Can Stress contribute to Cancer?
April 23, 2014
Jackie Roberge

Last night I listened to a live interview with Dr. Paul Epstein, a naturopathic doctor and leading voice in the field of Mind-Body Integrative Medicine. He is a big proponent of treating the whole person and feels that treating the emotional side of the cancer question is just as important as treating the physical side.  The interview addresses the question of the relationship between stress, and even early childhood stress, and trauma and cancer.  He sites some new research findings that are very interesting and even surprising. He talks about some recent studies on the beneficial effects of meditation on the immune system as well.

Dr. Paul EpsteinHe also addresses the question of feeling guilty if you feel stress could have contributed to your cancer and how you can deal with those issues.  Dr. Epstein is a passionate speaker and uses lots of great analogies to get his message across.  One thing he said really stuck with me.  He said that time does not heal all wounds but rather time can help conceal wounds.  So where does the pain go?  It stays in the body and can wreck havoc without your even realizing it.

I really hope that you will take the time to listen to the interview and challenge yourself in terms of taking a holistic approach to healing.  Sometimes this means having the courage to dig up some past issues or deal with current struggles you may be silently facing. Here is the link to listen.

I would also love to hear your comments and as always, I remain available to support you in any way I can on your healing journey. 


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