Lifestyle medicine for cancer

Hearing the words “You’ve got cancer” undoubtedly changes your life forever. Everyday life as you know it can seem a thing of the past and it’s natural to feel an initial sense of powerlessness. It’s what you do next which makes a difference.

Firstly, statistics show that cancer is primarily a lifestyle disease. It’s becoming very clear that the things we do day-to-day can have a significant impact on our overall health and wellbeing, so it’s important that we make conscious choices. It may feel as though you don’t have much control when you’re faced with a cancer diagnosis but your daily choices and routines are completely in your hands. This active self-help approach to health and healing is referred to as ‘Lifestyle Medicine’. 

People diagnosed with cancer have been turning to The Gawler Foundation for over 30 years as pioneers in the use of a lifestyle medicine approach to healing and helping improve recovery outcomes. Its 10 and four night educational cancer retreats in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, attract people from all over Australia, and overseas, for nurturing support and to learn the practical application of this approach.

Its lifestyle programs are based on seven essential elements: regular meditation, good nutrition, emotional healing, moderate exercise, effective support, power of mind and the quest for meaning. These are all things which you can pursue for yourself and this self-help approach complements any medical treatments or complementary therapies whihc may have been chosen as part of a treatment plan.

Upcoming cancer awareness retreats:

Breast Cancer Fundamentals: 3 – 7 November 2014
Life and Living:  1 – 11 December 2014
Cancer Fundamentals: 26 – 30 January 2015

For more information about The Gawler Foundation retreats, visit www.gawler.org or call on 1300 651 211.

For more on lifestyle options and inspiring cancer survivor stories, you wish to read Radical Remission by Dr Kelly A. Turner, You Can Conquer Cancer by Ian Gawler and Surviving Cancer by Paul Kraus.

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