Cancer treatment cannot be considered a 1-stop-shopping endeavor. When dealing with cancer, one must look at holistic cancer treatment options that means looking at the person’s mind, body and spirit. Since we entered into the mechanistic age medical science often looks at the body as a machine that when broken, must be fixed or repaired mechanically. Only the body and its workings are looked at when diagnosed with cancer.
The treatments are often mechanical as well. Radiation, chemotherapy and endless rounds of mechanical tinkering are the norm in medical cancer treatment. The whole person is not often considered, especially in today’s world of “managed care”. Doctors do not have the time to deal with each patient holistically and still satisfy their insurance providers. So it is up to us, individually to take a look at holistic cancer treatment and decide for ourselves what we can do to support our health and recovery.
When looking at the whole person, we must look at the mindset, the attitudes and the feelings governing a cancer patient. Research has shown in all diseases that a positive attitude, a belief in healing and a powerful sense of self can help in any healing modality.
If you are diagnosed with cancer it is a good idea to look back to the past year or two and see if you had an emotionally traumatic event take place. Studies have shown that women who were diagnosed with breast cancer were often found to feel powerless in their own lives. They felt victimized by their family, spouse or the culture in general. Where are the places in your life where you felt powerless or out of control? Perhaps identifying these places can help you take back the power and put your emotions on track with your healing.
Negative emotions exact a great toll on our immune system and overall health. If you find yourself in a negative state of mind continuously, depressed or feeling angry or only seeing things as a minus instead of a plus, perhaps you need to consciously start trying to change this habitual negativity. By seeing the positive side of any situation, you give your body a boost of endorphins that strengthens your immune system. Turn off the news, which feeds on negativity and take a walk in the park filled with trees, plants and perhaps water which gives your body negative ions that support your overall health and vitality. If the people you hang around with are negative, consider taking a break from their company and find positive, empowered people to hang with instead. Your immune system will respond positively as well as your overall outlook and health.
Looking at the whole person includes looking at your diet. If your diet consists of fast foods, high-fat snacks and deserts, lots of pork and beef, very little vegetables and fruit and sugar-laden drinks, you are not helping your immune system and you are inviting cancer to come live in your body. Cancer loves an acidic environment and you create an acidic environment by eating processed foods, sugars (in any form), and greasy fat-filled foods, high starchy foods such as corn and white breads, and over indulgence in alcohol, coffee and other non-nutritive foods. Start eating lots of colorful veggies, chicken, fish and tofu and some colorful fruits with yogurt while you’re at it. Give your body the energy it needs to heal and to maintain health.
Another key ingredient of holistic cancer treatment is by starting a daily practice of meditation, visualization and honoring your spiritual self. Meditation takes you out of the physical realm and connects you with a higher spirit. You can find amazing insights and peace through meditation. Visualizations can help you create a constant, supportive, regular attempt to destroy cancer cells, pump up your immune system and overcome physical symptoms of cancer. Your mind is a powerful ally and is waiting to support you in your healthy recovery. Spirituality is not begging some “outside deity” for a cure, rather it is working with your own strong spiritual connection which supports health, normal functioning in the body and a healthy lifestyle, were we to but listen to our own spiritual truth.
Your holistic cancer treatments need to incorporate mind, body and spirit. Once you gather these three forces together, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish on your road to healthy living.