Guest: Nathan Cheong
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Nathan Cheong is the Managing Director of BioCeuticals. Prior to taking on the role of Managing Director, Nathan was the General Manager of Herbs of Gold a subsidiary of public listed company Vita Life Science. Nathan is a qualified Naturopath and Herbalist and holds degrees in Health Science, Science and Social Work. He currently sits on the Complementary Health Care Councils Complaints resolution panel and is a member of the Australian Institute of management.
Segment overview: Nathan Cheong, Managing Director of BioCeuticals and a qualified Naturopath and Herbalist, has an upcoming charity climb in Mt Kilimanjaro – Nathan will be climbing the mountain from 15 – 25 July to help raise money to find a cure for Brain Cancer, organised by Dr Charlie Teo.
Health Professional Radio – Cure Brain Cancer
Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. Thank you so much for joining us on the program today. Our guest in studio is Mr. Nathan Cheong, Managing Director of BioCeuticals and IsoWhey with more than 20 years’ experience in the complementary medicine industry. Now, prior to taking on the role of Managing Director at BioCeuticals, Nathan was General Manager of Herbs of Gold. He’s a qualified Naturopath and Herbalist and holds degrees in Health Science, Science and Social Work. He graduated with majors in Biochemistry and Psychology. And he’s here today to talk with us about an upcoming Charity Climb in Mt. Kilimanjaro. He’s goanna be climbing the mountain from 15th to the 25th of July and he’s here today to talk about this experience and the reason that he’s embarking on this climb. Good afternoon and welcome to the Health Professional Radio Nathan Cheong.
Nathan Cheong: Hi Neal, thanks for having me.
N: Thank you. Talk just a little bit about what BioCeuticals is involved in.
C: So BioCeuticals is a health care professional range of products which means that we develop, we manufacture and we market and educate the product for health care professionals. And in Australia health care professionals, what we mean by that is that we have products that are specifically made for doctors, integrative doctors, naturopaths, herbalists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and we particularly make products that are specific to those practitioners need. So the products generally a more sophisticated formulation, we use evidence-based ingredients in the formulation for that product and we typically have the most innovative products that are on the market.
N: Do you offer advice on how to recognize which supplements are appropriate for which patients with these practitioners who may not be naturopaths or herbalists?
C: We certainly do and education is really a cornerstone of BioCeuticals testament to our commitment to health care professionals. So whilst we recognized that naturopaths and herbalists, their base training is around supplementation whether it be herbs, nutrients, etc. there will be some modalities out there. In fact pharmacists, GPs and physios and chiropractors who don’t have a solid basis in herbal medicine so it is really up to us to educate them. So we run all sorts of different types of education to ensure that our health care professionals have a really good understanding of how they actually prescribe our products and then what certain conditions they will prescribe them for and yes, and so we’re very well-known for our education.
N: And you mentioned in another segment when you were here with us before, that you saw astounding results. Did you see results in a major problem within yourself disappear or were you seeing these results in others?
C: Well it’s a combination. It was certainly myself initially and I suffered from pretty bad aches I must say and I was seen by a naturopath and that naturopath set me on a really incredibly quick healing path by focusing on my diet, interestingly enough as who would have thought and rather than just applying topical anti-steroidal, inflammatory creams to a condition but actually understand what’s going on in the body and that was a revelation for me. So I kind of became more and more interested in naturopathy and natural medicine because I just, I obviously saw the benefits in myself but then I was, as a convert, as someone who experienced those…you don’t become a bit of a…and you go out there and you tell everyone, “All you have to. If anyone’s got a problem you got to and see a naturopath or an herbalist.” A good naturopath or herbalist and it particularly if you’ve been having, you’ve been coming off against dead ends with regards to improving your health. So yeah that’s a little bit about my experience.
N: There’s been a huge number of people that have sought natural modalities even before choosing the traditional methods of treatment for, let’s say cancers. Do you find that certain cancers are more responsive to natural modalities than they are to the traditional chemotherapies?
