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Is Your Inner Critic letting you Down

Is Your Inner Critic letting you DownWinter 2018, Living Well Magazine by Caroline Hales Self-talk can be described as that continuous narrative that occurs between the conscious and subconscious levels of our mind and body. It is a part of the mind that rarely shuts down, and is so familiar that we often aren’t aware of … Continue reading Is Your Inner Critic letting you Down

A Good Thyme in the Herb Garden and some Sage Advice

A Good Thyme in the Herb Garden and some Sage AdviceAutumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Mascha Florisson Herbs have been highly valued and used as food and medicine by humans throughout history, their use dating back to our hunter-gatherer beginnings. Early Greek and Roman civilisations had documented over 700 herbs and their uses, many of … Continue reading A Good Thyme in the Herb Garden and some Sage Advice

New Pathways through Mindfulness

New Pathways through MindfulnessAutumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Karen Hansen Every school morning as I entered the Primary School, I would take care to only step on floor tiles that were a slightly different colour to the rest. It wasn’t by choice –  I HAD to do this! even though I was holding up a stream of fellow students … Continue reading New Pathways through Mindfulness

Plant-based Diet and Cancer – where is the evidence?

Plant-based Diet and Cancer – where is the evidence?Autumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Maia Bedson This is a question often posed, and used as a deterrent, by people with a bias against the prospect of cancer being more than just a chance occurrence, bad luck, a punishment or solely from genetic factors. A bias that … Continue reading Plant-based Diet and Cancer – where is the evidence?

Meditation: persevere but give up the struggle!

Meditation: persevere but give up the struggle!Autumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Paul Bedson Watch yourself closely as you are preparing to meditate and as you are meditating. Notice how much of your time is caught up with the subtle hope that something should happen… something transformative, wonderful, magical, mystical, or spiritual, should happen. This … Continue reading Meditation: persevere but give up the struggle!

My Answer to Cancer

My Answer to CancerAutumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Cathy Brown It is hard to imagine that in 1989, a tiny red dot on my arm could have changed my life so dramatically. I had always been very careful with my skin and very aware of melanoma. When a small pimple-like spot appeared on my … Continue reading My Answer to Cancer

Spirit of Place

Spirit of PlaceSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Elizabeth Melican In October this year, I attended my ninth retreat program at the Yarra Valley Living Centre – the new Meditation Teacher Training, Module 3 immersion - and, as always, I felt my heart expand with gratitude as I entered the grounds. There is a special energy, or … Continue reading Spirit of Place

Neuroscience and Mindfulness Meditation

Neuroscience and Mindfulness MeditationSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Paul Bedson It is always heartwarming when there is a convergence between science (neuroscience), psychology (mental health) and spirituality (meditation). These three areas of study are sometimes antagonistic but the new science of the brain is bringing them together, perhaps as strange bedfellows! The new technology … Continue reading Neuroscience and Mindfulness Meditation

Awakening Around Roses

Awakening Around RosesSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Michelle Endersby My first experience with the Yarra Valley Living Centre was as a support person for my husband, Brian - who has primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We attended one of the first Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) Retreats, facilitated by Professor George Jelinek and Dr Ian Gawler, … Continue reading Awakening Around Roses

Kitchen Bench MicroGreens

Kitchen Bench MicroGreensSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Mascha Florisson While doing some research in my local library, I stumbled upon a book by Peter Burke, ‘Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening’. The book describes Burke’s technique for growing, as the title suggests, year-round salad leaves on your kitchen bench, simply and easily without the need for any … Continue reading Kitchen Bench MicroGreens

Soiled Soils – Heavy Metal Contamination in Garden Soils

Soiled Soils - Heavy Metal Contamination in Garden SoilsSpring 2017, Living Well Magazine by Mascha Florisson The health benefits of growing your own vegetables are well researched, and many people dig up their lawns in favour of a backyard vegetable garden. There is nothing nicer than doing your vegetable shopping in your own backyard and nothing … Continue reading Soiled Soils – Heavy Metal Contamination in Garden Soils

Finding Peace

Finding PeaceSpring 2017, Living Well Magazine Dear Paul and Maia, This week has proved to be the most challenging yet in my cancer journey. However I have been able to be an active participant in some frank discussions with my health team and furthermore make some very tough decisions with respect to my ongoing treatment. … Continue reading Finding Peace

Artistic Symbolism of 150 Years of Medicine

Artistic Symbolism of 150 Years of MedicineSpring 2017, Living Well Magazine Gawler community member, Michael Meszaros, is a brilliant artist who was commissioned to create a major public sculpture for the 150th anniversary of Melbourne University Medical School. The 2.3 metre high bronze sculpture, was unveiled in August 2013, and until very recently took up … Continue reading Artistic Symbolism of 150 Years of Medicine

The Simple Things

The Simple ThingsSpring 2017, Living Well Magazine God help us to live slowly To move simply To look softly To allow emptiness To let the Heart create for us. Amen. Michael Leunig I was so touched and inspired by Michael Leunig’s short prayer/poem, that I contacted him when co-authoring Meditation, An In-Depth Guide with Ian … Continue reading The Simple Things

Plant-Based Initiatives in the U.S. and Canada

Plant-Based Initiatives in the U.S. and CanadaSpring 2017, Living Well Magazine In June 2017, The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates passed the resolution for hospitals in the United States to provide plant-based meals that are low in fat, sodium and added sugars, to remove cancer-causing (Group 1, carcinogenic) processed meats from their menus, and … Continue reading Plant-Based Initiatives in the U.S. and Canada

Lessons through Cancer created a Community

Lessons through Cancer created a CommunitySpring 2017, Living Well Magazine by Jillian Exton At what point do you really know – or stop to consider – if what you are doing is what you are really meant to be doing in this life? Entry into a grown-up life can be a haphazard transition; what is … Continue reading Lessons through Cancer created a Community

Overcoming Challenges in the Kitchen Garden

Overcoming Challenges in the Kitchen GardenWinter 2017, Living Well Magazine by Wendy Neagle After another abundant organic food growing season I thought I would share with you some of our non-success moments and challenges within the kitchen garden. And yes, we have many - organic food farming is often a process of creative and innovative … Continue reading Overcoming Challenges in the Kitchen Garden

Antioxidants and Cancer

Antioxidants and CancerWinter 2017, Living Well Magazine The antioxidant effect of fruits and vegetables has been shown in research to influence the risk for breast cancer and therefore play an important role in any diet, but particularly for those who seek to follow a diet that supports the prevention of breast cancer. It is well … Continue reading Antioxidants and Cancer

Finding Hope – Book Review

Finding Hope - Book Review Winter 2017, Living Well Magazine by Maia Bedson Throughout my decades of personal and professional research on the topic of health and healing, I have invested in and read literally thousands of books. It’s to the point where I no longer have room to squeeze any more books in to … Continue reading Finding Hope – Book Review

Walking El Camino de Santiago

Walking El Camino de SantiagoWinter 2017, Living Well Magazine by Madeleine Selian Readers may remember long-time member of the Gawler community, Madeleine Selian, from her inspiring feature story ‘The Gift of Life’ in our Winter 2014 edition of Living Well magazine. Madeleine attended her first cancer program in early 2003, and has continued to attend … Continue reading Walking El Camino de Santiago

