Not All Breast Lumps are Breast Cancer

Lately, Brenda and I have been receiving many phone calls from women who have found a lump (or lumps) in their breasts. They ask for our help and guidance for what to do next. 

Before we give any suggestions though, we go through this information to help women come to a place of reassurance and grounding. We all understand just how frightening it can be to discover a lump in our breast, so we feel it is important that more information is shared.

Please note that we always suggest that women follow their intuition on their breast health and never deny what it is they truly know. Follow up and evaluation is so very important for all discreet breast findings.

Note: 90% of Breast Conditions are Not Cancer

90% of Breast Health problems are benign.

Abnormalities may include:


  • They are NOT related to breast cancer.
  • About 60% of women will have at least one cyst during their lifetime.
  • Cysts are collections of fluids in breast tissue.
  • They are usually small and do not cause problems, but may increase in size, form a lump, or cause pain or tenderness.
  • Cysts occur most commonly between the ages of 35 and 50 years and especially between 42 and 48 years.
  • They are uncommon after menopause except in women on Hormone Replacement Therapy.


  • Hormonal thickening is NOT related to the development of breast cancer.
  • This can occur at any age during the reproductive years and may come and go.
  • It is a response to hormone changes and is often related to pre-menopausal breast tenderness. It usually disappears naturally after menopause.
  • Further diagnosis can be made with a combination of breast examination, mammography, ultrasound and needle biopsy.
  • No treatment is necessary unless there is pain.


  • They are not related to breast cancer but do need to be accurately diagnosed. This can usually be done by needle biopsy.
  • These are very common nodules in the breast and are commonly benign.
  • They are common in young women (under 25) but can occur at any age.
  • They appear as oval, tender masses and may not be able to be felt as lumps.
  • Many women have more than one.
  • Diagnosis is usually made by ultrasound, needle biopsy and mammography (in older women).
  • They may be removed by surgery but this is not essential.


  • Most nipple discharges are harmless – particularly if the discharge comes from more than one duct and from both nipples.
  • If the discharge is bloodstained or watery it is important to see your doctor.
  • These discharges are due to the production of fluid by normal breast cells in response to hormones.

This is simply information and should not to take the place of your own knowing and inner wisdom, or replace what your healthcare practitioner suggests for you to do.

Please feel free to call us if you have any findings that you are concerned about. As always, thermography can be part of your breast health evaluation, but other testing measures may also be necessary for complete evaluation and diagnosis.

Yours in health,
Brenda and Lynda Witt

MTHFR and Homocysteine

In our May, 2016 newsletter we introduced the problem in detoxification if you have a MTHFR genetic mutation.  Prior to reading this month’s newsletter, you might consider reviewing the information

Thermal imaging is a means to monitor for inflammation.  Inflammation is the precursor to a host of chronic diseases.  Thus, if you can limit inflammation, you can either help yourself avoid a disease, or limit the effects of an existing diagnosis.  For example, if you are a type 1 diabetic, managing blood sugar control is MUCH easier when the chaos of inflammation is reduced.  “Inflammation” is just another term for “whole-body chaos” that causes a disruption in your body’s ability to achieve homeostasis. 

The MTHFR pathway is one way you detoxify and then support your glutathione (antioxidant) system.  But to optimize your glutathione production, you need to know about homocysteine.
Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid produced during methylation:

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Increased levels of homocysteine is associated with:

  • A strong correlation of predicting and preceding the development of cardiovascular disease (a more accurate predictor of death than cholesterol, blood pressure, or smoking)
  • Alzheimer’s, dementia, declining memory, and poor concentration and judgment
  • Difficulty in conception and repeated early miscarriage
  • Migraines
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis

The Fate of Homocysteine

Homocysteine can be rendered harmless when cofactors, vitamins, and enzymatic reactions are present to quickly convert it back to methionine or cysteine, both of which are harmless and necessary amino acids.   Methionine and cysteine are precursors to glutathione, your innate antioxidant system.

