This post is not saying that these things will cure cancer.  I’m simply listing things that have some form of evidence for combatting cancer.  This does not imply that you shouldn’t seek more conventional treatments if you think that they can help you.  This list is complementary to whatever it is you’re doing, not a substitute. Check out all of our greatest health tips and biohacks in our ebook, SelfHacked Secrets. Download the first chapter for free here.

breast cancer

Factors That Increase Breast Cancer Risk

For prevention, it’s important to see which factors raise the risk.

The quality of studies may vary, so I encourage you to read them.  Many of them are conducted with animals.

Lifestyle factors That Increase Breast Cancer Risk

  1. Sleep deprivation (R)
  2. Shift work/Circadian disruption (R)

Hormones and Cytokines That May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

  1. Estrogen+ progestin (R) 
  2. Birth control (R)
  3. Leptin (R)
  4. IL-1 (R)

Dietary Factors That May Increase Breast Cancer Risk (at least in excess)

  1. High Fructose (R)
  2. Alcohol in postmenopausal (R)
  3. High saturated fat – Epidemiological study… (R)
  4. High PUFA’s (mice) (R)

Toxins, Drugs and Tests That May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

  1. Heavy Metals: Iron (R), Nickel (R), Chromium (R), copper (R), Lead (R), Cadmium (R)
  2. DDT (R)
  3. PCB’s (R)
  4. Epstein Barr Virus (R)
  5. Diethyl pthalate (R)
  6. Acrylamide (R)
  7. X-ray (R)
  8. Mammograms (R)
  9. Statins+postmenopause (R)

Natural Ways to Combat Breast Cancer

Lifestyle to Combat Breast Cancer

  1. Sleep (R)
  2. Exercise (R)
  3. Yoga-quality of life, affect (R)
  4. Melatonin (R)
  5. UVB (sun) (R)
  6. Vitamin D (R)

Diet to Combat Breast Cancer

I don’t advocate some of these foods such as the beans and legumes if you’re predisposed to autoimmunity or have chronic inflammation.

  1. Fish/Fish oil (EPA) (R), DHA (conjugated more effective) (R)
  2. Vegetables (R)
  3. Cruciferous veggies…Benzyl isothiocyanate (R) + Sulforaphane (R) + DIM (R)+ D-glucarate (R)+ I3C (400mg for max benefit) (R)
  4. Diet: Fruits, veggies, fish, olive oil in postmenopausal (R)
  5. Grapes, tomato, green pepper (R)
  6. Flax (R)
  7. Vitamin supplements during chemo (R)
  8. Garlic (Diallyl disulfide) (R)
  9. Soy (R)
  10. Beans (R)
  11. Pomegranate/Ellagic acid (E+) (R)
  12. Black Raspberry (E+) (R), Blueberry (E+) (R)
  13. Lentils (R)
  14. Mung beans (R)
  15. Apples (R)

Supplements to Combat Breast Cancer

  1. Aspirin/Ibuprofen (R)
  2. DIM (R)
  3. D-glucarate (R)
  4. I3C (R)
  5. HCG (R)
  6. Lecithin (R)
  7. Plant sterols* (R)
  8. CoQ10 + B2 + B3 + Tamoxifen (R)
  9. Quercetin (R)
  10. Flavones (R)
  11. Adiponectin (R)
  12. EGCG (RR2)
  13. Sulforaphane (R)
  14. Ginseng (R)
  15. NAC (R)
  16. Chinese skullcap (R)
  17. Turkey tail/Polysaccharide-K (R)/Polysaccharopeptide (R)
  18. Reishi (R)
  19. Apigenin (R)
  20. Beta carotene. Note: if you are a smoker, long-term high beta carotene supplementation can actually increase risk of lung cancer (R, RR)
  21. Astaxanthin (R), Canthaxanthin (R)
  22. Bamboo extract (R)
  23. Bicarbonate (R)


Health Tools I Wish I Had When I Was Sick

At SelfHacked, it’s our goal to offer our readers all the tools possible to get optimally healthy. When I was struggling with chronic health issues I felt stuck because I didn’t have any tools to help me get better. I had to spend literally thousands of hours trying to read through studies on pubmed to figure out how the body worked and how to fix it.

That’s why I decided to create tools that will help others cut down the guesswork:

  • Lab Test Analyzer – a software tool that will analyze your labs and tell you what the optimal values are for each marker — as well as provide you with actionable tips and personalized health and lifestyle recommendations to help you get there.
  • SelfDecode – a software tool that will help you analyze your genetic data from companies such as 23andme and ancestry. You will learn how your health is being impacted by your genes, and how to use this knowledge to your advantage.
  • SelfHacked Secrets – an ebook where we examine and explain the biggest overlooked environmental factors that cause disease. This ebook is a great place to start your journey if you want to learn the essential steps to optimizing your health.
  • SelfHacked Elimination Diet course – a video course that will help you figure out which diet works best for you
  • Selfhacked Inflammation course – a video course on inflammation and how to bring it down
  • Biohacking insomnia – an ebook on how to get great sleep
  • Lectin Avoidance Cookbook – an e-cookbook for people with food sensitivities
  • BrainGauge – a device that detects subtle brain changes and allows you to test what’s working for you
  • SelfHacked VIP – an area where you can ask me (Joe) questions about health topics


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