Cancer starts with problems in your ’tissue microenvironment’ (as Dr Mina Bissel would say) which means all the nutrients and gases and cell signalling molecules that are surrounding the tumour giving it permission to grow… or not.
Thanks in part to the groundbreaking work of Dr Candace B. Pert, we know that tumour cells respond to all sorts of messages: stress and sex hormones, endorphins and neurotransmitters, vitamins and minerals, diet and exercise. And, while researchers are busy trying to manufacture expensive drugs that will mimic the magic messages, the simple fact is that following a healthy diet and lifestyle is the best known way to switch your internal comms environment from self-destruct to ‘live long and prosper’.
That’s what Cancer Restart is all about: transforming the tumour microenvironment, or metabolic milieu, by supporting healthy biochemistry and gene expression to make your body as hostile to cancer as possible. It’s a bit like restarting your computer – clearing the biochemical confusion that allowed cancer to thrive, and rebooting the cellular environment to allow your systems to function properly again.
The combination of nutritional therapy and lifestyle coaching is a particularly powerful way to do that by fine tuning your body to function well on a physical and mental level. In fact, Bernie Seigel MD, the celebrated New York oncologist, said he could identify survivors within the first 30 seconds of meeting them, just by their attitude. They were the ones who took an active interest in their treatment, and carried a sense of personal responsibility for their future health.
A powerful programme designed to help you identify and transform your personal risk factors for breast cancer occurrence and recurrence, Cancer Restart will help you navigate the many choices and changes you want to make. Ideal for cancer patients who want to do everything they can to avoid recurrence, and for women with a BRCA inheritance, significant family history, or other predisposing factors who wish to stay healthy.
STEP ONE: PLANNING
The initial session is a chance for us to understand your situation in depth. When you first make an appointment I will send you a questionnaire and we will use that to guide our discussion. We will assess your health in relation to the widely recognised factors that impact breast cancer survival:
- blood sugar management and metabolic flexibility;
- hormonal balance, activation and inactivation;
- immune cell function and surveillance;
- antioxidant and inflammatory status;
- digestion, elimination and detoxification;
- microbial diversity and activity;
- inherited factors and nutrigenetics;
- mental, emotional, social and spiritual health;
- lifestyle factors that impact the above.
By the end of our session you will have a clear understanding of the work we are going to do together, and after the session I will send you an initial nutrition plan to implement before our next meeting. There will be lots of time for you to ask questions and we will always work together to create a plan that feels practical and enjoyable for you.
STEP TWO: REFINING
Most clients learn a lot about themselves and their attitude to food between the first and second sessions and this is where it starts to get interesting. Our second meeting is much more personal with a view to creating a daily routine that supports optimal health and fits you like a glove. Typically we will look at the following areas:
- macronutrient balance and micronutrient optmisation
- identifying low nutrient intake or high nutrient requirement
- adjusting meal times and eating windows to improve metabolic status
- addressing food sensitivities, addictions and cravings
- optimising digestion, food breakdown and assimilation
- balancing nutrient requirement with sleep, exercise, stress and relaxation
- supporting mood and motivation with diet and lifestyle patterns
- supplementing nutrients where the diet cannot meet demand
- finding new ways to enjoy cooking, eating and daily life in general
At the end of this meeting I will send you an expanded diet, supplement and lifestyle plan to follow until we meet again.
STEP THREE: OPTIMISING
The third session will consolidate your progress, reinforcing the things that are working well and reviewing the areas that you are finding more challenging. Coaching can help to identify and resolve diet and lifestyle conflicts that may be getting in the way of your desire to take better care of yourself. (For example we may try to resolve time management issues, or problems with sleeping patterns.) As well as addressing the outstanding lifestyle factor, this meeting will also focus on the future, helping you to maintain your new habits in the longer term and identifying areas that may require ongoing support. At the end of our third meeting you will have a comprehensive diet, supplement and lifestyle plan tailored to your personal circumstances to support your future health.
A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME
Over the course of the three meetings we will cover a vast amount of ground which may include:
- Identifying individual cancer risk factors and nutritional deficiencies
- Creating simple and nourishing shopping and cooking habits
- Restoring circadian rhythm with eating, sleeping, exercise and light exposure
- Optimising metabolic adaptability with macronutrient balance and fasting patterns
- Reducing environmental toxic load and optimising detoxification pathways
- Creating steady and reliable energy pattens through the day and into the evening
- Exploring the effect of lifestyle on the metabolic milieu
- Understanding the impact of exercise and activity on mood and metabolism
- Creating the perfect conditions for sleep and rest
- Managing post-cancer life stress, anxiety and emotional disruption
- Supporting inner peace with stress management, mindfulness and ‘flow’ exercises
- Holding yourself and your needs in balance with the other people in your life
- Increasing your sense of purpose and fulfilment
Of course, we won’t cover all of this in three consulting hours, but we will focus on the ones that are most relevant to you. All of these factors are supported by evidence and if you want to dig deeper into any of these areas, follow-up support is always available and can be booked online.
TAKE THE FIRST STEP
The best time to book Cancer Restart is when treatment finishes. There are several good reasons for this:
- our work won’t clash with the aims of your oncology team
- you will have more time and energy to channel into the programme
- your ability to taste, enjoy and digest food will improve once treatment is over
- you will have something positive to focus on as treatment comes to an end
When you book an initial appointment I’ll send you a comprehensive questionnaire so that I can analyse your situation before we meet. It’s best to book the meetings about four weeks apart – a gap long enough to allow us to gather any test results and to give you time to settle in to the diet and discover the areas where you need more support.
Between appointments I will research your situation (read the medical literature, discuss your test results with laboratories, talk to supplement companies, seek advice from trusted colleagues) and you can also reflect on any issues that come up for you and think about any questions you would like to ask before we meet again. I will follow each meeting with comprehensive notes which will build into a personalised diet, supplement and lifestyle report.
For every one hour appointment I spend with you, I’ll take around two hours researching your situation and preparing notes to help you. You will get much more out of our time together if you do the same. Prepare your aims for each session and come with questions that you want answers to. The notes I prepare for you are packed with practical information, so make time after the session to read then carefully, to follow the links to the recipes and resources I suggest. It’s important that you have a bit of space available in your schedule to implement the diet and lifestyle suggestions we’ll discuss.
When it comes to improving your health, finding the right person to work with is an important part of the equation. That’s why I offer a free exploratory conversation so that we can test the chemistry and I can answer a few questions for you. I can also help you to decide which programme is right for you but I cannot give any personal advice about your health situation in this call.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
Please make your appointments on my booking page, which also explains everything you need to know about clinic hours, meeting durations and fees. Consultations can take place face-to-face at my home in Kent, or via Skype/FaceTime. It is important that you have a clear diagnosis before we begin our work.
The only way I can give a genuine personalised service and keep abreast of the current research is to limit my client list and clinic time: at the moment I have six to eight appointment slots each week. On top of this I sometimes need to take time out from clinic to prepare professional lectures or to take a holiday! This means that there will normally be a 4 to 8 week before a space is available.
When you’re ready, please click on this link to book a slot that suits your diary. Or drop me a line below.