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Carcinogenic Mind: The Psychosomatic Mechanisms of Cancer. Contribution of chronic stress and emotional attitudes to the onset and recurrence of disease, how to prevent it and help the treatment

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Read this book and learn how to induce a life and body you can love and which will do its best to keep you alive and healthy.
Bernie Siegel, MD, surgeon-oncologist, psycho-oncologist,
Author of Love, Medicine & Miracles; Peace, Love & Healing; The Art of Healing.

Carcinogenic Mind is a revolutionary and exciting analysis of around 2000 studies that prove: our psyche is the main source of cancer.

The role of the mind in the origin of oncological diseases has been discussed by scientists for several hundred years. Yet, in spite of growing evidence from psychosomatic medicine, this topic has been considered by the public as speculative and lacking evidence.

The author, one of the leading psycho-oncologists in Ukraine, physician, molecular biologist, and Buddhist practitioner, uses a rare interdisciplinary and integrative approach, involving data from psychology, oncology, psychoneuroimmunology, philosophy, epigenetics, and other branches of knowledge. Step by step, illustrating with clinical cases from his own practice, Dr. Matrenitsky skillfully uncovers the inseparable connection of psychological, social, spiritual, and physical mechanisms of cancer. For the first time, it is explored throughout the whole continuum of illness, starting with a predisposition in the womb and childhood.

A tumor is just the tip of the iceberg. Its unseen basis is inability to cope with the problems of life, psychological traumas and intrapersonal conflicts, arising from unmet needs. Aggravated by repressed or suppressed negative emotions, this leads to chronic psycho-physiological stress, which suppresses the immune system and other systems providing anti-cancer protection. The result is an existential crisis, leading to the loss of the will to live and initiating a program of unconscious self-destruction.

Overcoming the crisis, achievement of post-traumatic growth, and spiritual awakening can revive the natural healing powers of the body, help the medical treatment, and bring the patient to stable remission or complete healing.

A true encyclopedia of psycho-oncology, Carcinogenic Mind answers the profound questions one faces when diagnosed with cancer:
Why me?
• What is the purpose of this happening to me?
• How can I help myself to make the treatment as effective as possible?
• How can I reduce the side effects of conventional medical therapy?
• What should I do to prevent a recurrence of the tumor?
• How can I bring the treatment to full recovery?
• How can I believe in my right to live?

This innovative book is written in the popular-science format to build a ‘mind-body’ bridge between medical doctors and psychologists, as well as provide a comprehensive guide for public health professionals and students. Inspirational, accessible, and hopeful, supplemented with a detailed glossary, it offers a much-needed, holistic roadmap to understanding one’s personal causes that have contributed to the disease, and finding new ways to cure it. An illuminating and bold recasting of the standard biomedical approach to preventing cancer, seen as the only one, the book shows how new ‘anticancer’ mindsets and lifestyle will help us to get and stay healthy.


This book should be read by every physician-oncologist and every cancer patient. It sheds light on those aspects of cancer that are virtually unknown in this country, and convincingly proves the importance of the use of psychotherapy in oncology.
Moreover, the book helps patients understand what can be done to improve health after completing the course of traditional special treatment.

Viktor V. Priymak,
M.D., Ph.D., surgeon-oncologist,
Head of the Department of Abdominal and Retroperitoneal Tumors of the National Cancer Institute, Kiev, Ukraine

This monograph presents a deep analysis of the influence of psychological problems on the development of cancer. The author has thoroughly reviewed modern scientific data on one of the most problematic areas of medicine. He has reasonably showed that in the treatment of oncological diseases, in addition to the surgical-pharmacological approach prevailing in this country, the participation of psychotherapists and psychologists is mandatory.
“The carcinogenic mind” is the way of being of which cancer becomes the natural result. Therefore, adequate and timely psycho-correction can be an effective aid for patients confronting a life-threatening illness.

Galina Y. Pilyagina,
M.D., Ph.D., Dr. Med. Sci., psychiatrist, psychotherapist,
Professor, Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Medical Psychology of the National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education after P.L. Shupik, Kiev, Ukraine

The book has a clear logic, contains a huge array of information from different areas of modern psychology and biomedicine. At the same time, it is written in quite accessible language and is not overloaded with specific terminology. When the author has to discuss the mechanisms that determine the complex processes in the body, he explains it simply and intelligibly.
Therefore, the book can be recommended not only for a narrow circle of specialists, but also for people who do not have special education but are interested in the theoretical and practical issues of cancer set forth in it.

