I have seen healings that are like miracles where the cancer has spread to bones, liver and lungs and the patient is now alive and well 7-10 years later. I have seen enough remarkable healing to know they are real and they are not rare and these healings are not as common as they could be, why?
Some things have been lost
Humans are evolving from Hunter-Gatherer to farmer to industrial, to information age and I wonder if some things have been lost in the evolution? Have we lost the ability to create happiness-joy-contentment? Why can I say that?
Humans have evolved from Hunter-Gatherers to farmer to workers of industry to workers of the information age. This evolution has taken 12,000 years and it has not been easy. The Hunter-Gatherers to survive had to work closely with each other and now today people are isolated and do not work closely. And what has this caused?
Is it hard to be happy? Have we lost the ability to create joy naturally and to create joy regularly?Has the ability to create joy spontaneously has been lost by many? However the anatomy and chemistry of joy is related to dopamine and is more complicated and even though it is so important happiness-joy-play is discussed in Chapter (10) Joy. First, we need to ask why cancer?
Refined Carbohydrate Food and Disease
Research studies were published that showed recto-colon cancer is 7 to 15 times more common in developed countries where refined carbohydrate foods were common than in the developing countries where refined carbohydrate foods are not available. (See 1973 Pg 120 BT). Then in 2003 W.H.O. show prostate, breast and colon are 7-60 times greater in developed nation than in the developing nation. This was the first study that strongly suggested cancer was related to factors other than genetics such as dietary factors.
1991 and 1996.Psychologist are able to predict cancer as well as four other diseases. Researchers are able to predict who will develop premature morbidity (sickness) and mortality. Researchers were able to profile young healthy persons and forecast who will become sick and die prematurely as much as thirty-five to fifty years later. With these studies piles of research have built up that that strongly suggested cancer is related to psychosocial factors. So now we must remind ourselves that there are two major distinct sets of factors that greatly increase the risk of cancer. Why or how does the psychosocial factor(s) relate to cancer?
Stress and immune system
Stress is hardwired to the immune system. Nerves connect the brain directly to immune system. These nerves were recently discovered after the experiments strongly suggested their presence. Stress accumulates creating ever-increasing impact on the immune system. Plus the immune system reacts exactly how it taught (conditioned reflex) when so directed. The immune system is able to shut down and destroy immune cells if so directed. The arteries in the heart contract under certain stress and if those arteries are narrowed by years of incorrect food the heart is liable to go into such a fast rhythm that the heart can't stand it. (Also see Chapter (4) Mind/Body
Stress and immunity
Long- term stress reduced the bodies' ability to handle infections. Many studies were collected. Controlled studies show the correlation between the amounts of built up stress correlates with the reduced immune functions and then this correlates with the susceptibility to infections. (See Mind/Body Medicine by Daniel Goleman and Joel Gurin and see Chapter (3) Mind/Body)
Quality and quantity of life
Studies show that quality and quantity of life correlates with the quality and quantity of ones social connections. This is the conclusion from evaluating the studies discussed in Doctor Ornish's book Love and Survival. He has done such an excellent job of bringing all these references together.
Changing medical history
One hundred fifty years of medical history has been changed by these modern studies. Psychosocial studies became established as an important factor in the cause of many illnesses including cancer by a factor of 1.9 to 3.1.The Oakland Alameda Study showed the correlation of social support and health or those who were isolated and without support had premature death 1.9 to 3.1 greater. Lisa Berkman and group studied 7,000 persons for nine years. Persons who had social connections such bowling, PTA, church etc versus those persons without social connections lived 1.9 to 3.1 times longer. Lisa Berkman was told by her adviser as she presented her work for PhD that she was changing 150 years of medical history. (See page 32 Love and Survival by D. Ornish)
In 1988 studies were published in the NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine) that showed cancer was five times higher in person that raise by an adopted parent that had cancer as compared to their genetic parents. In the year 2000 studies were published again in the NEJM that showed identical twins although they have identically the same gene structure do not have the same rates of cancer. Most cancers 85 plus percent of not caused by genetic factors. Most cancers are related to lifestyle factors. These studies are detailed in Chapter (2) Cancer.
