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  • Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”   

  • Hippocrates

  • Modern medicine has achieved remarkable results. Its ability to save people from ailments which

  • a mere generation ago would have led to an untimely death, borders on the miraculous.

  • But when it comes to chronic illness modern medicine has its limits. Sometimes the treatment

  • is worse than the disease. Sometimes the treatment only provides temporary relief from symptoms.

  • Sometimes there is no treatment. Fortunately, modern medicine does not possess a monopoly

  • on our ability to heal as the body possesses innate powers that can heal many chronic health

  • issues. In this video we explore the body's natural capacity to heal and look the role

  • self-transformation plays in promoting these healing abilities

  • “. . .health and illness are not random states in a particular body or body part.

  • They are, in fact, an expression of an entire life lived. . .”  

  • Gabor Mate, The Myth of Normal

  • Our body is constantly at work healing itself. White blood cells clean out wounds and combat

  • infections, fibroblast cells create new tissue to repair ruptures to our skin and flesh,

  • new bone cells are created to fuse fractures, and the immune system can identify and neutralize

  • all sorts of harmful pathogens. But the body can do more than just heal from wounds, infections,

  • fractures, and viral and bacterial illnesses, it also has the ability to heal itself from

  • virtually all forms of chronic disease as is evidenced by the phenomenon of spontaneous

  • recovery.  

  • A spontaneous recovery occurs when an individual is unexpectedly cured from a disease in a

  • way that cannot be explained through the paradigm of modern medicine. Absent any intervention

  • by doctors, without surgery or pharmaceutical drugs, some people heal from cancer, heart

  • disease, multiple sclerosis, Chron's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other forms of chronic

  • illness. For example, with regards to cancer, it is well-established that tumors can shrink

  • in size, or even disappear absent surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation, or as was written

  • in the medical journal Oncology Letters

  • “. . .malignant tumors as well as metastases, of almost all histological types, can regress

  • spontaneously although certain histological types regress more frequently than others.”

  •    Sante Basso Ricci & Ugo Cerchiari, Spontaneous

  • regression of malignant tumors: Importance of the immune system and other factors

  • A spontaneous recovery does not necessarily occur suddenly, or without cause, rather as

  • Caryle Hirshberg and Marc Barasch explain in their book Remarkable Recovery

  • The original meaning of the wordspontaneous” (derived from the Latin sponte, “of free

  • will”), has little to do with the suddenness, rapidity, or immediate change without cause

  • which contemporary usage implies. The word, the dictionary reveals, originally had more

  • to do with something occurring due to a “native internal proneness,” a tendency toact

  • by its own impulse, energy or natural law.” It implies a natural process that arises from

  • within.”    Caryle Hirshberg & Marc Barasch, Remarkable

  • Recovery

  • While only a small fraction of individuals with a chronic disease will spontaneously

  • recover, and while most spontaneous recoveries go unreported, there are still many cases

  • of this phenomenon documented in the medical literature. For example, in Mind Over Medicine

  • the physician Lissa Rankin points to a case of a man suffering from pancreatic cancer,

  • one of the most devastating forms of this disease. This man was scheduled for surgery,

  • but had a heart attack due to a presurgical procedure which forced delay of the surgery

  • and as Rankin writes

  • Within four weeks of his heart attack, while he was recovering from the cardiac event,

  • the symptoms and laboratory findings of his pancreatic cancer began to resolve. Four months

  • after the initial diagnosis, a CT scan revealed that his tumor had disappeared completely

  • without surgery, chemotherapy, or any other cancer treatment. Four other case studies

  • in the medical literature reportspontaneousremissions from inoperable pancreatic cancers.”

  •   Lissa Rankin, Mind Over Medicine

  • An article titled Notes on Spontaneous Regression of Cancer examines twelve cases of spontaneous

  • remissions and tries to understand what life changes may have led to these recoveries.

  • One of the most remarkable cases involved a patient with a grade four brain tumour

  • Dr. Maurice Green, as an intern, observed the treatment of a physician with glioblastoma

  • multiform [grade 4 brain tumour]. The operation was unsuccessful. The patient, however, had

  • a regression rather than progression of symptoms... Eventually he left the hospital completely

  • well, indicating only that he felt differently about life after facing death ….”  

  • Charles Weinstock, Notes on spontaneous regression of cancer. Journal of the American Society

  • of Psychosomatic Dentistry & Medicine

  • Examples of spontaneous recoveries are not limited to cancer; they span the spectrum

  • of chronic diseases, from cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases to neurological disorders,

  • blood disorders, and skin conditions. There is even the mysterious Lazarus phenomenon

  • which is the unassisted, or spontaneous recovery, from cardiac arrest after a patient has been

  • declared dead and all attempts at resuscitation have ended

  • If the body can bring itself back from the brink of death and cure itself from diseases

  • believed to be terminal, then its capacity for healing is far greater than most of us

  • realize. Our goal should be to harness this power to help us heal from chronic ailments

  • or to prevent their onset. For even if we turn to conventional medicine to treat whatever

  • ails us, when our body is optimized to heal the efficacy of such treatments will improve

  • Research into spontaneous recovery has yet to unveil a universal formula or specific

  • set of steps to unlock the body's vast healing potentials, as many factors influence this

  • capacity, and individual needs vary. Those who have studied numerous cases of spontaneous

  • recovery, however, suggest that there are recurring patterns and shared contributing

  • factors that offer potential insights into how we can prime our body to heal

  • On the one hand there are the physical factors that contribute to healing, these include

  • changes to diet, regular exercise, improving the quality of sleep, and the breaking of

  • addictions to drugs or alcohol. Factors related to the health of the body are crucially important

  • to our ability to heal. But there is a psychological factor that stands above these in rank of

  • importance, and this is the willingness to undergo a self-transformation

  • Self-transformation is critical to the process of physical healing for two main reasons.

