BIO: A typical American growing up in the New Jersey/New York area, Brian likes to joke that he was a pioneer in the field of obesity—he was fat even before many Americans were fat! Raised in an Irish household on the standard American diet of meat, processed foods and sugary sodas, he was unfit and gasping for air every few steps. When he was 20 years old, he was dating a girl whose best friend’s boyfriend was 30—and a vegetarian. Despite the fact he had been more or less educated by his family that the body would die without animal-based foods, the lure of an influential peer inspired him to give up meat in one fell swoop. For the first year and a half, he kept his vegetarian diet a secret from his family. Yet after losing 120 pounds and experiencing the difference in his health, he came out of the proverbial closet (much to his family’s dismay!) and became a complete vegan three years later.
Brian has also written numerous books in which he explores the various aspects of health, spirituality and natural healing. His best-selling book, “Living Foods for Optimum Health,” has been acclaimed by Marilyn Diamond, co-author of the book “Fit for Life,” as “an important and eminently readable book for the new era of self-care,” and by Coretta Scott King as a “landmark guide to the essentials of healthy living.”
TITLE: Longevity & Vitality: Creating a Disease-Free Future
BIO: Dr. Jennifer Irwin is a health behaviourist and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Health Studies, Western University (formerly called the University of Western Ontario). She is an award winning teacher, widely published author and researcher. Her credentials include being a certified professional coach and experienced Motivational Interviewing trainer. Her research focusses primarily on the application of motivational interviewing and coaching on obesity prevention and treatment, tobacco cessation, and the promotion of physical activity and healthy dietary intake behaviours. She is a natural nutrition enthusiast with her personal eating philosophy being, “if it doesn’t give back, it doesn’t get in”.
TITLE: Motivational Interviewing: Tools for Person-Centered Cancer Support
BIO: Sat Dharam graduated in 1989 from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine with awards in homeopathy and psychology. She holds both B.Sc. and B.A. degrees from the University of Guelph and a diploma in fine art from the Ontario College of Art. Sat Dharam was awarded the “Naturopathic Doctor of the Year” award by the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors in 2000 for her work in breast cancer prevention and environmental education.
Sat Dharam developed the Healthy Breast Program in an effort to educate women in naturopathic ways to prevent and treat breast cancer. She has taught theHealthy Breast Program to patients and the public since 1996 and lectures regularly at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine on breast health and stress management.
Sat Dharam has been studying Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan since 1976 and has facilitated teacher training programs in Toronto, Nelson, Canmore, Ottawa and New Mexico. The popular and transformative 220-hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program runs in Toronto annually. She is sought after to teach Level two teacher training programs internationally. Yogi Bhajan called Sat Dharam a “teacher of teachers and healer of healers”.
Sat Dharam’s bestselling books include A Call to Women, The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer, and The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health. Read more here. All CHNC attendees receive $100 off her program “The Healthy Breast Program” and “Mind-Body Approaches in Cancer and Health”, Toronto, May 26-31 2014. Email [email protected] for the discount code once you are registered for the conference.
TITLE: Dietary & Nutritional Strategies for Women with Breast Cancer
BIO: Alexander Mostovoy is a Homeopathic Doctor with a busy practice in Toronto specializing in women’s health issues. He is a Board Certified Clinical Thermographer. His expertise lies in a natural approach to menopause, disease and breast cancer prevention. He is also clinic director of a medical thermography clinic, which is one of only a few such clinics in the country bringing medical infrared thermography to Canadian women. Medical infrared thermography is a radiation-free, safe and painless process of screening for breast disease. In conjunction with mammography and other tests presently available, the early detection of breast cancer may be as high as 90%. Infrared breast thermography is a method of the earliest detection of breast abnormalities presently known.
Alexander Mostovoy is a graduate of the Homeopathic College of Canada. He is past President of the Homeopathic Medical Council of Canada (HMCC), and the Canadian Coalition for Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM), and past Vice-President of the Ontario Homeopathic Association (OHA). He has been a frequent guest on many television programs including Michael Coren Live, Erin Davis Show, On the Line, @Issue – Breast Cancer and Diagnosis MD. He is also a frequent guest on numerous radio shows, and publishes many informative articles in health magazines. He is passionately involved in educating women on how to take charge of their own health.
TITLE: Cancer is a Preventable Disease
BIO: Dr. Kimberley Ramberan has a special interest and passion in treating digestive health concerns. Too often digestive conditions are viewed as a “life-sentence”, when the reality is, that by addressing the root causes on a physical, emotional and spiritual level, even those chronic conditions that people have suffered with for a long time can be resolved.
Another major area of focus for Kimberley is cancer care and support. Her certification in Intravenous Therapy allows her to provide supportive care for those undergoing conventional treatment and for full naturopathic care for those where it is appropriate.
Kimberley’s goal is to empower her patients and give them the belief that healing from disease and optimal health is attainable. She focuses on identifying and removing the blockages that prevent the body from being self-healing and auto-regulating.
She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and a recipient of the Naturopathic Grassroots award for excelling in the field of woman’s health and compassionate care.
TITLE: Cancer-only a word NOT a life sentence: A Multi-factorial Approach to Holistic Cancer Care
BIO: Jess Sherman is an RHN specializing in nutrition for families and children. Through her classes, speaking engagements, writing and webinars she reaches out to mothers across the globe with the message that food and digestive healing are powerful tools that can prevent, relieve and reverse symptoms of illness. She has developed on-line programs for prenatal nutrition, feeding babies, managing the 4-A illnesses (ADHD, Autism, asthma and allergies), and mama self-care. She is the author of Beautiful Bellies: what to eat for an awesome pregnancy, and Thriving Babies: introducing solids for optimal growth and development. Jess lives in Kingston, Ontario with her husband and 3 children.
TITLE: Childhood Cancer: Our Role in Prevention
BIO: Sherry Strong has built a multi media career doing things few people dream of. Television, radio, glossy mags and international stages, her career is extremely diversiﬁed. From being ﬂown around the globe to do diet & lifestyle makeovers on Billionaires, Fortune 500 CEOs, Celebrities and Elite Athletes to working with Jamie Oliver and his Fifteen Foundation.
Sherry is a TED alumni who’s also given a TED talk in Tokyo, has been invited to speak at the Queensland University’s Brain Institute, a regular on television internationally, invited to teach holistic nutrition and cooking classes in Japan, China, Ireland, New Zealand and North America. Sherry was the Victorian Chair of Nutrition Australia, the Melbourne Head of Slow Food and the Curator & CoFounder of the World Wellness Project Summit.
Sherry now mentors others to develop successful businesses while maintaining awesome quality of life. Read more here. CHNC attendees receive $40 off her upcoming course. Details at the conference.
TITLE: To Niche or Not to Niche: How to Strategically Use Who You Authentically Are to Build a Thriving Holistic Nutrition Based Business
BIO: Adria Vasil has been writing the Ecoholic column for NOW Magazine since the spring of 2004, answering reader questions about everything from greening your food choices, finances and footwear to detoxifing your home, school, office, you name it. She’s also covered broader environmental news issues for over a decade and has been a vocal advocate of women’s issues, human rights and the earth since her teens.
After working as a researcher in the non-profit world, Vasil, who has a degree in politics and anthropology from the University of Toronto, decided to draw attention to the issues that most concerned her by becoming a journalist. She has a graduate degree in journalism from Ryerson. Vasil has appeared in print, radio and television countless times (she’s been a regular on CBC news and Canada AM, amongst many other shows) and has become a sought-after ambassador for green living.