The relentless search for the causes and cure of cancer has now led medical scientists to a new and dramatic frontier; that of the human emotions. Surprising clues are being found which may, some day, answer such provocative questions as:
Can continued fear, worry and disappointment be an important cause of cancer?
Does cancer race through a patient’s body or slow down to a snail’s pace depending on his attitude to life?
Do the cancer cells deliberately choose a specific organ to attack, the choice based on the particular kind of emotional problem plaguing the patient?
Do we all carry around cancer cells and do they only run wild when triggered off by some mysterious process in which the emotions play a part?
A few years ago doctors felt that the emotions were influential chiefly in producing such conditions as asthma, peptic ulcer, hypertension, backaches and headaches. Cancer they felt was an exception. It was purely an organic disease. If the condition were untreated or untreatable the cells multiplied furiously, spread through the body, and death followed inevitably.
But doctors have lately been puzzled by cases where this did not happen. The patient either recovered completely from an alleged “fatal” disease or went on to enjoy good health for several years. Furthermore, two patients with the same degree of illness, given exactly the same treatment would respond differently. Such cases led to speculation that somehow the personality of the patient governed the course of cancer. This theory was then tested in various clinics and hospitals with some rather surprising results.
Thus there is building up a weight of medical testimony in support of our contention that cancer is a result of inner mind disharmony and this leads us to the natural conclusion that the prevention and cure of cancer comes naturally with the province of spiritual healing.
Harry Edwards, 1955