For further information please contact Clare Benjamin on 0117 980 9515
or click here to e-mail her
The Bristol Cancer Help Centre is the UK's leading holistic cancer care charity which has pioneered and specialises in the world famous Bristol Approach to cancer care.
We have spokespeople and information available in the following areas:
We have a range of people with cancer and supporters who have experienced using the Bristol Approach who are available for interview.
To find out more about people's experiences at the centre download our 25 years of changing life with cancer.
We can also brief journalists and offer case studies of healthcare professionals and complementary therapists undergoing training in the Bristol Approach (approximately 500 each year). The courses and workshops we run enable them to better support their patients and clients as well as and to learn how to cope with the stress involved in working in a care environment.
The press office at the Centre is also able to brief journalists and offer expert spokespeople for interview in the following areas of complementary therapies and self-help techniques used in the Bristol Approach:
- Diet & nutrition (including vitamins & supplements)
- Meditation, relaxation and visualisation
- Creative therapies - art and music
- Psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) - the mind/body connection (positive thinking): what it is and how it works
- Spiritual Healing
- Massage & Shiatsu
Our views on current cancer health issues
Complementary not alternative
- The methods used in the Bristol Approach are complementary to conventional medical treatments. They are not alternatives to medical or surgical treatments. We fully support all our residents during the continuation of their conventional medical treatment.
- We support the use of vitamin supplements, including Vitamin C, for people with cancer as a way of boosting the immune system and providing a healthy maintenance programme for the body.
- We recommend that people eat healthily to help promote healthy immune and repair functions. However a major consideration is that eating is enjoyable and not stressful, so we encourage people to make changes gently. General guidelines on diet (that may need to be modified for individuals particular requirements) are that we advise as far as possible people eliminate toxins from their diet, and eat a large variety of fresh vegetables and fruits. We also suggest people aim to include salad and raw vegetables as far as possible, and try to also build beans, lentils, nuts and seeds into their diet as important sources of protein dietary fibre and nutrients. Freshly made fruit and vegetable juices and drinking lots of water are also recommended. For more information please see the nutrition section of our website at www.cancerhelp, or contact the Helpline team on 0117 980 9505.
- We support the idea that eating a healthy diet, finding time to relax and make time for oneself, fostering a positive approach to life and maintaining a good level of physical fitness through gentle exercise, can reduce the incidence of cancer in the population as a whole.
- We support the view that all practitioners in complementary medicine should be fully trained and qualified. All our staff, counsellors and therapists are experienced professionals and fully trained to the highest standards laid down by recognised qualifying organisations. Our staff have experience of working with people with cancer since the needs of those using our services are often very specific.
- We welcome all research on the therapies and self-help techniques we use and will implement changes as a result of this research if necessary. We believe there should be more research into Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as advocated by the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, but share the concerns that without government support adequate funding will not be forthcoming. We also believe that the methodology used within the scientific community is a challenge to utilise within the CAM agenda where the placebo effect plays an important part. In certain circumstances qualitative methodology may be the most appropriate. for further information in all of these areas please contact Clare Benjamin on 0117 980 9515 or e-mail her