Emotions in Cancer Medicine
"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."
Emotions in Cancer Medicine
International Medical Veritas Association
compromises your immune system
People often ask whether stress or emotional difficulties contribute to the development of cancer, or to recurrences or progression once someone has been diagnosed with cancer. Psychologist James Coyne, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues conclude that emotional well-being had no influence on the survival of head and neck cancer patients. The study appeared in the December 2007 journal Cancer.[i] Now this is curious but not a surprise because the prevailing winds in the medical establishment blow against the importance of emotions and feelings. That emotions do not matter in medicine is the prevailing paradigm, the current convenient assumption, the erroneous belief that helps oncologists treat people as cattle. But few complain.
Chronic stress can
intensify inflammation and increase a person's risk
American Psychological Association
The recent explosion in autism does run parallel with the increases in vaccine administration,[iii] but no one has been paying attention to the possible emotional collateral effects to what is being done to infants by modern day pediatricians and obstetricians. Most physicians can hardly believe that emotions matter in health or disease at all or that they might contribute significantly to disorders like cancer and heart disease and even fewer would think that stabbing infants with poison would bother them.
Over the last 30
years increasing evidence has been found for
Most doctors are still loath to connect body chemistry with emotions but neurobiologists know that neural and other biologically measurable changes accompany Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We know, for instance, that chemical/emotional stress can combine to intensify the toxic effect of mercury. Dr. Boyd Haley has shown in his laboratory at the University of Kentucky how even relatively benign substances like Tylenol and endocrine hormones like testosterone increase mercury's toxicity, which explains at least partially why more boys succumb to autism than girls.
Hirneise, cancer starts with stress: "Cancer cannot
Knowing that emotions are chemcials raging through the blood stream, products of endrocrine function, chemical communications between one part of the brain and body with others, helps us to understand the importance of emotions in health and how emotional (chemcial) disruptions can contribute greatly to any syngistic multiplying damaging effect of toxic chemicals pumped into children.
Though most physicians are still sceptical that emotions matter clinically we can see clearly how people who experience long term depression and anxiety, long periods of sadness and pessimism, incessant hostility and aggression have much higher incidences of major diseases. One large scale study among approximately 2,000 middle aged male employees of the Western Electric Company reported that those individuals who were more depressed were 2.3 times as likely to die of cancer during the following 17 years than their non-depressed counterparts.[v]
There is reason to
believe that a normal range
Western researchers have not undertaken detailed study of the possibility that persistent or repeated experience or suppression of emotions contributes to the risk of cancer. Thus the medical community has not been able to identify the appropriate place emotions and feelings have in the cause of cancer or the role they can have in successful treatment. The medical authorities cannot make up their minds nor do they want to for they have no intention of treating people like people. One has to have a heart to be in touch with the hearts of others; one needs a heart to be sensitive to the emotions and deepest vulnerabilities of patient's feelings.
This is really the reason why most oncologists approach medicine with a closed heart, with an insensitivity of being. First they have to be insensitive to the fact they are responsible for thousands of deaths if they have been in practice long enough. Having to deny ones status as a mass murderer is no joke and would have the same effect as Hoover Dam on the Colorado River - in this case its holding back the rivers of ones feelings of real being. It is really a curious thing that no one told doctors that one of the things real loving beings don't do to others is poison them. It should have made the ten commandment list, thou shall not poison ones neighbor.
Besides this grotesqueness doctors in general just do not want to be bothered with the inner worlds of others. They have not the time neither the training nor do they want the life sucked out of them by complaining patients who are not interested in doing anything to help themselves except take more drugs. Oncologists have a financial field day poisoning patients who are unable or unwilling to make necessary changes in their diets and lifestyles. But we need to be sensitive with the understanding that people's inability to change may itself be symptomatic of deeper issues needing resolution.
