Sep 13, 2013 - 5:31 pm
Sep 11, 2013 - 10:35 am
Obviously there are many causes for cancer: genetic, environmental, nutritional etc.
But let's concentrate on stress here. I believe the way normal cells turn into cancerous cells is that there is a change in their genetic material, the DNA. Now this happens millions of times a day as normal cells divide. There is nothing we can do about this, it's random mutation, but thanks god the immun system takes care of these mutant cancer cells.
Now, this demage to the DNA can be caused by so called free radicals and this is where stress comes in. Free radicals are tiny, very reactive molecules that demage everything in their way: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and DNA.
The way stress increases the production of these free radicals is contracting and contstricting the tiny capillaries at the cellular level, so the cells can't get enough oxygen and nutrients to function normally, so they produce a lot of waste and "poisons" called free radicals. These radicals cause mutations and mutations can become cancerous.
Also bacause of the constricted arterioles the immun cell themselves cannot get to the cancer cells to destroy them. Stress trough cortisol increase also decreases the immun response.
The way antioxidants work that they catch free radicals like nets. People try to eat well, take vitamins and supplements and even if these get absorbed and you have them in your blood at an optimal level, but if stress constricts the capillaries they cannot get into your cells and your cells are basically starving, producing all those free radicals. This is the reason that if people are stressed and take all these vitamins and supplements they don't have the desired effect, because they can not get into the cells where they are supposed to help.
In my personal situation I was exposed to a lot of stress: abusive family and school system, communist suppression and fear, bad marriage, stressful work and I always internalized stressed. Didn't express it and manage it, avoided conflicts. I believe that this played a big roll in my illness.
What do you think?