„Un studiu de 400 cazuri de cancer, care au intrat in remisie spontană care au avut puține lucruri în comun: Unii oameni beau suc de struguri sau de înghit doze masive de vitamina C,.. Altii s-au rugat, au luat remedii pe bază de plante, sau pur și simplu s-au inveselit. Acesti foarte diversi pacienții au avut un lucru în comun: la un moment dat in boala lor, ei știau brusc, cu certitudine completă, că se vor face bine, ca și cum boala a fost doar un miraj, iar pacientul a trecut brusc dincolo de ea intr-un spatiu in care frica si disperarea si orice boală erau inexistente. ” http://www.paksearch.com/globe/1999/April/HIGHER.html
Atitudinea mentala poate fi VITALA si nu trebuie neglijata!
Va rog nu neglijati importanta MORALULUI RIDICAT, a SUPORTULUI CELOR APROPIATI , a dorintei dumneavoastra de a fi din nou sanatosi si de a invinge aceasta “slabiciune” si in SPECIAL A CREDINTEI IN DUMNEZEU!
O atitudine pozitiva, pacea interioara, lasarea grijilor in voia lui Dumnezeu, creeaza si un mediu alcalin,cu PH RIDICAT, in care, CANCERUL MOARE!
Familia și prietenii trebuie să fie INTOTDEAUNA un pol de energie pozitiva.
Acestia ar trebui să încurajeze întotdeauna pacientului, FARA a fi superficiali în încurajarea lor .
Suportul din partea familiei si a celor dragi are un rol considerabil.
BOLNAVUL trebuuie sa se simta APRECIAT, IUBIT si sa inteleaga aceste lucruri si ca inca este NECESARA, DORITA si APRECIATA prezenta sa pe ACESTA LUME.
ESTE RESPONSABILITATEA NUMARUL 1 a celor din JURUL BOLNAVULUI s il sustina din punct de vedere psihic si sa isi MANIFESTE IUBIREA (implicit si gija) si APRECIEREA fata de persoana bolnava.
Daca bolnavul isi pierde dorinta e a trai , lupta este pierduta inca de la inceput. Psihicul negativ( implicit si starile de stress prelungit) constituie SUPRESORUL IMUNITAR NUMARUL 1
AVERTISMENT NR 1 (pentru cei din jurul bolnavului):
Sa NU lasati NICIODATA bolnavul cancer sa se simta NEiubit, NEapreciat , NEimportant sau NEdorit atfel il veti avea in mare masura pe constiinta.
Lucruri precum chimio si radioterapia vor afecta si schimba comportamentul si psihicul bolnavului in mod NEGATIV. NU veti realiza in prima faza / la inceput ce se intampla,. de ce nu va mai intelegeti cu el/ea, de ce nu mai are pofta de viata, insa va spun sa fiti constienti de aceste lucruri ANTICIPAT pentru a putea intelege ce se intampla cu bolnavul , pentru a- l intelege(desi se poate ca la un moment dat sa purtati discutii fara logica cu cel bolnav ce urmeaza tratamente conventionale) si a face tot ce vas ta in putere sa il sustineti, sa ii ridicati moralul, sa ii aratati ca este dorit si apreciat- SA IL IUBITI!
Am facut acel sondaj de curiozitate si rezultatele sunt :
citez doar cateva din comentariile lasate de unii dintre dvs:
„Greutate in concentrare,nervozitate”
„nu mai mananca,stare generala f proasta, greata,senzatie de voma,anemie,slabeste in continuu s.a.m.d.”
„Pofta de viata in urma unui asemenea „tratament” se diminueaza vizibil din clipa in clipa”
„Chimio este distructiv, ca si radio.Prin durerea provocata bolnavul prinde frica de intepaturi si incearca sa refuze tratamentul si pe cei din jur. Familia trebuie sa aiba un comportament adecvat, adica sa fie foarte intelegatori cu bolnavul si (din proprie experienta) sa nu il contrazica sau sa se supere pe el. sa ii spuna mereu ca e iubit(a), e foarte important.”
