Breast cancer isn't over the day you ring the chemo bell. Rebuilding your vitality and best quality of life requires more than conventional prescriptions and treatments. This podcast is dedicated to your recovery and best quality of life using integrative health and functional medicine.
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My first session with Deborah Beaumont made me realize that this was a different experience than any other medical appointment I've had in the past. During the initial visit, I was truly impressed by how Deborah clearly explained the medical tests and potential causes of my symptoms. What impressed me the most was how she is trying to find the root cause of the symptoms to eliminate the problem, instead of just prescribing medications to cover up the symptoms. She was happy to explain the technical and biological aspects of my health in the detail I needed, so that I could truly understand WHY she was suggesting certain dietary changes and medical tests. Deborah is extremely supportive, non-judgmental, relatable, and her knowledge has led to life-changing results. Since I've started to follow her suggestions, my symptoms are dramatically improving, my energy level is shockingly different (feel like a teenager again), my anxiety/stress reduced, and I'm realizing that many aspects of my health are related in ways I never understood before. I also appreciate that Deborah is open to having phone consultations (since I live far away), and I never feel rushed during our consults, and she truly listens. I've recommended her to many of my friends, and have been comforted to finally have found a medical professional that has given this much thought and care in treatment.
I found Deborah excited to share her knowledge and support. Her views really resonated with me. I would recommend anyone who is starting to pay attention work with Deborah. She is kind and compassionate with everyone. She is able to be simple and straightforward in what she teaches but has a depth of knowledge to draw from to go deeper.
Deborah was available when I needed her even when I was in crisis. She helped me understand day to day what was happening and helped me address my concerns in a patient and understanding way. She is incredibly knowledgable and I felt safe in her hands. I was so glad she was on my team.
I’ve worked with a lot of doctors and practitioners but I needed someone who could look at the whole picture and help me understand how to make sense of all the recommendations and advice. As a nurse I knew she understood the medical piece of my care as well as the natural treatments I wanted to pursue. She helped me understand all the medical “jargon”. Too many times I was confused and overwhelmed after seeing my doctor and she patiently would explain to me what was said and help me understand what it all meant.
"Deborah Beaumont is a perfect balance of the traditional approach of testing and clinical knowledge with the holistic and integrative world of natural healing which addresses health and healing from a mind body perspective. Her knowledge addresses the core issues before your health problems become worse. Deborah hunts down health symptoms to get to the root causes of issues and then puts together a plan that not only addresses the medical side of things but also the lifestyle contributors. If you are dealing with health issues that won't go away, I'd highly recommend working with Deborah, and finding the root causes before those issues get worse."
"I found Deborah excited to share her knowledge and support. Her views really resonated with me. I would recommend anyone who is starting to pay attention work with Deborah. She is kind and compassionate with everyone. She is able to be simple and straightforward in what she teaches but has a depth of knowledge to draw from to go deeper."
I've been on both sides of the health care system, as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse for over thirty five years and as a two time cancer survivor. I've had too many sleepless nights on google at 3 am searching for information about every ache, pain and strange bump and lump, no matter how "normal", might be a sign that cancer has returned. Living with this fear and helplessness is too often a reality in living with cancer. As I went to my doctors and was given prescription after prescription and told to come in a year for a check up I felt like there had to be more. Taking prescriptions gave me miserable side effects and hoping for the best wasn't helping me sleep any better at night.
Studying functional medicine and learning how correcting hormone balance, nutritional deficiencies and implementing lifestyle changes could help me fight cancer by creating an environment where cancer would not thrive gave me the sense of control and direction that had been stripped from me the day I got diagnosed with cancer. It was the more I was looking for. As I continue to grow and heal I have a passion to share what I've learned with you to support you in your recovery from breast cancer and breast cancer treatment.
As an integrative practitioner I believe in the best of conventional and evidence based functional medicine.
Recovery isn't over the day you ring the chemo bell. All to often there are debilitating side effects from treatment that last months if not years. The prescriptions and procedures that focus on symptom management often do little to offer relief and all too often result in long term dependence on prescriptions and unnecessary procedures.
I believe a functional medicine approach incorporates the best of what we know from a conventional oncology perspective with our evolving understanding of cancer as a metabolic disorder. Utilizing the best of nutrition, lifestyle medicine and mind body healing is a powerful way to impact the effect of cancer and cancer treatment on our lives.
I draw on my background in nursing, psychology, mind-body medicine, nutrition and training in functional medicine to help clients identify their goals and health challenges and develop a recovery plan that addresses their unique needs, is based in understanding their bodies and empowers them to actively engage in their own long term recovery.
A cancer diagnosis has tremendous consequences physically and emotionally and we need to honor the mind-body connection in healing.
Lets work together to develop a long term plan for health and a vibrant quality of life.
