||Very few words strike fear into the hearts and minds of people as does the word "cancer". Just hearing the word produces an attack of anxiety in most people. No wonder most of us have this reaction; we are constantly being inundated with information about cancer. Cancer statistics and new 'breakthrough' discoveries are in the media every day. Curiously, the people who are the most susceptible to this disease are the ones who feel that they are bombarded with information regarding cancer. That in itself feeds their anxiety even more. They live a life of fear. For them, it is not a question of whether or not they'll get cancer it is just a matter of when. This is a horrible way to live; it is a life of fear.
Cancer is a mulifactorial disease. It is not just an isolated tumor
floating like an iceberg in a vast ocean. In cancer, there is a whole
interplay of many activities. Cancer is usually slow to progress and
involves many contributing factors, such as diet, heredity, environment,
lifestyle, personality and attitude.
It is this cancer personality that I would like to bring to the reader's
attention. My hope is not only to alert the reader, but also to encourage
them to take the appropriate steps for changes that will lead to a
healthier life and well being. Years ago when I started describing
this "carcinogenic personality profile" I was met with a
lot of resistance. Many held a position that there is no such thing.
People would accept the notion that a type-A personality would lead
to a higher risk of heart disease, but a type-C personality?
Interestingly enough, I find this "type-C" or "carcinogenic
personality profile" pattern very common in my practice.
In general terms, the carcinogenic personality profile can be summed
up as follows:
Loss / Grief (relationship, status, etc.)
Avoidance of conflict
Tension in parental relationship
Loss / Grief - This could be a great shock when one loses a
spouse, child, friend,
Grief of course is a normal process
and is part of everyone's life. However, many fall prey to this destructive
emotion only to realize years later how vulnerable they are and how
easy it is to cross that line of no return. Loss of status, financial
or otherwise could be just as devastating as a loss of a relationship.
Unfulfilled Passion - In his work as a psychologist in a New
York City cancer hospital for over 30 years, Dr. Lawrence LeShan observed
a common thread amongst cancer patients. The common thread was unfulfilled
passion that had been suppressed for many years. For example, a child
who wanted to learn the piano, but couldn't because either their parents
could not afford those piano lessons, or other priorities took precedence
over theirs. This pattern of suppression would repeat itself over
their lifetime. Oddly enough, studying piano later in life, or fulfilling
a previously unfulfilled passion has an amazing curative effect.
Unworthiness - The personality predisposed to cancer is usually
what I would call 'nice', a 'kind soul', or 'other-centered' someone
who would put the needs of others before their own.
Avoidance of Conflict - These people avoid conflict and are
unable to express hostility in their own defense. These people prefer
order and avoid arguments, as arguments are unpredictable. Order to
them means control, whereas arguments or expressions of hostility
means loss of control. Many times I would walk into someone's house
and move a small object on the table, and I could feel it and even
see in their eyes that this makes them very uncomfortable. They are
very tidy people, they are always striving for perfection; their dinner
parties have to be perfect, their d?cor elegant, and their dress immaculate.
Of course this is a compensation mechanism for their feelings of unworthiness
and self-dislike. They are usually nature lovers, artistic, social
activists who are particularly pained over environmental issues. People
with an artistic streak usually have an appreciation for the elegant.
They are achievers with a tendency to overdo and overwork. It is hard
for them to relax, and instead they do things to exhaustion and crash.
Many of these individuals come from a parental relationship where,
in order to get affection as a child they must achieve ie: please
the parent; thus they become the best in their class, orderly, submissive.
This behavior in turn creates friction, since from an early age their
desires are suppressed even though most of them have a very passionate
nature that is unfulfilled.
Most Carcinogenic personality profiles are very punctual. They are
never late for their appointments. As a matter of fact I noticed that
most of them would arrive well ahead of time to avoid the possibility
of being late and thus displeasing someone. Being late creates a lot
of anticipatory anxiety in them and brings forth the possibility of
The greatest fears of a carcinogenic personality are: the fear of
getting cancer, crawling creatures, most commonly spiders, not being
accepted by others, and not being liked. Regarding the fear of cancer,
I believe that subconsciously, the patient always knows what is going
to get them in the end. That is why it is so important for the physician
to carefully listen to, and pay attention to their fears since it
really is the patient that provides the answers and the solution to
their problems. Of course, the greater the fear, the greater the susceptibility
to this disease. The reverse is also true with many patients as they
get the appropriate treatment their fear subsides and their resistance
to this disease increases.
Depression - When Carcinogenic personalities sink deep into
their depressions, as they quite often do, it brings their feeling
of unworthiness forth such that they see nothing positive about themselves
or their lives. Many would resort to anti-depressants early in life.