„buna ziua,in urma cu 6 ani,am fost supusa,unei histerectomii totale,pt. neoplasm de gr.2,col uterin.Am facut 25 de sedinte raze,si chimio timp de 3 saptamani : in fiecare luni,faceam chimio dimineata si raze dupa amiaza.Initial trebuia,sa fac 5 sedinte,dar dupa a treia(la care ,mi-a fost rau) doctora,mi le-a intrerupt,pe motiv,ca oricum,nu trebuia,sa le fac.Oricum,daca stiam,nu faceam numic. Va rog,sa ma credeti,ca mi-a fost rau,de 3 ori. Fiind un om pozitiv,ma detasam destul de repede,iar saptamana mea,se impartea in: 5 zile de raze,dupa care,plecam la mare. Frica de moarte,mi-a indus,o stare de negare a bolii,incat,am revenit integral,la cea care,fusesem inainte.A nu se intelege,ca nu am trecut,printr-un soc emotional,cand am fost diagnosticata.Deci,va rog,sa ma credeti,ca nu bravez,comportamentul,mi l-au afectat,cadrele medicale,care functionau,intr-un sictir total. Cum ieseam din spital,traiam sentimentul,ca-mi lasam acolo,tot ce era negativ. „
Acestea sunt doar cateva din descrierile lasate de cei ce au alocat un minut pentru a raspunde la o simpal intrebare . Pe cei dintre dvs care inca nu au raspuns, ii rog sa o faca acum:
In plus, in tratamentele alternative. simptome de detoxifiere, „simptome supărătoare”(mici ameteli, mirosuri neplacute) ar putea apare in unele cazuri (desi in mutlecazuri nu au fost , fiecare caz e unic! ) Acest lucru va necesita, de asemenea, sprijin din partea familiei și a prietenilor.
Cei care sufera de cancer nu trebuie sa stea izolati si sa-si planga de mila ci trebuie incurajati sa duca o viata activa, implicata alaturi de prieteni.In nici un caz nu trebuie evitati!
Desi suna oarecum ciudat cand spun, deoarece e ca si cum as spune “evitati a va imbolnavi de cancer!”:
EVITATI EMOTIILE NEGATIVE, STRESUL!( pe cat posibil… )
Supararile , emotiile negative, stresul pot creea mai mult rau chiar decat tratamentele conventionale (chimioterapie,radioterapie) – intr-un mediu acid CANCERUL E REGE!
In multe cazuri e picatura care umple paharul si declanseaza cancerul.
Multe cazuri de cancer apar pe fond emotional .Si multe s-au vindecat la fel de usor cum au aparut.
Desi este inevitabil sa le excludem, facand parte din viata de zi cu zi,fiecare zi cu noile ei provocari, stresuri si suparari, incercati sa vedeti si “jumatatea plina a paharului”.
Amintiti-va ca, aveti un obiectiv mai important pentru care luptati, VIATA DUMNEAVOASTRA.
NU lasati “nimicurile” sa va afecteze in mod foarte negativ! Luptati pentru viata dumneavoastra!
Chiar daca doctorii va spun ca nu mai au ce sa faca pentru dumneavoastra, NU DISPERATI si NU ABANDONATI!
Exista intotdeauna sanse( a se vedea cazul doamnei Liliana Atomulese, cazul celui cu Glioblastom etapa 4 upa distrus de chimio).
In plus, trebuie mereu sa vedeti partea buna:cel putin nu va mai torturati si intoxicati organismul cu radio si chimioterapii . Conform studiilor: Veti trai pina la de 4 ori mai mult si mai bine daca nu va veti distruge cu chimio/radio!
Si daca vreti,intrebati-va si intrebatii ce au facut pina acum benefic pentru dumneavoastra, daca de acum nu mai pot continua?…
Au existat multe rapoarte de remisii spontane dupa ce pacientii si-au rezolvat problemele emotionale si stresul.
“Remisiile cancerelor „terminale”ale pacienților au un singur lucru în comun: o schimbare majora de atitudine sau de constiinta.” – Deepak Chopra MD în Vindecarea Quantum
“… peste 400 de rapoarte de remitere spontană de cancer au fost examinate și analizate. Pacienții înșiși au atribuit vindecarea lor unei game largi de cauze, dar numai un singur factor a fost comun pentru toate cazurile – o schimbare spre o mai mare speranță și o atitudine pozitivă.” – Dr. Paul McGhee,
Pentru a avea succes in mintea dumneavoastra si a celor din jur trebuie sa existe NUMAI VARIANTA IN CARE SUNTETI SANATOSI! Odata ce veti avea INCREDERE IN DUMNEZEU ORICE S-AR INTAMPLA,
Citez chiar de pe brave-souls.org, la finalul paginii cu marturii:
“Pacientii cu cancer abia aștepta studii și rezultatele, care pot apare peste zeci de ani, cu toate acestea, ei pot aplica tratamentul cel mai ieftin dintre toate tratamente pentru cancer, care este,o atitudine optimistă și un spirit de luptător pentru boala de cancer.
În cazul în care exista atât de multi supravietuitorii sau invingatori de cancer din aceaste 1000 marturii, care au fost abandonati de către medicina traditionala,ce au invins boala si dumneavoastra puteti.
Ceea ce aveti nevoie este mai multa informatie, iar informatia este putere, puterea de a câștiga războiul impotriva cancerului.”
Unii din cei mai mari specialisti in tratarea cancerului pun atitudinea mentala pe primul loc! Exemple:
Johanna Brandt (autoarea curei de struguri)
“Am mentionat atitudinea mentala la urma, deoarece acesta este cea mai importanta.”