Candice Pert former chief of Microbiology at National Institute of Mental Health states in her book Molecules of Emotion that these studies are causing a paradigm shift in medical history. I believe these additional studies help us to understand the changes that are occurring in medical science.
In 1995 I found the book Making Miracles and was startled by the titles because doctor don't do miracles. Paul C. Roud was able to find eleven persons with cancer, cystic fibrosis, and severe depression (suicide attempts) that turned their lives around. The patients' records and doctors' reports were collected in order to thoroughly evaluate all the facts. Truly remarkable improvements were noted.
Remarkable healing 1996
I have seen the healings of persons with cancer that were like miracles. These healings were truly remarkable because the cancer had spread to bones, to liver and to lungs. I practiced medicine for 40 years and I never saw healings when and where the cancers had spread to bone, liver and lungs. I now have seen enough of these truly remarkable healings to know they are real and not rare. Was this the answer to all of my questions? It has been known that cancer occurs unevenly around the world.
'Music, Humor and Miracles'
I was greatly impressed by Doctor Simonton's books Getting Well Again and Healing Journey then I found he had a Web site and he was also sponsoring a conference 'Music, Humor and Miracles'. Doctor Simonton describes in detailed the lives of persons suffering from late stages of cancer who were able to control their suffering, isolation, and lessen pain. He had also published a paper that about one hundred fifty persons lived twice as long as did persons with conventionally treatment. Also in the work it appeared that patients had hope they had a program and they did not feel isolated.The meeting, 'Music, Humor and Miracles' changed my life, my attitude and began the journey that changed the way I approached patients. The first speaker asked, 'how many persons here today considered themselves survivors?' I believe about two-thirds of the persons present considered themselves survivors. What was this large group talking about? I didn't know what they were talking about and I knew these people were too young for the Nazi Prison Camps. Who is Doctor O. Carl Simonton?
Doctor Simonton was an outstanding student and took his oncology training at the University of Oregon. Doctor Simonton became aware that people with long-standing cancer had lost faith in themselves and their doctors; they didn't have faith in their treatment. Doctor Simonton also discusses that most cancer cells are poorly organize and the cells are weak. He was amazed to notice if person improved their heath and their attitude they did so much better. Many people have heard of Simonton and have been very satisfied for he has a large following. One of his books has been republished over eight times. That is amazing for a self-help book; it must mean that the public is interested and has some faith in the author. I am very impressed with his knowledge and his work. I have tried to tell people about him but they were not ready and so did not hear. Books like that when they are reprinted that many time should be noted and made special. Are we making the best choices and are we prisoners of habit and prisoners of birth?
Before the 1996 meeting I felt helpless. I saw Mary Jean age 38, a close relative developed colorectal cancer. She had had bleeding per rectum but she just thought it was from hemorrhoids until it was too late. This was a whole family catastrophe. The husband, wife and two teen-age children were frequently huddled together in fear and panic: they became depressed and mired in an emotional mass of quicksand. This occurred early in my professional life. The cancer was devastating and they were frozen in fear. What do you say and what do you do?
Does training help?
Do you know what its like not to be able help and to offer hope after you have spent years? I had spent many years in medical school and then internship and then I went to University of Wisconsin to become an Internist a Diagnostician a specialist on disease. Then I got drafted into the Army and was very fortunate to get the outstanding Letterman Army Hospital at the Presidio of San Francisco. It was like two more years to learn and mature. After many years in practice a close friend developed pancreatic cancer.
Quentin a close friend of twenty-five years developed pancreatic cancer, which very shortly was considered bad. I had been in practice much longer but still things hadn't changed. I didn't go and visit him. What can you say when you helpless and without hope and you stay away? Is this what medical school is all about? Are you able to offer hope when you don't know what to say?
Doctor Simonton in his books Healing Journey and Getting Well Again describes over one hundred fifty patients who had advanced cancer and with treatment they lived twice as long as the average for persons with advanced cancer. Doctor Simonton compared his study to that of Doctor David Spiegel of Stanford University Medical Center.
