Recent Stress Reduction Articles
Glenn explores the phenomena of cancer outliers, exceptional responders and radical remissions in the age of precision medicine, biomedical informatics and integrative oncology.
We are hearing a lot about cancer immunotherapy these days. Modern approaches and technology are now helping to revolutionize cancer care. What decision-making power do we hold to influence an immune-therapeutic response to help avoid, manage, or treat a cancer diagnosis? And how might this affect long-term survival?
I am a poster child for lifestyle change. However, lifestyle and behavior change alone is not always enough. Not always enough to prevent cancer. Not always enough to assist in managing a conventional treatment program. Not always enough to ensure durable remission or increase overall survival.
A relaxed, unfettered mind is conducive to a healthy whole person. It’s foundational. It’s essential. Anything less will negatively affect our overall cognitive ability, and the pursuit of true health and healing.
For decades, cancer scientists and oncologists have focused more on what type of ‘disease’ a person has, as opposed to what type of ‘person’ has a disease. The fact is, every individual has a unique biological environment within that can greatly influence the onset of cancer, its treatment, and long-term survival.
Whether patients refuse standard conventional cancer treatment or opt for other modes and methods of ‘cure’ and healing, the fact remains that their exposure to content that is poorly sourced and ill-informed (at best), or maliciously crafted and disseminated (at worst), impedes intelligent decision-making. ecisions made based on such content can, and do, lead to harmful and even fatal consequences. Because alternative cancer care can kill.
Oncologists often agree on one largely anecdotal observation: patients who are the most involved in their own care, and who stay positive, typically have the best outcomes, even when facing a poor prognosis. As a patient with a mission to thrive, you must be your own expert when it comes to creating the healthiest you: physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Put simply, you must ‘own’ your health.
Given the last few decades of increased everyday demands on the lives of most folks, it has become clear that management of such stress is critical for attaining optimum health. Stress management is also vital for preventing a pro-cancer environment, and it is essential to employ stress reduction techniques while undergoing active treatment for cancer. These practices also advantage long-term survival.
We live in the here and now. If you are a cancer thriver–or aspire to be one–you are not waiting for more research to guide sensible, important decisions to keep you as healthy as possible. That means ‘act’. Roll up your sleeves, consider, recognize, and benefit from the growing body of cancer research that currently exists.
Find the most skilled, compassionate, and open-minded oncologist you can. If this person is not an integrative oncologist, that’s okay, too.