Diagnosis Shock! You Need To Know This To Overcome Cancer

Jeff_Bell_Headshot_06-07-2015_CroppedSomething happens when someone receives a cancer diagnosis – something on the emotional level.  Although we are mostly not aware of this, it triggers a cascade of powerful events.  One of most crucial steps in beginning to reverse a cancer and start the journey back to health is to understand this cascade and to quickly bring it to a halt.


Let’s use a real-life example to explain this: 

Some years ago, I went with one of my local clients to an oncology appointment.  My client, Jane, had not been feeling well for some time.  The appointment was to hear the results of some recently completed diagnostic work.   I always take really good notes at appointments such as this one, so the following is nearly word-for-word:

Doctor:  “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but you have cancer.  You have stomach cancer and unfortunately it is serious.”

Jane:  “What does that mean?   Am I going to die?”

Doctor:  “Well, it is serious.  We have to start treatment right away.  There is no time to lose.  We can do the blood work and check your heart to see if you can survive the treatment.  We can do this today.  If the tests come back OK we can start treatment tomorrow.”

Jane:  “Oh my God!  How can this be?   I know I have not been feeling well for a while, but I had no idea it was anything this serious.”

Doctor:  “I’m sorry, but sometimes the symptoms of these cancers do not give us any idea of just how serious they are.  Are we ready to go get started on those tests?  There really is no time to lose.”
Jane:  “What are my chances?  You still did not answer my question.  Am I going to die from this cancer?”

Doctor:  “Honestly, I don’t know.  We will do everything we can to save you and get you well.”

Jane, clearly panicked now:  “How long have I got?  How much time?”

Doctor:  “I don’t really know.  This is a very serious cancer.  You might have anywhere from 6 months to a year or more.  No one can say for sure.”

As she heard the doctor’s words I could literally see much of Jane’s vibrancy leave her body.   It was like watching the life leaking from many tiny holes all throughout her body.  I stopped the conversation for a moment and had her just take a couple of deep, slow breaths with me.  (Emotional first aid.)

There is no need to recount more details from that appointment.

Clearly, Jane had walked into the doctor’s office, not feeling great, and with understandable apprehension.  She knew it was possible that she had cancer.  Who would not be frightened?

Before the appointment, despite not looking particularly well, she did not look like a person who was dying.  After the appointment she did.  Jane looked like someone who had just received a death sentence.  Her breathing had gotten shallow.  I could see beads of sweat on her forehead and she complained of feeling cold.  She even stumbled several times as we left the hospital building.  I had to grab her arm several times to keep her from falling.

The story has a happy ending.  I promise I will get to it.  But, first, let’s take a closer look at what happened.

When Jane heard the doctor say she had cancer and was probably going to die it is understandable that she felt devastated.  Of course, she felt an onslaught of fear.

But there are some important physiological changes that happened, as well.  Research confirms that there is a strong connection between the vibrancy of the immune system and the emotional state.

A number of doctors and researchers refer to a famous case:  (Both the well-known Dr. Larry Dossey, M.D. and Dr. Mario Martinez, Ph.D. have written extensively about this amazing case.)  Two patients in the cardiac unit of a large and busy hospital had been hospitalized the same day.  They were both male and roughly the same age.

But their cases were physiologically very different.

One patient had relatively minor and intermittent chest pains.  His tests revealed some moderate coronary artery blockages, but nothing that was immediately life-threatening.  He was expected to be discharged from the hospital and to make a full recovery.  His cardiologist determined that he did not need surgery.  A couple of days in the hospital for rest and monitoring, some medications and diet change were all that seemed to be needed.

The other patient had advanced heart disease and was not expected to recover.  The damage to his heart was already too advanced for recovery to be probable.

Here’s where it gets interesting:  As I said, this was a very busy hospital.   The two patient’s charts were accidentally swapped.  So now the patient who was supposed to recover had a chart that said he was terminal.  The patient who had been diagnosed as terminal had a chart that indicated he was expected to recover.

