Top Natural Health & Wellness Experts Take the Stage

We are proud to present top natural health and wellness experts sharing their expertise on some of today’s popular women’s health topics like healthy aging, hormone support, weight control, and more!

With years of experience and a genuine passion for women’s health, the speakers will keep you energized and motivated on focusing on your health.

Dr. Kate Rhéaume, ND

Saturday April 28 | 12:50 pm-1:30 pm | Columbia Ballroom
Putting calcium in its place

Why do so many of us lack calcium in our bones and yet have an excess in our arteries? This is the Calcium Paradox. Join Dr. Rhéaume to learn about the surprising and real ways you can have strong bones and healthy arteries without taking as much calcium as you think!

Saturday April 28 | 3:45 pm – 4:25 pm | Pacific Ballroom
Topic: Turn back the clock starting now

You can lower your biological age! Many of the conditions we think of as “just a part of aging” – such as the decline in our brain health, heart health, and immune systems – aren’t inevitable and can often be significantly improved or avoided. Join author and naturopathic doctor, Kate Rhéaume to learn what accelerates the aging process and what practical, evidence-based steps you can take to turn back the clock this year.

Author and naturopathic doctor, Kate Rhéaume is a graduate and former faculty member of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Kate lectures internationally on many topics related to health and wellness, and is a frequent guest on radio and television across North America. She is the author of the best-selling book Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life.

Dr. Karen Jensen, ND

Saturday April 28 | 10:00 am – 10:40 am | Columbia Ballroom
Topic: How stress, inflammation, and our gut can affect our mental health

Conditions such as chronic stress, inflammation, and the health of our gut can all have a profound effect on both our mental and physical health. By understanding both the cause and natural treatment options, you can develop a better understanding of what you can do to help prevent and treat these conditions, and optimize your health.

Sunday April 29 | 1:35 pm – 2:15 pm | Columbia Ballroom
Topic: Turn on the metabolic master switch for weight control, heart health, and diabetes

Keeping our metabolic pathways functioning correctly is critical to maintaining our health, and although it’s tempting to blame our excess weight on a slow metabolism, is it really the culprit? Learn how you can turn on your body’s metabolic master switch and help maintain a healthy weight, prevent type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and more.

Karen Jensen received her degree in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1988. She is a well-known lecturer, has written extensively for health magazines, and has appeared regularly on television and radio stations across Canada and the US. She is author or co-author of seven books, the most recent Women’s Health Matters: The Influence of Gender on Disease. Although she is currently retired after 25 years in clinical practice, she continues to write books and articles on natural and safe choices for optimal wellness.

Karlene Karst, RD

Saturday April 28 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm | British Ballroom
Topic: Energizing Smoothie Recipes

Saturday April 28 | 10:00 am-10:40 am | Pacific Ballroom
Topic: Discover the power of omega-3 for maximum energy

The low-fat diet craze of the 1990s left our bodies depleted of good fats. It was one of the most prevalent nutritional deficiencies of our generation. The prevalence of processed, high-sugar foods combined with an excess of omega-6 versus omega-3 fats is one of the leading causes of inflammation and mitochondrial dysfunction. Good fats from avocados, coconuts, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and fish can produce clean-burning energy as well as improve how our cells function. Karlene will explain how we can incorporate more of these fats into our diets.

Sunday April 29 | 11:30 am –12:30 pm | British Ballroom
Topic: Energizing Smoothie Recipes

Sunday April 29 | 12:50 pm – 1:30 pm | Columbia Ballroom
Topic: Feeding your microbiome: Why your gut is the centre of all healing

80% of your immune system is in your body’s bacteria. This bacteria helps your body with just about every process, including your digestion, your ability to think clearly, and maintaining a healthy weight.

When your gut bacteria (microbiome) is balanced, you stay healthy, happy, and full of energy. When your gut microbiome is out of balance, you set yourself up for a host of health issues, including weight gain, brain fog, chronic disease, irritable bowel, allergies, and more. Unfortunately, an unbalanced gut microbiome is more common today thanks to years of consuming diets that are high in processed foods and sugar, the overuse of antibiotics and antacids, and chronic stress. Karlene will teach us how to feed our microbiome with fermented, sour, and probiotic-rich foods to restore healthy bacteria and gut health.

Karlene Karst is a registered dietitian, and expert in natural health and holistic nutrition. She is the author of several books and is a highly enthusiastic and inspirational speaker appearing on radio and television across Canada including Marilyn Denis, CTV Morning Live, Breakfast TV, and Global.

Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno Jr, ND

Saturday April 28 | 10:45 am – 11:25 am | Pacific Ballroom
How our environment is affecting our fertility

Infertility has increased in the past 50 years and now affects one in six Canadian couples. The increased presence of toxic environmental chemicals and metals has damaged fertility in many ways. Fortunately, many natural health products can help the body break down these toxins, excrete them from our bodies as well as protect our bodies from the damage they can cause.

