How You Can Save A Life (Or Two) This Year

Posted February 7, 2013


Are you sitting near another person at the moment? Have you been talking to someone else recently? Thinking of someone else? On current estimates, one in nearly every two people alive today will develop cancer in their lifetime. That is way too many. But if you have someone else near to you, that is two people. So who might it be? How good would it be to save a life in 2013?

I suggest this can easily done when we put our minds to it. Quite simply, in 2013 my intention is to do all can to save lives and I reckon we can all do it.

What I am talking about is helping people to avoid developing a disease that will kill them before their time – like cancer. What I am also talking about is helping more people to recover from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Here are some suggestions.


So the first life to save is our own. This is a project worth putting effort into!

1. Eat a plant based, wholefood diet

Six of the ten major diseases that kill people are powerfully related to poor nutrition – eating crap, basically. The new version of You Can Conquer Cancer explains what is wrong with the average Western diet so many of us have been used to, and how we can easily remedy the problems and enjoy eating well.

The Wellness Diet, as spelled out in the new book, is highly anti-inflammatory, highly regenerative. It provides new levels of energy, you feel great and you will look good. Eating well is the basis of a healthy, happy life.

2. Exercise for 30 minutes daily

Even if you miss a day or two in the week, this amount of exercise is still pretty well guaranteed to make most things in your life better, from your physical health to your state of mind.

3. Set up a vegetable garden

Great exercise, allows you to get in touch with the rhythms and moods of nature, appreciate your food more, enjoy the organic taste sensations and know where your food has come from and what has happened to it. It’s also terrific for the environment and may be one of the best things we can do personally to help our planet to survive.

4. Forgive someone, and practice gratitude

Resentment eats at the heart, gratitude builds delight! Simple recipe. If all else fails, imagine you are on your deathbed and check out how it would feel to be dying in a bitter, resentful state of mind. Yuck! That cannot be good. Why wait. Forgive now and enjoy the interim. You may live for ages; all the more time to enjoy a peaceful, happy heart!

5. Meditate daily

Meditate and everything gets better. Clear mind, peaceful heart. Good decision-making, the natural enthusiasm to look after yourself and to care for others. Meditation is at the core of a long, healthy and happy life – what we wish for everyone


1. The easy option

Give them a book like You Can Conquer Cancer or Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis by George Jelinek. That might do it for $30 or so. Now there’s a bargain! And, it’s as easy as.

2. A little more demanding

Offer to walk with someone regularly.
Offer to help someone set up their new veggie garden.
Take them to a workshop or offer to accompany them on a retreat.

3. Getting risky

Take time to talk with someone about real stuff, like asking them: Who have you forgiven recently? What are you doing about being overweight? Drinking too much? Stressing out too much?

4. Full on

Become a wellness advocate. Write to the local paper, the local MPs, speak to schools or service groups; find ways to share the positive reality that a healthy lifestyle prevents illness, generates good health and wellbeing, and accelerates healing.

Remember, those who have been through it become the most powerful advocates. I have had cancer. I do not want others to develop it; but those who do, like me, I want them to recover. If you have a personal story to share, when the time is right, when you feel ready, do consider how you can use that experience to good advantage – and help to save someone else’s life.

Speaking personally …

This year I will be more diligent. I eat well, but I could exercise more. I meditate regularly but this year will do more.

This year my public speaking will focus on A New Way of Living. I intend to spread the good news regarding how we can best prevent cancer and recover from it as far and wide as possible.

I hope you too can get excited about saving a life in 2013; or maybe two, or three, or ???

Where will you start? Tell us in the comments below.

Author Bio: Dr Ian Gawler OAM BVSc MCounsHS

Ian Gawler is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected authorities on Mind-Body Medicine and meditation. A long-term cancer survivor, Ian began one of the world’s first lifestyle-based cancer support groups, founded the Gawler Foundation and expanded his work and writings into the fields of disease prevention, health and well-being. Ian has a weekly newsletter/blog and he has just re-released the new edition of his best-selling book, You Can Conquer Cancer. Ian lectures widely as well as working on innovative ways to help people using new technologies.


To find out about one of Ian’s upcoming events, click here.


Positive affirmation for the day: I am saving my own life by living the best quality life possible.

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Wonderful post Ian and Jess. A good reminder of the small things we can do to make a difference.

This is a totally rad article. I am huge lover of actionable steps and this nails it! One thing I want to do more of is gifting books that matter to me to people I love – so this particular suggestion is great from my perspective. On my end, I hope to meditate more and participate in yoga more to calm my sometimes frazzled mind. Thank you for this great nugget of wisdom! <3

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer 1 year ago I went from being a very scared person to a conqueror! With all the knowledge and inspiration I have gained from people like YOU Jess, I have turned my whole party/drinking/smoking blah life around, and I am grateful for the experience. Cancer, really, is not such a bad thing – not for me anyway. It has taught me so much and I met some truly wonderful souls along the way. Today I sit here with just receiving the news that I am CANCER FREE – and it did it myself. I am in a good kind of shock and it has not sunk in. Did I REALLY do THAT??? Yep – sure did – so here’s to coffee enemas, great diet, meditation, ATTITUDE, good supplements, sunshine, exercise and love and support from people who matter. Thanks Jess and Ian.

