The Cancer Personality

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In dealing with many thousands of cancer patients over the past 28 years, it has been my observation that there are certain personality traits which are rather consistently present in the cancer-susceptible individual. These characteristics are as follows:

  1. Being highly conscientious, dutiful, responsible, caring, hard-working, and usually of above average intelligence.
  2. Exhibiting a strong tendency toward carrying other people’s burdens and toward taking on extra obligations, often “”worrying for others.”
  3. Having a deep-seated need to make others happy, tending to be “”people pleasers.”” Having a great need for approval.
  4. Often having a history of lack of closeness with one or both parents, sometimes, later in life, resulting in lack of closeness with spouse or others who would normally be close.
  5. Harboring long-suppressed toxic emotions, such as anger, resentment and/or hostility. Typically the cancer-susceptible individual internalizes such emotions and has great difficulty expressing them.
  6. Reacting adversely to stress, often becoming unable to cope adequately with such stress. Usually experiencing an especially damaging event about 2 years before the onset of detectable cancer. The patient is unable to cope with this traumatic event or series of events, which comes as a “”last straw”” on top of years of suppressed reactions to stress.
  7. Showing an inability to resolve deep-seated emotional problems and conflicts, usually arising in childhood, often even being unaware of their presence.

Typical of the cancer-susceptible personality, as noted above, is the long-standing tendency to suppress “”toxic emotions,”” particularly anger. Usually starting in childhood, this individual has held in his/her hostility and other unacceptable emotions. More often than not, this feature of the affected personality has its origins in feelings of rejection by one or both parents. Whether these feelings or rejection are justified or not, it is the perception of rejection that matters, and this results in a lack of closeness with the “”rejecting”” parent or parents, followed later in life by a similar lack of closeness with spouses and others with whom close relationships would normally develop. Those at higher risk for cancer tend to develop feelings of loneliness as a result of their having been deprived of affection and acceptance earlier in life, even if this is merely their own perception. These people have a tremendous need for approval and acceptance, developing a very high sensitivity to the needs of others while suppressing their own emotional needs.

These good folks become the “”caretakers”” of the world, showing great compassion and caring for others, and going out of their way to look after the needs of others. They are very reluctant to accept help from others, fearing that it may jeopardize their role as caretakers or that they might appear to have too much self-concern. Throughout their childhood they have typically been taught “”not to be selfish,”” and they take this to heart as a major lifetime objective. All of this benevolence is highly commendable, of course, in our culture, but must be somehow modified in the case of the cancer patient. A distinction needs to be made here between the “”care-giving”” and the “”care-taking”” personality. There is nothing wrong with care-giving, of course, but the problem arises when the susceptible individual derives his/her entire worth, value and identity from his/her role as “”caretaker.”” If this shift cannot be made, the patient is stuck in this role, and the susceptibility to cancer greatly increases.

As noted above, a consistent feature of those who are susceptible to cancer appears to be that they “”suffer in silence,”” and bear their burdens without complaint. Burdens of their own as well as the burdens of others weigh heavily, often subconsciously as well as consciously, upon these people because they, through a lifetime of suppression, internalize their problems, cares and conflicts. The carefree extrovert, on the other hand, seems to be far less vulnerable to cancer than the caring introvert described above.

How one reacts to stress appears to be a major factor in the development of cancer. Most cancer patients have experienced a highly stressful event, usually about 2 years prior to the onset of detectable disease. This traumatic event is often beyond the patient’s control, such as the loss of a loved one, loss of a business, job, home, or some other major disaster. The typical cancer victim has lost the ability to cope with these extreme events, because his/her coping mechanism lies in his/her ability to control the environment. When this control is lost, the patient has no other way to cope.

Major stress, as we have seen, causes suppression of the immune system, and does so more overwhelmingly in the cancer-susceptible individual than in others. Thus personal tragedies and excessive levels of stress appear to combine with the underlying personality described above to bring on the immune deficiency which allows cancer to thrive.

The Cancer Personality: Inescapable Shock & Cancer

For the majority of people, coping with stress and highly stressful or traumatic events or conflicts is dealt with, with relative ease. Although those in this larger group feel the devastating effects of stress, stressful events, trauma, and conflicts, including grief and loss – stressful events are seen as part of life’s challenges, life’s ups and downs, and they are for they most part anticipated and not completely unexpected. These people are able to move on with their lives quickly afterwards.

