Show #302 – Naturopathic Support in Oncology with Carla Wrenn


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And on this week’s show!

This week on the show, naturopath Carla Wrenn is back on the show discussing her speciality: Adjunct naturopathic care in oncology treatment and beyond. We talk about how she came to specialise in cancer, what it is like to establish a collaborative spirit with Oncologists, how a patient can feel empowered in the process of making changes and navigating options and the importance of mind/body practices. We discuss some of the research that shows some things to be very supportive for treatment, side effects and quality of life, as well as different dietary approaches suiting different cancers. It’s fascinating and hopeful and I hope you or a loved one finds it helpful if this is something you’re working through right now. 

Questions I asked Carla:

  • Why your interest in oncology
  • What is the naturopathic medicine understanding of cancer?
  • Do you work with patients who choose conventional therapy alongside them + with those who decide not to?
  • What is the science telling us about cancer and its root causes (genetics vs environment/lifestyle)
  • In terms of prevention based on everything you know, what comes up time and again as the most important preventative strategy against cancer.
  • How powerful is the mind/spiritual piece in cancer treatment?
  • Tell us about how you support patients on the cancer journey?
  • How did you get into working in this space as a Naturopath?
  • What type of patients do you see most frequently?
  • Is any type of cancer more common in your clinic?
  • What is the typical support you would give a patient?
  • What are your favourite complementary medicines to recommend?
  • Are these safe to take for everyone with cancer or while undergoing treatment?
  • Do you recommend dietary or other changes like exercise?
  • What benefits do your patients tell you they get out of working with a naturopath?

About Carla Wrenn

Carla Wrenn is a fully qualified Naturopath who has been in practice since 2001 and is a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, Institute of Functional Medicine, and Society of Integrative Oncology. She studied for five years at the Australian College of Natural Medicine, graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy and Diplomas in Naturopathy, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, and Classical Homeopathy.

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