Review of the Heal Documentary

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…

About The Author

A few months ago, I was told that my boobs are trying to kill me and being misdiagnosed for two years allowed them to recruit throughout the rest of my body by way of my spine. Before this, I knew f*ck all about cancer. Now, between sipping chemo cocktails, I want to talk about the truth of living with Stage 4 Breast Cancer with my support system and people I have met along the way to recovery.

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