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Breast Health Is in Your Hands

By Joyce Sobotta

Breast Health Is in Your Hands, Tips for Breast Vitality and Sensuality is the title of a book recently published by Joyce Sobotta. Joyce’s passion for breast health ignited when conventional cancer treatments failed her sister, Theresa, who died from metastasized breast cancer. Joyce felt guided by her sister’s spirit to research holistic strategies for optimal breast health and put power into women’s hands, quite literally.

The book has nine chapters, including preserving healthy breasts, appreciating the lymphatic system, nutrition and digestion, the value of essential oils, understanding emotions, environment factors, integrated therapies, self-care and finding your sparkle.

An excerpt from the book:

A congested lymphatic system may be the first area to check when there is unexplained pain in the breast. When the lymph is restricted with toxins of any kind, it can cause pain, infection, headache, fibrocystic breast, fibromyalgia, and other physical conditions.

Dr. Christiane Northrup states that drugs such as antidepressants, some statins, and some cardiac pills may have side effects for some women and may cause breast pain. Monthly cycles, pregnancy, lactation, or surgery may cause pain or discomfort. Surgical scars may cause pain and can develop pockets of swelling where fluid collects. The lymphatic breast self-massage may help to relieve inflammation and pain.

When there is too much estrogen in relationship to progesterone and other hormones, it causes an imbalance. Breast pain or hot flashes may be the symptoms. Pills with hormones, such as birth control or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), have either estrogen or progesterone or both. They may not be exactly right for a particular woman, or she may react to additives or synthetics in the pill. A saliva test is recommended to obtain correct hormone levels.

Breast pain is NOT a risk for breast cancer. Dr. Christiane Northrup says the link between breast pain and breast cancer is very low, less than one percent! If you have breast pain, often simply breathing from the diaphragm will put more oxygen into all your cells and cause you to feel more relaxed and the pain is likely to disappear. Another cause for pain could be dehydrated cells crying for water.

Additionally, Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (or Thermography) offers an opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease than is possible with self-exam, doctor exam, or mammography. As a non-invasive test of physiology, it can detect subtle physiologic changes that may be a cancer, fibrocystic tissue, an infection, or vascular disease. It is a pleasant experience to receive a scan with no squishing. It is especially appropriate for younger women who have denser breast tissue.

Taking time to be proactive and aware of changes in the breast is key. Performing a loving lymphatic breast self-massage can move the lymph to clear out congestion, impurities/toxins and alleviate pain and tenderness.

The book can be purchased at, or from local stores: Mother Nature Foods, Tangled Up in Hue, and Volume One Store in EauClaire.

Joyce Sobotta is the founder of Healthy Girls® Breast Oil. She teaches the importance of the lymphatic system and how to use pure essential oils. Contact her for consultations and custom blends at

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