Emotional Causes of Cancer
By Dr. Alison Adams, Contributor
The following excellent and detailed article on the true cause(s) of cancer and the link to unresolved emotional states has been reproduced in full below.
Negative Emotions in the Body Can Cause Cancer!
The following are typical personality traits found in those with cancer:
1. Being highly conscientious, caring, dutiful, responsible, hard-working, and usually of above average intelligence.
2. Exhibits a strong tendency toward carrying other people’s burdens and toward taking on extra obligations, and often “worrying for others.”
3. Having a deep-seated need to make others happy. Being a “people pleaser” with a great need for approval.
4. Often lacking closeness with one or both parents, which sometimes, later in life, results in lack of closeness with spouse or others who would normally be close.
5. Harbors long-suppressed toxic emotions, such as anger, resentment and/or hostility. The cancer-susceptible individual typically internalises such emotions and has great difficulty expressing them.
6. Reacts adversely to stress, and often becomes unable to cope adequately with such stress. Usually experiences an especially damaging event about 2 years before the onset of detectable cancer. The patient is not able to cope with this traumatic event or series of events, which comes as a “last straw” on top of years of suppressed reactions to stress.
7. Has an inability to resolve deep-seated emotional problems and conflicts, usually beginning in childhood, often even being unaware of their presence.
It is very common for those with cancer to have a long-standing tendency to suppress “toxic emotions”, particularly anger. Usually beginning in childhood, this individual has held in their hostility and other unacceptable emotions. More often than not, this feature of the affected personality has its origins in feelings of rejection by one or both parents. Whether these feelings of rejection are justified or not, the individual perceives this rejection as real, and this results in a lack of closeness with the “rejecting” parent, followed later in life by a lack of closeness with spouses and others with whom close relationships would normally develop.
Those at the higher risk for cancer tend to develop feelings of loneliness as a result of their having been deprived of affection and acceptance earlier in life, even if this is only their perception. They have a tremendous need for approval and acceptance, and develop a very high sensitivity to the needs of others while suppressing their own emotional needs. They become the “caretakers” of the world, showing great compassion and caring for others, and will go out of their way to look after others. They are very reluctant to accept help from others, fearing that it may jeopardise their role as the caretaker. Throughout their childhood they have been typically taught “not to be selfish”, and they take this to heart as a major lifetime objective.
A distinction needs to be made here between the “care-giving” and the “care-taking” personality. There is nothing wrong with care-giving, of course, but the problem arises when the susceptible individual derives their entire worth, value and identity from their role as “caretaker”. If this very important shift cannot be made, the patient is stuck in this role, and the susceptibility to cancer greatly increases.
As already stated, a consistent feature of those who are susceptible to cancer appears to be that they “suffer in silence”, and bear their burdens without complaint. These burdens of their own as well as the burdens of others weigh heavily upon these people through a lifetime of emotional suppression. The carefree extrovert, on the other hand, seems to be far less vulnerable to cancer than the caring introvert described above.
Stress and cancer
How one reacts to stress appears to be a major factor in the larger number of contributing causes of cancer. Most cancer patients have experienced a highly stressful event, usually about 2 years prior to the onset of detectable disease. This traumatic event is often beyond the patient’s control, such as the loss of a loved one, loss of a business, job, home, or some other major disaster. The typical cancer personality has lost the ability to cope with these extreme events, because his/her coping mechanism lies in his/her ability to control the environment. When this control is lost, the patient has no other way to cope.
Major stress causes suppression of the immune system, and does so more overwhelmingly in the cancer-susceptible individual than in others. Thus personal tragedies and excessive levels of stress appear to combine with the underlying personality described above to bring on the immune deficiency which allows cancer to thrive.
For the majority of people, coping with stress and highly stressful or traumatic events or conflicts is dealt with, with relative ease. Although those in this larger group feel the devastating effects of stress, stressful events, trauma, and conflicts, including grief and loss – stressful events are seen as part of life’s challenges, life’s ups and downs, and they are for they most part anticipated and not completely unexpected. These people are able to move on with their lives quickly afterwards.
Those susceptible to cancer, are highly vulnerable to life’s stresses and trauma, and feel unable to cope when life throws a curve-ball their way. These people are perfectionists and live in fear of conflict, stress, trauma and loss and are deeply frightened of negative events “happening” to them. And when faced with a highly stressful or traumatic event they have not anticipated, which inevitably happens during their life, react adversely and are unable to cope.
They experience inescapable shock and remain deeply affected by the experience. They have difficulty in expressing their inner grief, their inner pain, their inner anger or resentment, and genuinely feel there is no way out of the pain they are feeling inside. And because their mind cannot fathom what has happened, and remains in a state of disbelief or denial, these inner painful feelings are continually perpetuated, shooting up stress levels, lowering melatonin and adrenaline levels, causing a slow breakdown of the emotional reflex centre in the brain, and creating the beginning of cancer progression in the body.
