To MANAGE STRESS is the only way we can MANAGE CANCER. It is never too late to handle stress appropriately. However, how does stress cause cancer?
RELATION OF STRESS AND CANCER
To be fully alive is to live with stress and to live is a stressful interplay of mind and body functions. Every condition of the body, in sickness, and in health, triggers an emotional and mental response which disrupts the normal functioning of the body. Therefore, this disruption is STRESS, more appropriately, it is a disruption of the state of mind of the person. For example, if the person finds it difficult to handle the situation, stress provokes changes in hormone secretions. Prolonging this situation causes steroids to diminish the immune response. Is not cancer a breakdown in the immune system of the body?
SWITCHING ON, SWITCHING OFF CANCER CELLS
Cancer is a cell, a “seed,” gone bad. However, is it not that for a seed to grow, it must be in a soil that has “nutrients” that influence its growth? Therefore, what are these “cancer nutrients”? Because bad seed needs a switch to be turned on, what are these factors switching it on?
The “nutrients” that “switch cancer on” are processed food full of synthetic additives, electromagnetic fields from present-day technology, environmental toxins, the carcinogens of cigarette smoking and the emotional challenges of a stressful work environment. It is the psyche influencing the lifestyle that modifies the behavior of the tumor. It is the psychological state that profoundly influences the “soil in which the seed develops.”
IS IT WHAT YOU’RE EATING OR WHAT’S EATING YOU?
Although poor diet and nutritional factors are involved in the causation of cancer, Susan Silberstein in her article in Cancer Report on www.beatcancer.org notes that it is equally important to talk to patients about “what’s eating them” in addition to what they are eating. To comprehend that cancer has it’s “how” and “why,” is to understand the factors bringing about one’s stresses in life.
(Excerpt from DON’T MESS UP LIKE I DID (My Epiphany to Health Literacy) by Willie N. Lagdameo, MD
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