Cancer and Body-Mind Desintegration

 

 

 

 

You can see in this enlightening video Dr Robert Ader and Dr David Felten in the beginning of the revolutionary discovery that shifted the paradigm in medicine. In spite of the evidence we have collected  in the last 20 years that proves not only the interaction of the body and the mind but the actual inseparability, the real unity of mind and body in the whole  organism, medicine continues giving its back to this scientifically established reality and continues dividing artificially mind and body, left and right, back and front, heart and liver, brain and guts.

I am not against analysis. It provides depth to the investigation, but afterwards we should go back and re-integrate the discoveries into the whole in a work of synthesis that re-constitutes the wholeness of life.

Otherwise our microanalysis takes as to partial solutions that fix one side and destroy the other. We live in a medical paradigm, where   curing something often has terrible consequences in the rest of the organism.

We buy into this unwholesome medicine because we are in love with quick fixes. We have lost faith in the wisdom of nature, we ignore the sophistication of the process, we have no patience for the complexity of the self regulating mechanism, we don’t believe that we need to pay attention to the whole is fundamental to make sure the good functioning.

It happens in oncology  and it happens in all disciplines. We have been told that this is the only way to go, and some times it may be necessary, but in general there are always more holistic solutions that take on account the totality of what being human means: the body, mind, spirit, and  social dimensions of our lives.

We can see that in all areas of life. Economy, agriculture, education, world affairs, environment…we call it the price of progress. We invent pesticide have more crops and now the food we eat kills us instead of nourishing. We have more comfort but we increased the illness due to our sedentary lifestyles.

We establish borders among countries and among systems in the body, but the reality is that all those artificial demarcations cannot prevent pollution from crossing over Oceans and Mountains and the same happens with our bodies, living communities of organs and cells where the ultimate goal is the expression of life endless creativity.

If you want to see the evolution of the paradigm that Dr Felten and Dr Ader initiated in the 80’ watch the movie Turn Off Cancer/ Turn On Life , where 30 leading scientist including Ader and Felten get together to share why it is more urgent that ever to put back together what had been separated for too long. 

 

 

Health_MindBodySpirit

 

 

The Most Important Conversation

 

 

When you start paying attention, very soon you will hear a voice that hardly stops, constantly keeping yourself company for good or for bad, going along everything you do, like an uninterrupted subtitling of reality.

I call it the inner commentator. Like the TV or radio sport’s commentator, it broadcasts all your activity, day and night( perhaps not at night, although I seem to have it in my dreams too)

You know what I mean: she is such a fake…he has no idea what I am going through… what a hat…this is ridiculous… I’ll never get it right…big mouth…green light…what a bore…let’s see if…just on time…so pretty…so ugly… bad luck…good luck…and on and on and on…

In fact, it is not a single voice it is multiple. We are all, inhabited by a number of characters, and that’s ok, we all need multiple personalities to perform multiple roles.

The voice could be critic or supporting, sensitive or ruthless, cruel and tyrannical or complacent, good mannered or impatient…Obviously I am simplifying, this is not a psychoanalytical essay.

I invite you to start noticing it and choose to use, in addressing yourself, the same care, excitement, benevolence and clarity you use with clients, coworkers, bosses, lovers, neighbors, friends.

Start noticing how this conversation is the musical background of your life, the primary environment in which you live, the air you breath.

If you are habitually anxious, worried, resentful, tired, envious, overwhelmed, victimized, start paying attention to the words that generate your inner weather,the conversation behind the emotional environment that animates or dis-animates you.

You can choose the way you tell the story to yourself. You can challenge yourself friendly, supervise your performance with humor, question yourself with objectivity, and inspire your actions with integrity.

This conversation can keep you stuck or frees you into untold possibilities.

If you pre-select the voice of your wisdom within to guide you each step of the way be ready to see your hat get full with the gifts of life.

