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A Little Selenium Packs A Mighty Punch

A Little Selenium Packs a Mighty Punch by Lori Turner

Millions of Americans each year visit their doctor for checkups, tests or to seek treatment for nagging ailments. Anyone who has received a phone call from the doctor’s office immediately after a routine test requesting further diagnostic evaluation knows it could be a sign of bad news. Waiting for results can be excruciating, and your mind can wander into dark places. We rely on doctors to give us answers; after all, they are some of the most educated and trained people in the world. Doctors are not gods, but we trust them enough to believe everything they tell us. In the United States, medicine is regulated by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA was created to protect us and give us guidelines over our health. Unfortunately, it also has a lengthy research and testing process that can take decades for new treatments and drugs to be approved; Not something a terminal patient wants to hear, so they feel compelled to seek out alternative options that are readily available. American doctors are beginning to realize that when a patient feels like they are doing everything within their power to find a “cure,” it positively effects their health and mental well-being. In Europe, natural remedies have been part of the medical culture for hundreds of years, yet American doctors still dismiss holistic medicine as not significant or valuable enough in the fight against diseases. One such doctor has been on a crusade to change minds. Dr. Christine Horner, a former plastic surgeon, found comprehensive studies and research backing up that a healthier lifestyle of organic foods, supplements, and exercise has a major impact on preventing breast cancer. Why haven’t we heard about this? According to Dr. Horner, she was never presented the research in medical school which means most likely none of the doctors were presented the research either. In one of her findings, a mineral found in the body that was extensively studied was Selenium. It showed that Selenium assists in repairing damaged DNA. Clinical trials on Selenium showed it packs a mighty punch on all kinds of other diseases and cancers. The good news is you are probably already getting it from the foods that you eat. The bad news? Why aren’t more doctors telling patients with certain cancers it is essential?

What Is Selenium? Selenium is a simple mineral found in soil that is transferred into plants. It can also be found in meats such as beef and chicken, because it is derived from the plants that the animals eat. It acts as an anti-oxidant, which gets rid of toxins in our bodies and protects the immune system. Every day our cells are exposed to toxins and radiation, but Selenium has the ability to repair and regenerate damaged DNA cells by sending codes to proteins to bind together. In most instances, you don’t need a supplement, but for those that don’t eat meat or have Crohn’s disease, lacking this mineral can cause infertility, fatigue, brain fog, and hyperthyroidism. Can you live without Selenium? Probably, but many holistic doctors think the lack of nutrients and vitamins in the American diet (a diet high in saturated fats, processed foods, and sugar) is the root cause of cancer. Photo by Lori Turner

In early 1990, a successful plastic surgeon by the name of Christine Horner noticed an alarming trend that more patients in their twenties were diagnosed with breast cancer and coming to see her for breast reconstruction. After her own mother passed away from the disease, it became her mission to find out why there seemed to be a breast cancer epidemic. She scoured medical research papers and noticed there was an abundance of studies on a healthy lifestyle, such as consuming organic plant-based diets, exercise and sleeping at ideal hours having a tremendous impact on health. She wondered why, in all of her medical training, she did not hear about these studies and decided she needed to practice what she preached. She found her new passion and ultimately left her successful practice to share her experiences and knowledge with others. Dr. Horner wrote a book by the name of “Waking the Warrior Goddess” which outlines herbs, supplements, vitamins, and other healthy habits to follow to eradicate cancer. https://www.amazon.com/Waking-Warrior-Goddess-Christine-Horners/dp/1591203635.

Dr. Horner often refers to a clinical trial on Selenium and the impact it has on the faulty breast cancer gene known as BRCA 1. Normal DNA has codes that bind proteins together to suppress tumor growth. A person with a faulty gene mutation such as BRCA 1 means the proteins do not bind, leaving the body susceptible to tumors.

In 1996, the University of Arizona in Tucson conducted a study on Selenium. The study found that because of its significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities, people who took a 200 mg supplement each day for four years reduced their chances of getting cancer up to 32% percent. Numerous studies also show that Selenium can impede the formation of lung, colon, prostate and skin cancers. Why is it studied so much more than other minerals? Doctors know we need very little, but it is vital for our health. It has been shown in studies that people who are deficient in Selenium increase their chances of getting cancer and other health problems.


Those that are concerned they are deficient can relax. There are plenty of foods rich in Selenium to choose from. Brazil nuts, wild-caught salmon, tuna, turkey and whole wheat are just a few. If you are a vegetarian or don’t eat wheat, the best way to improve your intake is by purchasing a supplement over the counter. It comes in liquid, powdered and pill forms, but it is highly stressed not to exceed 200 mg per day. There is the possibility that too much of a good thing can cause hair loss, gas, fatigue, and in rare cases, diabetes. Moderation is always the best practice. Ultimately it is up to the individual and their doctor to decide if Selenium has a significant impact on cancer prevention and treatment. If anything can be learned here, it is that changing your lifestyle by making healthier choices can, by itself, be a game-changer in the fight against cancer. Thanks to doctors like Dr. Horner, we know the research is there to back it up. Now how do we get other doctors on board? A little Selenium packs a mighty punch.