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October 18-19, 2021 at 04:00 PM GST 
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Patricia Cove

Lifestyle Regenerate me, Canada

Title: Making Youthing Doable


With 30+ years as a Mental Health Trauma Therapist, Patricia realized that there was insufficient capacity in that role to give people what they needed to be fully in charge of their total health. She embarked on a 10-year journey of studying valid Functional research to increase her ability to empower people with the proper knowledge, tools, and resources to allow them to be more in charge of their whole health.


Age is not the definitive factor it’s made out to be when it comes to our health. Getting older is inevitable, but aging is not. What society thinks of as aging—poor memory, weight gain, aches and pains, decreased mobility, wrinkly skin, —is abnormal aging, and it doesn’t have to be this way.
The problem is that the general public are not getting the information they need to make more conscious decisions on how they can be more in control of their health. They are informed by advertising, their parent’s habits derived from misinformation, the Government’s misrepresented guidelines, and their doctor’s perspective limited by the Medical Board.
The intention of this talk would be to briefly outline some of the epigenetic factors that contribute to the pathways to disease and health, then present simple ways, without prejudice, of regeneration from recent research that are affordable and doable in a manner that can engage the general public to be more proactive in their self-care NOW before they have devastating symptoms. I will introduce topics of Interval Fasting engaging autophagy, Interval Exercising utilizing nitric oxide, and three main ways of assisting Stem cell growth.
The body wants to come back to homeostasis and wants to not just be good, it wants to be great. People will discover that it is possible to live younger longer with vitality –“Youthing”.
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John E. Lewis

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, USA

Title: Food as Medicine


John E. Lewis, Ph.D. is the founder and chief science officer of Nurish.Me Inc.  He is also a past full-time associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and now remains as a voluntary associate professor.  He is a diplomate, faculty member, and advisor of the Medical Wellness Association.  Dr. Lewis has been the principal investigator of multiple nutrition, dietary supplement, exercise training, and medical device clinical trials and studies in the last 2 decades.  Much of his research has included investigating the effects of interventions on a wide variety of outcomes, including immune and cognitive functioning, inflammation, physical fitness, nutrient status, quality of life, and mental health, in healthy adults and in those with Alzheimer’s, HIV, MS, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, diabetes, chronic pain, and GI disorders, among others.  He has co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed scientific articles, has mentored many undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in exercise, nutrition, and health promotion, and has been an invited speaker at multiple international and national conferences, including a seminal talk on the results of his work in Alzheimer’s for TEDxMiami.  In addition to his professional accomplishments, he is a former athlete and competitive body builder, who maintains a very rigorous exercise training regimen and has eaten a whole-food, plant-based diet for over 23 years.


This lecture will feature some of the latest nutrition science information, starting with some of the basic facts and principles around nutrition and dietary behaviors, the links between inadequate nutrition and chronic diseases, the benefits of dietary supplementation, the importance of bioavailability of active ingredients, and why certain polysaccharides are crucial for health.  Dr. Lewis will discuss the results of his extensive line of research on how polysaccharides modulate the immune system and other organ systems in the context of patients with Alzheimer’s, HIV, MS, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and healthy adults.  Having a proper understanding of the evidence base of nutrition and dietary supplementation and their relationships to chronic disease is important for all allied health practitioners and wellness industry professionals, especially considering all of the marketing hype around diet, food, and dietary supplements.  Dr. Lewis’s lecture provides attendees an evidence-based review of nutrition science that emphasizes some recent important findings that have an impact on health and quality of life.
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Alka Patel

British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, UK

Title:  JOY AT WORK - the WHAT, the WHY and the HOW of self-care and self-compassion for the MEDICAL PROFESSION using the L.I.F.E.S.T.Y.L.E FIRST Method


Alka   Patel   is   a   GP,   Health   Coach   and   Lifestyle   Medicine Physician  in  the  UK.  She  is  a  Regional  Director  of  the  British Society  of  Lifestyle  Medicine,  a  Member  of  the  Royal  College of GPs  Wellbeing  Committee  and  a  GP  for  the  Practitioner  Health Service  providing  a  confidential  service  to  doctors  and  dentist suffering with significant mental health issues and addictions.


