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A Different Perspective on cancer

It’s a word so commonly heard and used but dreaded. It’s so prevalent that it seems like everyone knows at least one loved one that has a form of this. Many of us have been quite desensitized when we hear of this disease because it is so regularly talked about yet we all dread the possibility of having the diagnoses and being told, “You have cancer”.

I’m not sure why I feel so compelled to write about this, especially since this is the first post after such a long hibernation from blogging. It may be the fact that having both parents diagnosed with cancer within 2 years of each other, led me to believe that there is something more to be learned about cancer than the science behind it. The truth is, we all know of a family member, friend or colleague who has had a diagnosis of cancer. Not surprisingly, it takes more lives than anything else in Canada.

From a medical standpoint, the risk of cancer increases with certain factors like genetics, lifestyle, and age. But we can all agree that there are triggers that cause cancer to proliferate. What is that missing link between dormant and over-active cancer cells? What is it that aggravates the cancer cells to multiply? How is it that one twin can have cancer while the other one doesn’t? How does one long time, heavy smoker beat the odds of having lung cancer, while a non-smokerdoesn’t?

I first asked Dr. Walter Lemmo, whose Naturopathic practice focuses only on cancer care. He knows all too well the ongoing challenge to find that missing link in cancer triggers. He agrees that genetics and even viruses have a big role in increasing ones chances of cancer but not all cancers are created equal.

He also notices that psychological and emotional stress is a huge contributor but more specifically, it involves one’s perspective on an issue. How we deal with an issue will determine how susceptible we are to illness. If we put things into perspective, it would greatly reduce our risk for illness. Concerns about finances is a great example of a stressor that can lead to illness with many people – change the way we view money and it can indirectly benefit our health.

He also goes on to say that a common trigger amongst his patients seems to be a trauma, or a cluster of traumatic events one experiences. It could be a job loss, or a divorce/separation, or loss of a loved one. He used a great example of two patients – both were stockbrokers originally diagnosed with more aggressive type Cancers for year.  Not long after the crash of the stock market in 2008/2009, their cancers were aggressively re-activated with one patient passing away a few months following.  When people are going through trauma/grief, it’s at that point of people’s when they should be watching their health the most – maintain a healthy diet, exercise, and perspective are vital preventions at this point.

Dr. Lemmo strongly believes that successful treatment of cancer is not unilateral, but an integrative approach involving a collective effort of different treatments. Although each cancer type has different treatment modalities a common great aid is healing from within – eg., resolving personal issues, therapy. In fact, he had a patient diagnosed with multiple myeloma (one of the worse cancers and with poor prognosis) and has been able to manage her cancer. He believes that her seeking psychotherapy was that last link that helped her survive cancer for this long.

Joanne Huang, a spiritual coach whom I have much respect for, has been incredibly accurate in her perceptions. When I asked her, she spoke of cancer from a soul’s level. Specifically, we all have souls that create an entire life plan before we become human. A soul’s plan involves deciding what lessons to experience and overcome over the course of each human life so that our soul can be more enlightened/elevated. When we, as humans, are not fulfilling our “blueprint”, our soul becomes “stuck”. This stagnancy involves negative emotions that are created in our lives and because we are not working on our chosen life tasks, that negative energy gets stored in our bodies.

Joanne adds that each person chooses, through life experiences and other influences, which organ to store any blocked energy. It’s not a conscious decision per se, but more like an acquired unaware preference. But whichever organ we elect to store blocked energy is derived by the fact that we’ve somehow decided that it’s the least important organ or the organ we could live without.

It’s a universal law to always maintain balance. There is always a yin-yang approach to everything. In regards to energy flow, there must be an input and output. When someone has too much inflow of negative energy in their body and no outflow, a blockage occurs in the body. When the blockage becomes uncontrollable, it will manifest into an illness such as cancer. That’s a sign of urgency that we must work on those issues that created the blocked energy. If we do, Joanne believes that anyone diagnosed with cancer at any stage can recover or be cured.

The fact that Joanne states that this can be a cure for anyone is a bold statement, but she has helped several people heal by coaching them. She gave me an example of one client who was diagnosed with a terminal cancer and only a few months to live. He followed the advice Joanne offered and he is still alive until this day. This task sounds simple, but the truth is our habitual nature makes our behaviors hard to change. Joanne believes that if anyone is open to this and is able to really work hard at the specific task, they would see the difference.

The challenge is to figure out what it is that is creating that negative energy (which in turn will tell us what one of our life tasks is). I never asked Joanne how to figure it out, but I suspect that it involves looking inward and really exploring what it is that we avoid talking about or doing despite how important it is to us. It can be as simple as having a voice (saying what you think or feel) or having courage (doing what you want to do despite fears). Any negative energy (e.g., suppressed thoughts/emotions) that we store and cannot release is something we need to explore.

Being from two completely different fields, Joanne’s and Walter’s point of view are actually quite similar. They both agree that negativity has a big role in Cancer and that purging one’s feelings (not keeping it in) is actually cathartic for the psyche and the illness.

What I’ve realized is that everything in this universe is, or carries, energy, be it sounds, objects, sights, or emotions/intention. This means that we or our senses absorb these energies whether it’s positive or negative and I believe that whatever we take in (sight, smell, touch, sound, food, thought, intention, emotions…) affects us in some way – some more noticeably than others. This could be watching a violent movie, eating processed or polluted foods, breathing in polluted air, having/receiving negative thoughts, or negative feelings, etc. When there is an overload of negative energy absorbed and our bodies cannot filter it out, then that uncontrollable balance creates an illness such as cancer. That’s why every little thing we do is important to our well-being. We have to be aware of what we are feeding ourselves, we’re also feeding our souls.

This could mean changing our diets to foods that carry more positive energy (less junk food, more organic foods) or learning to meditate (a great eradicator of negative energy). I agree with Joanne and Dr. Lemmo that it’s important to find avenues to purge our negative energy – I believe that this not only includes suppressed feelings and thoughts, but also other things like poor diet. The body and soul are quite parallel, so what’s cathartic for the body is cathartic for the soul – when we dispose of negative energy and fill up positive energy into our human selves, our souls will benefit.

At this point in our society, it’s time we try anything to reduce the statistics. It’s time we find a way to kick Cancer off the top10 list and make it on the bottom of the list.