New research links excessive oxalates to breast cancer

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oxalate-test(NaturalHealth365) Information about little-known compounds called oxalates can be confusing and conflicting. They are often equated with the “bad” substances in foods but, in reality, oxalates are neither good nor bad. They can become problematic, however, when too many of them accumulate in the body.

When there’s too many oxalates – they can overwhelm the kidneys and lead to kidney stones and immune deficiency. Plus, according to a recent study, high levels of oxalate in the mammary area has been linked to breast cancer tumor growth as well.

Most oxalates are formed by the body itself

Oxalates (COOH), or oxalic acid, are strongly acidic substances that help both plants and animals in metabolization. About 60% to 80% of oxalates are formed by the body’s functions themselves. The other 20 to 40% of oxalates come from food.

Most fruits and vegetables contain a small amount of oxalatic acid and they are found in the leaves of plants as opposed to the roots, stalks and stems. The following foods contain a high amount of oxalates overall:

  • Rhubarb
  • Chocolate
  • Spinach
  • Beet greens
  • Swiss chard
  • Some nuts, especially almonds, cashews and peanuts
  • Some berries, especially gooseberries
  • Lemon and lime peel
  • Some grains and pastas (except brown rice)
  • Some legumes, especially navy beans, black beans and soybeans
  • Okra
  • Parsley

How are oxalates linked to breast cancer?

Oxalates are oxidizing substances. As such, they are extremely volatile and can be damaging to tissue in large amounts. Oxalate crystals cause the formation of kidney stones which can block the flow of urine and lead to kidney infection and bladder cancer.

These crystals are also razor sharp and can cause direct damage and long-lasting inflammation to whatever internal tissues they come into contact with. Oxalate-iron crystals can lead to iron depletion. When calcium-oxalate crystals form, they can lodge in internal organs and in bone. As they grow, they will crowd out bone marrow leading to immune deficiency and anemia.

Excess oxalates also have the ability to chelate heavy metals. Unlike other chelators, however, oxalates trap metals like mercury and lead in tissues. Excess oxalate has been linked to fibromyalgia, vulvodynia (vulvar pain), digestive disorders and autism.

The most startling new connection between excess oxalates and disease has to do with breast cancer, however. A 2015 study conducted by the National University of Cordova in Argentina compared the oxalate levels of breast cancer tumor tissue and regular breast tissue. They found that “all tested breast tumor tissues contain a higher concentration of oxalates than their counterpart non-pathological breast tissue.”

The researchers also discovered that oxalatic acid caused tumor proliferation and stimulated the expression of pro-tumor genes. Surprisingly, proliferation did not happen when oxalate was injected into the backs of laboratory mice. This indicates that high oxalate levels do not induce cancer tumor growth in all types of tissue.

Three ways to reduce your oxalate levels

1. Obtain calcium from natural foods. Calcium has an interesting relationship with oxalates.  Approximately 5-15% of the world population will develop some form of kidney stone. Of those, 80% will be calcium-oxalate stones. When calcium is combined with foods that are high in oxalates within the intestines, the two together form an oxalate-calcium crystal that the body cannot absorb.

When this happens, a “stone” is formed that will make its way to the kidneys to eventually be eliminated in the urine. The presence of oxalate-calcium crystals which can block urine flow and cause kidney infection can also lead to a higher risk of renal, pelvis and bladder cancers.  These same kinds of crystals can also form in the lungs, nerves, brain, bones, blood vessels and joints.

Does this mean that if you are prone to kidney stones, you should limit calcium intake?  Not necessarily. Research conducted on vegetarians found that they did not have higher than normal rates of calcium deficiency nor osteoporosis caused by oxalate interference.

In fact, according to a 2014 study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, vegetarians had a lower rate of kidney stones than meat eaters did. Those who consumed calcium supplements on a regular basis, however, have shown time and again to have higher rates of kidney stonesCalcium supplementation has also been linked to both prostate and breast cancer. Stick to natural and preferably vegetable and fruit-based sources of calcium to avoid both kidney stones and cancer.

2. Be aware of your protein intake, especially if you are a meat-eater: Be cautious when it comes to the protein, especially if it is derived from meat and dairy. Oxalates are produced from amino acids in the liver.

Amino acids are the building blocks on which proteins are made so some researchers make the connection between total protein amounts and total oxalates formed. For meat eating women, the general recommendation is around 5 ounces a day. This is equivalent to a small hamburger patty or four eggs. The USDA states that, on average, Americans eat 30% more meat protein than the recommended allowance.

3. Maintain good intestinal flora: According to research, some individuals have a physiology that is prone to higher levels of oxalate uptake in the digestive tract (thus, a higher risk of kidney stones). Although there is evidence to suggest that hereditary disposition plays a role for some people, there is also a strong link between kidney stone formation and disorders of the digestive system, such as inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut and Crohn’s.