Women with recurrent breast cancer who
Most oncologists treat people as if they were not human beings that matter, human in that they have vulnerabilities of emotion and being. To the oncologists it's like taking a rifle shot at a terrorist who is holding a hostage close to his chest. One hopes to miss the victim, which in this case is us, the patient. We do not matter to the oncologist whose prime concern is killing our cancer. They expect to kill us sooner or later and that is all in the statistics they so readily hand out.
stresses weaken the internal
Stress, which has been loosely defined as "a state of threatened homeostasis," has repeatedly been shown to result in changes in the immune system's ability to mount a response to an immune challenge. Dozens of studies have shown that stress can alter the levels of certain biochemical markers in the body -- key players in the human immune response. Reporting in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a team of researchers from five universities argue that stress can lessen a person's immune response and that change can make them more susceptible to infectious diseases.[vi]
A 2001 survey of
nearly 400 Canadian breast cancer patients by
"There are few sources of stress in life greater than the words, "You have cancer." And we have known for decades that any kind of stress--especially chronic stress that's there day after day--has a suppressive effect on the immune system," wrote Dr. Paul McGhee. How we are treated during these moments when our reality literally inverts is telling and oncologists do use and abuse their power in such moments of our heightened vulnerability.
Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, a German internist and creator of what is called The New Medicine in Europe, discovered that physical events combined with internal emotional reactions create what he called a 'biological conflict shock' that will manifest itself as a visible physical transformation in the brain as well as measurable changes in physical-nervous parameters. From these central changes he saw the development of cancerous growths, ulcerations, necroses and functional disturbances in specific organs of the body.
A number of
studies have found relationships between a helpless/
Dr. Hamer insisted that a biological conflict-shock causes the appearance of a focus of activity in the brain, a set of concentric rings that can be seen in a computerized tomography scan (CT) that is centered on a precise point of the brain. Siemens, the manufacturers of the CT equipment, has independently verified the existence of these concentric rings, which in New Medicine are called 'Hamer Herds' in the brain. Emotions do play a crucial part in the genesis and healing of serious disease such as cancer and others. Any kind of unexpected shock, for instance (and this includes a cancer diagnosis!), can have a devastating effect on health and/or the immune system - until it is resolved and healed in any of a number of ways.
resolution brings on tissue
Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer
Dr. Hamer coined the word conflictolysis to indicate that these points of disturbance in the brain actually were mirroring the centers of unresolved conflict and thus ignoring it would be disastrous especially in patients with cancer. He insisted that every sickness has its very definite conflictolysis and so each case had its own unique path toward conflict resolution. Thus Dr. Hamer felt that it was worth the physician's efforts to find the shocking event that precipitated the onset of early symptoms that inevitably lead to the full onset of diseases such as cancer, which will be different for each person.
The main task in
every case of cancer is to find
Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer
General medical practitioners have to engage patients in a deeply probing and caring way through a process that goes back to the specific traumatic occurrence to understand why someone has become afflicted with what eventually becomes a full blown biological conflict. This is difficult to say the least for doctors untrained to do such things. It is even difficult for psychologists who take far too long to get to the essence of a persons difficulty. When it comes to patients with cancer we have no time to dilly dally around the core issues, we have to get right to the heart of the matter. (See next chapter on the importance of the heart in medicine.)
It has been found
that laboratory animals exposed to high
Humans may face a variety of stressful life events, such as marital separation, a new job, or taking care of a parent with Alzheimer's disease. Stressful events such as these have been linked with a decrease in several aspects of immune function, including the natural killer cell, which is responsible for the surveillance and destruction of tumor cells. In patients with breast cancer, stress has been associated with lower levels of natural killer cell activity, which in turn has been linked to poorer disease outcome.
events, such as maternal separation,
Dr. Jane Welsh
Medical scientists have clearly documented pathways between the central nervous system and the immune system. The central nervous system is not just a passive responder to the outside world, but is fully able to control many previously unanticipated physiologic responses, including immunity and inflammation," said Gary S. Firestein, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and Director of UCSD's Clinical Investigation Institute.[vii]
It is only when the immune system has become compromised that the cancer cells can grow in an uncontrolled manner, thereby causing the onset of cancer as a severe life threatening disease. To say you can cure a naturally occurring process is nonsense and dishonest. The discovery of what caused the failure of the immune system is paramount in the successful treatment of cancer as is the repair of the immune system itself. Therapies that further compromise the immune system will invariably have an unhappy ending. This occurs due to metastasis of the cancer because the body no longer has the ability to protect itself.
