Breast cancer prevention has gone from science and good medicine to a powerful business. I know that I as a spouse of a breast cancer survivor, this may be a bit of a controversial blog for those who have had their cancer caught in the early stages of the disease. I don't doubt that it has given those women a higher chance of survival. However, please read on.

High profits are driving the propaganda for mammograms. Capitalism is also driving innovation, something socialized medicine would never consider. Newer methods, such as digital mammography, have significantly lowered radiation doses and the need for extreme compression of the breast.

Recent studies have shown that yearly mammography increases the risk of breast cancer by 1 to 3% per year, depending on the study. This is significant, since the effect is additive as mentioned earlier. Even at 1% per year, in 10 years that is a 10% increased risk. For women with a high genetic risk of breast cancer and those with known impaired DNA repair disorders, the risk is even greater.

Safer alternatives include thermography, ultrasounds, careful self-examinations and MRI scan of the breast. MRI scanning has been shown to provide significantly better examinations of the breast without the use of radiation. For example, as a pilot for over 35 years, and others that travel many miles on aircraft for long hours during the year, have at least five times the radiation being so high in the atmosphere, and I have had my aversion to subject myself to additional radiation from routine mammograms. MRI scanning is especially useful for women with dense breast tissue, such as pre-menopausal women and those with significant fibrocystic disease. And no "smashed" breast is required for a proper mammogram!

The problem is that most insurance will not pay for MRI breast scans as a routine screening procedure. They will pay if the conventional mammogram suggests a need.

If you can do the less conventional testing as mentioned above, you'll subject yourself to less radiation exposure and to have a better chance of not getting your breasts "smashed" and rupturing naturally growing  cancer cells in the ducts (as our immune system will locate them if your body is working properly) from the conventional routine breast mammograms. Please ask for unconventional testing from your health care provider for less risk of increasing your breast cancer risks.

What I also find  fascinating is that there is no routine testing in pre-menopausal women for hormone replacement.  For the post-menopausal woman considering hormone replacement, it is essential. Unfortunately, most doctors, even gynecologists, never test these women; they just write a standard prescription and hope for the best.

Most of the hormones used contain estradiol, the most powerful of the estrogens, as the primary hormone. It is also the one most connected with breast cancer. Estriol is much weaker and may even protect against breast cancer.

Before taking a supplement, I would suggest a comprehensive female hormone test ( I can order that for you) that measures all three of the female hormones, testosterone, DHEA, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and the sex hormone metabolic products. Once the test results come back, nutritional supplementation and going towards a more naturally minded practitioner to better design and adjust your hormone replacement from a compounding pharmacy.

Of special importance are the sex hormone metabolic products. These include 2-hydroxyestrone and 16-alpha-hydroxyestrone. The latter of these is associated with a significantly higher risk of breast cancer (and other cancers). This test measures the ratio of 2-hydroxyestrone to 16-alpha-hydroxyestrone. High ratios are protective against breast cancer and vice versa.

For bone density tests for women, there are better tests that do not involve special x-ray machines. In fact, better measurements can be obtained from blood tests. One of the best involves measurements of pyridinium cross-links and deoxypridinoline (DPD).

Pyridinium is a substance found in both bone and cartilage and deoxypyridinoline is found predominately in bone. High levels of DPD indicate osteoporosis when other bone disorders are not present.

Pyridinium is elevated in a number of conditions including osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and chronic alcohol abuse. These tests are very valuable in following responses to treatments.

Also, there is a new study that provides strong evidence that the same virus responsible for cervical cancer and some neck cancers causes breast cancer. Scientists in this study found human papillomavirus  (HPV) in 25 of 29 samples of breast cancer tumors using a very sophisticated technique. Infections by the virus are also increased by smoking, family history and female hormones as are seen in breast cancer. Likewise, high levels of 16-alpha-hydroxyestrone are also associated with an increased incidence of HPV infection, just as with breast cancer. Another reason to have yourself tested.

Useful information with alternative testing may cost you some money, but it is well worth knowing that they might save your life. I offer nutritional programs, detoxing and sending hair tissue to a reputable laboratory and hormone testing to rectify your body's need for the right minerals and foods so that your body can prevent future disease.


Fats have been shown to play a major role in the evolution of cancer. Some fats prevent it, while others promote its development and aid its ability to spread. These are called “good fats” and “bad fats.”

Among the bad fats are the omega-6 fats, which include corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, soybean and canola oils. A number of experiments have shown that these oils work as an activator for cancer, making it grow and spread like wildfire. How this happens is through a number of mechanisms in which one of them is increasing the COX-2 enzyme. These are called pro-inflammatory fats. So if you consume fried foods at restaurants or even order sautéed vegetables and the like, it usually in some sort of omega-6 fatty acid.

