When the Diagnosis is Cancer
Here is the question we like to get a right answer to: How can we protect ourselves against foreign substances such as carcinogens? Carcinogens, cancer producing agents, when they enter the body, they destroy cells, as it is well known, but they change the pattern of cells by depleting their source of energy, which is basically oxygen, and reducing them to a primitive state. Now, as those cells have lost their real purpose, their only function is to divide and multiply invading surrounding tissues. It is known that cancer cells have a short life as they are not normal cells but can immediately adapt themselves to survival by coating themselves with animal protein. In doing such work, they appear to the rest of the body to be normal cells and are able to travel through the body’s lymphatic system and – metastasise.
The immune system becomes aware that there is a problem when the cancer-producing agents enter the body. The immune system starts producing leukocytes in order to fight off antibodies with the aim to restore the body to its natural balance.
We are aware today that the intake of pollutants, stress-related problems, poor or wrong diet, wrong attitudes et cetera are contributing factors towards cancer.
Cancer is an emotionally based disease if speaking broadly, hence it can be treated on two levels – emotional and physical level.
– On the physical level by choosing a healthy, nurturing diet.
We have to learn to correct deficiencies in our food intake, and if and where it is needed, to take a good supplement of vitamins and minerals. We surely can have control over the food we eat or the water we drink, but just as knowing how to control our food/drink intake, we can learn how to control our emotional and mental states in order to control the stress levels and direct our thoughts into positive awareness. Meditation and hypnotherapy are the tools in successful learning how to overcome emotional stress.
The role of the mind
Evidence suggests that in many cases the prognosis indicates that with treatment (within the recognised medical system) they could look forward to many more years of life. But the problem is that a lot of patients instead of taking a positive attitude tend to give in to depression and the negative attitude of giving up.
As high as seventy percent of cancer diagnosed patients believe that because they have cancer they are tired, in pain, depleted of energy and convinced that they are going to die soon. Without a doubt, the body will respond to such thoughts and act as instructed by the mind. Cancer patients with such an attitude will most certainly shorten their life.
Contrary to that attitude, there is another group of cancer patients. They have been given a short prognosis, maybe with little expectation of living much longer, yet they have lived for a number of years free of disease.
How come, we could ask?
The reason (and the most obvious one) is that those patients have taken a positive mental attitude.
The common denominator with these patients is the “will to live”, in other words, taking charge of their lives.
It varies from individual to individual but some of these denominators are:
a) I have to finish writing my book, so I can’t die before I finish writing it,
b) my daughter will enrol in a university course next year, she needs me for another five years at least,
c) we saved up money for that trip around the world, I can’t die and let my husband down … and this personal list goes on and on.
As it invades a person, cancer also invades the entire family. When someone in the family has cancer, quite often the whole family needs as much care as the patient does. Family support is vital for the welfare of the patient because cancer patients tend to feel isolated and alone. Family counselling must be seriously considered because the fear of cancer needs to be talked about.
All our actions are thought motivated. Each and every thought is manifested somewhere in the body, the healing process can be accelerated by choosing the right mental attitude, positive self talk and a strong goal for the future.
The two most important factors are elimination of stress and building up of one’s immune system. These two go hand in hand; you can destroy your body with a constant negative attitude and thinking and consequently destroy the immune system by being constantly stressed.
Not only does the positive mental attitude strengthen one’s will to survive and fight but it also helps the medication work better.