Saturday, February 5, 2011

Affirmations for a Strong Immune System

One of the first things I learned when I found out I had cancer was: Stress needs to be eliminated if you want to beat cancer.  

I use guided imagery, affirmations, and meditation as effective tools to reduce my body's stress response (the release of adrenaline and cortisol)Here's a bit of information about Stress and Cancer: (I've referenced the medical journals below).

A) Chronic stress weakens a person's immune system and is linked to virus-associated cancers like sarcomas (1). 
B) Recent research suggests that stress hormones released into the blood can directly alter important processes in cells that help protect against the formation of cancer, such as DNA repair and the regulation of cell growth (2). 
C) Stress hormones can affect the growth and spread of cancer tumors (3).

Cancer Compass ran a great article about utilizing Yoga for relaxation, health, and well-being - The article stated:
"According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, proper yoga practice combines: 1) Physical postures that participants flow into and then hold, before proceeding to the next posture. 2) A focus on breathing techniques that make participants more aware of their bodies. 3) Deep meditation and relaxation, allowing participants to focus on their spirituality. All of those elements must be in place for people to get the best results for their health and well-being, said Karen Sherman, an affiliate associate professor of epidemiology with the Center for Health Studies in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington."
The article goes on to say....."Be wary of teachers who focus on postures without also emphasizing breathing and meditation. You won't be getting the same benefit."

Have at Least One Entire Day per Week Dedicated to De-Stressing

I dedicated Today as my "relaxing day." I made my shaker of wheat grass and went for acupuncture at 8:30 AM. At 11:00 AM I met my mother at the Lake and we walked for 2 hours in the lovely, mild sun. After a raw lunch we read an inspirational healing book out loud, followed by an hour's meditation to Deuter's Nature CD. Then I read these affirmations (below) aloud. We ended the day with a funny movie (BBC's Masterpiece Theatre's Cranford, set in the 1840's) and a healthy, raw vegan dinner.

Affirmations are the assertion that something exists or is true.  When I repeat these affirmations in my mind, it gives my body a strong signal to be well.
These are some of my favorite affirmations from the CD Healthy Immune System by Belleruth Naparstek:

"I can feel peaceful and calm from breathing deeply in and out.  I can allow myself to let go of worrying about things I can't control and focus on my own inner strength. 

I can appreciate myself and take time to take care of myself.  My body is my faithful ally, my oldest friend, and my steadiest companion.  

My powerful immune system protects me and sees to my well being.  I intend to increase the effectiveness of my immune system to better monitor and protect my body. 

My body has the built-in capacity to repair and heal itself.  The glands that house my immune cells are full of vitality and power. 

My thymus gland warms as it dispatches loyal, protective fighter cells all through my body.

Loyal fighter cells in my body are seeing to my well-being by eliminating any unwelcome presence. 

My defender cells seek out any invaders inside my body, dispatching easily and quickly. 

The fighter cells within me are able to clone themselves to become exactly the right number needed to protect me. 

My miraculous T-cells multiply and spread out to accost each and every compromised cell. 

Suppressor cells know when to call the fighting to a halt, calming and settling my immune system down.

Continual protection is offered by the specialized cells patrolling my body: removing viruses, cancer cells and bacteria. 

The clean up crew of feeding cells cleanse my tissue of any debris, leaving my insides fresh and clean and strong.

The cells in the spleen and lymph nodes produce perfectly programmed missiles that target compromised cells, eliminating them quickly and easily. 

My body has a built-in capacity to maintain its own integrity and renew its strength. It works night and day all through my body.

A warm, pulsing, glowing blanket surrounds me and envelops me with protection and safety, soaking its soothing energy into me. 

Radiant sunlight enter and warms my body infusing health and strength and healing to every corner of my being.

I send a message to every cell in my body that it is time to sweep out the old and make room for the new. I thank the prayers and good wishes sent my way. 

I thank my body for its faithful service to me.  I return the favor by becoming better able to listen to my body and sense what it needs. Thank you for all you have done in the past and all you will do in the future.

I am held in the Hands of God. 
And so you are!"

1. Reiche EM, Nunes SO, Morimoto HK. Stress, depression, the immune system, and cancer. The Lancet Oncology 2004; 5(10):617–625.
2. Antoni MH, Lutgendorf SK, Cole SW, et al. The influence of bio-behavioural factors on tumour biology: Pathways and mechanisms. Nature Reviews Cancer 2006; 6(3):240–248.
3. Thaker PH, Han LY, Kamat AA, et al. Chronic stress promotes tumor growth and angiogenesis in a mouse model of ovarian carcinoma. Nature Medicine 2006; 12(8):939–944. 

Please post your comments and let me know what you do to de-stress. I'd also love to hear what topic you would like to see in future blogs. I wish you peace, light, and health! God bless you.


Tara Abela said...

I love this, Jeannie! Thanks for the work you have done and continue to do!

We're survivors! Surviving is a beautiful thing.

I love the free meditations you have sent me -- they've been great.

Jeannie said...

Thank you, Tara. You are so precious!

Anonymous said...

