Recognising Psychological Causes of Cancer

Recognising psychological causes of cancer may assist you on the road to both prevention and recovery from this disease.  In supporting medical models of healing in conjunction with alternative healing practices, it’s important to recognise that your own toxic emotions may be responsible for making you sick.  There’s enough evidence out there now to suggest that after resolving specific internal emotional conflicts, cancer has been known to stop growing at a cellular level!  Why wouldn’t you want to be involved in that!  

The link between emotions and ill-health is nothing new.  One of my blogs  Exposing Hidden Anger,  actually talks briefly about the connection between depression and suppressed anger.  Not surprisingly, anger is also strongly associated with cancer.   In fact, Dr Ian Gawler, well know in the alternate healing field,  devotes a large section of his book to the psychological component of cancer and the characteristics of someone who might be prone to falling prey.  

I stumbled across this wonderful and extensive article Negative Emotions in the Body Can Cause Cancer (By Dr. Alison Adams, Author  – The Natural Recovery Plan), and I have replicated here.  Enjoy the read.

The following are typical personality traits found in those with cancer.   You’ll hopefully recognise the psychological causes of your own cancer.   They may not all relate to you, but you will experience these traits in varying degrees.  You be the judge.

  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. Harbours 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.

In recognising psychological causes of cancer, 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.  Feelings of rejection, whether falsely perceived or not, will result in a lack of closeness with the “rejecting” parent.   It’s 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.. These individual 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.
  • become the “caretakers” of the world, showing great compassion and caring for others, and will go out of their way to look after others.
  • 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.   However the problem arises when the susceptible individual derives their entire worth, value and identity from their role as “caretaker”.  This makes them susceptible to cancer.

A consistent feature is that they will largely “suffer in silence”.  Their own burdens,  and 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 – Recognising Psychological 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.  For instance  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 their coping mechanism lies in their ability to control the environment. 

Major stress causes suppression of the immune system, and does so more overwhelmingly in the cancer-susceptible individual. Thus, personal tragedies and excessive levels of stress appear to combine with the underlying personality, bringing immune deficiency down and therefore allowing cancer to thrive.  For the majority of people, stressful life events are seen as part of life’s challenges, and so are not completely unexpected.   These people are able to move on with their lives quickly afterwards.

However, individuals who are more susceptible to cancer are perfectionists and live in fear of conflict, stress, trauma and loss.   When faced with a highly stressful or traumatic event they have not anticipated, they react adversely and are unable to cope.  They have difficulty in expressing their inner grief,  pain, anger or resentment, and genuinely feel there is no way out of the pain they are feeling inside.  Thus, these inner painful feelings are continually perpetuated.  The result is shooting up stress levels, lowering melatonin and adrenaline levels, causing a slow breakdown of the emotional reflex centre in the brain.  This, the beginning of creation of cancer’s progression in the body.

The Biological Mechanism – Recognising Psychological Causes of Cancer
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.  Skyrocketing initially, Adrenaline (epinephrine) levels 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. With 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.

Being diagnosed with cancer and the fear and uncertainty of death represents another inescapable shock for the cancer personality.  Therefore another spike in stress hormone cortisol levels.   Additionally, 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 – Recognising Psychological Causes of Cancer
One of the most recent studies on psychosomatic cancer therapy comes from Germany. After examining 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.    Usually a few years before the onset of their disease, there had been some kind of psycho-emotional conflict that had never been fully resolved.

In all cases, X-rays taken of the brain showed  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 in unresolved stressful conflict, 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.  After resolving specific conflict, he found 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.   Seen around the now inactive cancer tissue was a similar healing oedema. 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 – Recognising Psychological Causes of Cancer
Being emotionally unprepared when faced with unexpected traumatic shock is the real cause of cancer and other diseases.
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
Oesophagus: 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 created by physical or emotional wounds
Stomach: Indigestible anger, swallowed too much
Testes and ovaries: Loss conflict
Thyroid: Feeling powerless
Tumour (in location): Nursing old hurts and shocks, building remorse
Uterus: Sexual conflict

Cancer occurs at the cellular level.  There are a number of factors that create stress on the body’s cells. This causes 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.  Thus, the lower the oxygen content, the greater the likelihood of normal cells mutating and becoming cancerous.

These factors contribute to a normal cell becoming depleted of adrenaline, high in sugar and low in oxygen:-

  • Included in Physiological Stress  (but not limited to):
    poor nutrition,
    EMF radiation,
    liver/colon/kidney disease,
    lack of exercise, etc.
  • Included in Psychological Stress  (but not limited to):
    inescapable shock,
    repressed feelings,
    poor sleep,
    emotional trauma,
    external conflict, etc.
There are loads more interesting topics on similar subjects so please visit to continue reading.

Also highly recommended are Books such as  Anything Can Be Healed and Love, Medicine, Miracles.

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