`Your mind can help heal your body`
Washington: Your mind can save your life, according to Deepak Chopra, the founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.
When it comes to treating cancer, it`s not only about getting the best treatment, but having the right attitude.
According to the American Cancer Society, emotions and feelings are an important part of coping with a cancer diagnosis, CBS News reported.
And Chopra asserted that positive mentality helps, but it`s more than that.
According to him, patients have to have a clear idea about where they stand, what the data is, where they want to go, their mission for health and well being.
"You have to quiet in the mind. Instead of being positive all the time, a quiet mind is more helpful. What we call homeostasis. When the mind is quiet, your body is quiet and when your body is quiet, it accelerates and then things like that self-repair," he explained.
Kristi Russo, one of Chopra`s patients who used these tactics during her battle with cancer, has been cancer-free for three years.
Russo was diagnosed with stage-three colorectal cancer in March 2009, and after a series of doctor visits a 2 1/2 inch tumor was found and removed.
After six weeks of radiation, she had a section of her colon removed, and she thought the worst was over.
When she went back for a CAT scan, the doctors told her that the cancer had spread to her lungs. After the second diagnosis, she was treated with chemotherapy plus a targeted medical treatment.
And when they found another spot in her lungs, she had stage-four.
At this point, Russo said she realised that she need to make a change.
"We need to change the way we eat. We need to change the way we think. I`m a believer that your mind can help heal your body," she said.
Russo has been cancer-free for three years and she attributes a major part of her restored health to her altered eating habits.
She started growing her own fruits and vegetables in the backyard and stopped eating preservatives. Instead of using store-bought foods, she tries to make as much fresh food as possible.
She also believes that you have to sometimes physically walk away from something, if it`s mentally going to put you in a bad place.