In the first article in this series we examined the underlying cause of the current pandemic of breast cancer, and how hypnosis can assist in healing this disease. This article will tackle the cause of two other pandemic forms of cancer, cancer of the prostate and colon cancer. Scientists have determined that prostate cancer is an epidemic so vast that nearly one autopsy in two of older men reveals the presence of this cancer. Fortunately, this cancer is usually so slow growing that most men die of other causes, even as the cancer grows slowly within the prostate gland. Yet deaths by prostate cancer and the debilitating effects of prostate surgery still affect thousands of families today. In addition, nonmalignant enlargement of the prostate afflicts millions of American men with such symptoms as painful and frequent urination. As a therapist who specializes in discovering the underlying causes of disease, I have discovered, once again, some of the reasons for this pandemic may be found in the cultural habits of our society.

First, let’s ask the same obvious question we asked before about breasts: what is the prostate’s job in a healthy individual? Although prostate conditions including cancer usually show up as problems with urination, the prostate gland is mainly about sex. The prostate’s job is to mix sperm with its own liquid secretions to produce semen, then through contractions associated with male orgasm, it propels this semen into the penis. When I have worked with men who have any prostrate condition I nearly always find that these men feel subconsciously frustrated and often guilty about their sexual behavior. Each case has unique elements. Therefore I will not claim that it is always one particular feeling or trauma. But my experience is that it this condition originates most often with some feelings about sex. . (Incidentally, I always use open ended questions, and never use direct suggestion or leading questions in my work with cancer patients in order to minimize the influence of my own beliefs on the subconscious minds of my clients. In addition, when I began this research, I had no clue as to what might be found in the prostates of my clients, and neither did they, which is the essence of a “double blind” experiment)

One client feels guilty about years of being unfaithful to his wives. Another feels remorse over years of visiting prostitutes, and having meaningless sex. Still another feels badly that he had sex with a wife he didn’t really love. So far I have not met any man whose prostate is complaining because it didn’t get enough sex, though I suspect that lack of sexual activity in later life may cause problems with this organ as it would for any other neglected organ in the body.

While I can’t rule out this or any other possibility, it seems that wasting of one’s procreative life force is the main issue which is locked into the prostates of most of my clients. This discovery of loose sexual behavior among the vast majority of my prostate clients is consistent with the “sexual revolution” of the 1970s, in which sex went from being a form of recreation reserved exclusively for married couples, at least theoretically, to becoming a free for all. The Playboy philosophy, widespread acceptance of birth control, and the hippie and women’s lib movements combined to create unprecedented opportunities for men and women alike to spread their seeds to the four winds. While I too had the chance to celebrate and even value this new freedom, it may be that our prostate glands, concerned with such “obsolete” concepts as romantic love, families, and children have been forced to carry our subconscious moral ambivalence among so many men today. Is this deeply repressed “moral ambivalence” a useless residue of our upbringing in a somewhat puritanical society? Or are we breaking some universal moral code in our pursuit of sexual freedom? While I have for years preferred a life of sexual fidelity, I choose to leave this question for the priests, philosophers and politicians. But for my clients, the prostrate has its answer. When will we listen?

As a hypnotherapist it is my job to listen to this prostate gland in a way that the client has never done. Indeed some clients are shocked to discover this throwback to conservative values living inside their bodies. Sometimes tears of remorse, dedication to a new lifestyle, even acts of atonement performed for women can help heal this. condition. At other times, committing oneself to seeking a loving partner, even to reaching out to ones lost or grown children has proved valuable. I really don’t know what my client’s prostate needs to heal itself…but fortunately that prostate always does. If you or someone you know is dealing with this condition, go to our website at and start finding the solution.

No, you will not find any research published in medical journals about this connection. This is largely because, first, there is no money for research on a procedure which shows little opportunity for profit by the medical industry, and secondly, because medical science prefers to believe that cancer, like other diseases, can be treated without paying any attention to the underlying psychological causes. If you wait, however, for the medical industry to examine the causes of this epidemic at the psychological level, your grandchildren may benefit when the medical establishment catches on. It may be too late for you or your loved ones.

Another kind of cancer epidemic is colon cancer. Well, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the why of this epidemic either. We know that the colon is the place where waste is produced, and the water we need is pulled out. I have occasionally found unprocessed waste emotions in the colon, including anger, of which the client is often in denial. One client of mine who suffered severe ulcerative colitis screamed at me in a purple faced rage “Damn it! I am NOT angry!!” when I attempted to point out, very politely, what I was feeling from him. Even residual traumas from toilet training can be found in there sometimes. I have sometimes found that anal retentive personalities are also prone to bowel conditions. “I just can’t let go of this” is a theme I hear repeatedly from clients in this area.

But the common cause of colon cancer I have found among many of my clients is connected to the diet and lifestyle choices pursued by most Americans. The eating habits of modern Americans have been scientifically proven to have debilitating effects on the colon. Large amounts of animal fat in the diet, too much melted cheese, refined sugars, and white flour products, all of these create putrefaction and acidic conditions in the bowel and the blood stream that creates an environment throughout the body that encourages the growth of cancer. Some of these foods also stick like glue to the colon walls, where they rot and produce inflammation.

Just as significantly, our modern diets also contain too little vegetable fiber, including the raw roughage like lettuce and carrots that clean the colon like a bottle brush, and too little water, lots of which is needed to keep things flowing smoothly down there. (Okay, how many of you really drink the 8 glasses a day minimum recommended by doctors? I also strongly suspect the lack of adequate water could be a major factor in prostate, bladder, and kidney problems, since a continuous flushing with water keeps this area healthy as well.) Also critically dangerous to the colon is our lifestyle choice of sitting for most of every day on our sedentary butts. Remember that as a species homo sapiens evolved to spend many hours every day in physical movement. This movement is essential to maintain colon health. A sedentary lifestyle actually causes the colon to become deformed and misshapen, even to collapse, preventing the natural easy flow of waste. Chronic constipation in my experience is an early warning sign that your colon is in trouble.

So any proposed solution to this epidemic requires a radical revision of our diet and lifestyle. Fortunately the services of a clinical nutritionist and hypnotherapist can be combined to make the transition to a healthy diet and lifestyle much easier. Hypnosis can help build motivation for exercise and can help strengthen our resolve to pursue these new dietary choices. It can also help uncover and heal the emotions that are stored in the colon. Combined with the latest in medical treatments, such methods offer far more promise for recovery than we could have hoped for 20 years ago. Contact our website for more information at

Author's Bio: 

David Quigley is the founder of Alchemical Hypnotherapy and author of the popular textbook "Alchemical Hypnotherapy". He is a graduate of Duke University in comparative religion and transpersonal psychology, and of the Hypnotherapy Training Institute in Corte Madeira, California. David has extensive training in Gestalt, primal therapy, group process and Jungian psychology, as well as courses in Ericksonian and clinical hypnosis and NLP. David teaches throughout the United States and Europe, including speaking at the United Nations Enlightenment Society and numerous hypnotherapy conferences. As the Director of the Alchemy Institute of Hypnosis in Santa Rosa, CA David has trained and certified well over 2,000 professional hypnotherapists since 1983. In addition to teaching workshops, intensives, retreats and weekend training, David maintains a busy private practice in Santa Rosa.