So, if there is a lack of cofactors that converts homocysteine into harmless amino acids, it accumulates in your body and leads to disease.  A reduction in the activity of the MTHFR gene plays a role in producing necessary cofactors for optimal conversion.  Without addressing this defect properly, detoxification is impaired and health is compromised.

Other contributing factors to high homocysteine include poor diet, poor lifestyle (smoking, high coffee and alcohol intake), some prescription drugs, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and poor thyroid function.

The Good News

High homocysteine levels can be normalized through diet and vitamin supplementation (vitamin B12, B6, B2, zinc, and others).






Summary of the Importance of Glutathione (GSH)

  • GSH is involved in many cell processes, including cell differentiation, proliferation, and programmed cell death
  • Daily living activities create free radicals.  Adequate GSH helps in cellular repair from free radical damage
  • The liver is dependent on GSH to carry-out its role of chemical detoxification
  • The liver needs GSH to make bile, an essential component of fat metabolism
  • GSH is essential for optimal immune function, homeostasis, oxygen transport, protection of DNA, and the removal of heavy metals

Interesting Coincidence?

An established client came in for her full body scan and had been diagnosed with the MTHFR A1298C mutation and started on the supplements specific to her condition. She was concerned that she would have lots of inflammation due to this new diagnosis.
This client noted the following since starting on her new supplement regime she has been on for about 2 years:

  • Decrease in bilateral breast tenderness
  • Able to eat most anything without experiencing flu-like symptoms for several days afterwards / improved digestion
  • Significantly decreased sinus congestion and allergies
  • Overall feeling of well-being

Below are her images of breast and abdomen. (Due to significant allergy symptoms, client was unable to have her 2015 imaging, so there is a break in the continuity of imaging.)

Breast Images

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Abdominal images




Realize, thermography cannot diagnose any condition, but often improvement in the ability to detoxify the body can be seen in comparative scans with reduction in inflammation.


We spend lots of money and time working to optimize health. With thermal imaging, we watch for changes over time as an early indication of changes in health. Both of us have noticed an increase in the number of our clients, both established and new, that come into our clinics with a diagnosis of MTHFR mutation. Many of these clients are finally finding answers to their struggles and we encourage all of our clients to explore this avenue for themselves.

The methylation cycle is complex and this newsletter is not meant to give a complete understanding of its importance. MTHFR mutations effect your detoxification system as well as neurotransmitter production. Please speak with your healthcare provider about any questions or concerns you may have regarding your risks.

Yours in health,

Brenda and Lynda Witt

Where Does All the Garbage Go?

Lately, my sister and I have been seeing a lot of lymphatic congestion in the images we take and often the client will have questions pertaining to this topic.

Lymphatic congestion, is a condition in which the lymphatic system fails to drain properly, allowing toxins and cellular waste products (garbage) to accumulate in the body. It is the job of the lymph system to remove the garbage. This is a particular problem for cancer patients who’ve had lymph nodes removed or otherwise damaged in treatment, but you don’t have to have a chronic disease to experience stagnant lymph.


image1Initial breast scan results stated client was at some risk for breast disease. This baseline thermal scan motivated client to make significant changes in her diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management habits.
Notice the yellow/orange colors in both breast with more on left breast, as well as large amounts of red beneath breasts. These findings of lymph congestion put her at risk for disease development in the future.


image23 Month Follow Up study showed significant improvement after improving her diet by eliminating sugar, wheat, dairy and drinking more water. This led to better sleep and more desire to exercise. Client was listed now at low risk for breast disease.


image3Annual thermogram shows client is maintaining her healthier lifestyle and her risk was lowered to within normal limits and at low risk for breast disease.


Lymphatic congestion can lead to swollen tonsils; recurrent sore throats; chronically enlarged lymph nodes, swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, and/or breasts; slow healing; and itchy rashes. 


image4Note the intense hyperthermia in the right axilla.
This client is determined to reduce the inflammation and lymph congestion in her 2017 annual breast thermogram


How the Lymphatic System Works
The lymphatic system plays an important role in both removing wastes and toxins from the body and in maintaining its immunity against pathogens. It does this by circulating lymph—a transparent fluid containing white blood cells and proteins—around the body and draining interstitial fluid from between the cells. That extracellular space is where the cells dump their wastes and where other toxins and debris can accumulate. If this gunk builds up, we begin to feel stiff, swollen, heavy, and lifeless.

