A long time friend of mine is doing a good job at beating brain cancer and writing about his experience. In addition to traditional treatment, he has identified seven key to be especially important. Of the 7, two are very clearly self-help skills commonly taught in cognitive-behavioral therapy and considered core mind-body tools.
- Eliminate the use of cell phones. Get phones with the lowest radiation and only use them on speaker or with an attachment. In short, keep the phone far from your ear ( and brain).
- Reduce stress. Use the ABC’s of Emotion as developed by the pioneer of Rational-Emotive Behavioral therapy, Dr. Albert Ellis to help you look at every situation in the best possible light.
- Exercise daily.
- Eliminate sugar.
- Develop and maintain your social connections.
- Use an infrared sauna daily.
- Practice visualization such as picturing the tumor shrinking.
The mind-body connection is very strong and many of these suggestions probably make a great deal of sense to almost anyone. Cognitive therapists can provide education, instruction and training in a number of these methods.