Overcome Cancer through Spirituality and Meditation

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Spirituality and meditation have been found to help cancer patient not only liver longer but also get rid of the disease.


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Overcome Cancer through Spirituality and Meditation As cancer statistics and deaths continue to increase more and more patients are looking for alternatives to take along with the conventional therapies. Among alternative approaches used to fight the disease include spirituality and meditation. Studies have found they indeed work. Using faith and consciousness to solve different problems is not new it started since the dawn of time and it is increasing in different parts of the world including developed countries like the United States. In case of cancer certain techniques are used to restore the moral and physical well-being of the patients. They often include prayer therapy affirmation visualization deep breathing and others. Regardless the objective of people living with cancer is to heal. A series of three studies published by the American Cancer Society ACS which involved over 44000 patients highlight the important role spiritual beliefs played on the psychological physical and social well-being of people living with cancer. The studies have also reported a positive correlation between spirituality and mental well-being in both healthy people and those experiencing physical or psychological disorders. The researchers found spiritual individuals tend to have inner peace and remain optimistic even when facing serious problems such as cancer. Better Physical and Mental Health According to the first study which was conducted by H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Research Institute a nonprofit cancer treatment and research center located in Tampa Florida patients who had a high degree of spirituality and religiosity were also the ones who preserved the best mental and physical health and who most easily carried out their daily tasks. They also felt fewer treatment side effects including less physical symptoms. Dr. Jim lead author of the study also found that cancer patients who better integrated in their spiritual and / or religious activities had better physical health to overcome cancer. The second study was done by a group of researchers from the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago. They found that the emotional aspects associated with religion and spirituality were more strongly beneficial to mental health rather than cognitive and behavioral aspects of their practice. Regardless you call it spiritual faith or scientific faith the emotion is the result of their faith they believe “all things work together for good to them that love God.” The third study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences additionally focused on social relationship of spiritual people. The results show that spirituality and religion have a role even if it is modest to maintain social relationships. The more spiritual is a person the easier for him to have social relationship. Spiritual wellness and religious beliefs are indeed associated with better social health unlike unspiritual and irreligious mentality which is associated with higher tendency to loneliness and isolation. Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery

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In addition to these so-called psychosocial oncology programs studies also evaluated meditation technique or MBCR program Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery to consciously treat cancer. Developed by psychologists specialized in oncology this therapeutic approach offers a combination of therapies using meditation yoga exercises and others. It is practiced primarily in clinics and hospitals in Canada and the United States. Notable Cases While it is very difficult to assess the effectiveness of these alternative therapies to overcome cancer it is certain it works for those who believe. Although very slim in different parts of the world people use their faith to become free of terminal diseases for which the conventional medicine cannot of do anything. A common case is that of Louise Hay an American motivational author and the founder who claim she used “the power of her thought” Mind Power to get rid of her cancer. Rhonda Byrne an Australian television writer and producer best known for her New Thought books The Secret also claims a man used the Law of Attraction along with gratitude to heal his kidney failure. In fact it is not a secret after all Jesus said the same thing in the Gospels: “...according to your faith it will be done to you.” Matthew 9:29 References: Pascal Lamanque MD et Serge Daneault MD PHD. Does meditation improve the quality of life for patients living with cancer A critical synthesis - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov PMC1481669/. 2006 Apr 10 524: 474–475. Davidson RJ Kabat-Zinn J et al. Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Psychosom Med. 2003 Jul-Aug654:564-70. Jain S Shapiro SL et al. A randomized controlled trial of mindfulness meditation versus relaxation training: effects on distress positive states of mind rumination and distraction. Ann Behav Med. 2007 Feb 33 1:11-21. Joshanloo Mohsen 4 December 2010. "Investigation of the Contribution of Spirituality and Religiousness to Hedonic and Eudaimonic Well-Being in Iranian Young Adults". Journal of Happiness Studies 12 6: 915 –930. doi:10.1007/s10902-010-9236-4. Fehring R.J. Miller J.F. Shaw C. 1997. Spiritual well-being religiosity hope depression and other mood states in elderly people coping with cancer 24. Oncology Nursing Forum. pp. 663–671. Nelson C.J. Rosenfeld B. Breitbart W. Galietta M. 2002. "Spirituality religion and depression in the terminally ill". Psychosomatics 43: 213 –220. doi:10.1176/appi.psy.43.3.213. Koenig H. G. 2008 Research on religion spirituality and mental health: A review. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

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Salsman J. M. Brown T. L. Brechting E. H. Carlson C. R. 2005. "The link between religion and spirituality and psychological adjustment: The mediating role of optimism and social support". Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 31: 522–535. doi:10.1177/0146167204271563.

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