My interest in a cure for cancer has always been intense. Maybe it was spurred by fears of the horrors the disease visited on patients in hospitals where I worked and heightened more by my own longtime habit of smoking.
It persisted after I quit, became a less personal interest, and the stories of researchers efforts to even clearly identify, let alone cure, the variety of cancers being discovered were fascinating.
Like most, I've watched friends and loved ones be consumed by the slow wasting of the disease and wondered about the strength of both as a tug of war gradually was lost with a death. But what stuck in my mind were the inexplicable cures, better known as spontaneous remission or spontaneous healing.
These undeniably happened. I remember Deepak Chopra sharing the puzzle of a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer and being told she had six months to live. Six months later, without medical treatment, she was fully healed. She credited her daily practice of visualizing herself cured, her tumor melting.
There is no way to know if visualization actually lead to healing, and even if it did, nobody has any concrete proof of why. The same practice has failed in many other cases.
Setting aside the question of why visualization might work for some and not for others, the important takeaway from this is the proof that spontaneous remissions happen at all. That's where our research needs to begin.
It's being possible makes its secrets the most important ones in personal health. But don't count on the medical establishment or the big pharmaceutical companies to start looking. There is no money for them to make when you cure yourself; so, the best discoveries are likely to be accidental or the result of openminded pioneers eager to take the challenge of what would seem a miracle cure.