Advance Medical Thermography https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com Advance Medical Thermography Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:40:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thermography and Breast Lumps https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/thermography-and-breast-lumps/ Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:34:58 +0000 http://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/?p=11748 We often get calls from women who have recently found a lump in their breast, and would like to have a thermography.

They have heard that thermography is “better” than a mammogram and would like to use the screening for their newly discovered breast lump.

At that point, we need to explain the difference between what we see with breast thermography and what a mammogram or ultrasound can see.

First, we will explain the difference between anatomy and physiology.

Anatomy is the structure of your body, like the muscle of your heart and the valves.

Physiology is the function of your body, like the heart pumping blood through your body.

Thermography is a wonderful tool to stay well, because we are looking at cellular activity or physiology.  This gives the patient the opportunity to see very early changes, many times before the breast has developed a lump, and make necessary lifestyle changes to correct the course of their health.

However, the infrared scan cannot see an anatomical structure like a lump or a cyst.  That is where a test of anatomy comes in, like a mammogram or ultrasound or MRI.

The benefit of starting thermography before a lump is felt is to keep an eye on our health, and make a course correction as needed.  I think of it as a GPS.  If you want to get to one place and start to go down the wrong road, you make a different turn before you arrive at the wrong destination.  In this case, a problem with your health instead of vibrant wellness.

Once there is a lump, we can keep an eye on any changes in the activity (or physiology) of the area.  However, and this is a big however, there are some things that are invisible to thermography.  Like mammograms, MRI’s and ultrasound, no test is 100%.   In about 17% of the cases, the body in its wisdom has encapsulated or walled off the tumor.  Or the blood flow has changed.  For this reason, we always want to look the anatomy of the lump at least once while doing breast thermography.

It is also why we encourage our clients to have an annual clinical exam of anatomy. This can be physical manual breast exam by a qualified and experienced healthcare provider yearly, if that is what you and your practitioner agree on.

Then you may ask, why should I even have a thermogram if I need to have another test as well?

Staying well is always the best option.  Why wait for time to go by, when you could be identifying possible problems and making changes. Even if you have a lump, it’s helpful to know the activity level and to have a baseline to monitor your treatments.

Remember, it is important to do additional testing with a lump and if someone tells you it’s not necessary because a one-time thermogram looks normal, do it anyway.  It’s difficult to move forward sometimes when we are worried. Ultimately, it’s your life and you are worth one more test.

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Natural Products Expo West 2017 https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/natural-products-expo-west-2017/ https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/natural-products-expo-west-2017/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:01:42 +0000 http://thebreastthermographycenter.com/?p=11561 I’ve been going to the Expo for about seven years now. It was already a big convention when I began attending, but it has become a show of epic proportions.
This speaks to the demand for natural and healthy products, and the financial rewards for having a popular product. That brings forth so much innovation. Every year the show seems to have a prominent theme. One year it was kale. You couldn’t walk a foot without being confronted by a giant cruciferous chip. Another year it was flavored water. When you have to pay someone to put maple syrup in your water you might want to have a reality check.  Coconut. You would have thought it a new species invented in 2010.


This year we saw a proliferation of gluten-free chips, crackers and coconut ice cream.
I had the opportunity to attend a special CEO panel discussion with some big players in the natural products industry.
I learned that the Millennials are driving the market. This is the first generation that is consistently demanding organic. That’s exciting.
I also learned that the fashion industry is responsible for 20% of fresh water pollution, half of that from dyes. 25% of pesticides are used on cotton and 95% of cotton is GMO. Time for us the read the labels on our clothing as well.


I was disturbed to hear that cleaning products are not required to label their ingredients and the toxic residues will stay on our dishes and glasses. It’s best to use products certified as safer choices by the EPA. I myself will stick with the tried and true choices like Dr. Bronners and Earth Friendly Products.
The cosmetic companies are also self-regulated and the last FDA regulation regarding ingredients was in 1932. Buyer beware.
Some exciting news is that mainstream stores and merchandisers are now offering more organic and healthy products. I met many vendors whose products were not only at Whole Foods and Sprouts, but Vons and Ralphs. Coca-Cola made a big bet on Aloe Gloe. Now this healthier drink will be available at 7-11 stores.
On a larger scale, regenerative farming is the latest and greatest, derived from how things were done long ago. Sustainable and good for the soil is good for the planet and for us. This is revolutionary.


