When most of us think of cancer-causing agents, we think of radiation, sugar, microwave energy, and chemicals. However, according to many experts, our negative feelings can also promote the growth of cancer cells.
One of which is named Dr. Steven Standiford, and works as the chief surgeon at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. And he believes that unforgiveness can be one of the primary causers of a weakened immune system. In turn, our defense system which works to destroy disease and bacteria is left unable to do its job.
“It’s important to treat emotional wounds or disorders because they really can hinder someone’s reactions to treatments,” says Dr. Standiford. “In fact, forgiveness therapy is now an integral part of treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.”
There are other experts that share Dr. Standiford’s opinion, including researchers at not only Duke University, but also at the University of Tennessee and Stanford University. Their conclusion is that “Holding onto hurts, grudges, annoyances, pet peeves or old wounds hurts the body, especially when the memories are triggered by current life events.”
Other researchers, including a group from Canada, have even confirmed that negative thinking can leave our DNA forever changed in such a way that it attracts cancer growth.
Furthermore, Dr. Michael Barry asserts in his book entitled ‘The Forgiveness Project,” that 61% of all cancer patients have trouble with their past and forgiving.
Sadly, lack of forgiveness is not only responsible for cancer, but for a number of other health issues including stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, chronic pain, and heart problems. While it may be hard to forgive others sometimes, it is more important to let go of those negative thoughts and feelings and to allow ourselves some peace. Apparently, it’s not only good for peace of mind, but also for our physical well-being.