#3 You Are Not Your Cancer

Julie/ July 8, 2024/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

(Original Post from Dr. Brenner’s personal Blog, April 11, 2013) “The mind is both a healer and a slayer.” Kenneth R. Pelletier M.D., PhD. I have been a Physician for over fifty years. Presently, I am a Psychosocial Oncologist at the UCSD Health Systems San Diego Cancer Center, where I sit with my “patient-teachers” who have taught me about the

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#2 Epigenetic Phenomenon

Julie/ May 3, 2024/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

(Original Post from Dr. Brenner’s personal Blog, April 3, 2013) For the past ten years, I have served as a Psychosocial Oncologist at the UCSD Health Systems/San Diego Cancer Center.  I have found that the childhood emotional pain of cancer patients is most often similar to that of their parents.   Recently, in rodent studies, it has been found that early

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#1 Epigenetics – Originally posted April 3, 2013

Julie/ March 11, 2024/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

The field of Epigenetics potentially offers individuals medical and non-medical therapies for the treatment and prevention of illnesses.  Epigenetics is the study of those environmental forces that affect the expression of genes.   This new field of science can empower individuals to become actively involved in their own healthcare by learning how to control the mind’s negative emotional patterns.  The mind’s

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Robots (A beginning)

Julie/ November 30, 2023/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

(This is the last of the lost blog entries for Dr. Brenner’s Musings for the last days of the year. We do intend to start republishing his older works in time, but for now please enjoy this original aphorism from our beloved Paul Brenner.) What if our evolutionary future is to become Robots? This would entail becoming Non-Personal life forms

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Julie/ October 18, 2023/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

(This blog was originally written in 2019 by Dr. Brenner but was lost to our archives, until recently. We are so proud to share his words of wisdom and love that persist even after he has passed on to the next big adventure.) My years at the San Diego Cancer Center became a seminar in suffering. Suffering is not medically

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Beginner’s Mind

Julie/ July 11, 2023/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

(Though no longer here in person, Dr. Brenner is still here in spirit. Please enjoy this lovely musing he shared with us.) The mind can stimulate the brain to produce neuropeptides and hormones. These chemicals, aptly called, ‘molecules of emotions’ by Candace Pert, are the creator of ‘our feelings.’ We then label these strong feelings as good, bad, pain, fear,

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“Be Here Now”…Ram Das – An Ode to Nurses

Julie/ August 8, 2022/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

“Be Here Now” is an important statement that fills New Age Workshops throughout this country and Europe. To achieve this wonderful state of being is much more difficult than one might imagine. This can never happen in a weekend or a month. It demands time, a specific place of silence, ideally within Nature, “The Mother” of all that’s good, true,

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We Are All Miracles

Julie/ January 5, 2022/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

The sheer gift of LIFE IS A Miracle. If you could think, but for a moment: all the combinations and permutations that made you, you, is simply a miracle beyond belief or words. Two microscopic cells fused and divided, replicated forty one times, to create millions of cells with special DNA, emotions, understanding and beliefs; unlike any other human that

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If You Think You are Ready to Die, Buy a Puppy

Julie/ October 6, 2021/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

Here, I’m 87 years old, having difficulty walking, in intractable pain in my legs; and, at times, think of chucking it all in! So what can I do? No, not go to a therapist. Right, buy a puppy! Our Lucky is sheer Joy. He takes my mind off myself, and directs my moments of lost love of self to my

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Old Age

Julie/ February 1, 2021/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

Now that I’m old (and I am sure that is the correct definition of my present age, 87), I’ve learned a great deal about aging. But it always boils down to acceptance and permission, since I’ve lost the ability to walk when I was 80 (after falling off a surfboard in Hawaii on my birthday). I further fractured my already

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