What is even more exciting they may have found an effective way to negate the effects of stress using a readily available drug.
And of course, armed with this knowledge we can now say with certainty that reducing stress levels is not just a feel good activity in cancer sufferers but can have life-saving consequences.
So how does stress increase the chances of cancer spread?
In studies on mice at Monash University, researchers found that high stress levels increased the incidence of cancer spread (metastasises) a whopping six times!
Apparently the stress hormones sends signals to the original cancer tumour which encourage it to break free and spread through the lymphatic system to other sites as a faster rate.
Dr Erica Sloan, the Monash research team’s leader explained “The stress is sort of acting like a fertiliser and helping the tumour cell take hold and colonise those other organs.”
(As an aside Dr Sloan was prompted to do this research after she found that her yoga practice reduced her stress levels and in turn her health)
Managing Stress Can Block This Process
But that’s not all!
The same researchers have found that certain medications can help block the stress response on the lymphatic system and cancer
Beta blockers , those drugs we use to control our response to adrenalin – increased blood pressure and pulse rate- have been found to completely block the cancer stress response.
Human trials are now under way where a beta blocker is being provided to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to assess how effective they are in controlling stress and tumour spread.
How can we reduce the stress response naturally?
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, it is important to work to reduce your stress levels as much as possible.
And while it is also vital that you work closely with and comply with your health practitioner’s advice, there are a number of things you can do to lower your stress levels naturally.
- learn to meditate and practice daily
- exercise daily – yoga is fantastic-this has been shown to reduce cortisol (stress hormones) levels significantly
- drink calming herbal teas such as chamomile, lemon balm and valerian.
- get a good night’s sleep every night
- consult a naturopath to work with you and your chosen health professional through the process of eradicating your body of cancer
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