Does Psychosocial Medicine of Mind/Body Medicine conquer and or control cancer? A Psychiatrist at Stanford while treating a lady with emotional problems notice that the ladies advanced cancer improved, regressed. Counseling is not an overnight affair and the doctor was able to watch the dynamics of the patient. This experience lead to further observations and then an official controlled study was set up where the psychiatrist asked, 'could psychosocial treatment improve the quality of life in persons with advanced cancer?' The studies allowed the psychiatrists to answer the question can psychiatrists improve the quality of life in persons with advanced cancer. The controlled study showed that psychosocial treatment could improve the quality and quantity of life. At first the doctors didn't believe their own findings. This study was a landmark study because it showed that healing the body begins with healing the mind. And to heal the mind what do we know and where do we start. Around this time other studies were being done in California but these studies were not brought together until later on.
Control of cancer maybe more accurate but the world needs to know of the major work that has come out of 4, four major university medical centers in California the last being 2005. Has cancer be controlled or conquered? Read Chapter (8) Healing Ways and then read what Doctor David Spiegel says in his book Living Beyond Limits pages 273-6
The scientific revolution is digitized. Almost all the statements are instantly available on the Internet unless the information is available in book form. Also it is best to know the source of information and if the information has been repeated and confirmed by reliable workers.
Rosa's melanoma gone
In 1989 Rosa K. had a mole removed from skin just above her right shoulder blade. Under the microscope the melanoma was found to be malignant. The doctors then checked her over and found the melanoma had spread to be in the right knee bone and also in the liver. I met Rosa in 1996 who was visiting the meeting also. She states she has been alive and well since 1989. I was impressed; I was in a state of wonder. I had never seen such remarkable thing. When I tell my classmates the jus look at me and say I don't believe it. As stated above I have seen and read about enough remarkable healings that I know they are real and they are not rare. But were do you go from hear. What did Simonton do? He did not do surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
Ray's leukemia was gone
Raymond at age 42 was found to have a severe form of leukemia. His blood count was very bad. Ray over the next several years had his ups and down with the leukemia several times his situation was consider extreme. Now Ray is 55 and there has been no sign of cancer for over 7 years. Is this a miracle? Do miracles occur spontaneously? We will have a chance to follow Ray later on. Did Ray conquer cancer? What did I see?
D. K. Ks.' melanoma was gone
DKK at age 34 had a spot of malignant melanoma on her left upper arm and by the time the spot was diagnosed she was told she had it in her lungs however when I saw her eight years later she was alive and well
Harries' malignant melanoma was gone
Harry D. Had malignant melanoma that had spread to the spine and spine surgery was consider necessary and metal retainer used can still be seen on x-ray. Harry must be over 25 years post op and is doing well.
Louie's' lung cancer was gone
He was told even at the City of Hope Hospital, which is and outstanding hospital that the cancer was too far-gone to do surgery however when I met Louie several years later he was alive and well.
This truly was a turning point in my life. This was the most important meeting of my life. This meeting was a turning point. I learned that pain and suffering could be lessened. I learned that one could truly offer hope.When you are able to show a person how they are able to help themselves that is hope.As you can see from the next two cases that before this important meeting I was helpless and not able to give hope or comfort.
Sam's cancer returned again
I met Sam (not correct name) just before he was notified of his latest reoccurrence of colon cancer his third. Sam age 82 had surgery plus chemotherapy twice before for this last episode off cancer. This time the surgeon removed his right kidney, right adrenal gland, part of his colon and part of his pancreas. Sam was told nothing would work this time no chemotherapy etc. Sam was a basket case, Sam was anxious, worried, restless, fretful and on edge. He felt that every ache or pain was an indication of the cancers' return. I had never visited a 'terminal' cancer patient weekly plus Sam was from an exotic foreign country so I asked him would he appreciate weekly visits. I mainly just sat and visited with him however I occasionally showed how when he got panicky that his thinking was illogical and that he needed to do relaxing exercise. I told myself that I would spend one plus hours with him weekly if he felt it would help. Sam gained weight and strength by daily long walks. He took interest in family and social affairs. Sam became much less nervous. Sam lived five to six more years and I that maybe I had helped. I knew patients had a chance and I knew hope was real.