Plant based foods represented 3.5 billion dollars in sales in 2016. Jackfruit, a ubiquitous crop in India and Southeast Asia is being introduced as a meat substitute with great taste and texture.
So much choice, so much innovation, such sore feet from walking around and around the Anaheim convention center.
On a less optimistic note, you still must read the labels on your organic health foods. I was offered a grass-fed yogurt with super fruits. After eating the little container, I read the package. 26 g of sugar! I went back to the booth and told them I could never recommend the product. They are working on it I was assured. How many consumers would read the label on a small organic yogurt?

I was given a sample of Amish pain reliever. Unpacking my samples I took a look at the little jar. Thought I might try a little. Looked at the label. Methyl parabens! An endocrine disruptor that has no place in this product. There was the all natural toothpaste with fluoride. I guess a toxic mineral that displaces our breast and thyroid friend iodine is natural, but deceiving.
We are making headway and moving forward, but we must remain vigilant, informed and responsible for our own health.
Soon, I’ll review one of my favorite topics. Natural deodorant.

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Put A Heart On It https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/put-a-heart-on-it/ https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/put-a-heart-on-it/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:56:22 +0000 http://thebreastthermographycenter.com/?p=11558 “Hello, can you put a ❤ on your wall, without comment, only a heart, then send this message to your female contacts. After putting one  ❤  on the wall of the person who sent you this message, if anyone asks why you have so many hearts on your wall, do not answer. It is for women only to remember it’s the week of breast cancer prevention! ❤ Check your boobies!! Hold your finger down on the message and hit forward.”

If you are on Facebook Messenger, depending on how many “friends” you have, you’ve seen this message a dozen to a hundred times. It has circulated several times. Also, I have seen many posts with just the single ❤ on it.

Having worked specifically with women, breast thermography, and functional nutrition for the past 11 of my 32 year career, I have seen little attention given to breast cancer prevention. A recent study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, concluded that the incidence of breast cancer could be decreased by 35% with lifestyle changes.

If we care about breast health and prevention, let’s do something that makes a real difference.

Here are some strategies for breast cancer prevention to begin today:

  • Support local farmers and accessible grocery and big lot stores that offer organic food.
  • Contact your local and national representatives and let them know you don’t want your water contaminated with the carcinogens in fracking chemicals and pesticides.
  • Buy and demand personal care products and cosmetics that do not include hormone-disrupting preservatives like parabens and phthalates.  
  • Buy natural deodorant without aluminum or alum, or make your own.
  • Stay away from fluoride in your toothpaste and water. Learn about the toxicity and history of fluoride and ask your government to remove it from your local water source.
  • Use inexpensive and non-toxic household cleaners like vinegar and baking soda.
  • Cook in food-grade stainless steel, glass, or ceramic pots. Discard the nonstick. If the fumes can kill a bird, do you really want to eat that?
  • Absolutely no plastic bottles, containers, and BPA-lined cans.  
  • Take an extra minute to heat up your food and ditch the microwave.
  • Take the cell phone off your body and use the speaker or a hollow air tube headset.
  • Increase the fruits and vegetables in your diet and decrease the red meat. If you barbeque, marinate your meat before cooking.
  • Exercise to decrease your weight and stimulate your lymphatic system.
  • Relax and eat mindfully.
  • Decrease stress and practice relaxation techniques or meditation.

I guess it would be easier to put ❤ on Facebook, but that’s not going to prevent breast cancer.  Living well, healthy eating, and adding breast thermography to monitor health status are strategies that can make a difference.  

That I can put a ❤ on.

Contact Advanced Medical Thermography in Sherman Oaks and make an appointment for a breast thermography appointment and take the first step toward cancer prevention today!

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Celebrating Our Ten Year Anniversary https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/celebrating-ten-year-anniversary/ https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/celebrating-ten-year-anniversary/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:42:16 +0000 http://thebreastthermographycenter.com/?p=11443 Happy FallWe wish you a very happy and healthy Fall season.

We are excited to share this coming season with you.

Celebrating Ten Years!Thank you for all your support over the last decade. This June we celebrated our ten year anniversary. It has been our honor to be the premier Thermography center in Los Angeles. A big thank you also to our Satellite Clinics who have hosted us with so much enthusiasm and support. Many changes have taken place in the past ten years in regards to Thermal imaging, proactive breast health and a change in the perception of what prevention and detection really look like.

Please like our facebook page so you are in the loop for all our upcoming events and special gifts to celebrate the completion of our first decade!

