The natural way
Chetan Upadhyaya is a journalist and a holistic healer.
He organises programmes and workshops in different educational institutes, corporate and even jails in India and abroad on stress management and total awakening of the brain through classical music, meditation, yoga and natural lifestyle under the guidance of his Guru Shri Ashish Chatterjee.
He can be contacted by e-mail on: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The very word evokes a feeling of dread in most people. And with good reason too.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists the big C as the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting as it did for 7.9 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2007. Sadly, there is only worse news ahead according to the WHO with the number of cancer patients ÃÂset to jump from 11.3 million in 2007 to 15.5 million in 2030`.
Allopathic treatment, which a huge majority of Cancer patients turn to, revolves around chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. In many instances, though, they end up doing more harm than good.
I say this not as a critic of the system, but only because it is common knowledge that these treatments sap the mind and body of the patient. Take the case of chemotherapy for example: It destroys not only the damaged cells, but many healthy ones too.
Unlike Allopathy, however, there is no evidence yet of Cancer being cured completely by the methods I am about to advocate - Yoga and Naturopathy.
It is a fact, though, that the patients opting for Yoga and a natural lifestyle have managed to increase their life span.
I, for one, can vouch on the basis of my experience that through regular practice of Yoga and by adhering to a natural lifestyle, many of my patients have been able to increase their stamina, endurance, courage and resistance, which has ultimately enhanced the span and quality of their lives.
We also need to keep in mind the fact that it has been scientifically proven that Yoga and Meditation help strengthen the immune system and increase the levels of antioxidants in the body, both of which are of immense help to a cancer patient.
Before proceeding ahead though I would like to clarify to the readers of Sify.com that the motive of this article is not to prevent a cancer patient from continuing the course of treatment he/she is undergoing at the moment.
In fact, whatever is written in this article can be followed and practised even as you continue your treatment. Yoga, Meditation and natural lifestyle can never be in conflict with any other system of medicine.
Image: A group of women participate in a yoga class for cancer patients at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Cancer Centre on August 18, 2005. (Getty Images) (Any unauthorised reproduction is prohibited)