My childhood memories are filled with feelings of desperation as I listened to my mother’s screams, emergency doctors coming and going from our house. In fact, every day, the first thing I did when I came home from school was run to my mother’s room to check that she was still alive. She had been diagnosed with liver cancer in the terminal stage and told that there was no hope. She was given two years maximum to live. I was petrified. My fear fueled my ambition to find a cure for my mother’s cancer. And so began the driving force that led me to become one of the leading experts on cancer and stress-related illness. It took years of trial and error, studying every kind of therapy imaginable, but in the end I cured my mother, who is alive and well thirty-six years later. Unfortunately, in the meantime, I watched my beloved grandmother, father, and seven siblings of my mother die from cancer or some other so-called incurable disease.

I started my quest to find the answer to cancer by studying every successful healing technique worldwide, and I learned about all the alternative or natural forms of healing available. I discovered why people got cancer and how they got healthy after they had it, and why others just died. And so I became one of the leading experts for cancer in Europe long before I graduated from medical/naturopathic medical school.

I then specialized as a general physician in cancer with a particular emphasis on cancer patients who had been deemed incurable by their physicians. Working with these people, I learned that there is always hope, there is always a way, and there will always be patients that will regain their health, no matter what the diagnosis or obstacles. Most importantly, I learned that I was not the healer, I was only the conduit for my patient to pass on the knowledge and tools and training he or she needed to reactivate the immune system and stimulate self-healing powers so that the patient could achieve optimum health.

The bottom line, and the most important lesson I learned from working with over 35,000 patients with so-called incurable diseases, is that nobody can cure anybody; only the sick can cure themselves.

There is no magic bullet or fountain of youth, nor are there any shortcuts to lifelong health and happiness. We must take charge of our health. We are responsible for our past decisions, actions, or lack of action. Most of us are challenged looking at the health situation we created, but it is never too late. It is only important to act now, before it gets tougher.

We are not failures because we are sick, unfit, or overweight. We just learned to use the powers of our brains, bodies, and immune systems in the wrong way. All too often, we are brainwashed by the media or misled by people to believe or do the wrong thing. But the good news is that there is always hope. From now on, you just need to act smarter. Make the decision to take charge of your life, happiness, and health right now! Make the commitment to live up to your potential and create the health you deserve.

The Dr. Coldwell System

In my opinion, all illness comes from lack of energy, and the greatest energy drainer is mental and emotional stress, which I believe to be the root cause of all illness. Stress is one of the major elements that can erode energy to such a large and permanent extent that the immune system loses all possibility of functioning at an optimum level.

I am referring to the mental and emotional stress that is caused by continuous and/or long-term compromises against yourself. These vary from person to person, but some examples include living in unbearable relationships and marriages, doing jobs you hate or hating your boss, or experiencing problems with family, all of which lead to you compromising your sense of self. Emotional and mental stress comes from living with feelings of constant fear, doubt, hopelessness, lack of self-esteem, worry, and, most of all, always compromising your inner feelings, instincts, and personal needs.

The solution is to start by defining what it is in your life that keeps you from feeling happy. Can you answer the question of why you don’t respect yourself enough? Or love yourself? Now identify what needs to change or happen in your life to make you feel good about yourself and your personal environment. What is it that you don’t want to do, accept, or take anymore from yourself, your spouse, your children, your boss, or your coworkers? Is there someone in your life that makes you feel badly that needs to go? What are your wildest dreams and goals? Looking at your life, what is it that always takes away your energy, and where do you compromise your personal needs and feelings? Identify everything in your life that keeps you from being your true self, and start working on the development of the true you! This is the first and most important step toward achieving optimum health and happiness. And remember that happiness and hope are the most powerful healers and energy creators in your life. Pay attention to your instincts, listen to your inner voice, and start loving and respecting yourself so that you behave according to your true personality.

If you do not live your life according to your needs, you will get or stay stressed, which will reduce your energy and eventually produce an illness. You are the only one who can change your life and improve your health. So start today by defining, creating, and living your life the way you believe is right and good for you.

Create your own self-healing system:

1. Identify life situations that drain you, make you feel uncomfortable, and make you feel stressed, weak, or unhappy, and find a way to change these negative situations.
2. Breath effectively into your stomach below your belly bottom. Inhale four seconds through your nose, and exhale eleven seconds through your mouth ten times in a row and at least three times a day. Also, inhale four seconds, hold your breath for sixteen seconds, and exhale eight minutes though your mouth ten times in a row at least three times a day.
3. Create your own destressing program. Escape twice a day for ten to fifteen minutes mentally to a place in nature where you feel free safe and comfortable. Break the daily stress cycle because stress is not the problem; rather, it is ongoing stress that is causing the damage.
4. Get detoxified twice a year with a good colon, liver, kidney, heavy metal, and chemical cleanse, and use essiac capsules or tea once a year if you don’t feel right.
5. Drink a gallon of water a day, and have half a teaspoon of sea salt with it. Also, take good coral calcium.
6. Do aerobic exercise for at least twenty minutes three times a week (just walking is fine).
7. Eat as many fresh vegetables and fruits as possible, and get a juicer—and use it.

In love and respect,

Dr. Leonard Coldwell

** This article is one of 101 great articles that were published in 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health. To get complete details on “101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health”, visit

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Leonard Coldwell, NMD, PhD, is considered Europe’s leading expert on cancer, stress-related illness, and educational self-help and self-healing systems. He is the author of eight best-selling books and of the most sought after newsletter for self-help education in Europe, and he is also a consultant, trainer, and speaker for some of the largest companies in Europe. The Dr. Coldwell system has produced unmatched results in transforming people’s lives and health. He is the founder of the Foundation for Drug and Crime Free Schools and Health for Children. Dr. Coldwell’s best-selling books will be available in English in the fall of 2007. His Web site is, and his e-mail address is