Could oxalate hyper-absorption have more to do with extreme gut flora imbalance than genetics? The jury is still out on that one. What is known, however, is that it is the job of specific flora, in particular, certain species of Oxalobacter formigenes, Lactobacillus, and Bifidobacteria, to process oxalatic acid and prepare it for absorption. Currently, there are several studies underway which focus on the role of oral probiotics in this process.

Let food work for you to keep oxalate levels in balance

Remember that problems only emerge when there is an excess of oxalates in the system. The standard American diet contributes to oxalate overload but you can also keep it in check through being proactive with prevention. Eating anti-oxidant rich food, consuming citrate-rich lemon and lime juice (which experts say can help prevent calcium-oxalate kidney stones), staying hydrated and watching your salt intake are other ways to keep kidney stones in check.

Also, don’t let fear of kidney stones prevent you from getting adequate amounts of vitamin C and D. One of the ways that oxalates are formed is through conversion from vitamin C. However, studies thus far have been inclusive as to whether high vitamin C intake actually leads to increased oxalate production.

In regards to vitamin D, deficiency of this vital substance has reached pandemic proportions in the developed world, including amongst those who have experienced kidney stones. Be sure to get your levels checked the next time you get blood work done. Maintaining a healthy balance of all substances in the body, including oxalates, is the only way to achieve and experience true health naturally.

About the author: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and specialist in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe. To get your F.R.E.E. 7-day mini e-course and to receive her weekly inspiring articles on the power of natural medicine – visit: BreastCancerConqueror.com

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http://www.upmc.com/patients-visitors/education/nutrition/Pages/low-oxalate-diet.aspx
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  • Goldie Sanders

    One of the most interesting and thought provoking articles that I have read. This shifts the answer to prevent the above to lifestyle. The amount of meat eaten in this country is out of proportion to a person’s need for protein.

    The calcium supplement market is growing. What the real problem is-most of the population has no idea of the harm this supplement of can cause.

    • John

      MEAT is not the problem in terms of amount eaten, but where you get your meat IS the problem. A grass fed animal, like a cow, converts the omega-3 16 chain fatty acid from grass into the 20 chain omega-3 fatty acid that humans convert to the 22 chain omega-3 fatty acid that makes up 65% of your brain! Plant omega-3 fatty acids are NOT coverted to that 22 chain fatty acid humans need for the brain. You get good nails, skin, and hair benefits from that 16 chain omega-3 fatty acids from plants, but NOT THE 22 chain fatty acid you need for your brain unless you are eating animals.
      You also need to eat saturated fats to activate those omega fatty acids, all of them, the omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9’s.
      If you are not making good HCL (hydrochloric acid) in your parietal cells of your stomach, you are not absorbing the calcium, magnesium, iron, or zinc well because the cells lining the jejunum (upper small intestine) require the pH of the chime to be between 1.5 and 3.0 (almost pure acid) to trigger the absorption of those minerals. So when this happens, that bad absorption makes those minerals TOXIC to you. This is where cataracts, bone spurs, and kidney stones, as an example, happen! So taking more calcium does not mean you will be absorbing it well and in fact you are creating a TOXIC situation by doing that. What food do you know has concentrated calcium to the extent of any supplement?

  • Ginger Franklin

    My doctor insists that I take calcium supplements. I printed this article to show him. However, I bet he never reads it. He is far too busy writing prescriptions.

    • John

      Doctors are NOT trained in nutrition and on purpose, are not trained about the damage vaccines do to people. They are told to follow the CDC recommendations and that is their training. Medical school text books are written by drug companies. Drug companies are who provide “studies” they cherry pick to promote their drugs and doctors are trained to prescribe drugs to solve problems focused on symptom treatment.

      Doctors are the worst people to get nutritional information from because people believe they know what they are talking about. Degenerative diseases are being treated with acute medications not designed for chronic illnesses. CANCER is in all of us at some level because it is a natural process to have mutations in cells. Breast tissue is made up to a large extent with fat tissue and fat tissue is where toxins are stored to allow organs in the body to be protected. As fat tissue is used for energy, the toxins are released. Many foods that are assumed good for you are NOT. In fact, most all supplements people are taking are being overdosed and being stored or rejected by the body as toxic waste. So taking most supplements are causing them to work in the opposite direction as well as most medications are also way overdosed and is why many remedies do not work on lots of people to achieve the desired results.

      Drug companies, vitamin companies are all guilty of this problem. In fact, if these companies actually did what is correct for people, their would be far fewer companies around do to the lack of business.