 

 

My 3 cents on cancer. The discovery of a kid

 

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States. Pancreatic cancer is almost always fatal, because by the time you show symptoms, it’s already too late. People die son after diagnoses because when the illness is identified is too late and has metastasized throughout the body. Not any more , thanks to the giant brain on this 15-year-old kid, Jack Andraka


The Architect

cancer-futbol

The other day I was consulted by a men, a 35 years old young architect. He had just received the devastating news that they had found metastasis form an earlier stomach cancer in his pancreas, and he was in total panic having bought into the popular myth that pancreatic cancer was already a death sentence.
He arrived to my office in shock, half dead already, it was as if the news had already sucked up most of the life in his body.
I acknowledged his pain, his overwhelming fear, the confusion, he hardly could articulate a word, he was siting there, his body collapsed in a state of utter hopelessness, I sat silently with him few minutes, letting him know that there was no hurry, nothing to change, nothing to pursue and that we could stay present, receive and accompany whatever that would arise .
I asked him to get confortable and tell me about times where he felt awesome, when he felt the healthiest, most powerful, most in shape, when he felt he could do anything,
After few seconds of a vacant look in his eyes, suddenly his whole physiology changed , his eyes light up, he almost jumped up and sat strait like filled up from within by a new kind of energy, his muscles got some more and he instantly looked alive.
He started to tell me about a football match he was playing one particular Sunday morning with the boys of Sunday school few years before, when he felt that in spite of being 30 he felt he could play better than the teenagers, he felt on top of the world, his legs strong as a panther crossing across the playing field, his feet masterfully dominating the ball, his reflexes working with laser precision, his heart pumping blood with no signs of fatigue, his mind leading tactically and the body responding as one.
As he was describing some of the feats of this peak experience, he was recovering the color in his chicks; his body was getting more erect on the chair as he got so much into it.
After 5m he looked like a different men than the one I just greeted, his voice sounded different, all about him was different.
I pointed this to him, and simply asked to notice, what felt different in his body.
sure enough he shared that it felt like life came back all of the sudden, he felt the legs strong, the chest open, the neck getting ready to hit the ball with the head, he felt the excitement all over, the breath was powerful, the energy rushing visibly through , he was pushing the arms of the chair he was seating ready to take off
I thought he was going to get up and show me right there some of his athletic prowess, when he realized he was in my office and maybe not in a bar with his mates, he said, oh my God, I feel so alive, how can this be possible? where all this energy came from? I feel I can do anything, how can this be? 5m ago, I hardly could make it into your office and now I feel like I just had one of those downloading you see in the movie Matrix.
I silently nodded in agreement, and only said yes, this is the power of your mind, amazing? Isn’t it?
He looked at me in disbelieve, this experience got him so much by surprise, and was so undeniable, that set up firmly the foundation of our work.
He new, we don’t have the ultimate control over our lives, but now he was totally willing to make the best of whatever was left, long life, short life, didn’t matter. He was committed to be fully alive, perfectly healthy in spite of the tumor.
He could see he could learn to use the power of the mindbody unity to create the healthiest, happiest persona he could and he was committed to it.

THE ARKITECT

 

 

The other day I was consulted by a men, a 35 years old, young architect, that had just received the devastating news that they had found metastasis form an earlier stomac cancer in his pancreas, and he was in total panic having bought into the popular mith that that was already a death sentence. He arrived to my office inshock, half dead already, it was as if the news had already sucked up most of the life in his body, I acknowledge his pain, his overwhelming fear, the confusion, he hardly could  articulate a word, he was siting there, his body collapsed in a  state of utter hopelessness , I felt so much compassion, he looked like a hip of

and I asked him to get confortable and tell me about times where he felt awesome, when he felt the healthiest, most powerful, most in shape, when he felt he could do anything,

after few seconds of a vacant look in his eyes all of the  sudden ,instantly his whole physiology changed , his eyes light up, he almost jumped up and sat strait all of the sudden, his muscles got some more tone