Over the next several days, the patient who should have recovered, gradually shut down and died instead.  The patient who had originally been expected to die, much to the amazement of his doctors, recovered.

How could this be?   These two amazing cases came to the attention of researchers, including Dr. Larry Dossey and Dr. Mario Martinez.  They quickly came to the conclusion that unraveling the mystery required connecting the two cases.

Essentially, we had a person who should have recovered, but had been told he was going to die, or “sentenced to death”, and who did die for no real “medical reason”.  At the same time, we had a person who, from a medical point of view, should have died, who was told he was going to recover, and who did recover.

Let’s look at what happened in the case of the man who died.  Here is what the researchers concluded:  He heard that he was supposed to die.  His unconscious mind believed this, (even though it was medically not true), and set about preparing his body for death.  His organs began shutting down.  His immune system became far less active.  After all, a dying body does not need to be protected against pathogens, so there is no longer a need for an active immune system.

A brilliant Traditional Chinese Doctor, Dr. Mei, coined the term, “Diagnosis Shock” for what happens when our unconscious minds believe we are dying and that it is time to “throw in the towel.”   The unconscious mind believes that the situation is hopeless, that there is no point in resisting what is imminent, and that the time has come to accept what is to come – death.  It literally changes the biochemistry of the body and the neurological signaling of the body to prepare for death.

This is similar to what happens when the body “goes into shock” as a result of severe trauma.  In fact, the researchers discovered that the same blood chemistry changes noted in cases of shock brought on by trauma, occur in those suffering from diagnosis shock.   This can literally be measured in reduced T-cell counts, as well as other blood markers showing metabolic decreases and an immune system that is shutting down.

The diagnosis shock is generally in proportion to the degree of fear, conscious and unconscious, that is associated with the disease or condition.

Here’s how this relates specifically to cancer:  By far, the most important requirement for overcoming any cancer is a strong immune system.  As long as person is in a state of diagnosis shock, their immune system will be anything but strong.

So the first thing to do immediately after receiving any serious diagnosis, especially a cancer diagnosis, is to reverse the diagnosis shock.   It is safe to assume that diagnosis shock is always present following such a diagnosis.

So here is what happened with Jane:  She mumbled to the doctor that she had to think about it and that she would let him know the next day what she wanted to do.  Clearly, the doctor was not pleased.  He wanted to begin the strongest possible treatment right away.  But Jane had reservations.  After all, the doctor told her that her situation was quite hopeless.  So why should she subject herself to the tortures of chemotherapy and radiation?

Instead, she asked me to get her out of there and back home.

As soon as we left the hospital, I began working with her to discharge and reverse the diagnosis shock.  I did some of this using rational thinking.  I asked Jane to describe how her body felt before the appointment.  I asked her to describe how her body felt after the appointment.  Clearly, there was an enormous contrast.

Next, I asked Jane if she thought it was even remotely possible that the cancer had advanced sufficiently to explain for how much worse she felt in just the short time we spent in the doctor’s office.  Obviously, that was not possible.  We talked about cancers and how they grow.  I shared with Jane that in most cases, tumor forming cancers grow slowly at first and that almost certainly this cancer had been growing and developing for at least the past few years before it produced any symptoms and became anything that could even be diagnosed.

We used yogic breathing measures, EFT and some special techniques for shifting unconscious beliefs to help her discharge and recover from the diagnosis shock.  This was the first major step in her recovery.

Jane decided to decline all conventional treatment and instead take advantage of the leading edge alternative treatment available.  Over the next 18 months, I guided her through a program to eradicate the cancer, rebuild her immune system and correct the other factors that had allowed the cancer to grow and thrive in her body.  Although her program was specific to her and her needs, it followed the same core principles I have used for many years to help hundreds of my clients recover from cancer.

To make a long story short, instead of getting sicker and dying at 6 months, which was the short estimate the doctor had given her, Jane was confirmed cancer-free at 6 months.  (Although she declined conventional treatment, I insisted that we utilize conventional diagnostics so that we could track her progress.)