The “Beginner’s Mind” in Meditation

The “Beginner’s Mind” in MeditationWinter 2017, Living Well Magazine by Paul Bedson Zen master Shunryo Suzuki encouraged his meditation students, even the advanced ones, to practice with Beginner’s Mind (Shoshin). Beginner’s Mind is having an attitude of freshness, curiosity, openness, receptivity, eagerness and humility. In Beginner’s Mind there is a lack of expectations, preconceptions and … Continue reading The “Beginner’s Mind” in Meditation

The Sea Of Hope

The Sea Of HopeWinter 2017, Living Well Magazine by Katherine Meritakis It was the last hot day of autumn in Melbourne for 2016, April 18 to be exact, when I decided to take my health “into my own hands”. Driving home from my temp job as a teacher, in an unfamiliar area, I used my … Continue reading The Sea Of Hope

Bali Adventures

Bali AdventuresSpring 2017, Living Well Magazine July 2017 was a memorable month for the Foundation, with our first ever International retreat taking place amidst the amidst the tranquil rice fields of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Participants enjoyed a week of rejuvenation for the body, mind and soul… experiencing authentic Balinese accomodation, surroundings and traditions, delicious organic … Continue reading Bali Adventures

Going out to grass. A poem by Tom Jackson

Going out to grassA poem by June 2017 Cancer Fundamentals attendee, Tom Jackson. Under the starters flag Away and flying Through the Jockeys dressed in black And I’ve been told I’m dying I need to slow things down Behave a lot less manic Pause to view the track Ease back on the panic I spot … Continue reading Going out to grass. A poem by Tom Jackson

Therapeutic Director A/Prof Sanjay Raghav talks about the purpose of Yoga at Vasudeva Kriya Yoga’s 3rd International Day of Yoga

Dean Ornish Lifestyle Research

Dean Ornish Lifestyle ResearchAutumn 2017, Living Well Magazine For a decade Dean Ornish has studied prostate cancer and the effects of lifestyle interventions on the progression of the disease. The long-term studies have consistently shown that intensive lifestyle changes have been shown to decease Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) readings, increase telomere length, and slow the … Continue reading Dean Ornish Lifestyle Research

In Five Short Days

In Five Short DaysAutumn 2017, Living Well Magazine by Rosslyn Lam On the 27th September 2014, my wonderful, complicated, quirky, proud, exotic Chinese husband, who I had spent half my life with in an oft-times tumultuous, yet wonderfully vibrant and loving marriage, died of pancreatic cancer. If only I had known about The Gawler Cancer … Continue reading In Five Short Days

Reconnecting with Nature… no Wi-Fi required

Reconnecting with Nature… no Wi-Fi requiredAutumn 2017, Living Well Magazine by Mascha Florisson Imagine a medicine that was not only free, but also had no adverse side effects, was available to anyone, anytime, anywhere, and was guaranteed to improve your health and wellbeing within minutes. Surely we’d all take such a medicine everyday. Unfortunately many … Continue reading Reconnecting with Nature… no Wi-Fi required

Benefits of Mindfulness for Caregivers

Benefits of Mindfulness for CaregiversAutumn 2017, Living Well Magazine Regular and consistent mindfulness meditation helps to prevent caregivers from psychological stress and ‘caregiver overload’. Research from the University of Almeria has shown the benefits of mindfulness meditation in reducing psychological discomfort and overload in family caregivers. Consistent with other research into the positive benefits of … Continue reading Benefits of Mindfulness for Caregivers

Spirituality and Healing

Spirituality and HealingAutumn 2017, Living Well Magazine by Paul Bedson Growth A seed lies in the soil, It cracks open. A sprout emerges; it pushes up through the soil into the light of day. Now the plant grows towards the light. A bud forms on the stem, tight and protective, until it too cracks open. … Continue reading Spirituality and Healing

The Joy of Composting

The Joy of CompostingSummer 2016, Living Well Magazine by Wendy Neagle Whatever your garden or soil problem, compost fixes everything. It rebalances soil pH, it helps to detoxify soil by binding toxins and heavy metals, and it dramatically increases the soils moisture holding capacity. Humus – the end result of composting - is also what … Continue reading The Joy of Composting

Meditation – Medicine for the Mind

Meditation - Medicine for the MindSummer 2016, Living Well Magazine by Adj. Assoc. Professor Sanjay Raghav In Eastern traditions tracing back to ancient times, the mind has been deeply studied and researched, leading to the revelation that the ‘mind’ is merely a bundle of thoughts, a by-product of desires and feeling incomplete. When looking beyond … Continue reading Meditation – Medicine for the Mind

Fruits, Veggies and Illness

Fruits, Veggies and IllnessSummer 2016, Living Well Magazine Research shows evidence that fruit and vegetable consumption is linked to a longer life, and is directly linked to reduced cancer death and cardiovascular mortality.  Regular consumption of fruit and vegetables is linked to a longer life, according to research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and … Continue reading Fruits, Veggies and Illness

Qigong – Go with the Flow!

Qigong – Go with the Flow!Summer 2016, Living Well Magazine by Paul Bedson Modern civilization seems to require a busy life, a busy mind and a tight body in order to ‘push through’ and ‘succeed’. But a contracted body, tight emotions and a fixed mindset create the conditions for imbalances and disease. We need to … Continue reading Qigong – Go with the Flow!

Conscious, Courageous Choices

Conscious, Courageous ChoicesAutumn 2017, Living Well Magazine by Sharda Sethi On the 10th June 2012, soon after my 41st birthday, I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. My health prior to this had not been very good either. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2008 and lived with constant pain and extreme fatigue on … Continue reading Conscious, Courageous Choices

Paying it Forward

Paying it ForwardSummer 2016, Living Well Magazine by Ben Kerslake Being diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma in Nov 2014, and being told at 32 with a young family that (worse case) I could have 4-6 months to live, was incomprehensible. I was convinced right from the onset that I was not a statistic and was … Continue reading Paying it Forward

Exploring Intentions for the Future

Exploring Intentions for the FutureSummer 2016, Living Well Magazine I am a busy GP working in the southeastern suburbs, with a passion for holistic medicine and empowering patients to take charge of their health with an integrative approach and a healthy lifestyle. I have been financially contributing to the Foundation for many years - probably … Continue reading Exploring Intentions for the Future

Sanjay Raghav at the 2016 ASLM Conference

Sanjay Raghav at the 2016 ASLM Conference Our therapeutic director, Adj. Assoc. Professor Sanjay Raghav, presented at the recent ASLM Conference in Melbourne. You can watch Sanjay's talk here in this 18 minute video...

