Breast Imaging
The Untold Story
         

Symbolism of the Female Breast
Breasts represent the ability to sustain life through care, support and nurturing.  Breasts are also referred to as mammary glands.  They produce milk for offspring, keeping them nourished.  This is where the word "mother" comes from.
Breasts epitomize the sacred feminine values of love, compassion and wisdom.  These heart-centered forces need to be cultivated and nurtured.  Most of all, these heart impulses   needed  to be expressed.  When society  objectifies and over-sexualizes women's breasts, it takes away from these fundamental values.
On a deeper level, women's breasts are a microcosm of Gaia, the primal Greek Mother Goddess.  When you think of Mother Earth, the beauty of nature comes to mind.  Fertile mounds of Earth, majestic mountains, nurturing  waters, all relate to the shape and function of breasts.  The dense soil of hills is like the rounded bosom of a woman, while the flow of rivers or water coincides with mother's milk.  So ladies, the next time you view your breasts in a negative light, just remember they are the representation  of the beauty of "Mother Earth".  

Thermography allows women to maintain their dignity while being proactive in their health and wellness concerns.
Liesha


Don't Miss this Upcoming Event
Dr. Getson will be giving a presentation entitled "Thermography: Honoring and Empowering the Divine Feminine" on October 29th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Center for Conscious Living office located at: 
302 N Washington Ave # E101, 
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Cost is $15.00



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The American Academy of Thermology held its 2018 Annual Scientific Session and Meeting on Saturday October 13th- Sunday October 14th in Greenville, South Carolina. It was an excellent educational experience for all who attended and an exciting networking opportunity with leading experts in the field of thermography converging from all over the U.S. and international locations as well.
Dr. Getson, the keynote speaker at the event, was presented with the 2018 Achievement Award by the American Academy of Thermology. In a moving and heartwarming presentation, Robert Schwartz, MD Chairman of the Board acknowledged Dr. Getson"s passion, commitment and contribution to the advancement of Medical Thermology.
Jeff Lefko, MHA, Executive Director also had some very heartfelt words to say about Dr. Getson and his contribution to Thermology mentioning that he has been a pioneer in the field. Dr. Getson was very humbled and appreciative to receive the award and recognition from the Academy and his peers.
 

Below on the left is the award he received.  Pictured on the right are Jeff Lefko, Dr. Getson and Dr. Schwartz.  



Are mammograms safe and effective?

It seems like every week there is an article published in a prestigious medical journal questioning the value of mammography.
  
Fact: The compression of a mammogram is the equivalent of around 40 lbs of weight on the breast.
  
Fact: In 2005 The National Toxicology Program classified x-radiation (and therefore mammograms) as known human carcinogens.
  
Fact: A 2011 study published in Radiology Today stated "because the digital breast tomosynthesis exam requires at least two additional exposures over a standard mammogram, the total radiation dose from the combined 2D and tomosynthesis examination is 3 times that of a standard mammogram."
  
Fact: A former professor at The National Cancer Institute, Charles Simone, stated, "Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast cancer and raise the risk of spreading and metastasizing an existing growth."  He also stated that a mammogram results in one thousand fold greater radiation exposure than a chest x-ray.
  
Fact: According to the Nordic Cochrane Study "If 2000 women are screened regularly for ten years, onewoman will benefit from the screening and ten healthy women will become cancer patients and be treated unnecessarily with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery."
  
Fact: Mammography has an inherent false negative rate of 20%. The false negatives increase in women with dense breasts (which is estimated to be at least 50% of all women) which has led to the passage of a National law requiring mammography centers to advise patients of this fact.  
  
