Can we work together even though I live far from your office?

Yes, we offer distance consulting and serve clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. When you hire our services, we provide you with a comprehensive educational packet. This packet will help you begin to harness the power of nutrition for yourself. It also serves as a compendium of information to which you can refer back as needed. Once you’ve had a little time to review the information, we’ll set up a consult via telephone, email, Skype or Vyew. Vyew is a browser-based platform that allows us to collaborate together online—by phone, instant messaging or webcam—while simultaneously viewing slide tutorials or sharing files. It’s free and doesn’t require you to download anything: just use your internet browser to go the the URL link we provide, and we’ll be in the same “virtual” room together.

What can I expect from our work together?

You can expect to learn a lot, without straining your brain. We know that you are already under a tremendous amount of stress, having to make many urgent decisions rapidly. So, all of the highly technical topics that we present to you in writing are done so in a straightforward manner, with graphics to help you grasp the most important concepts, quick reference guides to give you ways to hit to kitchen, cooking and eating like a pro from the start, and worksheets to collect your personal data in a meaningful format so that we can look at it together each time we talk. Prepare to learn all that’s possible when you harness nutrition in your favor.

You can expect to be heard. We listen deeply to understand your concerns, your interests, and your style of taking action. We take those impressions and use them to tailor what we talk about and what solutions we suggest for your consideration. In this way, you can design your own comprehensive supplement protocol, taking into consideration your treatment, medications, blood work, and anti-cancer body environment after one or two pleasant, supportive, effortless conversations. These will probably be some of the most productive chats you have ever had.

You can expect to feel empowered. Having our nutrition consulting team on your side is, in some ways, like operating a fleet of aircraft with a joystick from your couch. Who has time to sift through all of the cancer nutrition research and separate the fact from fiction, consider both sides of the story when there is conflicting research, prioritize the data according to personal needs, establish therapeutic dosing, screen for drug-nutrient interactions, identify pure and potent supplements, including a fish oil that doesn't make you burp? With us, you do. Let us help you amplify your motivation and interest into precise, powerful, and wise action.

You can expect to feel supported. With our caring consultants on your team, you’re not alone. We’ll be that positive nurturing voice, urging you on to practice ways of eating that will nourish your health. Every step along the way, we’ll be right behind you: answering your questions, addressing your concerns, teasing out fuzzy details, helping you decide where you stand on a controversy, inspiring confidence in your ability to personally make a difference in your own health and well-being.

What if I don’t have time to read a 100-page report or am too stressed to make sense of it all?

We know dealing with a cancer diagnosis is incredibly stressful and time consuming. We’ve organized our material so you can swiftly grasp the big concepts and put them to work for yourself. Each section begins with a 2- or 3-sentence “Quick Recap.” Read only these tidbits and you can cover all the material in about 15-20 minutes. With the “big picture” under your belt, you’re ready to return to the chapters of most interest to you and read further to deepen your learning. Read what is helpful to you now, leave the rest. You can come back to it when you’re ready. There’s a detailed “Table of Contents” to help you conveniently locate and refer back to topics. Specially designed worksheets help you frame the concepts and begin integrating the material into your everyday life.

One of the report’s strong-points is Dr. Wallace’s ability to translate complex scientific and medical material into simple, easy-to-understand concepts while still providing the depth that more science-minded readers can appreciate.

Don’t worry about learning everything at once! During your appointments, we’ll help you synthesize the material, decide what is relevant to you, tailor it to your needs and preferences, prioritize your options, and answer any questions you may have.

Our clients uniformly report that their report and program materials have helped them feel empowered and confident.

What are Dr. Wallace’s qualifications?

Jeanne M. Wallace, PhD, CNC, is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most prominent and knowledgeable experts in nutritional oncology. She is the founder and director of Nutritional Solutions, providing evidence-based consulting to cancer patients throughout the U.S. and abroad since 1996. She is an independent consultant to oncologists and other health care providers, lectures widely at cancer conferences, has published numerous articles, and provides educational training to integrative cancer centers.

Dr. Wallace is a Certified Nutrition Consultant, having completed 750 hours of classroom instruction at Bauman College, a California-state licensed nutrition consultant training program considered one of the best in the country. [By comparison, most U.S. medical schools require physicians to complete only 2-4 hours instruction in nutrition.] Her undergraduate degree was awarded, magna cum laude, from Boston University.

