Mind as medicine in cancer treatment

Our Beloved FoundFamily:
This year has been a particularly busy one, packed with international presentations and teaching engagements that had me traveling from one end of the globe to the other. It was a heavier schedule than I’m used to, but I remain very grateful for the opportunities. Among my journeys was presenting new research at the 1st International Health Congress on Integrative Oncology in Geneva, Switzerland, World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) 2019 conference in Mexico City, conducting a continuing medical education (CME) course on psychosomatic medicine for 700 physicians at the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California (OPSC) conference in Monterrey, presenting at the 70th Annual Symposium of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) in New Orleans, and co-presenting a retreat alongside my beloved Dr. Sherry Sami to medical students at Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon, OR campus to name a few.

Tumors Melt Like Snowballs: Mind as medicine in cancer treatment

No matter where I’m presenting, I always get asked the same question: how did you heal yourself from stage III cancer when given a 70% chance of metastasis? Those who follow me, know my work, and have read my books and writings understand the answer to this question. Still, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to encapsulate it into a few minutes when answering someone’s question after a presentation. Often times, I’ve found it helps to cite one of the most dramatic examples of the healing power of the mind which was published in the Journal of Projective Techniques regarding Dr. Bruno Klopfer and one of his patients in 1957. I present a portion of the text here for you.

“Psychologist Bruno Klopfer was treating a man named Wright who had advanced cancer of the lymph nodes. All standard treatments had been exhausted, and Wright appeared to have little time left. His neck, armpits, chest, abdomen, and groin were filled with tumors the size of oranges, and his spleen and liver were so enlarged that two quarts of milky fluid had to be drained out of his chest every day. But Wright did not want to die.

He had heard about an exciting new drug called Krebiozen, and he begged his doctor to let him try it. At first his doctor refused because the drug was only being tried on people with a life expectancy of at least three months. Wright was not expected to live that long. Finally, the doctor gave in and gave Wright an injection of Krebiozen on Friday, but in his heart of hearts he did not expect Wright to last the weekend.

To his surprise, on the following Monday he found Wright out of bed and walking around. Klopfer reported that his tumors had ‘melted like snowballs on a hot stove’ and were half their original size. This was a far more rapid decrease in size than even the strongest X-ray treatments could have accomplished. Ten days after Wright’s first Krebiozen treatment, he left the hospital and was, as far as doctors could tell by their tests, cancer free. When he entered the hospital he had needed an oxygen mask to breathe, but when he left he was well enough to fly his own plane at 12,000 feet with no discomfort.

Isn’t it empowering to know that our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs play such a fundamental role in how our bodies express health or disease and to imagine what we could achieve if we decided to take conscious control of that process?

Wright remained well for about two months, but then articles began to appear asserting the Krebiozen actually had no effect on cancer of the lymph nodes. Wright, who was rigidly logical and scientific in his thinking, became depressed, suffered a relapse, and he was readmitted to the hospital. The tumors had literally returned all over his body.

This time his physician decided to try an experiment. He told Wright that Krebiozen was every bit as effective as it had seemed, but that some of the initial supplies of the drug had deteriorated during shipping. He explained, however, that he had a new highly concentrated version of the drug and could treat Wright with this. The physician used only plain water and went through an elaborate procedure before injecting Wright with the placebo.

Again the results were dramatic. Tumor masses melted, chest fluid vanished, and Wright was quickly back on his feet and feeling great. He remained symptom-free for another two months, but then the AMA announced that a nationwide study of Krebiozen had found the drug worthless in the treatment of cancer. This time Wright’s faith was completely shattered. His cancer blossomed anew and he died two days later.”

Many medical professionals are quick to dismiss this story by claiming that Mr. Wright’s experiences were “all in his mind”. But isn’t that the most exciting part? Isn’t it empowering to know that our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs play such a fundamental role in how our bodies express health or disease and to imagine what we could achieve if we decided to take conscious control of that process? Many have and are living proof of its effects, including me… and so can you.

Blessings of Love, Light, and Clarity in the Sweet Holidays Ahead FoundFamily,
Dr. Habib Sadeghi

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    1. Klopfer, B. (1957). Psychological variables in human cancer. Journal of Projective Techniques, 21(4), 331-340, doi: 10.1080/08853126.1957.10380794.
Dr. Sadeghi
Dr. Habib Sadeghi is the founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative medical center based in Los Angeles. He specializes in multi-disciplinary treatment for chronic illnesses that include osteopathic, anthroposophical, environmental, psychosomatic, family, and German new medicine, as well as clinical pharmacology. He served as an attending Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center and is currently a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. He is the author of two books, The Clarity Cleanse: 12 steps to finding renewed energy, spiritual fulfillment and emotional healing, and Within: A spiritual awakening to love & weight loss. Dr. Sadeghi is also a regular contributor to Goop, CNN, BBC News and the Huffington Post, and is the publisher of the health and well-being journal, MegaZEN. Read biography 
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