Living with Gratitude

Living with GratitudeSpring 2016, Living Well Magazine by Brenda Scarlett On March 22, 2010 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Being told you have cancer brings the strongest person to their knees. There is a feeling of disbelief and your mortality stares you in the face. Suddenly all the things that seemed so important are … Continue reading Living with Gratitude

Beyond Mindfulness into Oneness

Beyond Mindfulness into OnenessSpring 2016, Living Well Magazine by Paul Bedson The extensive research into mindfulness meditation is revealing what a truly wonderful resource it is. What a healing gift to humanity at a time when it is so greatly needed! Mindfulness meditation enhances physical wellbeing. It creates a space for physical healing, stabilizes emotions … Continue reading Beyond Mindfulness into Oneness

My New Normal

My New NormalSpring 2016, Living Well Magazine by Elizabeth Schefferle Four years ago I found myself sitting in my neurologist’s office receiving the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis at the height of my nursing career and at 25 years of age. I had foreseen the diagnosis coming, so it wasn’t a complete shock to me, however … Continue reading My New Normal

A Big Learning Curve

A Big Learning CurveSpring 2016, Living Well Magazine by Deirdre Loveless It was after I had day surgery in 2008 that I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, I booked in for The Gawler Cancer Foundation’s Life & Living Cancer Retreat. Located in a beautiful bush setting, the Yarra Valley Living … Continue reading A Big Learning Curve

Melatonin and Cancer

Melatonin and CancerSpring 2016, Living Well Magazine Melatonin has a twofold importance for cancer, in that it has both a direct influence on the course of cancer, and is also is affected by the same risk factors that exist for cancer. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland, and is responsible for regulating … Continue reading Melatonin and Cancer

What’s happening in the Gardens?

What’s happening in the Gardens?Spring 2016, Living Well Magazine by Mascha Florisson Spring has to be one of my favourite seasons in the garden. As the sun slowly starts to warm up the soil, dormant leaf buds burst open, spring blossoms colour our orchard and there is an ever-present smell in the air of freshly … Continue reading What’s happening in the Gardens?

Get Moving to a Healthier You

Get Moving to a Healthier YouSpring 2016, Living Well Magazine In times of illness, including periods of treatment for cancer, many people have a tendency to avoid physical activity, however research shows that exercise, or your preferred form of physical activity, can be an important supportive means, alongside conventional treatment, to improve cancer prognosis. The … Continue reading Get Moving to a Healthier You

Updated OMS Book Launch in Canberra

Updated OMS Book Launch in Canberra Canberra’s OMS support group Taking Control has recently been reinvigorated and what better way to kick things off than to launch Professor George Jelinek’s newly updated book Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis? The group was thrilled when Karen Law, who co-authored with Professor Jelinek Recovering from Multiple Sclerosis, agreed to travel … Continue reading Updated OMS Book Launch in Canberra

Spiritual Wellbeing provides better Quality of Life to Cancer Patients

Spiritual Wellbeing provides better Quality of Life to Cancer PatientsAutumn 2016, Living Well Magazine An Australian study on 490 oncology patients found that spirituality has a significant, positive connection to quality of life and the fighting spirit of people with cancer. Spiritual wellbeing also has a significantly low association with feelings of hopelessness and anxious … Continue reading Spiritual Wellbeing provides better Quality of Life to Cancer Patients

Un-bee-lievable Bees

Un-bee-lievable BeesWinter 2016, Living Well Magazine by Mascha Florisson and Wendy Neagle Unless you have a spoonful of honey in your mouth, you wouldn’t normally think of bees while you are eating. But did you know that the equivalent of one in every three bites of food you eat is with thanks to a bee? … Continue reading Un-bee-lievable Bees

To Be, or Not to Be Organic?

To Be, or Not to Be Organic? Winter 2016, Living Well Magazine by Maia Bedson To Be, or Not to Be Organic?  An important question in this day and time (apologies to aficionados of Shakespeare). With around 82,000 chemicals now on the market without safety testing, and hundreds of chemicals being found in babies before they … Continue reading To Be, or Not to Be Organic?

Can Food be Medicine Against Cancer?

Can Food be Medicine Against Cancer?Winter 2016, Living Well Magazine by Dr David Wilkinson (MBBS FRACS) Food CAN fight cancer, according to the new book by Australian cancer surgeon Dr David Wilkinson. In response to repeated requests from his cancer patients for information about the potential benefits of the right food, surgical oncologist Dr David Wilkinson … Continue reading Can Food be Medicine Against Cancer?

Latest Research – Stress and Cancer

Latest Research - Stress and CancerWinter 2016, Living Well Magazine Researchers from Melbourne’s Monash University have found a link between high levels of stress and the spread of cancer. For years, it has been suspected that high levels of stress may cause cancer and/or accelerate its growth, but neither hypothesis had been proven scientifically. Now, … Continue reading Latest Research – Stress and Cancer

Artistic Expressions of a Woman’s Cancer Journey

Artistic Expressions of a Woman’s Cancer JourneyWinter 2016, Living Well Magazine by Rachel Douglass Rachel Douglass, a past participant of our Cancer Fundamentals Retreat program, explains how her own Breast Cancer journey has fuelled her fire, to inspire and empower others through the beauty of art, with her upcoming Skin of a Rhino, Heart of … Continue reading Artistic Expressions of a Woman’s Cancer Journey

My Gawler Experience

My Gawler ExperienceWinter 2016, Living Well Magazine by Tim Baker 40 years ago Ian Gawler OAM was given three weeks to live. The methods he used to heal himself were once decried as voodoo but medical mainstream is slowly catching up. I hope they get a good bulk deal on tissues at the Gawler Cancer … Continue reading My Gawler Experience

My Journey with Overcoming MS

My Journey with Overcoming MSWinter 2016, Living Well Magazine by Corinne Nijjer Most of my teens and twenties were spent eating rubbish, smoking, sleeping and being overweight, in chronic pain and depressed. In my early twenties I received a misdiagnosis of Fibromyalgia due to the chronic pain, but in 2004 this was changed to a … Continue reading My Journey with Overcoming MS

Yoga for Life – FREE Public Seminar

For those of you who missed our recent Yoga for Life seminar, you can now watch the speaker videos from the evening... Dr Nagaratna talks about yoga therapy for the prevention and management of chronic illness/cancer, and guides us through a 30 minute Pranic Energization Technique session, here in this 90min video. You can also … Continue reading Yoga for Life – FREE Public Seminar

Choosing my Own Path through Cancer

Choosing my Own Path through CancerWinter 2016, Living Well Magazine by Rick Freeman In the Winter of 2014 at the age of 62 years I was a busy Orthopaedic Surgeon with five wonderful grown-up children. I was looking forward to travel with my darling wife, following surgery to repair a rotator cuff tear of my … Continue reading Choosing my Own Path through Cancer

Changes to our Therapeutic Team

Changes to our Therapeutic Team Siegfried Gutbrod has recently decided to step down from his role as therapeutic director with The Gawler Cancer Foundation, and will continue as a therapist and program facilitator in our cancer programs, alongside Paul and Maia Bedson. The Foundation recognises and thanks Siegfried (or Siggy, as he is affectionately known … Continue reading Changes to our Therapeutic Team

Our Therapeutic Director Dr Sanjay Raghav talks Yoga and Wellbeing at the 9th Annual Yoga Conference, 2016

Purpose, Connectedness, Genetics and Immunity

Purpose, Connectedness, Genetics and ImmunityAutumn 2016, Living Well Magazine On a cellular level our immune system appears to respond better to the kind of wellbeing that is based on a sense of connectedness and purpose.  The sense of wellbeing we gain from undertaking different activities – think eating a meal versus doing voluntary work – … Continue reading Purpose, Connectedness, Genetics and Immunity

