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  black & white illustrations are by Durga Bernhard from Susun Weed's Healing Wise the second Wise Woman Herbal
Breast Cancer Information

Hello Susun,

Thank you for all your amazingness. I'm in a pinch...putting it out to the universe to find some non - mainstream info on Breast cancer.

I'm a herbalist and a doula right now, in Massage Therapy college, doing a report for Pathology class. I'm trying to educate wimmin in my class about prevention, mostly. I've found some good info tidbits here and there but I remember something you wrote that I kept on my fridge for years until it was tattered. I think it came from an "Alive" or maybe the Complete Mother magazine. It was something like, 10 ways to prevent breast cancer.

Unfortunately, this report is very picky and has to be, oh so documented etc., so I need real sources, Can you help? I don't think your book will get to the library quick enough, and even tho my circle of wimmin has access to most of your books, they don't have this one.

Thank you and blessings to you, Bethroot!

Susun's Response: check out my book

Bethroot, Susun is very, very busy now and I can't contact her in the time frame that you need. Attached are a few articles by her and excerpts from her book. Below you will find helpful links, go to the Feminist Women's Health Center and you will find enough info to get your documentation. There are tons of references in Susun's book - if you get your report mostly done with many of your sources completed, but you need help with the finish, then send me another email asking for some specifics and I will look them up in Weed's book. I know it seems a pain to have to document, but it is oh so important, especially when sharing life-saving info. Really lends credibility to your "story".

Lots of love, Justine (Susun's daughter)

PS. would love to see your report when it is complete....

PPS. You can get Weed's breast book online from us if you want it: www.wisewomanbookshop.com

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Dissolving a mass in my Breast

I would like to join the mailing list. I want to ask you a question. My doctor found a tiny mass in my breast. It's not hard and it moves. She wants me to get a mammogram. I don't believe in them. I'm 42 years young. I'm interested to know your input on this situation.

Thank you, Marcy

Susun's Response: try castor oil packs

Dear Marcy,

You know best what to do. If you want to try to dissolve it, castor oil packs have been used for this purpose. If you feel that you could have cancer, you may want a biopsy. A mammogram cannot diagnose cancer, for that you must have a biopsy.

Instructions for making castor oils packs are in my book Breast Cancer? Breast Health! the Wise Woman Way.

Green Blessings, Susun Weed

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                                    Calcium Deposits in my Breast

Hi Susan!

Really Great website! I have read your Breast Health book & maybe I missed it, but is there a way to dissolve calcium deposits in the breast? I have some in one of my breasts. I thought you were saying burdock root, but I'm not sure if it is only for lumps & cysts or if it will work on the calcium deposits.??

love to you, Melissa

Susun's Response: Re: calcium deposits

Dear Melissa,

Great to hear from you. As far as I know, calcium is used to replace any damaged breast cells. Every woman has at least a few calcifications. Of course, they can indicate cancer, where cells are dying. Sounds like yours are not that kind, so no problem, no need to dissolve them. Actually, I don't think they can be dissolved. Hope everything besides this is great.

Lots of love and Green Blessings, Susun Weed

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                                Calcification and AntiCancer Lifesyle

Dear Susun,

Thanks again for your reply. Are you saying that this extra calcium is a sign that more cells have died in these deposit spots than in other places? She was diagnosed with stage 2 (because it was just barely larger than an inch but with negative nodes) after biopsy came back. The biopsy followed the suspicious spot on the mammogram.

I had asked a woman I know who does medical intuitive work to screen me (because I was having these weird twinges in my breast). This was a week before my mom told me about having the biopsy and she was waiting for the result. Her findings about me were that I had a pattern that I got from my mother about not nurturing myself, and this, was showing up as only "calcification" in both of us. I stopped wearing a bra instantly and 75 % of the discomfort has disappeared. But there is a spot that still has me wondering and I don't want to get a mammogram without at least doing some preliminary efforts on my own.

