If you have been diagnosed with cancer, then what you need in order to stop cancer is the very latest of Western medical treatment and a healthy immune system.
There is a vast amount of research that proves a healthy immune system fights cancer and is capable of stopping it in its tracks. Your immune system is the ultimate arbiter in your fight against cancer.
There is conclusive research that chronic stress suppresses your immune system. Stress causes the hormone cortisol to be released into your bloodstream. Cortisol then sets off other stress hormones that cascade throughout your body. One of the functions of these stress hormones is to curtail or suppress your immune function. [For further explanation. click here]
In most cases, the diagnosis of cancer brings with it feelings of shock, fear, anger, guilt, dismay, and often depression. This is not uncommon. All of these are stressful emotions that suppress your immune system.
It is faulty logic to assume that positive thinking creates the opposite effect – that positive thinking fortifies your immune system. This can best be understood by using the analogy of pulling on a string. Think of stress as equivalent to pulling on a string that turns on cortisol and other stress hormones in your body. Now picture yourself pushing on a string – nothing happens.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer then your most prevalent thought will be, “I have cancer.” There is no way to honestly put a positive “spin” on that thought. Of course, God can work good out of any situation; but, no one ever approaches the news of cancer as being positive. It is a shock to your soul and spirit. How can you stop yourself from having negative thoughts and then negative emotions which will cause a spiral downward suppressing your immune system?
Follow these three steps to overcome depression.
Step 1 – Determine What Is Your Why?
Victor E. Frankel, M.D., PhD, was a psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor of World War II. As a prisoner, he suffered horrible torture and innumerable indignities under his captors, never knowing from one moment to the next what would be his fate. Dr. Frankel knew his captors could control his entire environment and do what they wanted with his body. Going through this torture, he discovered he had the power within himself to determine how his outer circumstances were going to affect his inner self. He said, “Everything can be taken from a man or woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” You may not be able to choose your circumstances, but you can choose your reaction to them.
Dr. Frankel was fond of saying, “He who has a why to live, can bear with almost any how.” It is your why that gives your spirit and soul a strong sense of meaning and purpose.
Step 2. What Is It That Makes You Feel Happy?
This is a trick question. It is a rhetorical question, not a philosophical one.
Endorphins and serotonin are chemicals that are naturally released in your body that combat the negative effects of stress. Endorphins are known as the “happy hormones.” Endorphins are a group of peptide hormones released within your brain and nervous system that affect the way you feel, emotionally. Endorphins make you feel exhilarated and happy and block feelings of pain. Endorphins are released when you exercise – they are responsible for that feeling of euphoria you get from strenuous exercise, such as a “runner’s high.”
Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter and is responsible for happiness, restful sleep, and a healthy appetite. Serotonin levels increase when you work out regularly. More serotonin means more energy and clear thinking.
The good news is that physical exercise is your shortest route to a feeling of well-being. Exercise is good for you and it is one of the best stress combatants. Exercise helps deplete stress hormones and releases mood enhancing chemicals which help us cope better with stress and depression. If you do not have a regular exercise routine, then start with walking.
Exercise makes you feel happy. Walk your way out of depression.
Step 3 – Choose Carefully What You Dwell Upon
In his book, “The Depression Cure: the 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs,” author Stephen Ilardi advises us to choose activities that keep us from negative ruminating. I like that word. It means to chew the cud, to chew again, over and over. Ilardi reminds us that we must stop our mind from ruminating on negative thoughts – because turning these thoughts over and over again in our mind causes depression.
We all have crazy thoughts that pop into our mind: hateful thoughts, angry thoughts, fearful thoughts, – thoughts of disappointments, thoughts of anxiety, and thoughts of betrayal. However, we all can choose the thoughts that we dwell on. Dwelling on a thought is synonymous to an individual’s private conversations with themselves that go on inside their head. We all begin to create these stories, or movies, in our head where we are the victim, or villain, or such. These are the thoughts we must not brood on and allow them to become emotions. Emotions that cause stress hormones to cascade throughout our body.
In his book, Deadly Emotions, Don Colbert, M.D. cautions: “As a physician, my strong admonition to you is this: learn to turn off stress.” Dr. Colbert warns us that a heart that is filled with pain is a heart that is stressed and often depressed. The cure for stress causing fear, ultimately, is faith. Faith is believing in the promises of God. Faith is a choice.
Then what is it we’re supposed to think about? We are told, “fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise – meditate on things such as these.” ~Philippians 4:8
Faith is the path to a peace that passes all understanding.
Caution: Depression can reach very serious levels – known as clinical depression – and professional help should be sought.