Fact: In July 2013 a group from the National Cancer Institute published an opinion that stated that DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ) should be renamed to exclude the word carcinoma. "DCIS is not cancer so why are we calling it cancer," stated 
Dr. Laura J. Esserman, director of the Breast Care Center and Professor of Surgery in radiology at UCSF.  Dr. Charles Simone a former professor at The National Cancer Institute stated "since mammographic screening was introduced in 1983, the incidence of DCIS has increased 328% and 200% of this increase is due to the use of mammography.  The increase for women screened mammographically under the age of 40 has gone up 3000%" 

Fact :  In the New England Journal of Medicine on November 22, 2013 a study that encompassed the years 1976 to 2008 stated that they "estimated breast cancer was over diagnosed in 1.3 million US women is the last 30 years."

Fact:  An article in the February 2014 British Medical Journal stated, "Annual Mammography in women aged 40-59 does not reduce mortality from breast cancer beyond that of physical examination or usual care when adjunct therapy for breast cancer is freely available."


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Now the good news...Thermography
 
Fact: the Department of Health Education and Welfare released a position paper stating "the medical consultants indicate, that Thermography, in its present sate of developmental is beyond the experimental state as a diagnostic procedure.  

Fact:
In 1982, the FDA approved breast thermography as an adjunctive diagnostic breast cancer screening procedure.
 
Fact : In January 2003 a study published in the American Journal of Radiology concluded that "Thermography could help prevent most unnecessary breast biopsies.  Infrared imaging offers a safe, non-invasive procedure that would valuable as an adjunct to mammography in determining whether a lesion is benign or malignant.  The warning patterns seen by Thermography have been found to resolve and return to normal after only a few short months of healthy diet and lifestyle changes.  Thus, Thermography is the first tool we have that shows promise at being able to pick up breast cancers  so early-at a stage that involves only precancerous physiologic changes-that women can reverse these changes and avoid getting cancer by making a few simple and diet and lifestyle modifications. 
  
Fact: Thermography is a completely non-invasive breast health risk assessment test, utilizing FDA cleared infra-red imaging. It is done without compression or radiation and has no known adverse effects and/or contraindications.
  
Fact: Thermography detects the physiologic changes in the breast tissue at a cellular level that have been shown to correlate with cancerous or precancerous states. Because it is a physiologic study it has the potential to find breast abnormalities 8 to 10 years before anatomic studies. This allows for a proactive approach to breast health including diet and lifestyle changes which have been shown to forestall and prevent progression of diseases of the breast.

Fact:  In the last 30 years there have been more than 800 reported peer-reviewed studies on thermography, with more than 250,00 women evaluated.  Some of these studies, which have followed women over a 12 year time frame, conclude that breast thermography has been shown to be the single most important marker of detecting the development of breast disease and is more significant than family history.

Fact:  Thermography has a 95% detection rate when used as part of a multifaceted approach; Thermography, self breast exam, exam by a health care professional and anatomic testing. 

Thermography allows women to maintain their dignity while empowering them to be proactive in their 
health
 and wellness concerns.
 
The earliest possible indication of abnormalities allows for the earliest possible intervention.


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What can you do to create and maintain healthy breasts?

The answer is... A Lot!!!

The following are just a few suggestions:

Avoid sugars: Sugar is cancer's favorite food. Yes, that includes sugar from fruits, so while organic fruit is good for you, moderation is key.

Eliminate Processed Foods: Processed foods are those which have been chemically processed and are made from refined ingredients and artificial substances.  Processed foods are high in sugar, high fructose corn syrup, refined carbohydrates, and unhealthy fats and are low in nutrients.

Improve your diet:  What you are eating is key.  Eat a colorful diet rich in Organic whole foods, dark leafy greens, lots of cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale),  fruit (in moderation) and vegetables and eat organic whenever possible.  Organic also applies to your meats, poultry, dairy, eggs, cheese, etc.  If you are eating factory farmed meats or fowl you are ingesting all of the antibiotics, hormones and pesticides that the animal has been given.  Avoid Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs).  Add high quality fats to your diet such as avocado, olive oil and coconut oil.

