52 Weeks – 5 Ways to Save the Girls

Jun 28, 2013 | Health and Beauty | 14 comments

Here on the blog I refer to mine as Lucy and Ethel 🙂

A newer friend and I were discussing deodorant and it’s side effects this morning – apparently she too struggles with “Amazon syndrome” as I call it.  Must be our Eurotrash heritage.  Hahahaha!   I got to thinking about it and thought this would be our next topic in this health series.
What are you doing to prevent breast cancer???
I don’t have a lot of time, but I thought I would quickly (cause the children and garden make up a full time job these days)  rattle off the things I am doing or will do as age requires.  Some of them, I suppose are controversial.  
1.  Loose the underwire.  
 If and when you can – loose the bra entirely!!!
TMI alert but when I am home I NEVER… repeat  NEVER where a bra.  Like other things I will mention on this list – I am not impressed with the introduction of the underwire bra into fashion and the similar rise in breast cancer.  Many (more holistic) doctors believe that the constant exposure to the metal up against sensitive breast tissue contributes to cancer, others point out that it is in no way natural to lift the breasts and constrain them the way a bra does, thus not allowing lymphnodes to drain properly.  (This is how breasts get rid of toxins, if you are binding them up all the time… well, you figure it out).  Makes sense – and so it’s good enough for me.  Here are some articles supporting this train of thought.  


2.  Cut out metals wherever you can, especially in your deodorant.
Once again the concern is metals in the body and constant application of deodorant full of aluminum has GOT TO GO if you are concerned about BC.  I haven’t ventured into making my own (I know some people swear by it) but I do use LaVanilla from Sephora.  It does actually work and doesn’t make “it worse” like Toms of Maine (that stuff sucks).  I told you, I am a bit of an Amazon so I do reapply if needed.  Remember, lots of beauty products contain aluminum – read your labels… don’t forget to cut out parabens when you can too!!!  Articles here…
3.  I’ve said it before.  I’ll say it again.  GET OFF THE PILL.   Click here for the first installment of this series.
4.  Enough with the hormones in meats and dairy.  I’ll see, after I write these next sentences if I can find some proof but common sense says to me that you can’t eat meat and dairy all day long (THREE GLASSES OF MILK A DAY??? YIKES!!!!) that is PUMPED full of bovine growth hormones and expect it to not build up in your body.  Why in the world do you think little nine year old girls get their periods these days???  Think about it.
5.  And here is where I know I can really offend.  It is a sensitive subject and often people are offended by an alternative point of view.   
Avoid Mammography.  Oh, I can hear you yelling at me from here.  But humor me for a moment:  You may not know it, you may have never considered it but you are exposed to radiation ALL DAY LONG.  Wi-Fi, cell phones, cell phone towers, microwaves, dentist exams, your alarm clock by your night stand, hair dryers, routine ultra-sounds (for those of you using a conventional OBGYN) and the dreaded smart meter attached the side of your house (which, you have the right to refuse). 
 YES, there are women who are prone to breast cancer — many say they especially should avoid radiation.  I’ve been reading on this for over a decade and YES, lives have been saved via mammography  (I know personally and have heard of plenty of friends of friends who have detected cancer with mammography) but it DOES have it’s downsides and it’s worth looking into.  I will post articles below.  When the time comes, mammography will not be the right choice for me and I will opt for the much safer and reportedly more accurate Thermography.
(You know me and following the money trail… but if you start to read up on traditional breast cancer prevention/treatment… the money trail starts to look a bit suspicious.) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/09/02/cancer-society-has-financial-ties-to-mammography.aspx  
So, what’s your story?  We ALL know someone lost, suffering or scared of breast cancer.  Are you taking preventative measures or waiting to be a statistic?  I am curious.  I know my methods are a bit unconventional.  I want nothing to do with pink ribbons.  I read once that a breast cancer survivor is someone who lives an additional 5 years.  That is horrible.  We ladies should be doing whatever we can to THRIVE, not just survive.  I am all for learning as much as I can and doing whatever it takes… how about you?
Here are some articles along the same lines (and more expansive) as this list).
Many blessings.  
Here’s to your health.
Parisienne Farmgirl


  1. Brenda Hodges

    One more preventative measure? Breastfeeding! I’m sure some of your readers are beyond those years but it’s worth mentioning to the younger ones that there is significant data showing that the more months in your life you are either pregnant or breastfeeding, the lower you risk of breast cancer down the line…

  2. Katie

    You forgot a biggie!! BREASTFEED! Use them for the purpose God gave them:)!!!

  3. Parisienne Farmgirl

    Oh I am down with you girls – I’ve been nursing for almost 8 years straight with probably 1/5-2 more to go!

  4. Marie_Angelique

    Oh I am all about going bra-less. Lucky for me I wear an Army uniform so going bra-less is much easier 🙂 Also, i ditched the underwire bras A LONG TIME AGO. That was definitely created by a man because a woman would know better (I hope)!

  5. Jules

    Abortion is also a risk factor for breast cancer. But, of course, we don’t hear that in our media. I find it quite curious that the Susan G. Komen foundation has conrtibuted money to Planned Parenthood. Sounds counterintuitive if trying to prevent breast cancer. Maybe it has something to do with that money trail.

  6. Farmgirl Cyn

    Because my own mama had breast cancer at a very young age (she was 37) I was always very careful to get my yearly mammograms starting in my late 30’s. I have been more sporatic in the past 10 years and none at all in the past 4 years. I only wish I knew then what I know now.
    I did breastfeed all of my children, and the last two were nursed for over 2 years each. I knew breastfeeding was a factor in preventing breast cancer, and wanted to make sure I nursed as long as the babies would demand.
    Being “blessed” with large girls, going braless outside of the home is impossible. Around the house I am mostly without, tho if I have to go outside I look around furtively, making sure no one is within sight!
    I do make my own deodorant…easy peasy! And for the most part, we drink only raw milk.

  7. Auntie Bliss

    I had never heard that deodorant could be a danger until now.
    I found that same brand you use at the Dermstore (I was comparison shopping LOL) and it asked for a promo code, so I went in search and found one…and saved $2.10 on my Vanila Lavender

  8. Mandy

    oh if only!!!! it feels SO good to take the blasted bra off at the end of the day. I wish my F size girls could appear descent enough to go without more often. Underwire is, unfortunately, a must, even in swimwear. Also there was info going around about women getting bc due to stuffing their cell phones in their bras-yikes!

  9. Carine

    for natural deodorant, what do you think about alum stone?

  10. Marta Montenegro Martin

    Thanks for the info on the bras Angela! I had NO idea. You’ve been a wonderful resource and inspiration. We have made meaningful changes in our diet and our lifestyle thanks to your willingness to share. Now, what do I do about my Ds? I dunno … I’m gonna start by being free at home I guess. Are there any good bras out there?

  11. rosiemomma

    Great Info!! Can’t go braless out and about, but try to at home. A week and a half ago I ditched the Dove DO. I live in PHoenix!!! BUT- I have been using Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar on the pits and it’s working amazing well. I’m actually astounded as I used to smell so bad, all the time, I could hardly stand myself. My clothes still smell so I am cycling them all through with Hydrogen Peroxide in hopes of getting rid of the smell. I plan on making my own stick DO this week and just tonight mixed up some essential oils to use under there as well. I figure the more options I have the better I can manage the pits.

  12. Elma

    Yes I nursed all eight of my babies in fact I nursed till the next one was born:) People thought I was nuts and my sister in law had a fit when she heard I was nursing two babies at one time. But I knew once the baby was born Caleb would quit once Adrian was born and sure enough it ended quickly:) LOVE your blog and all the info!!

  13. Nancy

    I know I’m a little late in the commenting dept but just found your blog. 🙂 Cancer “treatments” as a whole are a bunch of crap. There is no cure for cancer and if anyone tells different, they are lying through their teeth!! I am convinced that one day people are going to say “WHAT THE HECK WERE THEY THINKING????” when they hear about radiation, and toxins being pumped into bodies as a “cure”. Thanks for all of your useful, common sense advice!! 😀

  14. Homemaker Ang

    I have hesitated to post this as I so know you mean 150% well for all women who read these posts on natural approaches to health care. I do agree with you the that natural alternatives are usually always the best way to go xo but not always. Read on please …

    I do want to add this very important information that I witnessed PERSONALLY first hand.

    My dear mother was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer at the same age and almost to the day that her cousin of the same age was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. They were buddies and discussed there methods they wanted to pursue, each one DRASTICALLY different.

    My mother went rad with treatments! Had a lumpectomy, had full chemo and full radiation.

    Her cousin went the natural route 100% with only a lumpectomy and then controlled it with diet and herbal remedies.

    The diagnosis:

    11 years later my mother is 100% alive and very well with zero reoccurrence of any cancer with mamo’s every 6th months and now once a year


    1 year to the date of my mother’s first cousin’s diagnosis, she was DEAD… IN ONE YEAR! She was IN the ground in a coffin where her daughter’s tossed the dirt over the pretty brassy and wood fixture… The grandchildren hardly got to know the lovely person that she was 🙁

    All this to say that we all must make our own choices on where God leads us in our health care. We must bathe it in much prayer as my mother did and we must realize that sometimes the way that could be best is not always natural.

    I am glad my mother choose the poison chemicals, radiation and more because I still have her AND my babies have her too xo xo

    that other family doesn’t have a mom and a grandma and have not for 11 years…

    I saw it first hand


    I really hope you will post my comment to show the other side as well.




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