Idealistic Diets for Cancer Healing – Who can you believe?

By Pip Cornall

Would you take advice from an ‘expert’ who had not succeeded in his/her field?

Yet, crazy as it seems, driven by a sense of urgency and fear, in recent years, cancer patients are doing just that. They’re flocking to buy the latest books and DVDs from ‘dubious’ entrepreneurs in the cancer healing industry—and a huge industry it is with cancer affecting one in three—predicted to be one in two within a decade.

Naively, I thought people in the healing industry would be scrupulously honest but I was wrong. I’ve found that lies, hidden motives and agendas exist right across the healing spectrum. On top of that there is misreporting, urban myths and premature conclusions drawn from scant evidence. Continue reading “Idealistic Diets for Cancer Healing – Who can you believe?”

Beware Fad Diet for Cancer Healing – Gwyneth Paltrow diet story

Because Grace is seeing so many cancer patients harming their health or risking their lives following extreme diets we decided to run this post about Gwyneth Paltrow. Please consider wisely before embracing any ‘extreme’ diet regimes or contact Grace at grace@gracegawler.com

Fad diet leaves Gwyneth Paltrow with brittle bones  –

* Star is suffering from osteopenia
* Precursor to brittle bone disease
* She was follower of macrobiotic diet

HOLLYWOOD star Gwyneth Paltrow was a pin-up for healthy living but her extreme dieting may have given her the bones of an 80-year-old woman.

The 37-year-old actress – who has followed a macrobiotic diet for 11 years and exercises up to three hours a day – has revealed that she has been diagnosed with osteopenia, an illness that can lead to the serious bone disease osteoporosis

see – http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/confidential/fad-diet-leaves-gwyneth-paltrow-with-brittle-bones/story-e6freq7o-1225884817154

Cancer death puts homeopathy in dock – balanced dialogue required

Australian paper’s headlines read…. Cancer death puts homeopathy in dock
Inquest hears of carers’ concerns
Dingle says wife unwilling to have surgery

The headlines discuss the Penelope Dingle inquest in Perth this last week – (see links to full articles and extracts of articles below)

This is a ‘hot’ topic with the potential to further polarise conventional and ‘alternate’ medicine. Mature dialogue is required so both polarities can see reason and become less entrenched. A glance around the internet reveals countless ‘skeptics’ blogs laced with the usual bias they purport to disdain. Continue reading “Cancer death puts homeopathy in dock – balanced dialogue required”

Bridging the Gaps in Cancer Treatment

ABC FM Radio Gold Coast Interview – Nicole Dyer interviews Grace Gawler about her new Integrated cancer Solutions Trust. – by Pip Cornall

For 35 years Grace has combined conventional and complementary medicine to give her cancer patients the best possible outcomes. In this ABC radio interview she speaks about her history, the new charitable trust and the formation of a new integrated cancer solutions centre on the Gold Coast. The need for an integrated approach is illustrated by the controversial and tragic death of Penelope Dingle in Perth, which is receiving much publicity.  (it will be featured in detail in my next blog).

click to listen to the 10 minute interview-    Bridging the gaps in cancer treatment

AUDIO INTERVIEW 10.33 MINUTES:

Cancer and Violence – How Fragile We Are – featuring Sting

By Pip Cornall

When Grace Gawler and I reconnected in 2007 via an article I had written in the Sentient Times, I was living in Ashland, Oregon. My article was called Restorative Justice – The New Hope for Revitalizing Community. The goal was to educate the community about the benefits of a’ restorative’ system rather than a ‘punitive’ one with an end towards reducing violence.

My work had been reducing gender based violence and among other things I helped boys in juvenile prisons. Grace had spent a lifetime coaching cancer patients to choose healing pathways that drew from the best of all medical systems – an integrative approach. Her initial success with a dying husband when she was in her early twenties received widespread press and they soon established a centre helping thousands of cancer patients.

I’ve often seen human violence as a cancer – when cells on the global body attack each other and ultimately – destroy the host. Working alongside Grace I witness the ‘punitive’ mentality playing out in cancer healing. A restorative approach to healing would be much kinder to body/mind and involve tried strategies such as ‘convalescence.’

I’ve seen tragic cases in juvenile prisons yet my work there has rewarded me with deep spiritual moments. It was not the boys who were a cancer on society but the mentality underpinning a society that glorified violence and other sordid dysfunctions as attributes of a ‘real man.’

Similarly cancer work is not for the faint-hearted. Sadly in past months we’ve known some lovely people who have succumbed to the disease. It always lands hard and one wishes it had been otherwise – that we’d been in a position to have more influence over decisions made.

When you’ve worked at the ‘coal face’ of cancer guidance and healing as Grace has for 35 years, you have a grasp of what will work for this certain patient and a wide toolbag of skills to draw upon. Disturbing is the trend for patients to take advice promoted by internet ‘sensations’ – many have little experience or appropriate qualifications for caring for and guiding large numbers of cancer patients. This is dangerous and constitutes medical fraud.

Happily our new Integrated Cancer Solutions trust will make it possible to assist more patients with trustworthy and proven integrative strategies.

My goal for this post would be that we stop rushing for a moment to remember how fragile life is and for us to collectively wake up. Perhaps when we stop hurting each other cancer as a disease will also disappear?

The song “Fragile’ by Sting addresses it elegantly and may help us to ‘slow down.’

