Angelina Jolie: A Role Model For Cancer Prevention?


Michael E. Platt, M.D.

Michael E. Platt, M.D.

It’s bad enough that you have uninformed doctor’s providing dangerous advice, but now we have celebrities encouraging women to undergo mutilating surgeries and life-altering decisions. As the world knows, Angelina Jolie has had 95% of both breasts removed to avoid getting breast cancer. It appears that she made this decision in all likelihood because she was informed that she had an 87% chance of getting breast cancer based on the fact that she was genetically predisposed due to a BRCA-1 or 2 gene mutation.

Her decision illustrates the fact that there is absolutely no preventive medicine in this country. Our medical system is controlled by drug companies that will not allow it. When will women understand that wearing pink ribbons do not prevent breast cancer – and, as I have mentioned before, the idea of these ribbons for breast cancer awareness was started by a drug company that sells chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Breast cancers do not magically appear, there has to be a catalyst. So if a woman is genetically predisposed, like Ms. Jolie, perhaps the more prudent approach would be to control the major instigator of breast cancers in women, namely estrogen. In this case, the use of natural progesterone cream makes sense since it prevents every cancer that estrogen causes. In addition, it causes apoptosis (death) of breast cancer cells as does iodine. Almost 100% of the population is deficient in iodine. Other options include indole-3-carbinol and selenomethionine (a form of selenium), both of which can be helpful to prevent breast cancer. Needless to say, vitamin D3, in a dose of at least 10,000 IU per day, has been shown to prevent at least 26 cancers, especially breast cancer.

A woman with a BRCA mutation should also be advised that there are a number of diets that have been formulated to prevent cancer, enabling the body to mobilize its own natural killer cells to fight cancers that arise in our bodies on a daily basis. And again, a woman who is trying to make a decision weighing self-mutilation versus a natural approach, should know of other supplements that kill cancer cells such as curcumin, or graviola, or essiac, plus many others.

Interestingly, leaving 5% of  breast tissue still puts a woman at risk for breast cancer, so it would behoove these women to start using some of the preventive measures that have been outlined in many books.  .

A word of caution to anyone who is reading this who has a BRCA mutation: Please do not allow anyone to put you on Tamoxifen with the intent of preventing breast cancer. If you think about it, how can a drug that causes two different types of uterine cancer, prevent women from getting breast cancer. Estrogen is the only known cause of uterine cancer. Of course, this is only my opinion.

Let me conclude by saying that based on the information that she received, Ms. Jolie made a very brave decision. However, I suspect that the advice she was given was one-sided and I would be surprised if she was given a non-surgical option. If I am wrong, and she was given a natural alternative, then she owes it to those women that she may be influencing to make them aware that other options exist.

Please be advised that any opinions presented here are strictly my own. My goal is for  people to always discuss options with their doctor(s).

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