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The Science Behind Breast Massage Helping To Maintain Healthy Tissue

I learned about breast massage from Dr Robin Murphy in 1999. He advocated this form of healing for all women and young girls. This ancient routine to move the lymph and keep the breast tissue healthy has not been taught in schools or health classes in modern day schools. 


Now, a scientific report affirms the benefits of movement from the outside. In fact, Dr Aadil Kasim, cardiologist who speaks on BlogTalkRadio each Wednesday,  has stressed this form of activity for a health heart muscle, as well. He teaches that when a weak heart needs help, we can do daily massage to the body to strengthen it. The outer form of rhythmic pressure simulates the heart muscle pumping. 


You can find numerous website that advocate and teach the proper techniques for breast tissue massage and lymph drainage to avoid cancer.


As a person living through the era of the 60's and 70's when women threw away their brassieres  we felt this form of freedom also healthy for the breast tissue. When active walking, bending, and moving throughout the day, our breasts would also be free to move and thus, be massaged. If a woman wears a bra, an underwire would hinder and block circulation, and a loose fitting bra would allow for more movement.


In African, women did not wear bras and the incidence of breast cancer was extremely low. However, recent data shows a high mortality rate, as young women diagnosed with cancer have an aggressive form of the disease. Breast Cancer in South Africa



  • "Breast cancer is less common in black women than in the other population groups, and the age-standardized rates of 11.3 per 100,000 compare well with rates from central Africa (Harare age-standardized rate, 20.4 per 100,000; Kampala, 16.4 per 100,000). Breast cancer is even rarer in Gambia (3.4 per 100,000). By contrast, the rate for black women in the United States is 65 in 100,000. In white women, rates in South Africa of 70.2 per 100,000 are comparable to rates from other developed country populations, such as the United Kingdom (56.1 per 100,000) or the United States (89.2 per 100,000)."

  • "One in ten of all new cancers diagnosed worldwide each year is a cancer of the female breast, and it is the most common cancer in women in both developing and developed areas. It is also the principal cause of death from cancer among women globally. We review the descriptive epidemiology of the disease, focusing on some of the key elements of the geographical and temporal variations in incidence and mortality in each world region. The observations are discussed in the context of the numerous aetiological factors, as well as the impact of screening and advances in treatment and disease management in high-resource settings."


  • 2004 Publication | "Studies of migrants provided the first solid evidence that environmental (rather than genetic) determinants were responsible for most of the observed international and inter-ethnic differences in breast cancer incidence: comparisons of breast cancer risk in (low-risk) Asian populations migrating to the (high-risk) USA and their offspring revealed major increases in risk between successive generations [3], and increases in risk were observed in populations from European countries with relatively low incidence (Italy and Poland) after migration to Australia, particularly if the migration took place in childhood [4,5]." Biomedcentral PDF



Breast massage and lymph drainage to avoid cancer

To massage your breasts move your fingers lightly from the nipple downwards, then upwards, then sideways. 

Breast massage can also be utilized after a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Many women are guided to seek out experts in 'manual lymph drainage' called MLD. Weekly sessions help repair the tissue; and self drainage techniques are taught, as one should do this on a regular weekly/bi-weekly basis. 


I was taught to move gently as if moving a tablecloth off a table. It does not take a great deal of pressure, as the lymph system network is within the outer layer of epidermis.


Starting from the nipple, press downwards with the three longer fingers of your hand. Deep pressure can flatten the lymphatic vessel and stop the flow of toxins and fluids. This is not like deep Swedish massage. Move slowly and gently in an even and regular motion.


Gently massage the breast in a kneading motion, by lifting and pressing movements, as if kneading dough; or as when you have seen cats peddling their paws on cloth. 
Carefully use your hands to slowly twist the breast in a clock-wise and anti-clockwise direction. Make sure not to put too much tension on the breast. You never want to feel pain, nor to hurt the breast tissue with too much pressure.
Finally, rest your palms on the breast in such a way that they don't cover the areola and area facing downwards. Then move your palms downwards so that the fingers rub against the side surfaces of the breast. This should not be done on the nipple, as it may spoil its shape.
To make the breast firmer, practice the breast lift technique. In this procedure, the breasts are lifted skywards, while placing both hands on the breast, from the upper to the lower side. The breast is released when it is as full stretch. Repeat it at least 5 times on each breast.


Remember that the breast tissue extends to the sides of the body. You want the movement and flow of fluid away to the back and away from the center, allowing the other lymph nodes to accommodate the toxins and build up from the breast. 


The breast tissue contains fatty cells which naturally accumulate toxins from the environment. This must be flushed out with massage. In addition, the entire body contains the lymph network, with specific areas of nodes, such as the abdomen and groin, which can also be massaged for benefit of the breast tissue.


Get into a pattern and a routine. 


The new scientific confirmation for this exercise.
Medical Daily| Report by David Fletcher Daniel Fletcher, professor of bioengineering at UC Berkeley and faculty scientist at the Berkeley Lab.

