Frequently Asked Questions,
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
For adults, the average age of cancer diagnosis is 67 years, so the maturing of the baby boom generation may bring with it a spike in cancer numbers.
cancer suffer twice: first with fear and suffering caused by their disease
and second from the ravages of a malignant system that forces toxic drugs of
dubious value on frightened and gullible people."
"The usual hospital treatment today, in a case of tumorous growth, most certainly leads to worsening of the disease, or a speedier death, and in healthy people, quickly causes cancer." - Dr. Johanna Budwig
Side effects of chemotherapy can include:
Claims of "success" for chemotherapy are generally based on an initial reduction of tumor size, rather than prolongation of survival or quality of life, which is often devastated by the highly toxic treatment.
A "five year survival rate" is not the same as a cure.
Dr. Binzel using nutritional treatment for cancer in clinical practice reports the following treatment outcomes for his patients:
Dr. Binzel reports that those who did not live longer experienced less pain and better quality of life.
"Primary cancer" means you have cancer in only one place in your body, "metastatic cancer" means that the cancer has spread to other places in your body.
In addition to reducing exposure to toxic chemicals from the environment, people interested in preventing or removing cancer should consider the toxic chemicals created by an improperly functioning colon.
The healthy colon contains about three pounds of friendly bacteria. These bacteria are easily wiped out by antibiotics, including antibiotic residues in meat and diary.
You might also want to make sure your body is free of parasites. It is almost impossible to avoid parasites. Everyone should cleanse himself/herself of parasites periodically.
Radioactive emissions from nuclear weapons plants and power plants will remain dangerous for thousands of years. A court document in 1988 reveals that the Fernald nuclear weapons plant west of Cincinnati knowingly contaminated the ground water in its area, plus the Greater Miami River, which flows into the Ohio River, which enters the Mississippi River. Read the amazing story of how Fernald disposed of radioactive waste simply by digging a pit and dumping it in. - Moss, pages 70 - 71.
"This worldwide epidemic of cardiovascular disease is almost impossible to stop - not because we don't know how to do it, but because so many people have such a large vested interest in continuing it...follow the money trail, you'll have a much clearer picture of what's going on. You are truly on your own when it comes to preventing heart disease." - Dr. David G. Williams Alternatives Nov. 2001
You are truly on your own when it comes to preventing cancer also.
Whether any of the common cancers can be cured by chemotherapy has yet to be established. - Professor John Cairns, Scientific American, 1985.
Many medical oncologists recommend chemotherapy for virtually any tumor, with a hopefulness undiscouraged by almost invariable failure. - Albert Braverman, MD
Many oncologists would not take chemotherapy themselves if they had cancer. - Dr. Ulrich Abel, The Cancer Chronicles, December 1990.
8% of hospital patients are accidentally killed or injured by the staff. - Environmental and Health News, Vol. 3, Jan 1998.
4. My Father is 76 and has inoperable cancer. Is there any hope?
First of all, in certain isolated cultures around the world it is not uncommon for people to live to 120 - 140 years of age. A youngster of 76 may still have many years of good living ahead of him. It was a surprise to people during the Korean war in the early 1950's when autopsies of young soldiers showed the onset of cardiovascular disease. Autopsies of children today show clear signs of premature aging. What we regard as aging in our culture is in fact degeneration, and there is no necessary correlation between age and degeneration. It is entirely possible to enjoy good health to a ripe old age.
Secondly, even young people get inoperable cancer. When cancer is inoperable and all doctors have to offer is palliative care, it just means that it is time for a person to shoulder responsibility for his own health. It would have been good if you had started doing things for yourself earlier, but better late than never. On this Alkalize For Health web site you will find an abundance of things a person can do for himself. So long as you are breathing and your heart is beating there is hope. Some may criticize us for "peddling false hope" and they recommend that you just passively give up and die. If that is what you wanted to do you would not be reading this web site. Obviously you still have a glimmer of hope and that is motivating you to search for answers. Well now you have a lot of them. If nothing else, the things we recommend should improve the quality of your life. So get busy and let us know how things turn out.
We oppose the "false hopelessness" promoted by a medical profession that refuses to acknowledge any preventive or treatment for cancer that does not fill their wallets. Listen to David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., PhD. who had brain cancer 1, 2, 3.