I did get your book, and have been reading it. There is a lot of information. I went to an acupuncturist who says I am pre-pre-cancerous and has been treating me. I have done a red clover infusion, not realizing that my period was imminent and I had a very red and crampy onset. It just showed me how powerful infusions can be. I will do more. I know your book has more info for me to glean, but if you have any specific suggestions,

I am all ears. ~ Melissa

Susun's Response: Re: anticancer lifestyle

Dear Melissa,

Yes, when cells die (whether from injury or because they are inside a cancer and so get no nutrition) they are replaced with calcium deposits. There are no calcium deposits in healthy alive cells. The calcifications, as they are called, occur only where cells have died.

I believe that drinking red clover infusion will prevent cancer. Just got an email from a woman who said she was declared free of malignant cells for the first time in her life after drinking red clover infusion daily for several months. In addition, I would avoid tofu and soy beverage, both of which can promote breast cancer. Lentils and other beans are far better allies than soy. For women worried about breast cancer, I suggest eating lentils at least three times a week. And you can drink nettle infusion too. It is considered the best anticancer herb in South America.

Many women find drinking red clover eliminates menstrual cramps. I am surprised that the opposite seemed to happen to you. Since it is a mild blood thinner, it makes the menses easier, less clots, less cramps (usually).

Yes, lots of info in my breast book. Start by going to the page with my Anticancer Lifestyle. That will give you enough stuff to work on for quite a while.

I am concerned about an acupuncturist saying you are pre-cancerous. That could be said about everyone. This person does not sound trustworthy to me. I have lots of acupuncturist friends and none of them has ever heard of a treat for pre-cancerous people. Watch out.

Instead of a mammogram, see if you can get a thermogram. Cancer is hot and it shows up much better in a temperature scan than an x-ray scan.

You are strong wise and filled with life force. You can be as healthy/whole/holy as you desire.

Green Blessings, Susun Weed

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                                   Soymilk questions-Breast Cancer

Dear Susun,
I would like to be included in your mailing list. I bought your book on Breast cancer and appreciated your approach. My mother starts radiation soon and I hope that she will take in some of the nutritive pointers that you gave.

I have a question about soymilk. I understand that it can stop protein digestion and has traditionally been eaten with other proteins like fish (the digestion of which I assume is not blocked by the soy protein blockers.)

The new soy milks', in addition to being organic, tout their supplemented protein and calcium. Is this a remedy for the structural problem or can it be remedied usefully to us humans. I don't know if these newcomers postdate your research and if it matters.

Thanks again, Gigi

Susun's Response: The problems with soy are deep and broad.


The problems with soy are deep and broad. They are not limited to its interference with protein. Soy milk is loaded with aluminum, it creates calcium and zinc shortages and chelates out vitamins, such as B12. It shuts down the thyroid and causes kidney stones.

Did you see the new study which found that tofu consumption correlated with dementia and Alzheimer's? The more soy eaten the greater the mental decline.

In short, soy is not good food unless it is fermented (miso and tamari) and is not eaten much by people who are healthy.

Soy milk is fake food. Fake foods destroy health. Real foods create real, and healthy, people. Drink milk!!! or don't, but don't use soymilk, please.

Lots more info on soy problems in "New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way."

Green Blessings, Susun Weed

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Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
The Wise Woman Way

by Susun S. Weed
Foreword by Christiane Northrup, MD
380 pages, index, profusely illustrated.
Foods, exercises, and attitudes to keep your breasts healthy. Supportive complimentary medicines to ease side-effects of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or tamoxifen.
Retails for $21.95

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Mammograms - Who Needs Them? from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
Using Herbs Safely from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
My Anti-Cancer Lifestyle from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!


What a gift to women of all ages! This book helped me overcome my fear of what I might discover during self-examination. I am so grateful that this book came my way and I am healthier in mind, body, and spirit thanks to Ms. Weed's wise words! If I could, I would give a copy of this book to every woman in the world!