Owner Ray Bessette has several valid National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited national certifications including a Cancer Exercise Specialist!
Owner Ray Bessette has several valid National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited national certifications including being a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist!

Body building helped beat 49-year-old’s Breast Cancer!

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KPRC Channel 2 Houston Feature story on The Firm U.

Master personal trainer Ray Bessette measures Linda Johnson’s body fat percentage prior to a body-building competition.Body building is hard enough for someone with no health complications. So the fact that 49-year-old, recent breast cancer survivor, Linda Johnson entered her first competition Oct. 23 should serve as inspiration to anyone with excuses not to work out, said trainer Ray Bessette. Johnson started working with Bessette, master personal trainer at The Firm U on Eldridge in Tomball, to get in shape two and a half years ago. Six months later he asked her to train to do a body-building competition and she said she would, but mostly, she admits, to “shut him up.”

A year later, Johnson’s breast cancer diagnosis came in and her training for competition was put on hold. She continued to work out during chemotherapy, however. “It was a way to maintain my strength, and mentally I was able to focus on the positive instead of sitting at home just thinking about having cancer,” she said. “If you sit at home and do nothing, you feel worse.”Her workouts during chemo and treatment were modified, and her diet was altered as well. Johnson said she believes because of her diet and exercise, she sidestepped many of the therapy’s side effects. She never lost all of her hair, her nails did not get brittle and her skin didn’t dry.
Now nearly a year since her last chemo session and reconstructive surgery, Johnson said her strength is almost what it was before cancer.
Twelve weeks before the competition, Bessette and Johnson started preparation by dieting more strictly and constantly working on toning. The day before the competition involved tanning in order to see muscle definition under stage lights more clearly.

Bessette, who has won 49 body building competitions in 30 years, said judges look at contestants’ muscularity, condition, presentation and symmetry. The day before the competition, Johnson said she was nervous about a few things, mostly that she would forget to do all the little things involved, like smiling and flexing every muscle. Despite the shape she’s in, she said it’s still nerve-wracking to put on a bikini and just be stared at by a thousand people.“I used to do triathlons in two piece suits, so I’m trying to tell myself this isn’t much different,” she said. Bessette said body building is the only sport in which regardless of winning or losing, all competitors walk away with a trophy.“Because you’re in the best shape of your life,” he said. “You are the trophy.”He said he thinks there are many misconceptions about his sport. People think they don’t eat, or they don’t eat “real” foods, but Bessette said that’s not the case.“The difference with us, and with the gym lifestyle, is that we

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Linda’s favorite saying
“No Excuses, Just Results”

plan our meals,” he said. “Food is a priority. I know when and what I’m eating next. It’s not an afterthought, something to pick up in a hurry, it’s a before-thought.”Some say women’s bodies have come to look too much like men’s bodies and lose their femininity, but after a mastectomy, Johnson said she has no interest in losing femininity.Johnson said while some people were surprised that she continued to work out through cancer, treatment and reconstructive surgery, she wouldn’t have had it any other way. Bessette said it’s just one more reason for him to repeat his no excuses motto.“This should inspire anyone with an excuse to not get in shape,” he said. “Maybe ‘being tired’ is not an excuse. And I always tell people, “you can have results or excuses, but not both”

Do Hormones Cause Cancer in Women?

Fear of breast cancer discourages many women from using menopausal hormones. This fear also fuel anxiety among physicians. However a large body of evidence from recent clinical trials indicates that the use of estrogen-only therapy has NO impact on the risk of breast cancer. The Nurse’s Study of 20,000 nurses and a French study of 100,000 menopausal women, the largest epidemiologic studies to date, demonstrated no risk of breast cancer from progesterone use. The WHI trial, the most powerful study to date, demonstrated a decreased incidence of breast cancer.
It was only through the addition of the progestin (progestin is NOT the same as progesterone!)that the risk of breast cancer increased. Most physicians are unaware that progesterone protects against breast cancer. Both patients and physicians alike should feel confident about HRT, as three very powerful studies demonstrate no risk of cancer with estrogen or progesterone. Although most women fear breast cancer, here’s the news flash: The leading cause of death in women is heart disease and stroke. These far surpass the risk of breast cancer. Women are terrified of breast cancer but remain unaware that heart disease and stoke are the leading cause of death. Natural estrogen does not cause breast cancer. Estrogen is a vital part of maintaining a woman’s (and a man’s) healthy heart. Estrogen replacement has illustrated such an impressive track record that both the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have issued guidelines recommending physicians to take into account the use of estrogen replacement therapy as a means to prevent or treat cardiovascular disease.

So, why would any physician withhold hormones that do not cause cancer but would protect against the leading causes of death?