Tony Isaac( autorul si cel ce ofera suport pentru un tratament etapa IV, cu OLEANDRU), sugereaza:
“ Faceti lucrurile cum se cade, alegeti o suita de tratamente natural anti-cancer bune, si cred ca veti invinge cancerul, iar sansele sunt foarte mari ca veti face asta”
A SE CITI SI:
Teoria Hamer, Noua Medicina Germanica si falsitatea sa (care desi NU se verifica mereu )
mai jos este un articol foarte bun cu alte lucruri de facut dpdv emotional in cancer(pe care il voi lasa in cu traducerea cu google translate din engleza in romana momentan, pentru a va „reaminti” ca nu e cea mai buna traducere si astept inca pe acei ce s-au anutat ca vor ajuta cu tradurea siteului si in alte limbi de circulatie internationala sa contribuei in limita timpului)
I feel that the terminology frequently used in conjunction with a cancer challenge isn’t a happy choice.
‘Defeating cancer/winning one’s battle with cancer/beating cancer nutritionally’ and similar phrases all seem to come from a place of (very understandable!) fighting and tension. I rather feel that while a firm determination to “overcome” and the confident emotion/conviction that “it can be done” is probably THE major prerequisite in any type of healing, trying to relax as much as possible and asking “what is this challenge supposed to teach me” will contribute much toward starting a person’s healing journey on the physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Welcome to Healing Cancer Naturally’s Emotions & Cancer Healing section centered on highlighting the vital importance of emotions in both disease and healing! Please take a particularly thorough look at the wealth of astounding and uplifting real-lifecancer healing stories presented (under Emotions cancer healing testimonials andMind power cancer [self-]healing testimonials) which show beyond a shadow of a doubt the close link between emotions, “falling sick” and regaining health!
Emotions seem to play a crucial part in the genesis and healing of serious disease such as cancer and other illness (and literally, laughter seems to be one type of medicine). Any kind of unexpected shock, for instance (and this includes a cancer diagnosis!), can have a devastating effect on health and/or the immune system – until it is resolved and healed in any of a number of ways. A similar mechanism seems to be true for living in fear and panic, so one of the first tasks at hand in a successful healing journey may be working at reestablishing the greatest possible measure of inner peace and confidence.
As a now healed former cancer patient wrote “For me the first and hardest part was healing the mind, losing the ‘Cancer is Killing Me’ idea and coming to terms with the emotional trauma…Once I believed with my heart that my body can overcome the disease there was an overnight improvement in general health.” You will find MANY tools and pointers here to both heal the emotional trauma AND the cancer.
Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer has posited what he termed “the iron rule of cancer”: “Any cancer starts with … an extremely brutal shock, a dramatic and acute conflict, experienced in loneliness and sensed by the patient as the most serious he has ever known.“ See Dr. Hamer’s „German New Medicine”.
Dr. Jürgen Buche lucidly observes: “…(cancer) patients do not want to die or suffer but they have no compelling purpose for LIVING. They submit passively to regimes and procedures to please their families or their physician but they spiral uncomplainingly downward. The litmus question to a cancer or AIDS patient „What real reason do you have for living?” is often unanswerable. The will to live must come from the patient and no amount of anguish, encouragement or threats from any family or friends will help if this will to live is not present. Often, such a situation is intimately linked to a lack of LOVE.”
“The Daily Guru” observes: “Many of us are carrying repressed memories of unhealed emotional wounds or traumas from childhood and sometimes from past lives. As long as these things are repressed within you, they will be activated from time to time, pulling you out of Presence or simply preventing you from being present. The ego will be constantly on alert to protect you against a recurrence of these painful experiences. And if the ego is on alert, it will keep you in the world of the mind. These emotions and memories need to be allowed to surface into the light of consciousness for healing and release. When this occurs, we can say that the past is released from you and you are released from the past. This allows you to deepen and settle into the present moment.”
Such negative emotions can sometimes be healed, i.e. permanently removed from one’s system, by allowing them to flow (this “cathartic” approach is taken in Primal Therapy, Bioenergetics and other approaches based on the work of Wilhelm Reich as well as in the Emotional Healing Exercises featured here).
Likely the (by far) most effective in terms of time, expense and gentleness are energetic approaches such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) which can be self-taught and applied thanks to the free material made available by its major researcher and founder Gary Craig. Although a relatively recent development, EFT is based on millennia of knowledge discovered by the Chinese: that of the body-mind’s underlying energy (meridian) system and our ability to influence it via acupuncture and acupressure to further its health by reestablishing full energetic flow. Highly recommended!
