Friday, 14 May 2021
Sunday, 25 April 2021
On 15th May there is the Integrative Oncology UK21 conference aimed at healthcare professionals. It is all about the benefits of integrating conventional cancer treatments alongside evidence-informed psychological, nutritional, lifestyle and complementary strategies.
This last year has been hugely challenging but also represents a turning point in terms of a growing recognition and acceptance of the importance of an integrative approach to health generally, but particularly in cancer care. The Your Life and Cancer conference attracted many people who were directly affected by cancer but also doctors and other healthcare professionals who wanted to carry on with discussions.
Speakers will discuss ways to help improve side effects of treatment such as pain, fatigue, radiation dermatitis, cognitive dysfunction, chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy and other common complaints. Managing the psycho emotional side of cancer will also be addressed as well as living with metastatic disease and how practitioners can work with patients to prevent recurrence.
The conference website notes that delegates will leave with:
• An understanding of the science and evidence base underpinning lifestyle and complementary approaches in cancer care.
• Simple, practical tools that you can use in your daily practice to support and activate patients who might benefit from lifestyle changes and increased resilience.
• Information on how and where to refer patients safely and appropriately for further integrative support.
• Strategies to help optimise the health of your patients and in turn providing you with increased job satisfaction.
Friday, 2 April 2021
- 1 cup quinoa flour (ie quinoa ground into a fine meal – you can either buy it or make it yourself in a spice grinder)
- In a bowl mix quinoa flour, baking powder and bicarb.
- Mix in the plant milk then lemon juice.
- Spoon in a big dollop of the mix into the frying pan and cook for roughly 2 mins each side. Store the stack in the oven to keep warm.
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Some struggle with the idea of lots of raw garlic and resort to supplements. This maybe good but there is some evidence that many don’t have the impact we would perhaps want and are much less effective than the cloves (iv). However some companies like Allicin Max have research to support their use and are also being used in medical trials.
Blend all ingredients together until you reach a rough, pesto-like consistency then transfer to a clean jar and cover the top of the pesto with a layer of oil to help keep it fresh. The pesto will store for a week or so but ours usually gets eaten within days. This week we had it with spirulised butternut squash and big salad. I thought a spiruliser would be one of those gadgets we would never use but it is fantastic; love spaghetti made from courgettes!
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
I just had a blog published on the Wigwam website looking at one of the most important areas that we need to pay attention to in terms of our healing; our social support networks. there really is some fascinating research out there - and of course I don’t miss the opportunity to share more about Wigwam Cancer Support Groups.
See the full blog that I'm delighted to say has been widely retweeted and shared already. See it at (and now below): https://www.wigwam.org.uk/post/what-can-make-the-biggest-difference-to-our-healing
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