Before I talk about the appointment, I want to say that the lump took me by surprise. In recent years I have read a lot about reversing disease naturally, with a healthy raw foods diet.
I have heard Ruth Heidrich’s story of reversing advanced cancer (started as breast cancer, then spread to other parts of her body) by switching to a vegan diet under the care of John McDougall. I eat a more strict diet than Ruth was eating at that time.
I also have read other causative factors in breast cancer, and have worked to avoid cancer in other ways. Here are some: 1) avoiding wearing a bra as much as possible, to allow lymph fluid to circulate; 2) spirited (“bouncy”) walking, and using a mini-trampoline/rebounder (I have returned to daily rebounding after finding the lump); 3) avoiding regular deodorants (the toxic chemicals are readily absorbed from the underarm to the breast, especially when shaven) and instead use baking soda; 4) eating a healthy, raw food, plant-based diet; 5) avoiding mammograms (which I have been told contribute to cancer).
So with all this, why did I get a lump?
I have been learning in recent months about the role of iodine deficiency in breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease (FBD), which I have since learned is not actually a disease. I was tested (24-hour urine iodine loading test) and found to have a moderate iodine deficiency. Is this why?
A friend told me about the “lumpy breasts” in her family due to caffeine consumption. I certainly consumed a lot in my previous poor lifestyle. Was this why—a delayed response? I have heard that cancerous tumors can take 20 years to develop.
My OB/GYN visit was a little disconcerting. Afterward, I didn’t really know what to feel. Here’s how it went.
The doctor examined me, said the lump was hard, and seemed to imply that was a positive thing. He said I needed a mammogram, and should be getting them yearly. I told him I did not intend to ever get a mammogram, but would like to get an ultrasound.
Thankfully, the ultrasound doctor agreed to see me, and even got me an appointment an hour and a half later. It was actually after the office closed, so everyone was pretty rushed. I didn’t ask as many questions as I normally would have, for that reason. I actually felt just too rushed to really think of what to ask.
I was told I would get results in a few days. While in the ultrasound room, though, the second doctor told me that he was 75-80% sure it was not cancer. He said that a mammogram was needed to rule it out totally. Some types of cancers cannot be found by ultrasound.
He said I had fibrocystic changes in my breasts. I said, “Is that fibrocystic breast disease?” He said yes, but that it isn’t really a disease. Later, I did ask the lab tech, and she said nothing causes fibrocystic breast changes. It is genetic, and I have lumpy breasts because it was passed on to me.
The doctor really wanted me to get a mammogram, as he had just diagnosed two women (age 30 and 32) with breast cancer, one of whom had been dragging her feet on getting a mammogram. He said if I were his wife, he would have me get one.
Side note: that was kind of weird, the “if you were my wife”, since he had just finished “feeling me up” and I was lying there, bare-chested, as he talked to me. Ha!
Anyway…once I was dressed, he told me that the cancer could only be ruled out by mammogram or MRI, but MRI requires injecting something that he doesn’t like to unless totally necessary (long word I can’t remember). He said mammograms are less radiation than a dental x-ray and flying (did he mean the security check?), and really nothing to worry about.
Furthermore, MRIs cost 1,000 bucks and are not necessarily covered by insurance, and usually not if there has been no mammogram. And mammograms are covered by insurance.
Also, at the age of 40, their office will not give a woman an ultrasound without first having a mammogram. Apparently it is like that at most offices. I had already skipped my “well woman checkup” last year since they told me once I turned 35, I would need to start having a yearly mammogram.
So basically, mammogram or nothing.
I want to talk with Don Bennett, the iodine doc (Jorge Flechas), and some trusted raw food friends to get their opinions.
Even if I got a mammogram and it confirmed cancer, then what would I do? Not chemo or radiation, that’s for sure. I would continue on with my healthy raw food vegan diet and iodine. Anything else I would need to do in addition? I don’t know.
So that’s where I am. Need to talk to some people. And it’s time to eat something. It has been a long day.
I have talked with trusted friends, including Don Bennett, who reminded me that women with fibrocystic breast disease reverse it with therapeutic iodine supplementation...though it takes a long time.
I have also contacted the iodine doctor (Dr. Jorge Flechas) and he has given me new instructions for increased iodine intake. He also said to eliminate coffee, caffeine, sodas, chocolate etc.--which I could happily say I do not consume. :)
I look forward to seeing what happens!