Rose Ann had cancer of the stomach. She was upset and not sleeping well. I wonder if she had been beside herself for some time because her clothes seem to be in disarray or not as well put together as you would expect for her. I gave her a prescription for very mild antidepressants that she could take at seven PM to relax her so that she could sleep better and then the drowsiness effect would be out of her system by morning. I followed her almost weekly just supporting her and encouraging her to take better care of herself by eating better, exercising and regular house chores and being off work and taking time to relax. Some time latter her husband and sister came in separately and said the cancer was gone. Both persons put their hand up in the air in mach demonstration of the stomach doctor when in surprise he said, 'the cancer is gone.'
Failure to connect
To hear, to apprehend
Even though doctors may know how to control or conquer cancer most patients are unable to hear or grasp the concept. Even though doctors are able to overcome the 150 years of medical history patients can't hear. “We hear and apprehend only what we already half know.” (Henry David Thoreau) This fact is known and teachers realize there is a 'Learnable Moment' when a person is given enough time and information that they will be able to grasp a new concept. This is one of the most important concepts that are introduced in this book. One needs to write it down again and again and go over it many times. Exactly how do we learn?
People can't hear you. People can't grasp the concept
I have tried to help people who are suffering and with cancer but they are not able to hear and understand these new concepts. However this phenomenon is not new. But this is not new. For century people are caught in their own time zone.
Vaccinating for Smallpox saves live and prevents the terrible scaring that occurs with small pox. But can you imagine what people would feel about putting pus from an infected cow onto healthy skin and also remember that occasionally people could get very sick from cowpox. People years ago would think of this as magic, maybe black magic.
Vaccinating for Smallpox had been known for years maybe 1-2,000 years before being accepted and the medical profession had fought against it. (See Cotton Mather and Small Pox on the Web.
Women die from childbirth when hand washing was not done. Would people years ago think of this as magic? Ten percent of women and their babies died during childbearing when doctors delivered their babies without washing their hands. Babies that were delivered by midwives out of the hospitals had much lower rates of puerperal sepsis of childbed fever. This was one of the most important discovering of the nineteenth century.
Have things changed?
Recently update figures on hand washing indicates further change is necessary. In the Emergency Rooms 27 % of doctors' wash their hands and 57% of nurses wash their hands before examining new patients. Education is important but we need to stop and ask how do we learn new concept. We learn by repeating and repeating and then reading again and again
'Terminal' Cancer Survivors
Memorial Sloan-Kettering is one of the largest and finest cancer centers in the United States and the world. Dr. Lewis Thomas, chancellor of Memorial Sloan-Kettering states, “From time to time patients turn up with advanced cancer, beyond possibility of cure… the patient is sent home to die, only to turn up again ten years later free of disease and in good health. There are now several hundred such cases in world scientific literature. And no one doubts the validity of the observations.” This was first published 1985 and since then there has been much more work confirming and expanding the healing of persons with cancer in advanced stages. I would like to say whenever there has been a remarkable change why don't we take the time to ask the patient what happened. If you really listen to patient the patient will tell you what's wrong and what they did! (Page #206 Fighting Cancer by R. Block. As in H&R Block.) Also see the Web.
Support and hope
Support and hope are everything
Persons with advance cancer feel hopeless and helpless. This is a common observation. If you are going to overcome cancer you need to take an active part in your program. Persons with advanced cancer are depressed and exhausted. It seems from what I have seen and read that only one or two out of one hundred persons will find the path to healing whereas as much as fifty percent or so will heal if they have support and find a group.
This book was undertaken to lessen pain and suffering for persons with severe cancer and was to be called Healingwaysdr.com on the Web. However scientific research has now given such definitive answers that the book had to be rewritten. Persons with severe diseased are exhausted, depressed and they feel they are without hope. The anatomy or chemistry of exhaustion is discussed later. When a person is depressed mentally and physically they need support and they need a support team and team leader. Persons need a friend and thinking coach they are close to and trust. They don't trust their own thinking. Emotions control every aspect of life and when working with healing one needs to be constantly aware of what emotions are saying. Thus in lessening suffering even though sever metastatic disease is present we need to give, feel and add hope.Healing isolation, fear, panic and pain. Persons need support from doctors and friend. It is impossible to heal without a support system. Therefore this book is for the helpless and the helper, the sick and the well. Who makes up your support system?
