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June 10, 2004


Breast Health

Caffeine: Friend or Foe?

Our most universal pick-me-up has been linked to

aggravated symptoms in women with benign breast disease. Recent

studies have also indicated that methylxanthines, the major stimulant

in coffee via caffeine, may have potentially harmful effects on

the immune system—depressing immune response and increasing

your vulnerability to common illness and disease. Most frighteningly,

the Nurses Health Study reported a slight increase in the incidence

of breast cancer among women with the highest level of caffeine

consumption. Several studies have found that caffeinated beverages

actually increase breast lumpiness and tenderness.

The odds are that coffee is a standard part of your morning—and

soda a staple for your lunchtime meal. To optimize your immune system,

I recommend gradually eliminating caffeine from your diet. Instead

of your morning cup of coffee, try peppermint or ginger tea, which

have a vitalizing and energizing effect on women. If you need to

cut down more slowly, start by mixing 1/2 a cup of decaf with 1/2

a cup of regular coffee; then move on to a more natural substitute.

As you get used to your new breakfast beverage, you may be surprised

to find that you actually have more energy throughout the day.

Breathing deeply can generate a feeling of internal peace and calm,

as well as relaxing and loosening muscles. It has the added benefit

of increasing your oxygen flow and keeping your circulatory system

functioning at a healthy pace. Each day, take 10 to 15 minutes to

focus on your breathing—making sure that you are in a relaxed

place where you will not be distracted.

Other stress reduction techniques include laughter, music, exercise

such as yoga, and massage. Add at least one of these activities

to your weekly routine specifically to help you relax.

If you are suffering from breast disease, you will want to add this

anti-stress program to your daily routine to help you manage the

emotional stress of your illness. In addition to the techniques

mentioned above, try rosemary and lavender as either a tea or in

your bath. These herbs have been shown to have therapeutic effects

on the aches and pains associated with the discomforts of conventional


Read More on Breast Health:

Getting Started

Breast Cancer

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Fibrocystic Disease

Keep it SIMPLE tip — Exercise Lowers Breast Cancer


Nutritional Therapies

Change your Lifestyle

Caffeine: Friend or Foe

Soy Controversy

Complementary Therapies

Primavera Recipe

Oxygen Therapy and Oxidants



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