Can the mind help heal cancer?

Can the mind help heal cancer?

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Although a startling number of people with cancer have experienced spontaneous or radical remission from the disease, the medical establishment does not seem to be very interested in looking into why these “miraculous” recoveries have taken place. So says Kelly Turner, the author of Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds.  Ms. Turner was recently interviewed in an article about the Perception Medicine Foundation, a new organization that is studying how the mind can effect human illnesses. Here are some highlights of that report:

By the time Steve Curtis was 20, he had a staff of 20 working for him at ZAG Group, the Vancouver company he’d started the year before that develops nutraceuticals, ethnobotanicals, and dietary supplements. His singular mission was to make money. Yet even though his organization kept growing, he wasn’t fulfilled. Looking back now, he describes himself then as insecure and unhappy. He experienced anxiety and depression, took sleeping pills regularly, and overindulged in alcohol. It took a diagnosis of terminal cancer when he was 24 for Curtis’s life to do a 180.

That was nine years ago, and Curtis hasn’t just beaten the advanced lymphoma that doctors said was untreatable and would kill him within two years; he’s also become a vocal proponent of mind-body medicine. He recently founded the Perception Medicine Foundation, which aims to increase scientific research into and understanding of the role the mind plays in the development and advancement of illness—and in its regression and reversal as well.

Curtis recalls what was going on in his life when he first noticed an unusual spot on his chest that would later turn out to be one of many. The spots were a sign of the rare and aggressive peripheral T-cell lymphoma. “I was a hurting, untrusting, anxious, sad, depressed guy,” the Edmonton native says in an interview at his office near Chinatown. “I had stomachaches, I had exhaustion. Inside, there was a massive hurt and a longing for something more.”

Curtis says once he got the news, he made a decision then and there to find a way to cure his cancer, no matter how poor his prognosis seemed. He began a process of what he calls confronting the shadow. He dug deep to understand why he was so discontented. He says his unhappiness stemmed from the loneliness he suffered as a smart, overweight kid with ADHD who was expelled in Grade 6. (He later returned to school.) Going into adulthood, he says the way he perceived himself and his world wasn’t positive.

With his diagnosis and his determination to beat the odds, he researched the immune system and embraced yoga, meditation, reiki, hypnosis, and other stress-reducing techniques. The way he explains it, he opened his heart and healing followed without radiation or chemotherapy.

“The cancer stopped progressing as I gave myself more time in a peaceful, joyful place of relaxing and meditating and [doing] yoga and letting go,” he says. “After work, I went home and I painted or listened to an audio book or went for a walk. I dedicated more of my life to the service of others, which I find so deeply fulfilling I feel goose bumps. I regularly feel tears of gratitude and joy.…As I engaged more in the world, it [the cancer] continued to go away.”

You can read the full article at http://www.straight.com/life/818966/cancer-survivor-boosts-mind-body-medicine

Kelly Turner’s Radical Remission shows it is possible to triumph over cancer, even in situations that seem hopeless. Encompassing diet, stress, emotions, spirituality, and other factors that profoundly affect our health and well-being, Turner’s discussion of how our choices can cause the seemingly miraculous to happen will open your eyes to what is possible when it comes to lasting healing.

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