Those susceptible to cancer, are highly vulnerable to life’s stresses and trauma, and feel unable to cope when life throws a curve-ball their way. These people are perfectionists and live in fear of conflict, stress, trauma and loss and are deeply frightened of negative events “happening” to them. And when faced with a highly stressful or traumatic event they have not anticipated, which inevitably happens during their life, react adversely and are unable to cope.

They experience Inescapable Shock and remain deeply affected by the experience. They have difficulty in expressing their inner grief, their inner pain, their inner anger or resentment, and genuinely feel there is no way out of the pain they are feeling inside. And because their mind cannot fathom what has happened, and remains in a state of disbelief or denial, these inner painful feelings are continually perpetuated, shooting up stress levels, lowering melatonin and adrenaline levels, causing a slow breakdown of the emotional reflex centre in the brain, and creating the beginning of cancer progression in the body.

When faced with a major trauma, the cancer personality feels trapped and unable to escape from the memory of the traumatic experience and the painful feelings of the experience. Stress hormone cortisol levels skyrocket and remain at high levels, directly suppressing the immune system, whose job it is to destroy cancer cells that exist in every human being. High stress levels generally means a person cannot sleep well, and cannot produce enough Melatonin during deep sleep. Melatonin is responsible for inhibiting cancer cell growth. This means cancer cells are now free to multiply. Adrenaline levels also skyrocket initially, but are then drained and depleted over time. This is especially bad news for the cancer personality.

Adrenaline is responsible for transporting sugar away from cells. And when there is no adrenaline left, sugar builds up in cells of the body. Viral-bacterial-yeast-like-fungus then inhabit normal cells to feed on this excess sugar, breaking the cell’s (oxygen) krebs cycle. This means normal body cells cannot breathe properly because of low oxygen and mutate during the dividing process into cancer cells. Cancer cells thrive in a low oxygen state, as demonstrated by Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg. Cancer cells also thrive on fermented sugar for cell division, and this is provided by the viral-bacterial-yeast-like-fungus that ferment and feed on sugar in the perfect symbiotic relationship.

Put simply, too much internal stress causes a depletion of adrenaline, leads to too much sugar in the body’s cells, resulting in the perfect environment for cancer cells to thrive in the body.

For the cancer personality, the news of being diagnosed with cancer and the fear and uncertainty of death represents another Inescapable Shock, creating another spike in stress hormone cortisol levels, and a further drop in melatonin and adrenalin levels. There is also a further breakdown of the emotional reflex centre in the brain that causes cells in the corresponding organ to slowly breakdown and become cancerous.

Learned helplessness is a key aspect of the cancer personality when facing a perceived inescapable shock, and is a strong developmental factor of cancer. Researcher Madelon Visintainer took three groups of rats, one receiving mild escapable shock, another group receiving mild in-escapable shock, and the third no shock at all. She then implanted each rat with cancer cells that would normally result in 50% of the rats developing a tumour. Her results were astonishing.

Within a month, 50% of the rats not shocked at all had rejected the tumour; this was the normal ratio. As for the rats that mastered shock by pressing a bar to turn it off, 70% had rejected the tumour. But only 27% of the helpless rats, the rats that had experienced in-escapable shock, rejected the tumour. This study demonstrates those who feel there is no way out of their shock / loss are less likely to be able to reject tumours forming within their body, due to high levels of stress weakening the immune system. [Seligman, 1998, p.170]

How Unresolved Trauma Causes Cancer in Specific Organs

One of the most recent studies on psychosomatic cancer therapy comes from Germany. Over the past ten years, medical doctor and cancer surgeon Ryke-Geerd Hamer has examined 20,000 cancer patients with all types of cancer.

Dr. Hamer wondered why cancer never seems to systematically spread directly from one organ to the surrounding tissue. For example, he never found cancer of the cervix AND cancer of the uterus in the same woman. He also noticed that all his cancer patients seemed to have something in common: there had been some kind of psycho emotional conflict prior to the onset of their disease – usually a few years before – a conflict that had never been fully resolved.

