LACTIS Microbiomes and Breast Cancer

Is there any connection between breast cancer and our microbiota? The answer is yes!

The connection is not only in the gut; but includes other microbiota who have a symbiotic association with gut bacteria.

Given these now established links – anyone with a diagnosis of breast cancer – no matter what stage, would be wise to explore how to create healthy gut bacteria. 

A summary of what we know

 

  • Maintenance of microbial diversity is critical for human health.
  • Steps should be taken to prevent indiscriminate antibiotic usage as they compromise gut and other microbiota.
  • Consuming a diverse, plant-based diet but always including other food groups: facilitates microbial diversity.
  • Precision medicine should incorporate consideration of a patients microbiome status prior to treatment.
  • Recent information: The efficacy of chemotherapy/immunotherapy likely depends on the health an individual’s microbiota.

 

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It is becoming clearer that our human bodies are not a disparate, fragmented collection of various bacteria, systems and processes, but rather an interconnected complex internal ecosystem.  

A healthy forest with plenty of diversity and a rich understory, complete with the right types of plants, compost, fungi etc is a good metaphor for our own human body.

Breast Cancer – Treating the whole person:

Over the decades I have been guest speaker for many cancer organisations and medical conferences around the world. However, during my presentations, I have needed to remind doctors and researchers that the cells that are examined in the laboratory were the property of a human being – they have an owner and caretaker, who must also be taken care of along with the trillions of colonies of microbiota that live within us!  

Of course, this is the whole basis of holistic and integrated types of medicine and naturopathy, however, over the decades, treatment models have changed as has happened in the fragmented assembly line medicine system. Unfortunately, many systems/practitioners of holistic medicine have also often fallen into the trap of treating individual sections of the human body and symptoms without consideration for the interconnectedness factors.

Many of these factors we know as the side-effects. For example, perhaps treating a breast cancer with chemotherapy, targeted treatments or radiation without paying attention to the other parts of the body that are impacted by the treatments.

Reparation, restoration and attending to impacts of conventional and integrated medicine treatments will be a part of the new wave of medicine

It may still be many years away before we know exactly the type of microbiota in each individual that may hold the key to their particular brand of prevention and or recovery from breast cancer.

So, can you do something if you’re looking at preventing breast cancer or if you have already been diagnosed; or perhaps already even treated successfully for breast cancer?

Once again, the answer is yes!

ONE SIMPLE HEALTH PROMOTING SOLUTION

Consume a daily dose of LACTIS or CHITSU – food for your gut Microbiome – lactic acid ferment – safe – no live bacteria.

Breast Microbiota:

The following study has some important and new information about breast cancer and microbiota.

It has also been discovered that breast tissue is not sterile but contains a diverse population of bacteria. Researchers believe that the host’s local microbiome could be modulating the risk of breast cancer development.

IMPORTANCE This study shows that different bacterial profiles in breast tissue exist between healthy women and those with breast cancer. Higher relative abundances of bacteria that had the ability to cause DNA damage in vitro were detected in breast cancer patients, as was a decrease in some lactic acid bacteria, known for their beneficial health effects, including anticarcinogenic properties. This study raises important questions as to the role of the mammary microbiome in modulating the risk of breast cancer development.

Conclusion. This study has shown that bacterial profiles differ in breast tissue of healthy subjects and normal adjacent tissue of breast cancer patients. Some of the bacteria that were relatively more abundant in breast cancer patients had the ability to induce DNA double-stranded breaks. (known to cause cancer)

SOURCE:  https://aem.asm.org/content/82/16/5039

There are some recommendations that all breast patients should pay attention to:

  • Diet and Breast Cancer: If you have taken the elimination diet route which I define as taking away lots of different food groups (the last step on this kind of regimen is that one day they’ll take away the plate as well as the food) – food deprivation is a real problem for people who are dealing with cancer. It often equals weight loss and depression and starving microbiota.
  • You may like to reconsider this approach. It is likely that this has been a one size fits all approach and very likely that you have been influenced by the Internet, a blog, a book or a video or perhaps an entrepreneurial speaker who passed through your town.
  • The tiny microbiota that inhabit our human body… and there are trillions of them; like any large colony, need to be fed. They need the right food for their type. When they don’t get fed, they can even become extinct, leaving the door wide open to other bacterial takeovers, inflammation, immune dysfunction and a whole host of conditions that are precursors to developing cancer.
  • They are all different that the varieties are overwhelming. They don’t need the same food; so, a varied diet is a really important factor. Whether you are looking at preventing cancer or using diet as an adjunct when cancer has already been diagnosed; eating wisely and widely and from all food groups seems simple advice but it is pivotal to developing healthy populations of microbiota.
    Eating widely and wisely also would include assuming a reasonable amount of fibre.

 

ONE SIMPLE HEALTH PROMOTING SOLUTION

Consume a daily dose of LACTIS or CHITSU – food for your gut Microbiome – lactic acid ferment – safe – no live bacteria.

 

SUGARS and Your Gut Bacteria: If you have taken all sugars out of your diet. (By the way, very difficult to do as sugars are contained in so many foods), unless you’re diabetic or have a diagnosable blood sugar issue. You may like to consider reintroducing a small amount of raw, coconut, sugar, raw cane sugar rather than consuming artificial sweeteners which by the way, negatively impact your gut microbiota.

Microbiomes in your gut need to metabolise sugars to survive – recent research informs that our gut “bugs” don’t recognise artificial sweeteners and the psuedo – sugars confuse their molecular/genetic programming. Start reading labels and avoid artificial sweeteners. Yes, even the natural ones if you want to do your microbiota a big favour!

Metabolic syndrome is increasingly associated with cancer development and resulting mortality. Insulin resistance is the linchpin in the development of metabolic syndrome and has been observed in many different forms of cancer such, as prostate, breast, and colorectal cancers.

Gut micro-biota can regulate various metabolic features, such as nutrient harvesting, hepatic metabolism of lipids and cholesterol, and fat storage, and can also compromise the intestinal mucus barrier when diets low in dietary fibre are introduced.

The following study exerpt published online ( ref provided) indicate yet another area where our microbiota influence the course of our lives – health or disease.

Breast cancer – there are thousands of research articles all pointing the way towards the connection of healthy gut and body microbiota and health restoration.

Recent research suggests that the microbiota of women with breast cancer differs from that of healthy women, indicating that certain bacteria may be associated with cancer development and with different responses to therapy.

 

Recent research tells us that various bacterial genes capable of producing estrogen-metabolizing enzymes have been identified. Accordingly, gut microbiota is capable of modulating estrogen serum levels.

 

Conversely, estrogen-like compounds may promote the proliferation of certain species of bacteria. Therefore, a crosstalk between microbiota and both endogenous hormones and estrogen-like compounds might synergize to provide eiether protection from disease but also the opposite; depending on healthy populations vs unhealthy populations of bacteria – the latter may lead to increased risk of developing hormone-related diseases. 

Source:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30110974

 

ONE SIMPLE HEALTH PROMOTING SOLUTION

Consume a daily dose of LACTIS or CHITSU – food for your gut Microbiome – lactic acid ferment – safe – no live bacteria.

A working knowledge of the microbiome is vital as we move forward in this age of precision medicine, and an understanding of the microbiome in cancer is crucial… LACTIS and it’s more concentrated sister product CHITSU (please make an inquiry via the contact page) are leading the charge in a new generation of microbiome focussed oncology medicine.

 

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