Ian Gawler – we talk cancer, mind medicine and overall wellness.

I was so fortunate earlier this year to have the chance to meet with wellness royalty – Ian Gawler. This interview with Ian was from the Surviving Cancer Event covered by Healthtalks in March. With all the recent hype of breast cancer and my quest to call on experts to share wellness information to gain more insight into how to better health, I thought best dig up the full version to share here. Take a look and tell me what you think.

Today you will learn:

  • How Ian arrived at his teachings – how he conquered cancer
  • How in 1975 he developed cancer in his leg and had it amputated, how it came back again and what he did
  • How nutrition played a major role in treatment
  • Mind Body Medicine and therapeutic benefits of Meditation
  • Why he believes the mind is your greatest tool in fighting cancer
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNPM6iu3X_Y]

More about Ian:
A well known advocate of self-help techniques and a healthy lifestyle, Dr Ian Gawler is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected authorities on Mind-Body Medicine and meditation.

With a gift for translating ancient wisdom into a modern context, Dr Gawler is the author of six bestselling books on self-help techniques and has edited another seven books on Mind-Body Medicine. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and his most recent book is “The Mind that Changes Everything”.

Ian has also produced a series of CDs and DVDs to support his writings as well as an online, meditation based, mind training program called Mindbody Mastery. Ian continues to work on a range of innovative ways to help people using new technologies.

The founder of the Gawler Foundation, Ian has appeared widely in the media and is sought as a presenter and speaker at conferences around the world. Ian has conducted many workshops and retreats in Australia and internationally, which have drawn big crowds for more than 30 years.

A long-term cancer survivor, Dr Gawler was diagnosed with bone cancer and his right leg was amputated in 1975. However, the disease recurred later that year. Drawing upon an integrated approach, he experienced a remarkable recovery.

Since 1981 when Ian began one of the world’s first lifestyle-based cancer support groups, his has work expanded in three ways. One aspect is the focus on healing, another involves professional trainings and speaking engagements, while the third focuses on disease prevention, health and wellbeing. Ian has helped many people in their quest for peace of mind, good health and spiritual fulfilment.

Dr Gawler’s biography, The Dragon’s Blessing was written by Guy Allenby in 2008.

Dr Gawler has been a student of the great Tibetan teacher Sogyal Rinpoche since 1984. He holds a degree in Veterinary Science and a Masters in Counselling. In 1987, Ian Gawler was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to the community.

To view Ian’s complete medical history click here.







  • June 1, 2013 By Megan Bullen 4:48 pm

    I love this interview Nat, thanks for posting. Ian Gawler sums up in a few minutes what the secret to health is… and I call it a secret because not many people know this. Each one of us that does has a responsibility to pass this information on to as many as we can, and I thank you for doing just that. I especially love that he touches on meditation in schools…

    I used to teach meditation years ago, before having my children and I’m currently studying as a health coach. My main driving force behind this is to educate children, parents, families on the importance of health, but also of the importance of the mind and meditation. My goal is to help schools around the country introduce daily meditation practices into the classroom.

    Thanks Nat x

  • June 2, 2013 By Lou 2:42 pm

    Thanks Nat, That was great! Ian Gawler was the man who inspired me to become a Naturopath in the late80,s. I read his book and through it found Dr Ainslie Meares book, Relief Without Drugs also a powerful forerunner to mind/body medicine.

    I agree with how amazing it would be if our children were given these teachings as a basic foundation for a wholesome, peaceful life.

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