Do Hormones Cause Cancer in Men?

Testosterone in association with the prostate has been the subject of much research and controversy.

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80 year old, Lin on the BioFirm System for 8 years! Says; “I’ve never felt better!”

Contrary to what physicians are taught, optimal levels of testosterone are the prostate’s best source of health and longevity. Only when testosterone levels decline does the prostate suffer. When testosterone is at its highest, prostates are healthy. There is no definitive proof that androgens, specifically testosterone and DHT (dihydrotestosterone), initiate cancer in the prostate. A DHT patch is actually in the process of being approved by the FDA. If DHT were so dangerous to the prostate why would they do that? Recent studies in the New England Journal of Medicine and other peer reviewed medical journals demonstrate testosterone does not cause prostate cancer. Even patients with prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (early cancer), did not go on to develop overt prostate cancer when administered testosterone. Doctors should be wary of BPH and prostate therapy but not wary of testosterone therapy. Even though testosterone does not cause cancer, the tumor may develop receptor sites that become sensitive to testosterone. Treatment may involve blocking testosterone to avoid tumor growth but this does not indicate that testosterone provoked the cancer in the first place.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men however all urology and cancer journals empirically stress that high levels of testosterone administration does not increase the risk of prostate cancer. Experts now approve testosterone administration after prostate cancer surgery or radiation. What about estrogen and prostate cancer? Fifty years of studies demonstrate that testosterone administration, which raises serum estrogen levels, does not cause prostate cancer.
The long term health benefits of testosterone far outweigh any risks


Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT) Facts & References Related to Cancer
by Christine Boss RPh, Medicinal Chemist and Master Personal Trainer
“Fear of breast cancer is the strongest factor limiting postmenopausal hormone use. The most powerful study to date definitively demonstrated that estrogen does not cause as increased risk for cancer. The increased risk was associated only with taking the progestin (Provera) and not estrogen.”
JAMA 2004;291(24);2947-2958
“Development of prostate cancer does not depend on levels of testosterone. High levels of testosterone do not increase risk of prostate cancer” RR J Cancer 1999 June;80(7): 930-4
(All medical journals acknowledge that testosterone does not cause prostate cancer)
“Progestin, (Provera) dramatically increases risk of breast cancer 8 times” JAMA 2000;203:485-91
(This is exactly how hormones get bad press. The Media reported that progesterone causes breast cancer. This is absolutely wrong! Medroxyprogesterone causes breast cancer, not progesterone. Doctors and media chop off the prefix medroxy, thereby referring to medroxyprogesterone as progesterone. Medroxyprogesterone is completely opposite of progesterone) Perhaps these doctors need to go back to chemistry class.
“The estrogen-only arm of the WHI trial demonstrated no increased risk of breast cancer with estrogen. This study therefore demonstrates that the breast cancer increase was due to medroxyprogesterone (Provera) and not due to estrogen” Family Practice News 2004 March 15;1-3
(Isn’t it amazing that when we lose a hormone that protects against breast cancer (progesterone), we replace it with a hormone that significantly increases the risk of breast cancer [medroxyprogesterone] ?)

“This study demonstrates that maximal reduction in breast stimulation occurs when progesterone is at its peak levels during pregnancy or late in the monthly cycle. Medroxyprogesterone increases mitotic (cancer-causing) whereas progesterone decreases mitotic activity. Climacteric 2002 Sept;5(3); 229-35
“Progesterone decreases breast stimulation 400% and down regulates breast receptor sites, thereby protecting against breast stimulation.” Fertility Sterility 1998;69:963-69
“HRT after treatment of breast cancer has not been demonstrated to increase risk of recurrence or mortality.” J of Obstet Gynecol 2004 Jan; 23(1): 49-60
“Estrogen replacement therapy in breast cancer survivors results in increased survival and improved quality of life. HRT was not associated with any cancer recurrence.” Menopause 2003 Jul-Aug; 10(4);269-270
“Development of prostate cancer does not depend on levels of testosterone. High levels of testosterone do not increase risk of prostate cancer” RR J Cancer 1999 June;80(7): 930-4

(All medical journals acknowledge that testosterone does not cause prostate cancer)
“None of the 12 longitudinal population based studies, such as the “Physician’s Health Study” found any increase risk of prostate cancer in men with higher levels compared with men with lower levels of testosterone” New England Journal of Medicine 2004;350;482-92

(If there is anyone who still imagines that testosterone causes cancer, then they remain ignorant of the world literature)
“Testosterone does not increase prostate volume or PSA levels or cause prostate cancer.” Archives of Family Medicine; 1999Vol.8:252-263
* References and comments are excerpts from “Healthy Aging” by world renowned hormone expert Dr Neal Rouzier.