New Study

breastfeedingThe discovery that a protein which triggers milk production in women may also be responsible for making breast cancers aggressive could open up new opportunities for treatment of the most common and deadliest form of cancer among women.

Two-thirds of breast cancers are usually positive for estrogen receptors, which then require anti-hormonal therapies that lower estrogen levels in the patient or block estrogen from supporting the growth of the cancer.

For the remaining one-third of patients, their cancers do not have receptors, which means they won’t benefit from hormonal therapies. Such patients are usually given other treatments, such as chemotherapy.

Ormandy’s team found that cancers with these receptors had low levels of ELF5, while those without receptors had significantly higher levels of the protein.

This is fantastic news!  For the details, please see the link under Research above.


A New Year


Despite the physical changes of our lives, we persevere, because it is the human condition to seek peace, happiness and joy.  There are times we don’t have to seek far and it is within us and around us….and there are times we are distracted and it feels far away.

We sometimes more easily love others than love ourselves (not everyone has this problem)…

So, in honor of the coming of the New Year, let me be among your friends who wish you happiness and joy.  To wish you a year and world of peace  …and above all, to share it!

a new year ahead


2013 is just ahead of us… but so is every day before and after the new year.  We make ourselves promises – sometimes we keep them.

So let’s promise ourselves not to make promises, but just to fulfill our dreams.  It may take the 80/20 rule to make it happen…you know, the one where it says 80% of the work is done upfront (like planning) to reap the 20%, but our future is our greatest investment and achievement.

I was thinking about the ‘cure breast cancer’ stuff that permeates our society… lots of well-meaning organizations that have turned into big businesses, and businesses that profit from breast cancer existence.

It really isn’t so much about curing anything, the cure is the prevention of cancer (not just breast cancer), and for that, the fundamental basis returns to what we have done as a technologically developed nation to make our lives (and capitalism) easier.  We have polluted the environment, developed synthetics, pesticides, and basically taken the elements of what used to be healthy and converted them to contaminated.

This is really my reaction to the latest article on the dangerous levels of arsenic (yes, arsenic) found in brown rice now.  We have polluted and contaminated the earth to the point that we are poisoning ourselves… to say nothing of the ozone and air quality.

I hope someday, we can turn this around and stop hurting ourselves.

To all my friends and readers, I wish you and your family much love and joy in the new year, and above all else, health.



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