Saturday April 28 | 3:35 pm – 4:15 pm | Columbia Ballroom
Topic: Environmental toxins and breast cancer

Breast cancer accounts for about 25% of all cancers in Canadian women, and many environmental toxins increase this risk. The worst toxins appear to be chlorinated pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), parabens (from cosmetics), benzene, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and cadmium. Unfortunately, toxic exposure not only increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer, but also of her daughters. Animal research shows the mother actually concentrates some toxins in the fetus and human research shows that breastfeeding clears out PCBs through the milk. Fortunately, natural health products can assist in the breakdown of cancer-causing toxins, increase excretion and offer protection from carcinogenesis.

Through education, research, publishing, policy advancement, and solution-driven innovation, Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno has earned international respect for his visionary leadership integrating science-based natural medicine into health care delivery models. In his 40-year career, he has shared with millions around the world the profound efficacy of natural medicine.

Dr. Julie Reil, MD

Saturday April 28 | 2:15 pm –2:55 pm | Pacific Ballroom
Topic: Dealing with menopause, naturally

The hormonal changes that come with menopause can affect our energy, mood, memory, weight, skin, sleep, work, and quality of life. This stage of life can be unsettling, with many women unsure where to turn to for help. Hormones and their relation to each other is complex. Our lifestyle, food, water, and beauty products can all affect our hormonal balance. How you manage your stress, sleep, nutrition, and estrogen during this stage is crucial. Dr. Reil will discuss patients aged 40, 50, 60, and 70. She will also share the successful strategies they used to maintain their hormonal balance in peri-menopause, menopause, and beyond.

Sunday April 29 | 12:05 pm – 12:45 am | Columbia Ballroom
Topic: Beauty from the inside out 

We all want to age gracefully, yet the billion-dollar beauty industry tells us that expensive beauty products contain the fountain of youth. In reality, these beauty products often include toxins that can have the opposite effect and age our skin. Drawing from the latest dermatology data, Dr. Reil will show you how to prevent wrinkles and preserve and boost the body’s building blocks for ageless beauty. Learn about the latest laser and light technologies that can improve skin tone as well as the foods, products, and supplements that can support healthy, glowing skin.

Dr. Marita Schauch, ND

Saturday April 28 | 10:45 am – 11:25 am| Columbia Ballroom
Topic: Beauty at what cost – how cosmetics alter your hormones

In less than an hour upon waking, millions of women put 168 different chemicals on their bodies with many of these finding their way into the bloodstream, where they can wreak havoc on hormones and internal organs. Learn about the hidden dangers of body care products and cosmetics, the importance of a healthy liver, and how to choose safe body care products for you, your family, and the environment.

Saturday April 28 | 1:30 pm – 2:10 pm | Pacific Ballroom
5 signs you may be suffering from low thyroid

Thyroid disorders are more common than many people realize with up to 60% of those with thyroid disease unaware of their condition. Women are 5–8 times more likely than men to have thyroid issues with an estimated one in eight women developing a thyroid disorder at some time in her life. Low thyroid (hypothyroidism) in particular has become increasingly prevalent. Many factors can contribute to a low thyroid function including hormonal imbalance, environmental toxins, and even certain foods. Learn about the symptoms of low thyroid and which nutrients and lifestyle choices you can make to provide optimal support.

Dr. Marita Schauch is the author of two books Making Sense of Women’s Health and Collagen Myths & Misconceptions. She also co-authored The Adrenal Stress Connection. In addition to her clinical practice, she lectures across North America educating people on positive lifestyle choices.

Dr. Michael Lyon, MD

Saturday April 28 | 4:20 pm – 5:00 pm | Columbia Ballroom
Topic: Lessons learned from one of the busiest weight management clinics in the world

With so many conflicting opinions about weight loss and diets, what should you do if you are struggling with your weight? Dr. Michael Lyon will share his practical approach to achieving and maintaining healthy body weight based on his years overseeing a medically supervised obesity treatment centre.

Sunday April 29 | 2:20 pm – 3:00 pm | Columbia Ballroom
Topic: Living under the dark cloud – Finding happiness and freedom from depression

Clinical depression is different from the normal feelings of sadness all people experience at some point in their lives. Many people live with clinical depression for months or years without getting a correct diagnosis or treatment. Dr. Lyon will describe what clinical depression is, how it’s diagnosed and how to manage it using the whole person approach.

Dr. Michael Lyon is a UBC faculty member and is a published researcher in the fields of nutrition, appetite regulation, dietary fibre, and blood sugar regulation. He is Board Certified in Obesity Medicine through the American Board of Obesity Medicine and he completed a three-year family practice residency in 1988.