I am sooo happy to have found your wonderful blog and facebook sites! I was recently diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma and like you, could only find the most hopeless and depressing sites online! It is so refreshing to find someone who is also facing LMS who is so positive, hopeful and uplifting as you. I am convinced that your approach is the best possible advice. It is imperative to stay focused on life, on the positive and to choose hope - our minds are incredible machines that we can program to cure ourselves. And, the importance of exercise, supplements, ample sleep and good nutrition, with a focus on vegetables and more vegetables, can't be emphasized enough!

After a surgery in November of last year to remove a soccer ball sized fibroid initially thought to be benign and then sent to Stanford University for testing and discovered to be LMS, I subsequently had a 2nd surgery last month to remove a small mass near my kidney. I am now cancer free but will be undergoing chemo therapy soon. Any suggestions you can make re: getting through that more easily would be much appreciated.

Interestingly, I also went to OHI a few years ago - not for LMS, but for weight loss and general health and wish I had stuck with the diet plans and other routines they encouraged and probably wouldn't be facing LMS today at all! I am now incorporating a lot of the lessons I learned at OHI into my daily routine as well as doing meditation. Are you familiar with Abraham Hicks? I love their "Getting Into The Vortex: Guided Meditations CD and User Guide", which I just started a few weeks ago - it's just 15 minutes of meditation per day, but what incredible gifts these are! The CD really helps me to destress and to place my focus where it should be: on living and loving my life!

Best wishes to you - and keep your joyful, hopeful blog going - you are doing me and others with LMS so much good!

Hugs and Love -

Jeannie said...

Blessings to you, Linda. Thank you for your lovely words. Your familiarity with the concepts taught at O.H.I. is a huge benefit to you. If there is no evidence of disease at this time, it may be to your advantage to investigate Insulin Potentiation Therapy - an alternative form of chemotherapy that is much gentler and is not supposed to suppress your own immune system in the process. Use the link at the end of my Mind and Body blog to find guided imagery specifically for chemotherapy if you choose to do it. I wish you the very best!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Jeannie! I will definitely investigate Insulin Potentiation Therapy as well as the guided imagery you suggest. I belong to Kaiser Permanente, so I'm not sure if they offer that therapy but will mention it to my doctor.

I read your blog bio and saw that you are a Jane Austin fan - my daughter and I both love Jane Austin. Have you ever read any of Georgette Heyer's books? If not, you may want to - we really enjoy her Regency and Georgian books, which have great characters and a good amount of humor. Of course, they aren't quite as well written as Austin's books - no one is as great as Jane Austin :-)



Jeannie said...

I also have Kaiser. My Kaiser oncologist conferred with MD Anderson Cancer Center(which specializes in sarcomas)on my case. I reviewed their letter to the doctor. They confirmed that chemo and radiation would not be of benefit, merely palliative. I personally was glad, because long, long ago I had noticed that chemo seemed to fail in the long-term. Of course, I fully support anyone else who feels that it is the right thing for them to do!!

Dr. Lodi at Oasis of Healing is one doctor that does IPT. Normally chemo is done to shrink a tumor, and at best it will shrink a tumor enough so that surgery can remove it. I have no evidence of disease, and although I know that microscopic cancer cells are present, I believe that my body can prevent them from establishing themselves again if I am willing to follow a lifestyle of healing. For me,it is an absolute pleasure do follow this lifestyle. I stay away from anything that will compromise my immune system, it's just counter-intuitive for me.

I did a lot of research on the computer looking at medical journal articles and published results of the current treatments and their long-term outcomes. That helped empower me to know that what I have chosen is the best for me.

Again, I wish you the very best. I will definitely get Georgette Heyer's books! I incorporate reading as one of my healing activities. I love to download audio books and listen to them while I walk on my hiking trail, which we call the "healing trail."

I will message you on Facebook and send you my e-mail address so we can carry on personal conversations there.

Lots of love, and healing energy!

Anonymous said...

I am newly diagnosed with LMS. I like your theory of healing

Jeannie said...

When you think about it, the body does amazing things to nurture and protect itself, beginning from the very moment of birth. It's only when things go awry and the immune system is not functioning properly that our bodies end up in trouble. Following my surgery for uterine leiomyosarcoma, I did not have chemo or radiation. Instead I radically changed the environment in my mind and body, allowing my body to heal itself. You can do it, too!

Catherine Curtin said...

Thank you Jeanne, you are my inspiration after being diagnosed with ULMS! I'm stage 1b, after total hysterectomy on a June 20, 2014, and having my first CT scan on October 20th! I know my mind is my strongest ally, it's just been difficult to get into a meditative practice. I would love to speak to you some time! Thanks so much for sharing all your information, I've followed several of your suggestions. Would love to speak sometime!

Catherine Curtin said...

Thank you Jeanne, you are my inspiration after being diagnosed with ULMS! I'm stage 1b, after total hysterectomy on a June 20, 2014, and having my first CT scan on October 20th! I know my mind is my strongest ally, it's just been difficult to get into a meditative practice. I would love to speak to you some time! Thanks so much for sharing all your information, I've followed several of your suggestions. Would love to speak sometime!