Excerpts from an article Christiane Northrup, M.D. wrote...

“With thermography as your regular screening tool, it’s likely that you would have the opportunity to make adjustments to your diet, beliefs, and lifestyle to transform your cells before they became cancerous. Talk about true prevention.”

— Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Excerpts from an article Christiane Northrup, M.D. wrote...

As you may know, thermography is a form of thermal (infrared) imaging. My
colleague, Philip Getson, D.O. has been a medical thermographer since 1982.
Dr. Getson explains how thermography works this way:

It is widely acknowledged that cancers, even in their earliest stages, need
nutrients to maintain or accelerate their growth. In order to facilitate
this process, blood vessels are caused to remain open, inactive blood
vessels are activated, and new ones are formed through a process known as
neoangiogenesis. This vascular process causes an increase in surface
temperature in the affected regions, which can be viewed with infrared
imaging cameras. Additionally, the newly formed or activated blood vessels
have a distinct appearance, which thermography can detect.

Remember, heat is an indication that inflammation exists, and typically
inflammation is present in precancerous and cancerous cells, too. It's also
present in torn muscles and ligaments as well as arthritic joints, which
thermography can also detect!

Early Breast Cancer Detection and Accuracy

The most promising aspect of thermography is its ability to spot
abnormalities years before mammography. Using the same ten-year study data,
(Spitalier 1) researcher Dr. Getson adds:

Since thermal imaging detects changes at the cellular level, studies suggest
that this test can detect activity eight to ten years before any other test.
This makes it unique in that it affords us the opportunity to view changes
before the actual formation of the tumor. Studies have shown that by the
time a tumor has grown to sufficient size to be detectable by physical
examination or mammography, it has in fact been growing for about seven
years achieving more than twenty-five doublings of the malignant cell
colony. At 90 days there are two cells, at one year there are 16 cells, and
at five years there are 1,048,576 cells-an amount that is still undetectable
by a mammogram. (At 8 years, there are almost 4 billion cells.)

Thermography's accuracy and reliability is remarkable, too. In the 1970's
and 1980's, a great deal of research was conducted on thermography. In 1981,
Michel Gautherie, Ph.D., and his colleagues reported on a ten-year study,
which found that an abnormal thermogram was ten times more significant as a
future risk indicator for breast cancer than having a history of breast
cancer in your family. (Gautherie 2)

With thermography as your regular screening tool, it's likely that you would
have the opportunity to make adjustments to your diet, beliefs, and
lifestyle to transform your cells before they became cancerous. Talk about
true prevention.

6 Reasons Why I Recommend Breast Thermography

In addition to early detection and accurate test results, here are some
other reasons I like thermography:

1. Good for young, dense breasts and implants. Younger breasts tend to
be denser. Thermography doesn't identify fibrocystic tissue, breast
implants, or scars as needing further investigation.

2. Detect cell changes in arm pit area. The arm pit area is an area that
mammography isn't always good at screening.

3. Great additional test. Thermography can be used as an additional test
to help women and their care teams make more informed treatment decisions.

4. It Doesn't Hurt. The pressure of a mammogram machine is equivalent to
putting a 50-pound weight on your breast, which can be quite painful for
most women.

5. No radiation. Another reason the United States Preventative Services
Task Force reversed its aggressive mammogram guidelines was because of the
exposure to radiation. It's well known that excessive doses of radiation can
increase your risk of cancer. (Semelka 4). It's ironic that the test women
are using for prevention may be causing the very problem they're trying to
avoid in the first place! And this doesn't even touch on the harm done to
the body from unnecessary biopsies, lumpectomies, mastectomies,
chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and so forth.

6. Thermography is very safe. Thermography is even safe for pregnant and
nursing women! It's merely an image of the heat of your body.


Learn More - Additional Resources

Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

References

Spitalier et al., "Does Infrared Thermography Truly Have a Role in
Present-Day Breast Cancer Management?" in M. Gautherie and E. Albert, eds.,
Biomedical Thermology: Proceedings of an International Symposium (New York:
A. R. Liss, 1982), pp. 269-78; R. Amalric et al., "Does Infrared
Thermography Truly Have a Role in Present-Day Breast Cancer Management?"
Progress in Clinical and Biological Research, vol. 107 (1982), pp. 269-78.
Gautherie and C. M. Gros, "Breast Thermography and Cancer Risk Prediction,"
Cancer, vol. 45, no. 1 (January 1, 1980), pp. 51-56.
Gotzsche, P. and Olsen, O., "Is Screening for Breast Cancer with Mammography
Justifiable?" The Lancet, vol. 355, no. 9198 (Jan. 8, 2000), pp. 129-34;
Gotzsche, P. and Olsen, O., Cochrane Review on Screening for Breast Cancer
with Mammography, The Lancet, vol. 358, no. 9290 (Oct. 20, 2001), pp.
1340-42.
Semelka, R., Imaging X-rays cause cancer: a call to action for caregivers
and patients, Medscape, Feb. 13, 2006, reviewed and renewed Feb. 16, 2007.

Gwen Jamison