5. What can you tell me about using "stevia"?
Stevia is a safe and natural food that has been used in South America for more than a thousand years. Stevia is 30-300 times sweeter than sugar, contains no calories, reduces dental plaque, reduces dental caries by about 20%, is highly recommended for diabetics, is non-toxic and heat stable. The Japanese consume 1,000 tons of stevia annually as a sugar substitute. Given that sugar feeds cancer, we highly recommend that cancer patients reduce their consumption of sugar. In our opinion, stevia is the safest and best alternative sweetener for cancer patients.
In the US, the FDA has banned stevia from foods in order to protect sales of Monsanto's artificial sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, diet soft drinks). According to Dr. Julian Whitaker, aspartame has caused many adverse reactions in people including headaches, dizziness, mood changes, depression, mania, numbness, vomiting or nausea, muscle cramps and spasms, abdominal pain and cramps, blurred vision (pilots should never consume aspartame before flying), joint pains, skin lesions, memory loss, and seizures. Ten percent of aspartame is methanol (wood alcohol). When exposed to heat methanol breaks down into formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), formic acid (a poison), and diketopiperazine (DKP, which causes brain tumors). Incredibly, the FDA has approved aspartame for baked goods! In Canada, Health Canada is also protecting Monsanto at the expense of the health of the population by banning stevia and favoring aspartame.
"Every one of the 74 studies funded by the aspartame industry gave it a clean bill of health, while 92 percent of those independently funded revealed safety problems." - Dr. Julian Whitaker
In 1995 the FDA approved stevia for sale as a dietary supplement, so stevia is now available in health food stores and from suppliers on the Internet. Stevia comes in several forms ranging from whole or ground leaves of the stevia plant, water based extracts and concentrates, and the white stevioside powder. Some health benefits are attributed to the stevia leaf and whole leaf concentrates applied to the skin (see: www.healthfree.com/herbgarden/stevia.htm). However, the quality of stevia leaves can vary greatly due to soil quality, farming practices, cleanliness in processing and storage, and other factors. If all you need is a safe sweetener, then the white stevioside powder is what you want.
There are many books available offering assistance and recipes for using stevia. A recently published book is Sugar-Free Cooking With Stevia: The Naturally Sweet & Calorie-Free Herb (Revised 3rd Edition), written by James Kirkland, Tanya Kirkland. Type "stevia" into the Amazon.com search engine on our Contents page and see what comes up. There is also an abundance of information available on the Internet. Try doing an Internet search for "stevia" using your favorite search engine.
The average American consumes more than 130 pounds of sugar annually. For 108 reasons to avoid sugar see http://www.mercola.com/article/sugar/dangers_of_sugar.htm
Stevia is a natural substitute for both sugar and aspartame. About 1/4 teaspoon of the white stevia powder will replace one cup of sugar.
"The best noncaloric sweetener is stevia, an herb in the chrysanthemum family, that is sold as a dietary supplement. You can buy stevia as leaves or as a granular white powder. To use it, you dissolve the powder in water and use drops of the liquid as a sweetening solution. But be careful -- a few drops of the liquid provide the sweetness of an entire cup of sugar." - www.drweil.com
For people who do not have cancer, there is new research showing that a sugar called xylitol (pronounced zy-li-tol) can significantly improve oral health, improve calcium absorption, increase bone density and remineralize tooth enamel. Xylitol also helps prevent or eliminate gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, asthma, inner ear infections, chronic throat and sinus conditions, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease. Xylitol has only 2.4 calories per gram, compared to 4 calories per gram for sucrose sugar. Xylitol is digested slowly, making it easier on your pancreas and useful for diabetics. You can purchase xylitol in five pound bags and use it in cooking and for all purposes you would ordinarily use sugar. Due to the health benefits from consuming xylitol, we suggest that it is a good substitute for ordinary sugar.
However, our enjoyment of the taste of "sweetness" has a biological purpose which is to encourage us to eat foods with high brix readings (see our Refractometer page) that contain an abundance of minerals, vitamins, glyconutrients, and other nutrients. A diet of high brix whole foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds is what we recommend and this should give you all the sweetness you and your family need.
6. Will taking "colostrum" help or hinder with cancer treatment?
Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced from the mother’s mammary glands during the first 24-48 hours after birth. It provides life-supporting immune and growth factors that insure the health and vitality of the newborn. Many claims have been made regarding benefits from consuming bovine colostrum, but there is little scientific research at this time to verify these claims.
We know of no reason why colostrum would hinder cancer treatment, though we are cautious regarding any non-organic dairy product due to residues of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and other impurities. If you want to consume colostrum, your first challenge will be to find a clean source.
