We live in a toxic environment- fact.

It seems nothing is exempt from triggering breast cancer. A recent study found the following list that includes cleaning materials, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, paper, textiles and even some personal care items.

Ever heard of 4-nonylphenol? It is a chemical that mimics estrogen and binds with estrogen receptor sites in breast tissue. William Baldwin, University of Texas, El Paso… the lead author states this chemical increases the risk for breast cancer. One of the reasons is because not only does it mimic estrogen, it tendency unlike natural estrogen to last longer.

This study group of Baldwin et al looked at the effects of a differing dose of 4-nonylphenol and estrogen to mice. The genetically altered mice easily developed breast cancer in 32 weeks whereas mice that were given the same dose of estrogen, did not.

Other risk factors that were taken into account were aging, early onset of period, late menopause, delayed childbearing and genetics which only explains 25-50% of breast cancers. It goes then without saying that environmental exposure is huge!

You can test for this environmental toxin, 4-nonlyphenol. The test is called Toxic Element Core. It is offered by Genova Diagnostics.

On the brighter side, you can make LifeStyle changes to your environment. How do you do that? You can find a Certified Functional Medicine expert on your own who has the knowledge, resources, and expertise to reduce this toxin and others, or you can contact me.


Patricia Boulogne, D.C., C.C.S.P., A.P., C.F.M.P.