Today, I am joined by one of my good friends, Dr. Meighan Valero! Dr. Valero is one of the preeminent naturopathic doctors in Canada with a focus on cancer. She believes in an integrative and evidence-based approach to supporting patients with cancer throughout conventional therapy. She utilizes a combination of techniques such as intravenous therapy, supplementation, dietary and lifestyle counseling, acupuncture, and botanical medicine. She is incredibly credentialed and experienced at what she does.
Unfortunately, it is no exaggeration to say that we all will have cancer touch our lives at some point. One in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetimes. Understanding what is possible from an integrative approach is something that we all deserve to know and I cannot think of anyone better to drive this conversation than Dr. Meighan Valero!
In this episode, she is sharing her own personal story that has driven her to passionately explore and provide incredible integrative cancer care, as well as how she works with her current patients when it comes to addressing cancer.
[1:04] About today’s episode with my good friend, Dr. Meighan Valero.
[2:37] Welcoming Dr. Valero to the podcast!
[3:16] Meighan shares her story and why this particular avenue of naturopathic medicine is something she is incredibly passionate about.
[6:02] What integrative oncology is and what it has the potential to be for patients with cancer.
[9:47] What health consumers should know about FABNO credentialing.
[13:08] Red flags to be on the lookout for when exploring integrative options with respect to cancer management.
[15:22] Meighan shares what the experience is like to work with her as a patient, and gives advice to patients looking to approach their oncologist in asking them to work with a naturopathic doctor.
[22:13] How patients can approach this conversation with both of their medical teams and what they can do to be proactive in their care.
[25:51] One of the problems with only engaging with the traditional approach to cancer and why blending both camps is the most effective.
[27:33] What treatment looks like after cancer.
[30:11] Meighan’s key-performance indicators!
[24:36] Where to learn more about what Meighan is doing in this world.
[35:36] Reflections from today’s episode.
[37:26] About next week’s episode!
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More About Dr. Meighan Valero
Dr. Valero’s practice focus is on adjunctive cancer care and chronic illness. Born and raised in Windsor, ON, she completed a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Psychology. She worked as a cancer research assistant for Dr. Siyaram Pandey at the University of Windsor for five years and later graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received special training in naturopathic oncology as an intern in Toronto and became the first Oncology Research Resident in Ottawa. Her passion lies in developing individualized treatment protocols for those who wish to prevent cancer, those living with cancer, and those with a desire to learn the tools and necessary lifestyle changes to prevent a recurrence of a previously treated cancer.
She believes in an integrative and evidence-based approach to supporting patients with cancer throughout conventional therapy. She utilizes a combination of techniques such as intravenous therapy, supplementation, dietary and lifestyle counseling, acupuncture, and botanical medicine. Dr. Valero is very open to establishing professional relationships with local oncologists in order to work together for the overall well-being and improved quality of life of the patient.
She has authored several research publications including: “Complementary Strategies for the Management of Radiation Therapy Side Effects,” published in the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, “Identifying and Treating Magnesium Deficiency in Cancer Patients Receiving Platinum-Based Chemotherapy,” published in Natural Medicine Journal, “Chemotherapy-Related Cognitive Impairment”; “Chemotherapy and Radiation-Induced Oral Mucositis,” published in The Journal of IHP.
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“When it comes to chemoradiation and conventional care, there are just so many pieces that we can optimize as naturopathic doctors. We can ensure safety when it comes to integrating the two worlds.” — Dr. Meighan Valero
“There’s so much research to show that [natural medicine] actually could really impact a person’s quality of life, a person’s outcomes, their chance of remission, their chance of preventing a reoccurrence. … It’s … about blending the two worlds properly.” — Dr. Meighan Valero
“[Naturopathic oncology] does require the patient to play an active role. It’s not a very passive process — both … in terms of speaking of yourself and engaging both sides of the teams, but also … being active in the actual healing.” — Dr. Meighan Valero
“It’s not really about picking sides. It’s about: ‘What can I be doing? … I want all of the tools available to me.’ But if I pick one camp, I am only going to get one camp’s version. … But, we do have to respect both sides and they have to be blended.” — Dr. Meighan Valero