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? 

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

  1. This is taking research to the next level, one that asks us to consider more than what we do, but in fact how we do it, our quality in it and how we stay connected to that quality and feel any changes that are required … it’s so much more than just doing things or not, but how our bodies speak ever and always and how in that we are offered a constant feedback loop which supports us to live more true to us and our bodies.

  2. It’s very beautiful what you have brought to the table here Julie. It is not necessarily what we do but why we are doing it, what is motivating us? In the case of breast feeding I have known women who have breast fed their children because it gave them a feeling of comfort and security when the relationship with their husbands/partners was not going well. Women can use this activity for all sorts of ‘reasons’ that can lace the true nurturing of their babies/children.

  3. Science doesn’t have all the answers, they can be quick to label a discovery without taking account of the deeper human factors, the emotion or stress that we live with, yes we can say alcohol is a factor yet science doesn’t get into the detail as to why people live certain life styles and maybe it is in the detail of what is behind the choices that the answers lie.

  4. I love this powerful statement: ‘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.’ The quality of making the decision from fear is a different one than the choice to self-nurture and not only say NO to things that aren’t loving, but be very precise in what our body does need at that specific point in time.

  5. I understand going through the motions of self care is very different from estsblishing a relationship of self love that truly cares about our bodies, and so our experience of life. We need to build a relationship of understanding and responsiveness with our bodies.

  6. It is so true, how there is often the celebration of one destructive behaviour, which only creates a blindness to what all else there is which is the same behaviour just going unnoticed because perhaps it is not as extreme.

  7. The statistics on illness and disease are telling us that despite more research and more health information being available than ever before people are still making lifestyle choices that are harming their health (even when they know they are not good for them), so there must be something else going on here and Julie you make a great point that we need to look deeper into why we are making these choices not just restrict and reduce it to a list of dos and don’ts.

  8. Medical research brings us part of the truth. It has a very incomplete understanding of the causes of breast cancer, apart from the genetic aspects.

  9. What an amazing and life-changing revelation this must have been for you Julie. “I have come to learn how breast cancer was a gift”. It is in total contrast to what we hear from most women who, when they are diagnosed with this disease, talk about fighting and beating it. It almost feels like this aggressive way of facing breast cancer would bring even more tension and stress into a body which is already struggling to heal itself, but accepting the gift as you have feels like the first important step in the healing process.

  10. ‘We don’t have to wait for scientists to confirm what we know in our own bodies’ – yes, and we don’t have to wait until we get a deadly disease or illness before we start making the lifestyle changes and choices that we know our bodies are asking us to make. Sometimes, even after having made those choices, we still get a disease because of our past choices – but if that’s the case, we still have a choice: to beat ourselves up for our own choices and their consequences, or see it as a moment to stop, to clear and heal: the body’s natural process of discarding an energy that we took on or lived in that was against our natural way of being,

  11. A very powerfull piece of writing you put here Julie.
    It is so logical what you write. You bring us simply back to open our mind to have a more logical view on why illnesses appear like they do on which parts of the body.

  12. We can follow all the rules of a healthy lifestyle, diet and exercise and what they can offer us and yet still become sick or ill. So it would make sense that we go further and consider aspects such as stress and emotional levels and the quality of our relationships and movements through life

    1. True, we often live with a level of stress and exhaustion that we call normal while not considering the debilitating impact it has on the body long term.

  13. We need to get out of that way of thinking that disease and illness simply just happen out of no-where and we are just victims of it. Illness and disease are there to teach us something about the way that we are living and should we dare to listen there is a huge amount that we can learn.

  14. It does matter how we treat ourselves and our body and committing to caring and nurturing ourselves ensures that our lifestyle choices are honouring and harmonious for our body.

  15. I know from when I have had any illness and particularly getting my breasts checked that the result that we are given is of value and something we can work with. There has always been an underlying understanding that this is never it, that there is more the whole understanding of what is going on. Thanks to Serge Benhayon I have been able to truly understand the underlying core issues on an energetic level and have been able to make changes by the choices I make to live my life and the quality of what I am living to heal my body.

    1. Becoming aware of the energetic levels of healing through the teaching of the Ageless Wisdom is the missing ingredient that has us questioning why is this happening and why can’t it be fixed.

  16. ‘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?’ I am with you Julie, it takes us away from truly looking at how we are living and have been living and to take responsibility and change our ways from inside out and not because such and so did research and all of sudden we follow the last results and think we have found it. All part of the illusion of research as it is practised at the moment.

  17. I love how you have taken the time to take this to the next step that it needed to go to.

  18. It would be ‘encouraging’ to know that the scientists would read this article and stop to take a deeper look at the understanding of a woman who is presenting her own case study.

  19. “I have come to learn how breast cancer was a gift.” Amazing statement one that is super super inspiring. I would love your experience here to be shared around the world so everyone learn from your inspiration and feel the gift of true healing that cancer can bring.

  20. All these correlations and so called correlations, for many of them are very unscientific, that researchers come up with are distractions that keep us from finding the true cause. Often one “Scientific study” will come up with findings that are the opposite from a previous one, in which case they cannot both be correct.

  21. Self nurturing and self care are the foundation for living the truth of who we are, allowing us to express the sacredness within.

  22. There’s so much information out there telling us what is good/bad for whatever. I agree – research raises our awareness, but in letting it take the place of our self-responsibility, we lose our power.

  23. ” 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? ”
    The thing about research its that it wants answers but truly the research is not looking for truth.

  24. Lifestyle choices definitely play a huge part in our health, yet often we fail to take responsibility for our choices, or see the damage that we do to ourselves.

  25. I am sure if you were to analyse research papers on Breast Cancer over a 20 year span I would expect we would find that many of the papers contradicted each other as they decide what the causes are. What you showed about your own experience made sense Julie, and that statistics don’t look at the whole picture, they take one aspect such as alcohol and say you shouldn’t drink when you are pregnant but this is only a small part of the equation and is mis-leading to anyone hoping to avoid getting Breast Cancer. For us to truly heal any illness we have to be willing to look at every aspect of how we are living and listen to our body, for it really is our best guide to all our sickness and illnesses.

  26. Such a great point you make here that intention behind our lifestyle choices is key – if we are making changes to our lifestyle based on fear or anxiety around possibly becoming another statistic are we not just adding to the stress, tension and unease in our bodies which may be contributing to illness and disease in the first place! If we do this we are also forever at the mercy of the latest research findings or information from outside of us to give us the latest solutions. However if we come from a place where we connect to our preciousness and fragility as human beings first and can really appreciate our divine qualities then we will naturally know what to do to deeply care and nurture ourselves and each other.

  27. When we see a headline such as, ‘BREASTFEEDING REDUCES CANCER RISK’, is this saying all women should breastfeed for many years and that this is the ‘answer’ to breast cancer? Could it be that although the statement may be true in part, and something to definitely consider, as you’ve shared Julie it doesn’t cover the whole picture of how a woman might develop cancer and how we can look after ourselves not in prevention for getting cancer but to truly love our bodies so that we don’t need/call on a stop moment like cancer to occur.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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?

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. ‘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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. ” 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. ” 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. “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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

    1. Rachel so true its the whole picture that is presented by Universal Medicine that has supported me to look at the whole of how I am living and not simply want a fix, in fact as a result I’m now taking far deeper care of myself on a daily basis.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

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