The biological mechanism
When faced with a major trauma, the cancer personality feels trapped and unable to escape from the memory of the traumatic experience and the painful feelings of the experience. Stress hormone cortisol levels skyrocket and remain at high levels, directly suppressing the immune system, whose job it is to destroy cancer cells that exist in every human being. High stress levels generally mean a person cannot sleep well, and cannot produce enough melatonin during deep sleep. Melatonin is responsible for inhibiting cancer cell growth. This means cancer cells are now free to multiply. Adrenaline (epinephrine) levels also skyrocket initially, but are then drained and depleted over time. This is especially bad news for the cancer personality.
Adrenaline is responsible for transporting sugar away from cells. And when there is no adrenaline left, sugar builds up in cells of the body. Viral-bacterial-yeast-like-fungus then inhabit normal cells to feed on this excess sugar, breaking the cell’s (oxygen) krebs cycle. This means normal body cells cannot breathe properly because of low oxygen and mutate during the dividing process into cancer cells. Cancer cells thrive in a low oxygen state, as demonstrated by Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg. Cancer cells also thrive on fermented sugar for cell division, and this is provided by the viral-bacterial-yeast-like-fungus that ferment and feed on sugar in the perfect symbiotic relationship. Too much internal stress causes a depletion of adrenaline, leads to too much sugar in the body’s cells, resulting in the perfect environment for cancer cells to thrive in the body.
For the cancer personality, the news of being diagnosed with cancer and the fear and uncertainty of death represents another inescapable shock, creating another spike in stress hormone cortisol levels, and a further drop in melatonin and adrenalin levels. There is also a further breakdown of the emotional reflex centre in the brain that causes cells in the corresponding organ to slowly breakdown and become cancerous.
Recent research into cancer causation
One of the most recent studies on psychosomatic cancer therapy comes from Germany. Over the past ten years, medical doctor and surgeon Ryke-Geerd Hamer has examined 20,000 cancer patients with all types of cancer. Dr. Hamer wondered why cancer never seems to systematically spread directly from one organ to the surrounding tissue. For example, he never found cancer of the cervix AND cancer of the uterus in the same woman. He also noticed that all his cancer patients seemed to have something in common: there had been some kind of psycho-emotional conflict prior to the onset of their disease – usually a few years before – a conflict that had never been fully resolved.
X-rays taken of the brain by cancer Dr. Hamer showed in all cases a ‘dark shadow’ somewhere in the brain. These dark spots would be in exactly the same place in the brain for the same types of cancer. There was also a 100% correlation between the dark spot in the brain, the location of the cancer in the body and the specific type of unresolved conflict. On the basis of these findings, Dr. Hamer suggests that when we are in a stressful conflict that is not resolved, the emotional reflex center in the brain which corresponds to the emotion experienced (e.g: anger, frustration, grief) will slowly break down. Each of these emotion centres are connected to a specific organ. When a centre breaks down, it will start sending wrong information to the organ it controls, resulting in the formation of deformed cells in the tissues: cancer cells. He also suggests that metastasis is not the SAME cancer spreading. It is the result of new conflicts that may well be brought on by the very stress of having cancer or of invasive and painful or nauseating therapies.
Dr Hamer started including psychotherapy as an important part of the healing process and found that when the specific conflict was resolved, the cancer immediately stopped growing at a cellular level. The dark spot in the brain started to disappear. X-rays of the brain now showed a healing oedema around the damaged emotional centre as the brain tissue began to repair the afflicted point. There was once again normal communication between brain and body. A similar healing oedema could also be seen around the now inactive cancer tissue. Eventually, the cancer would become encapsulated, discharged or dealt with by the natural action of the body. Diseased tissue would disappear and normal tissue would then again appear.
Specific emotions and cancer
According to cancer specialist, Dr Hamer the real cause of cancer and other diseases is an unexpected traumatic shock for which we are emotionally unprepared. The following list shows some of the relationships between conflict emotions and target organs for cancer.
