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A chemical found in bread and a range of other common foods can thwart treatment for breast cancer, scientists have warned.
New research suggested the benefits of the “breakthrough” new drug palbociclib, which is given to women with oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, was effectively reversed by xenoestrogens.
The compounds are present in products made from wheat, maize, barley and other staples.
Scientists said women currently taking the drug should consider altering their diet.
They also suggested that, as well as hindering the benefit of the palbociclib, xenoestrogens may accelerate the growth of oestrogen-fuelled cancers themselves.
Manufactured by Pfizer, the medication was approved for use on the NHS in November for women with oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer - which accounts for about 70 per cent of cases - in whom the disease was advanced and unlikely to be cured.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence gave the green light after trials showed palbociclib could double the period progression-free survival in some patients...
His colleague, Dr Gary Siuzdak, said: “Breast cancer patients taking palbociclib/letrozole should consider limiting their exposure to foods that contain xenoestrogens."
originally posted by: Skywatcher2011
...If you ask me...I think this is nature's way of telling Pfizer get that # out of our body and let's fight this dis-ease of the body with a healthy diet surrounded by lots of nature's greens.....
3. Tap water. Unfortunately much of our water source is contaminated with petroleum derivatives – the primary source of xenoestrogens. So drink filtered water whenever possible.
4. Shampoos, lotions, soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics and other personal care products that contain paraben or phenoxyethanol chemical compounds widely used by cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries as preservatives. Note that xenoestrogens entering the skin go directly to tissue without passing through the liver for detoxification. So they're 100% absorbed by the body and can be 10 times more potent than those consumed orally.
5. Soft plastics used as packaging materials are often treated with chemical compounds called phthalates, a xenoestrogen, to increase its flexibility. Plastic wrapped foods, heated in the microwave, contain some of the highest xenoestrogen levels. So do not heat food or water with plastic in the microwave. Avoid drinking coffee or other hot liquids in Styrofoam cups. And store your food in glass containers whenever possible!