Alexander M. Weiserman,
M.D., Ph.D., Dr. Med. Sci., molecular biologist,
Head of the Laboratory of Epigenetics of the Institute of Gerontology of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev

1292 pages, Kindle Edition

Published October 10, 2019

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Vladislav Matrenitsky

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Vladislav Matrenitsky M.D., Ph.D., is the founder and head of the Center for Psychotherapy , Psychosomatics and Psycho-oncology Expio, the first specialized organization for psychosocial cancer care in Ukraine. He graduated from Odessa State Medical University (Ukraine) and qualified as a General Practitioner in 1986. In 1992, Vladislav completed a post-graduate course at the Institute of Gerontology Academy of Medical Science of USSR (Kiev), and was awarded a Ph.D. in the physiology and molecular biology of stress in ageing. After that, he worked as a Research Fellow in the same Institute and published in the field of gerontology.

Later on, Vladislav came to the understanding that the real secrets of life, illnesses, aging, and death lie not only on the physical but also on the spiritual level. Being disappointed in pharmacy-oriented medicine, he started learning ancient and modern spiritual knowledge and healing traditions.

Vladislav studied Psychotherapy at Kiev’s State Academy of Postgraduate Medical Education, and then was qualified as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist by the European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS). Psychosomatic medicine and psycho-oncology became his main area of practice. Since 2002, Dr. Matrenitsky has given many workshops and private sessions throughout European countries, and also presented his work at a number of European and World conferences and congresses on Transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy.

His book, Carcinogenic Mind, was initially published in 2017 in Ukrane and was greeted warmly as the first manual on psycho-oncology in the country. Dr. Matrenitsky is a co-founder of the European Transpersonal Psychology Association (ETPA) and a member of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS). Currently he holds a private practice treating patients in his Center in Kiev and online, and gives lectures and workshops worldwide.

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Deffo explains the link between stress emotions and cancer, talks about types of personalities that are at higher risk for developing cancer but does not give advice on how to treat it or avoid it...
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February 6, 2020
Dr Vladislav Matrenitsky's book Carcinogenic Mind – The Psychosomatic Mechanisms of Cancer presents an alternate model for prevention and healing of cancer. According to him most cases of cancer are psychogenic in nature. Physical factors can exert their carcinogenic effect only if an individual is in a psycho-physiological imbalance.
Psychosomatic factors lead to the dysfunction of organs and systems. The body is unable to handle psychosomatic pressures over extended period of time. These trigger genetic mechanisms which in turn progress to expression of a disease.
Extreme forms of psycho-traumatic experiences due to hardship, loss and conflict are some of the key factors that trigger such mechanisms. Chronic stress is the most favorable condition for the development of precancerous changes. Over time stress leads to exhaustion of the organism’s adaptive resources making it defenseless against disease.
Conventional medicine focuses on material cancer causing factors - physical (traumatic, thermal and radiation damage), chemical and biological (viruses). These are responsible for provoking pre-cancer diseases.
Psychic traumas of diagnosis and surgery, and the standard medical treatment, result in additional distress, depleting the already weak protective resources of the body. Chemotherapy depresses the immune system leading to metastases. The psychospiritual crisis manifests and deepens, often leading to the rapid progression of the disease and/ or psychogenic death. The chances of survival in the absence of specialized psychological assistance are very small.
Dr Matrenitsky states that if the patients requests and receives psychotherapeutic help in time, this can lead to prolonged remission or even complete healing.
This is a unique work and is a must read for oncologists and patients alike.
Carcinogenic mind- the psychosomatic mechanisms of cancer is a major contribution to the development of our understanding of cancer causes and lays down pathways to healing and complete remission. It is a must read.
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February 26, 2020
This astonishing book carries a message of hope so great, so extraordinary, that had it not been backed up with such an immense battery of scientific data, I would have dismissed it as 'new-age claptrap'. One cannot, however, ignore or discount the solid wealth of scholarly evidence that is presented, painstakingly and rigorously.

Lacking a medical background myself, some of the discussion was, I must admit, over my head. But there is no denying the scholarly presentation, the rigorous citation of sources, and the sheer professionalism of the work. I am very glad to have come across this book, and I hope it will receive the serious attention in the scientific and medical community that it so richly deserves. If Matrenitsky's theories can be widely validated by practice, a Nobel prize does rather spring to mind.

Despite the title, this book will not be of interest solely to those concerned with cancer. Asthma sufferers, too, may find a solid message of hope and a way forward.

Highly recommended.

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March 8, 2020
Great book!
If you have a loved one who is ill with cancer, this book is the greatest gift you can give. Anyone who encountered this dreaded diagnosis would benefit from reading this book. It helps us understand the importance of our mind in fighting the illness, as well as in the healing process.
It is a resource both for lay people and professionals.
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