that compromises your immune system
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.
Dr. Nalini Chilkov writes,
of being diagnosed with cancer and the fear
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.
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.
For Lothar Hirneise, cancer starts with stress:
"Cancer cannot exist without stress. One hundred percent impossible!
are a lot of debates on types of stress - physical and psychological
Though most physicians are still skeptical 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.
One large scale study among approximately 2,000 middle aged male employees of the Western Electric Company reported that those individuals who were more depressed were 2.3 times as likely to die of cancer during the following 17 years than their non-depressed counterparts.
reason to believe that a normal range
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.
emotional stresses weaken the internal
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.
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.
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,
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,
...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)
PTSD and Sexual Violence
The most common cause of PTSD in women is sexual trauma.
A person’s vulnerability to develop PSTD is linked to that individual’s history of victimization. Reports estimate that 15%-38% of women experience childhood sexual abuse, 13% to 20% experience adult rape and at least 20% experience battering.
Sexual and physical abuse in women, either when they were children or as adults, can result in post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD and other psychological and psychiatric disturbances. A growing number of studies indicate that such abuse may produce a wide variety of somatic symptoms and disturbances in physical health including cancer.
1 in 5 Women in U.S. say they have been sexually assaulted according the Center for Diseases Control (CDC).
The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), an exhaustive report on rape and intimate partner violence, affirming what many organizations and advocates have long suspected, that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and is more common than previously thought.
a link between a history of sexual and physical
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) is a psychological injury that results from protracted exposure to prolonged social and/or interpersonal trauma with lack or loss of control, disempowerment, and in the context of either captivity or entrapment, i.e. the lack of a viable escape route for the victim.
C-PTSD is distinct from, but similar to, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
C-PTSD was first described in 1992 by Judith Herman in her book Trauma & Recovery.
Forms of trauma associated with C-PTSD include sexual abuse (especially child sexual abuse), physical abuse, emotional abuse, domestic violence or torture - all repeated traumas in which there is an actual or perceived inability for the victim to escape.
at the very root of our existence and when that root
PTSD fails to account for a wide cluster of symptoms that are observed in cases of prolonged abuse, particularly that which was perpetrated by caregivers during several childhood and adolescent developmental stages.
These symptoms include psychological fragmentation, the loss of a sense of safety, trust, and self-worth, as well as the tendency to be revictimized, and, most importantly, the loss of a coherent sense of self.
It is this loss of a coherent sense of self, and the ensuing symptom profile, that most pointedly differentiates C-PTSD from PTSD.
traumatic events, such as maternal separation,
Dr. Jane Welsh
Texas A&M University
In almost all cases of serious illness, a core issue is hiding or there is an unresolved conflict that’s been repeating over and over in a person’s life and the source of that is often sexual in nature.
Core issues, or what might be seen as unrecognized truths that are waiting to be discovered, maintain patterns of energy that hold pain and dysfunction in place.
Often the truth of our distress and a deep source of our cancer are found in our sexualities and the trauma and pain we experience in this area of our life.
touch, sex, and love are crucial to our happiness.
The field of intimacy, love and sex are crucial aspects of our life and disturbances in these areas create great stress and immune suppression.
Sex brings us to the most vulnerable issues of life and to our very roots, which often come from birth, and the earliest periods of life.
Sexual Emotional Abuse
The Australian Institute of Family Studies published:
to sex in order to feel
better, whereas for women,
In a study of 700 women, those who had sex at least once a week were found to have twice the levels of estrogen as those who had sex less than once a week.
And women approaching menopause who still enjoyed sex weekly experienced fewer hot flashes than those who had sex less often.
acts as a powerful pain-relief agent, and studies
Research has also shown that frequent sexual activity - having an orgasm at least twice a week - can keep you from getting sick this winter.
Individuals who engage in regular sexual activity have been shown to produce higher levels of immunoglobulin (IGA), an anti-body that can prevent susceptibility to catching minor colds and flu.
In a study conducted by Wilkes-Barre University in Pennsylvania, IGA levels were revealed to be significantly higher - at least 33 percent higher - in people that had regular sex with a partner than those who had less frequent sexual encounters.
Regardless of length or the emotional health of the relationships, the benefits as a result of sexual activity were the same in the study participants.
Treating Sexual Stress
Dr. Barbara Anderson said in Medical and Pediatric Oncology that,
The best way of treating sexual stress is obviously having sufficient good sex.
One does not have to be in a couple’s relationship to enjoy one’s sexuality. Only children are excluded from tapping into their sexualities as a mode of healing. Men and women who have been abused need a lot of help in recovering for these are the ones with the most conflicting sexual self-views.
Sexual aids (toys) can be thought of as medical devices when they help us deal with sexual stress. In my Natural Allopathic Medicine protocol there are other things like the far-infrared BioMats help not only with stress loads but are actually good platforms upon which to make love. They are warm and nurturing.
Because stress reaches deep into us I also recommend breathing retraining (slowing the breath down), heavy magnesium administration and even medical marijuana to help with all aspects of sex.