Lymph channels draw this fluid up from the limbs and down from the head toward the chest, where it dumps into the circulatory system via the veins under the collarbones. Lymph channels run throughout the entire body—both close to the surface and also deep within the torso around every organ. The lymph from the legs and pelvis, for example, drains into the thoracic duct, which originates in the abdomen and travels up the chest to the left collarbone.

As the lymph wends its way up the body, it passes through filtering stations in the channels called lymph nodes. These contain collections of white blood cells (lymphocytes) that can destroy potentially harmful impurities or bacteria and viruses in the lymph.

When the lymphocytes are active, we experience what we call “swollen glands”—painful, enlarged nodes most commonly noticed in the throat, on the sides of the neck, under the arm, or in the groin. This is a good sign that your immune system is working to defend you. However, if after trying the suggestions below, your lymph nodes remain swollen for more than a few weeks, be sure to tell your doctor. Chronically swollen lymph nodes, especially ones that are hard, fixed to the tissues or skin nearby, or growing rapidly need prompt attention.

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Lymph congestion reduces the ability of toxins and metabolic wastes to be removed from the breast tissue. This can lead to breast pains and/or breast lumps that raise a concern for further testing.


Lymph Massage
Most of the lymph channels lie just under the skin, so a very light massage is all it takes to stimulate the flow of lymph. Just the weight of your hand will suffice as you stroke toward the chest, starting at the feet and working up each limb and the body. Uncomfortable or unsure about doing this yourself? A massage therapist trained in lymphatic massage will know what to do for congested lymph.
If you are interested in performing lymphatic massage on yourself, here is a great YouTube video by Heather Wibbels, LMT for head congestion.

And here’s one for draining lymph from the axilla.

Skin Brushing
Also called “dry brushing,” this do-it-yourself technique promotes lymph flow by gently brushing the skin in the same direction as the lymph is traveling—from the feet and hands up toward the collarbones. This is usually done upon rising (before a shower) using a natural, soft-bristled brush on dry skin.
Here’s a good YouTube video of how to dry brush.
Another good option is to use a rebounder to move lymph

Go with the Flow
While yoga (and bodywork) can dramatically improve the flow of lymph, it will be even more effective if you modify your diet to keep all of your body’s systems flowing smoothly. For example, lymph becomes thicker and less mobile when we are dehydrated, but flows well when we drink plenty of fluids. To stay well hydrated, you should drink 64 or more ounces of water a day.

Similarly, a sluggish digestive tract can create a situation where toxins in the colon get reabsorbed into nearby lymph channels, increasing the general toxic load in the body. To stay regular, drink more water, eat more fiber, exercise moderately, and practice relaxation daily. And consider taking a soluble fiber like psyllium to help get things moving again.

And because systemic inflammation can create congestion and swelling that can inhibit the flow of lymph and other bodily fluids, do your best to avoid inflammation-causing foods like sugar, refined flour, soda, and processed foods. In their stead, eat foods that counter inflammation, such as most vegetables, lemons and limes, avocados, beans, sprouts, figs, some whole grains (spelt, buckwheat, millet), and some oils (sesame, olive, coconut, fish, and flax).

A New Paradigm in Healthcare

Brenda and I are breaking with our usual format and bring information to you via this newsletter about a medical cost-sharing program.  We have come across several of our clients who use this type of plan and so Brenda and I have looked into learning a bit more.

As a member of a recognized medical cost-sharing program that is registered as a religious-based non-profit (501(c)3), you will be exempt from the requirements of the Affordable Care Act to purchase health insurance and there are no taxes or penalties. 

You can compare medical cost-sharing and health insurance like you would compare a bank and a credit union.  A bank has share-holders and works for profit, while a credit union is a non-profit organization and works like a co-op.

