Alternative & Complementary Cancer Help at 1066 Therapy
covering East Sussex, Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Crowborough, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Ashford and Kent.
If you need any sort of help with cancer – coping with the diagnosis, dispelling anxiety around tests, operations and treatments, managing any pain, help with relaxation, visualising your way back to health etc – appropriate therapy can help you. I have helped a variety of clients needing complementary cancer help at my practice just outside of Battle, East Sussex. I also successfully overcame my own cancer in 2002 and have kept myself fit and healthy since.
The first thing to consider is the way we refer to a cancer diagnosis. The phrases, “I’ve got cancer”, “I’m sorry but you’ve got cancer”, sounds like we’ve ‘caught’ it somehow. A bit like a cold or ‘flu. Or it’s ‘happened’ to us somehow, a bit like an accident. Why am I being a bit pedantic here? Well, when we think of cancer in this way, it can increase a sense of powerlessness. If it’s ‘happening to’ us somehow, then it’s completely out of our control. Thus it seems that we won’t be able to do anything about it. This is really not a helpful way to look at it.
So, being pedantic, we don’t ‘get’ or ‘catch’ cancer. We develop cancer because there has been a breakdown (to varying degrees) of our physical, mental and emotional ‘self’. When we look at it this way, we can ‘own’ our cancer. If we developed it, then we can look at what we need to change in order to overcome it.
Causes of cancer
From the evidence available, the main causes in no particular order are probably:
- metabolic (dietary) deficiencies
- lifestyle choices
- environmental toxins (e.g. in personal care products and cleaning products etc)
- psychological factors such as stress and emotional conflict.
A key factor is having a significant trauma (emotional and/or physical) or loss. Such events usually occur within two years prior to the initial diagnosis, and are not fully resolved. In addition, it can involve subconsciously stored, unresolved emotions which may have been present for many years. There is also evidence to suggest that an inability to express emotion effectively, especially anger, may be a contributing factor. I can help you with any emotional, psychological and cognitive factors (e.g. stress management etc) involved. For everything else, I recommend the book by Phillip Day “Cancer: why we are still dying to know the truth“. It is available from Credence.
Researchers have identified some genes and gene clusters which may predispose people to certain types of cancer. However, the science of epigenetics informs us that our experiences have the capacity to activate and deactivate our genes. So our experiences, as always, play a part in the development of any disease.
Hans Selye, a well-respected scientist developed a type of cancer with an extremely low ‘cure’ rate and overcame his disease. He said that “…the great majority of physical illnesses have in part some psychosomatic origin“. In other words, there is a connection to the mind where illness is concerned. The thoughts, beliefs and feelings (whether conscious or subconscious) that we have can and DO have an affect on our body.
My own experience
I overcame my own cancer and have kept myself fit and healthy ever since. I have a very good insight, then, into what it feels like to:
- receive a cancer diagnosis
- feel like I had ‘lost control’ of my body
- seek out alternative and complementary treatments
- undergo some chemotherapy but refuse the whole standard protocol
- outright refuse radiotherapy (and still be fine)
- fight back to health, on all levels
- find effective ways of maintaining my health.
From my own experience, I am only too aware (with hindsight!) of the role that unresolved feelings, emotional conflicts, and other psychological problems played in the formation of my own disease. In my opinion, these are the most significant factors. I concluded this after going through my own therapy to resolve these problems.
There is another quite common, yet often misguided and unhelpful, idea. The idea that, once we are ‘all clear’, we will be ‘full of the joys of spring’, ‘living life to the full’ etc. Sadly, this isn’t always the case. Often people experience emotional problems such as depression, say, following a challenge such as overcoming cancer. Unless we take steps to resolve the underlying psychological/emotional problems, we will still have these challenges to deal with on a daily basis.
There is a special five week/session complementary cancer help programme available for cancer patients. Its creator Stephen Chan now offers the course for free via his website – follow the link. The course is based upon the processes pioneered by Dr O. Carl Simonton. Dr Simonton developed a model of emotional support for the treatment of cancer patients. This approach introduces the concept that your state of mind can (and does) influence your ability to survive cancer. The programme is a whole person approach to cancer treatment which tackles individual physical symptoms and emotional problems and beliefs – covering both a person’s ability to recover and their capacity to resolve their emotional problems.
Each step of the process is designed to help to restore physical, mental and emotional balance. This is essential to a proper recovery.
The programme will, amongst other things,:
- help you to take an active role in your health;
- educate you how to effectively manage your stress levels
- teach you the benefits of positive mental imagery and how to use it;
- teach you how to relax effectively – it has been proven that hypnotherapy & relaxation can boost the immune system by up to 20%;
- help you to manage any pain or discomfort caused either by your disease or any operations you may need.
The complementary cancer help programme helps people to feel like they are able to regain some control and move forwards with healing their body and their life. The programme is not an alternative to medical treatment. It is a complementary treatment which is used alongside usual medical treatment.
The future – how can I help?
We usually need a course of therapy to obtain lasting relief from inner anxieties, fears or phobias. This will help to properly process any unresolved emotions from past experiences. Further, it will enable inner change to take place. We cannot normally undertake this until medical treatment(s) have ended and we have regained our strength. We can discuss this further during the initial consultation.
Please call me on 01424 772392 or 07722783490 (direct) for further information.
NOTE – The above information is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are at all concerned about your health please contact your usual doctor.