Yesterday, a friend was talking to me about how important the mind is in healing. She was referring to an article published in a newspaper about the placebo effect. A placebo effect is a cure in the mind. Belief is powerful medicine, even if the treatment itself is a sham. New research shows placebos can also benefit patients who do not have faith in them. A cancer of the lymph nodes patient was dying but was given a new anticancer drug called Krebiozen (which was a placebo) that he felt confident would cure him according to a 1957 report by psychologist Bruno Klopfer of the University of California, Los Angeles, entitled “Psychological Variables in Human Cancer.” Within three days later he was cheerfully ambling around the unit, joking with the nurses. His tumors had shrunk by half, and after 10 more days of treatment he was discharged from the hospital. And yet the other patients in the hospital who had received Krebiozen showed no improvement.
Perhaps, this may be why some cancer patients are willing to try new therapies. My mind is not that strong and for me, after reading some new therapy that is adequately supported by studies, my mind may be convinced that the new therapy is going to be a cure. Placebo effects can arise not only from a conscious belief in a drug but also from subconscious associations between recovery and the experience of being treated—from the pinch of a shot to a doctor’s white coat. Such subliminal conditioning can control bodily processes of which we are unaware, such as immune responses and the release of hormones. So, subconsciously I am riding on the new therapy that would strengthen my mind many folds which otherwise would not be able to achieve by itself.
Gerson Therapy News
I received the latest Jul/Aug 2011 Newsletter from Gerson Institute and would like share some details of cancer patients that went to Gerson Clinic in Mexico for treatment.
A total of 516 patients attended the Gerson clinic in Mexico between 2007-2010: 187 males and 329 females. As you can see in the graph above, the most prevalent cancer was breast cancer, with 122 patients. The next most common was 39 with pancreatic cancer, 34 with prostate cancer, 33 with melanoma, 30 with colon cancer, 33 with lung cancer and 14 with liver cancer. It should be noted that the clinic takes many stage III and IV advanced cancer cases.
The following are the results to date: 194 of the 516 patients are deceased. We lost contact with or could not reach 211 of the remaining 322 patients. This leaves 111 people who are active in our Follow-Up Program and are still following the Gerson Therapy. Forty-seven of them report their status as Very Good (improving), 51 report their status as Good (stable) and 13 report their status as Poor (declining).
It is too soon to determine the final health outcomes of patients since we need to follow them for five years and obtain copies of medical records to verify their health status.
SS19/1 Residents' Association Carnival
I would like to invite readers living in Subang Jaya, USJ and nearby areas to come and support the SS19/1 Residents' Association Carnival on Sunday 17th July at Jalan SS19/1 (7am to 12noon). My friend Yeong and his wife Khadijah will be operating a booth selling plants. There are 9 pots of Sabah Snake Grass for sale. All plants are priced at RM5 each. All proceeds of the sale goes to the Mohd. Shafiq fund. Please come out and support generously.
There will be a health march from