Could Your Emotions be Making you Suceptible to Cancer

The link between emotions and ill-health is nothing new.  A great body of evidence is growing in favour of this theory.   Studies are showing that after resolving specific internal emotional conflicts, cancer has been known to stop growing at a cellular level.    In this article we  look at two studies into toxic emotions, caused by stress, and how they may be responsible for your cancer.

This  first extensive article Negative Emotions in the Body Can Cause Cancer (By Dr. Alison Adams) has been replicated here.  Enjoy the read.

Personality Traits Related to Cancer Risk

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.   And you will experience these traits in varying degrees.  You be the judge.

Highly Conscientious
Being highly conscientious, caring, dutiful, responsible, hard-working, and usually of above average intelligence.
High obligation Levels
Exhibits a strong tendency toward carrying other people’s burdens and toward taking on extra obligations, and often “worrying for others.”
People Pleasing
A need to make others happy. Being a “people pleaser” with a great need for approval.
Parental Distance
Often lacking closeness with one or both parents.  Sometimes, later in life, results in lack of closeness with spouse or others who would normally be close.
Toxic Emotions
Harbours long-suppressed toxic emotions.   Anger, resentment and/or hostility. The cancer-susceptible individual typically internalize such emotions and has great difficulty expressing them.   Has an inability to resolve deep-seated emotional problems and conflicts, usually beginning in childhood, often even being unaware of their presence.
Stress Aversion
Reacts adversely to stress.  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.
Anger Most Toxic

One of my blogs  Hidden Anger,  actually talks briefly about the connection between depression and suppressed anger.   Anger is also strongly associated with cancer.   It’s 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.  Like many adult afflictions,  its origins begin in childhood, through experience of rejection by one or both parents.

Childhood  Links To Rejection

Feelings of rejection, whether falsely perceived or not, will result in a lack of closeness with the “rejecting” parent.   Hence, later in life they experience lack of closeness with spouses and others.

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 tremendous need for approval and acceptance
– have very high sensitivity to the needs of others
– suppress their own emotional needs.
– are 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.
– have typically been taught “not to be selfish”.  They take this to heart as a major lifetime objective.

What’s the Difference?

The difference between the “care-giving” and the “care-taking” personality is that care-taking people derive 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.  In contrast, the carefree extrovert, seems to be far less vulnerable to cancer than the caring introvert described above.

Stress and Cancer

Most cancer patients have experienced a highly stressful event, usually about 2 years before the onset of detectable disease. This traumatic event is often beyond the their control.  Loss of a loved one, loss of a business, job, home, or some other major disaster are all examples of traumatic events. 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.  It does so more overwhelmingly in the cancer-susceptible individual. Personal tragedies and excessive levels of stress seem to combine with the underlying personality.   Hence, immune deficiency is weakened allowing cancer to thrive.    Ayurvedic healing adheres to this very principle.  (see my article Chemo Detox Through Ayurvedic Healing)


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.

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

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.  Stress hormone cortisol levels stay 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 levels are then drained and depleted over time. This is especially bad news for the cancer personality.

Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg,  says cancer cells thrive in a low oxygen state.  Cancer cells also thrive on fermented sugar for cell division.   Therefore, too much internal stress causes a depletion of adrenaline.  This  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 is another huge stress for the cancer personality.  The process now follows this path:-
1. another spike in stress hormone cortisol levels,
2.  a further drop in melatonin and adrenalin levels.
3.  a further breakdown of the emotional reflex centre in the brain
4.  cells in the corresponding organ to slowly breakdown and become cancerous.
Unresolved Conflict

Each of these emotion centres connect to a specific organ.  When a centre breaks down, it will start sending wrong information to the organ it controls.  The result is the formation of cancer cells. Metastasis is not the SAME cancer spreading.   Rather, it is the result of :-

1. new conflicts caused by the very stress of having cancer or
2. of invasive and painful or nauseating therapies.

After resolving specific conflict, he found the cancer immediately stopped growing at a cellular level.   

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Why not check out some of my Articles.  Feel free to leave a comment.
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Indian Ayurveda Detox Following Chemotherapy
Finding Life Purpose After Cancer Diagnosis

Much love on your journey, whatever and wherever that may be.
Ros ♥

For more information on this article visit:-

Dr. Alison Adams   One Radio Network
Dr Harmer’s   Alternative Treatment Study

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