Definition of Cancer:
Cancer is not an overpowering infection. A Cancer begins with a cell that contains incorrect genetic information. This can be caused by external sources or because the body in the process of reproducing billions of cells will occasionally make an imperfect one. If this cell reproduces other cells with the same makeup, then a tumor begins to form composed of these imperfect cells. Normally, the body’s defenses, the immune system would recognize these cells and destroy them. At a minimum they would be walled off so they could not spread.
In the case of cancer, sufficient cellular changes take place so that they reproduce rapidly and begin to spread to adjoining tissue. There is normally a form of “communication” between normal cells that prevent them from overproducing, the malignant cells are so disorganized that they do not respond to the communication of the cells around them, and they produce rapidly. The body normally destroys them, but if it doesn’t, the tumor may begin to block proper functioning of body organs. In severe forms of Cancer, malignant cells break loose from the original mass and are transmitted to other parts of the body. The breaking off and spreading is called “metastasis.” In other words, cancer is a disease of the immune system. The immune system is not doing its job. In their book “Getting Well Again,” the Simontons express their belief that a stressful event six to eighteen months prior to the onset of cancer weakened the immune system to the point it was unable to successfully fight the cancer.
Definition of Mind-Body Healing:
Ben Franklin said, “God heals, physicians collect the money.” What did he mean? The body is a self healing mechanism. The body repairs itself. Doctor’s don’t heal. Only 15% of all prescription drugs heal.
If we assume the body has the power to heal, why doesn’t it do it all the time? The complex system we call our body works so well, there must be a controller keeping tabs on what is happening. We call the controller the unconscious mind. Therefore if the body is not functioning properly, the unconscious has the ability to correct the problem.
Our job is to get it to do its job.
Information from Mar T. Wolff. A Hypnotherapist in NY who specializes in working with Cancer.
Why use Mind-Body Healing:
Since ancient times, healers have been aware of the effects of our beliefs upon our well being. This belief, conscious or unconscious, can evoke real physiological responses in ourselves.
Records written around 1500 b.c. indicate the practice of using incantations and rituals to facilitate healing in an altered state. In the middle ages, “healing touch” was used to evoke cures.
The works of Mesmer and those that followed used suggestions to effect healing. Their discoveries led to the research that has shown the positive results of using the mind to assist healing.
This treatment is not a substitute for medical treatment. The patient should be seeing his/her physician on a regular basis. This is an adjunct treatment.
The Initial Interview:
The initial interview is most important in working with a cancer patient. First and foremost is why is the patient there. Don’t assume the reason is to eliminate the cancer.
The patient may just want a better quality of life for his / her remaining days. It is not our job to change their desires.
Find the benefit to the cancer. There is almost always a benefit. The patient must be willing to give up the benefit or able to give up the cancer while keeping the benefit. This is very important. I had one patient that was not willing to give up the cancer because the benefit (not having to work) was too important to her.
Explain Simonton’s theories of cancer.
Simonton’s Theories: Oncologist O. Carl Simonton believes some stressful event caused damage to the immune system allowing the cancer to spread. By strengthening the immune system, the body can destroy the cancer.
Give example of how the immune system affects cancer. Here is an example from Simonton’s book, “Getting Well Again.”: Here explains how a man received a transplanted cancerous kidney and the cancer spread rapidly. When the doctors realized what happened, they took him off immune suppressant drugs and the cancer disappeared. The kidney was removed and the man was cancer free.
Hypnosis is not a substitute for medical care. The client must continue seeing their oncologist or other treatment they are utilizing. This is very important; the patient must understand that hypnosis is an adjunct therapy only.
Dealing With Physicians:
Always advise the client’s physician about the treatment you are giving his/her patient. Make sure he/she understands that your treatment is adjunct therapy and is not replacing medical treatment. When the physician understands you are making his/her job easier, you will get cooperation. Be sure to get a signed release from the patient to speak with the physician.
Ask your clients to tell his/her physician the benefits of your treatment. Also have them tell their local chapter of the American Cancer Society or any other support group they are associated with. Speaking engagements at these groups will expose you to nurses and they will tell the physicians. This will get you referrals
Suggested Reading List:
Getting Well Again – Simonton, Simonton & Creighton – J.P. Tarcher, Inc. – © 1978 Mind Body Therapy – Ernest L. Rossi & David B. Cheek – W.W. Norton & Co. – © 1988 You Can Fight For Your Life – Lawrence LeShan – M. Evans & Co., Inc. – © 1976
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