You do not need to have an MD or a Ph.D. in human physiology to make some general observations about the connection between the mind and body when it comes to getting sick. Think back on the times within the past 3 years when you came down with an illness of one sort or another. If you are like most people, you were probably more likely to become ill during or just after a stressful period of time (e.g. exams, big job presentation, when your in-laws visited) than during times of low-stress (e.g. vacation, kids go to camp for the week, spouse takes over the cooking and cleaning).
We have to see and understand the reason why some distressing event was so traumatic; why there was nobody to discuss it with, why it was not worked through in a way that would help the person retain general equilibrium and health. According to Hamer a "good doctor has to be able to transpose himself into the soul of an infant, an old man, a young girl. He must transpose himself into the actual time of the significant biological shock. Only then will he be able to discover the biological conflict and distinguish it from hundreds of other problems."
As soon as such a
disturbance appears, the organ controlled by that
Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer
Physical disease is often a mirror of our Achilles heel. It reflects back to us something connected to a tragic flaw, as Shakespeare would have put it. It is always the one thing that we do not want to look at that brings us to ruin in life. Yet there are certain life events like the sudden loss of a loved one, rape, or intense experiences in combat that bring on a trauma that is beyond the ability of even well-adjusted people to deal with. In his book Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goldman reported a similar process to what Dr. Hamer outlines namely post-traumatic stress disorders. (PTSD) Neuroscientists have now studied and understood a kind of emotional wounding that leaves this same imprint in the brain that Hamer talked about.
Feelings are just
that, our spontaneous 'being' responses to what is
In my work I help clients get in touch with and clear core issues that are somewhere in the root system of non-responsive pain and disease conditions. In almost all cases of serious illness, a core issue is hiding or there is an unresolved conflict that's been repeating over and over in a person's life.. These issues, or what might be seen as unrecognized truths that are waiting to be discovered, maintain patterns of energy that hold pain and dysfunction in place. This could involve almost anything from rejection of one's own vulnerabilities, to tragedies of loss, to beliefs in unworthiness, shame, or even discomfort at being in prison on planet Earth. The only problem with this kind of work is that there are really no short cuts, no simple techniques, no magic pills that just make everything ok.
It is impossible to attend to the deeper issues of a
Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence said, "We can be so emotionally fragile while we are ailing because our mental well-being is based in part on the illusion of invulnerability. Sickness, especially a severe illness, bursts that illusion, attacking the premise that our private world is safe and secure. Suddenly we feel weak, helpless, and vulnerable." And suddenly we find a pack of oncologists and the medical officials standing behind them breathing down our necks ready to take advantage of this vulnerability.
When emotions are too subdued and muted,
they create a coldness of being, dullness a distance,
a lack of caring for what is really important in life.
At the Sanctuary Clinic we focus intensely on these core issues while working with other important aspects of healing like micro-nutrition, diet, acupuncture, various types of body work, Reiki, herbs, spinal adjustments, intestinal, kidney, liver and gallbladder cleanses, and anything else that will facilitate a return to balance and well being. Also our treatments are centered on a new form of orthomolecular medicine called natural allopathic medicine. We could even call a great part of it transdermal orthomolecular medicine. In this aspect of our treatments we even use standard emergency room medicines (in their natural forms) enormous power to save lives in the cancer healing process. (Next week I will publish a very important twenty page document called Transdermal Iodine - Treatment of Skin and Breast Cancer and other Conditions.)
The National Center for Health Statistics has shown that "only nine percent of all American adults consume enough healthy foods to reach their minimum recommended daily intake of nutrients to assure proper health!" Verifying this claim, Johns Hopkins Medical School has repeatedly warned that "suboptimal nutrient intake is a widespread problem." The end result has been a plague of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The effects of malnutrition are also cast aside by oncologists who have no idea that nutrition is one of the most important treatments there is for a cancer patient.