Reclaiming Life

Reclaiming LifeAutumn 2016, Living Well Magazine by Tim Lamble and Michael Bradley MS is Michael’s burden. And it’s also the bridge that led him to reclaim his life. Sixteen years ago, in his early twenties, Michael was put on psychiatric drugs, though he was never actually diagnosed with mental illness. Spots on MRI scans were … Continue reading Reclaiming Life

Autumn (2016) Gardens Feature

What’s happening in the Gardens?Autumn 2016, Living Well Magazine by Wendy Neagle After a hotter than average start to our growing season in spring, we have experienced typical Melbourne-style weather; many seasons in one week, sometimes in one day! This mixed up weather has caused confusion for some of our vegetables, for example the Celeriac … Continue reading Autumn (2016) Gardens Feature

The Missing Piece: The Integrative Approach

The Missing Piece:The Integrative ApproachAutumn 2016, Living Well Magazine DeeDee Maltman, an Integrative Doctor from the small yet cosmopolitan city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, recently attended our Eat Well : Live Well Retreat, having learned about our work through The Connection DVD (1). DeeDee has been a family doctor for 31 years. She loves conventional … Continue reading The Missing Piece: The Integrative Approach

The Breath of Life

The Breath of Life Autumn 2016, Living Well Magazine A meditative and contemplative piece by Paul Bedson A beginning meditation (An audio of this guided meditation is available at www.gawler.org/breathing-meditation) Gently close your eyes and settle into your body. Sit with an upright and open posture. In your own way, take a few moments to … Continue reading The Breath of Life

My Brain Tumour Journey Led to My Purpose

Inspiring People: Jeannine Walston - My Brain Tumour Journey Led to My PurposeAutumn 2016, Living Well Magazine In 1998 at age 24, I worked in the U.S. Congress in the United States with plans for law school. However, the unexpected emerged when I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Numb, shattered, and disassociated, I entered … Continue reading My Brain Tumour Journey Led to My Purpose

Board Member Professor Avni Sali makes the 2016 Honours List

Congratulations to Professor Avni Sali... A big congratulations to our board member Professor Avni Sali, who made the 2016 Queen's Birthday honours list, "For significant service to integrative medicine as an educator, clinician and researcher, and to professional education." Click here to view the full 2016 Queen's Birthday honours list.

2016 AGM Update

2016 AGM News In May the Yarra Valley Living Centre hosted our 2016 Annual General Meeting, and enjoyed attendance from some of our loyal members, who continue to show an enormous amount of support for our Foundation - thank you. After six years of service Efi Farmakalidis stepped down from her position on the board, … Continue reading 2016 AGM Update

Set Your Compass – A Roadmap to a Meaningful Life

Set Your Compass:A Roadmap to a Meaningful Life by Siegfried Gutbrod A recent study by an Australian palliative care nurse has shown that the biggest regret of people on their deathbed is ‘I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me’1. Yet in our … Continue reading Set Your Compass – A Roadmap to a Meaningful Life

The Ripple Effect – Jan Street’s Story

The Ripple Effect - Jan Street’s Story Summer 2015/16, Living Well Magazine My journey towards a healthier life began when my father Charlie was diagnosed with Lymphoma in May 2013. Following his diagnosis I wanted to do everything I could to help him fight this horrible disease. My cousin had mentioned a friend had attended … Continue reading The Ripple Effect – Jan Street’s Story

Inspiring People – Jackie Woodroffe

Inspiring People - Jackie WoodroffeSummer 2015/16, Living Well Magazine Recently our Communications Manager had the honour of meeting Jackie Woodroffe, one of The Gawler Cancer Foundation’s first cancer program participants.  In 1983 Jackie Woodroffe was diagnosed with breast cancer. “Despite having regular check-ups, I suddenly found this lump. The medico said, oh, no, it’ll be … Continue reading Inspiring People – Jackie Woodroffe

Contributing your Inner Peace to World Peace by Ian Gawler

Contributing your Inner Peace to World Peace by Dr Ian Gawler Summer 2015/16, Living Well Magazine In response to the recent Paris terrorist attacks, headlines trumpeted “France vows ‘merciless’ response to unprecedented atrocity”. The French President, looking somewhat dazed, stated: “France will stand firm. We are going to fight and our fight will be merciless.”  … Continue reading Contributing your Inner Peace to World Peace by Ian Gawler

What’s happening in the Gardens? Summer 2015/16

What’s happening in the Gardens? by Mascha Florisson Summer 2015/16, Living Well Magazine I’m writing this in late October but it feels like summer has already arrived. With warmer than average temperatures for the last month the gardens have burst forth with new growth. The grass, our vegetables and unfortunately the weeds are all growing … Continue reading What’s happening in the Gardens? Summer 2015/16

Christmas Presence and the “Santa Pause”

Christmas Presence and the “Santa Pause” By Paul Bedson Summer 2015/16, Living Well Magazine “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”- Doctor Seuss The Grinch is a grouchy, mean-spirited green monster with a heart “two sizes too small”. Annoyed by all the noisy and joyful celebrations of Christmas, he disguises himself as … Continue reading Christmas Presence and the “Santa Pause”

Sleep Wellness – the overnight remedy by Professor Avni Sali

Sleep Wellness – the overnight remedy By Professor Avni Sali Summer 2015/16, Living Magazine Most people can relate to the feelings of impaired daytime function and fatigue, lack of concentration and memory problems associated with a poor night’s sleep. But did you know that poor or insufficient sleep can also be a major health risk? … Continue reading Sleep Wellness – the overnight remedy by Professor Avni Sali

Midlife Transition

Midlife Transition by Dr Robyn Vickers-Willis A time of self-reflection and reassessment of life... Jenny, 42, puts down her mobile and slumps in the chair. Motionless, she stares in to space whispering to her self ‘I can’t go on. I can’t go on.’On the surface Jenny’s life looks picture-perfect with a hard working husband, two … Continue reading Midlife Transition

Asserting our Self to create our preferred World

Asserting our Self to create our preferred World by Dr Robyn Vickers-Willis “Ex-pression is the opposite of de-pression. Whenever we de-press, we usually need to ex-press.”  Sark, Living Juicy In my mid-thirties, when I first became a consultant to organisations, one of my first assignments was to design and run an assertiveness course. As I … Continue reading Asserting our Self to create our preferred World

Following the call of my heart

Following the call of my heart by Siegfried Gutbrod (excerpted from his contribution to “The Way of the Natural Therapist”) In my early forties I realised that I had fulfilled my childhood dream of having lots of money and power. At the age of 43 I resigned from the glamorous corporate executive world after successfully … Continue reading Following the call of my heart

Laughter as Medicine

Laughter as MedicineSpring 2015, Living Well Magazine A research study, which was conducted at the Indiana State University Sycamore Nursing Center and made up of 33 healthy women, has indicated that laughter being used ‘as medicine’ is more than just an old-fashioned concept and is proven to have a direct and positive influence on the … Continue reading Laughter as Medicine

8 ways to bring more laughter in your life

Nature & Health is back on the agenda

Nature & Health is back on the agenda Sarah Blaschke, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Living Well Magazine Autumn 2015 Scientific literature now explores the impact of peoples’ contact with nature on health and wellbeing. In particular, the sectors of Population Health and Healthcare Design are investigating how to recruit nature as … Continue reading Nature & Health is back on the agenda