By 18 months, not only had Jane fully recovered her health, but she remained cancer-free, feeling healthier than she had in years.  Further, all measurable cancer risk factors were dramatically decreased.  Jane recently passed the 4 year mark since being declared cancer-free.  She remains cancer-free and is optimistic about enjoying many years of healthy life to come.

To me, having encountered and observed diagnosis shock over and over again throughout the many years I have been doing this work, the phenomena of diagnosis shock is obvious.  Further, the effects of it are obvious.  Ignored, it can be deadly and has the potential to turn an otherwise recoverable case into a terminal case.  This is especially true in cancers, where a vibrant and strong immune system is so crucial to recovery.

Yet, conventional medicine still all but ignores diagnosis shock.  In fact, if you google diagnosis shock you will find tons of articles and posts on how to detect and deal with physical shock, as in trauma care, but nothing on diagnosis shock.  This is despite the fact that real research confirms that both are potentially deadly.

In my next post I will share practical techniques and resources for dealing with diagnosis shock and reversing it.  I believe this is one of the most crucial steps to overcoming cancer.  My years of experience confirm that these measures to discharge diagnosis shock should be among the first employed following any cancer diagnosis.

I’m sure this important factor that is so often ignored will generate some interesting comments and questions.  I look forward to a stimulating conversation.

To your great health – until next time!
Jeff Bell

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  1. Jeff Bell
    Posted October 6, 2016 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Hi Susan,

    I am glad that you found my article valuable. Thank you also for checking with me about re-printing it. I am honored to have it shared. My mission is to share all of the potentially life-saving knowledge I have accumulated over more than 37 years of practice and research. As long as the article is un-modified and as long as the attributions are included, I am fine to have it shared as widely as possible.

    You might also find value in a previous blog post series that deals with a parallel set of emotions and thoughts pertaining to dealing with cancer: http://myhealthoptimizer.com/cancer-from-fear-and-chaos-to-calmness-and-clarity-step-1/ If you find value in this series, please feel free to re-post it and share it wherever you feel it will do good.

    By the way, I really like your web site. Thanks for all that you do. It looks like we are on parallel missions.

    To your great health!

    Jeff Bell

  2. Leslie
    Posted October 6, 2016 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    This reminded me when my sister and I took my dad to the doctor as he had lost weight. He was 84 at the time, so had lived a nice age, but we were not willing to give him up so quickly. They said that he was riddled with cancer, but the disease that would take him out was the acute leukaemia that they discovered in his blood. So, this is all serious my sister and I knew that. The doctor said that they would monitor his white cells every couple of weeks. As for the cancer we asked, the doctor replied that we didn’t have to worry about that. In other words, the other disease would take him out in a couple months when asked how long. My dad was sitting all this time in the room and what he heard was they will check his blood work and when he heard the doctor say that no need to worry about the cancer my father thought he had none. My dad left feeling good and continued for the next 8 months monitoring his blood. I believed he lived that long because of the upside of the conversation he only heard. We got him longer and I believe the mind and feeling inside and your reaction to such devistating news is very harmful.

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted October 9, 2016 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

      Hi Leslie,

      I am sorry that you lost your Dad from anything at that point. Of course, I do not know how long ago that was. My condolences, anyway. Thanks for sharing your heartfelt and illustrative story. It does help; make the point that what we believe has so much control over what our outcomes are. This is so crucial that I cannot understand why it is so often ignored.

      To your great health!

      Jeff Bell

  3. Shannon
    Posted October 8, 2016 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    When is your next post about reversing diagnosis shock coming out?

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted October 9, 2016 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

      Hi Shannon,

      Thanks so much for your interest in this all-too-often ignored crucial aspect of reversing cancers, and other serious diseases, for that matter. I am not sure how quickly I can get the follow-up blog posted. I am workng through the challenge of trying to explain a potentially complex subject in the most simple and practical terms possible. I think a week from today is realistic.

