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