How to Perform Self Breast Check

How to Perform Self Breast Check

This is a very easy breast check a woman can undertake herself in the privacy of her own home, and is very important to your health.

So when is the right time?

The best time is 3-5 days before your periods start, and on a monthly basis, preferably the same time each month.  Your breasts should not be as lumpy or tender at this time. Even postmenopausal women can do regular monthly checks and it helps to do it on the same day every month also.

How do I do it?

  • Begin by lying down.
  • Place your right hand behind your head. With the middle fingers of your left hand, gently yet firmly press down using small circular motions to examine the entire right breast.
  • Next, sit or stand. Feel your armpit for any lumps.
  • Gently squeeze the nipple, checking for discharge.
  • Repeat the process on the left breast.
  • Also look at both breasts and check for areas of dimpling and hardening of tissues with both arms up and down.
  • Use one of the patterns shown in the diagram to make sure that you are covering all of the breast tissue.

Your goal is get used to the feel of your breasts. This will help you to find anything new or different. If you do, call your health care provider right away &/or consider a Breast Thermography.

Why do your hormones affect your mood?

Your hormones are little chemical messengers that tell your body to do certain processes. When they are out of balance it can have a knock on effect on all areas of your health; physical, emotional and mental, and your mood is a very common one to be affected.

Mental health disorders are increasing, with anxiety and depression being the most common ones. Treatment is usually counselling, anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications but it’s important to look at the effects of other physiological changes and whether they are influencing you emotionally and mentally.

Anxiety, depression, low mood and mood swings are all symptoms of imbalances in your thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones. In this article I want to explore the common hormonal issues that may be affecting your mood and how that can be managed to lift your mood and reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as giving you some tips on how you can help to balance out your hormones and boost your mood (and I know that’s what you really want to know).

1. Your Thyroid

Your thyroid hormones are released from a gland in your neck (not surprisingly called the thyroid) which not only controls your metabolism and your body temperature but also plays a vital part in your brain chemistry too. Women in their 40’s+ often experience a decline in their thyroid health which can lead to an underactive thyroid, where your thyroid isn’t producing hormones in the correct amounts, and that can lead to symptoms such as an inability to cope with stress and overwhelm, and feelings of anxiety, depression and severe mood swings.

2. The adrenal glands

The adrenal glands are responsible for controlling levels of stress in your body and in the western world, as mums, wives, colleagues and all the other roles we have to play, they are under more pressure than ever before. When you have chronic levels of stress in your life then it can lead to us not being able to produce adrenaline in the levels we require and release cortisol in levels that are unsustainable. Our adrenal hormones play a big part in controlling our mood and keeping the chemicals in our brain in balance, so to reduce the risk of anxiety and depression we need to ensure they are being produced in the right quantities.

3. Insulin Levels

I harp on about blood sugar balance all the time but that’s because it can make such a difference to how you feel. When you eat sugary foods and refined carbohydrates, your insulin kicks in to bring your blood sugar back down into balance. When this is a constant rollercoaster throughout the day it affects your energy levels and makes you just plain grumpy, and when this happens over a period of time it can make you feel very low.

4. Oestrogen / Progesterone Balance

A fall in oestrogen levels can cause changes in your mood, which explains why many women going through the menopause experience feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as severe mood swings.Low levels of progesterone also affects our mood and cause us to feel irritable, angry (raging — or maybe that’s just me!).

As our oestrogen also helps to increase our serotonin levels, responsible for making us feel good. Low levels can affect our mood (many anti-depressants are serotonin based) so working on balancing out our oestrogen levels and ensuring that it is working in the right ratio with progesterone can help to reduce the chance of us being affected by depression.

So, now we now WHY your hormones affect your mood, let’s have a look at what you can do to help balance them out so you can feel better emotionally and mentally.

– Eat a diet rich with real, natural whole foods. Focusing on proteins, healthy fats, fruit and vegetables to give our bodies all the vitamins and minerals it needs to function optimally.

– Avoid sugary, processed foods and takeaways; they lack nutrients, are full of transfats and sugar has a negative effect on our blood sugar balance which can make symptoms worse.

– Eat plenty of healthy fats as they help to balance our hormones as well as supporting the chemicals in your brain. Avocados, nuts and seeds and their oils and butters, oily fish are all good options.

– Consider supplementing with herbs and nutrients. Milk thistle to help with detoxification of the liver which is integral to helping us to excrete excess hormones.

– Exercise is also helpful in boosting our endorphin levels and therefore our mood. It doesn’t have to be intensive; alot of women find a walk or bike ride helpful or doing some yoga as this also helps to relax and reconnect.

– Self care is also really important so if you are feeling low and emotional or suffering with depression and anxiety. Take a magnesium salt bath, read a book, watch your favourite film, go for a walk in the countryside, connect with a friend. Whatever makes you happy!

To find out how I can help you to manage your hormonal symptoms contact the clinic by email info@thermographyireland.ie or Ph: 0861623683

What is Holistic Medicine?