Save the Date for Our Wonderful Event:

Radiant Health, Ageless BeautyDr. Christine Horner returns on October 26th at 6 PM to the Sherman Oaks Library to help us celebrate Breast HEALTH Month. We will untie the pink ribbon with health strategies to stay well. She will share from her new book “Radiant Health, Ageless Beauty: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Extraordinary Health and Longevity”.

Board certified plastic surgeon and expert in natural health, Dr. Christine Horner, says no matter what you were dealt in the genetic lottery—and no matter what your age—you can enjoy a long life of radiant health and ageless beauty. And it can be simple, fun, and adventurous. Using the principals of Ayurveda, a 5,000 year old system of medicine, along with the latest cutting edge research, Dr. Horner tells you exactly what you need to avoid and what you need to embrace to experience extraordinary health and longevity.

We hope to see you there, it’s complimentary to our clients. Please RSVP to our office 818-769-4045.

In other news, the American College of Clinical Thermology conference held this month in Virginia was a big success. So many long time dedicated colleagues and new faces made it the biggest conference we have had. For more, read our blog

Looking forward to seeing you soon on Facebook, at our event and in the office!

To Your Health,

Advanced Medical Thermography
The Breast Thermography Center

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International Thermography Conference, September 2016 https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/international-thermography-conference/ https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/international-thermography-conference/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:36:55 +0000 http://thebreastthermographycenter.com/?p=11433 Thermography Conference 2016I recently returned for our American College of Clinical Thermology conference. This year it was held just outside of Washington D.C. and there were almost 300 attendees from all over the world. We enjoyed speakers from China, Hungary, Costa Rica and the UK, as well as our U.S. Doctors. It’s always fun to connect with our longtime colleagues who have been doing thermography for ten plus years like myself. Also it is encouraging to see all the new Thermographers and the growth of the technology.

Some of the highlights for me professionally were to see the studies being done with thermography in hospitals around the world.

Dr. Pusztai, OB/Gyn in Hungary is using thermography in addition to history taking and ultrasound to establish thermal patterns seen in endometriosis and uterine fibroids. How helpful this will be for our interpretations in the future. He is also working with breast thermography and thermal imaging to help with fertility treatments.

The Doctors in China are using thermography for a range of subjects. Dr. Deng who is a Pulmonary Doctor is tracking deep vein thrombosis with thermography to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs. That can be lifesaving.

One of my favorite presentations was the use of thermal imaging in the UK for veterinary use. Even zoos are employing the technology in the care of the animals. Can you imagine taking images of a baby rhino?

More technical presentations revealed some new software our medical grade cameras will be paired with by years’ end. Our current software is the best available but the new software will bring us into the next decade for sure. It will be helpful to the Thermographer but also enlightening for the patient receiving their images.

Dr. Peter Leando, the developer of the Meditherm Camera and EMI, gave several interesting presentations. We were able to see that full body thermography has grown in popularity over the years. Wellness screenings of the full body including the breast are being performed almost on par with breast screenings, which were the predominate use of medical thermography in the past. So much great information in a full body scan for proactive health.

We also had a demonstration of new software being developed to detect allergies with thermography. I’m looking forward to offering this service in the future.

Dr. Leando also reviewed some false claims made about industrial thermal cameras vs our medical grade camera. In my opinion and the opinion of many respected Doctors worldwide, nothing compares to our camera and system. The internet unfortunately can spread false information. I feel confident that I am offering the best of the thermal options. I will write more about this in the future to explain the differences and break it down simply.

Dr. Hillary SmithWe also had fun including a river cruise down the Potomac with the DC monuments all lit up.

The last night I was fortunate to spend my birthday with some wonderful thermography pals. They took me to a fun dinner and even though we don’t see each other often, it’s like we were never apart.

I was able to celebrate a tradition started on my birthday in Barcelona four years ago. Instead of blowing out my birthday candle, I light it. Doesn’t that make sense? Maybe you would like to try it.

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What Are Your Odds? https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/what-are-your-odds/ https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/what-are-your-odds/#respond Wed, 02 Mar 2016 22:09:18 +0000 http://thebreastthermographycenter.com/?p=11342 A woman who came in for a Breast Thermography told me her story. She walked into the room to have a mammogram. On the door was a large sign that said “1 in 8 women will get breast cancer”. Reassuring isn’t it? That sets her up for fear before she even has the x-ray. I always wondered about this one “look around the table when you are having lunch with eight of your friends, because one of you will get breast cancer.”

Are these your odds? Let’s look at the real numbers.

At least 7 out of 8 women will not get breast cancer!!!