he started to tell me about a football match he was playing one particular Sunday morning with the boys of Sunday school few years before, when he felt that in spite of being 30 he felt he could play better than the teen agers , he felt on top of the world, his legs strong as a panther crossing across the playing field, his feet masterfully dominating the ball, , his reflexes working with laser precision, his heart pumping blood with any fatigue, his mind  cool leading tactically and the body responding as one ,as he wes describing some of the feats  of this peak experience for him, he was recovering the color in his chicks, his body was getting more erect on the chair as he got so much into it, after 5m he looked like a different men  than the one I greeted minutes before, his voice sounded different , all about him was different, I pointed this to him, and simoly asked to notice, what felt  diferent in his body , and sure enough he shared that it felt like life came back oll of the sudden, he felt le legs strong, the chest open, the neck getting ready to hit the ball with the head, he felt the excitement all over, the breath was powerfull, the energy rush, he was pushing  the arms of the chair he was seating  as on take off, I thought he was going to get up and show me right there some of his athletic prowess, when he realized he was in my office and maybe not in a bar with his mates,  and he said, oh my God, I feel so alive, how can this be possible, where all this energy came from?  I feel I can do anything, how can this be?  5m ago I harly could make it into your office and now I fell like I just had one of those downloadings you see in the movie Matrix¡ .

I silently noded in agreement, and only said, yes , this is the power of your mind, amazing, isn’t it

He looked at me in disbelieve, this experience got him so much by surprise, and was so undeniable, that set up firmly the foundation of our work.

He new , we don’t have the ultimate control over our lives, but now he was totally willing to make the best of whatever was left, long life, short life, didn’t matter, he was committed to be fully alive, perfectly healthy  he could see he could learn to use the power of the mindbody unity to create the healthiest happiest persona he could and he was committed to it.

 

Toc-Toc-Activist!

 


“TOCTOC Activists” is a program designed to get copies of the film into the hands of needy organizations. Toctoc Activists are individuals who search their local community for places that might find  Turn Off Cancer/ Turn On Life  helpful. These might include cancer patients support groups, schools, jails, homeless shelters, veteran’s organizations, women’s groups, and so on.

When a Toctoc Activist identifies a list of places that could use the DVD, we then provide copies for them to distribute, FREE of charge.

It’s our way of getting this important information in the hands of those who need it most!
If you’re interested in becoming aToctoc Activists, read the general guidelines below, and then email ToctocActivistsl@turnoffcancerturnonlive.com when you’re ready to get going.

TOCTOC activists GUIDELINES

We ask each TOCTOC Activist come up with a list of the organizations that they have access to and can deliver the copies to, in person. Then we’ll mail you one copy for each organization (or more if it’s appropriate for a particular organization)

What we ask from you for each organization is:

a. Name of the organization
b. Contact person
c. Address/website/contact info

We would love for you to keep in touch with us and let us know how things go so we can post results on the website and show how the message is spreading.

You probably know better than we do what the best places are to get the DVD to in your local area, but if you need any help, please let us know.

Because of cost of shipping, we ask that you find at least 10 organizations so we can send it in bulk. If you haven’t seen the DVD yet, you can order it at www.turnoffcancerturnonlife.com. We do ask that TOCTOC Activists order one copy of the DVD for themselves, for obvious reasons! 🙂

If you’re interested in becoming a TOCTOC Activists, email toctolactivists@tturnoffcancerturnonlife.com when you’re ready to get going.

*DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this website is educational in nature and is provided only as general information.

The information presented on this website, is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or psychological disorder. Information is not a substitute for medical or psychological treatment. Any stories or testimonials presented on this website do not constitute a warranty, guarantee, or prediction regarding the outcome of any individual’s course  of their ilness. While all materials and links to other resources are posted in good faith, the accuracy, validity, effectiveness, completeness, or usefulness of any information herein, as with any publication, cannot be guaranteed. transfom-action, accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the use or misuse of the information contained on this website,. We strongly advise that you seek professional advice as appropriate before making any health decision.

.

