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EXCERPTED FROM Dr. Zieve’s Chapter: I like to hear a patient’s story. Most people with cancer initially have a lot of fear, so it’s important for me to listen to their stories; to watch their gestures, mannerisms and expressions; to observe the lines on and the color of their faces, and the look in their eyes. Over the years, I have learned that the look in people’s eyes can give me important clues about how well they will do with their treatments. If I see that fear, depression or anxiety are predominant in their expression, for example, then I will have to work a lot harder on treating their emotions, or hidden problems in their family dynamics or psyche that could get in the way of their treatments working.
The typical cancer personality has been described and discussed in many books. It encompasses people who are excessively caring, highly conscientious, hardworking, responsible, and who have a strong tendency towards carrying others’ burdens. Such people are considered to be more prone to cancer. If I detect these characteristics in my patients, I may probe deeper into their psyches to find out more about their lives. I don’t usually do this during their first several visits with me, but perhaps during the first or second month that I work with them, and only if they are open to discussing their lives with me. I will try to discover answers to certain questions, such as: how much are they worrying for others? For instance, how much is the woman with breast cancer worrying about her children and not taking care of herself? How much is the man with prostate or colon cancer feeling or worrying about a sexual secret that will be discovered, or feeling sexual shame? I ask these questions because such worries sometimes contribute to different types of cancer. Colon cancer, for instance, has also been linked to people not being able to let go of something; anal and rectal cancer have been linked to people feeling deep disgust about certain issues in their lives. So I will look for these links, or correlations, and see if patients want to resolve the underlying emotional issues which may be contributing to their cancers’ development and survival. At our clinic, we have a well-trained therapist, as well as others that we can refer patients to, and with whom I may work indirectly as part of my patients’ care.
In my discussions with patients, I also observe how they respond to stress. Chronic stress raises cortisol levels, which in turn weakens the immune system. For instance, if it seems they are resentful towards their mothers, fathers, husbands, or wives, at some point, this may have been a contributing factor to their illnesses. Or if a woman loses a child, and isn’t able to resolve that conflict on a psychological level, her breast may open up or widen its ducts, as if she were reaching out for her deceased son. The body’s attempt to repair this widening may lead to the development of an intraductal breast cancer, which is the most common type of breast cancer in women. Of course, such processes happen on an unconscious level, so I try to help patients become aware of potential connections between emotional events and disease, so that they can let go of the traumatic conflicts that have been downloaded into their psyches, and be healed of their cancers.
I learned about these types of correlations, which are described in German New Medicine, from the international teacher Gilbert Renaud, PhD, who teaches a system called Recall Healing in Vancouver, Canada. According to his website, Recall Healing is a process that involves unlocking the secrets of illness by identifying and resolving the emotional trauma that causes disease. More information can be found at: www.recallhealing.ca. Doctors can take courses on Recall Healing and learn to identify such correlations in their patients.
Healing emotional trauma is an individual, personal process. Sometimes people aren’t ready to address their issues. I am careful not to impose my agenda on my patients. Sometimes they are so full of fear that at first, I must work with them exclusively on a biochemical and physiological level and do things like build up their energy, run tests, start IVs, do low-dose chemotherapy and other treatments; in short, put together the best biological program for them that will increase their strength and improve their sleep and overall functioning. As they start to feel better, they begin to gain confidence in our treatments, and at that point they might be ready to look at the psychological factors which contributed to their diseases in the first place. Other people are ready to do such conflict work from the “get-go.” In any case, whenever patients are ready, I will schedule a session with them to focus solely on this aspect of their healing.
Not all cancer doctors are trained in these approaches, so I would advise the patients of such doctors to see a Hellinger practitioner or a therapist trained in Recall Healing, who understands cancer personality issues and can focus on the emotional aspects of healing with them.
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- What Cancer Is and What Causes It
- The Role of Emotions in Cancer Development and Healing Emotional Trauma
- IPT—Insulin Potentiation Therapy and Metronomic Chemotherapy
- Chemotherapy Sensitivity and Other Types of Testing
- Addressing Growth Factors in Cancer
- Building Up the Body with Botanicals, Vitamins and Other Nutrients
- Girding the Body’s Foundations
- Improving Cellular Energy and Immune Function
- Building a Treatment Protocol in Layers
- The Multi-Faceted Benefits of Herbal Remedies for Treating Cancer
- Dietary Recommendations
- Treatment Outcomes
- Patient/Practitioner Challenges to Healing
- Risky Cancer Treatments and What Constitutes Good Science
- Why Oncologists Aren’t Open to “Alternative” Cancer Treatments
- How Friends and Family Can Support Their Loved Ones with Cancer
- Who Heals From Cancer?
- Last Words
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