Breast Cysts

What Causes Breast Cysts?

Breast cysts can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose breast cysts, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "breast cysts" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Stress
  • Vitamin E Need
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Liver Congestion
  • Caffeine Intoxication
  • Alcohol Consequences
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
indoor allergies
macrocytic red cells
high refined sugar consumption
reduced mental clarity
current exposure to solvents
nausea for 1-3 months
pain between shoulder blades
sickness caused by wine
metallic taste in mouth
high caffeinated soda consumption
prednisone use
... and more than 110 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of breast cysts:
Cause Probability Status
Weakened Immune System 98% Confirm
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 25% Unlikely
Liver Congestion 22% Unlikely
Vitamin E Need 5% Ruled out
Stress 5% Ruled out
Alcohol Consequences 1% Ruled out
Fibrocystic Breast Disease 1% Ruled out
Caffeine Intoxication 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Female-Specific Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about breast cysts:
Have you had any breast cysts?
Possible responses:
→ Never had one / don't know
→ Probably had one/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of cysts in breasts or cysts in breasts, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Consequences of Poor Diet

A diet high in meat, dairy, processed sugars and unhealthy fats has been implicated.


Women who have less than three bowel movements a week increase the risk of cystic breasts by 400%.  Regular bowel movements help the body eliminate toxins more efficiently.

Fibrocystic Breast Disease

The most common cause of breast cysts is fibrocystic breast disease.

Inadequate Fiber Intake

Fibrocystic breast disease has been linked to constipation and to diets low in fiber.

Iodine Requirement

Iodine treatment has been shown to reduce breast pain and cyst size.  It is believed that iodine-deficient breast tissue starts a process in which small cysts develop and later harden.

Irregular Periods

Irregular Periods also suggests the following possibilities:

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

The liver is responsible for breaking down hormones.  If it is not fully functioning, estrogen can build up in the body and increase the risk of breast cysts.


Suppressed, emotional stress is linked to breast cysts.

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