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Breast Cancer: An Alternative Treatment Hypothesis

Associations With High Levels of Vitamin K, High Bone Density and Hypercoagulation of the Blood

Some food for thought

In order to get a big picture view of the factors that cause breast cancer, it may be helpful to consider the conditions that occur in conjunction with the disorder. Breast cancer frequently occurs along with the following conditions:

Recent studies show that many of the different foods that have been shown effective against breast cancer also tend to be factors that prevent blood clots and reduce bone mass. As such, it is logical to consider that since the symptoms associated with breast cancer have some common factors with these other conditions, they may also have some common underlying causes. I believe there are some clues that high levels of vitamin K may be a factor in the often concurrent conditions of breast cancer, blood clots and high bone density.

Medical education has neglected to perform a refined study of nutrition in all of its aspects and has diverted attention away from the most promising means of controlling cancer. That avenue is the nutritional approach which must encompass the human element of individual susceptibility.

Roger J. Williams, Nutrition Against Disease

 

A number of researchers currently seem to think that blood clots are a symptom of breast cancer, however I think this view is worth questioning. As the rest of this paper will hypothesize, perhaps it is possible that the conditions that cause blood clots and increased bone mineral density also cause breast cancer, and that is why the three conditions frequently appear together in the same person.

Just like when a person gets the flu he can have symptoms such as achy joints, a runny nose and a fever. The symptoms vary, but they have an underlying biochemical root cause--a flu bug. If we think "outside the box" and consider the possibility that breast cancer is a symptom of a different underlying disorder, and that this same underlying disorder has other symptoms such as high bone mineral density and blood clots, then much of the recent research and the links between these three conditions all falls into place. The studies fit together like pieces of a puzzle.

The table below illustrates the traditional view of breast cancer and the traditional view of the flu:

Cause
Flu Bug
Breast Cancer
Symptoms

 

Runny nose

Achy joints

Fever

 

 

Blood clots

Increased bone density

 

Traditional view of breast cancer and the traditional view of the flu

An "out of the box" view of these same two disorders is illustrated below. Notice that in the scenario below breast cancer has gone from being an underlying cause to a symptom.

Cause
Flu Bug

Vitamin K Levels Too High

Symptoms

Runny nose

Achy joints

Fever

 

Blood clots

Breast cancer

Increased bone density

 

An alternative view of breast cancer as a symptom of a more systemic problem - out of balance vitamin K levels


Breast Cancer and Blood Clots

It is well established that hypercoagulation (blood that clots too readily) and cancer, especially breast cancer, go hand in hand. Researchers often assume that breast cancer causes the blood clots, but perhaps they are mistaking association for cause and effect. There is much medical evidence that a diet that promotes blood clots also promotes breast cancer and that, conversely, a diet that thins the blood decreases one's risk of breast cancer.

A 1998 paper found that women with stage IV breast cancer were in a hypercoagulable state. The hypercoaguability persisted after chemotherapy but was reduced by very low dose warfarin. Warfarin is a blood thinner that works by blocking vitamin K.

Elevated estrogen levels are linked to both blood clots and breast cancer. Estrogen pills raise older women's risk of blood clots.

Based on the evidence, it may be logical for women with breast cancer, or those at high risk for breast cancer, to be placed on a diet aimed at managing vitamin K levels and proper blood coagulation. Whether a vitamin K managed diet would prevent breast cancer remains to be proven. However, since women with breast cancer are at higher than average risk for blood clots, perhaps a diet geared toward monitoring coagulation and preventing blood clots would be a logical step for the medical community to consider in any event.

 

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