How to deal with a severe diagnosis of cancer? Dr. Kelly Turner explored what life-changing can lead to cure
The result of her study is the bestseller of the NY Times, the book “Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds.” Also, and the online portal of the Radical Remission Project, where she collects the experiences of patients who could help further research, and also provide support for survivors of cancer.
Studying this topic, Turner has found nine common points that share survivors of cancer.
Radical change in diet
After analyzing hundreds of cases of spontaneous remissions, one of the most common topics that appeared with survivors was a radical change in diet. Most people who Turner studied changed four things in their diet. They greatly reduced or completely threw sugar, meat, dairy products and refined foods. Also, increased fruit and vegetable intake, ate organic food and drank filtered water.
Turner advocates taking small steps toward your anti-carcinogenic diet. Such as the gradual removal of one type of food and the addition of a new healthier alternative. This will help you feel like you are exploring new foods, and less like being deprived of something.
Take control of your health
People who have experienced spontaneous remission look at healing from a different perspective than other cancer patients. They believe that taking control of their own healing is not only a good practice. But also an important step in the healing process, Turner says.
These survivors actively cooperate with their team. They are prone to researching new information they share with their recovery team. Another aspect of control taking control is the willingness to analyze your life. Furthermore, make the necessary changes, even if these changes are long-lasting or emotionally difficult.
Faith in Intuition
The cancer survivors that Turner studied believe that their bodies have a natural urge and know what to treat. Your body can often reveal why you are sick. So cancer sufferers believe that you need to listen to your intuition before making any healing plan. This is the belief that most differs from the typical Western medicine, where patients are usually not part of the treatment plan.
If you want to have a better connection with your innate intuition, Turner suggests that you take the time to relax every day. You can listen to soothing music, dream or meditate.
The most popular reason why survivors of cancer and alternative healers turned to plants and nutritional supplements is to strengthen the immune system. Namely, they believe that, in order to get rid of cancer, you need to change the environment that allows cancer to grow and survive.
They also use plants and additives for the detoxification of the body. Get rid of chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, viruses, parasites and other toxins that have become part of our everyday world. The main difference between chemotherapy and vitamins or herbal supplements is that most chemotherapy treatments are designed to kill cancer cells. While most supplements are designed to strengthen the immune system in order to (naturally) remove cancer cells, Turner said.
If you are a cancer patient and undergo a conventional medical treatment, talk to your medical team before using any herbal remedies or supplements. That is to make sure that there will be no contraindications to your prescription medication.
Release of suppressed emotions
During her research, Turner discovered that survivors consider that the disease is blocking the physical, emotional or spiritual level of our beings. Health can only be achieved with the condition of unlimited energy movement at all three levels.
In other words, a modern lifestyle can be a cluster of stress. Severe thoughts and negative emotions that can weaken the immune system and lead to illness, from the common cold to cancer and heart disease. Relieving these suppressed emotions can be difficult for some people. But rejection of old emotional luggage can strengthen the immune system and increase the sense of happiness
Increase positive emotions
Scientists are aware that positive and negative emotions achieve immediate and strong connections between mind and body. Even though they have opposite effects. Positive emotions reduce blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels, stress hormones. They also improve blood circulation, deepen breathing, and help the body naturally improve the immune response.
This does not mean that you need to feel 100 percent happy all the time, because it’s impossible. Especially if you have cancer. Instead, try to feel happy, satisfied or grateful for at least 5 minutes a day. Even 5 minutes will overwhelm the entire bloodstream with hormones that stimulate immunity.
Support from others
Almost all survivors Turner interviewed pointed out that the love they received from others during the struggle with the disease was crucial in the healing process. People with the support of others, whether they are friends, family or support group, recover faster from their lonely colleagues.
Also, people with no physical contact – hug, arm around the shoulder, scalp or massage to relieve pain – had a more successful healing process than lonely people.
Strengthening the spiritual bond
Although some religions can provide great comfort. Having a spiritual connection does not necessarily mean being part of a religious community. Instead, interviewed survivors describe spiritual energy as “simultaneous physical sensation and strong emotions” of bliss, peace and warmth that extend from head to toe.
One idea of spiritual energy, which was consistent in research, is the belief that humans are primarily spiritual beings with temporary, physical bodies. When it comes to treatment of cancer, this idea becomes important when it affects someone’s treatment. If you believe that spiritual energy within us needs the same kind of care as the physical body, you will seek cure outside the physical domain, Turner says.
Desire to live
Among the people Turner interviewed around the world, another common thread was the thought “I do not want to die”. But it is important to point out, not only that the survivors did not want to die, but they wanted to live, which is a subtle but important distinction.
People who want to live usually see their existence as a call and feel they have a reason to live. Studies show that when cancer patients have strong reasons for life, it can really help them live longer.