Breast Cancer? Put It on Ice

Breast Cancer? Put It on Ice
The bad news? It was cancer. The good news? It was in the early stages, a baby tumor at 1.5 cm. It’s hard to believe something so small has such a big impact. My friend Lauren went to a routine mammogram and was surprised when she heard from her doctor a few days later. “When it’s the doctor calling, you know something’s wrong,” she told me. That’s when she learned she had cancerous cells in her left breast and pre-cancerous cells in her right. We'd just met, but I had a strong feeling that self-advocacy comes naturally to Lauren. Dressed in white with stylish, cropped hair, she looks like the picture of self-confidence – someone smart enough to figure out what she wants and brave enough to go after it. The first thing she did was consult her naturopathic doctor, who utilizes a variety of alternative medicines to optimize patients’ health, including natural remedies and self-healing processes. Together, they decided to alter Lauren’s diet: no caffeine, no alcohol, no animal protein, no grains, and no sugar. No fun, I thought, wondering if the splash of apple juice in my organic sparkling ginger spritzer would have been a deal breaker. Over the next little while, though, Lauren’s tumor shrunk from 1.5 cm to 1 cm. Maybe it was the diet. Lauren plunged into research, tapping into every resource she could think of and investigating every option with passion. The standard of care called for a
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