Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • October 2017
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Mammogram or thermogram? — What’s best?

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month women are often bombarded with reminders to get their yearly mammograms. At the same time, we continue to hear conflicting stories in the media about their safety, and even efficacy (as studies repeatedly find that mammograms have no apparent impact on mortality rates). It can be quite confusing for all of us. That’s why I’d like to educate you about a clinical procedure called thermography.

What is thermography?

Thermography is painless, noninvasive, radiation-free clinical imaging — with FDA-medically approved cameras — of the breasts or any other bodily region that reveals the thermal abnormalities present in the body. Thermography is used as part of an early detection program for breast, arterial, cardiovascular, digestive and lymph diseases.

These health screenings should be performed by board-certified thermographers and typically take 15-20 minutes. Scans are then interpreted by medical doctors who are board certified in thermology. The patient is provided with a written report in a timely manner thereafter.

I am a firm believer that inflammation is the root cause of cancer and most chronic health problems today. That is why I feel strongly about thermography — these scans detect inflammation in the body with amazing accuracy and no radiation. Plus, detecting health problems in the early stages affords extra time to address health issues.

Consider these key points from William C. Amalu, DC, DABCT, DIACT, FIACT, a board-certified clinical thermologist and thermology fellow with the International Academy of Clinical Thermology:

  • Breast thermography has the ability to detect the first signs that a cancer may be forming up to 10 years before any other procedure can detect it.
  • Extensive clinical trials have shown that breast thermography significantly augments the long-term survival rates of its recipients by as much as 61 percent.
  • An abnormal thermogram is 10 times more significant as a future risk indicator for breast cancer than a first order family history of the disease.
  • When used as part of a multimodal approach (clinical examination + mammography + thermography), 95 percent of early stage cancers will be detected.

These are promising statements for sure.

And, there’s more good news

If a thermography shows inflammation, there are preventative measures one can take to support their health:

  • Change your diet (avoid inflammatory foods)
  • Reduce stress
  • Watch your pH levels
  • Exercise
  • Take vitamin D and other breast health supplements

Natural Healthy Concepts is pleased to host thermography clinics through Lakeshore Medical Thermography right here in our Appleton store. Call 920-207-3959 if you have questions or would like to sign up for our October 13 or December 8 sessions. 


Theresa Groskopp, CN

Theresa Groskopp, a licensed certified nutritionist, is the founder and president of Natural Healthy Concepts, which has a retail location at 310 N. Westhill Blvd. in Appleton. She firmly believes that the foundation of health and wellness lies in proper nutrition. To supplement proper nutrition, Natural Healthy Concepts carries a wide variety of pharmaceutical grade supplements, homeopathic remedies and herbs — all of which are derived from the highest quality ingredients. The store also offers a nice selection of natural health products, including nontoxic sunscreens!

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