortunately there was no tumor formed yet.

Protocol: Had vitamin D level checked (cellular and serum) and it was in great shape, but doubled my daily cod liver oil and butter oil dosage (Green Pastures).

My hormones were off (spit test). I was estrogen dominant which can cause breast cancer, so I began to apply a topical bio-identical progesterone cream directly to my breasts, 2x daily.

I also tested my iodine level via the patch test transdermally (using Iodine Tincture, paint a 3×3″ patch on stomach or thigh. If it stays on 2-3 days iodine levels OK. If it disappears in 1 day or less iodine levels low). Mine was fine so I paint a patch every other week to make sure iodine levels are where they need to be.

The most important part of the protocol according to my doctor (and I have to agree with her) was that I HAD TO DE-STRESS!! NOW!!

My adrenals were flat-lined (spit test) due to exhaustion and stress. So I hired an office manager so I can get a life back. Love it!

My doctor prescribed 5mg DHEA to help, but DHEA and I don’t get along so I supplement with Standard Process Drenamin. (By the way, all other vitamin and mineral levels were normal; no deficiencies).

Thermography After Photo

Thermography After Photo

Three months later my AFTER photos show a dramatic cut-off of the blood flow (feeder vessels) and the blue and green coolness of my breasts and nipples are more in line with normalcy.

I’m keeping up my new supplementation and will have another thermography session in 6 months to continue monitoring the situation, but looks like with my doctor’s help I was able to nip in the bud the possibility of cancer formation.

Stress!

Oh, and I should mention… My friend who died? She said she thought stress was the number one factor in the development of her breast cancer.

So… it’s Friday. Maybe we should all take the afternoon off and go to a matinee?

How About You?

Have you tried thermography? What has your experience been with it?

What are you doing to reduce stress and prevent breast cancer?

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Laura G. February 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM

fascinating!! thanks for the “boobie photos” lol

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jj February 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

This is fascinating! Funny breast cancer has been on my mind a lot as well. I’d love to see more on this topic.

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Justine February 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Do you know if those before and afters were taken at the same time in her cycle?

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cheeseslave February 2, 2012 at 7:39 PM

The before was taken 10/4 and the after was taken 12/21. So I doubt it.

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Lisa February 2, 2012 at 8:22 PM

@Justine — not sure if it matters, though it doesn’t seem to according to this study: http://bjr.birjournals.org/content/45/535/507.abstract

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Justine February 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Really? The time of cycle with regards to lumpectomies make a difference. Suzanne Somers talks about this in Knockout, I believe. http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/89/7/473.full

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shar Bjerke February 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM

But thermography is looking at the availability of blood…so new vessels made specifically to feed a tumor type material….I am thinking that cycle does not change the blood vasculature. Makes sense to me anyway.

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Lori February 2, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Great for her! I had a thermography and one of my breast was a 3–medium chance of cancer or the possibility of getting cancer. Anyway, I did acupuncture and some vitamins and stuff. It got a little better…not as good as your friends, but better.

I just had another one and am waiting for the results. It didn’t look like there was much improvement.

i think that stress is so key and I’ve had a lot of stress lately. Thermography is a great tool!

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cheeseslave February 2, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Maybe we should use the comments to brainstorm some ways that we can all destress.

I can think of some for me:

1. Hire another part-time assistant to help with editing
2. Take one day a week off just for “me” time
3. Go out to a fancy buffet brunch or French dinner with family every Sunday
4. Plan a trip to Hawaii in the spring
5. See more movies
6. Spend more time with my mom and sister
7. Go to bed earlier
8. Spend more time reading
9. Offload all my financial stuff to my accountant instead of trying to do it myself
10. Plan a trip to Europe and maybe also to Iceland

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cheeseslave February 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM

AH HAHAHA!

Kate is watching Spiderman on TV. The guy just said, “So, tell me, Mona, where would you like to live? Someplace warm like Hawaii or somewhere beautiful like Iceland?”