C: Well look that’s a very, very difficult question to answer and in Australia naturopaths and herbalists, we aren’t allowed to actually treat or officially treat patients that present with cancer. So our role in Australia is to actually support the treatment of cancers. So for instance if someone wants to present to myself, they would be obviously under the care of an oncologist and that’s very important. I would be very clear with regards to that patient that my role is to support you going through the treatment that you have chosen to do with your oncologist. But what we’re finding is that in this particular space is that the benefits of treating someone holistically, the benefits of treating someone with natural medicine in conjunction with traditional cancer treatments and that is cancer treatment’s maybe radiotherapy, chemotherapy as an example. Is that what we can do we can reduce the side effects of a lot of those treatments, we can support the body’s and the person’s immune system, we can support their gut health, we can ensure that they have a more positive approach to the treatment of cancer and ultimately what we’re trying to do is extend their period of wellness and improve them, improve their health status. So whilst we don’t go in with a direct approach to treatment of cancers, whatever those cancers might be, we certainly can provide and be a very important support factors for those people.
N: You’re involved in an effort to raise money to cure brain cancers, specific type of cancer. Talk about this charity effort that you’ll be embarking on very soon.
C: Yes. So for this is what is called ‘Charlie’s Million $ Mission’ and Charlie is Charlie Teo, he is a very famous brain surgeon in Australia. He’s incredibly famous for operating on brain cancers that not many other neurosurgeons would actually touch. So he has a reputation of being incredibly passionate about curing brain cancer but also about raising the awareness of brain cancer. And so his foundation which is called Cure a Brain Cancer Foundation has a bit of a mission on its hands, there’s about 13 professionals who have committed to raise over a hundred thousand dollars each for Charlie’s Cure a Brain Cancer Foundation. Charlie will be joining us on this mission to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, it’s just under 6,000 meters, it’s a little bit scary, there’s about half the oxygen up at the top of Kilimanjaro than we’re lucky to have down here at sea level so altitude sickness is something that we need to look out for and it’s something that I’ve been training for for the last 6 months which is a, yes so I’m really, really excited about it, really excited about the opportunity to raise this funds for the Cure a Brain Cancer Foundation.
N: And you say you’ve been training for the last 6 months.
C: Yeah, look my training, I do a lot of CrossFit and probably 4-5 days a week at CrossFit and the other couple of days I either running, doing some trail running or mountain biking. So I have a really good basic level of fitness and it’s predominantly functional fitness which is actually really good for this trek. My biggest thing is goanna be actually slowing down because I’m not necessarily a walker, I more of a runner so I know that I’m gonna have to just really try to pace myself, yeah, because the worst thing you can do is rush up the mountain and get altitude sickness. So but I’ve been doing a bit of training in an altitude training center, so you can replicate the atmosphere around 4,000 meters in terms of the oxygen content which is around 13%. So we’ll go in there for an hour at a time and do some …training or some kind of some light jogging and that’s really to acquire the …so if just try and get myself to maybe make a few more red blood cells and more mitochondria, they’ll help me at those higher limits. So that’s been interesting, I really enjoyed the training.
N: Now where can our listeners get more information about the Charlie Teo’s efforts?
C: Yeah, so if you go to curebraincancer.org.au, so that’s curebraincancer all one word .org.au and just click on the link to the Charlie Million $ Mission and you’ll get a bit of a landing page and then you can donate if you like or just read up about it. So look it’s a really interesting disease, in Australia around sixteen hundred people are diagnosed with brain cancer annually and unfortunately there’s really only a 20% survival rate past 5 years for brain cancer. I think this is universal not just to Australia, it’s universal around the world. So it is a particularly serious disease and it has a very, in Australia there’s not a lot of funding that goes into brain cancer so 5% of the total funding of cancers is actually going to brain cancer and another interesting studies but brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40s and any other cancers. So when you think about that it really brings home to you to be affected this particular cancer and for myself I have a little two year old, I think about her and I think about what I would do and how I would feel if she was to have this terrible disease and knowing that the rate, the survival rate is so low, I’m a convert I need to do whatever I can to help Charlie and his cause.
N: You are definitely doing your part and it’s been a pleasure talking with you today Nathan.
C: It’s been my pleasure Neal.
N: Thank you. Transcripts and audio of this program are available at healthprofessionalradio.com.au and also at hpr.fm. I’m your host Neal Howard and we’ve been in studio with Nathan Cheong, Managing Director of Bioceuticals and IsoWhey, talking about his upcoming charity climb at Mt. Kilimanjaro. He’s goanna be climbing the mountain from the 15th to the 25th of July to help raise money and awareness to find a cure for brain cancer. Now this effort has been organized by Dr. Charlie Teo. You can get for more information by visiting www.curebraincancer.org.au.