Vitamin D: Sunlight generates Vitamin D which helps to prevent cancer.
In  recent studies,Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) enhanced the body's own natural immune defense, supported normal cellular health and supported TNF_alpha ( a protein involved with the inflammation)- induced defense of breast cell tissues.

Iodine: Adequate iodine levels are necessary for proper immune function. Iodine contains potent antibacterial, anti-parasitic, antiviral and anticancer properties. Iodine is also effective for treating fibrocystic breasts and ovarian cysts. For more info read: Iodine, Why You Need It, Why You can't Live Without It by David Brownstein, M.D.

Bra's: Avoid under-wire bras or bras that are too tight as they can damage delicate breast tissue and impair the lymphatic system.  We have seen many women with pain and cystic changes in the area where the under-wire sits.  

Exercise:
Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise three to five times a week can lower your risk of breast cancer by 30 to 50 percent.  Brisk walking 4 to 5 times a week can tone the muscles, reduce body weight, clear the lymphatics and burn calories.  Add a boost to your walk by holding 3 or 5-lb hand weights and pumping your arms while walking.

Stress Reduction:  In this fast paced world we all need a healthy way to relax and unwind.  Stress, from all causes, is a major contributor to all diseases.  There are many ways to reduce stress and lots of books written on the topic. Find something that works for you and then do it.

Dental Health: In doing thermography, we have seen a great correlation between poor dental health and poor breast health.  The biggest culprit appears to be low grade infection from prior root canals that are reflexing to the breast and causing problems.

Toxins:  Sadly, toxins are everywhere; in our water, food, air, clothing, furniture, etc. Here are just a few suggestions.  Eliminate commercial household cleaners, laundry detergents, air fresheners, etc. Use organic skin care products and deodorants (not antiperspirants). Try to minimize your exposure to Electromagnetic Fields.  Use only BPA free plastics. Do not use the microwave. Avoid toxic people, tv, movies, reading material etc. Your diet is not only what you eat.  It is what you watch, what you listen to, what you read and the people you hang around

Detoxification:  It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to do all that we possibly can to reduce our toxic load so we can experience vibrant health.  Try a semi-annual or quarterly gentle detox or cleanse (do your homework or ask a health care professional before deciding which cleanse is appropriate for you.). Detox weekly or daily by drinking plenty of water, working up a sweat, going in the "POD", dry brushing and taking Epsom Salt baths. 

Nurture Yourself: And last but certainly not least nurturing yourself trumps everything else!!!  Taking good care of yourself is not an act of self-indulgence but is in fact an act of self love and each and everyone's responsibility.    


Below is a breast health diet summary taken from:
  Breast Cancer: Is it What You're Eating or What's Eating You,by Susan Silberstein, PhD, Founder of The Center for Cancer Education

DECREASE/ELIMINATE
INCREASE/ INTRODUCE


ANIMAL FATS
HEALTHY FATS
Red Meat
Flaxseeds
Fried Foods
Wild Fish
Cheese
Olive Oil

Raw Walnuts
OMEGA -6 OILS
Raw Pumpkin Seeds
Corn Oil

Cottonseed Oil
CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES
Soybean Oil
Cabbage

Kale
HYDROGENATED FATS
Broccoli
Margarine
Cauliflower
Transfats
Brussels Sprouts


ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES 
GARLIC
Beer

Wine
GREEN TEA (ORGANIC)
Mixed Drinks


FIBER
CAFFEINE FAMILY
Whole Grains
Coffee
Fresh Fruit
Tea
Fresh Vegetables
Colas
Beans
Orange Soda
Legumes & Lentils
Mountain Dew
Raw Seeds & Nuts
Peanuts
Sea Veggies
Hard Cheese

Chocolate
SOY (FERMENTED)


SUGAR/ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
SHITAKE
 




 
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  Here are just a few great resources:
 
