Around 90% of cancers are caused by poor diet and lifestyle choices, so if you have had a cancer diagnosis and want to do something positive about your life it’s an excellent place to start.
Complementary cancer care doesn’t focus solely on eliminating cancer cells, it also aims to support healthy cells to fight back. The goal is to transform the cellular ‘microenvironment’ and create conditions that are no longer cancer friendly. While the emphasis is on supporting physical health, we won’t lose sight of the importance of psychological wellbeing in the recovery process. That’s why I offer a combination of nutritional therapy and life coaching.
By mapping your life and health history, your genes and environment, as well as your current diet and lifestyle we can build a personal picture of your situation, to reach a better understanding of what went wrong and how to put things right. It a process of getting to know yourself better, understanding your strengths and weaknesses, and finding out how best to support your future health and wellbeing.
Bernie Seigel MD, the celebrated New York oncologist, used to say that he could identify survivors within the first 30 seconds of meeting them: they were the people who took an active interest in their treatment and carried a sense of personal responsibility for their future health. Helping you to see yourself as the lynch pin in your own recovery is an important part of the way I work.
Three Steps to Health
Changing your diet and lifestyle is a big commitment and most people benefit from expert advice. My initial consultation package is designed to guide and support you through the early stages of the transformation, to keep you on track and to help you navigate the many choices and changes you want to make. I have found that it makes sense to split the process into three meetings, or Three Steps to Health.
When you book an initial appointment I’ll send you a comprehensive questionnaire so that I can analyse your situation before we meet. Our first, exploratory, session is a chance for me to understand your situation in depth, explain the nutritional approach and highlight the areas we will be focusing on. In our second meeting we will focus on specific foods and supplements. Our third meeting will be used for refining dietary approaches, resolving lifestyle challenges or reviewing test results.
It’s best to book the first two meetings a week or two apart and then leave a month to six weeks before the third meeting – 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. I have found that this third meeting is the vital step in really embedding the changes and making sure you get the most out of our work together.
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 before and after 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 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.
After the initial consultation package further support is available via 60 minute follow-up consultations.
Improving your nutritional status goes so much deeper than what you put into your mouth. Your lifestyle choices have a direct impact on your nutrient status and can radically affect your need for nutrients. For example, when we are stressed our requirement for magnesium soars; and the chemicals we are exposed to in daily life can impact hormones and inflammatory pathways.
Complete recovery often means addressing other areas of your life in order to find a new balance; the list below gives examples of areas that may benefit from nutrition and coaching intervention. The areas marked with asterisks may be combined with genetic or functional testing.
- Nutritional strategies for improving chemo’ and radiotherapy outcomes
- Exploring the potential of intermittent fasting
- Supporting your detox pathways and managing environmental toxins*
- Managing hormone production and elimination*
- Exploring your genes and supporting healthy expression*
- Personalised strategies for better sleep and rest*
- Managing stress and improving your stress response
- Finding new meaning and purpose in life after cancer
- Learning to prioritise self care and happiness
- Coping with the demands of personal relationships
- Western approaches to mindfulness and meditation
I particularly love working with people who want to reignite their sense of purpose after diagnosis because this is something close to my heart. Some of the biggest breakthroughs are achieved by tackling these ‘extra’ areas.
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.
Making 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 personalised service and keep abreast of the current research is to limit my client list. This means that sometimes I may ask you to wait a couple of weeks before a slot becomes available, and sometimes I suggest other practitioners for your situation. I do understand that your situation feels urgent but I hope you agree that it’s better to wait a little longer to get the right advice. If you are in a hurry please let me know and I’ll put you on the list to be notified if there is a cancellation.
When you’re ready, please click on this link to book a slot that suits your diary. Or drop me a line below.