"For example," Tate pointed out, "long periods of feeling helpless and hopeless are
likely to result in raised levels of cortisol, a hormone in the blood, and increased levels of cortisol
are correlated with a decreased immune response."
Tate spoke from his own experience. "When I was 27, when diagnosed and treated for Hodgkin's
disease, a form of cancer," he said. Afraid and depressed, he reached the point where his doctors
could no longer give him a favorable prognosis. "But I had the good fortune, the grace, to have
a number of things happen which I believe saved my life," he said. One of those things was the
"I had taken the Silva courses in 1972" he said. "In 1974 1 attended the annual
Silva convention which was held in Boston. The keynote speakers were Dr. 0. Carl Simonton and
"Now I had been using the Silva technique of going to alpha, affirmations, visualizations for
two years in my own healing process, and so you can imagine how delighted I was to hear a physician,
a radiologist who treated cancer patients, talk about the importance of Silva concepts. The importance
of hope and a positive attitude in dealing with cancer.
"About the Silva system, Dr. Simonton said, 'I would say it is the most powerful single tool
that I have to offer patients.'
"In her part of the address, Stephanie Simonton talked about how they used the mental
techniques at their clinic. 'Probably the single most important tool we have,' she said, 'is the
mental imagery technique.' She then went on to tell the audience of the need for all of us to take
personal responsibility for our health.
"It is up to us to use the technique that all of you who have had the Silva course have learned
and to use it regularly," she said.
In 1978 the Simontons published Getting Well Again, a book that describes in great detail the ideas
they discussed at the 1974 Silva convention. The book was a turning point in mind-body medicine, the
field now known as psychoneuroimmunology.
"Since that time, hundreds of books have been written, extolling the values of relaxation,
affirmations and imagery in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Perhaps the most famous is
Bernie Siegel's Love, Medicine and Miracles.
"Bernie Siegel, a surgeon at Yale, wrote about his experience in working with what he calls
exceptional cancer patients. His book was on the best seller list for years. His seminars and speeches
are widely attended.
"His chapter on Images in Disease and Healing begins, 'I began working with imagery and cancer
using the approach developed by the Simontons.'
"I point this out to show you the obvious link between Jose's work and the so-called leading
lights in the field of mind-body medicine or psychology or psychoneuroimmunology," Tate
"Other examples include Shatki Gawain's book, Creative Visualization. As many of you know
Shatki is a Silva graduate.
"Another classic in the field is Kenneth Pellitier's Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer,
published in 1977. Dr. Pellitier acknowledged the contributions of the Simontons, and in fact they
wrote the forward to his book.
"Another best seller was Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life. In the earlier edition of that
book, she recommended Silva, but that recommendation was omitted in later editions. Louise told me she
was unaware that it had been withdrawn, and expressed to me her continued support for the Silva
"In concluding my remarks about health, I believe I have established that Jose Silva is one of
the founding fathers of psychoneuroimmunology.
"Robert Stone, the author of eighty books, among them, Jose's biography, supports me in this
view. He told me that at a conference held in Hawaii attended by 100 invited scientists, the term
cyberphysiology was officially adopted as the umbrella term for the mind's ability to affect the
entire body. 'Of course,' he wrote, 'Jose Silva has taught this for a quarter of a century.'
"In Jose's owns words, 'The body's immune system is the mechanism that God included in the
biological human body to heal all health problems. It is said that doctors and medications do not cure
the patient, that doctors and medications help the immune system to heal the patient'."
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