Another approach to creating happiness is the “positive psychology” researched by Dr. Martin Seligman. He writes in “Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment”: „Relieving the states that make life miserable… has made building the states that make life worth living less of a priority. The time has finally arrived for a science that seeks to understand positive emotion, build strength and virtue, and provide guideposts for finding what Aristotle called the ‘good life'”. He advises to achieve emotional fulfillment and increase one’s “happiness quotient” through pursuing one’s innate strengths and incorporating strengths such as humour, originality and generosity into everyday interactions, rather than picking apart the past, trying to solve decades-old problems and to fix weaknesses.
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Scientists say they have found that one of the body’s „good mood chemicals” forces some cancer cells to commit suicide. They say that when serotonin is placed in a test tube alongside tumor cells of Burkitt’s lymphoma the cancer kills itself. The scientists from the University of Birmingham add that when the chemical is produced by the body it prevents depression. Quote: „An exciting property of serotonin is that it can tell some cells to self-destruct. We have found serotonin can get inside the lymphoma cells and instruct them to commit suicide.”
by W. Douglas Brodie, MD.
Evidence of a relationship between cancer and personality type has existed for centuries. Going back in history to the second century AD, Galen, a Greek physician famous for his astute observations of patients and for his accurate descriptions of diseases, noted that women with breast cancer frequently had a tendency to be melancholic.
In dealing with many thousands of cancer patients over the past 28 years, it has been my observation that there are certain personality traits which are rather consistently present in the cancer-susceptible individual. These characteristics are as follows:
1. Being highly conscientious, dutiful, responsible, caring, hard-working, and usually of above average intelligence.
2. Exhibiting a strong tendency toward carrying other people’s burdens and toward taking on extra obligations, often “worrying for others.”
3. Having a deep-seated need to make others happy, tending to be “people pleasers.” Having a great need for approval.
4. Often having a history of lack of closeness with one or both parents, sometimes, later in life, resulting in lack of closeness with spouse or others who would normally be close.
5. Harboring long-suppressed toxic emotions, such as anger, resentment and/or hostility. Typically the cancer-susceptible individual internalizes such emotions and has great difficulty expressing them.
6. Reacting adversely to stress, often becoming unable to cope adequately with such stress. Usually experiencing an especially damaging event about 2 years before the onset of detectable cancer. The patient is unable to cope with this traumatic event or series of events, which comes as a “last straw” on top of years of suppressed reactions to stress.
[Compare Dr. Hamer’s “Iron Rule of Cancer”.]
7. Showing an inability to resolve deep-seated emotional problems and conflicts, usually arising in childhood, often even being unaware of their presence.
Typical of the cancer-susceptible personality, as noted above, is the long-standing tendency to suppress “toxic emotions,” particularly anger. Usually starting in childhood, this individual has held in his/her hostility and other unacceptable emotions. More often than not, this feature of the affected personality has its origins in feelings of rejection by one or both parents. Whether these feelings or rejection are justified or not, it is the perception of rejection that matters, and this results in a lack of closeness with the “rejecting” parent or parents, followed later in life by a similar lack of closeness with spouses and others with whom close relationships would normally develop. Those at higher risk for cancer tend to develop feelings of loneliness as a result of their having been deprived of affection and acceptance earlier in life, even if this is merely their own perception. These people have a tremendous need for approval and acceptance, developing a very high sensitivity to the needs of others while suppressing their own emotional needs.
These good folks become the “caretakers” of the world, showing great compassion and caring for others, and going out of their way to look after the needs of others. They are very reluctant to accept help from others, fearing that it may jeopardize their role as caretakers or that they might appear to have too much self-concern. Throughout their childhood they have typically been taught “not to be selfish,” and they take this to heart as a major lifetime objective. All of this benevolence is highly commendable, of course, in our culture, but must be somehow modified in the case of the cancer patient. A distinction needs to be made here between the “care-giving” and the “care-taking” personality. There is nothing wrong with care-giving, of course, but the problem arises when the susceptible individual derives his/her entire worth, value and identity from his/her role as “caretaker.” If this shift cannot be made, the patient is stuck in this role, and the susceptibility to cancer greatly increases.
As noted above, a consistent feature of those who are susceptible to cancer appears to be that they “suffer in silence,” and bear their burdens without complaint. Burdens of their own as well as the burdens of others weigh heavily, often subconsciously as well as consciously, upon these people because they, through a lifetime of suppression, internalize their problems, cares and conflicts. The carefree extrovert, on the other hand, seems to be far less vulnerable to cancer than the caring introvert described above.
How one reacts to stress appears to be a major factor in the development of cancer. Most cancer patients have experienced a highly stressful event, usually about 2 years prior to the onset of detectable disease. This traumatic event is often beyond the patient’s control, such as the loss of a loved one, loss of a business, job, home, or some other major disaster. The typical cancer victim has lost the ability to cope with these extreme events, because his/her coping mechanism lies in his/her ability to control the environment. When this control is lost, the patient has no other way to cope.
