There is no longer any doubt that the principles and practice of Mind-Body Medicine influence what happens in the physical body. Studies show that Optimists enjoy greater health and wellness than do pessimists, especially when facing a health challenge.
Positive Self-talk and cultivating positive emotions can boost immune function, lower blood pressure, combat heart disease, aid in weight control, healthier blood sugar and counter depression. These are some of the principles of Mind-Body Medicine.
Twenty seven years ago Dr. Wendy Schlessel-Harpham, was a practicing internist when she learned she had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. Dr. Harpham followed traditional cancer protocols for 15 years following her diagnosis and experienced eight relapses of her cancer. Then she decided to change behaviors in her life and set the stage for happiness. She surrounded herself with people who lifted her spirits, kept a daily gratitude journal, did something good for someone else each day and watched funny, uplifting movies.*
“Fostering positive emotions helped make my life the best it could be,” said Dr. Harpham. “They made the tough times easier, even though they didn’t make any difference in my cancer cells.”
Dr. Harpham wrote “Happiness In A Storm,” her personal experience as a medical expert who transformed her emotional relationship to her cancer diagnosis and continues to thrive cancer free for the past 12 years.
*Read more: A Positive Outlook May Be Good For Your Health, by Jane E. Brody, New York Times, March 27, 2017.Changing Cancer’s Image to support a strong immune system by changing a cancer patient’s relationship to traditional treatment.
Whether a person chooses traditional chemo, radiation and surgery for cancer or not, how one holds thoughts and emotions in their body makes all the difference in how a person faced with cancer supports their immune function.
Fear creates an internal emotional environment that triggers the freeze, flight or flight response in the autonomic nervous system, which causes the secretion of stress hormones called cortisols which further inhibit immune function.
When a person changes their mental-emotional relationship to cancer treatment to one of positivity, they boost immune function by increasing production of T-cells, or T lymphocyte, a sub-type of white blood cell that plays a central role in cell-mediated immunity.“My buddy has Stage 4 stomach cancer and this is what I made for him to carry his stomach apparatus. His wife mentioned he had a hospital style bag and wanted something more Indiana Jones stylish, so I made this cool leather satchel for his birthday.” explained Chris Kelly, owner of Topanga Creek Outpost who makes Rogue Journeymen leather goods out of his creek side bicycle shop in Topanga Canyon.
When Porchia’s advance stage cancer client Elizabeth showed up for her first holistic stress reduction and spiritual healing session with Porchia it was the same day she had her port inserted into her chest for 24/7 automatic delivery of her chemo treatment.
One of the first things Porchia and Elizabeth worked on was to “make friends” with the shoulder pack she had to wear for the next six weeks. They came up with the name of “Chemosabe” who became Elizabeth’s warrior friend who delivered just the right amount of prescribed “medicine” to only damaged cancer cells in her body, visualizing that all other healthy areas of her body were remaining untouched by Chemosabe’s expert targeting.
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