Fertile Soil

It’s been a big week this week in the world of science. Because they finally found it. A physical link between stress and cancer. Not that any of us doubted it. After all there’s been a ton of psychological studies out there for years showing how stress makes cancer worse… and to suggest it’s probably the major factor in it’s onset.

But now that science has finally realised there is a physical link, that stress seems to act like fertiliser causing cancer cells to spread, you’d think they’d start to stress the importance (pardon the pun) of getting our stress under control. The physical stress we put ourselves under, lack of sleep for instance. The mental stress we put ourselves under, habitually checking our emails for instance. The emotional stress we put ourselves under, burying those uncomfortable emotions rather than finding a way to heal them. The chemical stress we put ourselves under, the food choices we make for instance. The electromagnetic stress we put ourselves under, the problem of big cities and the internet superhighway. The neurological stress we put ourselves under, that we are all geared for stress unless we break the cycle.

But no…

They want to fix stress with more stress. Chemical stress that is. Adding another drug to the cocktail. A beta blocker this time. To block the adrenalin. But while it may be a short term solution, it doesn’t fix the problem. Because the adrenalin is pouring in upstream. If you want to clean a polluted river you’ve got to clean the crap out of the river at the same time as fix whatever is pouring it in upstream, don’t you? And we’re no different.

I’m not saying there isn’t a place for drugs. There is. Lord knows I understand this. Medications keep my daughter and my husband alive for which I have much gratitude. And while drugs may be necessary for a time, how much better would it be if we could get our lives back on track and live a life of chemical freedom. I for one have had more than enough chemical cocktails for one lifetime.

This reliance on drugs to the exclusion of the responsibility we need to take for our own wellbeing is a recipe for disaster. There has to be a balance. And I believe it’s what we do for ourselves that makes all the difference. Perhaps that’s the very reason why two people with the same cancer and the same treatment can have such different outcomes. It’s not what happens to us, it’s what we do with it.

In Cuba they don’t have the money for drugs. Instead they do more with less. That’s how they put it. Because they have such limited resources, they focus on keeping people well, not fixing them up when they get sick. And it works. Now there’s a revolutionary idea.

Isn’t it about time we helped people to realise the importance of what they can do for themselves…

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