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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Adding Injury to Insult is an Over-looked Cancer Cause

Adding Injury to Insult is an Over-looked Cancer Cause

Certainly one of the first questions people asks once they begin breathing again after the shock of hearing the “C word” pronounced over their lives is “What caused this to happen to me?”   Rarely if ever will they get an answer from the diagnosing doctors because, frankly, the cause of cancer is hardly the focus of conventional western medicine.    If the cause was the focus of conventional medicine, I believe from what I learned and applied to my own life, the highly lucrative pharmaceutically dominated cancer industry would be quite threatened financially.  Cancer, however, is not a dragon to be slain after the model of polio or smallpox.  It is a condition its “host” absolutely must aggressively participate in eradicating.

 We have such complex and amazing built in healing mechanisms that our bodies battle against physical and mental “insult” in wonderful ways.  King David, the Psalmist, knew in his soul (mind, will and emotions) these complexities of his, and our, creation:

 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul know right well. Psalms 139:14 (KJV) (Emphasis added.)

Our immune system, alone, performs repeated miracles of healing every time we are wounded in any way.  However, our immune system is designed to respond to occasional temporary insult or injury.  If it is pressed into continuous acute response, chronic inflammation in body tissue results.  That inflammatory condition eventually becomes systemic forcing the cells of our bodies to function under stress for as long as possible.  Eventually these cells are forced to resort to some vile survival habits that often lead to malignancy and, unchecked, to death.  Remember this point when we later discuss oxygen versus cancer in Key Eight.

There are two main sources of inflammation -- stress and trauma.  Both of these can be considered as “insults” to the body and soul (mind, will, emotions) regardless of whether the injury initiated as physical or mental/emotional.      Personally, I realized early on in my cancer battle, through a revelation I share in Slam the Door on Cancer, that my cancer was the result of a long embedded bitterness and resentment (emotional stress) rooted in a severe physical and emotional trauma beginning decades earlier.    I had never dealt with the “insult” of this stress and trauma and it was literally “burning me up” by causing the recycling of inflammatory chemicals in my body/mind.  

Inflammation is comparable to fire.  It is useful under certain conditions and devastating when fueled out of control.   Rampant inflammation sabotages our immune system so that dis-ease becomes disease manifesting in ever increasing discomfort.   

This discussion is expanded in my book, Slam the Door on Cancer and Lock It Out of Your Life

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Overcoming Cancer Misconceptions with truth and facts.

"Light Bars" Acrylic Inks on Watercolor Paper by Jacquie Woodward

Topics in this blog post are expanded in my book, Slam the Door on Cancer and Lock It Out of Your Life, which will finally launch in early May on Amazon.com and Kindle.  Please watch for the book as I believe you will find it informative and encouraging.

 Overcoming Cancer Misconceptions with truth and facts.

Cancer is the cellular level response to overwhelming toxin intake.  What is a toxin?  It is poison and it can be sourced from the environment (such as pesticides in food or water).   It can also be produced within our bodies in response to persistent sustained stress or unremitting trauma that causes the immune system to be overworked. The result is chronic inflammation that creates a hotbed for tumor development.  A toxin can be taken in through eating, drinking, breathing, or skin absorption.  However, words or thoughts that stimulate damaging biochemical responses are also toxins so our senses also act as portals.  We elaborate on this point in Slam the Door on Cancer and Lock It Out of Your Life.

 Cancer is the ultimate cellular level response to undersupply of essential “building and maintenance materials” for body cells.  The rate of replacement varies somewhat in available literature; however, there is solid consensus that every single body cell is replaced many times within a normal lifespan.  Some, like those lining our gut, are replaced every few hours and all body cells are replaced within cycles of approximately seven years.    We know that our DNA is the blueprint for replacement and, as we have said, our DNA is potentially altered by environmental factors, which include toxins.   It is also certainly impacted by sleep depravation, mental/emotional attitude, personality traits, and other lifestyle patterns.  DNA is impacted by our choices.

We, therefore, make choices that directly determine the quality of cells formed to replace those whose “life cycle” is completed or those succumbing to injury.  Some of the choices we make are obvious and some are not.  In my book, we discuss both types.  Fairly recent scientific discoveries of specific receptors for “molecules of emotion” on our cell membranes demonstrates that the mind/body interface is absolutely measurable and, therefore, indisputable. (Refer to Dr. Candace Pert, PhD in her book, Molecules of Emotion)  Additionally, quantum mechanics has demonstrated that our focus and intent directly impact our health, which includes the state of our DNA, and, ultimately, whether or not our bodies are hospitable to malignancy.   Early in my cancer saga, I determined I would make my body as inhospitable to cancer as I possibly could and I did that.  I believe that anyone can do so,  but it requires fearlessly and tenaciously contending for health. I share my own journey in Slam the Door on Cancer.