The good fats include the omega-3 oils and other oils that are converted into EPA and DHA, such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The omega-3 oils come from algae, which explains how fish obtain them. This is why farm-raised fish are devoid of omega-3 oils, which are composed of two nutrients – EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

Of the two, DHA has the more powerful anti-cancer effect and is especially efficient in preventing cancer of the colon, prostate and breasts. Pure DHA is derived from algae. DHA inhibits cancer using a number of mechanisms-principally inflammation reduction. There are a number of companies that sell DHA, but www.carlsonlabs.com sells both high-dose DHA (700 mg) and one of the purest fish oils, a Norwegian variety (500 mg) of DHA. All oils should be refrigerated.

Flaxseed oil is also one of the good oils. It is composed of alpha-linolenic acid, which the body converts into EPA and DHA. Not all people can efficiently convert the oil like infants, small children and the chronically ill are among those who have problems. And the oils easily becomes rancid.

The Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acid Profile, will indicate whether or not you are converting the oil. This test includes measures of trans fatty acids, saturated fats and the balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. This latter measurement is especially critical. A large number of studies have shown that the balance between these two classes of fats plays a major role in our risk of developing major diseases, such as strokes, heart attacks, cancer, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and neuro-degenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s).

In my own situation and my clients were completely unaware of their extreme abnormalities in this balance of essential fats. A significant number of studies have shown that the typical American diet provides very little omega-3 fats. The normal ratio should be 3:1 omega-6 to omega-3 fats. Most people have a 20:1 to 45:1 ratio.

A balance of these fats can save you a lifetime of misery. They make up all of the cells in your body and do much more. They play a critical role in endocrine function, brain maintenance, cell function, immune regulation and controlling inflammation. Once I got my body in sync, I saw the effects of reduced inflammation and reduced psoriasis plaques on my body.

Even though these tests may be expensive, you will not need to get them but twice in your life; 21 and then after 45 years old. A number of their tests are covered by Medicare and conventional insurance plans. The laboratories doing Special Testing include Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratories (www.gsdl.com) or  800-522-4762, Great Plains Laboratories (888-347-2781) or MetaMatrix Diagnostic Laboratory (www.metamatrix.com) or 800-221-4640.


Surgical patients face special problems that non-surgical patients don’t generally have to be concerned about. They will be under a lot more stress, run a higher risk of infection and must deal with a lot more pain. Many of the drugs used to control pain suppress the immune system.

In fact, studies have shown that suppression can last for weeks, and possibly months (as happened to my mother last year),  after discharge from the hospital. Most of these problems are dramatically reduced by good nutritional practices, especially if they are begun before entering the hospital. I know that most of the pilot population living in their own world of “controlling” their environment that they may be “fearful” of any health problem and do not take the best care of themselves, especially with the toxicity of our environment of radiation, smelling jet fuel, drinking water from all locales, eating preservative laden food and flying and sleeping in fire-retardant seats and beds. We do sit a lot and that is a danger in and of itself.

Many studies have shown that surgery-related immune suppression is completely reversed by nutritional supplementation. In my case, without worry of surgery, I make sure I consistently detoxify myself by the choices I make daily so that if I have to go under the knife, I will have the done my best to alleviate the effects of the drugs and the procedure.

Wound healing is another major problem, made worse as we age. Recent studies have shown that malnutrition before surgery resulted in a 25 percent increase in surgical wounds that failed to heal. It has been known for over three decades that several nutrients play a major role in wound healing. These are vitamin C, zinc and protein.

Numerous studies have shown that the elderly and chronically ill are severely lacking in all of these nutrients. In addition, they have been found to be deficient in vitamins B-6 and B-12, folic acid and riboflavin, all of which play a role in wound healing.

Supplementing with vitamin C and zinc has consistently proven to greatly increase the strength of the surgical wound, meaning it is less likely to pull open and will heal better. In addition, these nutrients dramatically reduce the risk of wound infection and speed healing, as well.

Since I have been measuring my mineral levels in my hair tissue mineral analysis and doing saliva and urine tests, I have raised my levels of zinc with the other minerals which has been assisting the healing of my serious psoriasis plaques to a remission status. My joint and muscle pains are non-existent, which usually develop with tissue autoimmune disorders.

In conjunction with the use of my BEMER technology, www.coachdebra.bemergroup.com, it has enhanced my nutritional absorption of my supplementation and general enhanced blood flow with the collagen light frequency attachment.