Here is a list of the medical cost-sharing companies we have found:

  • Liberty HealthShare
  • Medi-Share
  • Christian Healthcare Ministries
  • Samaritan

Here is a great link that compares each of the above programs:  Comparative Review of MCSP
These companies are Christian-based organizations and each have their own core values and shared beliefs. Some of the basic tenants of this type of cost-sharing are excerpted from Liberty HealthShare website:

  • We believe that our personal rights and liberties originate from God and are bestowed on us by God, and are not concessions granted to us by governments or men.  
  • We believe it is our biblical and ethical obligation to assist our fellow man when they are in need according to our available resources and opportunity.
  • We believe it is our spiritual duty to God and our ethical duty to others to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid foods, behaviors or habits that produce sickness or disease.
  • We believe it is our fundamental right of conscience to direct our own healthcare, in consultation with physicians, family or other valued advisors, free from government dictates, restraints and oversight.

Also from Liberty HealthShare website:
Obviously medical cost sharing is not for everyone. You qualify to join our community if you:

  • Don’t use tobacco in any form
  • Don’t abuse alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs
  • Are healthy and lead a healthy lifestyle
  • And agree with our shared beliefs (above)

So what’s the catch??

“The Catch”
The catch is that health care cost sharing IS NOT insurance. We do not make an insurance guarantee or insure that you will receive benefits. However, medical cost sharing members do actually pay for their memberships medical costs. For example, since its inception in 1988, Liberty HealthShare’s membership has not failed to pay for any shared expenses that were eligible for sharing under its guidelines. The members commit to pay for each other’s medical costs by paying a fixed monthly “share amount” to pay for each other’s expenses.

Please remember this:

Medical cost sharing is not insurance. Many people are concerned that our membership group is not going to be there for them in a crisis. We want you to remember that if you’re preparing for crisis then you’re exactly the type of person we want involved in our membership. We’re committed to helping each other. We are morally and ethically linked and that is an incredibly strong commitment.
Again, this information is specific to Liberty HealthShare, so please do your research to learn more about each company that offers this type of medical cost-sharing.

And on a personal note:

Brenda, an insulin-dependent Type 1 diabetic compared the costs related to LibertyHealth Share and the current premiums in the Obamacare plan.  In her analysis, the monthly cost for LibertyHealth Share (including monthly prescriptions and use of current Durable Medical Equipment) compared to the monthly cost of Obamacare came out to a $27 difference.  Some of the advantages of LibertyHealth Share that led to Brenda leaving the Obamacare Exchange are:

  • Keeps her current health practitioner and endocrinologist
  • All doctor visits are covered 100% once the annual unshared amount is met
  • She would be covered up to $1,000,000 for any catastrophic event (hospitalization, surgery, etc.)
  • Discounted rate for ongoing prescriptions through SavNet (one-time prescriptions are fully covered)
  • Nutritional supplements are covered when prescribed by an in-network physician who has undergone Functional Medicine Certification and Training
  • She is among other like-minded individuals who value health and wellness

From the inception of Proactive Health Solutions in 2003, we both looked forward to the day when thermal imaging, along with a new understanding of health, would be “standard of care.”  Perhaps we are closer to that belief than we’ve ever been. 

Pop Quiz

We hope to “spring” on our readers a short, but informative, newsletter QUIZ!!!  We believe our clients are very well educated about thermography and this quiz will prove us RIGHT. . .or wrong.  But either way, you may learn something new and/or confirm something you thought you knew.

So, take just a moment to answer these few questions and then check your answers with ours within the body of the newsletter. . .No peeking!!!

  1. The greatest risk factor for developing breast cancer is
  1. still unknown at this time
  2. previous history of mastitis or other breast diseases
  3. estrogen dominance
  4. a family history of this disease
  1. Which statement best describes thermography?
  1. Thermal imaging can show abnormal structure not seen on other tests
  2. Thermal imaging is used to determine stable physiology and then watch for changes over time
  3. Thermal imaging replaces other imaging technologies
  4. Thermal imaging is the best screening for determining if you have cancer anywhere in your body

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