Statistics from the US National Cancer Institute show that a woman’s chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in the next 10 years by age is:
Age 30     0.44 percent (or 1 in 227)
Age 40     1.45 percent (or 1 in 68)
Age 50     2.29 percent (or 1 in 42)
Age 60     3.48 percent (or 1 in 28)
Age 70     3.88 percent (or 1 in 26)
Age 70+     1 in 8

Of course, these are general statistics and will vary from woman to woman or man. Family history is only a factor in 11% of diagnosis. Younger woman are the only group whose numbers are on the rise, and the cancers may be aggressive.

In general, do the statistics you have been told really represent your odds? No. We should look at the real numbers.

Let’s do a little medical examination with calculator in hand.

Without even taking age into consideration, you have an 87.5% chance of not getting breast cancer in your lifetime. If you are under 70, you have a 96% of never getting breast cancer.

Put that on a bucket of chicken Susan Komen, instead of your pink ribbon!!! Or on the door of the x-ray room.

What purpose does creating this unrealistic fear serve? Maybe it serves a certain medical model, and they think it will get more woman to comply with screening. In the real world, it scares women from even doing a self-breast exam, which is a safe and effective way for early detection of disease. It keeps many women out of their practitioner’s office.

The breast exam I was taught to do as a young woman was terrifying. It went like this: Pick at time, make a date with yourself, take a sexy bath, light some candles, lie on your bed and caress your body…and see if you can find some cancer! Not a date I want to go on. And I’ve had some bad dates.

If women would just soap up in the shower at different times in their cycle and not fear touching their breasts, the would know when something is out of the ordinary. But they are too afraid of what they might find.

But the odds are good that you will not get breast cancer.

We are of course concerned about the numbers of women, especially young women, being diagnosed with breast cancer. We do consider the possible environmental causes and estrogen like substances we are exposed and the connection. Health tips to address this and move the odds more in your favor are coming in future posts.

But for now…relax, enjoy your life and embrace your body. You’re looking good.

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Thinking Outside of the Box with Thermography https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/thinking-outside-of-the-box-with-thermography/ https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/thinking-outside-of-the-box-with-thermography/#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:30:34 +0000 http://thebreastthermographycenter.com/?p=11303 We are in the last year of our first decade providing breast and full body thermography. We are having some wonderful opportunities to utilize our technology in new ways.

vascular thermographyLast year we began to monitor the progress of a young man who was involved in a serious automobile accident. Initially, the vascular system was very compromised. The standard tests could not measure the healing process. It was wait and see. When we followed his progress with thermal imaging, we could visualize that his condition was getting worse, and then with this information, his treatment was changed. The images were able to direct his parents and Doctors to what was working and what wasn’t.

We were initially scanning him monthly and now quarterly. We are so grateful to have been a part of his healing. His Mother thanks us for helping save his foot!!! This study will be presented at our next conference so I’ll keep you in suspense with the more recent images. Spoiler alert – it has a happy ending.

AT-newsletterHopefully you saw our last newsletter about the animal thermography training we attended with Dr. Debra Voulgaris. (www.animalthermography.com)

This last week we monitored a study involving the mind-body connection with talented healer Brandy Gillmore. With the continuous thermal scanning, we were able to objectively monitor the rapid reduction in pain and inflammation of five subjects. Brandy is at the forefront of this work as a healer, sought after speaker and author of an upcoming book. Her goal is to help everyone have life changing results with the power of the mind. We look forward to doing more studies with Brandy to get the message out. http://www.brandygillmore.com/mindbodyhealth-connection.htmlBrandy Gilmore Thermography

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Presenting Our Friends at Animal Thermography https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/presenting-our-friends-at-animal-thermography/ https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/presenting-our-friends-at-animal-thermography/#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:57:06 +0000 http://thebreastthermographycenter.com/?p=11281 We hope you had a wonderful spring and that the summer brings many new adventures.

At Advanced Medical Thermography we have enjoyed some new adventures as well.

Last week was our Nine Year Anniversary of bringing high quality thermography to our area. It’s hard to believe we are moving toward a decade. We have seen much awareness and expansion since we began in 2006. We are so grateful to the remarkable people we have met along the way. We thank you for being a part of the journey, trusting us with you imaging, and for being a part of the health revolution.

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Horse Scan
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Dog Scan

This month we had the pleasure of attending a thermography training for our four legged best friends.