Major stress, as we have seen, causes suppression of the immune system, and does so more overwhelmingly in the cancer-susceptible individual than in others. Thus personal tragedies and excessive levels of stress appear to combine with the underlying personality described above to bring on the immune deficiency which allows cancer to thrive.
These observations have given rise to the term psychoneuroimmunology.
[Compare articles on psychoneuroimmunology and immune system.]
In my experience, one of the most difficult and most important hurdles to overcome in cancer patients is how to make major changes in their life-styles. Not only is it necessary to make changes in the physical aspects of their lives such as eating habits, but major changes need to be made in the way they react to stress. The way they react to stress is due largely to the way they think about life. There can be no lasting changes of behavior without first having a change in thinking and in belief systems. It is often extremely difficult for these patients to make substantial changes in these ingrained patterns of thought. Many find it too difficult or too disagreeable to make such alterations in their settled way of thinking and reacting. Many likewise find it too unpleasant to make changes in the physical aspects of their life-style, even in the face of life-threatening illness.
In my office patients are counseled to address their problems and to make the appropriate adjustments to the best of their ability. A psychologist with extensive experience in dealing with these unique problems is readily available to our patients.
These patients are encouraged to take charge of their own health and to be active participants in their care. They are urged to learn as much as possible about the disease and all of the treatment options, including the various conventional modalities.
© 2001 W. Douglas Brodie, MD, 601 West Moana Lane, Ste. 3, Reno, NV 89509
Also compare Laughter Is Medicine: Seriously!
BBC News 22 September 2003
Having negative thoughts really could make you more illness-prone, say scientists.
A study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences links „negative” brain activity with a weakened immune system.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison studied people with high levels of brain activity in a region linked to negative thoughts.
Those with the highest activity levels responded worse to a flu vaccine.
Scientists already knew that pessimists – people rated as more sensitive to negative events – show more activity in a part of the brain called the right pre-frontal cortex.
More activity in the left pre-frontal cortex is linked to positive emotional responses.
Dr Richard Davidson, who led the research, studied 52 people aged between 57 and 60.
Each of them was asked to recall one event which made them feel very happy, and one which left them feeling sad, afraid or angry.
The electrical activity in these parts of the brain was measured to check whether their left or right pre-frontal cortex was more active.
Afterwards, each volunteer was given a standard flu vaccine shot.
Vaccines work by eliciting an immune response which should hopefully persist and help the body tackle a genuine infection threat if it should arrive.
Each research subject was tested over the following six months to gauge the success of the vaccine by measuring the levels of antibodies generated by the vaccine.
Those who had shown the most powerful right pre-frontal cortex activity also had the worst immune reactions.
The reverse was true for those who had the most powerful reactions in their left pre-frontal cortex, the side associated with happy reactions.
Dr Davidson said: „Emotions play an important role in modulating bodily systems that influence our health.
„We turned to the brain to understand the mechanisms by which the mind influences the body.”
By Brian Reid
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, April 30, 2002; Page HE01
Ten years ago, researchers stumbled onto a striking finding: Women who believed that they were prone to heart disease were nearly four times as likely to die as women with similar risk factors who didn’t hold such fatalistic views.
The higher risk of death, in other words, had nothing to with the usual heart disease culprits – age, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight. Instead, it tracked closely with belief. Think sick, be sick.
That study is a classic in the annals of research on the „nocebo” phenomenon, the evil twin of the placebo effect. While the placebo effect refers to health benefits produced by a treatment that should have no effect, patients experiencing the nocebo effect experience the opposite. They presume the worst, health-wise, and that’s just what they get.
„They’re convinced that something is going to go wrong, and it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy,” said Arthur Barsky, a psychiatrist at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital who published an article earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association beseeching his peers to pay closer attention to the nocebo effect. „From a clinical point of view, this is by no means peripheral or irrelevant.”
Barsky’s target is drug side effects, which cost the U.S. health system more than $76 billion a year, according to a 1995 University of Arizona study. If even a small percentage of those costs are caused by patient expectations of harm, addressing the nocebo effect could save a nifty sum.
But convincing doctors that their patients’ problems may be more than biochemical is no simple trick. The nocebo effect is difficult to study, and medical training leads doctors to seek a bodily cause for physical ills.
„Nocebos often cause a physical effect, but it’s not a physically produced effect,” said Irving Kirsch, a psychologist at the University of Connecticut in Storrs who studies the ways that expectations influence what people experience. „What’s the cause? In many cases it’s an unanswered question.”