X-rays taken of the brain by Dr. Hamer showed in all cases a ‘dark shadow’ somewhere in the brain. These dark spots would be in exactly the same place in the brain for the same types of cancer. There was also a 100% correlation between the dark spot in the brain, the location of the cancer in the body and the specific type of unresolved conflict. On the basis of these findings, Dr. Hamer suggests that when we are in a stressful conflict that is not resolved, the emotional reflex center in the brain which corresponds to the experienced emotion (e.g : anger, frustration, grief) will slowly break down. Each of these emotion centers are connected to a specific organ. When a center breaks down, it will start sending wrong information to the organ it controls, resulting in the formation of deformed cells in the tissues: cancer cells. He also suggests that metastasis is not the SAME cancer spreading. It is the result of new conflicts that may well be brought on by the very stress of having cancer or of invasive and painful or nauseating therapies.

Dr. Hamer started including psychotherapy as an important part of the healing process and found that when the specific conflict was resolved, the cancer immediately stopped growing at a cellular level. The dark spot in the brain started to disappear. X-rays of the brain now showed a healing edema around the damaged emotional center as the brain tissue began to repair the afflicted point. There was once again normal communication between brain and body. A similar healing edema could also be seen around the now inactive cancer tissue. Eventually, the cancer would become encapsulated, discharged or dealt with by the natural action of the body. Diseased tissue would disappear and normal tissue would then again appear.

According to Dr Hamer the real cause of cancer and other diseases is an unexpected traumatic shock for which we are emotionally unprepared. The following list shows some of the relationships between conflict emotions and target organs.

 Organ  Unresolved Conflict
 Adrenal Cortex  Wrong Direction.  Gone Astray
 Bladder  Ugly Conflict.  Dirty Tricks
 Bone  Lack of Self-Worth.  Inferiority Feeling
 Brain Tumor  Stubborness.  Refusing to Change Old Patterns.  Mental Frustration
 Breast Milk Gland  Involving Care or Disharmony
 Breast Milk Duct  Separation Conflict
 Breast (Left)  Conflict Concerning Child, Home, or Mother
 Breast (Right)  Conflict with Partner or Others
 Bronchioles  Territorial Conflict
 Cervix  Severe Frustration
 Colon  Ugly Indigestible Conflict
 Esophagus  Cannot Have it or Swallow it
 Gall Bladder  Rivalry Conflict
 Heart  Perpetual Conflict
 Intestines  Indigestible Chunk of Anger
 Kidneys  Not Wanting to Live.  Water or Fluid Conflict
 Larynx  Conflict of Fear and Fright
 Liver  Fear of Starvation
 Lungs  Fear of Dying or Suffocation, including Fear for Someone Else
 Lymph Glands  Loss of Self-Worth associated with the Location
 Melanoma  Feeling Dirty, Soiled, Defiled
 Middle Ear  Not being able to get some Vital Information
 Mouth  Cannot Chew It or Hold It
 Pancreas  Anxiety-Anger Conflict with Family Members.  Inheritence
 Prostate  Ugly Conflict with Sexual Connections or Connotations
 Rectum  Fear of Being Useless
 Skin  Loss of Integrity
 Spleen  Shock of Being Physically or Emotionally Wounded
 Stomach  Indigestible Anger.  Swallowed Too Much
 Testes and Ovaries  Loss Conflict
 Thyroid  Feeling Powerless
 Tumor (in location)  Nursing old Hurts and Shocks.  Building Remorse
 Uterus  Sexual Conflict

 THE COMMON REACTION TO THE ABOVE UNRESOLVED CONFLICTS IS
REPRESSED HATE, ANGER, RESENTMENT AND / OR COMPLICATED GRIEF

The Cancer Chain of Events

Cancer occurs at the cellular level. And there are a number of factors that create stress on the body’s cells, causing them to become (1) depleted of adrenaline, (2) high in sugar and (3) low in oxygen, where they are more prone to mutate and become cancerous. The higher the sugar content of the cell caused by a depletion of adrenaline, and the lower the oxygen content, the greater the likelihood of normal cells mutating and becoming cancerous.

There are a number of factors that contribute to a normal cell becoming depleted of adrenaline, high in sugar and low in oxygen. Physiological stresses include (and are not limited to): Poor nutrition, Chemicals, Toxins, EMF Radiation, Parasites, Liver / Colon / Kidney disease, Lack of Exercise, etc. Psychological stresses include (and are not limited to): Inescapable Shock, Repressed Feelings, Depression, Isolation, Poor Sleep, Emotional Trauma, External Conflict, etc.