A Matter of Mind and Body by Professor Avni Sali

A Matter of Mind and Body by Professor Avni Sali Spring 2015, Living Magazine The way the mind influences the body is perhaps one of the most important areas of medicine. Known as Mind-body medicine, there is now a significant amount of scientific evidence to help us understand the way we are able to influence our … Continue reading A Matter of Mind and Body by Professor Avni Sali

Hope Empowers Patients towards Recovery

Hope Empowers Patients Towards Recovery by Paul Bedson Winter 2015, Living Well Magazine Without hope, we wouldn’t bother to get out of bed in the morning. “Hope is not just a psychological luxury, it is a biological imperative.” Life only moves forward with the hope of something being achieved, attained, accomplished or completed. But what exactly … Continue reading Hope Empowers Patients towards Recovery

Gardens Feature – Spring Reflections (2015)

Spring Reflections by Ellise Rickard Spring 2015, Living Well Magazine Spring with its longer days and more warmth is an inspirational time of year in the garden. I was looking at quotes for this and so many were elegant, timely and poetic. With the drabness of winter still a memorable cold sting on my toes … Continue reading Gardens Feature – Spring Reflections (2015)

On Paul Kraus “Surviving Cancer”

On Paul Kraus “Surviving Cancer” By Dr Ruth Gawler Spring 2015, Living Well Magazine Travelling the country as I do with my husband Ian, it is both heartening and inspiring to meet so many long-term cancer survivors. Many survivors come up to us in the street. They excitedly explain how they have read You Can Conquer … Continue reading On Paul Kraus “Surviving Cancer”

Being ADEPT at Changing Habit by Assoc Professor Craig Hassed

Being ADEPT at Changing HabitSpring 2015, Living Well Magazine By Assoc Professor Craig Hassed MBBS, FRACGP Monash University Department of General Practice Co-author with Kerry Phelps of General Practice: the integrative approach Being a GP who teaches, I’m always looking for ways to help get a healthy message across whether it’s to professional colleagues or … Continue reading Being ADEPT at Changing Habit by Assoc Professor Craig Hassed

Fundraising in Gawler a Mad Affair!

Our fundraising team was delighted to receive an email recently from Julia Mannix in Gawler, South Australia. Julia wanted to let us know about the very successful ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ she and friends held to raise funds for The Gawler Foundation. More than 50 people attended (despite wet and windy weather) and the event … Continue reading Fundraising in Gawler a Mad Affair!

Meditation and Heart Disease

New research shows meditation can cut the risk of death in half for people with heart problems. Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, USA have found that people with coronary disease who began practicing Transcendental Meditation were 48 percent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke or die from all causes. … Continue reading Meditation and Heart Disease

Melanoma and fruit & vegetables

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a natural substance, gossypin, found in vegetables and fruits can halt melanoma cells – and they say they know why…. Not all skin cancers are life-threatening but there is one form – melanoma – which is difficult to treat successfully and can be deadly. A type of … Continue reading Melanoma and fruit & vegetables

Broccoli sprouts and breast cancer

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbages contain many phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. In fact, in the late 90’s, published studies indicated that there was a link between the consumption of cruciferous vegetables and lower risk for breast cancer. More recently, the nutrients in broccoli sprouts and their protective effects against multiple types … Continue reading Broccoli sprouts and breast cancer

New research exercise and Cancer

The benefits of exercise for those with localised cancer may be similar to the benefits from chemotherapy. Physical activity is certainly not a substitute for having chemotherapy or other therapies, but we’re increasingly realising it’s an important part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Large long-term (epidemiological) studies of disease trends have shown that those who … Continue reading New research exercise and Cancer

Spinach and muscle strength

Researchers have finally caught up with the wisdom of mothers, who, for decades have been coaxing their children to eat spinach. We know this leafy green is a good source of folate, a very important B vitamin involved in cell division. Spinach is also rich in iron, making it a potentially important source of this … Continue reading Spinach and muscle strength

The Perils of Antibiotic Overuse

Overuse of antibiotics is not only creating resistant strains of bacteria but also changing the complex ecology of the human body. While much concern about antibiotics overuse has focused on how it promotes the emergence of treatment-resistant organisms, perhaps the collateral damage has been much more profound. ”The Menace of Antibiotics” was the title of … Continue reading The Perils of Antibiotic Overuse

Healing properties of peppermint

While peppermint has been a favourite herbal medicine dating back to 1,000 BC, modern research is now revealing an abundance of potential health benefits associated with the use of different components of the peppermint plant including: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Since the late 90’s it was discovered that enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules are safe and effective in the … Continue reading Healing properties of peppermint

Green tea reduces risk of breast cancer

New research from the U.S. National Institutes of Health shows that the biochemicals in green tea change a women’s oestrogen metabolism, revealing at least one of its mechanisms for reducing the risk of breast cancer. The study comes from the NIH’s National Cancer Institute, and was led by Dr. Barbara Fuhrman. The researchers tested the levels … Continue reading Green tea reduces risk of breast cancer

New Research: Soy combats Lung Cancer

Soy products can improve survival from lung cancer, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. In the Shanghai Women’s Health Study, 444 women were diagnosed with lung cancer. Researchers examined the women’s diets before and after their cancer diagnosis. Those who ate the most soy products cut their risk of dying … Continue reading New Research: Soy combats Lung Cancer

Qi Gong: new study finds benefit in old therapy

Cancer patients who practised Qi Gong and meditation experienced significantly higher wellbeing levels, improved cognitive functioning and less inflammation compared to a control group, new University of Sydney research has found. Click here to read more.

It’s never too late

After running the length of NZ, breast cancer survivor Janette Murray-Wakelin is running around Australia, eating nothing but raw vegan food. Doctors told Janette Murray that she had only months left to live in 2002. She was diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of breast cancer that had spread into the chest wall and the lymph nodes. … Continue reading It’s never too late

Life Long Health

From cancer carer to MS diagnosis: Jenny Fox is embracing life through retreats. Jenny believes that The Gawler Foundation’s lifestyle principles that she has adopted give her not only physical benefits of wellbeing but more importantly they provide holistic benefits that have enabled her to persue a path in life so different from what she … Continue reading Life Long Health

At the heart of healing: connection

Our friends at The Ornish Spectrum discuss practical skills to help you re-connect with your community an essential skill when you are unwell and in need of support. In our programs at The Foundation we emphasise the importance of group support, forgiveness and good communication skills. In his book You Can Conquer Cancer, Ian gawler talks … Continue reading At the heart of healing: connection

The Essence of Health

The Essence of Health is a model that can be applied not just to mental health problems but also to cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and the list goes on. These are the seven principles that should be applied to any condition, in conjunction with the appropriate use of effective medical therapies … Continue reading The Essence of Health

Can hope help you live longer?

The loss of hope is one of the three most debilitating psychological challenges that cancer patients face, along with unwanted aloneness and loss of control. But conventional approaches to cancer care can be so fixated on the disease that the patient’s wellbeing and the healing power of hope are often overlooked. Hope provides the fuel … Continue reading Can hope help you live longer?

