61% OF ADULTS WITH CANCER IS RELATED TO UNFORGIVENESS
Survey links untreatable cancer to unforgiveness
A recent survey in the U.S. has it that 61 per cent of men and 59 per cent of women of difficult to treat cancer were traced to unforgiveness, an expert has said.
Dr. Patrick Ijewere, a medical consultant at Howard University, Washington DC, made the revelation to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
Speaking to NAN at the end of the program, Ijewere said that he had the backing of his claims about the link between unforgiveness and cancer from established research in the U.S.
He said that there was a project in the U.S. called “The Forgiveness Project’’ about the link between human behaviour and diseases which linked the difficult to treat cancer to unforgiveness.
“There is a project ongoing in the U.S. that is basically a search to know how our attitudes and lifestyles affect our treatable diseases which tends to be opposite.
“Various studies have showed that what happens in the physical realm has a lot to do with what we have in the spiritual world. It has been an established link.
“The research in the U.S. is verifiable that 61 per cent in men and 59 per cent in women with difficult to treat cancer has been linked to unforgiveness.
“The research is simple, there is a chemical in our body called `Cortisol’, it is a chemical that can hinder or suppress our immune system which mainly is instigated by anger,’’ he said.
Ijewere, a Medical Director, Salus Trust, Health Management Organisation (HMO), said that the link was expected to make people free from social attributes that might hinder their medications.
“According to an expert, Dr Steven Standiford in the U.S., Unforgiveness has been classified in medical books as a disease, refusing to forgive makes people sick and keep them that way.
“Of all cancer patients, 61 percent have forgiveness issues, and of those, more than half are severe. Harbouring these negative emotions, this anger and hatred, creates a state of chronic anxiety,’’ he told NAN.
“Chronic anxiety is very predictably and produces excess adrenaline and cortisol which deplete the production of natural killer cells, which is the body’s foot soldier in the fight against cancer.
“The issue of forgiveness is not about religion, it is about us and our attitudes, most people don’t realise what a burden anger and hatred are until they let them go,’’ he said.
Ijewere tracing further the implication unforgiveness to cancer treatment, said that negative emotions contribute mainly to people getting sick and untreatable.
“One of the major causes of rapid cancer cell mutation is by the presence of negative emotions which includes, hate, grief and others which can lead to depression.
“These negative emotions mostly aggravate that toxic chemicals which increases stress hormone cortisol levels, which directly suppress immune system function.
“When there is a breakdown of immune system, the normal cells mutate into cancer cells which make them spread fast.
“The bad news is that when the body is not relaxed, the mind will not relax sufficiently enough to enter the deep-sleep-cycle to produce melatonin, which is the primary hormone responsible for inhibiting cancer cells growth,’’ he said.
Unforgiveness is classified in medical books as a disease. According to Dr. Steven Standiford, chief of surgery at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, refusing to forgive makes people sick and keeps them that way.
With that in mind, forgiveness therapy is now being used to help treat diseases, such as cancer.
“It’s important to treat emotional wounds or disorders because they really can hinder someone’s reactions to the treatments, even someone’s willingness to pursue treatment,” Standiford explained.
Of all cancer patients, 61 percent have forgiveness issues, and of those, more than half are severe, according to research by Dr. Michael Barry, a pastor and the author of the book, The Forgiveness Project.
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“Harboring these negative emotions, this anger and hatred, creates a state of chronic anxiety,” he said.
“Chronic anxiety very predictably produces excess adrenaline and cortisol, which deplete the production of natural killer cells, which is your body’s foot soldier in the fight against cancer,” he explained.
Barry said the first step in learning to forgive is to realize how much we have been forgiven by God.
“When a person forgives from the heart which is the gold standard we see in Matthew 18, forgiveness from the heart we find that they are able to find a sense of peacefulness. Quite often our patients refer to that as a feeling of lightness,” he said.
Barry said most people don’t realize what a burden anger and hatred were until they let them go.
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;”
Hebrews 12:14-15 NKJV
““For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Matthew 6:14-15 NKJV
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you
Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV