Your Hormones in Balance: How testing your hormones can help you Reduce Breast Cancer Risk or better still PREVENT it!
(Candace Burch, M.A.)


According to the experts, almost all risk factors associated with breast cancer are directly or indirectly linked to an excess of estrogen, or estrogen that is not sufficiently balanced with progesterone in the body’s accustomed way. A growing number of experts believe that correcting this fundamental imbalance is at the heart of preventing and treating breast cancer.

Detecting and correcting a hidden hormone imbalance could be the most important single thing you do to reduce your risk for breast cancer. estrogen dominance for example, a common hormonal imbalance of too much estrogen relative to inadequate progesterone is associated with invasive breast cancers. Imbalances of the adrenal “stress hormone” cortisol have also been shown to undermine the immune system and thus increase susceptibility to disease.

However, there are many ways to reduce the effects of many of these factors and we do not need to age before our time. Stress can be reduced, good nutrition and exercise can become habit.  Inlude in your diet many of the foods now considered to be "superfoods" that are nutritional powerhouses, rich in fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and plant nutrients particularly:

  • low-fat plain yogurt,
  • eggs,
  • nuts,
  • kiwis,
  • quinoa, beans,
  • salmon,
  • broccoli, sweet potatoes, and blueberries. 

Exposure to cancer-causing toxins can be minimized, and testing hormones in saliva or blood spot can alert us to hidden hormone imbalances that increase our susceptibility to cancers.

Even laughter and creativity are now recognized as important cancer prevention strategies! These lifestyle changes give us the opportunity to enjoy a healthy life and reduce breast cancer risk.

Action step 1: Know The Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

Do any of these sound familiar?

•    Unwanted weight gain/inability to lose weight
•    Premenstrual weight gain/bloating
•    Heavy/painful periods
•    Irregular bleeding
•    PMS
•    Tender and/or fibrocystic breasts
•    Mood swings
•    Low Libido
•    Depression
•    Low thyroid symptoms
•    Sleep disturbances
•    Fatigue
•    High stress
•    Belly fat
•    Low immunities/susceptibility to illness

Action Step 2: Test your hormones to detect hidden imbalances.

The Canary Club provides hormone testing through the most reputable laboratories in the country helps detect and correct hormone imbalances. The testing is done in saliva and/or bloodspot (non-to minimally invasive), stress-free, and convenient, given that test kits are self-contained, and collection is done in privacy at the optimal time of day and month. The testing measures “bioavailability,” or active vs. inactive hormone levels of: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEAs and cortisol. Results identify and correlate specific imbalances of all the above with documented symptoms and hormone usage.

Personalized Interpretation of results is available with Candace Burch, MA, the former director of education for ZRT Laboratory. Candace is available for private consulting and review of test results at: www.yourhormonebalance.com scheduling. Repeat testing allows Canary Club clients and health advisors to track progress together.

Action Step 3: Consider Your Hormone Balance

Partnering with a recommended Canary Club hormone health educator can help you to understand your hormone test results and make the most of them in terms of optimal healthy lifetsyle goals. Together we will identify specific imbalances linked to the symptoms you are now experiencing, and take steps to restore balance naturally, thus reducing risks for breast cancer and other preventable diseases in our lifetime.

The goals of a hormone test review at www.yourhormonebalance.com

•    Review of hormone test results
•    Determine specific imbalances of one or more hormones
•    Correlate imbalances with specific symptoms, conditions and health risks
•    helping to correct imbalances through optimal nutrition and bio-identical hormone supplementation (OTC) if indicated through your health practitioner.

In her role as Director of Education at ZRT Laboratory (2000-2008), Candace was mentored and intensively trained by Dr. David Zava, PhD., widely recognized as a pioneer of salivary hormone testing, bioidentical hormone therapy  and breast cancer researcher. Dr. Zava is co-author with John R. Lee, M.D., of the penultimate book on breast  cancer prevention:

"What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer: How Hormone Balance Can Help Save Your Life" and is the founder and Director of ZRT Laboratory, the premier hormone testing lab in the country.

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