This comprehensive assessment is the foundation for your health and wellness plan and is an opportunity for discovery and connection. This in-depth session will be based on a thorough review of your history, labs and health challenges.
During this time we review your individual circumstances and discuss goals and a plan to achieve them. After a thorough review we will define the next steps.
There is often a “breakthrough” in understanding the interconnection between your history, your symptoms and the health challenges you are facing. Understanding this interconnectedness provides an opportunity to identify immediate actions as well as establish longer term goals and strategies to achieve those goals. This consultation can be independent and is required for your individual program.
A complete written report of your session will be e-mailed to you. You will have the opportunity for e-mail follow up to clarify any questions or concerns.
Groups and classes are offered periodically to help you jumpstart your healing journey or move past blocks and plateaus you may be experiencing. These classes are held on-line and in person. Topics include:Recovering from breast cancerRecovering from breast implant illnessFood based cleanses and detoxHealing your digestion Gut healthKicking sugar addictionRecovering your energySteps to conquer gluten free livingMind-body Healing
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Deborah Beaumont
Several years ago I was sitting in my oncologist’s office in something of emotional panic. It had been several months after I finished active treatment for my breast cancer and one night I felt a marble size lump in my right breast. At this point I lived out of state yet flew back to see my trusted oncologist. I had already been through the breast cancer diagnosis and ordeal of a double mastectomy, numerous reconstructive surgeries, had taken more prescriptions than I could keep track of including hormone blocking drugs that had put me in menopause with a vengeance. The side effects of Tamoxifen was making me miserable but I was continuing to take it out of my fear of recurrence. The side effects of everything had depleted me mentally, physically and emotionally yet here I was facing the fact that despite everything I had done the cancer had returned.
The oncologist spent less than 20 minutes with me. After glancing through my chart, reviewing my medications and doing a cursory exam she assured me it was a benign lump, wrote a prescription for another year of Tamoxifen and told me to come back in a a year for to make sure I didn’t have symptoms of recurrence. After flying thousands of miles in the dead of night in a panic I wanted more. I distinctly remember asking her what I could do to make sure cancer didn’t come back - testing, monitoring - anything really. I needed to know where to go from here. With a shrug she said “not much - stay on the medication, wait and see if you develop symptoms of recurrence.”
WHAT? After everything that’s all you’ve got?
That day was a turning point for me. Generic advice and toxic medication - that was it? I knew there had to be more than just hoping for the best. I also knew that even though I would always have to address the potential for cancer recurrence that dealing with all of the health issues I was having, some of them the result of treatment, required more than lip service advice to lose weight and lower my blood pressure.
It was then I started studying and started learning everything I could about cancer and cancer prevention in the context of my health. My study took me into the world of functional medicine. For me functional medicine was the place where I began to understand the interconnectedness of not only my illness but the effects of medication, treatment, stress on my overall health. It made sense from my traditional medicine training and from everything I knew about mind-body medicine and the role of lifestyle on my overall health. By implementing many the principles I was learning I I was able to wean off medication, started reducing stress, slept better and finally started feeling better and getting my energy back. My brain fog, reflux, insomnia and gut problems started to resolve and I was finally beginning to feel more energy and more like myself. I was able to wean off many of the medications I had been taking and actually started feeling more in charge of my life. The difference was so significant I knew I needed to be able to share this with the many women I had come to know in my breast cancer journey. I decided to formally study functional medicine and help women understand the important steps they could take t reclaim their health.
Maybe you’ve arrived on my page because you have a similar journey
-perhaps you’re struggling with your own health issues after treatment -perhaps you're looking for an integrative approach to your health
-perhaps you're looking to make sense of everything
-perhaps you want to know how to decrease your risk of getting sick
maybe you just want to feel better -
The truth is in my practice I see many women who are suffering with side effects and symptoms months and years after treatment that go beyond their initial diagnosis of breast cancer. As we all know these treatments and medications have their own debilitating side effects. I hear women tell me they’ve been dismissed or their experience minimized all too often being told it’s the cost of dealing with cancer.
What I’ve learned is that it doesn’t have to be this way. The truth is we all have to navigate difficult treatment decisions and there are no easy answers. What we don’t have to do is suffer needlessly. We may feel helpless over the disease of cancer but we are not helpless in supporting our bodies and our health in ways to prevent and overcome issues that effect the quality of our lives. There are times when medications and treatments are needed but there are also valid, non-toxic ways we can support our health and prevent many of these problems that too often are chronic and debilitating. That’s what I do as a Functional Medicine Practitioner. I help you understand your body, your treatment and the mind-body interconnectedness that is the foundation for health and well being.
Drawing on my medical training as well as my training as a Mind-Body and Functional Medicine Practitioner I want to empower you in your health and recovery. I am committed to supporting you in your recovery. After all, we didn’t come this far to just take prescriptions and hope for the best.