“Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet” – Michael Douglas
In recent years oncologists and scientists at the leading edge of cancer research have started to see cancer as a metabolic disease, not a genetic disease. This, in turn, completely revolutionises our approach to bringing it under control: we can begin to imagine a future where cancer is seen as a reversible disorder rather than an unstoppable force. Although there’s a long way to go before we have any sort of guaranteed cure, the metabolic approach means that your diet and lifestyle are the most important part of the picture.
Cancer starts with problems in your ’tissue microenvironment’ (as Dr Mina Bissel would say) which is another way of describing all the fluids and gases, nutrients and signalling molecules that are surrounding the tumour giving it permission to grow… or not. This microenvironment changes day by day, minute by minute, and is mainly influenced by our diet and lifestyle choices. Which is no surprise since we already know that around 90% of cancers are caused by poor diet and lifestyle choices
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, phytonutrients and phytohormones, diet and exercise. And, while researchers are busy trying to manufacture 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 self-control. Increasingly you will hear this approach talked about as becoming cancer-hostile.
So if anyone tells you that ‘there’s nothing you can do’ to influence your diagnosis, don’t listen. There’s so much you can do – and taking a good look your diet and lifestyle is the best place to start.
Breast Cancer Programmes
I have developed a range of options to support you through at different times throughout your breast cancer ‘journey’:
- After diagnosis – A personalised nutritional therapy and coaching programme to identify and change the diet and lifestyle habits that may have led to diagnosis and make a plan for recovery. Also suitable for managing diet and lifestyle when there is family history or identified genetic risk e.g. BRCA.
- During treatment – Gentle and flexible support to minimise side effects and maximise treatment effects and to fit in with your treatment schedule.
- When treatment is over – A unique and inspirational nutrition and coaching programme for those who want to transform their approach to life, the world, the universe after cancer. Designed to create optimum health, vitality and motivation to support increased enjoyment and fulfilment in daily life.
- Looking to the future – The ultimate in diet and lifestyle personalisation, nutrigenetic testing looks at the influence of diet and lifestyle on your genes to uncover personal glitches (officially called SNPs) that may increase your cancer risk. Covering important cancer-related areas like oestrogen balance, liver detoxification, problems with nutrient transport and activation, anxiety and stress response, antioxidant capacity and inflammatory tendencies. It’s a bit like getting your very own User Manual.
Each programme is described in detail if you follow the hyperlinks above. Together they are designed to reboot your biochemistry and support optimal gene expression to help you to enjoy a state of health and happiness that is better than ever. If you are ready to jump in you can make an appointment for any of the above using this link.
You’re not alone
Finding the right person to work with is an important part of the equation. To start you off, it might be a good idea to read some of the other pages on my website about cancer, genes and lifestyle, so that you get a feel for the way I think, or the testimonials to see how other clients have benefited. Then, please book a free exploratory conversation so that we can decide if we will work well together. It’s a two-way relationship and I may also feel that you would be better off working with someone else and recommend another health professional. Please note that I cannot give any personal advice about your health situation in this call.
Once you decide to go ahead you can sign up on my booking page. Consultations can take place face-to-face at my home in Southborough, Kent, or via Skype/FaceTime.
Walking my talk
The only way I can give a genuine bespoke service, keep abreast of the current research, and look after myself in the way I recommend to my clients, is to limit the number of clients I work with at any one time. This means there may be a short wait before a space is available.