The Relationship Between Childhood Trauma and Cancer with Dr. Eric Kuelker

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There are an estimated 18.1 million new cancer cases globally, and cancer remains the second-leading cause of death in the United States, where more than 1.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year.

What is cancer?

According to current medical practices, cancer begins when cells acquire the ability to grow uncontrollably and ultimately invade and damage the body’s normal tissues. Cancer development happens in multiple stages, from precancerous changes to malignant tumors.  Cancer can develop in a variety of different ways, due to a variety of different factors. Some we inherit, and others we are exposed to throughout our lives. It can be categorized into hundreds of different diseases based on the cells in which it arises.

The current medical model basically asserts that some force – a toxin in the environment, genetic predisposition or random mutation – cause the body’s cells to go haywire.

Yet, only 5-10% of cancer is caused by genetics.  Scientists argue that the number of cancer deaths due to pollutants and toxins is not as high as we might expect and lifestyle and diet also do not account for the remaining 90% of cancer.

The treatment for cancer has not really progressed in over 40 years.  We assault the sick and mutated cells with either surgery, radiation or toxic chemicals.  In a materialistic world view, it’s too easy to tackle a problem in the body with a physical solution. 

We want to walk a very careful line here.  When the body has manifested the symptoms of disease, oftentimes the only course of treatment left is to physically manipulate the body.  If you have a broken leg, the most likely course of treatment is to fix the leg.  If your body has cancer, you might have to physically remove the cancer to heal the body.

But what if there’s more to this equation?  What if cancer isn’t just some random response to the environment, but also a physiological manifestation of emotional pain? 

What if one of the sources of lasting emotional pain and eventually physical disease is childhood trauma? 

According to this week’s Quantum Revolution guest, Dr. Eric Kuelker, the mind is the most important part of you.  That is where you experience your emotions, and it controls the rest of the body.  If your mind is healthy, then you feel great, and your body is robust.  But if you have had multiple psychological injuries, you are 5 times more likely to develop depression than someone who has had none.  You are 310% more likely to have a heart attack, and 250% more likely to develop cancer.  Psychological injuries are the single biggest cause of mental health problems, and play a huge role in 7 of the 10 causes of premature death. 

Are physical injuries really the deadliest of them all?

Join us as Dr. Kuelker unpacks the science of how wounds to the mind hurt the body, and how we can achieve deep healing for both.

If there is a correlation between childhood psychological injury and physical illness, we can easily do the math to determine the short term and long term cost of not taking good care of children.  Taking good care of children and supporting parents in being able to provide a strong foundation for their family is simply a good financial decision. 

But there’s another more insidious long-term cost to childhood trauma.  In our previous season of Quantum Revolution we spoke with Dr. Ervin Laszlo, a regular guest on our show, about how we literally have to be the change we want to see in the world.  When we embody a certain intention with attention, it literally causes the quantum world to organize itself in fields of information that, ultimately, manifest in the material world.

When we do not heal trauma and we embody the energy of trauma, we cause the quantum world to organize itself in fields of information that continue to manifest as trauma in the physical world.  This can literally be in the physical body or expressed in other ways in our physical reality.

If we are going to build an equitable, just, abundant, sustainable, peaceful world we need to start by tackling two essential fronts.  We need to help traumatized adults heal and we need to raise up our children in a way that keeps them from being traumatized in the first place.

Healthy people are creative people. Creative people will find the solutions to the challenges facing humanity today.

Dr. Eric Kuelker is a psychologist who has done over 30,000 hours of therapy. He has been featured on TV, in books, in magazines, and in newspapers, and has taught at universities, hospitals, corporations, and more. He has coached therapists and is past president of a company that created the largest Internet resource for therapists to use with clients. He is the only psychologist in Canada to publish data on client outcomes in his practice.  He has worked in hospital, prison, school, outpatient clinic, probation office, court, and university settings. He is happily married and has three children. 

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