Without a doubt, a cancer diagnosis can be daunting. Your mind fills up with questions about the diagnosis, the treatment options, what it will take to recover, how you can prevent a recurrence, and how to move forward. It’s a lot to think about, a lot to process, and a lot to handle. But you don’t need to do it all by yourself – a cancer advocate can help you through the process.

Cancer advocacy can mean different things, depending on the type of advocacy being practiced. At CALMERme, the focus is on using three pillars – lifestyle medicine, empowerment, and research to support individuals with cancer and for cancer prevention. 

Lifestyle Medicine

The lifestyle medicine pillar supports the body’s self-healing capacity, and looks at the whole person – their mind, body, and spirit.  It focuses on nutrition, stress management, physical activity, love, laughter, sleep, and community.  These approaches facilitate the body to heal itself, can complement conventional oncology treatments by improving their efficacy, reducing side effects, and restoring health, and prevent recurrence.


Through its empowerment pillar, CALMERme addresses the issue of control, which patients so often feel is taken away by conventional medicine. By sharing information with you and helping you understand the options that are available to you, you can regain a sense of control. You will be empowered to make choices about your actions–such as diet and lifestyle changes–that will improve your quality of life and health.


The research pillar can help you navigate through the research literature to determine which conventional and nonconventional treatment options are appropriate for you. Which means that, instead of simply considering the usual “standard of care” option, you can decide what is the most appropriate option for you as an individual, taking into account your personal circumstances and belief system.

Our primary goal is to support you through sharing valuable information on this website through our blog posts.  These will help you to understand the research and options available, continually adding to your knowledge and understanding. 

Latest Blog posts

In-depth features on understanding research, lifestyle medicine, integrative cancer care, and practical advice on how to make lifestyle changes.  

New blog posts twice a week – Tuesdays and Fridays

Prize-winning marmalade granola recipe | Foodie Friday

Today I’ll share my prize-winning marmalade granola recipe.  Give it a try and see if you think it’s a winner. […]

Cow and goat milk estrogen levels | Does it matter?

Elevated estrogen metabolites in the body are seen to be associated with certain cancers, including prostate, ovarian, and breast cancers.  One potential dietary source of these metabolites that is commonly consumed is milk. Let’s look at how cow and goat milk vary in their estrogen levels.   […]

Simple and quick, no added sugar granola recipe | Foodie Friday

I have several different granola recipes that I make – but most are based on one versatile recipe template.  I’ll share the template and show you a quick and easy one to get started with. The recipe can be simplified to only two ingredients! […]

Healthy self = Heal thy self | Supporting our bodies for self healing

Our bodies are designed to heal themselves. They have many self-healing capacities, so let’s look at how we can support these to reveal our healthy self. Healthy self = Heal thy self! […]

2017 Updated Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen fruits and vegetables

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) have updated their Dirty Dozen™ and Clean Fifteen™ list for 2017.  What’s changed? […]

Lifestyle medicine lessons from baby E | Reminders for better health

I've recently had the wonderful fortune of spending time with a little baby. Baby E and his mother came to stay for a few days last month, and [...]

Meet Ruth and Kathie

Our background

We are two British friends, living in northern California who got to know each other through caring for someone with cancer: Ruth as a cancer guide and advocate and Kathie as a family member. Since that time, we’ve formed a great partnership to support others, with each of us bringing different but complementary things to the picture.