Unexpected Birthday Gifts

Unexpected birthday gifs
Last Thursday was my birthday.I woke up in sweat, in my dream I was waiting on line to see the doctor , everybody was carrying dirty , soiled, old patched , badly damaged or broken angel or bird wings, the doctor wold lift some feathers and would find the cancer. The whole thing looked very little promising.The day before I literally worked 21 hours straight  trying to finish up all details for the launch of my indiegogo  campaign .
I had chosen not to have a party for my 50th birthday and I had  convinced myself that dates didn’t matter, I will celebrate it later, maybe in Christmas when this campaign madness would be over.
Went to rest at 4:30 am for 1hour, got up at 5:30 to record an  self-hypnosis audio for a cancer patient. I had to do that before the city would wake up with its noisy life .
I jumped out of bed in a shock and went  to grab a pen to process the experience.
Still in the dark atmosphere of the dream, I forced  myself to do the recording for my patient as the agitation of the city went into an unstoppable crescendo. My computer crashed doing that and  I decided it was enough signs. I thought that maybe wasn’t enough to explore the symbolic meaning  but need to make sure that the dream wasn’t insisting on a literal check up that I was postponing.  I went to see the doctor to probe  a suspicious spot that was bothering me for few months already. All was good.
Next was to take care of the broken wings of the computer. Called my technician. Fixed it. He mentioned he was going to have lunch and i told him that was my birthday and if he wanted to eat together. He took me to the most hideous place where I could not eat a single bit . When the bill came, he didn’t motion to pay , leaving it clear he assumed I had invited him. I was almost in tears , I called a friend to share how sad I was I was doing that to myself on my 50th birthday and after listening for few minutes she went into a full blown account of how unbalanced  my life was and how I needed a break, she obviously wasn’t familiar with the rigor of  launches, unforgiving with sentimental staff like birthdays. She later sent a mail breaking formally our friendship as I was killing myself and she didn’t want to witness that. I thought it was quite dramatic and didn’t even finish reading it.
To finish up the day I decided I would do something for myself and called a massage therapist I had few massages from over the  summer. I liked his hands very much and I needed the infallible wellbeing of a good bodywork session. It was awesome as usual.
On leaving I mentioned it was my birthday and he invited me for dinner. I asked in disbelieve , you mean , you are taking me out for dinner ?- yes, I reiterated my question and share my misunderstanding with my computer person. No mistake I heard well.
He took me to the most luxurious restaurant I had been in many years, we had champaign,  wines, amazing food, and an improvised cake with candles. The service was great and I felt treated like a princess. The masseur turned out to be an ex- lawyer that tired of the confrontational life of a highly successful attorney went into bodywork to satisfy and old soul longing. Not only he paid for dinner but gave me an unforgettable  experience and pearls of wisdom on following the heart urges.
Went to sleep melting in gratitude, thinking how outrighteously funny, whimsicaly  life  behaves.  I had to pay for a hideous  launch to somebody I didn’t invited and ended up being treated as a queen by somebody I hardly knew.
You extract your own lesson from that , as to me , I take it as wink , a reminder, that beyond my own efforts, life is taking care of me always, even if I am blind to it.

Cheers.

The flow that will heal you

 

What’s the mind-body connection’
We don’t need to perform a complicated scientific experiment to have a thought or a feeling and experience its effects on our physiology. Think of lifting your arm and it will move, think of the happiest day of your life and you immediately will feel that some of those feelings re-enlivening your whole being in the present, if you think of a situation that upset you greatly most sure you will experiment the darkening of your mood all together .
Mind and body are not only connected , they are unified as Henry Dreher  says in his book Mind-Body Unity.
Certainly we cannot equate compassion with serotonine or joy with dopamine or say that happiness is just brain waves.  Neuroscientist Candace Pert and immunologist Michael Ruff have shown some of the functioning of  the psychosomatic network.
But is this affecting our health? and to which degree is the mindbody connection responsible for our illnesses or good health?

