Today I’m chatting with a good friend and colleague Dr. Catherine Zollman, who is Medical Director at Penny Brohn UK, a charity which in provides Integrative Support and Self-Management Education for people affected by cancer. She is also an NHS GP, an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol, and was Macmillan Clinical Cancer Lead for BNSSG Clinical Commissioning Group 2014-2019. She studied medical oncology before specialising in General Practice and completing a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine (University of Arizona).
On the podcast we discuss a number of topics including:
- What integrative oncology means?
- The need to bring the worlds of conventional medicine, lifestyle medicine and complementary medicine together
- Intelligent combinations of lifestyle and integrative approaches to deliver better outcomes
- Explaining the services that PBUK usually offers, and what it offers now during lockdown
- Breaking down the barriers and why healthcare still feels so "siloed" and oppositional?
- Why is evidence on the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions not better known or understood by the conventional medical system?
- Why does medicine/conventional healthcare not harness the power of the activated patient more?
- Working with Possibility vs Probability – how to avoid False Hope and False Hopelessness and find a middle path of Realistic Hope.
- How to enthuse conventional healthcare professionals and students about the power of nutrition, movement, breathing practices, nature, therapeutic relationships, creativity, realistic hope, love, meaning and purpose to help people live better and need less medication.
- Challenges in researching lifestyle and complementary approaches
- Outcomes as measured in a realistic and methodical way to inspire and enact change