      In the meantime, if you found value in this post, you might like this earlier post that is on a parallel aspect of dealing with disease: http://myhealthoptimizer.com/cancer-from-fear-and-chaos-to-calmness-and-clarity-step-1/

      To your great health!

      Jeff Bell

  4. Brian Kabaker
    Posted October 9, 2016 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Sort of related: A friend of mine used to work for a big pharma company. At that time one if their hottest sellers was Tagamet. The stats were that something like 67% of the people that were given it, in the studies, experienced relief from their symptoms. In the control group, when people were given a placebo, something like 35% experienced relief from their symptoms. So one way to look at it was that 32% experienced relief based on the effectiveness of the drug and a slightly higher % experienced relief based on their belief in the effectiveness of the drug.

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted October 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      I agree. That is a great example of how powerful the mind is in terms of controlling our biology. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Rose
    Posted March 12, 2017 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    What would be your diet , foods you highly recommend.

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted March 12, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rose,

      That is a great question. Unfortunately, I cannot really give you a useful and accurate answer without knowing the health history and many more factors. I am strongly opposed to the idea that when it comes to a diet for overcoming cancer, one-size fits all. That approach often leads for bad outcomes. Instead, I follow the pioneering in that area of both Dr. William Kelley and Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez. Both of them advocated a method for determining diet called “Metabolic Typing”. I have followed the same approach for more than 25 years, which is when I first learned about it. My results and overall success rate have very significantly improved from following the Metabolic Typing model.

      That said, all people should minimize sugar, keep the glycemic index as low as possible and stay well away from junk food. Those generalities seem to fit everyone, whether they are trying to overcome cancer or trying to avoid it.

      I hope that helps.


  6. Posted March 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    HI, wonderful article. My question to you would be you mentioned how important it is to build up the immune system. What do you recommend for doing this ??
    Thanks, looke forward to hearing.

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted March 31, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

      Hi Connie,

      Thank you for your kind words. I have a number of techniques I have used for years to help counter, discharge and heal diagnosis shock. I am working on an article that describes them and includes details on how to use these techniques. I hope to have that published soon.

      To your great health!

      Jeff Bell

  7. Annie Kolpin
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Hi…what an amazing article! Has the new article on how to deal with this come out yet? So looking forward to it.

    Thank you.

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted September 11, 2017 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

      Hi Annie,

      Thanks for your kind words! I expect to have the self-help tools ready and posted in about 4 more weeks. It turns out that it is pretty easy to make the tools “practitioner-driven”. But to create effective tools that can be used in a self-help model is much more challenging. I will post them as soon as I am satisfied that they work reliably and that they can be used by just about anyone without a lot of special training.

      I may actually finalize the tools in the form of a video session. Either way, I will post them here.

      To your great health!


  8. Chris
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Hi Jeff,

    Great article! Thank you for sharing such a powerful example of how language effects and affects our experience.

    I just looked at your blog page and don’t see the follow up article you mentioned. Would you kindly point me in the right direction to read it. I’m eager to hear your practical techniques and resources for dealing with this.

    Kind regards,

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted September 11, 2017 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your kind words! I agree that this is a crucial and powerful insight into one way diseases progress and at least one way we can turn the tide.

      For years I have had tools and resources to use in my one-on-one work with my clients to help them turn Diagnosis Shock around. They work really well.

      What I am working on now, which to be transparent, turns out to be more of a challenge than I expected, is a set of tools and techniques that I can simply turn over to anyone who needs them and that they can use on their own behalf. This turns out to be not so easy. To overcome this challenge with I working with 2 colleagues who are expert in the science of neuro linguistic programming to develop effective self-help tools.

      I hope to have them published in about 4 weeks. I will post them as soon as we have them ready. Stay tuned…

      To your great health!


  9. Tracy Metin
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing your very informative report.

    Joe Dispenza has written 3 books which explains the powerful connection of our thoughts/feelings and the body’s physiological response/health. The placebo effect.

