Experts to discuss link between diet and wellness

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 29, 2019

 The relationship  between dietary choices and overall health will be explored at the “Let Food Be Your Medication” conference at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital  on Sept. 21.

The relationship between dietary choices and overall health will be explored at the “Let Food Be Your Medication” conference at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital on Sept. 21.

Photo by Brian Louwers

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WARREN — The relationship between what you eat and how you feel will be the subject of a new series of events at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren beginning Sept. 21.

The hospital’s “Let Food Be Your Medication” conference will feature three experts who will shed light on how dietary choices may impact overall health and wellness.

“This is actually the result of work by our gastroenterology department. They see patients who are in for either colonoscopies or various scopes of their digestive systems,” said Bill Mott, Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital’s chief operating officer.

He said digestive health issues sometimes are the result of poor nutritional sources.

“We can scope and do surgery, and we can treat with medication. The fundamental issue is trying to change what people are putting in their mouth every day,” Mott said. “We’re not stressing any diet — keto over paleo, over vegan. We want to present different options for them.”

Dr. Terry Walhs is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. She performs clinical trials that test the effectiveness of using a therapeutic lifestyle to treat symptoms related to multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Joel Kahn is a practicing cardiologist and a clinical professor of medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. A restaurateur specializing in healthy cuisine, he’ll discuss vegan diets and the study of cardiovascular disease.

Julie Feldman is a nationally recognized author and dietician. She’ll provide insight about reading food labels and using the information to make healthy choices.

There is a $10 cost to attend the conference, which includes breakfast. Any proceeds will be donated to Forgotten Harvest.

The session will begin with breakfast at 7:45 a.m. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration is required and can be completed by visiting www.ascension.org/events and searching for “Let Food Be Your Medication.”    

Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital is located at 11800 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren.

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