How can my mind help me heal from cancer?
Our bodies are naturally equipped with multiple mechanisms to maintain
and restore health. There are many ways our organisms recognize and eliminate cancer cells or transform them back to healthy cells.
As a matter of fact, cancer cells have never been shown to digest healthy cells, but our immune cells have shown the capacity to destroy cancer cells.
These immune cells, as well as other healing mechanisms, operate under the influence of the brain via nerve connections, hormones, neuropeptides, and other substances.
The brain, nervous system, and immune system communicate through a feedback loop that has an unparalleled capacity to affect healing on the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organism levels. With proper lifestyle these changes make our bodies inhospitable to cancer cells.
Our bodies are capable of employing very intricate healing processes, automatically, whether we know about it or not.
With each passing year we are discovering new healing mechanisms beyond immunology (DNA repair, apoptosis, etc.), as well as evidence that we have only scratched the surface in our understanding of the body’s innate healing potential.
Modern therapeutic techniques, like cognitive-behavior therapy, as it is employed in our program, have been proven to cause permanent changes in the structure of the brain making it more resistant to anxiety, fear, depression and other difficult emotions.
The utilization of cutting-edge psychological interventions and techniques translates into improved quality of life and healing for our patients.
To see how our bodies can identify and eliminate cancer cells from our bodies you can view these Videos.
The following articles of leading experts in the field give in depth review of the mechanisms involved in the healing from cancer that may be influenced by mind-body interventions like the Beat the Odds® program:
Lutgendorf, S. K., & Andersen, B. L. Biobehavioral approaches to cancer progression and survival: Mechanisms and interventions. The American Psychologist, 70(2), 186–97. doi:10.1037/a0035730 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4347942/
Spiegel, D. (2012). Mind matters in cancer survival. Psycho-Oncology, 21(6), 588–93. doi:10.1002/pon.3067 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3370072/
Click here to read evidence that psychological interventions can increase the likelihood of survival.