LMM wrote:Lucky Ox wrote:bruncle wrote:Positive thinking has absolutely no effect on cancer.
Actually, if memory serves, there've been loads of clinical trials which "proved" the efficacy of positive thinking on disease to some degree...
Urging a seriously ill person to be, stay or think positive can be counter productive in the extreme; it can make the person feel guilty and therefore worse because they just CAN'T feel as positive as everyone is urging them to be. That was certainly my experience.
Thank you for your post.
I went hunting for some evidence to support my post, and found an overwhelming number of reports which actually bolster your refutation. Nearly everything I found in support of my initial assertion was anectdotal at best, and more "faith-based" than anything else.
Of note, my original intention was to speak only of potential benefits to recovery, not to draw any correlations between personality and predisposition. Not that I hope this helps my case any, as it does not, but I would like that part understood, as I feel like it's an important distinction which speaks closer to my orginal intent.
In short, I stand corrected, and apologize for perpetuating any harmful myths on the subject. I am sorry.