Posted by Mark Sircus - Director on 23 January 2012
This is the introduction to my primer volume of a trilogy of cancer books and it serves to familiarize you with my approach to treating cancer and what you will find in my other books on the subject. I wrote and published the book, Winning the War on Cancer book in 2007, Sodium Bicarbonate; Rich Man’s Poor Man’s Cancer Treatment in 2008 and am writing the book Prostate and Breast Cancer in this year of 2012, which will incorporate writings from my book Soft Medicine.
The Prostate and Breast Cancer book will cover the soft underbelly of cancer, with emotions, feelings and unresolved conflicts that are disrupting one’s immune system.
Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The truth is out about cancer. Recent research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that a third of survivors of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma experience PTSD. Now that’s just the survivors. Imagine if they counted the people who did not survive. Regardless, 37 percent of those still living reported that their PTSD symptoms persisted or even got worse after a 5-year period. What this means, and what oncologists ignore, is that emotions matter in medicine and they certainly matter when it comes to treating cancer patients.
In fact there are many who assert, quite correctly, that people’s state of consciousness, their emotions and the emotional shocks they go through create the condition that starts a long but steep slide downward of immune function. It is not just genes that cause cancer, which is and always has been the most ridiculous allopathic assertion, and it’s not just the radiation (that doctors love to play with), and it’s not just the heavy metals (that doctors love to inject and dentists love to implant, i.e., mercury) that cause cancer, and it’s not just the thousands of chemicals everyone in cities and beyond are exposed to that cause cancer.
Cancer survivors with PTSD live their cancer in nightmares! Cancer is a nightmare and as Bonnie Green, a Georgetown University trauma expert, said, “Everyone knows it’s very stressful for people to be told that they have cancer.” When a person receives a cancer diagnosis they are in for the shock of their life. It is good to be pre-warned that the chances of this happening is high and getting higher each year as stress and nutritional deficiencies build up and as our toxic load of heavy metals, digested radioactive particles, radiation exposure and chemical toxicities increase.
When we are told we have cancer, we freak out, though that usually comes on top of the tremendous stress we are most likely already experiencing. From that point on we have to deal with a battle against the oncologists, and the medical wind is like a hurricane dead-set against anything natural that we might want to do to alleviate our anxiety and depression that contributes to the devastation of our immune system.
The work in my HeartHealth and Soft Medicine books is directed like a harpoon right into the emotional messes in which we find ourselves (and with cancer and other diseases even our sexualities come into play because our sexualities represent our deepest vulnerabilities). Cancer is not just a disease of the body but also of the mind, spirit and emotion and needs to be treated on each of these levels to get the best results.
The physical and mental shock of having a life-threatening disease, of receiving treatment for it, and living with repeated threats to one’s body and life are traumatic experiences. HealthDay reported that a study, conducted by Duke Cancer Institute researchers involving 566 patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, found that PTSD symptoms were greater in people who had lower incomes, who were diagnosed when their cancer had already entered into stage 2 or higher, who underwent chemotherapy, or who had an aggressive form of lymphoma.
Having a good social support system and a good relationship with the medical staff helps to reduce the risk of developing PTSD from cancer, reports the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS). Having a group of doctors who can only think of ramming down our throats poisonous chemo or radiation therapy does not lead to good relationships with cancer patients.
Genes Are Important
When it comes to tearing down childish ideas about genes and their role in cancer, no one does it better than Dr. Bruce Lipton, who is a former medical school professor and research scientist. His experiments and those of other leading-edge scientists have examined in great detail the processes by which cells receive information. The implications of this research radically change our understanding of life. We have learned that genes and DNA do not control our biology but instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts. Dr. Lipton’s profoundly hopeful synthesis of the latest and best research in cell biology and quantum physics is being hailed as a major breakthrough showing that our bodies can be changed as we retrain our thinking.
His book, The Biology of Belief, is a groundbreaking work in the field of New Biology. I love his subtitle, “Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles.” The power of consciousness—what is that? In fact what is pure consciousness? This is an important question that I answer in my work.
This book is shorter than most of my other works and it is my hope that one can get a good and reasonably quick understanding about cancer so one can decide intelligently, with good information in hand, what to do about it if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with the disease.
The chances of you or someone you love receiving a diagnosis of cancer is extraordinarily high so it behooves us to learn how to AVOID getting cancer or at least know what actions to take upon getting the diagnosis. There are many indisputable things one can do that are safe and extremely helpful.
Malnutrition is one of the major factors that lead to disease, including cancer. This is why, on a physical level, my approach makes use of concentrated nutritional medicines instead of pharmaceuticals that only increase the toxic loads our bodies have to deal with. Our nutritional deficiencies are severely exacerbated by buildups of radiation, chemicals and heavy metals that combine to destroy healthy cells. Add stress and deep emotional upset and cancer eventually comes knocking at our door.