Wow, that is a sign! I’m going to plan those trips!

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Sheridan February 2, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Lol! Taking wisdom from Spiderman… heh heh… :)

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Susan February 3, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Don’t you love it when the Universe whispers in your ear?!

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cheeseslave February 3, 2012 at 12:29 PM

@Susan Yes I do!!!! So fun!!!!

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Rachel February 2, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I don’t have any lumps or anything but I’m so totally going to die. Stress is my daily waking state of being. I can’t even afford the co-pay on my crap insurance to see the doctor, much less some special scans and snazzy expensive supplements. I won’t even touch taking a vacation…………

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Rachel February 3, 2012 at 7:18 AM

So the next time you’re having your regular average dinner of lobster and grass-fed steak, toast to the little people, who can’t afford a dinner like that on a special occasion!

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Kathy February 3, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Hi Rachel,

I didn’t have enough money to buy lobster or grass-fed beef not too long ago. However, by changing my diet, I have more energy and am thinking much more clearly. I am also consequently making more money. When the gal who was helping with my health told me that investing money in my health could possibly help me make more money–I thought she was nutty. Now after years of “investing” in my health. I am making more money. I know this isn’t the reason to do it and that was definetly not the reason I chose to put money into a healthy lifestyle–it pleasantly has been a wonderful side-effect. Now those are the side-effects I like :)

Better health equivocates more energy and clearer thinking–which helps in every area of life–including financially. Heres to your health :)

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Reyna February 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Rachel- there are many people in your shoes, but being negative will NOT help you.

It takes time, but you MUST take control of your life- you are not the only one short on cash and very stressed- you must inform yourself and be creative. Check to see where exactly your money goes, and cut out whatever is not necessary. Spend that money on quality nutritious foods and supplements.

For exercise, buy yourself a yoga and meditation video and take walks frequently. Those are very affordable methods to start cutting down on your stress.

I agree with Kathy- being healthier clears your brain and helps you to make better choices- it is worth the investment. I for example have no gym membership, no smart phone, and bike to work. That money goes to good food and supplements!

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Michelle D February 3, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Very interesting post! Here’s a quick de-stressor:
http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com/

There’s also EFT!

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Lori February 3, 2012 at 8:05 AM

What kind of editing do you need? I might know someone good if you don’t need someone who is local.

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Heather McDougall February 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Any idea of the cost? If it is efficient and catches early stage cancer, I’m certain insurance doesn’t cover it.

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cheeseslave February 3, 2012 at 5:52 AM

Someone posted on FB that it is around $300

I haven’t booked my appt yet but I am going to this month!

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Michelle D February 3, 2012 at 6:55 AM

At what age do they reccomend you start and about how frequently do you need to do it (asuming it comes back clear with no pre cancerous signs)?

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Lori February 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

You can get thermography done at any age. I got my first one done when I was 40. I wish I had started in my 20s thought.

Mine cost $195 for the first scan. I got another scan 3 months later for $155. Then my last scan was $175. Here is the group that did mine (I hope it’s okay to post.)

http://www.thermography-sc.com/Page_2.html

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shar Bjerke February 10, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I really understand that comment, Heather!
speaking of money, many folks focused on health, have opted for only catastrophic health insurance, and put the rest of that money into remaining healthy.

Way to quietly call them out!

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Sarah February 2, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I am seeing a chiropractor/applied kinesiologist to help heal my gut and regain better health. This winter has been super stressful for me for several major reasons that I cannot control (a death in the family, job situations, etc.) My last appointment he prescribed Whole System EEP which is a homeopathic remedy for anxiety. He also reminded me to read 2 Corinthians 1. There are so many stressful influences in life that I cannot control but am reminded that my emotional and spiritual state of mind can influence the total effect on my physical body

