Is the book only for people who have had cancer?
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No, this book is for everyone.

Do emotions cause cancer?
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No. Emotions are normal and essential.

Are the practices discussed in this book, miraculous methods to cure from cancer?
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No, but they can complement conventional curative treatments. Cancer is a complex equation involving many factors and there is no “miracle cure”. The treatments and recommendations are different from one individual to another.

I fear that by reading your book I will find out that the emotions I have experienced for many years have had a negative impact on my health, and it discourages me. What do you recommend?
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Stress is normal. Everybody experiences stress on a daily basis. There is a mind-body connection, but it is not a highway. Even though chronic stress can be harmful, there is no proof that it creates cancer by itself. Even though the mind can heal the body, it cannot cure it from a serious disease. If you believe that the mind has an effect on the body, then you surely believe that you can influence it positively right now. The book explains how we can improve our health potential by being aware of our emotions, our mental processes, and the choices we make in our everyday lives.

If the practices recommended do not function for me, am I wasting my time in applying them? Will I feel guilty if I do not succeed?
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There is no magic formula for well being. The advices provided are free, have no side effects and promote quality of life and healing. The book also explains in plain language, the origins of the inner voice generating this fear of not being able to measure up and how to overcome it.

Can the adrenalin secreted when I am cheerful or when I practice sports, be harmful?
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Not really. The adrenalin is an essential hormone of life. We all secrete it, constantly and daily. Physical exercise is an activity recommended for cancer survivors and for everyone. It has been proven to increase survival and prevent cancer.

Sometimes we go through very long periods of distress. Our body then has an abnormally high level of adrenalin, and as such, for a prolonged period of time. Previously, we had no solid evidence to illustrate the link between the mind and the cancerous disease. But, today there is laboratory evidence demonstrating cancer cells (as well as their genes) responding to hormones secreted during a prolonged stress. Adrenalin is an implicated hormone, but there are others such as cortisol and neuropeptide Y. This allows to rule that the mind may have a higher influence on the health than we would have previously suspected, but, not to the point of generating cancer! However, mind-body tools may contribute to conventional medical treatments and the recovery of health.

Can I lose my battle against cancer?
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No, there are no losers. Death is a reality, not a failure.

Are antidepressants necessary in oncology?
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Yes, they may be necessary in certain situations.

Are all non-conventional treatments reliable?
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No and be aware of anyone promising a ‘miracle-cure’. There is a difference between complementary therapies and alternative therapies.

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Will I be cured from cancer if I remain positive or optimistic?
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Let’s not be too simplistic. Some people may be positive or hope for unrealistic things, such as being miraculously cured of an advanced cancer or becoming invincible. Yet, it is just as important to accept death, as well as the reality as is, in order to better face cancer. Healer of Cancer: The Power of the mind does not talk about positive or magic thinking. Rather, it discusses the importance of relieving the patients’ distress, so that they feel better, hence, allowing their bodies to heal (by returning to a state of homeostasis).

Multiple evidence-based complementary therapies are now available to improve well-being and allow patients to better face cancer. They have the potential of modifying lifestyle, decreasing side effects of treatments, improving immunity and biochemical profiles, as well as decreasing health care costs. As for cure, it is never guaranteed, not even with conventional treatments. Remain sceptical of people promising you a cure.