(Biology of Hope) Norman Cousins
Norman Cousins was not a medical doctor he was an outstanding writer and communicator so much so that he met many of the great leaders of the world. I believe he often over did and he became very sick with a painful inflammatory rheumatic disease for which he was placed in one of the most prestigious hospital, he checked himself out of the hospital and into a hotel that was cheaper and with better food and privacy (with his doctors consent) then he got well in a very unconventional way.
PrisThe Anatomy of an Illness.
He wrote the book The Anatomy of an Illness by a patient. This book became world famous. Because of his way with words, sincerity and hope he was asked to become an adjunct professor at three leading medical schools and he chose UCLA. In order to hear what he had to say about hope you need to know the man. You have to read his books and see what he has seen in order to truly under this man and his work. “People tell me not to offer hope unless I know hope to be real, but I don't have the power not to respond to and out stretched hand. I don't know enough to say that hope can't be real…… How did N. Cousins become the man he was?
Tuberculosis as a child
Did Mr. Cousins just one day say I believe hope to be a good idea?
As an eleven-year-old child he was sent to a Tuberculosis sanitarium because he had a spot on his lung. Mr. Cousins states that he noticed that the persons who got out faster from the sanitarium were not depressed but were different they were not downers. Really what did an eleven year old learn?What did he as an adult learn? He saw people do better with a more constructive attitude. There is a Web site that write, 'the Marks Brothers brought him back to life' and that is true but he said 'laugh therapy' was only a metaphor for a way of living.' Mr. Cousins was not a doctor but was made an adjunct professor in the School of Medicine at UCLA because of his attitude and communicative skills. During his tenure he saw people get well. One needs to read of his adventures. What Mr. Cousins saw allowed him to write so magnificently about 'Hope.' Don't deny the diagnosis,” says Norman Cousin. “ Try to defy the verdict.”
Patients with cancer
Patients proceed to chapter (5) Control.
Attention. I suggest patients go to chapter (5) Control contents of mind. and then later on come back to this point. As stated when a person is exhausted, depressed and without hope he or she needs to start the healing process rather than thinking about the why's etc.
This book by Charles Barber describes today's practice of medicine of making people numb by pills. He gives the statistic on the amount of upper and downer pills that are prescribed today. He also notes that most excess pills are thrown down the toilet and there are so many pills being flushed down the toilet that it may begin to affect our water supply. Has The Practice of Medicine really changed from my time to the present time? Can pills change your beliefs, perception, misconception and isolation? Now I would like to outline my goals by asking why does cancer occur and who gets cancer?
Four major universities healing studies. Controlled studies at Stanford, UCLA, USC, and UCSF have shown that treating the mind and body of cancer patients is far more effective than any other cancer treatment today! Studies showed that Mind/Body Medicine or Psychosocial medicine controlled certain cancer better than any form of modern conventional treatment surgery, chemotherapy and or radiation.
What is important? Why do some people survive or succeed and other don't? The person that wins or who succeeds is the one with the strongest and most persistent drive. Doctor Viktor Frankl, a famous survivor from Nazi Prison camps in his powerful book Mans Search for Meaning states that, 'if a person has a why to live he can do most any how.' He reminds us that the statement was original from Friedrich Nietzsche. (For detail see Chapter (12) Purpose. Also see beliefs
How important are our beliefs? Our beliefs influence our perceptions and our beliefs influence our goals in life. Our beliefs influence whether we are fanatics or not fanatics. Our beliefs influence our emotion and our emotions influence our thinking. Emotions are the language of the mind/body. At this point we needs to understand the term, True Believer. Eric Hoffa discusses this in his book True Believer. Mr. Hoffa discusses the topic from a mass movement and I would like the readers to see how the concept involves everyone. I believe everyone wants to believe but then we realize we often do better if we make decisions if we examine thing and ask what is provable etc. This is a very important topic and is discussed in Chapter (5) Think and Chapter (9) Banquet.
Persistent focus occurs with well thought out meditation. The mind pops off thoughts much like a popcorn popper. Also thoughts are controlled by emotions and emotions are the language of the mind/body. Also we need to imagine life in the Pleistocene time weren't emotions the basic language of the people? These topic are covered more in Chapters (5) Think and (11) Meditate