    I saw this first hand with my mother in law diagnosed with leukemia.
    After her diagnosis I gave her several books like Bernie Siegal, Loiuse Hay which improved her attitude towards healing herself, and indeed her quality of life.
    But I also noticed, the moment she ‘gave up and became hopeless and resigned, and what’s the use’ her health suffered tremendously.

    When addressing cancer, not only do we need to look at our environment, the diet we feed our body, our lifestyle and stresses, it is especially important to also address the thoughts, the beliefs and words and pictures we are feeding our mind.

    Marisa Peer speaks about how the mind does exactly what it thinks we want it to do (if we keep feeding it with thoughts of fear/dying the body will respond to match the thinking), if we instead feed it with thoughts and pictures of healing and wellness, the body will also respond.

    I look forward to your next report, and will read your earlier report.

    Thanks again Jeff


    • Jeff Bell
      Posted September 11, 2017 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tracy,

      I’m sorry for what happened with your mother. I had a similar experience with my own mother.

      Of course, I have read and even studied the books you reference. They are super. I would add any of Bruce Lipton’s books on the subject.

      I also love Dr. Mario Martinez’s “The Mind Body Code”, which has great teachings and also practical exercises just about anyone can use to help reverse these unconscious conditions that may not be serving us.

      I am currently collaborating with 2 NLP experts to optimize a set of scripts and protocols to that are designed specifically to reverse and discharge Diagnosis Shock. I expect to have them up and available within about 4 weeks. Stay tuned…

      To your great health!


  10. Michael Boyter
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your great insights to diagnosis shock. I have always thought that it was a bad thing to have to deal with, however I did not realize it’s a virtual death sentence to several individuals whose immune systems have been compromised. I look forward to hearing more and hopefully giving you some helpful feedback.
    Thanks for your sharing and attention to detail

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted September 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your kind words about my Diagnosis Shock article.

      It really is a very serious problem. If the unconscious mind believes that it is hopeless to try and get well, (from any serious illness or condition, especially cancer), it will simple “give up” and shut down the immune system and the other systems in the body that are designed to carry out the physiological and biological work of healing.

      So when the doctor says, “I’m sorry but there is no cure for such and such a condition”, the unconscious mind usually will accept that as unquestionable truth. This is especially true in our society, where to a large extent we have been “programmed” to worship doctors and accord them far more power than I think is healthy. Hence we have phrases, such as “following doctor’s orders”, when it should be “following doctor’s recommendations” at most.

      I look forward to collaborating with you to optimize neuro linguistic programming (NLP) scripts and techniques to reverse the unconscious underlying beliefs that often are created by interactions with doctors and others help in out-sized authority in our health care system. As soon as we have this ready, it will be valuable resource to help people recover. I believe this has the potential to save lives and could be just as important as any highly effective or significant biological agent or protocol.

      To your great health!


  11. Annie
    Posted October 19, 2017 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Jeff….any progress on the follow up “How to…”? Thank you for this.

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted October 19, 2017 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      Hi Annie,

      Thanks for asking. Yes, I do have progress to report. I was initially inclined to create an Emotional Freedom Technique, (EFT or Tapping), routine to discharge the fear and unhealthy program that results from Diagnosis Shock. But I have found that this is not enough. I still think that it is a good measure, and can be used as an initial remedy. However, it does not seem to be the right tool to “undo” the negative programming that many diagnoses so often cause,

      I have also experimented with classic Neurolinguistic Programming or NLP to as a tool. It works up to a point for this. But it still did not seem as effective as I would have liked. So now I am working with a master hypnotherapist. We are creating a recorded program that just about anyone will be able to use. I am not sure if I will be able to offer it for free, but it will be very inexpensive if not completely free. (It depends on how much I end up having to pay the hypnotherapist for the significant amount of time he is spending on the project.) Again, it will be affordable no matter what.

      Also, I am working on a video of how to use EFT as a sort of “First Aid” to be used as an initial response to Diagnosis Shock. This will be available for free download.

      I will post again here when I have both sets of tools ready.

      To your great health!

      Jeff Bell

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