As an aid to cancer treatment, colostrum may offer these benefits:
As a means to strengthen a weakened immune system, oral consumption of colostrum is simple, inexpensive, and free of harmful side effects.
Lactoferrin is found in colostrum. Lactoferrin activates specific strands of DNA, launching your immune response. Given that no other protein does this, we cannot help but wonder what happens to people who were not breastfed as infants? For these people, supplemental colostrum or lactoferrin may be particularly useful.
Another consideration is children born by caesarian section. When born vaginally, the infant gut is populated by bacteria populating the mother's vagina. One bacteria particularly important to the infant is Bifidobacterium infantis (Bifantis) that aids the digestion of breast milk. Without this bacteria in the infant gut, much of the nutritional value of the mother's breast milk is unavailable to the infant.
The Alkalize For Health web site offers a comprehensive program to prevent the immune system from becoming weakened in the first place. Given the increasing incidence of cancer and our ongoing exposure to many environmental carcinogens, we highly recommend that everyone be proactive and adopt a diet and lifestyle intentionally designed to prevent cancer. Given our acceptance of a small role for organic dairy products in this anti-cancer diet and lifestyle, there is a place for colostrum in a healthy diet if you so desire.
7. What do you think of reverse osmosis water filters?
Public health officials first began chlorinating drinking water in 1904, and this dramatically reduced the incidence of cholera and typhoid fever. The first case of coronary heart disease appeared in medical literature in 1910. By the 1920's doctors were noticing a marked increase in both heart disease and cancer. We now know that chlorine interacts with organic material in the water to form carcinogenic compounds called trihalomethanes. The chlorine also reacts with the organic matter of your body. Animal studies clearly show that drinking chlorinated water can cause heart disease. Unfortunately, chlorine and its byproducts can be absorbed through the skin and lungs, so you need to also filter your bath water. With the rising incidence of cancer and heart disease, the continued use of chlorine in drinking water is unfortunate. There are alternatives. Most of Europe uses ozone (a form of oxygen) and ultraviolet light to purify drinking water. Ozone has the additional benefit of killing cryptosporidium, a parasite that is not killed by chlorine. Stagnant water lacks oxygen. This is a pretty good description of water in municipal systems that use chlorination.
A second problem with municipal drinking water systems is the use of aluminum to remove sediment from the water and prevent clogging of the pipes that deliver water to homes. It seems that every municipal water system adds more aluminum than is necessary for flocculation in order to ensure that there is no sedimentation in the pipes. Since aluminum is recognized by the FDA as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) the municipal water systems have no legal reason for concern. Thousands of papers in the scientific literature regarding aluminum toxicity don't seem to matter. We regard aluminum as a primary cause of heart disease due to its effect on the blood. Aluminum in the brain is associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Public "health" officials recently compounded the problem by adding fluoride to the drinking water. You can read about it on our fluoride page. Charlotte Gerson, who continues the work of her father Dr. Max Gerson, is highly critical of the carcinogenic effect of fluoride. She says that no kind of filtration system removes all the fluoride from the water and that cancer patients must find another source of drinking water that has never been fluoridated.
Municipal water treatment kills some bacteria and removes sediment. It does not kill mycobacteria and does not remove chemicals such as estrogen urinated into the water by all the women taking birth control pills and living upstream, does not remove agricultural chemicals and pesticides many of which are estrogen-mimicking, nor does it remove industrial chemicals or radiation (radon from the Earth or from other sources such as nuclear power plants and Fukushima). Dead whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the East coast of Canada must be disposed of as toxic waste. What to say of all the human bodies who have been drinking the same water for a lifetime?
Water is a fascinating substance. The water molecule consists of one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms. The two hydrogen atoms spend most of their time relatively close together, giving the water molecule an unbalanced electrical charge - the side of the molecule where the two hydrogen atoms are located has a more positive charge and the side of the molecule where the oxygen atom is located has a more negative charge. The result is that if the water is clean, the molecules "stack" themselves in a very orderly fashion, with the positive side of one molecule attracted to the negative side of the next. This water is a kind of liquid crystal. However, if there is an impurity in the water then the water molecules stack themselves around the impurity in a highly complex manner according to how the various electrical charges interact. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on whether the impurity is life giving or toxic. The structure of water can actually be seen using an instrument called Vibrational Rotational Tunneling Microscope.