Dr. Debra Volgauris, Holistic Veterinarian, is bringing high quality medical grade animal thermography to California. The training took place at www.ParadiseValleyFarm.net. We were in the beautiful community of Hidden Hills. Equestrian Trainer, Annette Osterlund, teaches children and adults riding and horse care in addition to rescuing horses, goats, and dogs. She has a special offer if you would like to learn to ride.

Please look to www.animalthermography.com for your pet’s needs. Website coming soon. We are excited to help spread the word about Dr. Volgauris and her thermography company.

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Nora Fasano CCT
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My son Austin found thermography clients he wants to scan
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Austin prefers this to running the projector for women's seminars!
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Hillary's sticking with scanning people
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Women with Dense Breasts Need More Screening Options https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/women-with-dense-breasts-cancer-screening/ https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/women-with-dense-breasts-cancer-screening/#respond Thu, 21 May 2015 20:09:10 +0000 http://thebreastthermographycenter.com/?p=11272 Just like a bra, one size does not fit all.

This week the Annals of Internal Medicine published a new study. Women with dense breasts do not always have an increased risk of breast cancer, as previously believed. Because 47% of women have breast density on mammograms, and mammography can miss 30% of breast cancers in women with dense breasts – this is big deal. Now the question becomes what level of breast density does a woman have? With laws being passed in many states that women with dense breast may require additional testing, this distinction may become necessary from a policy point of view. With new recommendations from the task force decreasing the regularity of routine mammograms and limiting the age range, it becomes even more controversial.

We have found the one size fits all approach to breast screening to be limiting, frustrating and not in the best interest of women’s health. Certainly it is focused on detection and not prevention.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for women to have alternate or additional screenings, even when they go outside of the HMO or insurance venue.

With this new study, it is possible the additional screenings within the medical protocols will be limited. Ultrasound and MRI were gaining popularity. Less Doctors are performing manual breast exams to locate densities that need follow up.

I was recently listening to Gary Null, investigative journalist and health advocate, discussing a different issue. He reported that it takes 30 years for an established medical protocol to change. I hope we don’t need another quarter century to bring enlightened decision making into women’s health. It is going to take activism on the part of the patient to speed this along.

Don’t fall into the maze. Be informed.

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (Breast Thermography) for safe screenings of physiology starting in the 30’s is an extremely valuable tool. Young women are the only group with an increase in breast cancer rates. We can safely start thermography earlier with significant family history or other concerns. If high quality thermography was more widely used perhaps this trend of prophylactic bilateral mastectomies would be reduced.

Well done clinical breast exams were found in the Canadian study to be comparable to mammography in finding significant cancers. Breast sonography to visualize the breast without radiation or compression is preferable for dense breasts. Breast MRI is a more expensive yet useful diagnostic test.

This is where we can start. Let’s demand better diagnostics that are not second generation x-rays with more radiation. Let’s put the diagnostics of mammography where it belongs. Let’s ask for individual decision making based on our unique needs. Let’s DEMAND the emphasis be put on prevention not detection requiring subsequent surgery, chemo and radiation. And let’s not wait until 2040 for the change to take place.

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What the Frack Susan Komen? https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/what-the-frack-susan-komen/ https://www.thebreastthermographycenter.com/what-the-frack-susan-komen/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:48:11 +0000 http://thebreastthermographycenter.com/?p=11221 We support the wellness of womenWe support breast cancer organizations that support Wellness and Women.

Two of our favorites are Breast Cancer Action and United Breast Cancer Fund.

Breast Cancer Action provided the film we screened “Pink Ribbons Inc”. This California based charity takes no money from Pharma and has worked tirelessly to find the prevention piece in breast cancer. They have lobbied against the cancer causing agents used in fracking, gone to the Supreme Court to support the ruling that Corporations cannot own women’s gene information, publish the Think Before You Pink cosmetics guide and so much more. Their website is www.bcaction.org

United Breast Cancer Fund truly helps women and their families who have been affected by this dreaded disease. This organization helps fund breast screening for women in need including high quality Thermography. They help women access holistic complementary care and are now associated with the renowned Omega Institute. Their website is www.ubcf.info

Support non-profitsIf you donate in the month of March to BCA or UBCF and notify us, we will enter you in our raffle for a breast thermography. You may use the win for yourself or as a gift.Pot of gold

So why not try your luck and help these worthwhile non-profits find their pot of gold to help women.

We are in Sherman Oaks on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and two Saturdays month.

Our satellite locations now include Santa Monica, Monrovia, Redlands, Canyon Country and Palm Desert.

Wishing you a healthy and lucky March!

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