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Can Positive Emotions Kill Cancer Cells? with the New York Times best-selling author of Radical Remission and Radical Hope, Dr. Kelly Turner.

Join me for part two of my interview with the New York Times best-selling author of Radical Remission and Radical Hope, Dr. Kelly Turner.

Did you know that positive emotions can impact your pituitary and pineal glands and flood your bloodstream with oxytocin, relaxin, serotonin, and endorphins?

Translation: These hormones have been shown in studies to reduce the spread of and the growth speed of cancer cells.

Dr. Turner also shared that researchers dripped oxytocin into Petri dishes holding breast cancer cells; the oxytocin diminished the breast cancer cells.

Listen to today’s podcast episode to discover the ten healing factors all her study subjects had in common.

These ten key healing factors for Radical Remission are, in no particular order:

  1. Radically changing your diet
  2. Taking control of your health
  3. Following your intuition
  4. Using herbs and supplements
  5. Releasing suppressed emotions
  6. Increasing positive emotions
  7. Embracing social support
  8. Deepening your spiritual connection
  9. Having strong reasons for living
  10. Exercise

In Radical Remission, Dr. Turner states that these factors are in no particular ranking order — in her research, there was no “clear winner” among the factors. While some people focused more on one factor than others, the majority of the survivors she interviewed did practice all nine of these key factors. These key factors are now considered “hypotheses” — that is, more research is needed to “prove” that these factors improve the chances of healing from cancer or other conditions.

Dr. Turner points out: “I don’t give medical advice nor do I even give advice. I’m just here to report on my research, and I can certainly say what radical remission survivors would do from a research standpoint.”

Dr. Turner shows how survivors overcame dire circumstances and diagnoses using modalities beyond the conventional treatments of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and other “standard” cancer treatments. Interestingly, seven of these ten key factors that Radical Remission survivors reported using are psychosocial (mental/emotional) factors, while the other three are nutritionally and movement-related.

While getting her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkley, Dr. Turner, a researcher, lecturer, and counselor in integrative oncology, was shocked to discover that no one was studying episodes of radical (or unexpected) remission—when people recover against all odds without the help of conventional medicine, or after conventional medicine has failed. She was so fascinated by this kind of remission that she embarked on a ten-month trip around the world, traveling to ten different countries to interview fifty holistic healers and twenty radical remission cancer survivors about their healing practices and techniques. Her research continued by interviewing over 100 Radical Remission survivors and studying over 1000 of these cases. Her evidence presents nine common themes that she believes may help even terminal patients turn their lives around.

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