In addition to its structure, water can also be energized (as in "holy water"). Through the addition of photons from sunlight, the passage of electric current (electric currents are constantly flowing along the Earth's surface and between the Earth's surface and the ionosphere), by the electrical forces created within water when it spins in a vortex (whirlpool), or from exposure to a crystal or magnetic field, water can be energized in ways that science does not well understand. The tip of a vortex (whirlpool) is spinning approximately 1,000 revolutions per minute and has an electrical charge in excess of 10,000 volts. Energized water has a negative electrical charge as measured by an ORP meter (ORP = Oxygen Reduction Potential) and this negative charge counteracts free radicals in the body. The healing water of Lourdes is reported to contain excess hydrogen peroxide. Imagine a mountain stream with the water sparkling in the sunlight and swirling with vortices as it passes by rocks on the streambed, filled with oxygen it has absorbed from the air as it splashes over rocks and down waterfalls, rich in minerals it has absorbed from glacial till. This is "mountain water" and it is held in high regard by Ayurveda. This is what we want to be drinking.
There are many YouTube videos featuring Dr. Masaru Emoto. Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto took interesting photos of ice crystals created by water from different sources. Here is Dr. Emoto's method, in case you would like to duplicate it. The ice crystal from tap water (left) looks awful. The ice crystal from alkaline water (right) is beautiful. Notice that it is six sided. The liquid crystal water being researched by Dr. Gerald Pollack is hexagonal (6 sided). It is also alkaline and has a negative electrical charge. Furthermore, Dr. Pollack finds that between liquid water and ice there is an intermediate stage of liquid crystal. We suggest that Dr. Emoto's tap water probably has a positive electrical charge and is not alkaline, making it difficult for the intermediate (alkaline, negative charge) stage of liquid crystal to form, thereby interfering with the creation of an ice crystal. The healthy human body is mostly water, and Dr. Pollack's research indicates that in a healthy person much of this water is alkaline liquid crystal.
It is difficult to purify water once it has been polluted. The immediate cessation of chlorination and fluoridation would be a good beginning. The water can be sanitized with ozone or hydrogen peroxide (ozone becomes hydrogen peroxide when it dissolves in water) and this makes the water an additional source of oxygen for our body. The cleansing of the water with oxygen can be supplemented with ultraviolet light. According to research by Dr. Gerald Pollack, water will absorb energy from light, which is healthful. Water can absorb radioactive radon gas as it travels through underground pipes. Reverse-osmosis water filtration systems can remove radioactive contamination from drinking water. The naturally occurring minerals in water are healthful and if we could reduce the industrial pollutants, agricultural chemicals and municipal sewage in the water then we would have something fit to drink.
No form of water purification is as satisfactory as drinking water that has never been polluted in the first place. We personally use a reverse osmosis (RO) filter for our drinking water. Reverse osmosis is an effective way to make clean drinking water. Of course, with the chlorine removed bacteria can grow in the filtered water. Therefore, you can add a few drops of food grade 35% hydrogen peroxide or iodine to filtered water to help maintain its purity. The recommended concentration of hydrogen peroxide is 30 parts per million. This can easily be measured by using peroxide test strips available on the Internet.
Iodine and hydrogen peroxide will interact with each other and so cannot be used simultaneously. An advantage of using iodine (one or two drops per liter) is that it can kill mycobacteria. Mycobacteria are found in nearly every river and lake, and they are not killed by chlorine or oxygen. They will establish colonies inside your hot water tank (if below 140°F), inside your toilet tank, inside your showerhead, and on the plastic reverse-osmosis membrane of your water filter. Examples of mycobacteria include Mycobacterium tuberculosis (the cause of tuberculosis), Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (associated with Crohn's disease), and Mycobacterium leprae (the cause of leprosy). There are hundreds of different mycobacteria.
We filter our water in batches, filling a gallon jug with a small tap at its base. The waste water from the reverse osmosis process can be saved for washing fruits and vegetables.
To replace minerals removed by filtering the water, you might spray a little "Liquid Ionic Trace Minerals" on your food each day.
Dr. Weil favors a different water purification system that "combines a solid carbon block filter with a copper-zinc alloy called KDF. This dual system removes most impurities and is affordable and simple. The KDF puts small amounts of copper and zinc into the water, which is healthful." You might use a KDF filter in your shower.