A tainted surgical wound extends beyond the wound itself. The infection can enter the bloodstream and become deadly, leading to pneumonia or any number of other diseases that can kill. An infection dramatically intensifies the body’s loss of nutrients and the need to reclaim them. Doctors cannot seem to grasp that the paste mashed potatoes and plastic peas served in hospitals just don’t provide the level of nutrition that such patients require.

Curcumin, the flavonoid extracted from the spice turmeric, has been shown to dramatically accelerate the healing of wounds, even in diabetics. It is also one of the most powerful anti-cancer flavonoids, especially for colon cancer. I even bring turmeric with me on my trips and add pepper for better absorption and a great curcumin supplement.

Modern hospitals, reacting to criticism of their nutritionally inadequate meals, have turned to ready-made canned sustenance like Ensure, Isomil and Sustical. But these products are high in sugar and contain immune-suppressing oils. Fortunately, more are using coconut oil, which is high in medium-chained fats that are burned as energy, stimulate immunity and are generally healthy. Overall, though, these canned drinks are not healthy (possibly lined with BPA plastic or Aluminum cans) and supply only marginal nutrition.

If you are facing scheduled surgery, prepare by boosting your intake of proteins such as meats (organic chicken, turkey and grass-fed beef) or beans prepared correctly, for those who have a sensitive stomach. In addition, eat at least four to five servings of high-density fruits and vegetables, like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, greens (mustard and turnip), celery, squash, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, etc.

Avoid store-bought orange juice since it often has high fluoride levels and a lot of sugar. Remember, sugar impairs immunity and increases free radical production.

Proteins are composed of 23 amino acids. Three of these play a special role in wound healing: leucine, isoleucine and valine and called branched-chain amino acids. They are especially effective in hard-to-heal wounds, as seen in people with liver disease and diabetes, and they are available as a supplement. Beware, though, in most people, these amino acids can cause profound hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). They should only be taken with meals. And note that commercial brands used intravenously in hospitals have been shown to contain toxic levels of aluminum.

It is also important to realize that many medications severely deplete certain nutrients. For example, many of the oral diabetic and blood pressure medications, birth control pills, steroids (which I was on for almost six months), statins (for lowering cholesterol), and heart drugs exhaust magnesium, CoQ10, thiamine, riboflavin, and other nutrients. This is in addition to the nutrient depletion caused by the stress of your disease or surgery.

Finally, you must be cautious of supplements that act as anticoagulants, that is, thin the blood. Garlic extract, ginkgo biloba and ginseng can have this effect. You should stop taking them at least two weeks before surgery.

I know there is a lot to think about before surgery and the recovery process. That is why it is very important that figuring out what you are lacking in your diet and supplementation takes due diligence to make it happen. Our diets are insufficient so there is a need to find out what your body needs. Nutrition also includes thinking about your stress-related daily activities which may suppress your body’s absorption of food nutrients and  increasing your sleep to rejuvenate your organs to rebuild  itself for living a quality life with as much energy  no matter your age.



After a week of visiting with my Mom and Dad, I learned many things about how to prepare for a surgery and recovery. With all the research I did before I arrived and reflecting on the lack of nutritional knowledge for my mother before and after surgery, it really opened my eyes that there needs to be more due diligence on the patients' nutrition by the patients themselves. How prepared are you if an illness, accident or a drug is introduced to your body that may affect your body on a DNA cellular level? Did you know that we are responsible for our own welfare and that to defer blame to others, whomever they are, is not a good way to develop a good knowledge base to get the best healthcare for ourselves? It starts with education about how to prepare our nutrition on a daily basis for surgery and recovery. This blog will be about anesthesia. My Mom's case would have been so much different had I not listened to my father about his consultation with the cardiovascular surgeon and the anesthesiologist just before the surgery.

If you are entering the hospital to have surgery, you need to take special precautions. While anesthesia is safer now than ever before, it is still not without hazard. People do die from anesthetic complications. My personal experience with anesthesiologist, and the anesthesiologist nurses especially, are some of the most highly trained, skillful and careful of all medical specialists. I think that they are the ones who are the most important people in the room. Yet even with the best care, things can happen and, when they do, they happen very rapidly. In any case, and that is where you come in, where an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure.

Anesthetic gas nitrous oxide can cause a sudden and catastrophic drop in the body's vitamin B-12 levels, leading to disorientation, confusion, memory loss and even coma in people with low B-12 levels prior to surgery, especially the elderly. Our bodies store vitamin B-12 for a longer period of time than other water-soluble vitamin B vitamins. As older people, some of us do not absorb vitamin B-12 and may need to get injections monthly. So please have your doctor measure your vitamin B-12 before a surgery.