Looking for Trouble
The word nocebo, Latin for „I will harm,” doesn’t represent a new idea – just one that hasn’t caught on widely among clinicians and scientists. More than four decades after researchers coined the term, only a few medical journal articles mention it. Outside the medical community, being „scared to death” or „worried sick” are expressions that have long been part of the popular lexicon, noted epidemiologist Robert Hahn from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Is such language just hyperbole? Not to those who accept, for example, the idea of voodoo death – a hex so powerful that the victim of the curse dies of fright. While many in the scientific community may regard voodoo with skepticism, the idea that gut reactions may have biological consequences can’t be simply dismissed.
„Surgeons are wary of people who are convinced that they will die,” said Herbert Benson, a Harvard professor and the president Mind/Body Medical Institute in Boston. „There are examples of studies done on people undergoing surgery who almost want to die to re-contact a loved one. Close to 100 percent of people under those circumstances die.”
But the nocebo effect can lead to more subtle outcomes as well.
Fifteen years ago, researchers at three medical centers undertook a study of aspirin and another blood thinner in heart patients and came up with an unexpected result that said little about the heart and much about the brain. At two locations, patients were warned of possible gastrointestinal problems, one of the most common side effects of repeated use of aspirin. At the other location, patients received no such caution.
When researchers reviewed the data, they found a striking result: Those warned about the gastrointestinal problems were almost three times as likely to have the side effect. Though the evidence of actual stomach damage such as ulcers was the same for all three groups, those with the most information about the prospect of minor problems were the most likely to experience the pain.
Despite the smattering of doctors’ anecdotal reports and a few modest clinical studies, research on the phenomenon has not been robust, mostly for ethical reasons: Doctors ought not to induce illness in patients who are not sick.
Changing ethical standards have made it difficult to even repeat some of the classic nocebo experiments. In one century-old effort, conducted long before anyone thought up the word nocebo, doctors set an allergy sufferer wheezing by showing an artificial rose, proving that at least some aspect of the allergic response is stimulated by visual cues. In a study from the early 1980s, 34 college students were told an electric current would be passed through their heads, and the researchers warned that the experience could cause a headache. Though not a single volt of current was used, more than two-thirds of the students reported headaches.
But resistance to in-depth study of the nocebo effect rests on more than ethical reservations, said the CDC’s Hahn. Belief, he said, does not have a strong place in the anatomy-centered world of modern medicine.
„The fact is that phenomena that essentially come down to what people believe are conceptually difficult in our medical system,” Hahn said. „Health is thought to be a biological phenomenon. More psychosomatic elements are hard to deal with.”
Science is wearing away at the wall between mind and body. With the aid of high-tech imaging devices, neurologists are getting better at taking pictures of the brain in action. In one blinded study last year, researchers found that patients with Parkinson’s disease given a placebo released a brain chemical called dopamine, just as the brain exposed to an active drug would do.
That flood of brain chemicals, it appears, has everything to do with what the mind expects. In most cases, like the Parkinson’s study, the outcome is positive – the placebo effect in action. But for some patients – depressed, wary of medication or worried about drug side effects – getting a prescription filled is an angst-ridden experience. And such patients appear even more likely to exhibit those side effects.
Barsky has even sketched out a profile of the kind of patient likely to experience the nocebo effect – worse side effects and poorer outcomes – on a given drug. When Barsky sees a patient with a history of vague, difficult-to-diagnose complaints who is sure that whatever therapy is prescribed will do little to battle the problem, he says, those low expectations are inevitably met. The treatments usually fail.
„Whether you trust your doctor or not probably makes a huge difference in whether you report side effects, but there’s almost no data on that,” Barsky said. He hopes to include information about a person’s psychology in an upcoming placebo-controlled clinical trial to see if patients with a particular outlook on life fare better or worse than other subjects.
Far more esoteric factors may also shape both the placebo and nocebo response. A Dutch study, for example, found that most people considered red and orange pills to be stimulating, with blue and green-colored pills more likely to have a depressant effect.
„One of the most important things about a pill is [its] color,” said Daniel Moerman, an anthropologist at the University of Michigan-Dearborn who has studied the placebo and nocebo effects across different cultures. „That seems to be fairly widespread.”
But the mind is a funny thing, and generic responses to color go just so far in explaining the placebo or nocebo response. Consider this: In Italy, Moerman says, blue placebos made excellent sleeping pills for women but had the opposite effect on men.
The apparent reason? „The Italian national football team’s color is azzurri,” he said. „Blue.”
Brian Reid is a Washington area freelance writer.
© 2002 The Washington Post Company
From August 1, 2002 Healthy Living Newsletter Volume 1 Number 1
The „secrets” of living longer and healthier are not really secrets at all. In a large study of Finnish men, those that expressed a high level of satisfaction with their lives are more likely to be alive 20 years later than those who are dissatisfied. One of the greatest predictors of satisfaction was the ability to form intimate relationships.