It is possible for a showerhead to generate a small amount of electricity by means of moving water. Here is a showerhead that does this for decorative purposes. We know from Dr. Bob Beck's inventions discussed on our electro-medicine page that a small amount of direct current electricity passed through blood and other bodily fluid will kill any virus, bacteria or other pathogen that is in the fluid. We would like someone to develop a showerhead that purifies shower water by generating and passing through the water a small electrical current. This should be sufficient to kill mycobacteria and other unwanted life forms in the water. All taps could be designed this way. Plus, the device could be attached to water pipes at various places, such as where the water enters the home. Water treatment plants could also do this.
We formerly recommended an alkaline water device, however, we have become concerned about its tendency to concentrate aluminum in the drinking water. Aluminum has a positive charge, as do the alkaline minerals calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. If you would like to use an alkaline water device, you might consider a batch processor such as the Super Oxide Labo. Start with clean filtered water. Add a little potassium salt and put the water into the Super Oxide Labo. After about 15 minutes of electrolysis, you will get alkaline water from one side of the device and acid water from the other. Acid water can be used for bathing and for plants. The alkaline water is for drinking. Since the negative electrical charge of the alkaline water bleeds off into the environment, we would suggest the smaller batch processor and drink the water right away.
See also these books by Dr. Gerald Pollack:
Pollack, Gerald, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, Ebner and Sons Publishers, 2001.
Pollack, Gerald, Water and the Cell, Springer, 2010.
Pollack, Gerald, The Fourth Phase of Water, Ebner & Sons, 2013.
8. I am 30 yrs young. When I was 21, I put some pumpkin seeds in my waist high microwave to dry them out. I leaned over to see if they were drying out, and within 15 seconds, my face, elbows and knees had swollen and turned to red leather. It scared me to death. It obviously went through my body. Ever since, I have had increasing tenderness across my rib cage on both sides. I also have "bumps" & "lumps" that doctors have said were fatty tissue for the last ten years. Recently, I have developed a orange spot under my sternum, on my skin. (the size of a nickel) A doctor told me it was nothing, to put hydrocortizone on it, and watch it. This month, 1 month later, it has turned patchy...spotty, and kind of bumpy. I also noticed a very small spot to the left. (smaller that an eraser) It shows signs of flakiness. All the research I have done indicates cancer. What do you think? My main question was the microwave incident. Do they cause cancer? I can't find a link anywhere. Thank you for your time. Please answer me as soon as possible.
The world has changed since 1904, and
microwave ovens are part of that change. Every microwave oven starts to leak radiation after a while, and microwaved food is carcinogenic (see the microwave page at www.mercola.com). Microwave ovens were banned in the Soviet Union in 1976.
It is interesting that rough red skin is a symptom of pellagra, which is caused by a deficiency of vitamin B3 (niacin). Rough red skin is caused by burns of all kinds, and niacin is an important nutrient for the treatment of burns, including radiation burns and sun burn. Niacin is also an important nutrient to help remove a variety of toxic chemicals from the body which is why it is used together with hyperthermia when detoxifying the body. Niacin causes the small blood vessels to dilate, which improves circulation, flushes out the body and creates a pink color to the skin. Start with small doses of niacin. Be aware that as the body detoxifies, various cleansing reactions can take place. Also, taking a lot of one nutrient can create deficiencies in others. Complementary nutrients include the other B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, selenium and flax oil (See our Sunlight page for a discussion of increasing tolerance to sunlight, prevention and recovery from burns). Niacin in bottles is artificial. Dietary sources of niacin and the other B vitamins include brewers yeast, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, leafy green vegetables, broccoli, cheese, eggs, fish, milk, potatoes, tomatoes. See www.thorne.com/townsend/oct/vitaminb3.html. Tobacco can be a good source of B vitamins.
In addition to niacin, another treatment for burns is extra oxygen. A hyperbaric oxygen chamber can be used for treatment of burns, or you can put 3% hydrogen peroxide on bandages and in bath water, or you can do Exercise With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT). Extra oxygen helps to detoxify the body and goes well with niacin. Aloe vera gel is also an effective burn treatment. Colloidal silver can be sprayed on burns as an antiseptic.
While we are on the subject of radiation burns, ensuring that the diet includes sufficient calcium, potassium and iodine will help prevent the absorption of radioactive elements from the environment. Calcium prevents the absorption of radioactive strontium-90, potassium prevents the absorption of radioactive cesium-137, and iodine prevents the absorption of radioactive iodine-131. Radioactive strontium-90 accumulates in our teeth and bones and is associated with anemia, bone cancer, leukemia and other forms of cancer. Radioactive iodine-131 accumulates in the thyroid and can lead to thyroid cancer.