Suicidal feelings are common amongst these people and should be taken
seriously. I have come across many young carcinogenic personalities
who tell their parents that they want to die. Because of their impressionability,
frequent positive contact with a therapist can help enormously during
depressive episodes. Very often these people have never given themselves
the opportunity to unburden themselves with a therapist. When they
do, they feel greatly relieved and begin to see themselves more objectively
which in itself leads to more self-respect.
Self Expression and Creativity - Self-expression is a key for
these individuals and it is this very struggle for individualization
and creativity that often leads to the discovery of their artistic
talents. Their intuition often leads to an expression of an inner
world. Music and painting are creative avenues that are used as a
means of self-expressing the pain they have endured.
Pre-Cancer States and Treatment
Cancer is curable if diagnosed early. Since the consistency in cure
the of advanced cancer remains elusive, it is desirable to identify
and treat pre-cancer diseases. A considerable focus worldwide is now
given to prophylactic homeopathic treatment and the treatment of pre-cancer
states. Since we are all a combination of body, mind and spirit, it
is of great importance to make sure that the psycho-emotional component
be addressed early enough thus preventing the need for a full blown
disease and its subsequent tedious cure. For over 200 years homeopathic
medicine has been able to recognize and address people's susceptibilities
to different diseases which in turn has proven to be a very effective
way of averting them.
Case History: Pamela W.
I would like to illustrate with a case history how this personality
manifests itself in real life. Pamela W., female 56 years of age,
came to see me a few years ago for the treatment and prevention of
melanoma. She had had many moles removed, however on one of her visits
to her oncologist he told her that sooner or later melanoma would
get her. "It may take a month or a year or even 20 years, but
it will get you" Ever since this discussion with her oncologist,
she developed a nervous cough that would not respond to any conventional
medication. She told me that above all she feared "randomness",
as she explained, being in the wrong place in the wrong time. Her
dreams were about something hiding in the dark, something lurking
out there with intent to harm, no matter how much she tried to search
for it she would never find it. Pamela W. had a need for control of
her environment, she was other-centered, a perfectionist and very
intuitive. What struck me the most about her was the fact that she
would know exactly which moles were malignant and which ones were
not. She has been amazingly accurate. Her major trauma in life as
she described it was getting melanoma, "it's like being on death
row" she told me. She was very competitive and very talkative.
I prescribed Lachesis 200
On her first follow up she told me that her cough had much improved,
her dreams where less troublesome, her energy was very good and
she felt an overall sense of confidence and well being. She complained
about ringing (tinitus) in her left ear.
We repeated another dose of Lachesis, and I also gave her a few
doses of Kalium Iodatum for her tinitus.
On her next follow up two months later, her dreams were fine. Her
left ear did not bother her at all and her nervous cough was a thing
of the past. However she was still very fearful of cancer. She described
it as the first thing on her mind when she awoke, and the last thing
prior to going to sleep.
I prescribed a dose of Carcinosin 200
On her next follow up in three months, her fear of cancer had much
subsided, she felt very well overall. She has not had any problems
with melanoma or her moles since.
Case History: Angela P.
This case illustrates very well how an anxiety-ridden personality
that is left untreated can lead to some serious pathology. Angela
P., female 59 years of age was referred to me because of her depression
and anxieties. She was very anxious about her health. Angela P.
was convinced that she had something, but the doctors simply were
not good enough to find it. She was very fearful of cancer, as she
described it, "something is going to come up and get me".
She even had a strange feeling that she owed people money. Her mother
passed away when she was only 3 years of age. Angela had 4 children
and 7 grandchildren, yet she was very unhappy. Her husband had prostate
cancer in the past that affected their sexual relationship. I sensed
that there were sexual frustrations pent up in her. She was easily
angered if things did not go her way and when they were not done
right, she liked being the organizer. Organizing gave her a sense
of peace. She was artistic and loved decorating as well as appreciating
the finer things in life. However, on a daily basis her major preoccupation
was about her undiscovered yet impending disease, there was always
a sense that something bad was going to happen to her. She had serious
night sweats that prevented her from sleeping most nights.
I prescribed Metallum Album 200
On her next follow up in a month she reported that her anxieties
were much better and the night sweats - gone! She started describing
herself as being more leveled, although I felt that there was still
a degree of suspiciousness and distrust.
We repeated the same medicine.
On her next visit her symptoms continued to improve with her fears
and anxieties almost completely gone. She started to enjoy her family
and grandchildren and was able to spend more time with them with
no need to organize everyone around her. Finally, she even became
more trusting and even asked if I could see her husband regarding
The cases presented above provide just a glimpse into the most common
traits of the Carcinogenic Personality. There is a wide range between
healthy and unhealthy constitutional types. By recognizing this
type earlier in the disease process and addressing these pre-cancerous
conditions, people can avert a potentially fatal condition.