Let’s face it, getting a cancer diagnosis causes a lot stress. Between all those trips to the doctor… medications and treatments… and maybe even surgery… it can all make even the calmest person a giant ball of nerves.
On top of that, you’ve got a host of new side effects that can make you feel worse than you EVER did before.
But stressing out about it – no matter how understandable it is – isn’t going to help matters. As you know, stress has a way of making them even worse, having been linked to a myriad of health issues like headaches, insomnia, and even high blood pressure.
But according to the latest research, stress is particularly damaging to your body if you’ve got cancer – and it can make your fight to get better feel like you’re running just to stand still.
According to the Australian researchers, stress can turn your body into a cancer “super highway” that allows cancer cells to spread SIX TIMES faster than they would under stress-free circumstances.
When you’ve got cancer, your lymphatic system gets switched “on” to carry immune cells to fight illness. That’s why you often find “swollen glands,” or enlarged lymph nodes, around a cancer site.
An immune response like this would normally be a good thing, but researchers in the study found that chronic stress changes that immune response in such a way that it gives cancer cells an escape route OUT of the tumour and INTO the rest of your body.
In the study on mice, the induction of stress actually increased the number and size of lymphatic vessels around the tumour. That, combined with an increased rate of lymphatic fluid flowing out of the tumour, was like routing the cancer cells down an empty, super-fast highway.
The researchers say that they’re using the study results to figure out how to use drugs to combat stress to make cancer treatments more effective.
Of course they are.
But you don’t need to take yet another prescription to keep your stress at bay. A little physical activity can do a world of good, and there are many natural supplements that can help ease anxiety and stress.
Remember that your health begins and ends in your gut – including your MENTAL health! A probiotic can balance out your gut flora to make sure they’re sending more good signals to your brain than bad. It’s really incredible how much a dose of “good bugs” can improve your mood.
Secondly, try a B vitamin complex of folic acid, B12 and B6. The B vitamins play a key role in mood and mental function, and have shown in a previous study to reduce stress pretty quickly – in less than three months.
Finally, ashwagadha has been shown to not only relieve stress and anxiety, but also help you sleep. And a good night’s sleep is more important when you’ve got cancer than ever before.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Stress Causes Cancer to Spread Six Times Faster, newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/stress-cancer-spread-faster/2016/06/28/id/736044/
How stress turns the body into a ‘super highway’ for cancer and spreads the disease SIX times faster, dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3663142/Monash-University-research-shows-stress-turns-body-super-highway-spreads-cancer-faster.html
Physical Activity Reduces Stress, adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/other-related-conditions/stress/physical-activity-reduces-st