1. What is Comprehensive Cancer Support? -We take a multifaceted approach to supporting cancer patients during and after their conventional treatment. This consists of:
1. Designing a nutrition plan aimed at supporting the bodys metabolism aimed at slowing cancer growth and supporting the body's optimal immune function.
2. Reviewing your current supplement regimen to ensure your current protocol is safe, as well as desinging an evidence based nutritional and herbal protocol to support your immune system and normal metabolic pathways.
3. Design plans to both prepare you for the draining effects of chemo and radiation as well as help build your body back up after each and every treatment so you can go into your next session ready to fight.
4. Utilizing botanical phytonutrients to reduce the side effects of chemo and radiation allowing your standard care to go more smoothly
2. Is this an alternative to conventional cancer treatment? -NO! Our services are adjunctive care for those undergoing traditional drug, surgical, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments. We require that you are under the care of a medical doctor concurrently while utilizing our services.
3. My oncologist told me not to take any vitamins or herbs, is that true?
-While there are many herbs and nutrients contraindicated in cancer, we have a wealth of knowledge of the effects of many nutrients and phytochemicals in supporting the body during conventional cancer care. Traditional oncologists have not recieved substantial training in herbal medicine and nutritional biochemistry, so it is not that they are wrong, they just aren't aware. Dr. Robinson has spent 6 years of graduate school specifically studying food as medicine. We will work with your doctor to create a team approach and provide any research necessary to support our recommendations.
4. I am already on a lot of supplements, how can you help? -We review everyone's supplement regimen that comes in the door. Many patients come in to us taking things that are actually hurting their care. With a deep understanding of nutritional biochemistry, and herbal medicine physiology, we are able to not only determine if what you are taking is appropriate, but can usually pare down the number of things you're taking by strategically combining herbs and vitamins into less capsules or inclusive powders that are multi-purposed.
5. What if I do not have an oncologist?
-We require that you are under the care of a medical doctor in order to use our oncology support services. If you do not have a medical doctor, Doctor Michael Robinson works with a MD in an oncology clinic in Burr Ridge, IL. Appointments to meet with both Michael Robinson ND, MS, CNS and Thomas Hesselink MD can be made by contacting The Ayre Clinic for Contemporary Medicine HERE.
6. What type of services does the Ayre Clinic offer?
-We are a full service integrative oncology clinic that includes medical cancer care using Insulin Potentiation Therapy to enhance our chemotherapy regimens, as well as services such as IV vitamin C. We also have providers that specialize in nutrition, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, lymphatic therapy, psychotherapy, and more. More info for The Ayre Clinic for Contemporary Medicine is found HERE.
7. What if I already beat cancer, how can you help?
-First of all, you are awesome! But there is still a lot of work we can do. There is still a lot of diet, nutritional, and lifestyle work we can do to reduce your risk of cancer returning, as well as support your body with any lingering side effects you may have. (Gut disruption and digestive issues, loss of hair, neuropathy, lymphedema, etc.)
8. Should I book an appointment at the Nourish Clinic or Ayre Clinic? -We see most of our cancer patients at the Ayre Clinic but it is up to you. If you are in need of a medical team, then appointments must be made at the Ayre Clinic so that you can become a patient of both Dr. Robinson and Dr. Hesselink.
If it is a timing issue, Dr. Robinson is:
-In the Nourish office Monday, Wednesday, Fridays, and every other Saturday.