Dr Damien Downing will Chair this convention and will also be one of our speakers; he will talk about Nutritional Factors in the treatment of people with cancer. He notes that "Epidemiologists realise that nutrition is key in cancer prevention, but oncologists seem largely unaware that a number of studies have shown that adjunctive, mainly antioxidant, nutritional therapy does not hinder chemo- or radio-therapy; rather it increases the efficacy and reduces the adverse effects. There are pitfalls to this, which is why someone competent in nutritional therapy should prescribe, but this is a tragically missed upportunity in cancer care in the UK." Dr Downing practises Ecological Medicine, was a co-founder of the British Society for Nutritional Medicine in 1983, and is the current president of its successor, the British Society for Ecological Medicine. He co-founded the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine in 1990, and is now its editor-in-chief. He is also the medical director of the Alliance for Natural Health.
Patricia Peat will give an overview of the many approaches to treating people who have cancer that are available throughout the world. Her background as an oncology nurse led her to develop "Cancer Options" which provides information that enables patients to make their own decisions about their treatment, whatever approach that may be. She is medical advisor to the "Yes to Life" charity and the Integrated Healthcare Trust. Patricia is also Patron of the Cancer Active Charity and co-author of The Frontier Guide to Medicine with Professor Karol Sikora.
Prof Dr med Rupert Handgretinger, Paediatric Oncologist is Professor of Haematology and Oncology in Paediatrics at the Tubingen University Hospital in Germany and is also medical director of the same department in the Clinic of Child and Adolescent Medicine. Prior to his work at Tubingen he spent five years as Head of Stem Cell Transplantation at St. Jude Children's Hospital in the USA. Much of his work has focused on stem cell transplantation, leukemic patients and the role Natural Killer (NK) cells play towards a successful outcome. Prof Handgretinger has researched and worked with NK cells for twenty years.
Prof Tim Oliver is Consultant Oncologist and Professor Emeritus of Medical Oncology, St. Bartholomew's and The Royal London Hospital School of Medicine and Dentistry. His research into treating men with prostate & testicular cancer has involved pioneering use of specific drugs in this treatment area. Amongst others, he conducted a study following Prof Pfeifer's Protocol, which includes the use of biobran, prostasol and other nutrients in the patients with prostate, and to a lesser extent, breast cancer. In addition to his research and treating patients, Prof Oliver is a co-founder of the Orchid Cancer Appeal.
Mr Bill Bradford, will discuss the use of Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging in detecting subtle physiological changes and the role it may play in alerting us to those changes in breast tissue, and other areas of the body, that may need further investigation. Specialist doctors interpret the data collected by this method and feedback is very quick. It is non-invasive and painless, requiring no contact with the body and no radiation, thus obviating any concerns about damage to the body tissue in an effort to detect diseased or damaged tissue. Bill always stresses that thermal imaging is not a replacement for other methods of screening but can be a serious adjuvant in this area in addition to its other applications, including identifying sources of pain from injuries etc.
Mr David Stevens, founder of Chirokinetic Therapy - CKT, will discuss naturopathic methods of helping women to regain and maintain healthy breasts. Following their meeting at the Institute's Inaugural Conference on Complementary Therapy in Women's Health in April of last year, Bill Bradford and David Stevens began to collaborate with each other whereby progress of David's patients with breast disease has been monitored safely using thermal imaging.
Dr Steve Hickey will talk about cancer from an evolutionary perspective and thus how he considers that the logical way to treat people with such a disease is via a holistic approach. He will discuss the use of high (therapeutic) doses of Vitamin C and other nutritional support for people with compromised health. Steve has written several highly regarded books on health, with co-authors including Hilary Roberts and Andrew Saul (of doctoryourself.com). He has just published his new book "Tarnished Gold" which tackles the subject of evidence based medicine.