by Dr. Carla Garcia, D.O.M.
We can tease and snicker about this but; there are studies that support this as factual. Research conducted by Steven M. Platek, a neuroscientist at Georgia Gwinnett College, showed that men perform poorly on cognitive tests after looking at images of female breasts. Psychology Today reports that a man’s “resource security” or the amount of money he earns has a lot to do with the size of breasts he prefers.
Most of us know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month; pink ribbons and advertisements are everywhere. This makes it an ideal time for all of us to become more breast aware.
Did you know that most women have one breast that is slightly (or much) larger than the other? For about 65% of women, it is the left breast that is bigger. This is perfectly normal. Think about it…we have two feet that are different from each other, two knees that are not exactly the same, and two eyes that are so different from each other that if we cover either side of our face; we look completely changed.
Breast milk is the perfect food and has vitamins, minerals, immunity-boosting antibodies, probiotics and substances that protect against diabetes and cancer. This is all in addition to the fats and proteins needed for a baby to grow. According to Florence Williams, author of Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, breast milk contains endocannabinoids similar to those found in marijuana. Ever wonder why breast fed babies are happy?
Because breasts are mostly made of fatty tissue, they can absorb toxic chemicals like a couple of sponges. We can hold on to some of these pollutants for years and this brings us to the reason why breasts are more vulnerable to cancer than other organs. In addition to absorbing toxins, they continue to grow new cells and are filled with hormones and hormone receptors. In fact, we can actually see evidence of estrogen dominance in thermographic breast images.
Thermography is a breast screening tool that images the heat emanating from the body. It is safe and painless. Images show areas of inflammation that precede tumor growth and it images changes over time. Breast thermography screens from the base of the neck, the underarms and the entire chest; while mammograms use radiation to image only the tissue that can be painfully squeezed between two plates that are attached to the mammogram machine.
The image on the left shows heat in the right breast that suggested the need for further diagnostics. The mammogram done at this point was negative for breast pathology. One year later, the thermogram shows a large area of heat in the right breast but the mammogram ordered at this point was inconclusive.
Women can survive breast cancer if it’s found early and if it’s treated early. A thermogram can help find changes to breast tissue early in the disease process when it is easier to treat. To make an appointment for your thermography scan, call 505-271-6608. www.ThermographyNM.com.