Adrenal cortex: Wrong direction, gone astray
Bladder: Ugly conflict, dirty tricks
Bone: Lack of self-worth, feelings of inferiority
Brain: Stubbornness, refusing to change old patterns, mental frustration
Breast tissue (gland): Involving care or disharmony
Breast tissue (duct): Separation conflict
Left breast: Conflict concerning child, home, or mother
Right breast: Conflict with partner or others
Bronchioles: Territorial conflict
Cervix: Severe frustration
Colon: Ugly indigestible conflict
Esophagus: Cannot have it or swallow it
Gall bladder: Rivalry conflict
Heart: Perpetual conflict
Intestines: Indigestible chunk of anger
Kidneys: Not wanting to live, water or fluid conflict
Larynx: Conflict of fear and fright
Liver: Fear of starvation
Lungs: Fear of dying or suffocation, including fear for someone else
Lymph Glands: Loss of self-worth associated with the location
Melanoma: Feeling dirty, soiled or defiled
Middle Ear: Not being able to get some vital information
Mouth: Cannot chew it or hold it
Pancreas: Anxiety-anger conflict with family members, inheritance
Prostate: Ugly conflict with sexual connections or connotations
Rectum: Fear of being useless
Skin: Loss of integrity
Spleen: Shock of being physically or emotionally wounded
Stomach: Indigestible anger, swallowed too much
Testes and ovaries: Loss conflict
Thyroid: Feeling powerless
Tumor (in location): Nursing old hurts and shocks, building remorse
Uterus: Sexual conflict
Cancer occurs at the cellular level. And there are a number of factors that create stress on the body’s cells, causing them to become (1) depleted of adrenaline(2) high in sugar and (3) low in oxygen, where they are more prone to mutate and become cancerous. The higher the sugar content of the cell caused by a depletion of adrenaline, and the lower the oxygen content, the greater the likelihood of normal cells mutating and becoming cancerous.
There are a number of factors that contribute to a normal cell becoming depleted of adrenaline, high in sugar and low in oxygen. Physiological stresses include (and are not limited to): poor nutrition, chemicals, toxins, EMF radiation, parasites, liver/colon/kidney disease, lack of exercise, etc. Psychological stresses include (and are not limited to): inescapable shock, repressed feelings, depression, isolation, poor sleep, emotional trauma, external conflict, etc.
The five stages of 5 stages of cancer
In the vast majority of those with cancer, there exists both a combination of psychological as well as physiological stresses that have contributed to the body’s cells becoming depleted of adrenaline, high in sugar and low in oxygen, causing them to mutate and become cancerous.
The five stages of how cancerous tumors are formed within the body are listed below:
Phase 1 – Inescapable Shock/Emotional Trauma
This initial phase occurs approximately 2 years prior to the cancer diagnosis. This is where the individual experiences an “inescapable shock”, affecting deep sleep and the production of melatonin within the body. Melatonin is necessary for inhibiting cancer cell growth and is the primary hormone responsible for regulating the immune system. During this phase a part of the emotional reflex centre in the brain slowly breaks down, creating a dark spot on the brain (viewed by X-ray). Each part of the emotional reflex centre controls and is connected to an organ or part of the body, and when the emotion centre begins to break down, so too does the organ or body part it is connected to.
Phase 2 – Stress Suppresses The Immune System
During this second phase, the immune system is suppressed by elevated stress hormone cortisol levels. The immune system also receives subconscious messages from the affected emotion centre of the brain to slow down, and to even stop working altogether. An individual experiencing “inescapable shock” often feels like they have died “emotionally” on some level, and the immune system receives these messages as a subliminal signal or command to give up the fight to live also. This causes somatids to react. Somatids are tiny living organisms (necessary for life) that live in our blood. Different types of somatids are specific to and inhabit different organs of the body. In a healthy organism, where the immune system is functioning properly, these somatids are limited to 3 stages in their life cycle – somatid, spore, double spore. When the immune system is impaired or suppressed, somatids pleomorphise (or change) into a further 13 stages (16 altogether). These further 13 stages are pathogenic (harmful) to the body and include viral, bacterial, and yeast-like fungal forms.
Phase 3 – Stress Causes Cell Glucose Levels to Rise
Over time, elevated stress hormone levels cause adrenaline levels to be depleted within the body, causing glucose (sugar) levels to rise within normal cells. The main purpose of adrenaline is to remove and convert glucose from cells for energy for the body, just as it is the main purpose of insulin to transport glucose (sugar) into cells. When the adrenaline reserves are depleted, glucose (sugar) levels increase sharply within cells – leaving little room for oxygen. This is why so many cancer patients are weak and lethargic, because they have no adrenaline left (or very little) to convert the glucose in their cells into energy for the body and their cells subsequently have very little room left to accept oxygen from passing blood.
Phase 4 – Fungus Enter Cells to Feed on Glucose
During this fourth phase, pathogenic microbes (virus-bacteria-fungus) that have pleomorphised and established themselves in a weakened part of the body, enter normal cells to feed on high glucose levels. This fermentation of glucose causes “mycotoxins” to be released (a highly acidic waste product), which (1) breaks the Krebs’ Cycle of the cell (a process that uses oxygen as part of cellular respiration), and (2) breaks the Electron Transport Chain of the cell, meaning the number of ATP molecules drops dramatically (ATP molecules provide energy to the cell.) This lack of oxygen and cell energy means normal cells mutate during the dividing process – creating new rogue cancer cells. The body’s tissue and cells become highly acidic (low pH) due to the waste by-products caused by these viral-bacterial-yeast-like fungus. Over-acidification of the body also occurs due to fermentation of excess stress hormones in the body, poor diet (low pH value foods), and lack of exercise. Viruses, bacteria, yeast, mould, fungus, candida and cancer cells thrive in a low pH acidic environment.
