Breast cancer: does medical research really bring us the truth or just a part of it?

By Julie Snelgrove, Nursery Nurse, Somerset, UK


A little while ago on my facebook newsfeed there was an article titled:

“Alcohol is a direct cause of seven forms of cancer, finds studyThe Guardian. 22 July, 20161

There is now enough credible evidence to say conclusively that drinking is a direct cause of the disease…”

One of the cancers mentioned was Breast Cancer. I was interested in what was being said as a few years ago I was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS), which is a pre-breast cancer condition that is treated in the same way as breast cancer. The question that came to mind was “Ok it’s good these links are being made as we need to know this, but isn’t the next and real question: ‘Why do we choose to drink alcohol in the first place’?” Are we not short changing ourselves when we simply read and take on only what these studies say, rather than coming back to what our bodies have been telling us for a long time?

So ok, I can be responsible, and listen to what the research tells us and choose to not drink alcohol, but does this mean I change any other behaviours in my life?

Do I look at my stress levels?

My emotional state?

The quality of my relationships?

Does it mean I will then deeply care for myself?

It might be we then actually eat more to numb ourselves, drink other stimulating drinks or eat more sugar. I know when I stopped alcohol I found other ways to bring stimulation and numbness to my body just as alcohol used to. There was no self-responsibility present in my life to look any deeper.

These questions then led me to remember something in regards to myself when diagnosed with breast cancer but till now have not looked up on the internet. That is the link between breast feeding and the likelihood of developing breast cancer. I had breast fed two children for nine years. So I googled ‘Does breast feeding reduce cancer?’ and I was faced with many of the cancer websites claiming this to be so and there had in fact been a report published just that day in the Mail online:

Breast-feeding reduces cancer risk Mail Online, 25 July, 20162

Sir Richard and his team at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Studies Unit, at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, discovered that ‘the relative risk of breast cancer decreased by 4.1 per cent for every 12 months of breastfeeding.’

The study also confirmed earlier reports that women who have children have a lower risk of developing breast cancer, which claims 13,000 lives in Britain every year.

A woman’s risk of developing the disease fell by just over 8 per cent for every birth.

Last night Dr Richard Sullivan, of the Cancer Research Campaign, said: ‘We know breastfeeding is good for babies, but this important piece of research shows just how good it is for women too.’ “

This is not new information, as similar findings from previous studies are published in The Lancet in 20023 and other reputable sources since, so it is a report of confirmation.

This new report is claiming that for every year of breast feeding the risk of breast cancer is decreased by 4.1% (in 2002 the Lancet used the figures 4.3%) and the Lancet also claimed for each child born the risk is lowered by a further 7%, though this one claims 8%.

So I have given birth to two children and breastfed for nine years, so this should mean the risk of developing this disease is lowered by 35-48%. AND I had stopped drinking alcohol 2 years before being diagnosed with breast cancer. If I bought into what this research is claiming, I could be left feeling quite bitter and cross, thinking I had breastfed for that long to reduce my risk (this was never my reason but if it had been) and ‘given up’ alcohol, as well as having a gluten and dairy free diet so was also food aware, yet still I developed the disease. There is the potential here to feel more of a victim to this disease that’s ‘happened to me’ and to not look any further into myself to feel what is really going on, as according to research I was not so likely to develop cancer. Could there more at play than all this research is showing us?

In hindsight and with all I have learnt and connected to within myself through the work and support of Esoteric Medicine from Universal Medicine, I would say continuing to breast feed was actually contributory to developing the disease, not because of the breast feeding itself but because of my reason driving me to continue. I consistently put my children’s needs (and anyone else’s) before my own, as I was so set on the picture I was holding of being a perfect mother to breast feed which led at times to me compromising my own health and well being.

As a woman, before I had children I had very little, if any, connection with my body, let alone my breasts, other than for sexual pleasure and then once I became a mother my breasts had a purpose to feed, nurture and nourish my babies. However, I was absolutely absorbed in this role and paid no attention to my own well being through the process nor had any relationship with myself as a woman. I continuously suffered with mastitis (at the time I could feel this was telling me something, yet I overrode it and still continued). Interestingly the mastitis flared up most in the breast with DCIS.

In regards to alcohol I drank very, very little, if any, up to becoming pregnant and none throughout my pregnancy or after my first child. It was only after the birth of my second child that I started drinking occasionally and this slowly increased to the point that five years later I was drinking every day. By now my second child was reaching five, my first was aged eight and I was exhausted, emotional, and run down in my health, yet I was still breast feeding and continued this until my second child was just over five.

Was I really helping to reduce the risk of breast cancer?

It is not that women should or should not breast feed, but rather that the consideration is what is true and supportive for them and their own self care and nurturing, not just their babies. I came to see after the diagnosis how I had to be nurturing and caring towards myself before I can truly nurture another, and it became clear to see this pattern had been running way before I had children.

