A Personal Cure for Cancer?

A personal cure for cancer, a natural, non-invasive one, that protects you? Maybe it saved your life, a miracle you knew nothing about it. The idea’s not as strange as you think.

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Spontaneous remissions — “an unexpected improvement or cure from a disease that usually progresses” — from cancer occur all the time. Mostly, they’re unseen.

Cancers develop unrecorded inside your body. They go away on their own, according to mainstream medical journals. But nobody knows why or even how often.

Most go detected. We just don’t know how many.

In one carefully designed study, reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2008, the authors concluded that 22% of all breast cancers underwent spontaneous remission.

But we have nothing more than guesses about other cancers.

There are regular, reported cures that happen without medical intervention. It’s the ones we don’t know about until after they happen that may hold the secret to a true cure for cancer.

Conservative estimates say 1 in 400 cancers are cured without treatment.

I think it’s more, and here’s why, along with some possible explanations.

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A Cure For Cancer

Introducing A Silent Miracle

My interest in a cure for cancer has always been intense. It was spurred by horrors I witnessed in a hospitals where I worked as a young man.

My 20-year smoking habit gave me something to think about.

Confounding was the enormous variety of cancers being discovered. Few had any known cause. Speculation was all over the place.

Friends and loved ones got lost in a disease that threatened to define them. The tug of war too often ended in death.

But what brought hope were the unexplained cures, spontaneous remissions and healings.

What Can We Learn?

These happened, but what we can learn from exceptions to the rule?

Deepak Chopra shared the puzzle of a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer, told she had six months to live.

Six months later, instead, without medical treatment, she was fully healed. This personal cure for cancer she believes came from her daily practice of visualizing herself cured, her tumor melting.

We can’t know if visualization actually worked for her. If it did, nobody can tell us why. The same technique and other forms of biofeedback failed for others.

The important takeaway is that we have proof that spontaneous remissions happen at all.

Any possible miracle makes its secrets critical in understanding the personal role in health and healing.

But don’t count on the medical establishment or the big pharmaceutical companies to look into it. There’s no money to be made when you cure yourself.

The best discoveries are likely to be accidental or results from openminded pioneers piercing the veil of what’s possible although conventional wisdom says it’s not.

Is A Personal Cure For Cancer Unique?

Why You And Your Neighbors May All Be Doing It

The spontaneous remission noted above became useful  only because it happened she was under a doctor’s care. It was documented.

Similar stories are dismissed as wishful thinking or worse. This one can’t be.

But what about people whose symptoms never became ominous enough to send them to a doctor? Many may never be aware of being cured or even of having the disease.

An unexpected conversation about personal cures for cancer…

Quiet conversation in the Swiss Alps

I got a lucky break and some insight at the most unlikely time. On vacation in the Swiss Alps, my wife and I found ourselves in the company of four biologists. One did direct human research while the others were professional lab rats and teachers.

On a relaxing afternoon after a morning’s hike high up in the Alps, I told one of my new friends about my belief that there were many more spontaneous remissions than those that get recorded.

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I expected a cautious response to such an outside the box idea, but her answer surprised me.

“We know there are,” she said. “We find cancers that have metastasized, but the original cancer is gone.”

Metastatic cancers — those that are secondary growths — have markers that identify them as traveling from a source elsewhere.

What my friend and her colleagues found is that some primary cancers must have healed themselves because they could no longer be found.

So, a personal cure for cancer may happen, but how…?

Spontaneous healing seems likely to be more common than generally acknowledged because there are sure to be cancers that never metastasize. They happen but leave no trace.

Cancers heal by some unknown means without anyone knowing, before or after.

How often? We don’t know, but it’s certainly more frequent than the conventional estimate of 1 in 400.

Which brings us back to the fascinating question of what happens with spontaneous healing? We don’t know that either, but there are candidates.

An Immune System-like Cure For Cancer?

Do We Routinely Block Cancers, Just As We Block Viruses and Other Invaders?

A prime candidate for a personal cure for cancer may be an unidentified system that reacts to cancers with the same dedication our immune systems show toward other illnesses.

This may be farfetched, but it can be explained. We know so little about the human microbiome, the mass of bacterial, human and other cells that make up what we like to call you and me.

Fifty trillion, mostly nonhuman cells make us whole in ways we’re only beginning to understand. Systems are so complex, though interrelated, researchers now think in terms of multiple microbiomes.

The gut microbiome first grabbed attention as we learned how this system managed a vast array of digestive goals. Now, we also hear about our skin being home to a microbiome all its own.

Learning more about microbiomes…

We have long known that bacteria play key roles in digestion and in creating our immune systems, but we’re only beginning to see how some actually regulate and control the actions of others, maybe to prevent infections before any immune response in necessary, and how they communicate with our central nervous system and brain.

The possibilities are endless.

The short version of how immune systems work is that they detect an invader, usually a virus or a bacteria, and mount a response to limit and eventually kill or drive it away. Often, when we see this powerful response, as in the case of the common cold, as an illness itself while it’s really a highly effective cure swinging into action.

Does a similar response to cancers mount a defense when cells go awry? Maybe it’s not as obvious as a runny nose. If the response to cancer doesn’t come with observable effects, we’d probably never go out looking for it.

The result: routine spontaneous remissions that go unnoticed.

Apoptosis As Both Cause and Cure

How Routine Cell Death Might Explain Healing

Living human cells come to life armed with their own death sentence. Apoptosis is built into most cells. Older cells destroy themselves to make way for fresh material.

When cell death was first became known, Henry Miller wrote that each of us gets a whole new body every eight years.

It’s not that simple. Different types of cells enjoy longer or shorter life spans. Rejuvenation happens every day but not everywhere at the same pace.

Sometimes, apoptosis goes awry and cells lose their ability to kill themselves. The result is an eruption of wildly growing cells, like some exotic plant invading an environment without natural enemies.

Some cancers are exactly that, unstoppable explosions of cellular populations without cell death to rein them in.

Researchers guess that, if we can find a way to turn the switch on in cancerous cells, they will be stopped or driven away by a natural process.

Apoptosis may be one personal cure for cancer. It could be something that our bodies may know how to do, that is, turn on a cellular death machine that can be aimed at cancers.

Epigenetics As A Cure

Not As New Age As You Think

New Age readers learned about epigenetics from would-be scientific rock star, Bruce Lipton.

Epigenetics (above genetics) is action from outside that triggers the genetic code in our cells. It tells them what to do among its multitude of options.

The result is “gene expression,” that is, how and when the code goes into action. It influences how DNA goes about out its business of replicating and renewing cells.

What Lipton proposes is that conscious or unconscious intention can cause this process to result in healing and prevention of many diseases, including cancers. Researchers are eagerly pursuing that possibility, but many believe Lipton oversteps the facts.

Epigenetics is one of the newest areas of scientific research, also one of its most promising.

Until confirmed with documented results, epigenetics may or may not explain the mysterious behavior that makes visualizing health effective for some. Even so, we won’t have a powerful answer until we also know why it works for some and not others.

Conclusion:

We have promising new candidates for curing cancer. It might be one or all three of the above that seeds the next great breakthrough.

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