How is Stress Linked to Cancer?
by Dr. Joseph Mercola

I have long believed that emotional factors are one of the most important contributing factors for all diseases, especially cancer.     That is why an effective strategy to manage your emotional stress has long been a part of my 12 top cancer-prevention tools, and this is because there is overwhelming evidence that your mind does matter when it comes to preventing, or triggering, disease.

The idea that your emotions impact your health and the development of disease is not new. Even the conservative Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that 85 percent of all diseases appear to have an emotional element, but the actual percentage is likely to be even higher.

Dr. Hamer’s research, which spans across the last three decades, has produced scientific proof indicating that your current health status is due to your mental and emotional reactions to events that take place during your lifetime.

Bruce Lipton’s “New Biology” is another school of scientific thought that adds to this “new” way of thinking about disease, namely that your emotions can trigger your genes to either express health or disease.

Stress Has Been a Known Cause of Cancer Since 1908:     I recently finished a fascinating interview with Donald (“Donnie”) Yance, an internationally known cancer herbalist and nutritionist. During our talk he shared this phenomenal piece of information with me: stress was pinned down as a cause of cancer all the way back in 1908! As Donnie said:  "Eli Jones, the great eclectic physician in cancer, and probably the most brilliant person that ever lived on the face of the planet -- I rarely talk without mentioning his name -- wrote a book in 1908 called Cancer - Its Causes, Symptoms and Treatment.  There isn’t one inaccuracy I can find in that book, written more than a hundred years ago.”      In this book, Dr. Jones revealed his top causes of cancer … and the number one cause he listed was stress.
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Cancer's Secret Weakness

By Dr. Joseph Mercola -  January 30 2010

In the past I have regarded herbs, in many cases, as an alternative to drugs, useful for treating various symptoms but not to treat the underlying cause. I have since revised my opinion on this quite significantly, and now realize that herbs can help supportyour health from a very basic level, just as foods do.

Donnie Yance is a clinical master herbalist, and he explains that foods and herbs share quite a few similarities, including being pleiotropic -- which means they produce more than one effect. Donnie expands:

“There are different ways to think of the role of herbs in people’s health. From my perspective, working from that vitalistic tradition, herbs are what are called trophorestorative, so they actually do work on the deepest level.

What’s very interesting now, with the explosion of science and to the field of herbal medicine, is that we’re learning that plants transfer information genetically to our genes that do nothing but add benefit to our health in a genetic level.

Read the full article on Dr. Mercola's website.  Includes videos and additional resources, including a full transcript of their interview.  We highly recommend Donnie Yance's expertise as a master medical herbalist, whose specialty is cancer.

Dr. Mercola Reviews Ryke Geerd Hamer's New View of Cancer

German New Medicine (GNM), developed by Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, M.D., operates under the premise that every disease, including cancer, originates from an unexpected shock experience. The discovery came after Dr. Hamer, the former head internist in the oncology clinic at the University of Munich, Germany, lost his son in an unexpected tragedy, then developed testicular cancer. The diagnosis led him to study the connection between stressful events and disease by investigating the histories of his cancer patients.

He found that, like himself, every one of his patients had gone through a very stressful episode prior to developing cancer, and, upon investigating other diseases found that every disease is controlled from its own specific area in the brain and linked to a very particular, identifiable, “conflict shock.”

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Research Shows Stress May Help Cancer Cells Resist Treatment

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Public release date: 10-Apr-2007 Scientists from Wake Forest University School of Medicine are the first to report that the stress hormone epinephrine causes changes in prostate and breast cancer cells that may make them resistant to cell death.

"These data imply that emotional stress may contribute to the development of cancer and may also reduce the effectiveness of cancer treatments," said George Kulik, D.V.M., Ph.D., an assistant professor of cancer biology and senior researcher on the project.

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Learn Why “Feelings Buried Alive Never Die” By Dr. Joseph Mercola

To anyone experiencing any type of physical or emotional challenge, whether sourcing from health and diet, relationships, money, career, personal goals or any other aspect of life, I highly recommend you read the book "Feelings Buried Alive Never Die." For some time now patients in my clinic have been urged to read this wonderful book; they’ve come from all walks of life, and their health challenges have run the gamut, but their praise for the eloquence and usefulness of "Feelings Buried Alive Never Die..." has been incredibly strong and nearly unanimous, and so I believe it is important to recommend this wonderful book to the rest of you.

The author, Karol K. Truman, has written a straightforward yet profound exploration and explanation of feelings: what they are, how we experience them, how they are integral to physical health, and, most important, how to work with and overcome those that are pulling us down.

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The War on Cancer is Being Oversold by Ralph Moss, PhD

"I was recently asked to provide the Point of View commentary for the magazine Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, a leading monthly publication in the field. Here is what I wrote. You can also read the article at the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News Web site: ~Dr. Moss

The US cancer death rate declined by one-half of one percent between 2003 and 2004 - and the world went wild. Soon after the announcement, on January 17, 2007, President Bush paid a rare visit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to bask in the reflected glory of this alleged turning point in the war on cancer. "Progress is being made," he intoned. "We're spending about $28.6 billion here at the NIH, which was doubled from 15 years ago." But the President failed to mention that his administration had actually cut the National Cancer Institute's budget by approximately $72 million between fiscal years 2005 and 2007. He further characterized the decline in cancer deaths as "the steepest drop ever recorded." While technically true, this gave the misleading impression that the decline in the number of deaths was both dramatic and precipitous. In fact, the number of cancer deaths had either risen or remained the same, on a year-by-year basis, for over 70 years since record keeping began. Read the Article

Thoughts On The Cure For Cancer By Dr. Ben Kim on October 29, 2007

A short time ago, a visiting relative asked my wife and me what we thought about the idea that the cure for cancer was already established, but was being hidden from the general public for various reasons. Being a pharmaceutical sales representative, her idea of the cure for cancer was a drug or procedural treatment that could be received from a doctor, and used right away to experience a complete recovery from cancer.

Her question was an important reminder for me, as I usually do not focus on the reality that a good number of people in our society -- perhaps the vast majority -- believe in cures that come in expensive packaging or from skilled hands in the operating room. Please take a moment to consider the many fund-raising campaigns that exist to support doctors and scientists who are working on cures to many different types of cancer and other chronic, degenerative health challenges. I'm not questioning the sincerity and motives of such doctors and scientists, as I have no doubt that some of them are passionate about discovering cures to different health conditions. I'm only pointing out that a belief in quick-fix cures exists in virtually all pockets of society.

Here is the gist of what I shared with our visiting relative: There is no such thing as a cure for any health condition, or if there are cures for specific diseases, then these cures cannot last for more than the few seconds that it takes for you to have a thought or to feel anything.This is because each of the trillions of cells that make up your body is constantly changing in its health status according to your ongoing thoughts and emotions.

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