She has served as a member on editorial boards for several peer-reviewed medical journals, including Cancer Strategies, Integrative Cancer Therapies and The International Journal of Integrative Medicine. 

Why did Jeanne choose to work in the field of nutrition and cancer?

Jeanne’s passion for this field was born of a significant family history of cancer, including colorectal, bladder, lung, pancreatic and gynecologic cancers, as well as malignant melanoma.

“As a young adult, I suffered health challenges for which medical care had no solutions. I turned to nutrition to successfully nourish myself back to health, and learned first-hand the potent healing power of whole foods. This prompted me to pursue a degree in nutrition, and to embark on a lifelong path of in-depth study on cancer and nutrition. In 1997, a dear friend was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor (a Glioblastoma multiforme, grade IV). I became her caregiver and developed the first nutrition support plan for brain tumor clients. Despite a recurrence 6 months later, she is alive and well today and has also survived breast cancer.” 

Why doesn’t my doctor know about nutrition and cancer?

Perhaps you asked your doctor about nutrition, and got a reply such as “diet doesn’t matter, eat anything you want” or “there’s no nutrient that cures cancer, if there was, I would’ve heard about it.”

We agree that nutrition is not a CURE for cancer, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be helpful. Rather, the power of nutrition is its ability to alter the environment within the body so that it is a less favorable host for cancer growth and progression. Consider an infection: if your immune system is strong, you can easily fight it off. If you’re feeling run down, you’re more likely to catch the infection and may have a harder time recovering. Similarly, translational research shows a healthy diet and nutrition plan can boost your body’s innate anti-cancer defenses and help you maximize your cancer treatments.

In some ways, asking your doctor about diet and nutrition isn’t a fair question. Your doctor’s eyes and ears are tuned to keeping abreast of all the new medical treatments for cancer. Keeping up with the research on nutrition is outside the scope of his or her practice. We think it’s reasonable your doctor doesn’t know about nutrition, diet and herbs. Let your doctor do what he/she does best, practice medicine. Don't ask your doctor to be an herbalist or a nutritionist, it's not a fair request. 

What is Translational Research and how can it benefit me?

There are thousands of published studies on cancer and nutrition. Studies on specialized diets, individual food items, proteins, fats, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, herbs, lifestyle choices and more. Each of these studies is like a single puzzle piece: as a stand-alone, it doesn’t amount to much. But when hundreds of these pieces are adeptly joined together, compelling patterns emerge and coherent ideas solidify. The bigger picture becomes clear.

Translational Research involves three steps: [1] systematically reviewing large volumes of research across multiple disciplines, [2] extrapolating and synthesizing that information into evidence-based protocols, and [3] fine tuning those protocols based on feedback from our clients.

Over the years, Dr. Wallace has read and amassed a database of over 8,750 studies on cancer and nutrition. She developed a new model for understanding the role of nutritional support in cancer (the Oncometabolic Milieu) and pioneered evidence-based nutrition protocols for individuals with cancer. Working with thousands of cancer patients over the past decade, Dr. Wallace’s team has gained important clinical insights and learned how to tailor those protocols to each client’s unique biochemistry. We can help you navigate the current findings in nutritional oncology, epigenetics, botanical medicine and related fields. Because if you have cancer today, you need answers today. 

Have you published survival statistics for your clients?

The goal of our work together isn’t to “cure” cancer. Rather, our focus is on the environment within your body. Published research shows, at the molecular and genetic level, that nutrition can be a powerful ally in fighting cancer...not because it kills cancer cells, but because it helps create an anti-cancer environment within the body.

Because we don’t offer a “treatment” to kill cancer cells—but rather nutritional support to strengthen the body’s anticancer defenses and complement a client’s medical care—it’s not appropriate for us to make claims about survival rates!

Nonetheless, in 2001, we submitted a "Best Case Series" of grade IV brain tumor clients to the National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine (NCCAM) so they could evaluate the potential value of nutritional support. Our data was updated in 2004 to include 341 consecutive cases of GBM IV brain tumor clients. The Kaplan-Meier survival curves were favorable, suggesting that individuals who harness the power of nutrition to complement their regular medical care may indeed fare better. Our data on this group of clients shows 42% alive at the 3-year mark, and 15% at 5 years. For comparison, in 2004, the published 2-year survival rate for individuals with this tumor treated with radiation plus Temodar chemotherapy was 26.5%, with fewer than 2% surviving 5 years. 