This idea has made it into the mainstream paradigm, and by now everybody agrees that stress and relaxation are very much part of how we get ill and how we heal.
Then we run into this very simplistic prescription that a positive attitude is necessary to cure from an illness. There is lots of evidence against that superficial understanding. On the contrary all emotions are necessary and support health.
The whole network is  the basis  for the internal healing system , a intelligent function in charge of homeostasis, balance among different parts, that is guided by emotions and their biochemical substrates
The psychosomatic network shows on the molecular level how the emotions are a bridge among mind and body, and in order for the communication to succeed we need all the emotions , not just the positives.
In fact it is not that simple to distinguished what is one or the other , for example neurons and white cells produce the same substances. The nerves system not only produces the same substances that the immune system , but also they talk the same molecular language.
And that’s true also in the endocrine, gastrointestinal, reproductive, cardiovascular system, all of them are producing common substances and talk the same molecular language.
The letters or the sounds of this common language are the neuropeptides and their receptors that are cellular messengers , vibrant molecular units of information that flood the body , delivering messages and providing the communication that creates the unity that we experiment as being ourselves with a mental , emotional and physical dimension.
It is this flow of information that is the healing system with its million years old ability for psychophysical regeneration.
This information flows across every organ, tissue, cell ,DNA and is literally facilitated  by  the emotions.
Pert and Snyder with very sophisticated techniques for mapping peptides and its receptors found its distribution throughout the brain and body.
Those molecules travel throughout the body and by locking in their specific receptors of the cell they transfer  the messages of the information carried and  produce changes on the membrane and the nucleus and turn on and off genes, send to work or rest etc.
There are concentration of those receptors for these molecules in the emotional areas of the brain and also along the gastrointestinal tract (gut feeling, instinct, intuition)and also the pancreas, the testis , the kidneys and many other cells , special relevance have the receptors in immune cells.
This creates  a whole new understanding of the role of emotions in health. Before it was thought that the neurotransmitters were in the brain ,working only in the neurons transferring information at the synapse and that it was that that created our mental states.
Now we know those exchanges  happen all over the  body, among different systems, and are the basis of mindbody interactions.
For example when we feel fear, one neuropeptide , cholecystokinin, locks in the gut receptors and change the motility of the intestines, and we know we are afraid and the body prepares for defense.
We may think we don’t need emotions, but it is the means the body uses to unify itself to respond coherently . All is regulated by those molecules. Emotions affect not only our psyche but our physiology.
It is impossible to separate mind and body, they have evolved together for millions of years and they work together. Makes sense isn’t it?
Our ideas, perceptions, believes, expectations shape our reality and the way we respond.  But it can be different if we decide so, in fact the most important influence we can have over our body , is our expectations, what we think is going to happen  and what we say to ourselves conscious or unconsciously that is going to happen, all the research on the placebo effect shows that.
That’s why it is so important to be able to see what believes are organizing our responses and the constant inner dialogues that take place in our minds.
Candace Pert affirms that the emotions are the organizing principle  of our biology and our evolution.
Pain and pleasure help to survive by avoiding what destroy us and looking for what benefits us.The problem comes when we have distorted so much those organizing principles that not only don’t guide us  but get us in trouble.
Regardless of this misleading distortions, we still need to feel and understand the language of our emotions. they are indicators and we need to inquire into the message they provide.
If we suppress or numb or don’t listen to them we are in trouble because they regulate all the system in the body.The valves in the digestive system  and the heart , the surveillant activity of the immune system, the water retention…..all the global regulation across the body.
Don’t be afraid to feel any negative emotion, pay attention, listen to the message  and take inspired action, let it orient you into the necessary response to reestablish homeostasis , balance, wellbeing.
Of course if you don’t take the intended action, the emotion will keep on knocking your door delivering the same news until you get num to it and  begins  our disconnection from this crucial informational system. And without this unifying flow our bodymind gets sick.
in summary: Reestablish the flow, start to feel whatever is there , receive the message , take action on it.
.

Day zero

DAY ZERO

 

…today, even if nobody reads this post, is day zero. Day zero comes before day one,  is the reflexion before the new undertaking, this mysterious peeking into the avant-garde of what’s coming.

I’ve been delaying this moment for years, have I really?, or I was waiting for the moment that blogging  would pop out of me naturally like the reaching for water when thirsty.

endings are beginnings,  entrances are exits,

departures are arrivals,  parting to stay , remaining to disappear
Janus , the two faced God of thresholds.
It feels like I am already mourning my invisible life and welcoming this vehicle that will take me to your mailbox weekly , and I will see your comments at the foot of my page and all this propagation, generation, ripples, quivers of arrows sent in breeding directions.

