Dr. Paul Anderson

Emotions and Cancer - From Despair to Empowerment | Dr. Paul Anderson

The Science of Self-Healing Hosted by Dr. Sharon Stills With Special Guest
Dr. Paul Anderson

About Dr. Paul Anderson

Dr. Anderson is a recognized educator and clinician in integrative and naturopathic medicine with a focus on complex infectious, chronic, and oncologic illness. In addition to three decades clinical experience, he also was head of the interventional arm of a US-NIH funded human research trial using IV and integrative therapies in cancer patients. 

Former positions include Professor of Pharmacology and Clinical Medicine at Bastyr University and Chief of IV Services for Bastyr Oncology Research Center. 

He is co-author of the Hay House book “Outside the Box Cancer Therapies” with Dr. Mark Stengler as well as the Lioncrest Publishing book “Cancer… The Journey from Diagnosis to Empowerment.”.

He is a frequent CME speaker and writer.

Episode Highlights with Dr. Paul Anderson

  • Through his vast experience researching integrative oncology, Dr. Anderson noticed a side to patient treatment that was often overlooked - emotion.

  • Treatments were so focused on the physical changes that needed to take place such as diet change, remedies etc. that the mind-body aspect of an illness took a back seat.

  • He decided to write a book about mind-body connection and emotion.

  • How do we normalize feelings of grief and defeat and transmute those feelings into the empowerment that leads to more complete healing? 

  • What model can we use to help with this?  

  • Allowing the body to feel and grieve a diagnosis is often the first step towards feeling empowered, leading to better experience with treatment.

  • Empowerment even through the difficulties of any illness is associated with better quality of life, pain management etc., and while these diagnoses are of course not easy to handle, viewing them in the most positive way possible is beneficial to fighting them off.

  • This is especially important because of the strong mind-body correlation and its effect on physical health. An empowered mindset better prepares the body to handle each situation and conserves energy to be used for healing.

  • There are several tools that can be used to help work through all feelings surrounding the healing process, or even feelings that are more despairing.  Therapy can help address difficult emotions surrounding diagnosis. Clearing anger, confusion, sadness, etc. that are associated with stagnant energy or negativity. Holding onto these sorts of feelings can lead to suppressed emotional response, which could have a negative physical effect on the body and possibly affect its ability to heal, or even lead to further illness.  Therapy either alone, or with others can be a great resource for helping to move through some of the difficult emotions that come along with diagnoses. 

  • Clearing these energies is important so that the body can spend all its energy fighting the intruder.

  • Clearing negative energies around the body is just as crucial. Limiting exposure to certain family and friends is beneficial if boundaries cannot be respected.

  • It is important to remember that no matter what the diagnosis, the choice whether to view it positively or negatively is still under their control. However, positivity is contagious and can inspire one person to handle their emotions more positively if they see another doing the same. 

  • Most of all, in these sorts of situations, it is important to focus primarily on yourself first.  We are taught in society that this is selfish, however when it comes to maintaining emotional boundaries and a positive environment during healing, it is as important as any other aspect of any treatment plan.

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"Devastating. There’s no other word to describe the feeling when you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer. On any given day, you might rotate between feelings of disbelief, anger, and grief. You may even feel like you’ve lost control over your own life.

While your diagnosis might raise any number of negative feelings, here's the good news: you don’t have to feel lost or confused. In Cancer: The Journey from Diagnosis to Empowerment, Dr. Paul Anderson clearly outlines what you can expect throughout your cancer journey. More importantly, he demonstrates how to cultivate a mental outlook that will help you reach your best outcome. When it comes to healing, mind does matter."

My message...

An empowered mindset better prepares the body to handle each situation and conserves energy to be used for healing.

Dr. Paul Anderson

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