In the vast majority of those with cancer, there exists both a combination of psychological as well as physiological stresses that have contributed to the body’s cells becoming depleted of adrenaline, high in sugar and low in oxygen, causing them to mutate and become cancerous.

We have simplified the stages of cancer into 5 separate categories or phases, so that you may see more clearly how cancer cells and more importantly, how tumor sites are formed within the body.

Phase 1 – Inescapable Shock / Emotional Trauma

This initial phase occurs approximately 2 years prior to the cancer diagnosis. This is where the individual experiences an “inescapable shock”, affecting deep sleep and the production of melatonin within the body. Melatonin is necessary for inhibiting cancer cell growth and is the primary hormone responsible for regulating the immune system.

During this phase a part of the emotional reflex centre in the brain slowly breaks down, creating a dark spot on the brain (viewed by X-ray). Each part of the emotional reflex centre controls and is connected to an organ or part of the body, and when the emotion centre begins to break down, so too does the organ or body part it is connected to.

Phase 2 – Stress Suppresses The Immune System

During this second phase, the immune system is suppressed by elevated stress hormone cortisol levels. The immune system also receives subconscious messages from the affected emotion centre of the brain to slow down, and to even stop working altogether. An individual experiencing “inescapable shock” often feels like they have died “emotionally” on some level, and the immune system receives these messages as a subliminal signal or command to give up the fight to live also.

This causes somatids to react. Somatids are tiny living organisms (necessary for life) that live in our blood. Different types of somatids are specific to and inhabit different organs of the body. In a healthy organism, where the immune system is functioning properly, these somatids are limited to 3 stages in their life cycle – somatid, spore, double spore. When the immune system is impaired or suppressed, somatids pleomorphise (or change) into a further 13 stages (16 altogether).

These further 13 stages are pathogenic (harmful) to the body and include viral, bacterial, and yeast-like fungus forms.

Below: The Somatid 16 stage Cycle – Professor Gaston Naessens

Phase 3 – Stress Causes Cell Glucose Levels to Rise

Over time, elevated stress hormone levels cause adrenaline levels to be depleted within the body, causing glucose (sugar) levels to rise within normal cells. The main purpose of adrenaline is to remove and convert glucose from cells for energy for the body, just as it is the main purpose of insulin to transport glucose (sugar) into cells. When the adrenaline reserves are depleted, glucose (sugar) levels increase sharply within cells – leaving little room for oxygen. This is why so many cancer patients are weak and lethargic, because they have no adrenaline left (or very little) to convert the glucose in their cells into energy for the body and their cells subsequently have very little room left to accept oxygen from passing blood.

Phase 4 – Fungus Enter Cells to Feed on Glucose

During this fourth phase, pathogenic microbes (virus-bacteria-fungus) that have pleomorphised and established themselves in a weakened part of the body, enter normal cells to feed on high glucose levels. This fermentation of glucose causes “mycotoxins” to be released (a highly acidic waste product), which 1) breaks the Krebs Cycle of the cell (a process that uses oxygen as part of cellular respiration), and 2) breaks the Electron Transport Chain of the cell, meaning the number of ATP molecules drops dramatically. (ATP molecules provide energy to the cell.) This lack of oxygen and cell energy means normal cells mutate during the dividing process – creating new rogue cancer cells.

The body’s tissue and cells become highly acidic (low pH) due to the waste by-products caused by these viral-bacterial-yeast-like fungus. Over-acidification of the body also occurs due to fermentation of excess stress hormones in the body, poor diet (low pH value foods), and lack of exercise. Viruses, bacteria, yeast, mould, fungus, candida and cancer cells thrive in a low pH acidic environment.

Phase 5 – Fungus and Cancer Form Symbiotic Relationship

During this fifth phase viral-bacterial-yeast-like fungus form a symbiotic relationship with newly created cancer/tumor cells. Yeast-like fungus is symbiotic in nature and feeds on the high levels of glucose to use for energy for reproduction of new somatids.

The yeast-like fungus provides a natural fermentation process and ferments the glucose within the cancer/tumor cell, providing energy and a natural growth factor in return. The yeast-like fungus uses the cancer/tumor cells as a host or house for their rich reserves of glucose, and stimulates these cancer/tumor cells to propagate more houses. The result is a mass of tumor cells, or tumor sites.