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Oncologists praise Grace Gawler's Women of Silence

First written in 1994 and re-written 2003, this book has not dated. In fact the need for women to embrace the gems of wisdom in this book is greater than ever

Oncologists say the following about Women of Silence

“This book is full of Thoughtful, practical insights to everyday living with cancer. I would like all my colleagues to read it.”
Professor R.R. Hall- Lead Clinician, Northern cancer Network, NHS – UK

“An essential companion for all women, it answers all the questions you often don’t want to ask. Packed with useful exercises to help you regain control of your situation, it will help you begin the healing process during the emotional turmoil that surrounding breast cancer.”
Professor Karol Sikora Professor of Cancer Medicine, Imperial college Hammersmith Hospital London UK

“Grace writes with authority and compassion. She provides women with an opportunity to regard their adversity as a great opportunity.”
Professor Neville Davidson, Professor in Clinical Oncology, Bloomfield Hospital Essex.
Chairman H.E.A.L Cancer Charity and Helen Rollason Cancer Care Appeal

Oncologists praise Grace Gawler’s Women of Silence

First written in 1994 and re-written 2003, this book has not dated. In fact the need for women to embrace the gems of wisdom in this book is greater than ever

Oncologists say the following about Women of Silence

“This book is full of Thoughtful, practical insights to everyday living with cancer. I would like all my colleagues to read it.”
Professor R.R. Hall- Lead Clinician, Northern cancer Network, NHS – UK

“An essential companion for all women, it answers all the questions you often don’t want to ask. Packed with useful exercises to help you regain control of your situation, it will help you begin the healing process during the emotional turmoil that surrounding breast cancer.”
Professor Karol Sikora Professor of Cancer Medicine, Imperial college Hammersmith Hospital London UK

“Grace writes with authority and compassion. She provides women with an opportunity to regard their adversity as a great opportunity.”
Professor Neville Davidson, Professor in Clinical Oncology, Bloomfield Hospital Essex.
Chairman H.E.A.L Cancer Charity and Helen Rollason Cancer Care Appeal

Cancer – the true picture

The true picture is expressed in the following paragraph with thanks to Issels Cancer Centre in California.

“At the time of diagnosis, cells will have been detaching themselves from the primary tumour, entering the blood supply and seeking to establish a ‘new’ colony. This process may have been going on for years before the first tumour is evident.

Therefore time is of the essence along with an effective treatment plan. Cancer is a systemic disease from the onset and the tumour its late stage symptom. It usually takes years for cancer cells to settle down at the site of least resistance and grow into a tumour. This can only happen, if the surrounding tissues allow it (as recent research at UCSD and NCI has shown). Cancer cells can only thrive in a specific internal bodily environment with an impaired immune system and impaired mechanisms of regulation and repair.”

The paragraph indicates the folly of following a trial and error approach to cancer healing when time is critical. Many patients are placing faith in dietary regimes and experimenting while neglecting conventional therapies. Concepts such as the ‘raw foodism’ are gaining ground among the mainstream but most are new to the such ideas and have not ‘time tested’ them in their own bodies.

Precious time can be wasted while experimenting with extreme diets and harm may be done on numerous levles.  In 35 years supporting cancer patients, Grace has never seen remissions due to natural diets alone, despite wanting it to be so. These observations have led her to advocate an integrative approach incorporating the best of all healing systems—like an each way bet.

Every cancer case is individual so healing programs must be carefully crafted to suit each person and that applies to dietary regimes. Acknowledging that diet is one way patients can be proactive,  Grace nevertheless, usually advocates non-extreme diets such as healthy Mediterranean, because she has seen many cancer patients, including her ex husband, Ian Gawler, become emaciated from extreme diets which purported to ‘starve’ the cancer. In most cases their immune system was ravaged from, not only the disease, but from the dietary regime as well. Individual response to diet is varied and begs a rewrite of ‘you are what you eat’ with a more appropriate version being ’you are what you can assimilate.’

The latter is of relevance to cancer patients who may have varying capacities to assimilate certain foods. Raw food fundamentalists may not realise some people can’t digest and therefore assimilate certain raw foods. In fact, some cultures tend to do poorly on raw food regimes; Asia for one. What’s more, Asia acknowledges a spiritual and psychological component to food while their practice of wok cooking greens retains nutrient density and taste and thus may be more appropriate for cancer patients.

There will be more ideas in future articles, meanwhile our advice is to adopt a sensible, middle-path approach to complementary modalities to assist cancer recovery.

ABC Compass Message Board – Debating Ian Gawler's Cancer Healing Story

During the three years I worked with Grace Gawler and her cancer patients I’ve already seen too many good people making poor choices based on misinformation and misreporting of the Ian Gawler Cancer Healing story. Truth is crucial for people whose lives hang in the balance. They must be able to  depend on accurate information. The least I can do is help Ian’s former wife Grace, tell it as she saw it – especially with regard to the role meditation and vegan diet played in his cure.

In the interest of truthful data so patients can make informed choices I offer the link to a discussion after Ian’s appearance on ABC TV- Compass _ A Good Life –

Pip Cornall

http://www2b.abc.net.au/tmb/Client/Message.aspx?b=87&m=8887&dm=1&pd=2&am=9137

ABC Compass Message Board – Debating Ian Gawler’s Cancer Healing Story

During the three years I worked with Grace Gawler and her cancer patients I’ve already seen too many good people making poor choices based on misinformation and misreporting of the Ian Gawler Cancer Healing story. Truth is crucial for people whose lives hang in the balance. They must be able to  depend on accurate information. The least I can do is help Ian’s former wife Grace, tell it as she saw it – especially with regard to the role meditation and vegan diet played in his cure.

In the interest of truthful data so patients can make informed choices I offer the link to a discussion after Ian’s appearance on ABC TV- Compass _ A Good Life –

Pip Cornall

http://www2b.abc.net.au/tmb/Client/Message.aspx?b=87&m=8887&dm=1&pd=2&am=9137