Cancer Council research

43,000 cancers are preventable with healthier lifestyle reveals recent research by the Cancer Council. Scientisists from the Viertel Centre for Research in Cancer Control, at Cancer Council Queensland, estimate that a quarter of all cancer cases could be prevented if Australians adopted healthier lifestyles… for full article click  Justine Norrie  The Conversation

My Journey Through Art

My Journey Through ArtWinter 2015, Living Well Magazine The following pieces are just a couple of the beautiful works by our past Life & Living participant Linda Maurer.  Featuring 10 pieces of artwork and supporting poetry, Linda’s exhibition aptly titled “My Journey - Ability, Disability and Cancer” is a touching display of vulnerability and courage. … Continue reading My Journey Through Art

Midlife Matters

Midlife Matters A time to balance previously opposing attitudes and ways of being by Dr Robyn Vickers-Willis Winter 2015, Living Well Magazine It all started in my mid thirties. I was angry, depressed, and lethargic with swinging energy levels, increasing muscle tension, gynaecological problems and thoughts that aspects of my life were no longer meaningful. I … Continue reading Midlife Matters

Meditation – mystery, magic and miracles

Meditation mystery, magic and miracles by Paul Bedson Winter 2015, Living Well Magazine Nowadays we are constantly exposed to the plethora of research that extols the physical, emotional and mental benefits of meditation. Meditation has been proven to improve both quality of life and lifespan. From a physical viewpoint, meditation aids relaxation, improves digestion and elimination, … Continue reading Meditation – mystery, magic and miracles

Immunity – lifestyle practices to enhance your defence by Professor Avni Sali

Immunity: lifestyle practices to enhance your natural line of defence by Professor Avni Sali Winter 2015, Living Well Magazine In the quest for optimal health, a fundamental wellness strategy is the maintenance of a strong immune system. A strong immune system plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of cancer and autoimmune illness, plus … Continue reading Immunity – lifestyle practices to enhance your defence by Professor Avni Sali

Governing Grave’s Disease – Hanna Pratt’s Story

Governing Grave's Disease by Hanna Pratt Winter 2015, Living Well Magazine “Tell me your story,” she said. Which part, I wondered? There is so much to my story. I’ve lived a truly blessed life. Okay, some of it didn’t seem quite so blessed when it was happening. Hindsight and gratitude show the lessons were true and the … Continue reading Governing Grave’s Disease – Hanna Pratt’s Story

Travelling Well – Alison Cannon’s Story

Travelling WellWinter 2015, Living Well Magazine by Alison Cannon I have always loved travel and new experiences. After leaving my hometown of Brisbane in 1989 I spent four years travelling through Africa, Europe and the U.K and since all through Asia. I had many places still on my “to do” list, but I never expected I … Continue reading Travelling Well – Alison Cannon’s Story

A vegetable garden without digging

A vegetable garden without digging the dirt on no-dig gardens by Mascha Florisson Winter 2015, Living Well Magazine “Why do we want to have a garden?” This is the question Sydney gardener Esther Deans asked herself when writing her first book “Growing without digging” a book that started the no-dig movement in Australia in the 1970’s … Continue reading A vegetable garden without digging

Emotional and spiritual care for end of life

Emotional and spiritual care for end of lifeWinter 2015, Living Well Magazine New Counselling Service The latest research confirms that the mortality rate amongst the living is still 100%!  Despite this undisputed fact of life the vast majority of people are not at peace with their own mortality and hope that somehow God will make … Continue reading Emotional and spiritual care for end of life

Finding Your Authentic Feminine Power

Finding Your Authentic Feminine Power by Robyn Jones Living Well Magazine Autumn 2015 We live in a very fast changing world. What we previously believed is now challenged by amazing new discoveries through quantum science about the nature of energy and human consciousness. We are told we have the capacity to reshape core beliefs, to … Continue reading Finding Your Authentic Feminine Power

Lemons with Lyme – Emily Harrison’s Story

Lemons with Lyme by Emily Harrison Living Well Magazine Autumn 2015 At 33 I have late-stage Lyme Disease – a complex multi-system infectious disease with no known cure. For many years I didn’t know why I was spiraling further into ill health. In Australia Lyme Disease is not currently recognised, making early diagnosis and intervention … Continue reading Lemons with Lyme – Emily Harrison’s Story

Running Rings around MS – Ted Jackson’s Story

Running Rings around MSLiving Well Magazine Autumn 2015 In the last edition of “Living Well” we featured an article about UK’s Sophie Jackson who traveled out to Australia to attend the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (MS) retreat with George Jelinek here at the Yarra Valley Living Centre. Her story of recovery from diagnosis of MS in … Continue reading Running Rings around MS – Ted Jackson’s Story

MS: retreat programs have major health benefits

MS: retreat programs have major health benefitsLiving Well Magazine Autumn 2015 A new study published in the Neurological Sciences journal has shown major improvements in the quality of life of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who accessed self-help resources (a book and website) and/or attended an educational retreat program promoting the integration of healthy lifestyle practices. The … Continue reading MS: retreat programs have major health benefits

What’s happening in the Gardens – Autumn 2015

What’s happening in the Gardens by Ellise and Mascha Living Well Magazine Autumn 2015 We’ve had a season of abundance this summer in the Yarra Valley Living Centre vegetable gardens. With the new poly tunnel up and running and the whole top field of our vegetable garden dug over and composted for the first time … Continue reading What’s happening in the Gardens – Autumn 2015

Freeing Myself from Fear – Linda Rocke’s Story

Freeing Myself from Fear by Linda Rocke Living Well Magazine Autumn 2015 I can remember as a young woman in my twenties travelling into the city each day for work and reading “You Can Conquer Cancer.” Not long after that I also discovered “Peace of Mind”- Ian Gawler’s second book. I found the whole subject of … Continue reading Freeing Myself from Fear – Linda Rocke’s Story

The whole person approach to cancer care by Professor Avni Sali

The whole person approach to cancer care by Professor Avni Sali Living Well Magazine Autumn 2015 Cancer doesn’t just happen to a site in the body, it happens to the whole person. One in two people will be affected by cancer by 85 years of age, so we may all be touched by cancer, either directly … Continue reading The whole person approach to cancer care by Professor Avni Sali

Healing Body, Mind and Spirit

Healing Body, Mind and SpiritAutumn 2015, Living Well Magazine At some point in the development of modern scientific medicine, physicians became specialists who focused only on the physical aspects of illness. For the physician disease means nothing more than the breakdown of the physical body. Patients are often seen and treated mainly as a range … Continue reading Healing Body, Mind and Spirit

From Brain-strain to Brain-gain through Positive Neuroplasticity

From Brain-strain to Brain-gain through Positive Neuroplasticity by Paul Bedson Living Well Magazine Autumn 2015 In a busy world and with a busy mind, most of us zip through the day lurching from one experience to the next. Along the way, do you ever stop for 10 seconds to notice, to take in and absorb the … Continue reading From Brain-strain to Brain-gain through Positive Neuroplasticity