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Lore February 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Spirituality can be #1 destressor when one is living life with altrusim and service to others in mind because it literally takes the focus off of your own problems, at least for the time that you are “distracted”. The difference between being distracted by spirituality or by a movie is that, among other things, you are increasing your self-respect through spirituality and not so with other forms of distraction. When we are self-centered we are unahppy. The perfect example is watching a whiny, spoiled child, have we become that child? We all know the bad habits and ugliness that unfolds from unhappiness, which we are all currently trying to fix! ; ) I read the bible every day and live a life of service (I am a volunteer bible teacher about 70 hours a month) and I have meanial jobs (that are part time and pay well) where I have very little responsibility, so to speak. Having what I will call a high powered “situation” (job/family) drove me crazy, literally. My MD Dr., holistic DR. in Mexico and accupunturist all told me (at seperate times over about 10 years) that I surely would have died from my situation if I was not such a spiritual person. I took steps to further destress (including visiting cheeseslave for different helps) and life is not ideal or perfect but it’s good!

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Beth Stowers February 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Thank you so much for the post! I have never had the opportunity to see (before and after) images of a thermography scan. I have not yet done it, but I’m going to make an appointment to get one done.

Thank you also, for the treatment information.

My stress levels can use some work. Stress can bring on a whole host of other illnesses and I have too much of it. What I’m doing:

More (and better quality) sleep
Read The Mood Cure (and maybe The Diet Cure)
More fun time with my kids
Take it a bit easy on my diet (I worry too much about the food I eat)
Watch funny movies at night

Thank you again!

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Christy, The Simple Homemaker February 3, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Great doable ideas, Beth. Thanks for sharing.

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cheeseslave February 3, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Yeah! I love it! I’ve started watching more romantic comedies. It really helps me relax and feel good!

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Susan February 3, 2012 at 11:14 AM

After being diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, the doctor implored me to avoid stress. (Hard to do when your husband hasn’t worked in 3 years, and I’m too weak to get a job!) But I did everything I could to help my mind believe all is well, especially in the evenings. Dinner is at 6:30 because digesting is hard on the adrenals and I want them to turn off when I go to bed. I am off the computer by 7:30 and I unplug the landline for the next 2 hours. (Sometimes even the phone ringing startles me and send my adrenals a-pounding). Family and friends know to call my cell in an emergency, but they all realize that the evenings are off limits. Even listening to my friend complain about her husband’s dirty socks gets me annoyed to the point where my adrenals kick in to over-drive. Night owl friends/family had a hard time understanding why I unplug the phone because they are all up to 12 or 1, but in time, they have backed off. I get up at 6 am and they have the next 13 hours to contact me! They had to learn to adjust. I’m living for Susan now. Putting everyone first got me where I am today.

I watch a couple hours of TV with very few lights on in the house, and then the TV goes off at 9:30. We take the dogs out, lock the house up, have a quick snack and then the entire family (my 16 yr old included) turns the lights out at 10. I say my prayers and am asleep by 10:20.

Shutting myself off from the world may seem severe, but it has helped me immensly. So much so, that when I attain perfect health again, I believe I will keep this same schedule up. Nature didn’t intend for us to be so plugged in! It really is over-taxing for our entire body and I don’t think we fully realize that until we allow ourselves to step away from it and then look back on the situation.

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Lore February 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Congradulations! Having boundreis is the first order of destressing…you do not owe the world your every waking moment.

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shar February 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM

bravo!
sounds like sanity to me!

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shar Bjerke February 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM

like your list, Beth!
Thanks for sharing it!

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sheila g. February 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Dandelion root is a specific for clearing “toxic heat” from the breasts according to Chinese Herbal Medicine. You can use it as a tincture or decoction. Acupuncture helps to relieve stress and regulate the immune system. Thanks for putting this out there, and sorry for your loss.

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Jill February 3, 2012 at 5:13 AM

Interesting! There recently has been a recipe for homemade coffee substitute using roasted dandelion root and roasted chicory posted on one of the real food sites. I wonder if the roasting process would matter or not to the effectiveness. I’m thinking I need to make some of this!

