(NaturalHealth365) There is a new understanding of why some people get cancer. A recent publication in the journal Science shed light on an overlooked player in the development of cancer. This is literally one of the most compelling pieces to the puzzle and a new way to disarm cancer cells.
A life-changing health discovery. Researchers suggest that the autonomic nervous and parasympathetic nervous systems have a role in the growth and spread of cancer.
How does the nervous system affect cancer patients?
The main thing that regulates our internal metabolism is the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems – which together make up the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS has been studied by some researchers and was found to be out of balance in cancer patients, both after people get cancer and, more importantly, before their diagnosis.
The role of the nervous system includes the regulation of cellular metabolism, cell division, and other biological processes that are central to the development and spread of cancer. Chronic overactive sympathetic nervous system and an under active parasympathetic system is known to suppress a person’s immunity and lead to inflammation.
Stress, social isolation and other emotional factors can increase distant metastasis through releasing hormones from the autonomic nervous system. Disruption of circadian rhythms will also promote cancer metastasis through direct and indirect actions of the nervous system.
How does the nervous system affect cancer cells?
The nervous system modulates angiogenesis (blood vessels growth to feed tumors), the tumors microenvironment, bone marrow, immune system function and inflammatory pathways to influence metastases.
Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that the sympathetic nervous system helps initiate prostate cancer, while the parasympathetic plays a role in its spread. The same mechanism is seen in breast cancer.
Can our nervous system affect our pH balance?
The sympathetic and parasympathetic function is very closely tied to the acid alkaline balance of our body. Over activity of the sympathetic nervous system produces acidosis, while an under active parasympathetic nervous system produces alkalosis.
Most people are acidic – meaning they have an overactive sympathetic nervous system. The idea of a balanced nervous system has been around a long time. The Chinese used the terms “yin” and “yang” and the scientific equivalent is in the study of the two branches of the nervous system.
In macrobiotics, there are cancers that are “yin” cancers, and ones that are “yang.” Then diets are formulated to bring the body back to balance. The idea of balance as a means to health is not new, and is just gaining traction in the scientific community.
The balance of the nervous system affects our internal chemistry at the cellular level. This is the very level where cancer develops and progresses.
Yin is associated with the parasympathetic and yang is associated with the sympathetic nervous system. Homoeostasis is associated with the balance of yin and yang.
The real danger of stress for cancer patients
The nervous system is the most complex system of the body. It acts as a messenger and coordinator for every system in the body. Two years in a row, the stress survey taken for the American Psychological Association found that 25% of Americans experience high levels of stress levels of 8 or more on a 10 point scale.
Another 50% report stress levels between 4 and 7. What shouldn’t be surprising is the stress levels are rising for many people. Symptoms of stress aren’t even noticed, due to the fact that it is becoming a normal state for many people.
Who hasn’t tensed their back and neck, clenched their teeth, and fell tension in their stomachs. After a while these develop into chronic pain and discomfort and then you become aware of the situation.
People who are chronically stressed out, anxious, or who deal with chronic pain get stuck in the sympathetic branch of their nervous system.
There are a few modalities that can balance the nervous system. One is to distress through yoga, meditation and biofeedback. Moderate exercise, alone, has been proven very useful.
Naturally, diet is known to play a very important role in balancing the nervous system. There are doctors who are using diet to treat cancers by looking at the fact that solid tumors such as liver, breast, lung, pancreas, colon, ovaries, prostate and uterus cancer are usually found in individuals with an overactive sympathetic nervous system and a weak parasympathetic nervous system.
Immune based malignancies such as lymphomas are seen in those with an overactive parasympathetic nervous system and weak sympathetic nervous system.
These doctors have great success by using diet to correct the imbalance and reverse the disease. There are times an out of balanced nervous system can’t be changed by just diet alone. Many times there is a structural fault in the upper cervical or pelvic area.
Corrections of these areas are essential to complete healing. These corrections also help the digestion system absorb the vitamins, minerals and enzymes needed to bring the body back into balance.
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About the author: Dr. Matthew Roe is a practicing upper cervical chiropractor and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. He has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree graduating Cum Laude from Life University College of Chiropractic. Having studied with the best Upper Cervical specific doctors in the world he understands true healing. His practice focus is to help people fine true health naturally.
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