I had written a diary since I can  remember.I had my little girl diary with a key, and I fabricated my own note pads binding lose pages  to  create the container for my heart’s poring, I almost started writing  a diary right after learning to write. The  gift of naming came with the act of writing,
So far, It has been so private, concealed, inward, personal, that it will take me a while to make the transition. Bear with me.

Was i lazy? unwilling to do the work to include any audience into my inner castle? selfish? keeping to my self my sancta sanctorum?
was I afraid? you bet. The diary by definition is safe, unexposed, private like one’s private parts.
And here I am, finally the need to commune , to give away, to partake this offering  that feels like  splitting myself open to strangers, has been stronger than the fear of been judged and criticized.
Lots of growing up, from the secrecy to the joyous, careless, naked, innocent, bold exposure . I give credit to myself for that.
The truth is that it has taken a lot of growing up to get to this public modern pulpit . In fact whenI I think of the old church pulpit in the little village I grow up, i can see why it has taken me 40 years to step up into this kind of visibility, to voice my opinions, to say out loud my reflections.
Early imprints, the resounding authoritarian voice , crucifixion, capital punishment, electrocution, decapitation, hanging, beheading, burning at the stake were the punishment traditionally to any one that would dare to disagree, and sooner or later you are bound to disagree if you open your mouth, no wonder it is so difficult to speak freely
I know I am overdramatizing the whole thing, but for my mythic mindset, it feels like I am defying millions of years of the law to be silent or caught , invisible or dead.
so those are my fantasies and worst fears  that come to me when I commit to show up weekly and share with you my thoughts , feelings and reflections.
it always shocks me  the characters in the movies going to be killed  they walk  with dignity  and poise, my fear is always to go kicking and screaming , to lose face, to make a fool of myself, i hope to also approach the act of dying with the same dignity and freedom,voluntarily, so nothing is taken from me. It does feel good to start reaching out to you and create a field of resonant voices . Hopefully we will generate a place where we can engage in a meaningful conversation and soulful sharing of dreams and possibilities.

 

 

 

 

 .

TOCTOC activists

 


“TOCTOC Activists” is a program designed to get copies of the film into the hands of needy organizations. Toctoc Activists are individuals who search their local community for places that might find  Turn Off Cancer/ Turn On Life  helpful. These might include cancer patients support groups, schools, jails, homeless shelters, veteran’s organizations, women’s groups, and so on.

When a Toctoc Activist identifies a list of places that could use the DVD, we then provide copies for them to distribute, FREE of charge.

It’s our way of getting this important information in the hands of those who need it most!
If you’re interested in becoming aToctoc Activists, read the general guidelines below, and then email ToctocActivistsl@turnoffcancerturnonlive.com when you’re ready to get going.

TOCTOC activists GUIDELINES

We ask each TOCTOC Activist come up with a list of the organizations that they have access to and can deliver the copies to, in person. Then we’ll mail you one copy for each organization (or more if it’s appropriate for a particular organization)

What we ask from you for each organization is:

a. Name of the organization
b. Contact person
c. Address/website/contact info

We would love for you to keep in touch with us and let us know how things go so we can post results on the website and show how the message is spreading.

You probably know better than we do what the best places are to get the DVD to in your local area, but if you need any help, please let us know.

Because of cost of shipping, we ask that you find at least 10 organizations so we can send it in bulk. If you haven’t seen the DVD yet, you can order it at www.turnoffcancerturnonlife.com. We do ask that TOCTOC Activists order one copy of the DVD for themselves, for obvious reasons! 🙂

If you’re interested in becoming a TOCTOC Activists, email toctolactivists@tturnoffcancerturnonlife.com when you’re ready to get going.

*DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this website is educational in nature and is provided only as general information.

The information presented on this website, is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or psychological disorder. Information is not a substitute for medical or psychological treatment. Any stories or testimonials presented on this website do not constitute a warranty, guarantee, or prediction regarding the outcome of any individual’s course  of their ilness. While all materials and links to other resources are posted in good faith, the accuracy, validity, effectiveness, completeness, or usefulness of any information herein, as with any publication, cannot be guaranteed. transfom-action, accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the use or misuse of the information contained on this website,. We strongly advise that you seek professional advice as appropriate before making any health decision.

.