Many “alternative” practitioners are against chemotherapy and radiation, are you?

Not at all: we support our clients’ choices with respect to which treatments they wish to pursue. We don’t consider our approach “alternative,” but rather collaborative. We want you to have the best of both worlds: medical treatment and self-care strategies that are evidence-based.

Only you can decide which treatments you wish to pursue. Our goal is to support you as you journey the path to wellness. Chemotherapy and radiation are merely tools, with benefits and potential drawbacks. We believe that understanding the potential limitations of these treatments, and doing what you can to optimize their efficacy, is wise.  

Why hasn’t Dr. Wallace published a book?

The field of nutritional oncology is evolving at an intensely rapid pace. In the past 6 months, more than 1,000 studies on cancer and nutrition were published! If Dr. Wallace were to publish a book, it would quickly become outdated! By offering our information as a report that’s printed on the day you order it, we can update our materials regularly, so you always have the most up-to-date information. 

How is your approach different than that of a dietician?

We believe there's far more to optimal nutrition than the four food groups, food pyramids, and vaguely defined "balanced diets." Our approach fully integrates up-to-date research findings in nutritional oncology, epigenetics and functional medicine.

We don't assume "One Diet Fits All." Our diet guidelines are individually tailored for each client. Some clients choose to eat a vegetarian diet, others include meat in their diet. We can teach you the pro’s and con’s of both, and help you make informed choices about, and monitor the efficacy of your dietary practices.

Unlike dietitians, who are not trained in the use of supplements, we can teach you how to properly use dietary supplements to support your health, while helping you avoid harmful drug-nutrient interactions. 

Do you advocate a vegetarian, vegan, raw or Macrobiotic diet?

Our approach is non-dogmatic. We don’t believe any single diet approach is appropriate for everyone. There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these approaches. While some of our clients may thrive on a vegetarian diet, others will be healthier eating some meat. Many diet approaches have a pearl of wisdom, and our goal is to help you identify these wise ways and merge them into a true “anti-cancer” diet. Our goal is to advise you of the benefits and drawbacks of the various approaches, so that you can capitalize on the best of each and make plans to overcome any potential drawbacks of the diet approach you choose for yourself.

Finally, it’s important to individualize your diet to your unique biochemistry, metabolism, food preferences, allergies and other factors. 

Will you give me a diet and meal plan to follow?

No, we’re going to give you something much more valuable. We’ll teach you what constitutes an anti-cancer diet so that you can make healthier, informed choices based on your own food preferences. This way, you’re not dependent upon us to tell you what to eat. You’ll know why you’re eating certain foods and avoiding others. Whether you’re eating at home, enjoying a restaurant meal with friends, or vacationing in some distant land, you’ll have the skills to select the foods that are most nourishing for you.  

How is your approach different than a Naturopath or Integrative physician?

You are under the care of your physician. Your MD or ND is responsible for making decisions on your behalf. Sharing the details about why one approach is better than another or what other options are available—that’s not typically part of the exchange between patient and doctor, not even in alternative or integrative medicine. An integrative physician will prescribe a treatment protocol, often including supplements.

The nutrition consulting relationship is educational. We teach. We empower. We guide. We help you rise to the occasion of heading up your own cause. We share the 'behind the scenes' details with you and spend time sifting through them with you...until you come to understand them for yourself. We help you to wisely author your own nutritional protocol aimed at supporting your health.

Another answer to this question is to think of the Chinese proverb, "If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime." Our approach is different because it will profoundly change the way you think and feel about food and nutrition. We’ll light the fire of understanding in you and give you the power to explode into action in the grocery store, in the garden, in your kitchen, in your favorite restaurant...without once telling you what to do.

Also, you should know that many, many naturopaths and integrative doctors consider Jeanne Wallace to be their teacher. Dr. Wallace's work is considered seminal in the field of nutritional oncology, and integrative doctors and naturopaths are hungry to learn about it. As a matter of fact, your doctor might be hungry to learn about it! If you find that to be the case, see below. 

How can we collaborate with my doctor?

