Biological Cancer Diagnostics, NLP Therapy, Lymphatic Health: Dr. Sharon Stills & Ryan Sternagel

In an enlightening interview with Dr. Sharon Stills, insights into advanced cancer diagnostics and holistic treatment approaches are revealed, emphasizing the critical balance between the body’s physical and emotional health. 

Dr. Stills shares her journey from pediatrics to becoming a recognized cancer specialist, highlighting the use of innovative European biological medicine and the Kelly protocol in her practice. 

She delves into the importance of the lymphatic system in cancer progression and the connections between dental health and systemic diseases. 

Dr. Stills also underscores the power of managing the autonomic nervous system and advocates for emotional therapies like family constellation therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to address deep-seated emotional patterns. Central to her approach is the concept of mindfulness and its role in cancer healing, urging patients to integrate these practices irrespective of their conventional or holistic treatment path. 

This interview offers a compelling look at Dr. Stills’ integrative and empathetic approach to cancer care, which could transform the healing journey for many. Discover the full spectrum of Dr. Stills’ expertise and gain a deeper understanding of how embracing our emotions can be pivotal in the fight against cancer.

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Journey to Cancer Treatment Specialization

  • Introduction to Dr. Stills: Dr. Sharon Stills was invited to discuss advanced diagnostic techniques, particularly for the lymphatic system.
  • Dr. Stills’ Background: Initially focused on pediatrics and psychiatric care, Dr. Stills never treated cancer patients during medical school.
  • Pivotal Patient Encounter: Her career path changed when the seventh patient at her new clinic sought help for pancreatic cancer, leading her to apply naturopathic principles for treatment.
  • The Kelly Protocol: Dr. Stills used high-dose pancreatic enzymes as part of the Kelly protocol, which contributed to her patient’s recovery from cancer.
  • Reputation Growth: Success with her first cancer patient, who later died from unrelated heart issues, and another with stomach cancer led to her recognition as a cancer specialist in various communities.
  • Philosophy of Practice: Dr. Stills believes the patients she encounters are meant for her to treat, emphasizing hope and adaptability in her practice.

European Biological Medicine Diagnostics

  • Regulation Focus: European biological medicine, as explained by Dr. Stills, prioritizes understanding the body’s regulation mechanisms, particularly the nervous system and organ regulation.
  • The Extracellular Matrix: Dr. Stills underscores the importance of the extracellular matrix in cellular health, toxin removal, and nutrient delivery.
  • Whole-System Approach: Emphasizes the need to consider factors like lymphatic flow, pH balance, hormonal and mineral balance, as well as emotional and stress levels when treating patients.
  • Germ vs. Terrain Theory: Dr. Stills refers to the historical debate between germ theory and the significance of the body’s internal environment, advocating for a balanced extracellular matrix to prevent disease.
  • Diagnostic Tools: She utilizes Computerized Regulation Thermography (CRT) to assess the regulation of all body organs, relying on documented disease signature patterns for diagnosis without invasive techniques.

Advanced Diagnostics and Cancer Focus

  • Regulation and Preemptive Diagnostics: Dr. Stills uses diagnostics to evaluate organ regulation, identifying issues before they manifest in blood tests or scans.
  • Lymphatic System Screening: Unique diagnostic tests for breast and prostate cancer are employed, focusing on the entire body’s involvement and specifically measuring lymphatic health.

Lymphatic Health and Cancer

  • Lymphatic Congestion and Disease: Dr. Stills emphasizes the importance of lymphatic health in cancer, mentioning that congestion in the lymph system is a common issue seen in patients.
  • Treatment Approaches: Various treatments such as lymphatic drainage remedies, castor oil packs, dry skin brushing, and targeted devices like a light beam generator or lymph star machine are used to address lymphatic congestion.

Dental Health Connection to Disease

  • Teeth and Systemic Health: Dr. Stills highlights the correlation between dental health, specifically root canals and mercury fillings, and systemic diseases including cancer.
  • Biological Dentistry: The need for working with a biological dentist to address issues like amalgam removal and root canal alternatives is stressed for overall health and cancer prevention.

Autonomic Nervous System and Cancer

  • Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic: Dr. Stills discusses the balance between the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous systems.
  • Impact on Cancer: Patients with cancer often have an overactivated sympathetic nervous system, which suppresses the body’s natural cancer-fighting cells.
  • Stress and Disease: Stress is considered a significant factor in disease development, with stress hormones affecting DNA repair and immune function.

Mindfulness and Healing

  • Mindfulness Practice: Emphasizes the role of mindfulness and meditation in reducing stress hormones, thereby allowing the immune system to function more effectively against cancer.
  • Emotional Processing: Stills argues that properly processing emotions rather than suppressing them is crucial in cancer prevention and recovery, drawing on the connection between emotional suppression and increased cancer risk.

The Role of Emotions in Cancer

  • Cancer and Suppressed Emotions: The ‘cancer personality’ often includes individuals who suppress their emotions, which can lead to somatization and disease manifestation.
  • Organ-Emotion Correlation: Dr. Stills references traditional Chinese medicine, which correlates specific emotions with certain organs (e.g., liver with anger, lungs with grief, kidneys with fear).
  • Embracing Emotions: Advises that acknowledging and experiencing emotions is therapeutic, as repressed emotions can contribute to illness.

Life Themes and Disease

  • Cancer as a Message: Cancer and other diseases often carry messages or themes related to life experiences or emotional issues.
  • Breast Cancer Themes: Associates left-sided breast cancer with maternal issues and the right side with betrayal by a male or fatherly expectations.
  • Organ-Specific Themes: Suggests that each type of cancer might reflect deeper issues related to legacy, family, partnership, or the inability to let go of past grievances.

Emotional Therapies and Cancer Healing

  • Family Constellation Therapy: Dr. Stills advocates for family constellation therapy, a group process to work through familial emotional issues, guided by a trained facilitator.
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP): Recommends NLP to access and reprogram the subconscious mind, addressing deep-seated emotional patterns and negative thinking.
  • Somatic Body Work: Suggests somatic bodywork to release emotional issues stored in the body and muscles, including dialoguing with pain through writing exercises.

Mindfulness in Conventional Cancer Treatment

  • Integration with Conventional Treatments: Mindfulness and emotional work are emphasized as complementary to conventional cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.
  • Decision-Making Empowerment: Stresses the importance of feeling confident and at peace with the chosen treatment path, whether it is holistic or conventional.