Cancer Patient Support

Perth Natural Medical Clinic’s Cancer Patient Support Practitioners are:

Edward Enever Adv.Dip.(Nat)
Val Allen Dip.Ed., ND

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Autoimmune Disease Diet

There are 80 or more disorders classed as autoimmune diseases where the body’s normal defence system that usually detects infection, injuries or foreign invaders is disrupted and the signalling between cells is corrupted so the body’s immune system attacks itself. This creates inflammation and responses that can vary from arthritis to cancer. By addressing the causes that contribute to this disruption, it is possible to reverse this impact and help restore normal immune functioning. Lifestyle and diet play a major role, however genetic factors also play a part.

Stress, insomnia, smoking, nutritional deficiencies, insufficiently chewing food, toxic chemicals in the environment, mercury fillings and unhappiness have been identified as known antagonists for the immune system.

The most recent and exciting discoveries for regulating the autoimmune system back to normality come from the scientific studies of the human microbiome – it is now known that balancing and strengthening gut flora and digestive environment are the key starting points to boosting natural immunity. Prescription strength probiotics, and fermented cultures such as sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha play an essential role. Those suffering from autoimmune problems should include these foods and probiotics for good results.

Switching off the inflammatory responses underlying autoimmune disease is essential for correct immune signalling and specific foods have been identified as pro inflammatory agents. Gluten, sugar, cow’s milk products, refined carbohydrate junk foods, trans fats and in arthritic conditions, nightshade foods, create inflammation and promote pain, mucus congestion and disease progression. The best example of this is the way a diet that excludes gluten corrects celiac disease. Avoid the above inflammatory foods.

Foods known as antioxidant foods, power the correct immune responses, so including as many of these foods as possible will help regain immune strength. Vitamins A, D, E, Essential fatty acids, CoenzymeQ10, selenium and zinc are all powerful antioxidants. Green tea, resveretrol from red wine, garlic and Japanese mushrooms especially shitake, cordyceps, reishi and coriolus are all excellent antioxidant foods.

The following are also recommended foods to regularly include on your immune boosting journey:-

Fruit – blueberries, cranberries, cherries, raspberries, acai berries, goji berries, strawberries, pomegranates, apples, apricots and kiwi fruit.

Vegetables – kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, spinach, capsicum, cauliflower, all lettuce and leafy greens, daikon radish, beetroot and ripe tomatoes if not nightshade sensitive.

Essential fatty acids and Vitamin E – cold pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil and nut, coconut and seed oils.

Fish oils and cofactors – tuna, Rainbow trout, salmon, cod, tofu, turkey and chicken.

Herbs – turmeric, ginger, garlic, chillies, horseradish, lemongrass, thyme, parsley, basil and oregano.

All naturopaths at PNMC are very experienced in helping patients design individual dietary programs to assist where patients are experiencing autoimmune conditions. Val Allen’s book, “Very Wellness” provides a valuable insight into auto immune conditions and their causes and includes over 300 delicious, healthy recipes to improve wellbeing and immunity. Phone PNMC to order a copy.

Best Diet for Autoimmune Disease

The first essential is to address any lifestyle factors that influence autoimmune conditions. Stop smoking if that is an issue, try to reduce or minimise stressful areas of your life, eat in a relaxed, unhurried manner and chew your food thoroughly, aim for at least 7 hours quality sleep at night, exercise moderately and regularly and reduce chemical cleaning products and toxins within your home and workplace.

It is very important to eat regularly – either 3 moderately sized meals or 5 small meals if your digestion is compromised. Each meal should contain a balance of protein, complex carbohydrates – especially fibre rich vegetables or fruit, nuts, seeds and tolerated grains and a small amount of good fats.

The correct quantity of protein for each meal should be the size and thickness of the individual’s palm of their hand. This could be fish, tofu, protein powder, eggs, chia seeds, natural yoghurt if tolerated, lean poultry or meat if tolerated or combinations of pulses/grains providing complete proteins.

Sample breakfast could be a protein shake including almond, soy or coconut milk, a probiotic supplement, berries and chia seeds or LSA (ground linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds) or eggs with a slice of gluten free toast spread with nut butter.

Sample lunch could be a large leafy salad (‘eat the rainbow’ in your selection of vegetables with plenty of red, orange and green varieties) with olive oil/lemon juice dressing and  a small portion of tuna, tofu or quinoa/rice.