Tell your doctor you’re using diet and nutrition to support your healing and complement your medical care. If your doctor is interested to learn more, you can order a copy of your report to be sent to him or her. In addition, your doctor can order lab testing to help you evaluate your needs and tailor your nutrition plan to your unique biochemistry. Keep your doctor in the loop by giving him/her copy of your Supplement Schedule and your completed Drug-Nutrient Interactions worksheet. 

Will you use testing to diagnose my needs?

Doctors use lab testing to diagnose disease. But there is also a legitimate non-diagnostic use of testing. We can teach you how to consider your lab test results from a nutritional perspective, to help you answer the questions “Is my body functioning optimally? What organs or systems need nutritional support?”

For example, your doctor may diagnose diabetes if your fasting blood sugar rises above a medically defined cut-off point (say, 120 mg/dl). But what range of glucose is optimally healthy? If published research shows a narrower range is associated with an improved prognosis when fighting cancer, wouldn’t you want to know and improve your diet accordingly? In this case, you are monitoring your glucose NOT for diagnostic purposes, but for wellness reasons.

Testing is optional, but does help you tailor your nutrition protocol to your unique individual needs and biochemistry. It can help you identify which nutritional goals to prioritize, and let you monitor your progress in reaching those goals. Your written report and program materials reference numerous dietary strategies and supplements. Testing permits you to discover which agents are most likely to benefit you.

The tests you’ll want to consider are standard lab tests, routinely available at your local lab, which your doctor can run or you can order yourself using a patient-direct lab testing service.  

Will I have to take a lot of supplements? What will that cost?

You will decide if (and how many) supplements you wish to incorporate into your nutrition protocol. Our aim is simply to provide you with educational resources and a summary of the research, so that you have the information you need to make informed choices about dietary supplements.

We can help you prioritize the information based on the strength of published research and based on your body’s unique biochemistry. For example, many supplements that people consider taking when they have cancer are reported to help mainly by boosting the immune system. However, if your lab tests show you already have robust immune function, you might be better served by prioritizing supplements to target other aspects of your body’s OncoMetabolic environment.

Some of our clients set aside a specific budget for supplements, and then decide which agents will fit into that budget. We can help guide you with professional quality supplements that are more cost-effective (e.g., higher potency and purity).  

What about interactions with my medications?

You won’t find a group of health practitioners more capable of showing you how to navigate drug-nutrient interactions than you’ll find at Nutritional Solutions. In fact, medical doctors and pharmacologists often consult with us to uncover clinically relevant drug-nutrient interactions. We pride ourselves on offering our clients a method for gathering information about drug pharmacology from their medical team, and integrating that with our knowledge of herb and nutrient pharmacology for a truly personalized assessment of risk.

Rather than relying on a big database designed by someone who doesn't know you, we believe that screening for potential interactions needs to be done on a case-by-case basis. This involves a careful and critical review of the existing literature and a thorough knowledge of the actions and pharmacology of supplements. Most doctors are not trained in dietary supplements, and may be unfamiliar with the vitamins, minerals or herbs you are considering. For this reason, we developed our Drug-Nutrient Interaction Worksheet which asks your doctor for only the information he/she specializes in: the actions and pharmacology of the drugs.

When it comes to interactions, there’s a lot of erroneous information circulating. For example, a few reports of adverse reactions are actually due to contamination of poor quality supplements. Many interactions are related to the dose or timing of administration. Depending on your history and biochemical individuality, you may be at a greater or lesser risk for some types of interactions than other individuals. Our expertise in this area can help you sort through the potential risks and decide a course of action you feel confident about. 

Will my insurance cover nutrition consulting?

Some insurance companies will cover nutritional consulting for cancer patients if the services are requested by your physician. However, Nutritional Solutions will not bill your insurance company. You will need to pay in advance for our services. You may be able to obtain partial or full reimbursement by submitting to your insurance company a copy of your invoice along with a referral for nutrition consulting from your doctor. 

How can I support further translational research in nutrition?

Dr. Wallace may be the only expert in the country doing translational research on diet, nutrition, herbs, lifestyle and cancer. You can support our efforts! When you choose to order your supplements at Emerson Ecologics, you are directly funding further translational research by Dr. Wallace. You’re also getting superior quality, high-potency products, so you can have confidence in your supplements! 

 

 

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