What sparked this interest was an article my sister sent me after we discussed my disappointment after watching the Netflix documentary Heal. The article was “Cancer and the Not-So-Positive Power of Positive Thinking” and it says there is no scientific evidence that positivity has a role in a person getting cancer or not getting cancer, and, more importantly, positivity doesn’t effect their cure rate.
I do believe there is benefits to staying positive. The article’s author, Alexis Dobranowski interviews a doctor at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto who believes that if it helps a patient to believe they have a part in their treatment, it is good to allow them to have those feelings of control. I also agree with him saying when patients are down it can give them the illusions of making their cancer worse. Positivity can also have a good effect on families and reduce negativity in the home. Openness can be better achieved with positivity with the patient. I have very few down days, not sure why… Maybe I know I can beat this, maybe I know I have it at least try. Maybe my down days are to come when things get harder and harder. Either way I like my positivity.
I finally watched Heal and found it so hard to watch. Positivity can help you beat cancer? If I don’t beat this does this mean that I am not positive enough? It created such an un healthy anxiety with me because of having to learn about talking to my organs and pushing out all negativity. How do I do that? Where would I even start or get a list to begin? Am I really ready to stop all pharmaceuticals to talk to my cancer? Some people go natural because of health care costs. I am so fortunate to live in Canada where it is covered for me. I have to wonder if the people in Heal had to turn to alternative options because of financial situations and truly believed that they were healed out of desperation. I also wonder if this is actually a cure and we are being corrupted by the health care system.
I just read an alarming statistic:
Americans borrowed 88 billion in 2018 to pay for health care. 1 in 4 Americans skipped treatments because of costs, and others have filed for bankruptcy because of health care costs in emergencies.
My current pills would cost $8800 a month without health care. This documentary might actually be true and a great option, but for me I don’t believe that my positivity alone can cure my cancer.
I highly suggest checking out the Heal video, positivity can never be a bad thing in anyone’s life – terminal disease or healthy…