Cancer Recovery Must Know!

The Missing Piece in Your Cancer Puzzle

As a mind-body cancer specialist, clients often ask me for an opinion on modern medicine. Should they undergo the conventional route of treatment or not? In asking this question, some merely wish for a confirmation of their set worldview, but some are curious.cancer recovery puzzle

My answer is simple, if you believe in medicine and research, take advantage of what it offers. If you don’t believe in medicine or view research as an extension of pharma’s propaganda, the efficacy of whatever medicine is provided will be diminished.

I feel the truth is somewhere in the middle. You can become informed by your medical team and still opt only for what you feel is right for you. Medicine has come a long way and has much to offer. This does not mean it’s perfect in any way. There are pieces of the puzzle missing, and you, as a patient, must find them and put them together.

Integrative Mind-Body Approach

If you’ve never heard of psychoneuroimmunology or PNI, it’s safe to say your doctor hasn’t either. Unfortunately, this field of scientific study is missing from many medical curricula, so doctors are not educated about PNI.

When doctors are in school, they spend a good deal of time learning about pharmaceuticals as opposed to the power that the mind has over the body and vice versa. If your oncologist takes the time to discuss diet, exercise, and mind-body therapies with you – hang on to that doctor!

Because many doctors learn only the Newtonian science model, they fail to recognize the mind and body as an integrated system. They may talk about stressors and triggers that can influence your wellness and recovery but not more than that. PNI affords us a clear understanding of the mechanism at play and the relationship between emotional processes and the body’s immune system.

A mind-body loop

For decades, researchers have known that behavioral and psychological influences can affect the potency and functioning of our immune system. Newer research shows that the immune system sends signals to the brain, which can alter behavior, thought, and mood. 1 So it’s true that stress can make you physically ill.

Even though psychoneuroimmunologists talk about the immune response of t-cells, b-cells, and antibodies, the latest information is causing scientists to look more closely at what they call the “nonspecific immune response,” is the body’s first line of defense against infection or injury. 1

Nonspecific immune response

This nonspecific immune response triggers physiological and behavioral changes, including fever, reduced food and water intake, changes in liver metabolism, decreased sexual activity, increased anxiety, and the release of stress hormones. This sickness pattern is an attempt by the body to produce energy for fighting infection and to preserve energy through behavior changes. 1

Words are powerful

A doctor’s language to the patient, and the patient’s language to themselves, is of the utmost importance for Healing. The reason is patients often become worse at the time of diagnosis. Once they attach words to their symptoms, the symptoms often get worse. Cancer carries all kinds of negative connotations, so once the patient translates cancer into words, a biochemical reality takes place.

Hypnosis for Cancer Recovery

Knowing facts and what can be done is one part of the equation. Research points us in the right direction indeed, but without a method of application, we only remain in the realm of theory. The good news is such a method exists and is readily available, and I call it Immersive Healing. I gave it the title Immersive Healing because it’s not just hypnosis for cancer but rather a synergy of tools comprising a mental algorithm or a  protocol.

You can learn about this algorithm more at or in my book, The New Cancer Paradigm. The book offers research references and case studies to help you decide if this method suits you.

For the time being, though, it may be helpful to understand the algorithm engages the subconscious mind, which is part of your mind that regulates many of our bodily functions such as breathing, body temperature, digestion, etc. This is also part of the mind that influences immune function hence its importance for cancer recovery or any other autoimmune disorder.

Laughter as Medicine

Dr. Norman Cousins became well known after he wrote Anatomy of an Illness, which chronicled his use of natural Healing using laughter. He suffered from a catastrophic illness that his doctors told him would be fatal. However, Dr. Cousins lived 16 years longer than predicted, thanks to his willingness to break with tradition and go his own way. In doing so, he realized how belief systems and expectations shape human capability.

Following is Dr. Cousins’ brilliant Prescription for Overcoming Illness and Staying Healthy:

  • Never accept any pronouncements of doom. Don’t deny the diagnosis; defy the verdict. Have a blazing determination to overcome it. Keep hopeful. Share in the work efforts needed to heal.
  • Use all your resources. We’re stronger than we think, with far greater resources for meeting challenges than we’ve been told or led to believe.
  • Accept illness as a part of life—not something to be feared.
  • Find joy in every experience. We need to approach procedures in a mood of thanksgiving that it’s wonderful to live in a time when science has put these treatment options at our disposal and gives us a real chance to live well.
  • Accept life as infinitely precious, fragile, and strong under varying circumstances.
  • Choose to live a full life. The great tragedy of life is not death but what dies inside us while we live.
  • Respect, nurture, and invoke the fundamental drive of life—regeneration. 2

If you want to harness the power of your mind-body connection for Healing and recovery in addition to your medical treatments and see for yourself how hypnotherapy and other non-invasive therapies can help you heal with less pain, stress, and adverse side effects, please get in touch with me by email or phone 617.564.0707.




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