Rakovina prs , breast cancer and Iodine, Dr Browenstein

Iodine Treatment: Mary’s Success Story
Mary was a 56-year-old psychologist who
had noticed a dimpling of her left breast. Upon
examination, she found that there was an unnatural
fullness in the area. Mary’s doctor ordered a
mammogram, which showed a one-centimeter
mass, but it was ill-defined due to Mary’s dense
breast tissue. (Mammograms can be unreliable in
women with dense breast tissue, which is actually
very common.)
The doctor conducted a needle biopsy of the
mass, which was diagnosed as infiltrative ductal
carcinoma — breast cancer. Mary’s oncologist
ordered a full workup, including an MRI and a
bone scan. The MRI reported multiple (20-30)
nodular lesions in each breast, but at that point the
radiologist wasn’t sure if the lesions were a result
of breast cancer. The rest of Mary’s workup was
negative; there were no signs of cancer in any other
part of her body.
Mary’s case was presented at the hospital tumor
board, a weekly meeting of oncologists, radiologists,
and surgeons to discuss difficult cases and try to
come to a consensus on the appropriate treatment.
The board decided (unanimously) that Mary
should undergo a bilateral mastectomy, followed by
chemotherapy and radiation.
When Mary’s doctor told her about the tumor
board’s recommendation, she was stunned. “My
first thought was, ‘You can’t be serious.’ I felt fine. I
knew I had a problem, but I couldn’t believe it was
that severe,” she said. Mary needed a second opinion.
That was when she called me.
I immediately told Mary to take more iodine.
At the time, she was taking 12.5 mg/day of a
combination of iodine and iodide (one pill of a
brand called Iodoral). I told her to increase the dose
to 50 mg/day (four pills).
Six weeks later, Mary had another MRI done on
her breasts. All of the lesions were gone, and Mary
hadn’t done anything different except for taking
larger amounts of iodine. When the oncologist
reported this good news, he also told her that she
did not need a bilateral mastectomy.
Mary was, of course, thrilled. She called to tell me
that my recommendation had saved her breasts. Yet
when I asked Mary if the oncologist was interested
in hearing more about treating breast cancer with
iodine, she answered, “No, he wasn’t.”
In fact, there is a long history in the medical literature
of treating and preventing breast diseases with
iodine. The relationship between iodine and fibrocystic
breast disease, which is a precursor to breast
cancer, has been written about for over 60 years.
Iodine deficiency has been shown to alter the
normal architecture of the breast tissue in the
same way that it alters the normal architecture of
all glandular tissue. Indeed, not only can iodine
deficiency cause problems with the breasts, but it can
also disrupt the normal functioning of the thyroid,
ovaries, uterus, and prostate.
I was thrilled to hear Mary’s good news and her
improved prognosis. But I was disappointed to find
out that her doctors had practically ignored the
treatment that saved her from an emotionally and
physically painful surgery. I can only wonder why
they didn’t want to learn.
Iodine Deficiency and Breast Cancer
Iodine is essential for the body. We cannot live
without it. Unfortunately, we are experiencing a massive
epidemic of iodine deficiency in this country.
Over the last 30 years, iodine levels have fallen 50
percent in the United States,7 leading to epidemics
of thyroid problems (hypothyroid, autoimmune
thyroid diseases such as Graves’ and Hashimoto’s
disease) and breast illnesses (fibrocystic breasts and
breast cancer). All of these conditions can be related
to iodine deficiency.
In my own experience, over 95 percent of my
new patients are iodine deficient. Is it any wonder
that these patients suffer from thyroid and breast
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