How Emotional Stress Feeds Cancer

If you read my blog with any regularity, you know how handling stress poorly shortens your life and interferes with your ability to conceive a child. It may also hasten the spread of ovarian cancer, according to a new study.

University of Texas researchers decided to test their theory on mice based on the high levels of VEGF protein (a protein that stimulates the growth of blood vessels in tumors) they found in human ovarian cancer patients with elevated stress levels.

Mice were infected with ovarian cancer, and some were placed alone in small, confined spaces for up to six hours. Animals confined in stressful situations for that long had almost four times the number of tumors versus those that weren't. Cancerous tumors among half of those stressed had also spread to their livers and spleens. Additionally, stress activated not only VEGF proteins, but MMP2 and MMP9, compounds that also sustain tumors.

The good news: Conventional medicine may finally be getting an inkling of a clue about poorly managed emotions and how they can result in all sorts of health problems. You can provide your body with safe, natural tools -- not dangerous drugs -- to compensate for the bioelectrical short-circuiting that can cause serious disruption in many of your body's important systems.

One of the best tools available is the Emotional Freedom Technique, the energy psychology tool used in my practice daily.

Nature Medicine July 23, 2006

Yahoo News July 24, 2006

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