It Takes a Village (Cancer)
What has to come together to support true, lasting recovery from a cancer diagnosis? One woman shares what she has learned through conventional and alternative approaches.
Explored in this episode
- One woman’s story of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer twice, and how she approached her treatment differently each time
- Alternative cancer therapies like mistletoe therapy and hyperthermia
- A naturopathic oncologist’s opinion on how to approach cancer treatment
- How Dr. Adam McLeod’s earliest experiences with energy led to writing his first book, “Dreamhealer”
- How listening to a patient’s story can have a powerful influence on their recovery
- The connection between stress, trauma and the development of cancer
- The importance of having a balanced approach to diet
- The power of connecting with the people you love, and the impact on your physical health
Voices in the conversation
Relationship Counsellor at Connection Point
I wish I would have been more aware and more conscious at the beginning: then I would have done things differently.
Mheyah is the founder of Connection Point, and describes herself as a ‘connection coach’; a facilitator of love, connection, happiness and professional success. She believes “no relationship can be truly happy, fulfilling and successful without knowing how to express yourself to the important people in your life whether it is your significant other, families, colleagues or in your community.” Her philosophy is grounded in the idea that what we all want is to feel valued, loved, respected, special, and feel like we are contributing to society.
Dr. Adam McLeod
Naturopathic Doctor, Oncologist, Dreamhealer
When it comes to treating someone and bringing someone back to wellness, we have to look at all the factors.
Dr. Adam McLeod, also known as Dreamhealer, is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor at Vancouver’s Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic. His practice has a special focus in integrative oncology, and is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC. He helps his patients dev
His background in molecular biology has helped him to develop targeted supplementation which addresses the unique characteristics of the cancer. His approach to cancer treatment is integrative: taking the right supplements in conjunction with the appropriate targeted therapies.
Dr. McLeod leads workshops and gives talks about the power of focused intention, where participants learn about the science of healing and practical tools they can use to improve their lives. He discovered his innate healing abilities at a young age, and wrote his first book, The Path of the Dreamhealer, at 16 years of age.
A free fundraising platform, GoFundMe provides personal online fundraising websites for individuals, groups and organizations. Users can share their story and attract support from around the world. Mheyah was encouraged to create a GoFundMe page to support the alternative treatments she wanted to pursue after her second cancer diagnosis.
Used in conjunction with other forms of cancer treatment, mistletoe therapy involves site-specific injections that stimulate an immune response in the body that works to strengthen the entire system. It is regularly-prescribed in Germany, and is becoming more common in North America. Dr. McLeod explains that this treatment has been around for more than 100 years and was first used because the mistletoe fruit looked like a tumour.
Not to be confused with hypothermia, hyperthermia is a treatment that can accompany chemotherapy. Most common in Europe, the treatment works by safely heating the tissues of the body in order to increase the efficacy of chemotherapy drugs being administered for cancer treatment.
Managing Editor at Saje Natural Wellness, Meghann Shantz brings her personal story of healing and a love of storytelling to Well Now – a podcast born out of a desire to help us all discover the hidden side of health and how to achieve wellness. She draws from her experiences navigating western and alternative medicine to heal her anxiety and physical injury to connect with guests about their own stories of overcoming physical and emotional challenges.
Naturally curious and on a quest for meaning, Meghann holds space for the raw expression and authentic stories of her podcast guests, believing that our world would be better if we chose to honour other people’s journeys and processes without judgement – and believing in the power of telling your story.