We are celebrating those who have faced the monster within and found the strength to prevail.

In that spirit, the yearly CIRIS survivor’s gathering has been a French tradition since 1991: every year in September, several hundred people come from across the country for a day of friendship and emotional support. Sharing is a positive, reinforcing, feel-good gesture for those who have been able to overcome their diagnoses, while those newly diagnosed are eager to receive every bit of information they can from those who have “made it.” This truly exceptional gathering rose to international fame in 2008 when a group photo of the participants graced the cover of the American magazine, The Doctor’s Prescription for Healthy Living.


I have always been intuitively convinced that we are much more than a simple bunch of molecules. This intuition was reinforced by listening to the cancer survivors’ stories at the CIRIS gatherings. Survivors’ testimonials brought upbeat reports about their recovery once they started taking Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria extracts, but I was mostly interested in asking questions about their circumstances at the time of the diagnosis of the disease. Those questions almost always opened the door to a story of personal dramas involving relatives, ranging from devastatingly painful losses to conflicts with toxic people.

In that regard, the work of Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer’s approach to disease, and the link he proposed between specific emotions and the organs where cancer would subsequently arise, cannot be ignored.

On August 18, 1978, when Dr. Hamer was the head internist of the oncology clinic at the University of Munich, he received the shocking news that his son, Dirk, had been shot. Dirk died four months later, and several months after his death, Dr. Hamer was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He wondered if the emotional trauma from his son’s death triggered his cancer.

Dr. Hamer subsequently investigated and documented over fifteen thousand cases of cancer and found the disease to always be linked to an emotion (e.g. anger, frustration, grief) that affects us on three levels: psyche, brain, and a specific organ linked to the trauma by subconscious association. According to Hamer, the cause of cancer is a traumatic experience for which we are emotionally unprepared. The brain will start sending wrong information to the organs it controls, resulting in the creation of deformed cells in the tissues, i.e. cancer cells. The implication, that solving an emotional conflict is the first step to healing the disease, did not sit well with the official cancer establishment, which makes its living by recommending drugs, surgeries, and conventional treatments. As a result, and not so surprisingly, Dr. Hamer was jailed.

Thankfully in today’s society the link between cancer and emotion has been largely accepted. As the saying goes, “Give it time and the truth will surface.” In her book Molecules of Emotionneuroscientist Dr. Candace B. Pert writes, “We can no longer think of the emotions as having less validity than physical substance, but instead must see them as cellular signals that are involved in the process of translating information into physical reality, literally transforming mind into matter. Emotions are at the nexus between matter and mind.”

It thus makes sense to look at negative emotions as another layer of the “stuff” that could contribute to the destabilization of DNA, which is the root of all cancers according to Dr. Mirko Beljanski.

I completely agree with Dr. Hamer and Dr. Pert’s work proving that a big emotional shock may very well be the culprit that will precipitate the cancer phenomenon. There is no doubt in my mind that negative emotions must be dealt with as an integral part of understanding the root of a disease and its cure, and that the proper approach to disease is neither entirely psychological, nor solely physiological. My wish is to help more people naturally prevent and cure this disease.