Ruth Baillie, MS, MA, BS, Nutritional therapist and cancer guide CALMERme.com

Ruth

Ruth has a reputation for inspiring hope and enabling well-being in mind, body and spirit.

Ruth works individually with cancer patients and their families through all phases of cancer – from prevention through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. This work involves researching how combining traditional medical cancer treatments with natural medicines, foods, and lifestyle medicine can significantly improve both quality of life and outcome. She uses evidence-based scientific research to support her work, continually reviewing new research and publications and ‘translating’ the findings for the client, so they understand how and why things work and how to apply it to their daily lives. 

Qualifications

  • MS in Personalised Nutrition with Distinction
  • MA in Psychology (Health)
  • BSc in Applied Biology
  • Registered Nutritional Therapist
  • Certified Professional Cancer Coach and Cancer Guide

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society
  • British Psychosocial Oncology Society
  • National Association of Professional Cancer Coaches
  • British Association of Nutritional Therapists (MBANT)
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • National Association of Nutrition Professionals
  • Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
  • The Nutrition Society

Embrace the power of food and lifestyle medicine to enable the wellbeing of your body, mind and spirit !

Hi, I am Ruth Baillie. I am a registered nutritional therapist, cancer guide/advocate, psycho-oncology practitioner, researcher, educator, wife and “Mimi”, with 12+ years of experience working with cancer patients.

I began my working career as a research pharmacologist, then realized how much the mind was involved illness. This led me to study Health Psychology, but then I realized how much lifestyle and nutrition was also involved too. So I added Personalized Nutrition to my education! You can tell that I love learning.

In my practice, most of my cancer clients come in feeling overwhelmed and tell me that they seem to be on a fast-moving “conveyor belt” of treatment. Every medical decision seems rushed. They get a diagnosis of cancer and start on the standard approach of care, but feel in a whirlwind. Or else they have finished treatment and now don’t know what to do.

They have many questions.

  • Have I made the right treatment decision?
  • Why did this happen?
  • How can I heal when I am putting poison (chemo/radiation) in my body?
  • How will I ever move forward from this?
  • What should I be doing to stop this recurring?

I started working with cancer patients because I realized that an integrative oncology approach – combining lifestyle medicine with allopathic (traditional) medicine could significantly improve both quality of life, and outcome.  While allopathic medicine focuses on getting rid of cancer, I use functional and lifestyle medicine approaches to look at what may be driving cancer. We can then make any necessary changes to make the body more inhospitable to cancer.

I give clients time to talk and process not just the physical effect of cancer, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects – and we use lifestyle medicine techniques to improve your quality of life, wellbeing, and the efficacy of treatments. 

My face-to-face appointments with clients are generally 90 minutes to 2 hours long. We have time to get to know each other so I can understand who you really are. I focus on the person, not the illness. During these sessions, I take an extensive health history, investigate possible root causes, provide lifestyle education, and often still have time for the client to try some relaxation techniques.

To find out more about how I work, take a look at the “Wellbeing” page. If you are interested in working together, please get in touch. However, as I can only work with a limited number of people, my hope is that this website and blog posts will provide you with lots of information to guide you and help you figure out the questions you need to ask, to find the answers that are right for you. 

Publications

  • Baillie,R.E., (2015). A Mechanism review: Is gut dysbiosis involved in the development of oestrogen receptor positive postmenopausal breast cancer? The Nutrition Practitioner, 16 (2), pp 75-86. 
  • Author of the book “Choices in mind-body medicine for cancer patients in Sonoma County, California”, 2004.
Ruth Baillie
Ruth Baillie

Kathie

Kathie is the lay-person to Ruth’s scientist. A technical writer, she works with Ruth to translate the science into easily understood words and instructions. As a client advocate, she has a reputation for being practical, solution-oriented, and compassionate.

Kathie
Kathie

Although my entire career has been in information technology, I’ve had a lifelong interest in health. If I’d known then what I know now, I would have pursued a career in healthcare rather than a career in IT!

My interest in healthcare intensified into a panic-stricken and anxiety-filled campaign when a family member was diagnosed with cancer. I wanted to learn more about what I could do to help, and I turned to the internet and published books. As a lay-person, it was hard enough to figure out which publication to trust, but it was even harder to interpret the scientific language into everyday English; I persevered on my crash course because I had someone relying on me, and I felt that I had no other choice. I was so happy when I learned that improved nutritional support could complement the conventional treatments. When I learned that it was possible to develop an internally hostile environment for disease, I was hooked.

As a result of all this research, I made many changes in my personal lifestyle. I didn’t make all of the changes overnight, but rather I took them on one at a time. I definitely feel better as a result.

Through friends, I became aware of Ceres Community Project in Sebastopol, California, an organization that provides deeply nutritious meals to people who are dealing with a health crisis, mostly cancer patients. I was so impressed with their work and commitment that I wanted to volunteer. I was trained as a client liaison, which involved supporting the clients with a weekly phone call. During the call, the client and I would talk about any food issues they were having – such as nausea, mouth sores, how to eat something when they didn’t want to eat anything, etc. We’d come up with ideas for incorporating healthy foods into their diet in ways that they could enjoy or simply not notice. Longer term, in many cases, it was important to help the client modify their former diet into one that would provide the necessary nutrition.

My time spent volunteering at Ceres was very fulfilling – I enjoyed helping people at a very difficult time in their lives, and I learned a lot as a result of it. It’s a blessing to me that I’ve been able to share that knowledge with others, loved ones and co-workers alike, who are dealing with cancer or other serious health diagnosis.

My involvement with CALMERme now allows me to continue this liaison-style role with a wider audience. By combining the liaison role with my writing background, I hope to provide information and support on how you can make day to day changes in your life, how you can prioritize those changes and, equally importantly, how to NOT strive for perfection–it is so important to find pleasure in foods, and meals, and life.