Phase 5 – Fungus and Cancer Form Symbiotic Relationship
During this fifth phase viral-bacterial-yeast-like fungus form a symbiotic relationship with newly created cancer/tumour cells. Yeast-like fungus is symbiotic in nature and feeds on the high levels of glucose to use for energy for reproduction of new somatids. The yeast-like fungus provides a natural fermentation process and ferments the glucose within the cancer/tumour cell, providing energy and a natural growth factor in return. The yeast-like fungus uses the cancer/tumour cells as a host or house for their rich reserves of glucose, and stimulates these cancer/tumour cells to propagate more houses. The result is a mass of tumour cells, or tumour sites. Yeast-like fungus prevent cancer/tumour cells reverting back into normal healthy cells (re-establishing their Krebs Cycle), as they continue to cause “mycotoxins” to be released (a highly acidic waste product), meaning cancer/tumour cells in a sense are held hostage to the yeast-like fungus that inhabit them.
Phase 6 – Stress Stimulates Tumour Cell Growth/Metastases
During this final phase elevated stress hormone noradrenaline and adrenaline (norepinephrine and epinephine) levels, stimulate tumour cells to produce three compounds: MMP-2 and MMP-9 (both matrix metalloproteinases) and the growth compound VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor). Tumour cells make receptors for these stress hormones on their surface, to stimulate these three compounds. MMP-2 and MMP-9 breakdown the scaffolding of tumour cell walls making it easier for them to travel to other parts of the body, a process known as metastasis. VEGF causes blood vessels to grow in new tumour cells, so that they can grow and spread more rapidly. News of cancer at this stage, often becomes a further “inescapable shock” and the cycle begins again with secondary tumour sites forming in different parts or organs of the body.
April 8, 2017 @ 11:49 am No
This is all very true. 2-5 years post stress of out of control situations and you will most probably get cancer. Oh well.
May 9, 2017 @ 1:39 am sara
Musings have their own vitality, despite the fact that a great many people don’t understand it. That is the reason you have a tendency to be depleted on the off chance that you are around somebody who has a tendency to whine more often than not.
August 26, 2017 @ 4:52 pm Sanles
When that type of serious emotional trauma presents itself it can sometimes take years to get thru it. It is important to put your energy and thoughts into a positive activity during this time and not sink into the deaths of despair. Writing ‘black poetry’ and such-like workings can also help purge your body of negative feelings.
November 3, 2017 @ 12:27 am Chrissi
And where’s the discussion on how to turn this around? Does therapy work as prevention, or is it already too late?
March 25, 2018 @ 11:45 pm Leah
Therapy DEFINITELY works. One of the findings mentioned in the article was that, once the specific conflict was resolved, the cancer cells in the related part of the body, stopped growing immediately, and the black spot in the brain developed a healing “aura”.
February 3, 2018 @ 6:46 am Laura
Therapy – especially ‘inner child’ work will help very much. I myself have had this therapy. I haven’t had cancer thankfully but both my parents died of cancer so I started to look after not just my psychical body but my emotional body too. We can carry so much baggage from past hurts and trama without even knowing it. It comes out in therapy. Quite surprising what comes out that you ‘think’ you has sorted. The mid can fool us thinking we are Ok, when we aren’t. The body is a good barometer to tell us some energy is blocked and needs addressing. Hope this helps
March 15, 2019 @ 2:14 am Evangeline
All of the above applies to me. I have had a mammogram and MD called to say I need further testing. Scared and wondering how this happened. Emotionally helping person with lots of need to be recognized for my helpfulness and worthiness. Childhood trauma of being left alone, in charge and not knowing what to do, but being successful in keeping household together. Choosing a mate as an escape and “making it work” for 20 years until I knew I must leave this relationship also. 20 years later having my somewhat stable relationship shattered by death. “Mini death of family” connection was a shock about 5 years later which shattered my world view. Just kept moving until now when I realize I am taking this all to heart! Right where my shadows are showing up on a mammogram. Thanks
October 15, 2021 @ 7:25 pm Charles
All of the above is definitely true and applies to me. I would like to add that the loss of a loved one through divorce can be more damaging than loss through death. The betrayal and the loneliness (children usually follow their mother) is devastating especially if he did not see it coming. The belief that your spouse is waiting for you on the other side is much more comforting than knowing that she has replaced you.