AAhhh Stress

Peggy Orenstein has written a piece in the New York Times Magazine that addresses stress and disease.  The most fascinating bit,  a survey of breast cancer survivors and the factors that they cite when asked what prevents a recurrence.  Sixty percent cite “positive attitude” but only four percent cite tamoxifen.    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/29/magazine/29wwlnlede-t.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Now I know that we live in a time when all opinions are supposed to have equal merit but really???  There is no evidence that a positive attitude does anything regarding cancer.  I’m all for being positive but more powerful than Tamoxifen?  The study was too old do measure Femara, Arimidex and the others.  If you’re feeling great and having a great day that’s wonderful and I am thrilled for you.  But one of the most positive young women I’ve ever met has been in chemo for over a year now because of her stage IV recurrence.  So be careful who you talk to about a positive attitude, you never know who you are talking to.

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