Mind over cancer

There are ways to control cancer which are not being fully utilized. It’s common knowledge that we can boost our immune system to stave off a cold if we have an important event to attend or a project to finish. I believe it’s time to begin using this power of the mind to connect with the body and protect ourselves from cancer, especially when it is in the early stages.
The mind-body connection contributed to my own healing process when I had 3 types of cancer 22 years ago. I had surgery, and chemotherapy, but still felt as if I would die. My surgeon had referred me to a psychologist who helped me to work through some unfinished emotional business and work on a chronic problem with depression. This helped to turn my life around and I was on the road to recovery.
During chemotherapy I learned we are able to visualize white cells killing cancer cells. Doing this many times a day helped me to feel my body getting stronger over time. If I can do this, anyone can do it; all it takes is the will to make it work.

This morning I was reading a blog by Pam Stephan of About.com and noticed a book review for Anti cancer – A New Way of Life. You can read the full review here:

http://breastcancer.about.com/od/bookreviews/gr/anticancer_dss.htm

The book is written by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, who had a relapse of brain cancer, after being a 15-year survivor.

Here are some excerpts from the review:
This book tells his story and teaches how cancer cells thrive as well as what inhibits their growth. The author presents conventional and alternative ways to slow and prevent cancer, showing how we all must care for our personal “terrain” to gain balance and true health. A very detailed and readable book, Anticancer is a worthwhile read for anyone open to change and ready for action.
According to Dr. Servan-Schreiber, we can guard our personal environments, choose our diet wisely, heal old emotional wounds, lower stress levels and live a life of balance with a strong immune system that is tumor-resistant. He does not advise us to avoid standard cancer treatments, and he advocates change based on scientific research.
Along the way, Dr. Servan-Schreiber tells the story of his own accidental diagnosis as well as how it affected his marriage and family life and his own practice of psychiatry. The compelling blend of stories, with the science and research of cancer, keeps you reading and may challenge how you think about lifestyle choices. Most of us would like to avoid cancer, or a recurrence of cancer. In Anticancer, Dr. Servan-Schreiber gives us much food for thought, as well as an outline for anticancer action. This book will interest anyone with a real desire to make changes that can protect both present and future health.

Pam Stephan’s review of Anti cancer – A New Way of Life is well worth reading and if you choose to read the book it could change your life.

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