The ZRT Laboratory Blog

The ZRT Blog is an extensive resource for patients and health care providers searching for health and hormone testing information. Here, you can read about ZRT’s cutting edge research, advances in testing, wellness advice, and health industry highlights.

Preventing Breast Cancer: How Hormone Balance Can Help Save Your Life

Posted by Candace Burch on Tuesday, 17 November

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When was the last time you thought about your personal risk for breast cancer?

Even though it’s no longer National Breast Cancer Awareness month, it’s never too late to start thinking about this important topic.

Don’t let the disappearance of pink ribbons rob us of the greater message of our hard won awareness: that despite all the money raised and the billions spent, we still have no guaranteed treatment or cure for breast cancer. In the meantime, the continuing war on cancer with the latest designer drugs or procedures is big business. Sometimes it works and we survive to race for the cure. But breast cancer keeps catching up and overtaking too many of us. One in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, and in North America one woman dies of breast cancer every 12 minutes.

Still no cure. But we can take steps to prevent breast cancer. 

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Breast Cancer & Natural Hormone Therapy - A Survivor's Story

Posted by Tina Mattern on Thursday, 29 October

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ZRT guest blogger Tina Mattern

As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to broaden the conversation about breast health, ZRT Lab invited several breast cancer survivors to tell their stories. 

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 1999, I was convinced that my life as I'd known it was never going to be the same. 

I knew, of course, that many women survive, but I also knew that in spite of treatment, 1 in 3 will still die. These were horrifying statistics.

The only treatment options that were being thrust on me were every bit as frightening: Mastectomy or Radiation or Chemotherapy and a nightmarish hormone-blocking drug called Tamoxifen, which would increase my risk of developing uterine cancer by 60%. 

Each one of these treatments had the potential to ultimately cause death in its own right. How could I possibly choose between them? It seemed like there wasn't an acceptable solution...I was going to suffer, no matter what I chose.

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Channeling My Breast Cancer Experience to Create Change

Posted by Molly Lindquist on Thursday, 15 October

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ZRT guest blogger Molly Lindquist

As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to broaden the conversation about breast health, ZRT Lab invited several breast cancer survivors to tell their stories. 

It has been years since I heard the words, “You have cancer.” And yet I can remember that day as though it was yesterday.

My story really starts in the shower in October of 2011. I can still feel the warm water rinsing off the exhaustion of life, which for me at that time meant chasing after almost three- and almost five-year-old daughters. Eyes closed, preparing to embrace a new day of chaos with the little ones as a stay-at-home mom, soaking in those last few minutes of quiet before the day officially began.

So when I felt a lumpy patch of breast tissue near my right armpit just as I was getting ready to turn off the water, it felt like I was ripped out of my steamy reverie. We’ve all had that sick feeling in the pit of our stomach, that feeling when we know something is not quite right – our gut instinct. And that is what I felt on that October morning, the gut instinct that this lumpy tissue was not good.

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Pesticides, Herbicides, Chemicals, Oh My!

Posted by Ingrid Edstrom, FNP, M.Ed on Tuesday, 28 April

Pesticides blogIf you haven't thought about the risks of chemicals in herbicides and pesticides to the health of your family and pets, there's no time like the present. 

Roadside, clear cut and yard spraying is polluting our environment, with the chemicals becoming air-borne and also getting into ground water. People and pets walking outside are absorbing these chemicals through their skin and bringing it inside our homes. Rural families have little or no control over their neighbors who may decide to clear cut their land and then aerial spray herbicides. 

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