So what is the purpose of all this research? Is it just buying time away from Truth? And if we keep believing and accepting the latest research this and research that, is it possible that all we are doing is delaying finding the truth of why breast cancer, or any other disease, is on the increase?

Our lifestyle choices do make a huge difference to our health and wellbeing, but these have to come from the place of choosing to self-love and self-care rather than because I am living in fear of developing a terminal illness or disease. This is what matters. When self-love and self-care are in place, we feel worthy of caring for our bodies and the knowing to not drink alcohol, or eat this or that, whether to breast feed or not, or for how long, is naturally there. Our choice to love, nourish and cherish ourselves and our bodies first, takes care of the answers.

I have come to learn how breast cancer was a gift. Through seeking healing with various Universal Medicine Therapies, which supported me to develop a reconnection to myself and my body, I could look at why I was choosing to not nurture myself first before any other. I came to see I was being offered an opportunity to look at ALL  aspects of my life not just lifestyle choices, so I could make caring and nurturing choices in regard of my body, thus affecting the health of my breasts.

Research has its place and it is certainly raising our awareness, like showing the links between alcohol and cancer, however, there is more which needs to be considered and we have a body that is giving us feedback all the time.

It is time to question and become our own researchers with our body.

The Why or What?of our choices is what counts.

Would some true research be, to look at the lifestyles of the women who have had breast cancer as well as those who have not, but may have other women’s health issues, and ask questions regarding:

  • What does nurturing mean?
  • What does breast care mean?
  • Have they had children and how many?
  • Did/do they breastfeed? How was this experience?
  • How is their self worth on a day-to-day basis?
  • Are they driven in their career/ being a mother or both?
  • Their menstruation history and other health issues pre-diagnosis?
  • Their relationships, and quality of, with themselves, with their breasts, with their bodies, with others?
  • Their connection with themselves as a woman?
  • The quality of their thoughts?

Breast Cancer does not just happen – it has a history and additional research and discovering the possible similarities in women’s behaviours may start to unravel what is really going on and be the beginning of then living in a way that reduces the incidence of the disease. And even if it is not prevented and we are diagnosed, we are more likely to understand what is happening and feel equipped to heal ourselves in full.

We all have a body, which very clearly shows us the result of what we choose.

We do not have to wait for scientists to confirm what we can feel in our own bodies.

By living in a True Way, we are our own research and every day can be an experiment.





1) The Guardian 22 July 2016

2) The Mail online. 25 July 2016

3) The Lancet 20 July 2002


Read more:

  1. Superb site on breast care and the esoteric breast massage – foundational breast care. 
  2. Breast cancer awareness month: is there more to current breast awareness?
  3. What do you mean – do I have a relationship with my breasts? 

664 thoughts on “Breast cancer: does medical research really bring us the truth or just a part of it?

  1. Great question what is the purpose of this research and how come we spend zillions looking for answers that avoid us taking any responsibility for our life, body and choices?

    1. I love it Nicola, you have just answered the question, we spend zillions to avoid taking responsibility for our life, body and choices. That’s a lot of money we invest to avoid responsibility.

  2. I agree Julie, Medical research brings us an understanding, yet not the truth of what is going on, even though it is expressed by them to be an answer, as you beautifully express our own body holds many of the answers we are looking for, and it is through our own connection that we will learn how we play our own part in getting an illness or disease by the choices we make.

  3. The overwhelming amount of often contradictory research is astounding. For someone to change their life according to the study’s results could lead them astray from what is actually true and as you say leave them in resentment should they get sick regardless. With all the medical advances of the day, we have seemingly given our power away to the outside studies and forgotten the depth of wisdom that is available when we listen to our own bodies and allow it to guide us in our choices.

  4. I feel that some medical research on cancer is highly suspect, when it is funded by a party wanting a particular result. Also if they eliminate all subjective data research only ever has a part of the picture that it has decided is valid.

  5. It is interesting that we look to blame the obvious – ie alcohol is the cause – when really we have to look at what is behind drinking the alcohol? I know I started drinking because it was cool and then I discovered it made me numb, so it was the numbness I was seeking, the effects not the taste. So it does make me consider that there is so much else there before I choose alcohol, and perhaps, as is shared here, there is a lot more to consider about how we are living, before we reduce it to one thing.

  6. “And even if it is not prevented and we are diagnosed, we are more likely to understand what is happening and feel equipped to heal ourselves in full.” This is the key for any illness and disease. If we understand the underlying energetic reasons as to why it has occurred in the first place we can truly heal. Focusing on cause and effect in the way we generally do ie. if I drink alcohol I’m more likely to develop breast cancer, is just a small part of the picture. Important yes, but on it’s own is purely about increasing function not offering the body healing.