Conversely, dissatisfied men were found to be three times more likely to die of serious diseases such as cancer. Men who drink heavily are even more likely to die, while moderate drinking appeared to extend life. Marriage, reasonable exercise, a good social status and not smoking all proved to be life-extending.
Note: The above findings nearly seem self-evident since they appear to mirror facts I assume many will be able to observe in their immediate surroundings. There should be a number of similar studies in existence.
Excerpted from BBC News Online
Optimists have a longer life-span than pessimists, researchers have concluded.
They found that people with a positive outlook live, on average, 19% longer than those who are miserable.
More than 1,100 patients attending the Mayo Clinic, in Minnesota, USA, between 1962 and 1965 completed a personality survey, which gave them an optimism ranking according to their views of the causes of events in their lives.
By looking at the patients 30 years later, the researchers discovered that those who had been classified as optimists had a 19% higher chance of still being alive than the pessimists, reports the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Optimists were less likely to suffer depression and helplessness and were less fatalistic about their health chances.
Commenting on the report, Dr Martin Seligman, of the University of Pennsylvania department of psychology, said: „Now I believe we have converging and compelling evidence that optimists and pessimists differ markedly in how long they will live.”
Pessimism was identifiable early and could be stabilised by therapy which changed the individual’s thinking about bad events, he said.
Philip Tata, head of adult psychology at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, in London, said: „Optimism and pessimism are more complex than people think. Most people think they are opposite ends of one scale, but you can actually have high levels of both at the same time.
„A lack of optimism, rather than a negative outlook, can be just as problematic. Having a reason to live rather than just seeing terrible things coming down the road at you is important.”
from The Great Mystery Newsletter
You will be happy to get the news I have from Gregg Braden http://www.greggbraden.net, author of The Isaiah Effect and Awakening to the Zero Point. I attended one of his all-day intensives on Sunday, October 14, 2001 and what I am going to tell you is only a SMALL portion of the information he covered.
The title of this program was Healing Hearts~Healing Nations: The Science of Peace and the Power of Prayer.
Braden started off discussing how in the past we lost huge amounts of information from ancient spiritual traditions (when the library at Alexandria burned we lost at least 532,000 documents), and that there may be information in those traditions which could help us understand some of the mysteries of science. To this end he reported on three very interesting experiments.
Braden started off as a scientist and engineer, before he began pursuing these larger questions.
The first experiment he reported was done by Dr. Vladimir Poponin, a quantum biologist. In this experiment, first a container was emptied (i.e., a vacuum was created within it), and then the only thing left in it were photons (particles of light).
They measured the distribution (i.e., the location) of the photons and found they were completely random inside the container. This was the expected result. Then some DNA was placed inside the container and the distribution (location) of the photons was remeasured. This time the photons were LINED UP in an ORDERED way and aligned with the DNA. In other words the physical DNA had an effect on the non-physical photons.
After that, the DNA was removed from the container, and the distribution of the photons was remeasured again. The photons REMAINED ORDERED and lined up where the DNA had been. What are the light particles connected to?
Gregg Braden says we are forced to accept the possibility that some NEW field of energy, a web of energy, is there and the DNA is communicating with the photons through this energy.
These were experiments done by the military. Leukocytes (white blood cells) were collected for DNA from donors and placed into chambers so they could measure electrical changes. In this experiment, the donor was placed in one room and subjected to „emotional stimulation” consisting of video clips, which generated different emotions in the donor.
The DNA was placed in a different room in the same building. Both the donor and his DNA were monitored and as the donor exhibited emotional peaks or valleys (measured by electrical responses), the DNA exhibited the IDENTICAL RESPONSES AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. There was no lag time, no transmission time. The DNA peaks and valleys EXACTLY MATCHED the peaks and valleys of the donor in time.
The military wanted to see how far away they could separate the donor from his DNA and still get this effect. They stopped testing after they separated the DNA and the donor by 50 miles and STILL had the SAME result. No lag time; no transmission time.
The DNA and the donor had the same identical responses in time. What can this mean?
Gregg Braden says it means that living cells communicate through a previously unrecognized form of energy. This energy is not affected by time and distance. This is a non-local form of energy, an energy that already exists everywhere, all the time.
The third experiment was done by the Institute of Heart Math and the paper that was about this was titled: Local and Non local Effects of Coherent Heart Frequencies on Conformational Changes of DNA. (Disregard the title! The info is incredible.)
This is the experiment that relates directly to the anthrax situation.
In this experiment, some human placenta DNA (the most pristine form of DNA) was placed in a container from which they could measure changes in the DNA. Twenty-eight vials of DNA were given (one each) to 28 trained researchers. Each researcher had been trained how to generate and FEEL feelings, and they each had strong emotions.
What was discovered was that the DNA CHANGED ITS SHAPE according to the feelings of the researchers:
• When the researchers FELT gratitude, love and appreciation, the DNA responded by RELAXING and the strands unwound. The length of the DNA extended.