Joy at work is about meaning and purpose and connection and ensuring that caring and healing, which is the essence of what physicians do, is a naturally joyful activity. And it centre’s on realising the critical value of self-care and self-compassion.

Medicine is an incredibly rewarding profession but the pressures can sometimes be too hard to bear and the question that remains is how can you circumvent these pressures and avoid the burnout and mental decline that affects so many?

We need to value and prioritise our own self-care and self- compassion as a profession and consider joy at wok to be an essential, not a luxury item. 

The most joyful people at work are the most productive and engaged and feel both physically and psychologically safe, appreciate the meaning and purpose of their work, have some choice and control over their time, experience camaraderie with others at work, and perceive their work life to be fair and equitable.

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Joana Macena

Global Wellness Institute, Brazil

Title: How Tantra and Belly Dance Affect Hormones and Well-Being


Joana Macena has been working on wellness market for 10 years as a doctor specialized in orthomolecular medicine and member of American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Powerful tools on wellbeing, following Lifestyle Medicine criteria, has been her practice even before graduate. Being vegan, yoga practitioner and belly dancer, she can feel the benefits on her own life. Easily showing up as yoga lifestyle ambassador.


Fitness/mind-body market is valued in $828.2 billion globally, by GWI in 2019. This report connects benefits of belly dance and tantra, both mental and physical. Belly dancing provides good cardio workout, increases flexibility and strength "core muscles" and legs. As low-impact exercise, can be suitable for women at any age, also increasing bone density and preventing osteoporosis. Due to the constant twisting and turning of the spine during repetitive undulations of hips and torso, there is an increased release of synovial fluid. Movements can also stimulate digestion flow and prepare for natural birth by opening hips and strengthen muscles used for better orgasms. Mental health benefits are associated with better body image, focus and concentration required to choreography. Enjoyable and fun way to meditate, getting in touch with inner feminine energy, it greatly reduces stress levels.

Tantra could be called "yoga for sex life", it connects body, mind, and soul, and cultivates sexual energy. Inside everyone there is a switch: kunda ( light bulb of sexual energy), which can be awakened through senses, meditation and deep breathing. Breathwork raises happiness chemicals: serotonin and dopamine, delivering pleasure. Heart oppening during tantra guides an intuitive way to grow into best selves, attracting healthy relationships. Tantric exercises will release orgasmic chemicals (serotonin, dopamine, and testosterone), which increases sex drive, energy, and creates more blissful feelings, also helping to heal symptoms of depression. So, there are much more feelings to experience the bliss that comes from living a tantric lifestyle.

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Samra Abouchacra

College of Medicine & Health Sciences Al Ain Hospital, UAE

Title: The Obesity Epidemic and Eating Behaviour: Are Diets the Answer?


Abouchacra is a consultant nephrologist with Canadian & American Board certification in Internal Medicine & Nephrology. She has Masters in Science from Toronto Institute of Medical Sciences. She served as chairperson for Academic Affairs & Nephrology departments at Tawam Hospital and Medical Director of Urology Kidney Disease Service Line Council for Emirate of Abu Dhabi. She has held Director of Outpatient Services post at Tawam and Al Ain Hospitals. She actively participates in teaching and research including International Dialysis Outcomes &Practice Patterns Study. She is an active member in medical societies & fellow of American Society of Nephrology.