  7. Long before there is a physical symptom, there is a series of movements (behaviours) in place that predetermine the course we are set to follow, if we do not alter the course by way of choosing to move otherwise. Therefore in terms of health and disease it serves us well to follow the path back to that which has taken root that has caused the dis-ease to flourish. Discussions such as this and all that is so beautifully presented by Julie in this article and by way of her personal experience, allow us to open the conversation right up and see what is truly happening below the surface of our ever sky-rocketing rates of ill health and disease.

  8. Research is inevitably fraught with limitations – for in its current state it cannot possibly consider every factor in ‘why a person get’s this or that disease’. It has its place of course but in my view it is not healthy to give our power to it completely negating our own innate sense of what is happening in our bodies. There is a lot we do not know on an intellectual level and we must always temper what science discovers with this awareness.

  9. ” Could there more at play than all this research is showing us?” Lifestyle medicine is gradually gaining acceptance in the medical field – and the energetic factor is showing us there is more to illness and disease than just genetics.

  10. There is far more to the inner dynamics of the human body and its manifestation of disease and illness than meets the eye and we have much to learn about this fact. For every disease or illness does not just occur over night, there is a lead up to it. It also means something significant to that individual and the subsequent unraveling within their healing process is something to truly appreciate and continually learn from.

  11. No matter her profession or status in life and whether she has children or not, a woman’s true role is to nurture others – a role that comes very naturally to her. However, if she is not first nurturing herself then she offers a cup that is half full in the sense that while it may nourish others, it will leave her depleted and through this the body will make known that such an event has occurred. This is the blessing of breast cancer – an opportunity for us as women to pause and reflect on the quality with which we live our life and whether we give to ourselves in equal measure to that which we give to others.

  12. ” it is time to question and become our own researchers with our body. The ‘Why or What?’ of our choices is what counts. ” This is very true Julie , trusting what one feels in their body is one of the best indicators to the answers to why or what.

  13. The great thing about discovering that a condition is linked to something else is that it allows us to pose questions that lead to understanding and such understanding give us the tool to renounce to whatever we have to renounce in order to unlock something in the body that is feeding a condition. It is like a key that operates from within.

  14. I heard on the radio the other day that new research showed that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day was good for you and reduced the risk of cancer due to the anti-oxidants and other healing properties in the bean. Where does this research really come from and how much money was wasted on it or more to the point how much was paid for the outcome? We do not need all this expensive research when it comes out with so much nonsense, when our bodies can tell us straight away what is or isn’t good for us.

    1. This is a really good question kevmchardy – where does this research come from and at what cost – not just financially but also to the bodies of everyone buying into this i.e.. the researchers, the believers, the manufacturers etc. – so much harm is done along the way- when it is very simple as our body already knows the answers, so why do we overule this again and again? This is a question worth asking.

  15. What is highlighted here is the importance of looking at why we are making the choices we are making. I for one have caught myself replacing a seemingly ‘bad’ habit with a ‘not so bad’ one. And in that is an opportunity for discerning why I am making the choices I am making and what is it I don’t want to feel.

  16. By being presented with such questions similar to what you’ve posed here Julie I have gained much richer understanding of my health than I ever could just from conventional medicine alone. ‘Random’ or ‘Genetics’ doesn’t fly with me.

  17. ‘I would say continuing to breast feed was actually contributory to developing the disease, not because of the breast feeding itself but because of my reason driving me to continue.’ As I have learnt from Universal Medicine it is about energy first, then the behaviours drop away because that behaviour is no longer being fed by that energy that was chosen in the first place. Great blog to come back to.

  18. Do you remember years ago, many years ago, when smoking was cool, even doctors would smoke publicly, news readers would smoke on television… And now course it is seen as the curse that is. One day alcohol will most definitely be seen in the same light and will not have the public support that it does now.

  19. A wonderful informative sharing Julie. What a shame so many women will never get t o share this information and thus unable to put it into practice i.e. self nurturing in the many ways you share is so important as is the fact of our body’s intelligence and our need to honour that.

  20. It goes to show the pictures, ideals and beliefs we become attached and hold on to as a way of life determine our movements and these pictures, ideals and beliefs are passed on to our children. It is no wonder that illness and disease runs in the family! What if we looked at our behaviours and where they come from instead of blaming our genes?

  21. We repeatedly look at the end effect and are happy to discuss changing this. But we habitually avoid the real ‘why?’ underneath – and resist embracing the power of our connection. It’s easy to talk about issues but the true answer is right under our nose – thank you Julie.

  22. Julie clearly what you highlight for us is the real importance of not only considering the medical side of any condition but also the energetic side, the root of the issue. When we do we get to truly heal, if we don’t in my own experience i’d simply repeat the same thing.

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