Cancer: THE MIND BODY CONNECTION, Psychosomatic
therapy (psyche = mind; soma = body) theorizes that there
are psychological and emotional factors involved in both the onset and healing of cancer and other diseases.
THE MIND BODY CONNECTION
THE MIND BODY CONNECTION - Hanne Bom
"Psychosomatic therapy (psyche = mind; soma = body) theorizes that there
are psychological and emotional factors involved in both the onset and
healing of cancer and other diseases.
One of the most recent studies on psychosomatic cancer therapy comes
from Germany. Over the past ten years, medical doctor and cancer surgeon
Ryke-Geerd Hamer has examined 20,000 cancer patients with all types of
Dr. Hamer wondered why cancer never seems to systematically spread
directly from one organ to the surrounding tissue. For example, he never
found cancer of the cervix AND cancer of the uterus in the same woman.
He also noticed that all his cancer patients seemed to have something in
common: there had been some kind of psycho emotional conflict prior to
the onset of their disease, a conflict that had never been fully
After having examined 20,000 cancer patients with all types of cancer,
Dr. Hamer has come up with some revolutionary information. X-rays taken
of the brain by Dr. Hamer showed in all cases a dark shadow somewhere
in the brain. These dark spots would be in exactly the same place in the
brain for the same types of cancer. There was also a 100% correlation
between the dark spot in the brain, the location of the cancer in the
body and the specific type of unresolved conflict.
On the basis of these findings, Dr. Hamer suggests that when we are in a
stressful conflict that is not resolved, the emotional reflex center in
the brain which corresponds to the experienced emotion (e.g : anger,
frustration, grief) will slowly break down. Each of these emotion
centers are connected to a specific organ. When a center breaks down, it
will start sending wrong information to the organ it controls, resulting
in the formation of deformed cells in the tissues: cancer cells. He
also suggests that metastases are not the SAME cancer spreading. It is
the result of new conflicts that may well be brought on by the very
stress of having cancer or of invasive and painful or nauseating
Dr. Hamer started including psychotherapy as an important part of the
healing process and found that when the specific conflict was resolved,
the cancer immediately stopped growing at a cellular level. The dark
spot in the brain started to disappear. X-rays of the brain now showed a
healing edema around the damaged emotional center as the brain tissue
began to repair the afflicted point. There was once again normal
communication between brain and body. A similar healing edema could also
be seen around the now inactive cancer tissue. Eventually, the cancer
would become encapsulated, discharged or dealt with by the natural
action of the body. Diseased tissue would disappear and normal tissue
would then again appear.
Recent research in Germany, Austria, France, the US and Denmark has
confirmed Dr. Hamer's findings; that emotional conflicts create cancer,
and solving the conflicts in question stops the cancer growth.
Dr. Hamer believes that cancer people are unable to share their
thoughts, emotions, fears and joys with other people. He calls this
"psycho-emotional isolation". These people tend to hide away sadness and
grief behind a brave face, appear nice and avoid open conflict. Some
are not even aware of their emotions, and are therefore not only
isolated from other people, but also from themselves. If we live our
life in emotional isolation, our emotional centers will be under
constant stress. If we then add a major conflict which we are not able
to resolve, and which we may not even be quite conscious of, then the
emotional centers of our brain are in danger of breaking down.
We all experience "emotional-isolation", more or less. We live in a
society where we want to interact with other people in a way we have
been brought up to regard as considerate. There are limits to what we
feel we can say and do. We often even censor what we allow ourselves to
think and feel. Having to change these lifestyle facts does not
necessarily mean that we need to go out and hit our neighbor or cry in
front of our friends. It is a question of how we can change our
emotional patterns without creating even greater conflicts for
It can take time to make even small changes in our habits. The important
thing is that we can start healing from the moment we have understanding
of our emotional conflicts so we can start acting, even if this action
is merely to start talking to somebodya friend, a partner or a
professional. In this way, we break the loneliness of our isolation, and
the pressure is taken off the emotional centers in our brain.
Cancer patients who choose psychosomatic therapywhether professionally
or with a good friendare different from most other patients. They are
not 'just' being treated by others, but play an active part in resolving
how and why the disease occurred. The word 'patient' becomes redundant,
and they enter into active co-treatment of themselves.
It is not a question of trying to follow some ideal way of living, based
on other people's experiences. Each one of us must find our OWN
solutiona lifestyle that works for US. We become sick in OUR OWN WAY
and we must HEAL in our own way."