As women, breast cancer is a part of our lives. It has been a part of my life since my mother had her first scare with it back when I was a teenager, and subsequently when both my grandmothers passed away from it. Helping women who have struggled with it, and men who have experienced losses because of it, has also been a part of my practice for over a decade.
The shadow of cancer is a part of every annual physical and gynecological exam when, because of my family history, my well intentioned doctors stress the importance of mammography and their displeasure about my choice to use thermography instead. (In spite of mounting evidence that mammography may in fact be doing more harm than good because of radiation and the unhealthy fears it creates.)
If weâ€™re not careful about what we decide to allow in, it will become a nagging fear that lives in the back of our minds. Nagging fears are not good things for our bodies, as our bodies head in the direction of dominant thought. If our dominant thoughts are ones of health, those are healing and strengthening for our bodies. If theyâ€™re thoughts of fear, cancer and death, those are not healthy for our bodies, as proven time and time again in Placebo and Nocebo research thatâ€™s been done over the years.
Placebo: positive results as a result of positive expectation
Nocebo: negative results as a result of negative expectation
As a hypnotist, Iâ€™m hyperaware of language and how our subconscious minds process language. What people say, especially what our doctors say because theyâ€™re the â€œexpertsâ€, become thoughts. Repetitive thoughts become beliefs and beliefs become emotions. Both of which express in our bodies.
In the case of mammography and breast cancer there is growing evidence that false positives may create a belief in the minds of some women that they have cancer, and because they believe they have cancer their bodies begin to express that belief in physical form.
Researchers say the 10-year risk of breast cancer was:
- 39% higher in women with false-positive results with a recommendation for more imaging
- 76% higher in women with false-positive results with a recommendation for biopsy as compared to women with negative results.
Hypnosis Can Help With Prevention
1. Hypnosis can literally clear any and all fears that you have about breast cancer, cancer in general, sickness and death. All fears start as thoughts, which over time become beliefs that then in turn generate the emotion of fear. In the book, The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton explains how fear affects the body. Specifically how it affects the membrane of our cells which are actually the brains of our cells as compared to the nucleus, which is where our DNA is stored. According to Lipton, the environments that our cells are in, both external and internal, affect our health more than our DNA. In my case this is great news. Just because both my grandmothers succumbed to breast cancer does not mean that I will because I am not them. My life and thought environments are different than theirs were and as such I can influence my state of health vs. being victim to my DNA.
In the book, â€œYou Can Heal Your Lifeâ€, Louise Hay helps us understand what thoughts/beliefs might be at the root of our dis-ease. In the case of breast cancer, she has noticed, as have I, a consistent pattern in women who suffer with this diagnosis which is the inability to say â€œNoâ€. The breast represents nourishment and can become unhealthy in those who nourish everyone else and do not nourish themselves and/or feel guilty about taking care of themselves over others.
2. If youâ€™re a people pleaser, and drain yourself trying to pump up others, hypnosis can help. It can help you understand where this pattern of putting yourself last started, and can help you understand that you are just as worthy and deserving of care as all others. That itâ€™s OK, in fact healthy, for you to take care of yourself first and then others, and that you are the only one who can truly take care of you, no one else can do it. It can also help you understand that the major teaching youâ€™re here to share is that we all have the ability to take care of ourselves once weâ€™re out of infancy. Teaching someone else, namely our children, how to care for themselves is far more powerful than us taking care of them. Teaching a man to fish is far more valuable than handing a man a fish.
3. Reducing or eliminating sugar intake. Patrick Quillin, PHD, RD, CNS, former director of nutrition for Cancer Treatment Centers of America wrote, â€œIt puzzles me why the simple concept â€˜sugar feeds cancerâ€™ can be so dramatically overlooked as part of a comprehensive cancer treatment plan.â€ Cancer cells love sugar! That is why refined carbohydrates like white sugar, white flour, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol and soft drinks are extremely dangerous for anyone trying to prevent or reverse cancer. Hypnosis can completely alleviate cravings for all such sugary foods and drinks completely, and in many cases in a single session.
4. Boost your immune system. Sugar amongst other things, such as stress, can negatively affect the strength of the immune system. The subconscious mind, which is the part of the mind thatâ€™s accessed during hypnosis can easily identify and clear any blocks that are in the way of your immune system functioning at its peak performance. When our immune system is strong it can detect bacteria, viruses or rogue cells that should not be in our systems, as well as help the body rebalance and heal.
These are all preventative measures. Should you be someone whoâ€™s been diagnosed with breast cancer, hypnosis can help you in a number of ways as well.
Hypnosis Can Help With Intervention
1. Your subconscious mind can help your conscious mind understand the origin of the cancer. I know that sounds far-fetched, but itâ€™s true. Everything, even cancer, has a beginning. Whether that beginning was a thought, a belief, an emotion, an event or a toxin, the subconscious mind knows. And once the origin is known it can be addressed vs. being a mystery. If it is a belief or a fear that can be changed and cleared and once the energy at the origin of the disease is gone, the energy of the dis-ease itself is weakened and easier to treat. Remember, quantum physics proves that everything is energy, even cancer.
2. Clear the natural fear and panic that comes with a cancer diagnosis. When weâ€™re in a state of fear itâ€™s very difficult to think straight and make the decisions that need to be made about the best course of treatment. We can often feel pressured by the medical community or by friends or family, which doesnâ€™t make it any easier. Hypnosis can lift you out of the cancer chaos and help you very clearly see the pros and cons of different options and make decisions that feel right vs. those that just seem to make logical sense.
3. Preparation for treatments. If you do decide to go with the conventional treatments of biopsy, lumpectomy, mastectomy, radiation or chemotherapy, hypnosis can help by preparing you for surgery or treatments so that youâ€™re going in with a positive and confident mindset vs. a state of fear and apprehension. Research studies also prove that hypnosis can help mitigate side effects including nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, stress, anxiety and hot flashes.
Lastly, hypnosis can help, if youâ€™re grieving the loss of a loved one from this disease. Whether she was a beloved grandmother, mother, wife or daughter, hypnosis can help lift your grief and help you move forward and live a full and happy life. Your subconscious, otherwise known as your inner physician and spiritual counselor, can help you navigate this challenge and even find the valuable lessons that youâ€™re intended to learn from it and yes, even a silver lining or two.