Cancer is the cellular level response to chronically imbalanced “inner terrain”, which is a term for the environment we provide  our body cells to live and work in.   Cells have no choice but to depend entirely upon what the steward or caretaker of their environment provides -- much like aquarium fish.   Is the fluid kept clean?  Does the chosen quality and quantity of food supply the required balance of nutrients?  Are the chemical, electrical, and acid/alkaline (pH) balances properly maintained?  Is   oxygenation proceeding well?  We have all seen and smelled a dirty aquarium, which can be caused by over feeding, feeding wrong food, lack of oxygenation, toxic waste build up, etc.  Fish in a dirty aquarium usually gasp for life as long as possible and then go belly up.  Living body cells can experience a similar fate although sometimes they band together and build tumors that adopt nasty ways to “improvise” for as long as possible.

In my extensive reading, I found a staggering consensus that cancer is highly preventable and significantly treatable through our changing areas of our lives that we control. (see NIH Manuscript-Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, et al August 2009)   Cancer is a “worse case scenario” symptom of chronic inflammatory response within the body.  Cancer may show up a very long time after the cause began so that the link from cause to symptom is overlooked.  One thing seems sure—without identifying and dealing with the underlying cause, temporary remission may be the best hope.   To me the term, remission, anticipates a relapse.  It is the only goal-setting term commonly used in conventional cancer treatment.  The word, cure, seems reserved for cancer research fund-raising campaigns.    

Key Points to Realizing What Cancer is:

o   Cancer is NOT random.  It has causes we need to recognize.
o   Cancer IS the result of a terribly imbalanced internal terrain.  We can make that terrain an environment that keeps our cells healthy and happy.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cancer is not from God at all, period.

"He walks with me.....and He talks with me........And He tells me I'm not alone......."

Cancer is not from God at all, period.  Sometimes in desperation to fill the informational vacuum regarding the causes of cancer, God gets blamed--or, at least, excuses are made that imply God sanctions disease and we can't know "His Ways".  NO!  God is the antithesis of cancer.  If He was the source of cancer, seeking our healing or even accepting treatment would be rebellion against God.   We have an already defeated enemy who is powerless unless we “buy his lies”, and entertain his accusations.  Jesus clearly said,

 The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.  John 10:10 (ASV) 

Jesus established a new better covenant replacing karma (you get punishment you deserve) with grace (you could never deserve the blessings you get).   There is no scientific or Scriptural law (i.e. natural or spiritual principle) to support a doctrine that God is the author of sickness.   Such a conclusion is generally a grief-stricken effort to explain away misunderstood circumstances like losing a Godly loved one to cancer.   In my healing, I was blessed with revelation that our sovereign God had limited Himself to keeping His Word to us.  This realization sent me pouring myself into learning the promises in God’s Word.  Here the Psalmist declares:  

I bow myself toward Thy holy temple, And I confess Thy name, For Thy kindness, and for Thy truth, For Thou hast made great Thy saying above all Thy name. Psalms 138:2 (YLT)  (Emphasis added.)

 Health tops the promise list as Jesus so well demonstrated by ministering healing and deliverance to ALL who came to Him and taking the stripes on his back for our physical healing before his crucifixion.  In Slam the Door on Cancer, this important truth is considered in more depth including an Appendix filled with healing Scriptures. [Note:  My book, Slam the Door on Cancer and Lock It Out of Your Life, will be launched around the first of May, 2014 and will be available on Amazon.com.   We will also launch a new blog slamthedooroncancer.com to augment the book. This blog will remain online with occasional posts added.]

The concept of “incurable cancers” may be founded in statistics but not in truth.   As in my case, a diagnosed condition may be untreatable by either a conventional or even certain alternative treatment protocols within the sick care realm.   Health care and sick care are not the same pursuits and curing cancer is within the realm of honest health care (re-establishing a steady healthy state within the body rather than temporarily masking symptoms).  The idea that cancer is incurable because modern medical science has not ridden in on a white horse does not mean that cancer is an automatic death sentence.  My own story is a case in point and “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34) so my story could be anyone’s.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jesus said, "Heal the Sick"...not "Plead for the Sick".