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Cindy P February 3, 2012 at 6:21 AM

DandyBlend is a great dandelion-root-based coffee substitute – I ordered a 2-lb. bag recently and it’s really good – sort of like the Postum we drank as children. Great to know that it might help breast-wise also!

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Carla M Borelli February 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Before believing that Dandy Blend is therapeutic in any way, we need to find out what temperature the dandelion is roasted at. High temperatures may actually harmful.

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Terry February 3, 2012 at 6:27 AM

You can also buy it already made. It’s called Dandy Blend. Mix with hot water and drink like coffee… not bad at all! Caffeine free:)

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Jill February 3, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Thanks, Cindy and Terry, for the tip. I’ll look for it!

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D. February 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Try roasted chicory root.

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D. February 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM

So is chrysanthemum. I bought it in bulk through Mt. Rose Herbs and make it into tea. In the winter I drink it warm, in the summer I ice it. Really helps with inflammation issues.

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D. February 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Sorry, the above post was supposed to be started with @ Sheila G (in regard to the chrysanthemum = TCM). I didn’t realize it would get bumped all the way to the bottom of the replies to that post. I do not like blog comment sections. I much prefer forums to blogs – so much easier to follow the posts.

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Dani February 2, 2012 at 9:00 PM

So glad to see improvement, and it amazes me how quickly we can turn things around when we know how to minimize risks, which is really what a good thermographer will do–spend the time to identify what the risks are. For me, the main ones were bra-wearing (more than 12 hrs/day) and not enough lymphatic stimulation, and to be aware of the other factors that I cannot change. Big thing she told me to do (which totally cracked my husband up)? She was SWINGING HER ARMS all over the place, reminding me that the lymphatic system needs to be pumped to work. Think that old Judy Blume book, *Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret,* and the girls’ club chant they did: “we must! we must! we must increase our bust!” yeah, well, it’s that movement. Plus big circles both ways, dry brushing, oil pulling… all the stuff that we know to do for overall health anyway. Although, she will NEVER convince me to go 100% braless!

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cheeseslave February 3, 2012 at 5:53 AM

Haha! I remember that — I loved that book!

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Gabi February 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Yep, ditching the bra is key…even if it makes one feel “floppy,” LOL. And don’t forget no deodorant…no blockage of the lymph glands under the arms…not to mention that anything you put on there gets absorbed into your bloodstream. coconut oil and homemade pit powder are best…i’ll post a recipe soon on my blog. so we don’t need to stink, just keep the sweat flowing freely and the lymphs clear!! Breastfeeding is good for the ladies, too. :)

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deb February 3, 2012 at 1:20 AM

I was wondering, where did you friend get her thermography done? i am looking for a place to get one done myself, after surviving breast cancer at 28 years old in 2004. I carry the breast cancer gene and have a high chance of recurrence, so I want to do additional screenings using thermography. Can you find out where she had her thermography done?
thanks,
deb

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cheeseslave February 3, 2012 at 5:54 AM

I’m not sure… you should just try to find something local to you

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shar February 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM

http://www.iact-org.org/links.html

links to “Qualified” Thermography Centers.

There are others not listed here—I think this list is from this training organization, but this might get your search engine off to a start. The industry of course has not been regulated, not being tied up with the AMA and Pharma (quite contrary in fact), but also, they are looking to “stabilize or quantify the service….some just trying to make money—maybe—a recommendation, or checking how they learned to do it, might be good. Not that we need the fees and “organization” to do that, we can do it ourselves.

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Nikki February 3, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Here is my experience with thermographic image breast screening. At 40, I had a baseline image taken and then 6 months later another image taken to see if there was any change – there wasn’t. The technician, who owns the equipment is smart to have patients pay for both of these screenings up front at the first appointment. I was suppose to go back every year but I found out that our insurance covers mammography at 100% for women over 40. The cost of the thermography is not covered at all so is completely out of pocket. We are self-employed and purchase a high deductible insurance plan. Almost all of our health care costs are out of pocket with an HSA. So unitl my teenage boys stop falling off their skateboards and breaking collar bones (one recent health care cost) and we have plenty of HSA money laying around, I am sticking with the free mammogram. Reality bites sometimes :).

