Call a Truce to The “War On Cancer”

end the war on cancer

I am so struck by the idea that there was a war declared against cancer in the 70’s. A war conjures up imagery of destruction, fighting, and competition. In it’s very definition a war is a state of hostility or conflict. So here we are, declaring a war on cancer. Marching in walks and parades as survivors of this war. Wearing coats of arms in the form of ribbons and colors that denote our class, ranking, and status.

But what is cancer? Simply speaking, cancer is defined as abnormal cells. They’re our own cells behaving abnormally.

So is participating in a war against cancer simply declaring a war on your self?

The human destruction seen during some treatments of cancer certainly supports the idea that self-destruction and conflict is a means to healing and fighting cancer. But how would the treatment and its effects be different if we declared Peace with Cancer?

“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”

Mother Teresa

So, lets consider a world where we forgo anti-cancer rallies and participate in pro-health rallies. Where we come to peace with our cells in our body and find self-love instead of inner conflict.

I envision a world where instead of being someone that survived cancer they can talk about how cancer revived them. How through cancer they have been connected to a greater level of consciousness, health, and wholeness. Cancer brought them back to life. It is possible, and I see it happen everyday.

I encourage us all to demonstrate our peace efforts by choosing a life that involves healthy food, exercise, laughter, and forgiveness. Not because we need to change ourselves, but because we love ourselves so much we would never dream of committing the war crime of self-injury.

By making peace with your own body, you can share peace with others.

By declaring peace on cancer, we can begin to find ways to live within the pulses and rhythm of having this illness. We could easily go through the ebbs and flows of remission, recurrence, and remission again. It would be approached like a flare up of joint pain that can easily be put to rest, instead of a battle to the death that we will either win or lose.

If there was peace declared on cancer, no one would ever have to “loose their battle” when they die from cancer.

Death can be seen as a statement of peace. If expressed in peace and not war, death has the opportunity to embrace the release of the physical body in an act of freedom while the soul returns to the source of it all.

So I ask…who’s willing to raise the white flag? Who will stand for declaring peace with cancer?

2018-02-20T15:53:08+00:001 Comment

About the Author:

Dr. Heather Paulson, ND, FABNO is a board certified naturopathic oncologist and an expert in combining natural therapies, nutrition, exercise, and emotional healing. She creates a strategy for dealing with cancer just for YOU. In her 10 years of clinic experience, she's helped thousands of people with cancer. She has dedicates her life and medical training helping those moving through the cancer experience.

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  1. Karen D’Arcy-Edwards June 21, 2018 at 2:11 am - Reply

    I stumbled on your website yesterday, just by chance and wish to say how very refreshing it is to find a doctor with holistic views and a passion for healing cancer with alternative as well as conventional therapies. I was diagnosed with lymphoma two years ago and because it had spread I wasn’t offered conventional therapy (I would not have accepted it anyway) and put on a ‘watch and wait’ scenario. I am not one to sit by and wait so I immediately embarked on a two year study and research on healthier ways to cure myself. I became a vegan and will, in time, be studying medical herbalism to help others on their journey. Cancer has changed my life for the better, though I realised that no matter what diet I was on I wouldn’t heal unless I did a mental health audit. I was plagued by memories of a particularly painful childhood and blotted it out with alcohol (which I no longer drink or depend on). I learnt to forgive those that hurt me but could only do this when I read somewhere that forgiving doesn’t make it okay what they did but by forgiving the person(s), it releases you from pain and distress. I will be seeing an EFT (Emotional Freedom Practitioner) shortly to try and release a few stubborn emotional blocks so that I can, at long last, be ‘me’ and not the person that I wanted the world to see, the woman who looked immaculate on the outside but was a crumbling emotional wreck on the inside. I believe our emotions have a very strong impact on our bodies and mine just couldn’t take the ‘30+ years fight’ mode any longer. I feel God has tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘Hey, get your act together’, and I pray that I will be given a second chance to make a difference in this world. I have had a few painful health issues other than my cancer which have been challenging but I feel the strongest emotionally I have ever felt in my life and my faith in the body’s ability to heal from all diseases with a plant based diet, together with hope is the way forward. God bless, Karen D’Arcy-Edwards, Worcestershire, UK.

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