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

Kale or spinach: Which should I eat? Both! Move over superfoods, variety is king.

What is better, kale or spinach? It’s a common question. People are trying to eat their greens and want the best for their buck. So which is it? […]

What the human genome project tells us | Gene anatomy and switches

The human genome project was completed in 2003. It was a huge collaborative project that yielded quite a few surprises. […]

Raw Broccoli Bites | Great detoxification balancer

Eating raw broccoli is a great support for detoxification. Yet many people often struggle to find ways to enjoy raw broccoli. These little broccoli bites are perfect. […]

Can we use our genetic information to improve our health? Back to basics of genetics

We seem to have a fascination with our DNA. Think of all those murder mysteries where they take the two empty glasses or a single hair and analyze the DNA to find the killer! But beyond solving murders, can we improve our health by knowing  our genetic information?  […]

Chickpea Mediterranean Salad | Eat like the Blue Zones

This is a quick, easy, throw together, nourishing recipe.   […]

Dminder app to monitor your Vitamin D levels

The Dminder app is a way to keep track of whether you are getting too little or too much sunshine to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. Let’s take a look. […]

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.