Epigenetics , as defined by the University of Utah is:  The development and maintenance of an organism {that} is orchestrated by a set of chemical reactions that switch parts of the genome off and on at strategic times and locations. Epigenetics is the study of these reactions and the factors that influence them.   Included in these chemical reactions are the foods we eat.

There is stunning research that shows that the compounds and chemicals in the foods we eat can have a drastic effect on the risk of breast cancer.  According to recent research, ‘up to 50% of breast cancer cases are now thought to be preventable through simple changes in diet and lifestyle.’  http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2012/nov2012_Epigenetics_Breast_Cancer_01.htm

Foods are able to:

  1. prevent DNA damage;
  2. control regulatory genes;
  3. fight cancer promoting inflammation;
  4. block excessive cell replication;
  5. transform malignant cells back into healthy cells;
  6. trigger the death of cancer cells;
  7. inhibit estrogen production;
  8. block abnormal growth factors;
  9. cut off the blood supply of growing tumors, and
  10. prevent tumors from spreading.

This is great news!  Topping the food list is:

  1. Coffee,
  2. green tea, and
  3. cruciferous vegetables.

Supplements  and minerals also have the ability to perform these actions.  The most effective are:

  1. CoQ10,
  2. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA),
  3. Indole-3-carbinol,
  4. N-acetylcysteine (NAC),
  5. resveratrol,
  6. vitamin D3,
  7. Omega 3 fatty acids,
  8. lycopene,
  9. quercetin, and
  10. selenium.

As you can see, much can be done through diet to impede and suppress cancer.  Let’s take advantage of this knowledge and act accordingly.


Until next time,


Dr. Polly






About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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