Two daily snacks are advisable – nuts especially walnuts, seeds (pumpkin seeds provide good zinc support) or some fruit (about 2 cups daily – berries and pomegranates are excellent).

Sample dinner could be a moderate serve of protein, half a plateful of vegetables (raw or lightly steamed) and a quarter of a plateful of complex starchy carbohydrates such as quinoa, sweet potato, wholegrain rice, buckwheat pasta, chickpeas or legumes. This could be combined as a casserole or soup if digesting food easily is an issue.

It is important to separate eating and drinking as fluids dilute gastric secretions and this can interfere with digestion. Three cups of herbal tea daily half an hour after meals can be helpful; green tea, ginger, peppermint and fennel assist digestion and aid immunity.

The following recipes from Val Allen’s best-seller ‘Very Wellness’ may be helpful:

Cancer and Your Health

Being diagnosed with cancer is probably the biggest challenge anyone could be faced with in their lifetime. The unfortunate truth is that almost 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime with the most common forms of cancer in Australia being breast, colon, prostate, melanoma and lung. The ensuing chaos of making a decision whether or not to undertake chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed by the multitude of specialist appointments, oncology appointments, blood tests, chemotherapy and radiotherapy appointments as well as the stress that this has on the individual as well as the family unit is massive.

Cancer is more than just a physical disease. Its ripple effect reaches out into your mental, emotional, social, spiritual, financial and familial health. To comprehensively support someone on their cancer journey, a holistic approach is essential, and natural therapies play an integral role. From stress support and counselling to specialised supplementation and supportive methods to get the most out of oncology treatments with more efficacy and less side effects, Perth Natural Medical Clinic with its broad range of specialist practitioners is the premier natural health clinic in Perth that’s here to help make the cancer journey as smooth as possible. On board are two of Perth’s most experienced practitioners whose clinical focus is supporting people with a diagnosis of cancer.

Cancer Support

Val Allen [link to her profile] the clinics founder and ‘grandmother’ of Natural Therapies in Western Australia has been supporting people with cancer for well over 37 years and brings a level of experience and expertise that cannot be matched. Val has selected some of the best health practitioners in Perth to practice from the Perth Natural Medical Clinic providing the most comprehensive array of clinicians to support your health.

Edward Enever [link to his profile] focuses on supporting people on the cancer journey and is affiliated with the Nutritional Oncology Research Institute in the United States and offers their support protocol to the southern hemisphere. Edward is also a passionate meditation teacher and has trained with The Gawler Foundation [link to www.gawler.org]. Edward conducts an 8-week Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation Course [link to www.chronicdiseaseconsultant.com/meditation-course] to help arm cancer patients and their family with the tools to control the stress of being diagnosed with cancer. Edward was himself diagnosed with advanced metastatic cancer and spent almost 2 years journeying back to health and is now cancer free. On this journey he leant much about health, disease and cancer support and now uses this experience to help others with a diagnosis of cancer to get the best health outcome possible. The combination of Val’s and Edward’s personal and professional experience makes Perth Natural Medical Clinic your number one choice in Perth for professional, personalised and comprehensive support on the cancer journey.

Cancer Support Community WA

There are two cancer support associations operating in Western Australia. Both provide support counselling, education about cancer, a library service, treatments such as massage from accredited complimentary therapists, bereavement counselling, lectures and fund raising events to support cancer patients and their families.

Cancer Wellness Centre operates from
80 Railway St, Cottesloe WA6011.  Phone 9384 3544

Solaris Care Support Centre operates from St John Of God Hospital, 12 Salvado Rd, Subiaco WA 6008. Phone 9338 9788.

Breast Cancer Care

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the general population and the second leading cause of cancer death in Australian women. Breast cancer can occur at any age, but the risk is greater if you are over the age of 50. Being diagnosed with breast cancer is probably the biggest challenge any women could be faced with in their lifetime. The ensuing chaos of making a decision whether or not to do chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed by the multitude of specialist appointments, oncology appointments, blood tests, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy appointments as well as the stress that this has on the individual as well as the family unit is massive.

Breast cancer is more than just a physical disease. Its ripple effect reaches out into your mental, emotional, social, spiritual, financial and familial health. To comprehensively support someone on their breast cancer journey, a holistic approach is essential, and natural therapies play an integral role. From stress support and counselling to specialised supplementation and supportive methods to get the most out of oncology treatments with more efficacy and less side effects.