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cheeseslave February 3, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Just realize that mammography has risks from all the radiation. From what I have read, it can actually CAUSE breast cancer

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Lori February 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

If things are okay–You’re at a 1 or 2 rating, I don’t know if you need to go back every year. Maybe you can save up and go every 2 years.

I agree with Ann Marie, a lot of people believe they got cancer from the radiation. I know doctors won’t say that’s true, but I wouldn’t risk it unless I thought there was a problem. Also if I were to get a mammogram, I would do one every two years or so. These are just my thoughts. Everyone has to make their own decision.

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shar February 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I will not ever do a mammogram again.
I do believe they cause cancer, besides, they hurt! Of course they might do something horrible to the girls!
I understand that bouncing on a trampoline without a bra helps the lymph, AND helps develop good breast muscles, which have been rather programmed out of us…so they all become saggy banana looking excuses for the perky gems they were intended to perhaps be….anyway—the thought sounded good to me. As I get older, I have to say, underwire or not, they all grip tightly around the body and can create more than the pressure of a quarter laying on the skin—which I am told is enough to mess with lymph flow..and bras have gotten to just plain HURT! So, sans a mini trampoline right now, we do the inexpensive version, me and the girls….just a little bouncing…next time, a little more….on the balls of the feet, adding arm swings too after reading above :)

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Sharon Cummings February 3, 2012 at 4:36 AM

Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m frequently asked about getting a mammogram. I haven’t been in 7 years. I’m looking for Thermography today!

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Heather February 3, 2012 at 5:13 AM

My SIL was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is pretty sure hers has been stress-related as well. She had another form of cancer years ago at a high stress time of her life as well. It is incredible how much damage stress can do in our lives.

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Esther February 3, 2012 at 6:03 AM

Fascinating! So is this more of a precise reading than a mammogram? Probably less radiation as well? At what age would you suggest women should have a thermography?

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Rachel J February 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

No radiation. It measures body heat (thermography). Mammograms just tell if there’s dense tissue and possibly a tumor, this tells if there is inflammation (heat) and excess blood flow indicating abnormal cell growth, like the feeder lines in the picture above. These means you can catch precancerous growth before the mammogram. My mother and I had done about five years ago as part of a holistic treatment, not breast cancer-specific. I was fine but they found a “hot spot” on my mother and suggested an herbal supplement that supports breast health. She’s had mammograms since which have shown nothing.

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Jill February 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Do you remember what supplements your mom took that helped her to avert breast cancer? I have a pretty fibrocystic breast and try to implement strategies to help prevent it from turning cancerous.

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Jillian Waggoner February 3, 2012 at 6:09 AM

This is really great… congrats for being so proactive and staying calm.

I’ve also heard great things about Mushroom supplementation. Apparently, a combonation of Turkey Tail and Maitake mushrooms really help get rid of pre-cancerous and cancerous cells. I’m very far from a doctor, but I guess they teach your body to restrict the flow of blood to vessels feeding tumors, and also stop new development of those kinds of blood vessels.

Very compelling research has been done surrounding mushrooms lately…. Japan even perscribes Turkey Tail as a pharmaceutical drug to help cancer patients.

One caveat though: Mushrooms can be highly toxic if not Organic. You’ve heard of the “dirty dozen?”… Well mushrooms should be at the top of the list because their porous skin and gills breathe in oxygen and release CO2, just as humans do. This means they can be highly contaminated with pollutants if not grown properly, ie organically.

The only brand that I know off that lives up to Organic standards is Host Defense. There are other brands that use marketing tricks to make the consumer believe they are organic, when in fact they are only “organic processesors”… ie New Chapter’s mushroom line.