Obesity has become a global epidemic, which is rapidly spreading at phenomenal rates. The gravity of this “Globesity” epidemic goes beyond sheer numbers, as it is directly linked to many diseases that pose serious health risks and are responsible for escalating health care expenditures. Notably, obesity is the single most important contributor to the development of type 2 diabetes along with other metabolic disorders; comprising the constellation of cardiovascular risks. In this presentation, the magnitude of this crisis and its hidden consequences will be delineated setting the stage for the necessary actionable steps. Though the solution seems straightforward with weight reduction being the cardinal intervention, however, achieving and maintaining weight loss is extremely challenging. Diets have disappointingly had limited short term benefits with lack of sustainability and even rebound weight gain. In addition to their restrictive nature, there are even more complex personal behaviour and social factors affecting food ingestion that current day “diets” do not address. These shortcomings will be explored in the context of dietary behaviour patterns promoting weight gain that may be critical in sabotaging weight loss efforts. Our research group has undertaken study initiatives including a multicentre survey aimed at understanding eating habits in overweight and obese individuals in our region. The published data will be shared for interactive discussion and a recently published novel eating behaviour modification concept will be introduced. This lecture aims to provide an evidence- based presentation intended specifically for the target audience with compelling take-home messages.

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Azemsi Gul Yilmaz

Ankara University, Turkey

Title: Ankara University, Turkey


Azemsi Gul Yilmaz has completed her Bachelor’s degree from Gazi University’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in Ankara after graduating from primary school and high school in Konya. She completed her Master's degree in Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Ankara University in 2015. Also, she is a Research Assistant at the same university. She is interested in obesity, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and genotoxicity.


Many foods and drinks contain caffeine (1, 2, 7 trimethylxanthine) as purine alkaloids. On beside of coffee, caffeine can also be taken from drinks such as tea, cola, cocoa and energy drinks. Furthermore caffeine is part of frequently used drugs such as flu medicines, painkillers, slimming pills and stimulating drugs. Caffeine has effects on the body such as staying awake, reducing physical fatigue, increasing performance, increasing attention due to its stimulating properties. Recent studies on caffeine have found that this substance has many effects on the heart and circulatory system, respiratory system and endocrine system as well as the central nervous system. The stimulating effect of caffeine on the specific nervous system makes individuals more vigilant and alerted to the effects on the cardiovascular system as well as accelerating heart rate and vasodilatation by expanding blood vessels. It is a very important stimulating particle as it is found that it results in many complications, such as; insomnia, headache, impaired concentration, rise in heart rate and blood pressure, stomach problems, spontaneous abortions in pregnant women, babies with low birth weight and the diuretic effect. Depending on high dose caffeine consumption (400 mg/kg/day) it also adversely affects bone health and increases the risk of post-menopausal osteoporosis. On the other hand, it is shown that caffeine consumed in appropriate levels positively effects human health. Caffeine alleviates the physical and mental fatigue and thus increases work capacity. It increases alertness and mindfulness and in some cases, it eases headache and migraine pains. Therefore, caffeine is one of the most researched and discussed molecules of recent times.

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Carol Amendo

Rosalind Franklin University of Health and Science, Chicago

Title:  Secrets of Longevity from those who have lived the Longest


Carol Amendola D’Anca MS, LDN, CNS is a board-certified nutritionist and holds dual citizenship with both the U.S. and Italy. She is a bestselling author, public speaker, integrative nutritionist, culinary chef and host of an annual trip to Italy where travelers experience the authentic lifestyle of the Italian people and return with new perspectives on living well and living long. An honors graduate at the University of WI, she earned a Master of Clinical Nutrition Degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Health and Science/The Chicago Medical School. After completing her internship, she became a licensed dietician/nutritionist practitioner, author and public speaker. She is a member of the American Nutrition Association, Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, American College of Nutrition and a member of the Union for Concerned Scientists.


Four geographical areas of the globe have been validated and designated as “Blue Zones.” The first Blue Zone discovered was in Sardinia, Italy.  Populations living in the Blue Zones appear to have the secrets of longevity living beyond 100 years of age and without experiencing chronic illnesses that plague most economically developed countries today. For the past two decades research scientists, medical professionals, psychologists, photographers and scientists and photographers from National Geographic magazine have studied the area in depth to uncover the many facets of living long and living well.

Carol Amendola D’Anca, citizen of both the U.S. and Italy is intimately familiar with the "Blue Zone" of Sardinia with first-hand knowledge of the people, diet and lifestyle. All photos in her presentation were taken by her while on her recent research trip to the Blue Zone of Sardinia.  They tell the story of why and how this phenomenon occurs.