Though western medicine fully doubts the role of emotion and feeling in health and disease, we have to probe every case to find the original and any other conflicts when it comes to dealing with serious diseases like cancer. In this process we need to think back, especially one to two years before our problem started and analyze our emotional history during this time as well as before and after.
When we concentrate on inner conflicts and the emotional life of patients it does not mean we have to ignore environmental factors that have to be taken into serious consideration. Most people have very unhealthy lifestyles and have been attacked with toxic vaccines, food preservatives and additives, foods like dairy products, which are heavily laced with hormones, and even things like high tension wires and cell phones create health problems. And there are quite a few prescription medicines, chemo and radiation therapy that are very capable of killing a person after destroying the capacity of the immune system.
Most of the emotions people experience from day to day seem to be generated by their thoughts and reactions to things and as such come in like a tide that never seems to run out. One of the pivotal keys to a life lived in harmony and health comes with the open expression of feelings at the time they are experienced and felt. If we feel anger we can roar if those feelings are intense enough. When sadness or a tragedy strikes, an animal like wail of pain can appropriately expresses the heart breaking feelings. Tears of the melting heart mark our most tragic moments. Yet we inhibit these expressions and thus put ourselves at the mercy of emotional and mental storms that wreck havoc with our inner world.
Appropriate expressions relieve the internal pressures on our hearts and the feeling wave passes through and beyond. The showing and outward expression of feelings is very important and is instrumental in transforming our lives into something vastly more positive and powerful. It should be noted in this regard that even love or joy can turn into a negative feeling if it is not expressed. Our feelings turn into downward moving emotions mainly from the inhibition of their expression. And they also get amplified when we begin long processes of mental justification about the feelings.
To consciously express is to appropriately express. The more conscious we are of our feelings the clearer we can be in their expression. Honest and open expression is often magical in their effects. Our feelings can dissolve instantly leaving us feeling exhilarated. Of course there are never any guarantees in the social arena for non-listening can trigger new more powerful feelings which need to be expressed also. There are some very powerful reasons why many people have learned to stay within the safety of separation and with the hardening of the heart.
Through the hardening of the heart and the blocking of our vulnerabilities we risk going into depression. We tend to become more obsessed with negative thoughts whenever we separate from the essence and meaning of our own feelings. Many of our negative thoughts and associated emotions arise when we hold back from fear of expressing what we really are feeling. People who hold back communication of feelings are normally caught up in a heavy psychic envelope that is depressing to the spirit. This holding back is how we separate from others and from that self that we are looking to connect with in HeartHealth. Ignored or unexpressed feelings become emotional monsters.
Emotions on the other hand are a mixture of feelings and thoughts. Emotions mirror our conflicts; and the greatest conflicts naturally arise between the head and the heart or between our hearts and others heads. When we are in conflict we become confused. A large part of emotional suffering comes from our inability to see clearly into the nature of our internal conflicts and the nature or reason we are in conflict with others. The deeper we go into conflict and intense emotions, that seem irresolvable, the further away we get from our purer ability to feel and perceive with intuition.
What is happening
or not happening in our most
"The majority of people confronted with even traumatic events remain disease-free. Stress increases your risk of developing disease, but it doesn't mean that just because you are exposed to stressful events, you are going to get sick," said Dr. Sheldon Cohen, the Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon.
Few people have been able to explain why one person falls ill and others do not. Why some people can chain smoke for decades and not get cancer and others do. Deep inside of us is our being, our feeling as opposed to our thinking center. How we are in our beings has more to do with what happens in our lives then any doctor will ever admit or know. Disease starts when we separate from our own feelings, from the heart center that just feels. Thus denial or repression of feelings in anyway gets mirrored almost immediately in the immune system. The immune system is really a reflection of the entire body plus the mind and our emotional health. That is why you can have, in the middle of an epidemic, those individuals who remain healthy because their immune system is very strong for the reason that their beings are centered in a power place.
