Treat disease by generating health

Treat disease by generating health

Addressing proximate causes of cancer helps the body contain or eliminate the disease

Readers of my Empowered Patient blog may remember my clear explanation for the cause of cancer: carcinogens. Whether the culprits are chemicals like glyphosate, foreign electromagnetic fields like radiofrequency radiation, or lifestyle behaviors like smoking, the initiation of the cancer process is an epigenetic damage to cells that creates a “wound that doesn’t heal.”

In this paradigm, cancer is caused by rampant exposure to carcinogens. Rarely discussed are all the contributing factors – known as proximate causes – that hinder the healing of that initial wound. These proximate causes may not be powerful enough to turn a precancerous cell into a malignant cell, but they are the ground in which that cancer seed roots itself and grows uncontrollably.


Nearby causes may include lifestyle factors known to contribute to cancer, such as poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle, immune dysfunction and stress.

Take stress, for example, which is the subject of my book Cancer, Stress, and Mindset. After publication, readers and interviewers asked if I think stress is a cause of cancer. I didn’t make this claim explicit in the book, but chose to present the most notable research and let the reader decide. My view is that chronic stress is a powerful direct cause of cancer, greatly promoting the growth of cancer that has already been fueled in other ways.

This does not mean that the harmful influence of stress should be ignored simply because it is not the main cause of cancer. It is helpful if a root cause can be addressed, but if not, the proximate causes that fuel cancer growth remain. Sometimes contributing factors are the only levers we can pull.

When cancer-causing exposure is severe (a walk through Fukushima) or prolonged (smoking cigarettes for decades), it stimulates the onset and progression of cancer, independent of the direct causes. In other cases, the seed that leads to cancer would not become a fulminant disease without the contribution of proximate causes such as diet and lifestyle factors.

Consider the fact that some malignant tumors can persist for years without growth or metastasis – a stalemate between cancer cells and patient vitality. Robust immune and detoxification systems, optimized nutrition and stress reduction are all factors that shape that vitality. In other cases, the body can completely overcome cancer to obtain a clean scan without conventional oncology treatment. This is called “spontaneous remission”.

As a cancer patient and holistic clinician who invested in an integrative, field-based approach to curing cancer, it is disheartening to me to hear the conventional medical claim that once someone is diagnosed with cancer, “the cat is out of the bag.” working with lifestyle factors like this is pointless. This belief ignores the innate healing ability of the body. We should invest as much in studying health as we do in disease, and in treating underlying causes as well as addressing proximate causes.

In the beginning, cancer is an epigenetic disease of carcinogenic exposure. In its full expression, cancer is a condition of proximate causes. Whether it’s a junk food addiction or overwhelming stress, a near cause won’t show up at the typical oncology appointment. These are not matters that can be easily dealt with in a short consultation focused on the treatment of diseases. But as we broaden our scope to empowering health, these factors suddenly become a critical factor for comprehensive recovery.


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