Yeast-like fungus prevent cancer / tumor cells reverting back into normal healthy cells (re-establishing their Krebs Cycle), as they continue to cause “mycotoxins” to be released (a highly acidic waste product), meaning cancer / tumor cells in a sense are held hostage to the yeast-like fungus that inhabit them.

Click here to understand more fully the Fungus-Cancer Link and what you can do to eradicate fungus within your body.

Phase 6 – Stress Stimulates Tumor Cell Growth / Metastases

During this final phase elevated stress hormone norepinephrine and epinephine levels, stimulate tumor cells to produce three (3) compounds: MMP-2 and MMP-9 (both martix metalloproteinases) and the growth compound VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor).

Tumor cells make receptors for these stress hormones on their surface, to stimulate these three compounds. MMP-2 and MMP-9 breakdown the scaffolding of tumor cell walls making it easier for them to travel to other parts of the body, a process known as metastasis. VEGF causes blood vessels to grow in new tumor cells, so that they can grow and spread more rapidly.

News of cancer at this stage, often becomes a further “inescapable shock” and the cycle begins again with secondary tumor sites forming in different parts or organs of the body.

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  1. A traumatic-inescapable shock occurs two years prior to cancer diagnosis, dramatically increasing stress hormone levels in the body and disrupting sleep patterns. Melatonin levels – produced during deep sleep and responsible for inhibiting cancer cell growth – drop sharply. During this phase, the emotional reflex centre in the brain slowly breaks down and cell function (including immune system cell function) in the corresponding organ / body part is impaired (weakened).
  2. Prolonged stress hormones suppress the immune system, causing pathogen (harmful) viral-bacterial-yeast-like fungus to pleomorphise (grow) from harmless somatid cells that live in our blood and our organs. These pathogens are then able to establish themselves in the weakened corresponding organ / body part, where the cell function (including immune system cell function) has been impaired. (Primary cancer location).
  3. Prolonged stress hormones deplete adrenaline levels, causing a build-up of glucose (sugar) in cells. Prolonged stress hormones also restrict oxygen to cells.
  4. Viral-bacterial-yeast-like fungus, that have pleomorphised and established themselves in a weakened part of the body, then enter normal cells to feed on glucose. This fermentation of glucose causes “mycotoxins” (a highly acidic waster product) to be released, breaking the cell’s Krebs cycle, and causing cell mutation – the formation of new rogue cancer cells. Low pH foods and chemicals also contribute to over-acidification of the body’s tissue and cells.
  5. Viral-bacterial-yeast-like fungus form a symbiotic relationship with cancer/tumor cells and ferment excess glucose (sugar) and provide a natural growth factor for cancer/tumor cells to grow and form tumor sites. Tumor sites develop and symptoms appear in primary cancer location.
  6. Prolonged stress hormones stimulate growth hormones MMP-2/9 and VEGF within tumor cells, enabling tumor cells to grow more blood vessels and to spread and form tumor sites in other locations throughout the body (metastases). News of cancer diagnosis often results in further inescapable shock, causing cancer – overtime – to appear in secondary locations (lungs, liver, bones).

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W. Douglas Brodie

DOUGLAS BRODIE, M.D. completed his pre-medical requirements at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana and his M.D. Degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After his internship in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he served in the United States Air Force as a Captain and Flight Surgeon. Dr. Brodie’s resident training was with the University of California Hospital in San Francisco, California and with Alameda County Hospital in Oakland, California, serving his last year as Chief Medical Resident. For 20 years he had a successful and uninterrupted medical practice in California. In 1976 he came to the rescue of the Dr. John Richardson Clinic when Dr. Richardson was forced to give up his practice. Dr. Brodie used non-toxic and natural methods in the control of cancer and began to suffer the same harassment and public humiliation as did Dr. Richardson. Fighting many attempts to take his license away, Dr. Brodie finally won the right to treat his patients with Metabolic Therapy. He considers this “Not just a personal victory, but a victory for freedom of choice in Medicine.” Moving his practice to Nevada in 1980, Dr. Brodie continues to provide alternative care for cancer patients in Reno, Nevada.

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