• When the researchers FELT anger, fear, frustration, or stress, the DNA responded by TIGHTENING UP. It became shorter and SWITCHED OFF many of our DNA codes! If you’ve ever felt „shut down” by negative emotions, now you know why your body was equally shut down too. The shut down of the DNA codes was reversed and the codes were switched back on again when feelings of love, joy, gratitude and appreciation were felt by the researchers.
This experiment was later followed up by testing HIV positive patients. They discovered that feelings of love, gratitude and appreciation created 300,000 TIMES the RESISTANCE they had without those feelings. So here’s the answer to what can help you stay well, no matter what dreadful virus or bacteria may be floating around. Stay in feelings of joy, love, gratitude and appreciation!
Compare Gratitude Helps Heal (Quotes).
These emotional changes went beyond the effects of electromagnetics. Individuals trained in deep love were able to change the shape of their DNA. Braden says this illustrates a new recognized form of energy that connects all of creation.
This energy appears to be a TIGHTLY WOVEN WEB that connects all matter. Essentially we’re able to influence this web of creation through our VIBRATION.
What do the results of these experiments have to do with our present situation? This is the science behind how we can choose a timeline to stay safe, no matter what else is happening. As Gregg explains in The Isaiah Effect, basically time is not just linear (past, present and future), but it also has depth. The depth of time consists of all the possible prayers and timelines that could ever be prayed or exist.
Essentially, all our prayers have already been answered. We just activate the one we’re living through our FEELINGS. THIS is how we create our reality ~ by choosing it with our feelings. Our feelings are activating the timeline via the web of creation, which connects all of the energy and matter of the Universe.
Remember that the law of the Universe is that we attract what we focus on. If you are focused on fearing whatever may come, you are sending a strong message to the Universe to send you whatever you fear. Instead if you can get yourself into feelings of joy, love, appreciation or gratitude, and focus on bringing more of that into your life, you are going to avoid the negative stuff automatically.
You will be choosing a different TIMELINE with your feelings.
You can prevent getting anthrax or any other flu, virus, and so on, by staying in these positive feelings, which maintains an incredibly strong immune system.
So here’s your protection for whatever comes: Find something to be happy about every day, and every hour if possible, moment to moment, even if only for a few minutes. This is the easiest and best protection you can have. If nothing else, be joyous that the criminals have „already been caught” by the Universe!
Further related information is available at GreatMystery.org.
The above article was found at http://www.SouledOut.org who feature among other things “For enlightened, inspired reading about our present world crisis: How Can We Permanently End Terrorism?”.
by Andrew Matthews, seashell.com.au
At some point most of us learned that it is a good idea to forgive people. We learned that it is „holy” or „spiritual”.
But there is a more basic reason to forgive people: when you don’t forgive them, it ruins your life!
a) you are my boss and you give me the sack, or
b) you are my girl, and you run off with my buddy.
So I say, „I’ll never forgive you for that!”
Who suffers? Not you!
I’m pacing the floor. I’ve got the knot in my stomach. I’m losing sleep. You are probably out partying!
Where do we get the idea that if WE don’t forgive people, THEY suffer? It’s nuts!
Recent studies at the Public Health Institute in California confirm that hostility and resentment tear down your immune system and double your risk of heart attack, cancer and even diabetes.
Bitterness makes you sick!
To forgive someone, you don’t have to agree with what they did. You just have to want your life to work.
Is it easy? Usually not. But you don’t forgive people for their benefit.
You do it for your benefit.
Note by Healing Cancer Naturally
According to leading alternative cancer treatment researcher Lothar Hirneise, forgiveness is a primordial quality to develop for cancer patients. Also compare Dr. Bernie Siegel who writes: “I have collected 57 extremely well documented so-called cancer miracles. A cancer miracle is when a person didn’t die when they absolutely, positively were supposed to. At a certain particular moment in time they decided that the anger and the depression were probably not the best way to go, since they had such a little bit of time left, and so they went from that to being loving, caring, no longer angry, no longer depressed, and able to talk to the people they loved. These 57 people had the same pattern. They gave up, totally, their anger, and they gave up, totally, their depression, by specifically a decision to do so. And at that point the tumors started to shrink.”
Those who may have difficulty with the idea of forgiving those they feel greatly wronged by may find effective help in EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique.
This is a picture from an article called “The Rescuing Hug”. The article details the first week of life of a set of twins. Apparently, each were in their respective incubators, and one was not expected to live. A hospital nurse fought against the hospital rules and placed the babies in one incubator. When they were placed together, the healthier of the two threw an arm over her sister in an endearing embrace. The smaller baby’s heart rate stabilized and her temperature rose to normal.
Let us not forget to embrace those whom we love.