  • Firstly, it is often only when we transform our sense of self that we develop the courage,

  • discipline, and desire to change the physical habits that are thwarting our ability to heal.

  • Secondly, self-transformation helps correct for the unhealthy patterns of thought, belief,

  • and emotion, that through the body-mind connection, keep us locked in a state of sickness. Many

  • of these thought and emotional patterns operate below the threshold of conscious awareness

  • and are the product of our conditioning, bit it an upbring in an unhealthy environment

  • or years of conforming to the sickness of modern society. If we free ourselves from

  • this conditioning through self-transformation, we free ourselves from the damaging physiological

  • responses that are dictated by our maladaptive thoughts, behaviours, and emotions.  

  • The literature on spontaneous recovery supports the assertion that self-transformation facilitates

  • healing, for example in the book Cured Jeffrey Rediger who examined hundred of cases of spontaneous

  • recoveries, writes

  • People who experienced spontaneous healings disrupted the default mode, got out of that

  • rut, saw and experienced themselves in an entirely new way. . .”

  • Jeffrey Rediger, Cured

  • Or as Caryle Hirshberg and Marc Barasch write in Remarkable Recovery

  • “. . .it has been noted by a number of researchers that extraordinary healing is often preceded

  • by profound personal change, sometimes even what seems like a startlingly different personality.  

  • Several researchers have noted sudden psychological turning points [or what are called] “existential

  • shiftspreceding remarkable recovery. Dr. Marco DeVries and his associates found that

  • a group of spontaneous remission cases they studied all showed a relatively sudden change

  • toward increased autonomous behavior, and significantly altered attitudes toward illness,

  • treatment, relationships, and spiritual beliefs.”  

  • Caryle Hirshberg and Marc Barasch, Remarkable Recovery

  • In a paper titledPsychological Changes Preceding Spontaneous Remission of Cancer

  • several researchers discovered that common among those who spontaneously healed from

  • cancer was:

  • “...an increased dystonic reaction to limited aspects of the personality and an increased

  • syntonic reaction to a wider set of characteristics than normally accessed.”

  • Schilder, J. N., de Vries, M. J., Goodkin, K., & Antoni, M. (2004). Psychological Changes

  • Preceding Spontaneous Remission of Cancer. Clinical Case Studies

  • In layman's terms this amounts to a rejection of the limiting aspects of one's personality

  • and an opening up to, and acceptance of, a greater sense of self.  

  • As self-transformation can lead in many directions, some good and some bad, which form of it primes

  • the body for healing? The etymology of the word heal offers a clue, as at root this word

  • means a return to wholeness. A movement in the direction of psychological wholeness,

  • which Carl Jung identified as the epitome of psychological health, is the form of self-transformation

  • that promotes healing. Psychological wholeness is an ideal state which can only ever be approached,

  • never fully attained, and it entails increased awareness of all aspects of who we are and

  • integration of these aspects into our conscious sense of self. In volume 16 of his Collected

  • Works, Carl Jung wrote that

  • “...no previous age has ever needed wholeness so much. It is abundantly clear that this

  • is the prime problem confronting the art of psychic healing in our day." 

  • Carl Jung, Collected Works Volume 16

  • Wholeness is attained through self-acceptance, coupled with self-knowledge, and expressed

  • through acts of courage. Without self-acceptance we tend to deny and repress aspects of who

  • we are, thus blocking their healthy expression. Without self-knowledge we never discover our

  • true potential and what we value in life. Without courage we never express our potentials

  • in the service of valued ends. Or as Mate wrote:  

  • When we heal, we are engaged in recovering our lost parts of self, not trying to change

  • orbetterthem. As the depth psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin told me,

  • the core question isnot so much looking at what's wrong, but where is the person's

  • wholeness not fully realized or lived out?””  

  • Gabor Mate, The Myth of Normal

  • While self-transformation can enhance the healing capacities of the body, the fact remains

  • that we are never in complete control of an illness, nor of matters of life and death.

  • We can take all the steps necessary to heal and yet remain sick. But this does not invalidate

  • the benefits of self-transformation as a response to illness or disease. For the pursuit of

  • wholeness is an enriching and meaningful experience that will help us endure life no matter the

  • health of our body. In fact, many people only wake up to their more authentic self when

  • faced with their mortality and so amidst the great suffering that accompanies disease,

  • a silver lining can be found. An illness or disease may be the necessary spark that inspires

  • us to discover who we truly are and which imbues us with the courage to live in a way

  • more aligned with our authentic sense of self

  •  “It is only in the face of death that man's self is born."  

  • Saint Augustine

  • Or as Martin Heidegger wrote

  • If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself

  • from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to

  • become myself.”  Martin Heidegger, Being and Time

Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”   

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Spontaneous Recovery - The Body's Power to Heal from Cancer and Chronic Disease

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