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Should You Blame Your Mind for Your Cancer?

Many people are infuriated by the idea that illness, especially a life threatening illness such as cancer is created by the mind. The thought that we are somehow responsible for this terrible abnormality in our body is simply intolerable as well as offensive, and yet research suggests there is truth to this argument after all.

natural cancer bostonThe fact that our mind and body are interconnected is not breaking news. From our day to day experiences we know this mind-body relationship intimately, for example, when we get sexually aroused. This particular state of mind has many physiological effects.

But what about real health concerns, can our state of mind produce a life threatening experience in our body? The answer is yes, for example, we know that statistically most heart-attacks occur on Monday morning when the new work week begins.

Ample scientific research is supportive of the above claim and provides the necessary evidence? Research by Cohen et al. (1991) for example, drew a direct link between one’s mental state and one’s susceptibility to the common cold virus.

The findings of this research were very clear as Rob Van Overbruggen wrote in his book “Healing Psyche”. He wrote “Statistically, the risk of getting ill was directly related to the amount of stress participants had experienced in the past year. Stress was the only determining factor in getting ill. We now know that changes in the mental state are always accompanied by changes in physiology.”

As my new book, The New Cancer Paradigm state, today we know for a fact that our mind; or better say subconscious mind influences our body and biology. What is yet to be determined is whether our mind can influence our biology enough for illness to evolve?

We are emotional beings, there’s no doubt of that, and we are also a physical beings. In this respect it helps to see the body as an integrated system of psychological and physiological processes. When one system is affected the whole is affected.

This point highlights the truth that we are actively participating in our own creation. The type of food we eat, our lifestyle, thoughts and feelings are all factors to be considered.
Do you find the above insight empowering or aggravating?

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Do You Know the 4 Basic Principles for Healing from Illness?

The meaning of the word healing in Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) practices may vary, but on the whole it means restoration of health, to restore one to a sound or normal state. For many of my clients, being healed simply means once again feeling the way they used to before the illness.

Allopathic medicine too uses the word “Healing” though it has neither an operational definition of healing, nor an explanation of its mechanisms beyond the physiological processes related to curing.

alternative cancer boston massachusettesOver the years, I have found some principles which worked best for those who did exceptionally well and healed. Here are the 4 main principles to healing:

1. Acceptance: Resolve to accept yourself and even love yourself despite of your current limitations and challenges. Your dynamic emotional and physical nature means you can improve – in both mind and body.

2. Let go of the past: Now is the only time you have to heal. Refuse to live in the past or worry about the unforeseen future for instead of prompting action they tend to overwhelm and confuse.

3. Change in focus: Shift your focus from mood-killing aspects such as your illness, thinning hair or not having enough energy to be everything to everyone, to what’s really valuable and important i.e. your spirit, personality and how you live your life now.

4. Meaning of Illness: The most central key to healing is finding the silver lining around the dark cloud of illness. Ask yourself which positive aspects in your life were highlighted by your illness. Remember that no one experience is truly negative or purely positive. We live in a universe with laws and structure where everything has purpose and meaning.

Consider the changes you made in your life since you’ve been diagnosed, people you met, friends who stepped up to help or simply the fact you spend more time with loved ones or with yourself.

Put these principles to the test and let me know which was the most meaningful to you?

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Activate Your Healing Potential in 15 Minutes or Less

When it comes to healing and health, the relationship between our mind and body holds a promising potential. Although scientific research is ongoing to determine the best employment of this relationship and its mechanism, ancient cultures have long  utilized its healing potential through rituals, prayers and many healing practices.

This is not to say that we should resort to these practices or adopt their view, far from it, but imagine for a moment what would it mean if we could use this healing potential at will. Imagine that we could intervene and possibly even stop illness at its track. Well, this is a wonderful vision but we are not there yet.

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Increase Your Odds for Cancer Recovery

Nevertheless, we all are equipped with the ability to pay attention to that which takes place within us, thoughts, sensations and feelings. Our thoughts, sensations and feelings provide accurate feedback from our mind and body. Some of the most common feedback we may pay attention to (and ignore) is headaches, nausea, fatigue, insomnia etc’.

The consequence of ignoring this feedback is poor health. Acknowledging this feedback and not just numbing it with medication or other numbing substances will be “health promoting” rather than “health damaging”.

Here are some ideas about how to tune-in and tap onto the flow of information your mind-body provides.

How to Activate Your Healing Potential to Fight Cancer

Follow the process below and practice it whenever you can, either when you wake-up, on your lunch break or just before you go to bed. In your mind’s eye, simply ask:

• How am I feeling right now?

• Listen to the most dominant or loud emotion/physical sensation.

• If the answer is “I feel good” or the sensation in your body is of comfort, acknowledge it and thank your mind-body for taking such good care of you.

• If a negative emotion arises, or you feel stressed, afraid or notice any physical discomfort, ask yourself what is this pain/stress/emotion is trying to tell you?

• Once again, listen, sense or feel the answer.

• Then ask yourself, what steps need I take to resolve this pain/stress/emotion?

• Resolve to follow through.

• Check in with yourself on a regular basis to make sure your attending to your needs.

This process should take about 15 minutes (for more advanced method visit Immersive Healing). Tuning-in doesn’t mean belly gazing or soul searching; it means you are checking-in with yourself, emotionally and mentally for greater clarity of your experience. Different people may get the answers to their questions in different ways. As humans use our senses to process information i.e. Visual (images), Auditory (sounds), Kinesthetic (touch and internal feelings), Gustatory (tastes) and Olfactory (smells).

If you are an auditory person it is likely that you would “hear” the message in your own inner-voice. If you were a person using the visual system it is likely that you would “see” the answer in your own mind’s eye, and so on.

Pay attention to what takes place inside of you. Once you know how, honor, acknowledge and practice it.

By listening and acknowledging your internal experience on a regular basis you not only you resolve the need for illness to manifest in your body but you also strengthen your immune system. In doing so you are allowing your innate healing system to function at its optimum level.

Please share some of your discoveries and insights?

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3 Pros to Using Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) When Healing from Cancer

In the context of cancer and healing from cancer, people seek Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) usually as a last resort. Some seek CAM treatments because their conventional treatment failed to produce desired change. Others may choose CAM because of the prospect of treatment side effects.

A report from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) stated that about 38 percent of U.S. adults and about 12 percent of children are using some form of alternative medicine.

Here are the three pro’s people acknowledge:

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East meet West

1. Holistic Approach. One of the main draws for alternative medicine is its holistic approach which means treating the whole person. People are cared for on all levels, mentally, emotionally and physically.

2. One-on-One. Another draw for alternative medicine is the nurturing relationship between practitioner and client. Because the emphasis is on treating the whole person, practitioners tend to offer clients longer visits and more personal attention.

3. Ownership of the healing process. Clients get to feel more in control of their own healing process. Taking responsibility for one state of mind allow clients to become an active participant rather than a passive receiver. Many clients often report that this factor is the main reason for their choice of alternative treatments.

In this era of free internet information, people are smarter and more educated about their treatment choices. Despite of limited scientific research and even some potential risks, more and more people choose to integrate CAM into their treatment plan.

My recommendation is to suggest to your support team, both the MD as well as the CAM practitioner to converse. After all, they are getting paid to support you and make sure you get the best treatment possible. In my practice  in Brookline, MA this approach has shown to benefit clients the most.
Your health is in your hands. Do the research and learn about the facts behind the treatment offered so you can have some peace of mind.

Let me know if you can think of more pros to using CAM while healing from cancer?