Before my mom had her surgery, her B-12 levels were alright, but since she had an Alzheimer's diagnosis and she had many bouts of pneumonia immediately after her other past surgeries for vascular issues were most likely due to general anesthesia complications. One of the two cardiovascular heart surgeons  who was to operate on my mother's left leg blocked femoral arteries, consulted with my father and brother a week or so before the surgery. The surgeon came to an agreement it would be best to not use general anesthesia. However, I do not think the doctor was thinking about the fluoride levels because that is not an area where nutrition is on their radar.

Here are some of the reasons why general anesthesia may not be the best choice:

Most modern anesthetic gases are flouridated compounds, meaning they contain flouride, a known neuro-toxin, especially to the brain. Because anesthetics enter the brain easily, they pose a special danger to this key organ. With fluoride, it is a cumulative effect, because we may not know where we ingested the fluoride from our water supply, certain gelatin supplements, and even the dentist's office after getting our cleaning application after the plaque removal.

For example, the Battelle Institute announced its findings and released proof of the connection between fluoride and cancer of the mouth in February of 1989. It showed that at 45 ppm, there was a 12 percent increased incidence of oral cancers, such as cancer of the tongue and gums. Subsequent studies did indeed show that the incidence of oral cancers in fluoridated vs. non-fluoridated cities was 33 percent to 50 percent greater.

Toothpaste can contain between 1,000 and 1,500 ppm fluoride

Fluoride gels used in dental offices contain up to 15,000 ppm. I declined the fluoride gel on my last visit to the dentist since I found out in a urine test that I had fluoride toxicity which I am using chelated compounds to detox it out of my system.

New fluoride varnishes release a high concentration of fluoride continuously in the mouth.

Unknowingly we may be ingesting fluoride in our environment, and if you use deodorants with aluminum (antiperspirants), you are unwittingly absorbing more of the aluminum in your tissues. Please remember your underarms are where some of your lymph nodes (your body's waste system) are located.

Fluoride is also very toxic to the heart, so people with heart problems are at special risk. Fluoride poisons critical enzymes needed by the heart to produce energy and can cause abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). This could lead to stroke, sudden heart failure during the surgery or soon after, or even delayed heart failure.

Fortunately, several nutrients are known to protect against fluoride toxicity in both the brain and the heart:

Calcium (please confirm that you need calcium before supplementing)


Vitamin D-3


Magnesium is one of the most important protective nutrients for both the heart and the brain. Many studies have shown that extra magnesium can protect against sudden heart failure, arrhythmias, coronary spasms (heart attacks) and even post-operative blood clots which is a major killer of post-operative patients. In addition, it protects against fluoride toxicity. You may want to ask if the doctor would add magnesium to the intravenous fluids during the surgery and afterward. Doctors who do this have not experienced heart failure during surgery or a post-operative blood clot.

So far as I know, few surgeons or medical doctors add magnesium to a patient's IV, primarily because these physicians have not done their nutritional homework. Preparing for a surgery and recovery needs to be looked at from a nutritional standpoint in the future.

Luckily, I knew a lot of this nutritional information before the surgery and applied some of these principles to my mother and father. It could have been a longer recovery for my mother had I not been available to close the communication gap between my father and his heart surgeon consultation the week before, the cardiovascular surgeon and the anesthesiologist right before the surgery in which I read on surgery board "GEN" next to my mother's name, and the long conversation with the anesthesiologist about my mother's condition and the dangers involved with using general anesthesia. He, ultimately, listened and administered the spinal block.

My mother woke up with minimal confusion after her surgery. She was walking inside of 24 hours and did not have breathing problems due to not using general anesthesia. I am not against general anesthesia if the patient is well-informed of the risks and to prepare with the right minerals and antioxidants before the surgery.

Post-operative care is lacking too.  Without the needed post-operative nutrition of the already malnourished patient after the surgery and due to operative drugs that suppress their immune systems,  we need a knowledgeable hospital staff to assist with expediting the patient's quicker recovery. If older patients with a weaker immune system are not allowed sufficient time to become stable enough before being allowed to go home, they may have to come back to the emergency room via ambulance (it just happened to my mother because of a vasal vagus response {pooling of blood in the legs while sitting on the toilet}. It happens to young people too). My father thought it was a heart attack. If the hospital had allowed her to stay to have a bowel movement, they may have caught this before she went home.

I know we all have some stories and I thought this was worth the time for you to read and to be educated on the hazards of general anesthesia.

I offer hair tissue mineral analysis, nutritional feedback from the analysis, which supplements are safe to use, offering you access to ordering labs that a conventional doctor may not offer you to find out what your future risks of developing cardiac vascular disease and to prevent future illness if you use prevention as the most important tool to live a longer quality life.