The Alkalize For Health web site is designed for people who are concerned about cancer even though they might not be certain they have it. That is why we focus on a healthy diet and lifestyle that has the intention of helping to PREVENT cancer. With radiation burns from your microwave oven, you have good reason for concern and, hopefully, the Alkalize For Health web site will help you "avert the danger that has not yet come."
9. Have you looked into psychology re: cancer?
"Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased;
Research indicates that there is such a thing as a "cancer personality". According to The Type C Connection, cancer is not impacted by negative emotions. Factors that do contribute to cancer include suppressing one's true self, feeling obliged to conform to social conventions, sacrificing one's own desires for the sake of other people, and not expressing one's emotions. Read the articles Emotions in Cancer Medicine and The Heart and Cancer.
"It is no measure of one's health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." - J. Krishnamurti
It is more important to be kind than to be right.
At this website http://www.alternative-cancer-care.com you will find a Psycho-Oncology thesis that traces 6 phases of cancer development beginning with Shock / Psycho-Emotional Trauma and ending with the shut down of the immune system that enables fungus and cancer to grow. The author maintains that stress is the "primary causal factor in the genesis of cancer." By understanding the 6 phases of cancer development, opportunities to prevent the development of cancer can be found at each phase.
People with cancer have a lot of stress. Rather than getting caught up in analyzing one's personality, our recommendation is that everyone consider learning Transcendental Meditation. There is abundant scientific research indicating that TM releases stress, gives deep rest, increases self-actualization, and results in a more mature personality. The result is a dramatic reduction in susceptibility to cancer and other diseases.
The practice of Transcendental Meditation greatly aids facing one's true self and accepting one's self, because the practice of TM dissolves stress and improves one's inner self as part of the self-realization process. As mentioned above regarding the Type C Connection, suppressing one's true self is part of the origin of cancer. Transcendental Meditation provides a way to get to know oneself in a positive manner.
The placebo effect works, on average, about 30% of the time. Actually, it works 18 to 80% of the time depending on how convinced the mind is that it will work. For example, a plain sugar pill is about 18% effective. A colored sugar pill is more effective than a white one. Sugar pills taken multiple times per day are more effective than when taken once a day. A saline injection is more effective than sugar pills. Fake surgery is more effective than saline injections. Fake surgery can be up to 80% effective.
The placebo effect is simply the power of your mind, your belief that you are going to get well. Everyone should take advantage of this. Have a look at Mind over Medicine by Lissa Rankin M.D. Listen to Lissa Rankin on YouTube discussing how amazingly effective the placebo effect can be. Program in Placebo Studies (PIPS Program) at Harvard Medical School.
According to Dr. Lissa Rankin, the placebo effect has two components:
1. Belief or faith in the medicine and doctor
2. the body's innate healing mechanisms that do not operate when the body is stressed, but which turn on when the nervous system is in relaxation mode. This is one of the things that practicing Transcendental Meditation accomplishes.
The effect of stress on cancer is summarized here.
You might also consider:
1. Ask your family and friends for help, thereby creating your own cancer support group.
2. Join an established cancer support group.
3. Remember to have a good laugh every now and then.
4. Pray daily.
THE LORD'S PRAYER - ENGLISH VERSION DIRECTLY
Spontaneous Remission Project - 3,500 documented spontaneous remissions. Find someone with your disease and see how they recovered.
Read The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, free online.
Anything that makes you feel good changes the entire biochemistry of your body to enable that good feeling. Focus on the positive - happiness, joy, love, gratitude, peace, harmony, bliss, etc. - and the negative will recede from your awareness and your life. Watch The Secret.
Psychology can dampen or enhance the immune system, and the effectiveness of the immune system directly impacts health and non-health, including cancer. The Alkalize For Health web site is intended to uplift the psychology of cancer patients by empowering them to help themselves. Most cancer patients feel totally helpless and don't know what to do. This is not a healthy psychology. Once you understand the disease and what needs to be done, your psychology can become much more positive and productive.
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"To the cancer establishment, a cancer patient is a profit center. The actual clinical and scientific evidence does not support the claims of the cancer industry. Conventional cancer treatments are in place as the law of the land because they pay, not heal, the best. Decades of the politics-of-cancer-as-usual have kept you from knowing this, and will continue to do so unless you wake up to their reality." -Dr. John Diamond and Dr. Lee Cowden.
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