This incredible news states that our physical action of breast massage can assist the body to remove cancer cells from the mammae and restore normal growth.

This empowers women to have faith that their body can heal, even if there is a tendency in the family toward the disease.


  • Homeopathically, we know the body may have a tendency toward cancer if one exhibits certain emotions, thoughts, behaviors and symptoms, such as 'perfectionism.' We find a concern for chaos and disorder in life, which mimics the out-of-control growth of cancer cells.

    Here is a way to help the body restore order. Theoretically, by our own actions in the material world, doing good for self, we can put the tendency toward chaos and disease in remission. Note, the researchers do not intend for self massage as a preventative cancer therapy. 


David Fletcher examines the normal stages of breast cells in the maturing woman through menstruation and reproduction. "When forming acini, the berry-shaped structures that secrete milk during lactation, healthy breast cells will rotate as they form an organized structure. And, importantly, the cells stop growing when they are supposed to.


At the end of each mammary duct are a number of lobules that consist of multiple acini (singular = acinus).  These are the milk-producing glands.   Terminal ducts connect the acini to the mammary ducts.



One of the early hallmarks of breast cancer is the breakdown of this normal growth pattern. Not only do cancer cells continue to grow irregularly when they shouldn''t, recent studies have shown that they do not rotate coherently when forming acini."


PREVIOUS RESEARCH | UC Berkeley News Center


Listen to Mina Bissell’s 2012 TED talk to learn more!

For decades, researcher Mina Bissell pursued a revolutionary idea -- that a cancer cell doesn't automatically become a tumor, but rather, depends on surrounding cells (its microenvironment) for cues on how to develop. She shares the two key experiments that proved the prevailing wisdom about cancer growth was wrong.


Her experiments showed that manipulation of this environment, through the introduction of biochemical inhibitors, could tame mutated mammary cells into behaving normally.

  • Please remember, folks, happiness is contagious. Find happy friends and gather around the JOY in life! Don't worry, be happy. Context makes all the difference.


Corroboration of Mina Bissell's work

The recent research from David Fletcher in collaboration with Bissell''s lab shows that the outside force of mechanical pressure, rather than using chemicals, will influence cancer cell growth. Tissue organization dependent upon form and function; upon organization of the cells.


Gautham Venugopalan, a member of Fletcher''s lab, conducted the new experiments as part of his recently completed Ph.D. dissertation at UC Berkeley. Venugopalan and collaborators grew malignant breast epithelial cells in a gelatin-like substance that had been injected into flexible silicone chambers. The flexible chambers allowed the researchers to apply a compressive force in the first stages of cell development. Over time, the compressed malignant cells grew into more organized, healthy-looking acini that resembled normal structures, compared with malignant cells that were not compressed.


Life Giving Self Care of Self Massage Tested In A Petri Dish

The researchers used time-lapse microscopy over several days to show that early compression also induced coherent rotation in the malignant cells, a characteristic feature of normal development. Notably, those cells stopped growing once the breast tissue structure was formed, even though the compressive force had been removed.


Reverting Back To Cancer Cells Tested With Drugs

Researchers further added a drug that blocked E-cadherin, a protein that helps cells adhere to their neighbors. When they did this, the malignant cells returned to their disorganized, cancerous appearance, negating the effects of compression and demonstrating the importance of cell-to-cell communication in organized structure formation.



"Compression, in and of itself, is not likely to be a therapy. But this does give us new clues to track down the molecules and structures that could eventually be targeted for therapies," said Fletcher.

  • The findings were to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco.




A Japanese medical research team under the direction of Dr. Bin Nakayama, associate professor at Tottori University, has successfully employed stem cells mixed with patients' own fat to help regenerate up to 90 percent of tissue removed during breast cancer surgery. The promising procedure involves removing fat from patients' abdomens or hips and combining it with their own fat stem cells; then implanting the mixture into areas of the breast where cancerous tumors and tissues were removed during surgery.

The inclusion of stem cells is the critical factor: transplanting fat alone has been attempted before but up to 70 percent is eventually reabsorbed by the body because there are no blood vessels to provide nutrients to the fat cells. When stem cells were included in the transplanted material, they were able to prompt the growth of new blood vessels and as a result, from 70 to 90 percent of the transplanted fat remained in its new location.

The procedure's cosmetic potential is only one side of the coin, of course, as the priority has always been to treat breast cancer so that patients can enjoy longer lives. With that in mind, the research team conducted clinical trials on five women between the ages of 30 and 60 who underwent the new breast-conserving surgery. After one year of being monitored for any recurrence and/or metastasizing of their breast cancer, all five of the women were found to be free of any cancer.

If eventually adopted as a standard treatment protocol, the procedure could significantly affect the number of radical mastectomies performed and post-surgery prostheses required. (source| The Japan Times)
Steve Levenstein

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