Anyway, here’s a more scientific article by the owner of HOst Defense, who has actually been contracted by the US Dept of Defense to help develop mushroom supps against pandemic viruses.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-patricia-fitzgerald/mushrooms-breast-cancer_b_1070744.html

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Terry February 3, 2012 at 6:21 AM

I believe thermography to be a much safer method and it reveals much more! I’m curious as to what reaction you have to DHEA?

Thanks for sharing!

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cheeseslave February 3, 2012 at 7:28 AM

It’s not me – it’s my friend

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chana michaelah February 3, 2012 at 6:26 AM

My Aunt had a suspect reading on a mammo- She had thermography done and was told she was fine. She followed up with Dr. Feldman in NYC (very caring doc, and one of the best in the field) He told her that she had an aggressive cancer that had significant blood vessel involvement and was staged to spread systemically very very soon. If she had listened to the thermography tech she would likely be dead now. If one has the money it looks like breast MRI is the best way to go. i’m “due” for a baseline mammo and i don’t know what to do. (family history vs. breast cancer causing radiation. Crazy choice when there is a better option but insurance won’t cover it)
Maybe the person reading the thermography scan makes a difference? Don’t know.

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cheeseslave February 3, 2012 at 6:46 AM

What is a breast MRI?

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Lori February 3, 2012 at 8:12 AM

It’s just an MRI where they scan the breasts–no radiation, but more expensive even though I believe it gives you the same results. I’m not so sure about that, but that is what a friend recommended to me whose wife had breast cancer. He believes it’s from all of the Mammograms she got.

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jeanmarie February 3, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Two years ago I found a lump in my breast and I went to a nurse-practitioner for an exam. She sent me to the hospital for a mammogram. After they did that, they immediately gave me an MRI (the machine and a technician happened to be free so there was no waiting for another appointment), and it quickly showed the lump was nothing but fluid-filled cysts. Still, I considered it an early warning that I had to look into breast health and that’s when I found out about painting iodine solution on the breasts as a way to gauge your level and to supplement without risk. I’ve slacked off so I’ve started again recently after some slightly swollen lymph nodes on one side.

And yes, I’ve been stressed! Working on that.

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Cindy P February 3, 2012 at 7:25 AM

I spent alot of $$ getting my first breast thermography done the first time – after beginning to see a Certified Natural Health Practitioner in South Carolina, I found out that they also provided this service, for almost 50% less ($150 for one region – for example, the breasts; $300 for the whole body.) Check on the website for CNHPs near you – perhaps they can do this for much less!

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Lore February 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Cindy, I was told that the whole body scan (by the inventor of thermography’s husband, who I go to) cannot be relied upon as accurate since it was devised for breasts only. I would like you to know that and I would be interested if you find out something else to the contrary, thanks!

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Beth February 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Ann Marie, I think it would be fantastic to do a series of follow-up posts on exactly how to implement a breast health checklist, such as dry brushing, arm swinging (video opportunity?), lymph stimulation, iodine patches, vitamin D optimization, etc.

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Lori February 3, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Here’s a great article from Dr. Christiane Northrup on thermography. She writes a lot of menopause books and has a foot in Western medicine and another one in Natural medicine: http://www.drnorthrup.com/healthwisdom/topic_details.php?id=394

I’ve listened to a lot of shows on thermography and have had a scan and I really believe in one.

To the woman who wrote about her aunt having a scan and then finding out through mammography that she had breast cancer, I have to say that things like that can happen with any doctor. Tests aren’t always 100% or the person reading the scan might have done a poor job reading it. In my scans, you can see the blood vessels. It’s pretty obvious. Anyway, I’m glad your aunt is okay. It sounds like she was able to treat the cancer.

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Jill February 3, 2012 at 8:42 AM

I had my adrenals checked recently and I was in the bad stress zone, meaning my adrenal glad was overstressed. I was advised to take Standard Process De-Stress Formlua (DSF). Amazing to think that stress can cause disease. Makes me want to take some deep breaths, do some yoga, and find something to laugh about.