Food as Medicine by Maia Bedson

Food as Medicine By Maia Bedson, Therapist Living Well Magazine Summer 2014/15 These days it seems everywhere we turn we encounter articles and advertising urging us to consume supplements in the form of vitamins, minerals, herbs or ‘superfoods’. While it is sensible to consider supplementation in the case of serious deficiencies – for example many … Continue reading Food as Medicine by Maia Bedson

Cell changes in breast cancer survivors

Evidence of cellular changes in breast cancer survivors from meditation and group supportLiving Well Magazine Summer 2014/15 A new study has shown that telomeres maintain their length in breast cancer survivors who meditate or attend a support group, while the telomeres in the comparison group without any interventions actually shorten. So what are telomeres and … Continue reading Cell changes in breast cancer survivors

Simple Steps to Reduce Exposure to Electro Pollution

Simple Steps to Reduce Exposure to Electro Pollution By Siegfried Gutbrod, Therapeutic Director Living Well Magazine Summer 2014/15 Electro pollution is undetectable by our normal senses (except for the rare few suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitivity). Our modern lives rely on electricity and wireless connections for just about everything. These rapid advances in technology make our lives more … Continue reading Simple Steps to Reduce Exposure to Electro Pollution

Planting a Healing Seed

Planting a Healing Seed By Sophie Jackson (UK)  – Overcoming MS retreat participant, May 2014 Living Well Magazine Summer 2015 How can I begin to share what has been one of the most amazing and wonderful adventures of my life? Well, I guess that I should start at the beginning. In July 2013 I was lucky … Continue reading Planting a Healing Seed

For the Love of Life

For the Love of Life By Paul Bedson, Senior Therapist Living Well Magazine Summer 2014/15 Christmas came early for me this year and my present came in a surprising package! My Christmas present was the joy of meeting Del, an 80 year old woman living with cancer, who attended The Gawler Foundation’s 5 day Cancer Fundamentals retreat … Continue reading For the Love of Life

City oasis for cancer support in Washington DC

City oasis for cancer support in Washington DC By Stephanie Kemp Living Well Magazine Summer 2015 Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is a like-minded organisation  in Washington D.C. that I have been lucky enough to find near me upon moving to the USA. With a mission to develop and promote healing practices that explore … Continue reading City oasis for cancer support in Washington DC

Second Chance – Leonor’s Story

Second ChanceLiving Well Magazine Summer 2015 Leonor Sorrentino is the face of both this magazine and our current appeal. Her journey from being told she would never have another child, to becoming a healthy and vibrant second-time mother, is beautiful and inspiring. “In 2011, at the age of 31 and with a 6-month-old baby, I … Continue reading Second Chance – Leonor’s Story

Is mindfulness the key to happiness at work?

Is mindfulness the key to happiness at work? The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has ranked Australia as the world’s happiest nation for the third year in a row (1). We must be doing something right. Maybe we can maintain that ranking by finding ways to be happy at the place many of us … Continue reading Is mindfulness the key to happiness at work?

Why I put my hand up to be a Gawler Foundation advocateby Autumn Tansey

Why I put my hand up to be a Gawler Foundation advocate By Autumn Tansey Living Well Magazine Winter 2014 I have just one reason  for sharing this story… I would not be here living this well, if it wasn’t for my experience at The Gawler Foundation. At age 22, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. … Continue reading Why I put my hand up to be a Gawler Foundation advocateby Autumn Tansey

Meditation in oncology clinic

Meditation in oncology clinicLiving Well Magazine Winter 2014 Researchers from the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, have found that cancer patients from an oncology outpatient clinic receiving single-session meditation consultation experienced significant reduction in anxiety, fatigue, distress and pain alongside improved wellbeing  and sleep.  While it is by no means new to discover … Continue reading Meditation in oncology clinic

Midlife Transition

Midlife Transition A time of self-reflection and reassessment of life By Dr Robyn Vickers-Willis Living Well Magazine Winter 2014 Jenny, 42, puts down her mobile and slumps in the chair. Motionless, she stares in to space whispering to her self ‘I can’t go on. I can’t go on.’ On the surface Jenny’s life looks picture-perfect … Continue reading Midlife Transition

Portrait of Transformation

Portrait of TransformationLiving Well Magazine Winter 2014 Pilar Del Torre is an artist who in 2013 was diagnosed with breast cancer. Previously selected in 2005 for the Salon de Refuse, a concurrent exhibition to the Archibald Portrait Award that just 30 out of 1000 entries are selected for, Pilar found a new reason to portray … Continue reading Portrait of Transformation

More vegies linked to less disability in people with MS

More vegies linked to less disability in people with MSLiving Well Magazine Winter 2014 In support of the latest research  from the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) team, Professor George Jelinek has been fielding interviews with media in the USA.  Their new HOLISM paper shows healthy fat intake and increased fruit and vegetable consumption strongly predict … Continue reading More vegies linked to less disability in people with MS

Panoramic beauty in the Yarra Valley

Panoramic beauty in the Yarra ValleyLiving Well Magazine Winter 2014 Geoff Pinney was born in Melbourne, Victoria and has always had an interest in photography, design and music. His 15 years of experience producing Australian and overseas postage stamps by hand and computer has lead him to his passion-producing fine quality panoramic artworks of Australia. … Continue reading Panoramic beauty in the Yarra Valley

Radical Remission

Radical Remission: Turning around stage 4 cancer By Kelly Turner, PhD Living Well Magazine Winter 2014 Whether you are dealing with cancer directly or have lost loved ones, cancer is a disease that touches everyone – which is why I was shocked ten years ago when I discovered that no one was really studying people … Continue reading Radical Remission

Running for Dad

Running for DadLiving Well Magazine Winter 2014 Alex Marschall, our Everyday Hero, spoke with Stephanie Kemp, fundraising manager at The Gawler Foundation. They’d never run a marathon before, but powered by the support of friends and family, and in honour of their dad David, Alex Marschall and his younger brother Scott finished first and second in … Continue reading Running for Dad

The gift of life – Madeleine Selian’s Story

The Gift of Life How a small act of kindness lead to a big healing experience By Madeleine Selian Winter 2014, Living Well Magazine “I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in October 2002. I went into surgery at the Freemasons Hospital on Melbourne Cup Day of all days. I remember this time clearly. During my … Continue reading The gift of life – Madeleine Selian’s Story

Weight loss diets make us fat by Dr Helena Popovik

Weight loss diets make us fat It’s about living not dieting By Dr Helena Popovic MBBS Living Well Magazine Winter 2014 Yes, you read correctly. Going on a diet is more likely to make you gain weight than lose weight.  It’s a well-established fact that 95% of people who try to lose weight put it all … Continue reading Weight loss diets make us fat by Dr Helena Popovik

Supporting my loved one through cancer – Sabina Rabold’s Story

Supporting my loved one through cancer By Sabina Rabold Living Well Magazine Winter 2014 My life changed suddenly, dramatically and irreversibly on the 7th of August 2013. It was the day that I became primary support person to my loved one who, at the age of 47, was diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal Cancer with … Continue reading Supporting my loved one through cancer – Sabina Rabold’s Story

Gratitude for Life – A letter from Karen and Chris Atkinson

Gratitude for lifeSummer 2014, Living Well Magazine Every now and then we get a letter or email that just delights us all and reminds us why we do what we do. In October we received this from Karen and her family. Dear Ruth Hope my email finds you well, I think of you daily as … Continue reading Gratitude for Life – A letter from Karen and Chris Atkinson

