Anything that compromises your immune system
dramatically reduces your chances for long term survival.
It’s understandable that sexuality may not be the primary focus for most cancer patients, at least not right away. But at some point, whether because of sexual changes, relationship issues, or difficulties with fertility, patients realize the impact of cancer on their sexuality. What is not realized is how dysfunctions in our sexualities causes cancer. What we do about our sexualities has a great bearing on whether we recover from cancer or not because sexual stress does cause cancer and does reduce immune system strength.
MD Anderson Cancer Center and The Canadian Cancer Society say, “When you think of sexuality, your first thought may be the physical act of sexual intercourse. But sexuality goes beyond engaging in sexual activity. As a human being, your sexuality is a part of your physical, emotional, intellectual, and social self. It affects how you think of yourself and how you relate to others, as well as how they relate to you, and it is a part of you throughout your entire life.”
Dr. Nalini Chilkov writes, “Cancer risk increases when the immune system is compromised by stress, loss of sleep, depression, inability to eat, poor nutrition. When a woman is traumatized by sexual violence and sexual assault, particularly if it was perpetrated by someone she trusted such as her partner or a family member her immune system will be compromised and her risk of many diseases, including cancer will increase.”
The news of being diagnosed with cancer and the fear
and uncertainty of death represents a shock for most
people creating a spike in stress hormone cortisol levels.
When the body is under stress, it releases hormones — such as adrenaline and cortisol that cause suppression of our immune system. Stress does wide scale damage to our physiology and even reaches down to genes forcing activation of certain genes and deactivation of others leading to changes that impact the growth of cancer. The stress hormone cortisol can change the body’s genetics and interfere with the ability of tumor-suppressing genes to do their job.
For Lothar Hirneise, cancer starts with stress: “Cancer cannot
exist without stress. One hundred percent impossible! There
are a lot of debates on types of stress — physical and psychological
— but for a cell it doesn’t matter where the stress comes from.”
Though most physicians are still sceptical that emotions matter clinically we can see clearly how people who experience long term depression and anxiety, long periods of sadness and pessimism, incessant hostility and aggression have much higher incidences of major diseases. Stress, which has been loosely defined as “a state of threatened homeostasis,” has repeatedly been shown to result in changes in the immune system’s ability to mount a response to an immune challenge. Dozens of studies have shown that stress can alter the levels of certain biochemical markers in the body — key players in the human immune response. Reporting in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a team of researchers from five universities argue that stress can lessen a person’s immune response and that change can make them more susceptible to infectious diseases.
Intense emotional stresses weaken the internal
viscera, thus increasing the opportunity
for pathologies of all types, including cancer.
Stressful events such as these have been linked with a decrease in several aspects of immune function, including the natural killer cell, which is responsible for the surveillance and destruction of tumor cells. In patients with breast cancer, stress has been associated with lower levels of natural killer cell activity, which in turn has been linked to poorer disease outcome.
Dr. Spiegel, MD says that sleep problems alter the balance of two main hormones that influence cancer cells. One is cortisol, which helps to regulate immune system activity — including the release of certain “natural killer” cells that help the body battle cancer. The other hormone affected by sleep is melatonin. Produced by the brain during sleep, melatonin may have antioxidant properties that help prevent damage to cells that can lead to cancer.
People under a lot of stress have fewer natural killer cells, immune system cells that spontaneously kill abnormal cells in their vicinity, including tumor cells and infected cells. We also know that the killer cells of people under stress are also less active. Studies have shown that the absence of natural killer cells is related to the progression of breast cancer. Spiegel says, “I think one of the problems these cancer patients may have is that their immune system is overregulated. Cortisol suppresses immune function and may hamper the immune system’s ability to counter the spread of cancer,” Spiegel said.
It is only when the immune system has become compromised that the cancer cells can grow in an uncontrolled manner, thereby causing the onset of cancer as a severe life threatening disease. Prolonged stress is very different than acute stress. Chronic stress needs to be seen for what it is, a highway to the grave. Stress is not just something that we feel it’s something our cells feel. To them it does not matter so much the source of the stress, stress is stress and each type will have a general debilitating effect.
There are a number of factors that create stress on the body’s cells. They come from all corners of our lives. Psychological stresses like inescapable shock (resulting in PTSD), repressed emotional pain and anger, emotional trauma, depression, isolation, will lead to a deteriorating situation for the life of one’s cells. Poor sleep and poor breathing will always wear ones resistance away and then there are strong physiological stresses, which include poor nutrition, chemicals, toxins, radiation, parasites, mercury containing dental amalgam, vaccines also with mercury, air pollution, fluoride and chlorinated water, lack of sun and of course lack of exercise.
When it comes to sexual cancers we have to look all the way back in time to sexual and even emotional abuse from the times of childhood. Any sexual violence against us at any age can terrify and shock us into a life of grief and eventually to the shores of cancer. There are certain life events like the sudden loss of a loved one, rape, or intense experiences in combat that bring on a trauma that is beyond the ability of even well-adjusted people to deal with. In his book Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman reported a similar process to what Dr. Hamer outlines namely post-traumatic stress disorders. (PTSD)