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Maureen February 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Info for Western Canada readers – I just had a breast thermograph done in Victoria BC (my first – I’m 56). My doctor here was concerned about a thickening and wanted me to have a mammogram, but I don’t do those anymore (I’ve had about 4). The naturopathic doc at this clinic went over the results with me and didn’t seem to find anything suspicious. The readings are sent to a panel of 4 other doctors in the US who also look at them and then send me a report. I don’t have it yet, but this check system seems like it would cover all the bases. The cost was $250 + tax and includes a free scan three months from now. They recommend a scan every year, but after reading Overdiagnosed by H. Gilbert Welch I will do self checks and scan every 2-3 years at most. The whole procedure was very relaxing and non-invasive.

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Gabriella February 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM

At what age is thermography recommended? I’m 24, should I look into this yet?

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Nichole February 3, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I am an RN and it is amazing to me how the medical profession is still trying to force mammograms. I consistently refuse to get one. I have very large, dense breasts and a mammogram does not show properly on this kind of tissue anyways besides being a horrible dose of radiation to boot. I still need to get the thermography done. I am glad you shared this information.

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Michele S February 3, 2012 at 2:29 PM

thank you for sharing this! My daughter-in-law has a 30 year old friend who just got diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m overdue for a mammogram and would really like an alternative that doesn’t expose me to radiation. I wonder if thermography is covered by insurance?

I will follow the comments with interest! Thanks for addressing this topic.

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Lisa G. February 3, 2012 at 4:01 PM

This is so interesting! Thank you for the pictures!! Add I have to emphatically agree with your friend and the claim that stress exacerbates cancer. My mother passed away in August from pancreatic cancer. Before that, she had breast cancer and then uterine cancer a couple years later. After 6 years “cancer-free” she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away 8 months later. Looking back on her last 30 years, I have not met someone who had more stress than my poor mother!! Marital problems, the death of a child, her other children who never gave her any peace (except for me of course – I was perfect! haha!), and financial problems, she had constant stress in her life. My sister and I are at-risk for the cancers because of her history, but I think we might have a different outcome if we stay stress-free!! That’s where I’m putting a lot of my money (and healthy of course!!)

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Kris @ Attainable Sustainable February 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Odd question. How did you get the clear thermography image? I’m trying to get a copy of mine to share with my ND, but the best the thermography center can do is a PDF with a small image. They say their files require special viewing equipment or some such.

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cheeseslave February 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I don’t know — she sent me these JPGs.

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Jennifer February 3, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I will now take your action plan into consideration. I have found a local chiro who offers this as an adjunct to his practice. AND my husband is a rep for Standard Process, which is a true Godsend if you ask me and I will be using those protocals too! Thankyou for taking putting your neck on the line , pun intended, for us to see how to actually go about it and to see what the steps could be.

Thoughts and prayers to you and your friends’ passing.

Jennifer Wrightington
Boston Mass

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jeanmarie February 3, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I’m so glad thermography is increasingly available. No more mamograms for me! Good to know about the iodine, I haven’t been using it as regularly as I apparently need to. Thanks to your friend for sharing!

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Lore February 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

There is breast cancer in my family (in fact 11 members have died from one form of cancer or another) and I have been getting thermography for the last 8 years and I could not be happier with it. I will never have a mamogram. Just beware of those who claim that you can do it for your whole body because Dr. Chapman (the inventors husband, who I go to) says that is only certified for breasts and cannot be relied on as accurate for the whole body.

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Sheila Suarez February 6, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Besides stress there is high correlation with agricultural areas: Sonoma and Marin counties for instance. Pesticides most likely. All in the groundwater, many levels of soil, etc. My dear friend at 43 passed away near Sebastopol and had not a single risk factor…her mother and father, now 90, and her six older siblings never have had the big C either. She survived a first bout at 39 only because she took care of herself and was strong as a horse. The second round of chemo just prolonged the torture when it spread to her spine brain and liver.. That genetic stuff is bunk and the gene is patented by… whom? I am deeply flipped out by the push to get our children to eat more and more and more veggies and fruit when half of them are poisoned.