Dr. Gaetano Morello, ND

Saturday April 28 | 2:50 pm – 3:30 pm | Columbia Ballroom
Saturday April 29 | 1:45 pm – 2:25 pm | Pacific Ballroom
Topic: The mighty mitochondria – Enhancing cellular energy to treat fibromyalgia,
improve health, and turn back the clock

Oxygen is the stuff of life. Every cell in your body needs it to stay alive and thrive. Why is oxygen so important, though? And why, when we can go days without food and water, yet even a minute without oxygen can have devastating consequences? Join Dr. Morello to discover the might of your mitochondria, the oxygen-loving organelles that power your cells. In this lecture, Dr. Morello will reveal the link between mitochondrial dysfunction and fibromyalgia, aging, and other complex diseases.

Sunday April 29 | 3:05 pm – 3:45 pm | Columbia Ballroom
Topic: Insights into SIBO – the common condition that could be sabotaging your health

We all know that the gut is the seat of great health, so it’s no surprise that small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is increasingly recognized as a major factor in a variety of health issues. This excess of bacteria in the small intestine has been linked to chronic diarrhea and malabsorption, as well as unintentional weight loss, osteoporosis, and even depression! Join Dr. Morello to find out how SIBO develops and its impact on your health, and also learn how clinicians are achieving great success by treating SIBO with elemental and low FODMAP diets, select supplements, and targeted lifestyle changes.

Brad King, MS, MFS

Saturday April 28 | 3:00 pm – 3:40 pm | Pacific Ballroom
Topic: Lean-gevity – The science of living leaner and longer

Are you becoming old before your time? Is the weight starting to accumulate despite your efforts? Getting older often packs a double whammy, increased waistlines, and decreased hormones. But there is one hormone that continues to rise as we age and it’s this hormone that’s behind many of the changes we face as we age. Find out how you can live a longer and leaner life by gaining control over this pro-aging/fat-producing hormone.

Brad King is a highly sought-after authority on nutrition, obesity, longevity, and men’s health who holds a masters in nutritional science, and is certified by the International Sports Sciences Association as a master of fitness science. Brad was inducted into the prestigious Canadian Sports Nutrition Hall of Fame in 2003. He is the author of 12 books including: the international best-seller Fat Wars: 45 Days to Transform Your Body, and has been featured as a leading health expert on thousands of television and radio programs throughout North America.

Lindsay Sealey, BA, MA ED

Saturday April 28 | 1:35 pm – 2:15 pm | Columbia Ballroom
Topic: Growing strong girls: Happy, healthy, and whole

With scary headlines and news statistics telling us every day what girls are up against: the pressures of social media and perfection, rising mental health concerns such as anxiety and eating disorders, and often feeling not good enough – where do we begin in wanting to raise strong and confident girls? Lindsay Sealey will begin by asserting the necessity of connecting more deeply and authentically with your daughter as the foundation for helping her feel happy, healthy, and whole. She’ll offer you her insights into a growing girl’s life and explore the stresses girls face today. She will discuss the importance of girls connecting with themselves and self-care, nurturing healthy relationships and setting clear boundaries, and championing them to find their purpose and sparkle.

Lindsay Sealey graduated from San Diego State University in Educational Leadership. She is an educator, speaker, workshop facilitator, and girl champion who has worked in curriculum development, consulting, and special education for over 15 years. Lindsay is the founder of Bold New Girls – empowering girls through learning and personal growth and the author of Growing Strong Girls: Practical Tools to Cultivate Connection in the Preteen Years. Lindsay has appeared on Global News, The Social, and The Agenda. She has written for The Globe and Mail and she is currently a contributor to HuffPost Canada and Spoke.

Rachel Parent

Saturday April 28 | 2:20 pm – 2:45 pm | Columbia Ballroom
Sunday April 29 | 11:35 am – 12:00 pm | Columbia Ballroom
Topic: Rachel Parent’s battle for food justice

Rachel Parent will discuss how secretly and silently, our food has changed completely. Food and agriculture are now under the control of unaccountable giant corporations. About 70% of processed foods on grocery store shelves contain GM ingredients and GM crops, and the toxic chemicals they rely on have raised concerns about their impacts on our health and the environment.

A Toronto high school student, Rachel Parent founded Kids Right To Know, a not-for-profit organization that informs the public, especially other children, about food safety. A media veteran with dozens of television, radio, magazine, and online interviews under her belt, Rachel was named one of Toronto’s Environmental Heroes by Now Magazine, recognized as one of the Seven Kids Saving the Planet Right Now by ELuxe Magazine, and included in Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Change Makers by the National Post.

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