Congratulations Faith! That’s one of the most inspiring comments I’ve read in ages. Love and light to you and thanks to Ian, Jess and people like yourself who inspire people like me on a daily basis xxx

Congratulations Faith,that is awesome news,well done.

Amazing story. Congrats xx

Great post, thanks Jess and Ian…lets stop with all the cancer awareness campaigns, and start doing something positive for all of us xx

IAN GAWLER is on my WALL OF FAME. An inspiration, a role-model, a believer, a top author, a person who shares with all his heart, who connects and helps you to connect ….. I love his story, his lifestyle, his beliefs, his way to connect …..

Totally agree. Attending a Gawler Foundation retreat was the most inspiring, transforming thing I’ve ever done – and no MS relapses in the nine years since. Ian and his staff are amazing.

A great post Ian. Thank you both. xxoo

Great post. My husband had cancer earlier this year and had a kidney removed. We have since gone vegetarian and do most of the above now. (Can’t get him to meditate lol). A book I read recently which was amazing was “Healthy At 100″ by John Robbins – really great case studies of communities that live long etc I have ordered a few copies to give as gifts.

Great post.
As a nurse I can also vouch for the importance of donating blood as well. Without a doubt, it saves lives.x

I am very excited about your recent post and I am 100% behind option 4. Your website is so inspiring and as I’m recovering from breast cancer surgery, it’s a wonderful chance for me to tell my friends how cool you are! It has been just over two weeks since I was diagnosed and one week since surgery. I’m still carrying my bag & drain and feeling sore, but positive.

I’m a reflexologist and have been so fortunate to have reflexology friends to hold my hands and feet through this journey. I’d love to help people understand about the benefits of reflexology and how it can help you discover, heal and put your best foot forward.

Wow- thank you so, so much, Ian and Jess. You’ve made me think more about what I can do for others to help them in a real way. Thank you so much! xxx

Thank you Jess and Ian. I decided it was my passion to help save lives when I realised that instead of fearing my Stage 4 Mets, I could do something to heal myself. The Gawler Foundation was my first port of call and I gained so much from their Life and Living Retreat that I am a walking, talking advocate of going there for any or all of their retreats. I also found your blog not long after diagnosis Jess and was inspired by your commitment to Gerson. I have slowly nutted out my path and am happy to say I am well with so many goals I think I will need to recruit others to help me to achieve them. These are: I will design and submit a lifestyle program to the Dept of Education this year. I aim to design a pamphlet of Alternative resources that I want distributed to hospitals to be placed in their waiting rooms and Doctors offices…..optimistic….yes I am! Will finish writing a book about how to take your power back when you are told ‘sorry’ by the conventional system. Will continue my raw food classes and health talks I give at our shop and hope to start a support group in my local area of Maitland, NSW. I realise that I still have to put my health first but am very motivated to share my knowledge that I have acquired over the last two years and take away people’s fear like the Gawler Foundation took away mine! I also hope to get the message of prevention across and can’t believe our education system does not focus on wellbeing in any constructive way to give us tools if chronic degenerative lifestyle disease strikes. Thanks for being fellow warriors and my inspiration.

Thanks for this great post. I have gone from feeling like these is nothing I can do about my breast cancer a year ago to feeling like I’m back in control and that there is HEAPS I can do to prevent it from coming back. I started off by making changes out of fear of the cancer returning to making changes because I loved myself more and more each day…that was the key for me. I am so passionate about my new found knowledge on health and wellbeing that I’m going to study to become a Holistic Health Coach and become the New Zealand Wellness Warrior…woohoo! Have a good w’end everyone xxooxx

The power for prayer has always helped me and my family live longer!!!

Eleven years ago I developed chronic lymphocytic leukemia, symptoms of motor neurone disease and multiple failures in my endocrine system. My body stopped producing vitamin D and pregnenolone. I traced the cause to the genotoxin chloramphenicol that had been added to an insecticide called Foray 48b, used by the New Zealand government and sprayed over the Suburb of Auckland I lived in.
Interestingly Foray 48b and its sister insecticide DiPel are approved for organic use. The adding of the genotoxin chloramphenicol is covered by multiple patents. Chloramphenicol is particularly dangerous to people like me who are sensitive to preservatives 211 and 210.
As a result of the poisoning and resultant leukemia I now avoid fruits and vegetables to lower my salicylate intake. I avoid folic acid as it appears linked to my leukemia. Salicylates and Folic acid are benzene based chemicals as is chloramphenicol and preservatives 210 and 211. I take vitamin D, pregnenolone and some DHEA. Basically I do the opposite of the Gerson Therapy eating mainly meat, peeled potatoes and drinking coke as I am also now sensitive to organic acids. Since undertaking this regime my leukemia has not got any worse and I have gone back to working full time.
Those people eating organic fruit and vegetables need to check that DiPel has not been used on the crops. Don’t believe people when they say DiPel is harmless as it contains natural Btk. To quote from the manufacturers fact sheet-
“1. What is DiPel? DiPel is the biological insecticide based on a naturally occurring compound Bacillus thuringiensis, subsp. Kurstaki. DiPel contains a balanced blend of five bacterial protein toxins and a spore, which enhance efficacy and assist in resistance management.
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Note the quote says “based”. The Btk is genetically modified. At least four patents show the manufacturers were adding chloramphenicol to the nutrient broth that forms the basis of the insecticide to genetically modify the Btk to produce a more dangerous toxin.