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D. February 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM

@ Sheila Suarez: I agree with you about the genetic factors. Have you read any of the work of Bruce Lipton?

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Rachael February 10, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I have been thinking about the emotional stress that I see people take on. Worrying about things that they have no control over. Holding resentment for people. A girl I know was laughing about how she has a passive aggressive streak. I don’t think that is something to laugh about. Forgive, forget and move on, or our bodies will pay for it. My mom and her mom and her mom’s mom have struggled with both types of arthritis. My mom flares up every time she gets stressed, her stresses are generally emotional/relational. I have been studying the 12 step program to help me forgive and heal from my husbands addiction and the best things I have learned is how not to be co-dependent which basically means taking on other people’s stress. I can see now the ways people around me are codependent even when there is no addiction. A huge motivation for my eating habits has been to avoid arthritis, but I think that I have gotten even more out of learning not to worry about stuff I can’t control and how to be forgiving and loving towards other people. I have so much more peace and happiness, I am a less stressed mom, I feel like my priorities have fallen into their proper order as I have sought a relationship with my Savior instead of ruminating about hurts and stresses.
A loving and grateful heart will go a long way for our physical health!

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Lore February 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Perfectly said…I have had the same experience. I went from almost dead (4 hemogloblin) to thriving and due in largest part to what you said. Anger is a huge problem today and it breeds “dis-ease”. Proverbs 14:30 30 “A calm heart is the life of the fleshly organism, but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.” The word Proverbs means “a wise saying”. “The mind is the battlefield” is another one…
Another reason I appreciate Cheeseslave is the absense of profanity. Some other sites (good one’s) turn me off because of the use of all types of swearing, which is negative. My MD told me in the early 90′s “if we could eliminate stress then we could eliminate 85% of illness.” Then he kindly advised me to “calm down” so to say. I wish I had taken his advice then!

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shar Bjerke February 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Can you share what KIND of doctor she used who did all these great tests and understood?

It would also be so helpful!

thanks,
and really great story…so short, and so much good help!!!

<3

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Katherine Patton February 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM

This post has the power to change many lives. I just wish you wouldn’t refer to the thermographic images as “boobie shots.”This is why FB shuts down discussions of breast cancer, lactation, etc. your friend has every right to remain anonymous… And this post has nothing to do with boobie shots.

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D. February 19, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I truly doubt that using the word boob or boobie is what shuts down the discussions on FB. I don’t do FB and have no intention of EVER being there, but from what I’ve heard it would take a lot more than that to close things down. Why are you so concerned about FB anyhow? Just read it here and direct your friends to this site if they’re interested in reading about it. What’s so hard about that?

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Stacey March 7, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Hi I am from a family where breast cancer has not missed anyone in my mom’s generation and my 4 sisters and I need to be extra vigilant. I would love to have this done but since I live in Bulgaria I’m not even sure how to ask for it?! Still, it would be great to know where you got not only the thermography but also the protocol. I will be in the States in May (can find a way to do it then, or maybe learn whether its offered here yet – and if so, do they know what kind of protocol to give…tests to run after the initial thermography, etc)
Any info you can share is great! Are you in the SE USA by chance?

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Ginny June 21, 2013 at 12:09 AM

What’s the “spit test” she refers to? Is she saying that they tested her saliva or is there some spit test thing I don’t know about? I suspect my hormones may be off, but it’s hard to know for sure. I have some symptoms (low body temps and horrible periods with heavy cramping), but not others (I tolerate cold well, don’t get cold hands or feet, don’t have dry hair, don’t have a problem losing weight, cycles are regular, etc.) I would love it if there was an easy test to know for sure; I’ve heard that blood tests are unreliable.

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