Holistic medicine is a form of treatment that looks at all aspects of health and wellness. For example, while traditional medicine simply focuses on alleviating symptoms (i.e. pain relief), holistic medicine looks deeper, seeking to obtain optimal health for the entire body. This would include a balanced approach of healing the mind, body and spirit using both conventional and alternative treatment methods.

This holistic approach to healing focuses on preventative medicine, which means taking care of our physical, mental and spiritual well-being before we get sick. On the other hand, traditional medicine focuses on treatment after a person becomes ill.

The definition of holistic medicine can be quite broad, where one person’s definition may be slightly different from another’s. As a result, not everyone will agree on what the definition of holistic medicine is, but in this guide, l will focus on the most popular forms of holistic healing.

The Principles of Holistic Medicine

When it comes to holistic medicine, there are several basic principles that are universally followed and practiced. By maintaining the health of these important elements now, we decrease the risk of becoming ill later:

  • Optimal health. This principle focuses on being the best we can be by maintaining life’s essential elements:
  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Spiritual
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • The power of love. Many believe love is a powerful healer. As a result, patients are to be treated with kindness and treated with dignity.
  • The power of prevention. Instead of just treating the symptom, holistic health places emphasis on preventing disease and illness. This is accomplished by raising awareness to things (and situations) that may be harmful to a person’s health.
  • Instinctive ability to heal. It is believed that we are all able to heal our mind, body and spirit from within. The goal is to help a person tap into these innate abilities and let the healing process begin.
  • Unique, individual treatment. Many feel traditional medicine uses a “cookie-cutter” mentality to treat illness: if a person exhibits certain symptoms, they are simply given medicine to treat those symptoms. On the other hand, holistic medicine believes we are all different, and seeks to find treatments that are best for that specific individual, as opposed to what’s best for the disease.
  • Live and learn. For practitioners of holistic medicine, life itself provides many learning opportunities. Birth, death, joy, sorrow, hunger, pain, and many other experiences can be learned from, and provide clues on how to treat (and possibly prevent) many health issues.
  • Lead by example. Instead of just talking about the benefits of holistic health, the goal is to show others by applying the principles themselves, and inspiring others to do the same.

What is Thermography?

Breast Health Discovery vs. Disease Detection

​Every person deserves the truth about their state of health. Instead of waiting for symptoms to manifest and a disease process to be diagnosed, Thermography gives you a very early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem – Inflammation.

Thermography uses an infrared camera that measures the surface temperature of your skin to detect patterns which may indicate the need for further clinical evaluation.

Thermography -_ Truely Is Abount Breast Cancer Prevention

Instead of disease detection, we call Thermography “Health Discovery” – a very important part of your Breast Health Protocol . Thermography detects inflammation, often long before you may feel any symptoms or be diagnosed with an actual disease. In a nutshell, Thermography can see your body asking for extra help. It’s somewhat like a window that allows us to see in and get a visual, or as Dr. Carol Chandler in Lakeland Florida says it is “eavesdropping on what the body is prioritizing right now””Humans are famous for waiting until symptoms get so bad they finally act on them. At that point, there is probably little room for prevention – only Reaction – leaving them with no choice but to endure invasive testing, drugs with side effects plus treatments and surgeries that greatly reduce quality of life. However on the Proactive side, we can support your body’s ability to heal itself through various modalities like diet changes, supplementation, stress management, exercise and more… All designed to return you to a healthy state of well-being.”

So that leads you to wonder…
How Can Thermography Really Help Me?

If you’re wondering how Thermography will specifically help you better achieve your health goals, let me reassure you:
There are a number of areas in which Thermography will help you better understand your body. But it specializes in:

  • Breast Imaging
  • Pain Diagnostics
  • Early-Stage Disease screening

Yes, it’s true. Thermograms provide you with early screening and treatment assistance in such conditions as cellular changes that could potentially lead to cancers, inflammatory processes, neurological and vascular dysfunction, and musculoskeletal injury.

“But How are Thermograms Different From Mammograms?”

Mammograms look at anatomical changes in the breast, as they detect masses or lumps in the breast tissue. On the other hand, thermograms look at vascular changes in the breast, as they detect blood flow patterns, inflammation and asymmetries.

Thermograms benefit all women. They are ideal for young women who want to monitor their breast health before the recommended age of 40. Actually, your breast cancer prevention should start as early as possible.

One in Eight Women Will Be Diagnosed with Breast Cancer at Some Point in Their Life

Proper breast self-exams, physician exams, and now Thermography in conjunction with other testing ,together, provide you with the earliest detection system available.

Thermal imaging detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease.

From there, annual  thermograms allow you to map changes in your body’s heat patterns over time. They can alert you to any deviations from your norm. Mapping your health annually helps you detect changes, often before disease develops.

