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Shock to the emotional system can be truly damaging

January 26, 2012
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

Joe Paterno, former Penn State football coach, didn't last long after he was fired by the Board of Trustees. It is no longer quite enough to obey the "letter of the law," one has to obey the "moral law" too, as it's perceived by your supervisors.

One certainly wishes that other parts of our system, such as the bankers and their foreclosure actions, would pay more attention to the moral law.

Beyond that, is it only "coincidence" that Joe Paterno died so quickly from cancer after what must have been the biggest heartbreak of his life? Probably not. The medical literature is replete with examples of serious conditions which manifested "immediately" after a severe shock to the emotional system.

Perhaps one of the most well known is the story of "Mr. Wright," as told by cancer surgeon Bernie Siegel in his book, "Love, Medicine & Miracles" (Harper & Row, 1986). A terminal cancer patient with far advanced lymphosarcoma, Mr. Wright was treated with Krebiozen, a "promising" cancer drug of the '50s and quickly made a miraculous recovery. Later, after seeing news articles that Krebiozen was ineffective, Wright's tumors returned with a vengeance. He was then given sham treatments of pure water under the pretext that they were new, fresh doses of Krebiozen, and again the tumors quickly disappeared. The final straw for Wright was when the American Medical Association pronounced Krebiozen worthless in the treatment of cancer. As Dr. Siegel relates, "...Within a few days of this (AMA) report, Mr. Wright was readmitted to the hospital in extremis; his faith was now gone, his last hope vanished, and he succumbed in less than two days..." (p. 35).

We are now aware that the immune system is very susceptible to the emotional state of the patient, whether the disease be cancer or something less frightening. If you have a loved one with a serious condition, do all that you can to keep the spirits up and the mood positive. Inspiring hope and a positive, winning attitude can do little harm and may do much good.

Charles Reinert,





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