Audiences are not only inspired by the story of the centenarians but also acquire a deep understanding for what produces meaningful health for themselves and their clients and patients.

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Nooshin Yoshany

Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Title: Association between Lifestyle and Severity of Menopausal Symptoms in Postmenopausal Women


Nooshin Yoshany is PhD candidate in health education & promotion at Shahid Sadoughi University of medical sciences. She is the executive manager in Social Behavior Research & Health journal. She also works in Social Determinants of Health Research Center since 2013.


Menopause is a physiological occurrence along with a series of bothersome symptoms. Given that lifestyle affects people's health and many menopausal symptoms are reduced by changing the lifestyle, this study aimed to determine the relationship between lifestyle and severity of menopausal symptoms in women referred to health centers in Yazd city. Method: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2017 in Yazd city, Iran. By using stratified random sampling, 343 postmenopausal women were selected, who had experienced natural menopause for 1-5 years, and did not have any chronic or debilitating disease. The data collection tools were Walker's Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile II (HPLP2) and Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) questionnaires. A multiple hierarchical linear regression was used to investigate the adjusted association between lifestyle and severity of menopausal symptoms. Results: The total mean (SD) score of menopausal symptoms severity and women's lifestyle were 10.21(SD = 6.55) and 126.44(SD = 79.27), respectively. The results of multiple hierarchical linear regression showed that, by increasing each lifestyle score, the mean score of menopausal symptoms severity significantly decreased in all three models (P-value <0.001). Conclusion: The study concluded that healthy lifestyle reduces the severity of menopausal symptoms. Therefore, it is suggested that health policy makers in the design of postmenopausal care programs should pay special attention to the role of healthy lifestyles, including physical activity and healthy diet. Moreover, by preventing aggravation of menopausal symptoms, it is possible to economize on referrals to physicians and medicinal and therapeutic costs.

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Francois Andre Allaert

CEN Nutriment Dijon, France

Title: Grading Nutritional Health claims by weight of evidence would make for a better-informed public


Francois Andre Allaert is a Medical Doctor specialized in Public Health, completed his PhD in Biostatistics and Pharm D. He is strongly involved in the field of Medical Evaluation and especially in the evaluation of health claim. He is managing a human clinical center specifically approved by French health authorities for food supplement and enriched food evaluation. He is also managing the Chair for Health Claim Medical Evaluation at the Burgundy University of Dijon. He authored more than 1500 scientific oral communications and publications among which 210 are PubMed referred.




In the European Regulation 1924/2006 and especially its first recital; the evaluation of health claims (HC) by European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) was introduced so as “to ensure a high level of consumer protection, [and] give the consumer the necessary information to make choices in full knowledge of the facts…” Now, with 10 years of hindsight since the Regulation was adopted, it can be asked whether EFSA HC process of evaluation that led to a marginal number of accepted claims is consistent with this objective, not just for protecting consumers but for allowing them to decide freely and make informed choices. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate that the inclusion of a ranking of the weight of evidence in the assessment of EFSA’s scientific substantiation of HC would allow consumers to benefit from the very high standard of scientific evaluation performed by EFSA. The definition of standards of proof is a generalized practice and rests on the principle that evaluations of health practices should be understood in terms of descriptions ranging from formal proof from high-power double-blind placebo-controlled studies to rankings based on the consensus views of experts or even agreement among professionals. Grading of weight of evidence – not of scientific expertise – is pervasive in all the recommendations or consensus meetings of health authorities or learned societies. This approach would stimulate research and product innovation as industrials would see a positive return on investment. The transition from an all-or-nothing system of health claims to a system graded by weight of evidence would be an alternative to the current system. This approach would be more consistent with the rationale of European Regulation which aims both to provide consumers with the best possible information by giving them the opportunity to exercise their free will in full knowledge of the facts and to promote research that meets sound scientific and medical grounds providing a basis for such information.

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