 The Truth about Cancer, Ty Bollinger
A Cancer Answer, by Catherine Frompovich
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, by Dr. Christiane Northrup
The Promise, A documentary film  
How the Cancer Industry Controls Women by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, Natural News Editor
Pink Ribbons, Inc., a book about where the money goes when you donate to the
Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Breast Cancer Action ( www.bcaction.org)
The Center for Cancer Education.  www.BeatCancer.org

"Think before you Pink" is a slogan coined by the Breast Cancer Action Group.  They are a non-profit, educational and advocacy organization that does not accept funding from pharmaceutical companies or any other organizations that profit from or contribute to the breast cancer epidemic.  One of their most important messages is not to buy "pink products" unless you know where the money is going and exactly how much money they are spending on cancer research.
  
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Mark your calendars! The Healing Cancer World Summit, hosted by Kris Carr, runs from October 17th-23rd.
By now you've probably heard the statistics about cancer. Around the world, it's still the leading cause of death. In the U.S., 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will face this devastating disease in their lifetime. It's no wonder many people are afraid to even talk about it, let alone find the courage to address it head-on.
But the truth is, you have more power than you think. Cancer doesn't have to be a death sentence anymore, thanks in part to advancements in treatment options, as well as patient empowerment. Today, people are recovering faster, rebuilding their health stronger and even living vibrant lives with cancer.
When Kris Carr, New York Times bestselling author, wellness activist, cancer thriver, and member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, was diagnosed with incurable Stage IV cancer in 2003, she went on a life-affirming search for healing that became the subject of an award-winning documentary and book series. Kris left no stone unturned as she transformed her life-body, mind and spirit.
Now, 15 years later, she's gathered some of the world's top integrative oncologists, dietitians, wellness experts and cancer survivors to share practical tips and inspiration to help you prevent, stabilize and reverse disease. So, whether you're a patient, caregiver or you're passionate about prevention, this Summit will help you take back your health, starting today.
During this Summit, you'll learn:
  • Tips for finding the right medical team for you through research, interviews with doctors and tuning into your priorities.
  • Which foods promote cancer and which protect you from it, and how you can eat to reduce inflammation.
  • How chronic stress can make cancer more aggressive, plus a simple exercise to help you reduce panic when it arises.
  • The real environmental risk factors we can minimize to improve our chances of remission.
  • A simple 3-minute Tapping exercise that will instantly melt your stress levels.
  • The power of radical acceptance to release emotional barriers and help you be more at home with yourself.
  • And more...


 




It's called "The True History of Chemotherapy & The Pharmaceutical Monopoly" and it sets the stage for the entire series. You need to know what's going on...

Four things you can expect to learn tonight:
  • The true history of chemotherapy and how the original "chemos" were based on the mustard gases of the world wars
  • Proof that corruption and fear are being used to enslave cancer patients
  • Meet doctors who have been persecuted and destroyed for curing cancer  
  • Learn about the Hoxsey treatment being used in Mexico and meet the survivors from this groundbreaking treatment
  • And so much more... 


Click here to watch episode 1


Sign-up for the Women Healing Women Wellness Webinars held monthly on ZOOM and recorded for replay. Dynamic women guests speakers, healing wisdom and more.  Become part of our tribe! Liesha Getson will discuss Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging for breast health that is non-invasive, no radiation, no pain, safe and comprehensive on October 25th. 

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Listen to Dr. Getson's interview on Fearless Parenting Radio Show.  
   
 

Disclaimer:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information in this newsletter is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The contents of this newsletter are based upon the opinions and research of Liesha Getson and Health Through Awareness, unless otherwise noted. Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the respective author, who retains copyright as marked. The information in this newsletter is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Liesha Getson and Health Through Awareness. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

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Would you like to talk one on one about how to achieve and maintain breast health? Curious about how health coaching can help you make positive changes? Let's talk! Schedule an initial consultation with me today.

Liesha Getson, HHC, BCTT

856-596-0200

100 Brick Road, Suite 206

Marlton, NJ 08053

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