Jesus said, "Heal the Sick".....nor "Plead for the Sick"

Below is a re-post of today's "daily devotional" message from
 Pastor Joseph Prince.  I have found the very message in this
 "Word" to be profound in praying with people who are seeking
 the manifestation of the healing Jesus already paid for.   Jesus
 restored dominion that we lost in the Garden of Eden "episode". 
  We still act like Jesus didn't accomplish much for us and we
 turn to weak science or make decisions in panic.   We have great
 power and we have dominion over the work of the enemy (illness).
  Pray commanding oxygen into pain and inflammation out
 of tissue.   Pray praising the Lord for what He HAS
 accomplished.   Speak health and healing rather than
sickness and sorrow.  Pray expecting what humans would
 call a miracle and not necessarily expecting an instant one
 but an interactive one.   Pray asking God to take us step by
 step from sickness to healing.   Pray asking God to direct
 our treatment decisions rather than jumping into quick
decisions based in fear rather than faith.  And then LISTEN
 for God's direction.   Use your authority!

EXODUS 14:15–16
And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it...
The problem with the body of Christ today is not that we are not praying. We are praying. But many of us are praying desperate prayers. We are praying, “God, help…God, please…God, do something about my problem!”

If you are smiling a little by now, most likely, you know about such prayers and might have prayed a couple yourself. My friend, God does not want you to pray pleading prayers all the time. He wants you to use the authority He has given you to pray powerful prayers, to boldly command and to “stretch out your hand” and see miracles happen.

When Moses stood before the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army in hot pursuit, the Bible tells us that he cried out to God. But God told him, “Why do you cry to Me?”

There is a time for you to cry out to God and there is a time for you to use your authority. God told Moses, “Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it.”

The “rod” you have today is the name of Jesus. As you command in Jesus’ name, your “sea” will open and you will go on dry ground through the midst of your problem.

Do you realize that Jesus did not say, “Go and pray for the sick”? He said, “Go and heal the sick.” (Matthew 10:8) So stop pleading and asking all the time, and start using the authority you have in Christ.

Jesus told the church, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore…” (Matthew 28:18–19) My friend, God wants you to go and use the authority that He has given you. And as you go, miracles will flow!

My book, Slam the Door on Cancer and Lock It Out of Your Life, will be launched sometime between Easter and May first.   It has finally been 
uploaded (fully edited) to Amazon.com where it will be available in print or ebook format.   Stay tuned!

Friday, March 21, 2014

In Dealing With Cancer—Know the Adversary

Acrylic on Watercolor Paper Collage.   "There's More"

In Dealing With Cancer—Know the Adversary

Years ago, when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, in my vital need to understand my adversary, I came to realize that cancer is widely misunderstood.  News media hypes “finding a cure for cancer” as though it were an infectious disease like polio or smallpox that a vaccine could be discovered to eradicate.   And, frankly, the medical research industry does little to clarify that serious misconception.      Cancer is not a disease likely to respond to a “silver bullet” scientific discovery.   In fact it is highly debatable whether it should be called a “disease” at all.

Discussions of cancer always seem to focus on “kinds of cancer” as though the disease is accurately defined by where it manifests in the body.  The obvious result of such a perspective is the assumption that cancer is a localized disease pertaining to the particular body part where it manifests rather than being a disease affecting the entire organism.  I have seen this misunderstanding first hand in the expression on peoples’ faces whenever I say, “Years ago I had a tumor in my pancreas”.  The response is a mix of astonishment and disbelief nearly always including the remark, “Really, I’ve never met a person who survived pancreatic cancer”.    

 The term, kind of cancer, does not explain what cancer is because, “Cancer does not appear in a vacuum but is a product of the entire physiological and psychological history of its host”.1.   I have come to believe that the more accurate term is:  “Malignancy has manifested in your (name body part). I recognize that cancer does present differently in various types of body tissue.   Yet there is considerable evidence that cancer is a systemic malady involving body systems (immune, neurological, endocrine, etc.) interacting with psychological and emotional factors such as stress (fear, worry, guilt, etc.)   My own story is a case in point and literature is filled with others.    This point is further explored in my book, Slam the Door on Cancer and Lock It Out of Your Life.

Why is it important to understand that cancer is a reaction to what is going on in a whole body/mind?   Because treating just the body or just the mind omits half the battle weaponry. Besides the body and mind (soul), leaving out the spiritual aspect of our "selves" is ignoring the essence of our "selves" which is where our power lies.

( Note 1 - quoting Dr. Phillip Incao, MD in foreward to book, Re-Thinking Cancer) by Ruth Sackman