Why are feelings of pleasure, happiness, and well being so important to good health? Feelings of pleasure and well-being originate in the ancient, nonverbal parts of the brain. This part of the brain also interacts with body systems that control blood pressure and immune responses. It is no secret that the most elementary neurological wiring in our brains are connected to the monitoring of basic biological system requirements; meaning when our basic needs are met, our body's systems work much more efficiently. Feelings are really a fantastic natural life serving motivational alarm system that gives us instant readouts about our needs and they mobilize us to move to meet them. For example, if our need for food is not being met, and we don't have a sensation or feeling about this we will in all likelihood starve. For those trained to read the symptoms of the body, these unmet needs can also be read and diagnosed but for the one who is experiencing disease its hard to tell what is really at the root of the problem. Holistic medicine can apply mind/body wisdom and see that the lowered immune system response or high blood pressure is a mirror of some lack of inner well being that stems from basic need deprivation. Regular doctors see nothing but a broken biological machine.
to our needs helps us to understand
The first thing to note about happiness is that happiness does not signify an absolute absence of pain. And though suffering does offer tremendous opportunities for growth it does not mean that we cannot grow if we are happy. Though pain can be our guru happiness can be our guiding light and it can hold the power to thrust us powerfully through the worst of circumstances.
Actors asked to generate the emotion of joy within them showed an increase in the number of natural killer cells circulating in the blood stream within 20 minutes. (Remember, a key role of natural killer cells is to seek out and destroy tumor cells throughout your body.) There are doctors who emphasize the importance of a "will to live" in fighting serious diseases. This banner has been carried nobly by Dr. Bernie Siegel who has repeatedly emphasized the importance of hope, determination, optimism and a "fighting spirit" among patients who are battling cancer. It has been seen that cancer patients with a fighting spirit are most likely to be long-term survivors, and have fewer relapses. Short-term survivors are more likely to show a "stoic, stiff upper lip attitude," and to continue their lives either as if nothing were different, or with a sense of helplessness or hopelessness.
Chinese medical view of cancer etiology
In the field of traditional Chinese medicine long years of evidence has pointed to emotional contributions to the development of cancer. In particular, depression (as in repressed anger), anxiety (worry, fearfulness, and excess circular thinking), and grief (usually because of death of a loved one) are thought to result in stagnation of circulation and decline in immune system function.
According to our understanding of the tumor patient, most have suppression of the emotions. They tend to hold in their anger. Although some patients have good results after treatment, emotional stimulation may cause them to decline again and then the previous treatment would have been in vain. Some people have a severe phobia about cancer. Before they know the real disease, they have a lot of suspicion. Once they know they have the cancer, their whole spirit breaks down. This kind of spiritual state is very bad for the treatment.
Cancer Treatment and Prevention
Emotional changes, such as worry, fear, hesitation, anger, irritation, and nervousness should be prevented. Mental exhaustion is harmful and life should be enriched with entertainment.
Prevention and Treatment of Carcinoma
Chinese doctors interviewing patients who have unusual swellings find a high frequency of reports of depression, anxiety, grief, and similar emotional states. Although it might be argued that these conditions arose because of the cancer, Chinese doctors are convinced that they existed prior to development of cancer.
The Chinese did not write about denial but it is an attitude that leads to negative consequences. In the case of cancer denial about the truth of the field of oncology and what it is really offering will kill you. What one is dying from is often up for debate. With cancer treatment in the traditional orthodox oncology world if the treatments don't kill you we can say that our blindness and denial of the reality of what is being done to us is killing us as well.
Most people today have had their hearts squashed and are limping through life with that cylinder crippled. Cancer is a wake up call of the first order and will bring you face to face with yourself, your loved ones, and with society, government and the medical industrial complex. Those who can tune into the feelings, intuitions or strong gut hunches might find their way through the medical minefield with grace and with their lives still held firmly in their own hands.
Every successful cancer treatment includes the following three ingredients: thorough detoxification, a change of diet and mental or spiritual work. "In every clinic I visited it was the same story, always and everywhere. It is what the people who overcame cancer did. I have seen people on their deathbeds, where the cancer had spread to their bones, brains, lungs and bone marrow... and they got better."
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