      CANCER is a $77 billion dollar industry in America, but dementia is a $203 billion dollar industry! A great number of people we test have one or more cancer’s. In fact it is actually rare to see a person that does not have some malignancy or serious infection like the HPV-16 virus. We are finding about 19 out of 20 people have these problems going on in them. Much of the problem is incorrect dosing, poor quality, emf exposure, clothing that is stressing their DNA making the communication to the immune system very poor, eating foods that encourage cancer telomere growth, and eating GMO foods. Most people are loaded with Aluminum now that is a huge problem that no one has created an effective way of getting it out of the body, especially the nano form that is corrupting the Mitochondria, limiting the ability of melatonin to transport sulfur to the nerve tissues in the brain and 100’s of other functions in the body!

      The medical industry is probably one of the largest contributors to the problem we are having with diseases today! Combine that with the MICROWAVING of everyone with all wireless devices, clothing made from petroleum products, pesticides and chemicals, vaccines, and other assaults on humans and animals, the human race is in DEEP trouble. It is now expected from EMF (microwave radiation) alone, we will see in the next generation ( our children’s children ) a massive amount of deformities and mutations caused by all these telecommunication devices we call “technology advancements.”

      A huge number of people we now test, young and old, have Anti-plastic astrocytoma brain tumors that can be traced to all the things I have mentioned above!

  • Nurse Lorri

    I worked with a doctor who had no idea that milk products weren’t the best source of calcium. He would say to patients especially women that if they didn’t consume low fat or no fat dairy products they needed to supplement.

    • John

      Doctors are the worst people to get nutritional information from because people believe they know what they are talking about. Degenerative diseases are being treated with acute medications not designed for chronic illnesses. CANCER is in all of us at some level because it is a natural process to have mutations in cells. Breast tissue is made up to a large extent with fat tissue and fat tissue is where toxins are stored to allow organs in the body to be protected. As fat tissue is used for energy, the toxins are released. Many foods that are assumed good for you are NOT. In fact, most all supplements people are taking are being overdosed and being stored or rejected by the body as toxic waste. So taking most supplements are causing them to work in the opposite direction as well as most medications are also way overdosed and is why many remedies do not work on lots of people to achieve the desired results.
      Drug companies, vitamin companies are all guilty of this problem. In fact, if these companies actually did what is correct for people, their would be far fewer companies around do to the lack of business.
      CANCER is a $77 billion dollar industry in America, but dementia is a $203 billion dollar industry! A great number of people we test have one or more cancer’s. In fact it is actually rare to see a person that does not have some malignancy or serious infection like the HPV-16 virus. We are finding about 19 out of 20 people have these problems going on in them. Much of the problem is incorrect dosing, poor quality, emf exposure, clothing that is stressing their DNA making the communication to the immune system very poor, eating foods that encourage cancer telomere growth, and eating GMO foods. Most people are loaded with Aluminum now that is a huge problem that no one has created an effective way of getting it out of the body, especially the nano form that is corrupting the Mitochondria, limiting the ability of melatonin to transport sulfur to the nerve tissues in the brain and 100’s of other functions in the body!
      The medical industry is probably one of the largest contributors to the problem we are having with diseases today! Combine that with the MICROWAVING of everyone with all wireless devices, clothing made from petroleum products, pesticides and chemicals, vaccines, and other assaults on humans and animals, the human race is in DEEP trouble. It is now expected from EMF (microwave radiation) alone, we will see in the next generation ( our children’s children ) a massive amount of deformities and mutations caused by all these telecommunication devices we call “technology advancements.”
      A huge number of people we now test, young and old, have Anti-plastic astrocytoma brain tumors that can be traced to all the things I have mentioned above!

  • Nancy Salvatore

    Kidney stones are very painful. My neighbor has them and the one thing I know she takes is calcium supplements. I have asked her to stop them, but she insists she needs them for her osteoporosis.

    • Wendy Allen

      No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…taking vitamins/good oils/minerals/probiotic..LDN..detoxing may help kidney/gall stones/Osteoporosis. I take Osteoprocare instead of dairy. Ca alone may hurt and Ca citrate may need cofactors to use the Ca.

  • John

    Good discussion on this subject of oxylates, but the article does not mention a little known fact about Almonds that are touted as a great food. Almonds, especially those found in California are loaded with HIGH CONTENT OF ASBESTOS! It is difficult to find nano particles of asbestos because it requires time to prepare the sample for examination under an electron microscope to see them. Using resonance technology, we have found huge amounts of asbestos in Almonds and other things like many bottle waters, especially arrowhead water for example. There are known to be 7 types of asbestos, the worst being Tremolite which is found in the Almonds along with Chrysolite. Both of these forms are found in many tumors, the brains of Alzheimer and autistic patients.
    Electromagnetic frequencies are a major contributor to breast cancer and especially in women wearing metal support in their bras. The metal concentrates the EMF into the breast tissue by focusing the microwave emissions from EMF communication devices, smart meters, cell phones, wi-fi’s, etc.

  • PaulfromTexas

    This article fails outright to mention that the FIRST thing white sugar breaks down to in the duodenum is oxalic acid……and this is a primary source of oxylates in the body.