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In the process of studying The Spontaneous Remission Report. 3500 of the most documented cases of curing the impossible. The results will surprise you. Tip nearly all of them had a spiritual awakening of one level or another. I think this article really helps those who need help healing. But interestingly the largest component of healing was doing new things and expecting different results. Imagine that. Science also is showing us the placebo power of the caregiver. This is the most important I believe. The power of select family and doctors saved me. Not with intervention or medicines. But because they showed up and cared. Positive people heal people. We are more magnificent than we know. Please share this to this you know suffering. And remind them that you love them.
"June 10, 2013 at 5:39pm ·
When I first read the Spontaneous Remission Project, which consists of over 3500 case studies in the medical literature of patients who have been cured from seemingly “incurable” illnesses, either without medical treatment or with treatment deemed inadequate for cure. These case studies, written up by doctors as unexplainable cases, offer a scientific peak into the mystery of medicine, the awe of medicine, and the possibility of what some might call (though most doctors wouldn’t dare) “miracles.”
Many of these case studies include the stories of patients who were cured from supposedly terminal cancers- Stage 4 cancers that disappeared. When I read these case studies, the million dollar question that popped into my curious mind was “Are these flukes- or did these patients do something proactive to cure themselves?”
Dr. Kelly Turner, a PhD who trained at Harvard and UC Berkeley, had the same question, so I tracked her down to interview her from my book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself. For her PhD thesis, Dr. Turner traveled the world studying people who experienced what she calls “unexpected remissions” from Stage 4 cancer. She prefers the term “unexpected remission” to “spontaneous remission” because the word “spontaneous” implies that it just happened, that it was some sort of lucky accident, and that the patient wasn’t involved in the cure. In addition to interviewing the patients in order to find out what they did to get well, Dr. Turner interviewed their healers, usually unconventional healers, since many of these patients had chosen to refuse Western medical treatment.
What Dr. Turner found is that these unexpected remission weren’t accidents. The common thread between all of these patients stories was 6 proactive health behaviors they credit with their cancer cures.
1. Change your diet.
The majority of Dr. Turner’s interviewees credited diet change as a powerful tool for self-healing. Most recommended eating a diet consisting primarily of whole vegetables, fruits, grains, and beans, while eliminating meat, sugar, dairy, and refined grains. When your body’s innate self-repair mechanisms are overtaxed with cleaning up toxins from a poor diet, it’s hard for them to go about the business of fighting cancer. But when your diet is pristine, your natural self-repair mechanisms can do what they know how to do- kill cancer cells and try to return the body to homeostasis. For great examples of how to fight cancer with a vegan, largely raw, chemical-free, anti-inflammatory diet, check out Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet and Crazy Sexy Kitchen.
2. Deepen your spirituality.
Many of Dr. Turner’s interviewees discussed feeling an internal sensation of divine, loving energy of a spiritual nature. One study showed that engaging in spiritual community by attending religious services can extend your life by up to 14 years, so it’s unsurprising that connecting with the Divine- whether within yourself or in spiritual community with others who share your faith- would activate your body’s self-repair mechanisms so your body can heal itself.
3. Feeling love/joy/happiness.
Many of those Dr. Turner interviewed credited their cancer cure with increasing love and happiness in their lives. Studies show that happy people live up to 10 years longer than unhappy people and optimists have a 77% lower risk of heart disease when compared to pessimists, most likely because feelings of joy, love, connection, optimism, and happiness flip off harmful stress responses and activate healing relaxation responses in the body, filling the body with healing hormones like oxytocin, dopamine, nitric oxide, and endorphins which bathe every cell in the body- including the cancer cells- and activate the body’s natural cancer-fighting abilities.
4. Releasing repressed emotions.
Many of Dr. Turner’s interviewees believed that it was healing from them to release any negative emotions they had been harboring, such as fear, anger, grief, or resentment. We know that repressed emotions, whether they exist in the conscious or subconscious mind, act as triggers to the amygdala in your limbic brain, since the amygdala inaccurately perceives these negative thoughts as a threat to your safety. Every time you feel fear, anger, grief, resentment, loneliness, pessimism, depression, or anxiety, these negative thoughts activate the “fight-or-flight” stress response that fills the body with poisonous stress hormones and deactivates the body’s natural healing processes. Dealing with your negative emotions in healthy ways-via psychotherapy, somatic work, EFT, the Hoffman Process, or any number of other modalities, can calm your amygdala, return your nervous system to its homeostatic relaxed state, and boost your body’s self-repair mechanisms.
5. Taking herbs or vitamins.
Dr. Turner’s interviewees took various forms of herbs, vitamins, and supplements- there wasn’t any one magic supplement that beat out the rest- with the belief that they would help to detoxify the body and/or boost the immune system. Whether these herbs, vitamins, and supplements actually helped cure the cancer- or whether they effectively helped flip on the body’s natural self-repair via the placebo effect- has yet to be determined. And it shouldn’t matter. We know that 18-80% of the time, patients taking sugar pills with no inactive ingredients get better- because they believe they are getting the real treatment. In other words, if you believe some herb, tea, tonic, vitamin, or nutritional supplement holds the key to your cure, by all means, take it.
6. Using intuition to help make treatment decisions.
Those who Dr. Turner interviewed talked about the importance of following their intuition with regard to treatment-related decisions, which makes sense physiologically. When rats with a certain type of cancer are exposed to shocks, studies show that the rats who learn to escape the shocks die of cancer 30% of the time, compared to a 73% death rate when the rats become passive and just lay down and accept their fate.
In other words, your body is your business. Whether or not you’re pursuing conventional cancer treatment or trying alternatives like the people in Dr. Turner’s study, you can’t just hand the fate of your body over to someone else the way you would hand your car over to a doctor. You know your body better than any doctor does, and following your intuition (Step 3 in the 6 Steps To Healing Yourself that I teach in Mind Over Medicine) is key when it comes to fighting any illness, especially cancer. If you or someone you love has cancer, the very act of taking charge of your health not only ensures that you get the best care; it also gives you a survival advantage and makes it more likely that you will become one of the medical miracles.
Remember, these healthy behaviors aren’t just about helping you experience an unexpected remission. They’re about prevention. After all, this is your LIFE we’re talking about.
Lissa Rankin MD
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