I haven’t watched Dr. Oz in a while. But I turned on the TV while I was folding laundry and lo and behold, there was a segment about spontaneous healing, and the power to heal your body within. They profiled a woman who, without chemo, was told she was in remission from an incurable form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. They even brought two experts on to talk about common “themes” of people who beat incurable illness an the role of anti-inflammatory foods. Dr. Oz even said we hear so much about people who die from diseases; what can we learn from people who survive? Hmmm, sounds familiar doesn’t it? *
*If you’d like to view the segment, click on the embedded links in this paragraph.
For a minute or two, I became very angry because I thought I had pitched the idea to the show a while back and they stole it. But then I realized I had pitched it to the show, The Doctors. Then I kicked myself for not pitching it to Dr. Oz. I want to fire my publicist! Oh, that’s me! Oh well, I realize it’s really great these concepts are being exposed to the general public, regardless of who’s in front of the camera.
A lot of people give Dr. Oz grief for suggesting that we have a role in our own healing. He always talks about the role of nutrition and other factors in keeping yourself healthy. I’ve also heard from detractors, although I’m certainly not famous, like Dr. Oz. So I have to commend him for putting this issue in the limelight.
There are a couple of things that struck me from the show:
1. The woman who experienced the spontaneous remission stated one of the main things that changed after hearing her diagnosis was putting herself first. She had three teenage boys and had taken in her ailing 91-year-old grandmother. She changed her lifestyle incorporating an anti-inflammatory diet, exercise and stating affirmations, such as “I am healthy and whole.”
2. The Harvard psychiatrist stated there was a common thread in people who overcome incurable diseases – they often changed jobs,end toxic relationships, and focused on creating a life that is meaningful. In essence, they do whatever it takes to get healthy and transformed their lives as a result of the challenge.
It made me feel good to hear these things. I can attest to the fact that stress in my life triggered my recurrences, as well as the fact that my life has been transformed by doing all of the above and more. I finally quit a toxic job when I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Right now, I’m doing what in some cultures is considered taboo: I am detaching from my mother, who is an active prescription drug addict and narcissist. I no longer feel guilty about this decision, which I believe is helping me to save my life. I’ve tried for decades to help someone who is not willing to change and is too sick to care about the impact she is having on me. The last time I tried, the cancer in my body spread like wildfire.
It’s amazing what facing a death sentence can do. Like the woman on the Oz show … whatever it takes.