Cancer is described as passing through 5 stages.

1) Congestion (This is similar in concept to Eastern ideas of “chakras” and their blockage).
2) The Holdup (An extension of congestion. Nutrients are prevented from passing from the blood into the cells).
3) Lymphatic Blockage (Removal of waste from cells).
4) Chronic Digestive Problems (Undigested food breeds bacteria – causes inflammation, etc).
5) Liver Bile Duct Obstruction (Your liver is the main organ for cleansing the blood).

Physical causes of cancerous cells include: unnatural, processed foods like white bread, fries, twinkies and canned meat; pharmaceutical drugs; microwaved foods; cellphones, electrical appliances and other sources of radiation; gum disease; sunscreens that block ultraviolet light – a powerful natural medicine; cosmetics; pollution, etc.

The emotional causes of cancer are largely due to unresolved conflicts and repressed feelings such as anger, sadness, feelings of inadequacy, fear etc. Unresolved emotions create chemical processes in the body that cause the secretion of certain hormones that become toxic in too large amounts.

Here again, the author seems to skate on thinner ice as he pushes the emotional metaphor to the brink. For instance, feeling rejected or being disappointed or angry with another reveals our lack of responsibility for everything that happens to us. This seems a bit silly. Why can’t there be a good reason for being angry or disappointed with someone? Why should we take responsibility for everything? Because it’s the “spiritually correct” thing to do?

I think there are lots of people who deserve our anger or disappointment, and those seem like perfectly natural and rational responses to people who fail to live up to our expectations of them. Why shouldn’t we hold people to high standards? Why should we accept betrayal? Or lack of caring? Or selfishness?

Even Moritz is a bit ambiguous about this when he says we should take complete responsibility for ourselves, yet not blame ourselves for an unfortunate situation so as not to feel a “victim.” He seems to want it both ways and neither. How do we accept responsibility for ourselves? At this point in the book he is not altogether clear.

What is clear is that we bring cancer upon ourselves as a mechanism for breaking out of old patterns of thinking and feeling. “I’m sick and tired of having to cook all the time while you watch tv and drink beer.” The feelings of anger and inequity literally make us sick.

In fact, when a person does get sick, say, with cancer, the feelings that arise are those we have failed to adequately confront and process in other areas of our life. Disease, properly perceived, is a process of discovery and renewal, an opportunity to break old habits and be reborn to the spirit.

Cancer cells are normal cells that have mutated in order to survive an already toxic body. Cancer is a defensive response to a diseased condition, a body full of “blockages” in which the energy and nutrition no longer flow. Cells are being literally starved of oxygen and mutate in order to survive without it.

Most people are given plenty of warning signs before the big C is diagnosed: headaches; fatigue; anxiety that we self-medicate with tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, etc; too little relaxation and laughter; conflict avoidance; keeping a stiff upper lip; unresolved anger and resentment; low self-esteem and the need to please others for their approval; overeating, etc.

Gene mutation is the effect of toxicity in the body, not the cause of it. But cancer researchers refuse to accept this theory because the “system” of research grants, faculty appointments, private sector jobs, etc, is designed to reward those who perceive disease as something that can only be treated with pharmaceutical drugs. Any other perception of cancer that would accept the possibility of natural treatments and cures is rejected out of hand.

Other causes are: childhood immunizations that prevent the body from adapting and evolving the immune system; bras that block lymph drainage; obesity, lack of exercise and junk food; soy; ingesting acrylamide from cooked carbohydrates; and pollution.

Dehydration of cells is another significant factor. This can be caused by lack of water intake; drinking diuretics, beverages such as coffee, sodas and alcohol; “hot” foods such as meat, hot spices, sugar and tobacco; stress; pharmaceuticals; too much or too little exercise; excessive weight; too much television or, one presumes, Internet surfing.

Things to avoid if you have cancer include: cigarettes; chlorinated water; too much sugar; fluoride in water; grilled meats; wireless radiation; pesticides; preservatives; hair dyes; teflon; plastic shower curtains; artificial sweeteners; synthetic vitamins; hormones in food; heavy metals such as those found in some fish; sunscreens; the night shift (disruption of the natural circadian rhythm); blood transfusions; x-rays (annual mammograms only for high-risk individuals under 35),  etc.

Moritz recommends the now familiar litany of healthy endeavors: detoxification with “flushes”; eating lots of fruits and vegetables; herbs such as aloe vera, astragalus, schizandra, black cohosh and cat’s claw; various healing arts such as massage, art therapy, yoga, biofeedback, hypnosis, acupuncture, bioelectric therapy, bioresonance therapy, Gerson therapy, Hoxsey therapy; exercise; adequate sleep; regular eating habits; vegetarian diet, etc.

Cancer is a manifestation of the most primordial of emotions – fear. Finding the true cause of your cancer will lead to its cure. Still hate your mother for making you eat your vegetables? Forgive her, and you may find yourself healthier and happier.

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