Sustainable Wellbeing Conference Highlights

The Gawler Foundation’s annual Profound Healing –Sustainable Wellbeing Conference HighlightsBy Bronwyn Gillespie, Conference Manager Summer 2014, Living Well Magazine On the weekend of 23-24 November we hosted our annual Profound Healing – Sustainable Wellbeing Conference. Three professors, seven doctors and numerous experts in specialist fields presented the latest research in complementary and lifestyle medicine, shared … Continue reading Sustainable Wellbeing Conference Highlights

Corporate Volunteers

Corporate VolunteersBy Lada Dedic, Volunteer Coordinator Summer 2014, Living Well Magazine The Gawler Foundation has been buzzing with a successful start to our new Corporate Volunteering program at our Yarra Valley Living Centre. The corporate volunteer day starts with a short talk by a member of our Therapeutic team explaining the important work we do … Continue reading Corporate Volunteers

Telomeres – The long and short of it

Telomeres - The long and short of itSummer 2014, Living Well Magazine In October 2013 exciting new research was published in prestigious medical journal The Lancet regarding the effect of comprehensive lifestyle changes on telomerase activity in a group of men with prostate cancer. Telomere shortness is a prognostic marker of ageing, disease and premature death.  Previous … Continue reading Telomeres – The long and short of it

Welcome home team Running Raw

Welcome home team Running RawSummer 2013/14, Living Well Magazine A new year’s resolution that became a world record-breaking journey of inspiration. It was an emotional homecoming on 31st December 2013 for Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray as they jogged down St Kilda Road to meet their friends, family and supporters at Federation Square. Their 2013 new year’s resolution … Continue reading Welcome home team Running Raw

Moving Through Grief

Moving Through Grief Summer 2014, Living Well Magazine Grief is not an illness, everyone experiences grief at some point. It can arise from many types of loss: A traumatic life event, such as receiving the diagnosis of a challenging illness, loss of a job/career, loss of physical capability, loss of certainty in life or the … Continue reading Moving Through Grief

Where are they now?

Where are they now?Summer 2014, Living Well Magazine Where are you now? We know a lot of past participants are on our mailing list. We’d love to hear from you and find out how your health journey has been over the years. It is the stories of people like you that inspire others to come … Continue reading Where are they now?

Building Resilience

Building ResilienceBy Stuart Taylor (and Dr Sven Hansen) Summer 2014, Living Well Magazine As individuals our job, family, health, hobbies and dreams compete to engage our time, energy and skills. We begin to confront diminishing returns. How much harder can we struggle to meet, balance and reconcile the demands? We run into overload and start … Continue reading Building Resilience

Creating Wellness – Faye Browne

Creating WellnessSummer 2014, Living Well Magazine Faye Browne has always painted, but after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, it became a way to express how she felt and in doing so has helped her heal. While her day-to-day job as fashion designer/business owner is creative in and of itself, cancer brought a new need … Continue reading Creating Wellness – Faye Browne

Recovery Bus, Who’s On Yours?

Recovery Bus, Who’s On Yours?by Paul Bedson Spring 2013 Living Well Magazine At The Gawler Cancer Foundation, we encourage you to move into the driver’s seat of your own cancer recovery ‘bus’.  On the front of the bus is the destination that you want for yourself and your family. You need to exercise your discrimination … Continue reading Recovery Bus, Who’s On Yours?

Don’t take cancer sitting down

Don’t take cancer sitting downSpring 2013 Living Well Magazine By Anna-Louise Bouvier While genetics play a huge role in the development and recurrence of cancer, lifestyle factors such as whether you smoke, how much you weigh, what you eat and how much you move are also vitally influential. Research is showing strong links between sedentary … Continue reading Don’t take cancer sitting down

In a way, I feel lucky I had cancer – by Scott Haines

In a way, I feel lucky I had cancer - by Scott Haines Spring 2013, Living Well Magazine Scott Haines and daughter Amella, North Warryndyte, Victoria For me, it started with a sore throat. I thought it was the start of a cold. Both the glands in my throat came up, but only one went … Continue reading In a way, I feel lucky I had cancer – by Scott Haines

Eating for Wellness by Janella Purcell

Eating for Wellness by Janella PurcellSpring 2013 Living Well Magazine Diet has been linked to degenerative diseases, including cancers, through a number of studies. It seems logical that with a diet free of processed and refined grains and oils, along with a reduction in exposure to free radicals, you greatly reduce your chance of getting … Continue reading Eating for Wellness by Janella Purcell

Saving face. What’s in your make-up?

Saving face. What's in your make up?by Nicole Bijlsma Spring 2013, Living Well magazine As a parent with two young daughters, I know that I still have some control over what they put on their faces and bodies, however by their teens – thanks to peer and media pressure – there is a good chance … Continue reading Saving face. What’s in your make-up?

Meditation shown to increase disease-fighting genes

Meditation shown to increase disease-fighting genesSpring 2013, Living Well magazine There has been solid scientific research supporting the mental and physical benefits of meditation. A 2013 Harvard study (1) has shown these extend to an increase in disease fighting genes and a lessening of activity by a cluster of genes which trigger some cancers. The … Continue reading Meditation shown to increase disease-fighting genes

Consider your meditation ergonomics

Consider your meditation ergonomicsSpring 2013, Living Well magazine Is your meditation bringing you more pain than pleasure? Bronwyn Gillespie from The Gawler Cancer Foundation sat down with Colin Steele, Creator of Black Dragon Meditation Seats to discuss meditation ergonomics.  There are many things that can distract us from our meditation practice. Some of the most … Continue reading Consider your meditation ergonomics

Oncology Society addresses complementary medicine in cancer care

Oncology Society addresses complementary medicine in cancer careSpring 2013, Living Well Magazine Is your Oncologist open and willing to discuss complementary or alternative therapies that could provide relief from pain or nausea, add to your overall wellbeing or aid the treatment of cancer? If you’re one of the many Australians who have withheld their use … Continue reading Oncology Society addresses complementary medicine in cancer care

The Connection: Mind Your Body

The Connection: Mind Your Body “It wasn’t until I got sick that I realised I needed to get better” Living Well Magazine Summer 2015 We sat down with filmmaker Shannon Harvey just back from the international premieres of her eye-opening new film ‘The Connection’, which is creating waves of inspiration across the globe. When Shannon was … Continue reading The Connection: Mind Your Body

The Running Raw around Australia update

The Running Raw around Australia update - Where are they at? We’ve introduced you to veteran raw vegan runners Janette Murray Wakelin and Alan Murray in previous editions of Living Well and their 2013 goal to run side-by-side around Australia, 15,500km, 365 marathons in 365 days. Well they’ve crossed the half-way mark! What a mind-blowing effort to raise awareness and funds … Continue reading The Running Raw around Australia update

“Set Your Compass Article” featured in Wellbeing Magazine

I found true north at the Gawler Foundationwritten by Danielle Kirk, Journalist, Wellbeing Magazine Click here to view the artilce: I found true north at the Gawler Foundation written by Danielle Kirk [Journalist, Wellbeing Magazine]