Yet breast imaging is only one benefit of thermograms. Another area that can be of benefit to both sexes is pain analysis…

Thermography screenings can assess and detect inflammation in the carotid arteries (which may be a precursor to stroke and blood clots). When inflammation and/or occlusion of the carotid is visible, your doctor may do additional testing. Earlier detection of a heart problem may save your life.

If you’ve never heard of Thermography, you may wonder how credible it is. The equipment used is calibrated to measure to 100th of a degree centigrade. Thermographers are trained to exacting standards and must pass several tests plus keep current with continuing education. Your scans are actually analyzed and reviewed by certified medical doctors who’ve specialized in thermography.

Thermography and Identifying Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen is known as the female hormone. It helps kickstart sexual development and, along with progesterone, affects a woman’s reproductive system. According to Healthline, when your body has the proper hormone balance, your body functions the way it is meant to. However, if you have a hormone imbalance, it can cause a lot of wacky things to happen. One example of this is estrogen dominance.

What Is Estrogen Dominance?

While estrogen is a normal part of all bodies, when your body has more estrogen than progesterone, it is referred to as estrogen dominance. Some symptoms of estrogen dominance in women are:

  • bloating
  • swelling and tenderness in your breasts
  • fibrocystic lumps in your breasts
  • decreased sex drive
  • irregular menstrual periods
  • increased symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • mood swings
  • headaches
  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • weight gain
  • hair loss
  • cold hands or feet
  • insomnia
  • sleepiness or fatigue
  • issues with memory

In men, estrogen dominance can manifest as infertility, Gynecomastia, and erectile dysfunction.

Risk of Breast Cancer

Having estrogen dominance makes you more at risk of breast cancer. Essentially, breast cells can attach themselves to estrogen. The estrogen then fuels the growth of these cells. If they become cancerous, it can spread quickly. This is why it is essential to be checked for estrogen dominance. It can give you an early idea that breast cancer could be possible.

Thermography and Identifying Estrogen Dominance

Thermography is helpful in identifying estrogen dominance. It is able to detect physiological changes linked to cancer while it is still at a cellular level. It detects it even before a mammogram can. Another benefit of thermography is the ability to detect lymphatic congestion, which is also a precursor to disease.

At Thermography Clinic Ireland, we want to help you with your thermography needs. Contact us today for more information.

Progesterone: the Peaceful Hormone

Progesterone restores a sense of calm.  For those balancing the responsibilities of home, work and family, progesterone helps you keep your cool.  It acts on the gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) receptors in the brain.  These are the receptors that sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications and alcohol act on.  Optimal progesterone levels help with:

1. clearing brain fog

2. allowing you to stay asleep, especially between 2 and 4 am.

3. building bone

4. strengthening libido

5. supporting elasticity in the skin

6. helping neural growth in the brain

7. preventing puffiness & bloating

What’s GABA all about?

GABA is the primary inhibitory transmitter in the brain.  It settles the mind and protects our brain from overstimulation.  If you worry a lot or experience anxiety you may be low.  GABA comes from protein we eat. Progestrone does not cross the blood brain barrier, it will still have a positive effect because we have a lot of neurotransmitter receptors elsewhere in the body.  Mood can improve when GABA reaches the cells in our liver and gut.

If you are deficient in GABA, you may experience a kind of physical anxiety that is difficult to shake.  Muscles may tighten and your immune system is less able to do it’s job. 

Promote Peace & Calm Naturally

Here are a 6 more ways you can bump up your GABA:

1, Theanine from green tea, matcha or the supplement.

2. Foods high in zinc and magnesium: liver, red meat, shellfish, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, halibut, spinach, and okra.

3. Chamomile tea: this has a bioflavonoid called Apigenin that binds to GABA receptors in the brain.  It calms the nervous system.

4. Potassium rich foods: acorn squash, spinach, brussel sprouts and yogurt.

5. Ensure your serotonin levels are optimal:  tryptophan in food or supplemental 5HTP support serotonin & enhance the effects of GABA.

6. St. John’s Wort and Ginkgo:  both these herbs have different actions in the brain to increase uptake of GABA.

Ovulation is a Important

The birth control pill means you won’t get the surge of progesterone mid cycle and near the end of your cycle.  Progesterone supports your brain, thyroid, bones and breast tissue.  It also reduces inflammation, We produce far more of it than estrogen.  It keeps estrogen from becoming dominant in both males and females which has several health risks. Progesterone is also an essential for building block for other hormones including cortisol and adrenaline.  Men produce progesterone in their testes and use it for general health as well as sexual function.

Ovulation supports estrogen to promote muscle gain, insulin sensitivity and a healthy cardiovascular system.  Missing out on ovulation is an unfortunate reality that many women experience.  They aren’t told the full story of oral contraception.  More and more women are saying no to synthetic hormones and the long list of side effects that accompany it.

The Symptoms of Low Progesterone

Difficult to get pregnant

Abdominal pain and bleeding during early pregnancy

Short menstrual Cycles

Irregular periods

Spotting before period


Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)


Increased sex drive

Fibrocystic breasts

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