Link Between Cancer and Emotions

An instigator of inflammation which no doubt plays a role in the development of chronic degenerative diseases is painful emotions such as stress and anxiety.

There are many studies suggesting a direct relationship between cancer and both stress and anxiety.

This relationship suggests that stress alters the immune system. Researchers in one study found that cancer of the cervix occurred most often in women who reported being hopelessly frustrated over a stressful situation.

In another study, researchers found that those prone to stress were most likely to develop breast cancer.

Anger is another predictor of cancer. In fact, a number of studies reveal that experiencing higher levels of anger, or suppressing it, increase the risk significantly.

In one study, for example, patients who could express emotions such as anger, hostility, guilt, depression and aggression were able to survive longer than patients who reported they had fewer negative emotions.

Depression is another emotional state that is definitely linked to inflammation, and somewhat less strongly, to cancer. Various studies support the concept that cancer may promote cancer, rather than initiate it.

What is the answer? I recommend a balanced diet made up primarily of fresh, whole foods, moderate exercise (after you have been examined and cleared for exercise by your doctor), and a good multi-vitamin to help fill in where there may be gaps in your nutrition. In addition, I recommend you see a nutritionist who focuses on natural supplements and diets rich in whole foods to help you make these changes. Finally, I recommend you find a certified counselor, social worker or psychologist to help you find healthy ways to deal with your anger.

8 Easy Ways to Fight Off Depression
Depression is not to be taken lightly. Here are 8 simple things you can do to fight off the depressive blues and help restore a positive outlook:
  • Eat plenty of raw fruits, vegetables and soy products to get your complex carbohydrates raised up. This is great for your body because it will ensure a higher level of serotonin, which is known to aid in raising spirits.
  • Eat foods like salmon and turkey, which have high levels of protein and tryptophan, which is known to affect the nervous system.
  • Get out in the sun or expose yourself to artificial sunlight through one or more of the popular light therapy options that are now readily available. However, read directions of products and use caution to avoid over-exposure.
  • St John’s Wort (herb), Kava Kava (herb) and SAM-e (amino acid supplement) are also known to help with depression.
  • Totally eliminate alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
  • Avoid eating processed, refined sugar or refined flour sources of “food.” Instead, focus on real foods produced by Mother Earth.
  • Don’t eat foods that are high in saturated fats, like fried foods, bacon, etc. These can make you sluggish and promote fatigue.
  • When negative or fearful thoughts begin, thank them for dropping in and start a positive and uplifting affirmation. This simple exercise can have amazing results!

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