What we eat, our exposure to environmental toxins, how we think, how we interact, and how we react are all components of fuctional medicine. According to Dr. Mark Hyman it is “a practice that looks at the roots of illness, not just the symptoms, and works with the fundamental underlying biological forces that power our vitality. It provides a way of understanding all the influences on our biology that are at the root of illness -- and how our lifestyle and environment interact with our genes to create the balances or imbalances that are the real determinants of health or disease. This medical view does not reduce symptoms and diseases to their component parts, but studies the entire ecology of the body and its environment.”
On Saturday February 6, 2010 there will be a showing of the movie Fresh, followed by a group discussion. The program will examine our food supply and how the industrialization of the process has led to the introduction of foreign agents that are most likely responsible for the plethora of diseases today that were largely non-existent 100 years ago. These include increased autism, add/adhd, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Ideas for how we can effect change will be shared. The event will be held at 6pm at the Unitarian Church in Westport. Homemade soup will be served and there will be a Nutrition Detectives program and a scavenger hunt to learn about how far food travels.
Several other films related to this topic will be shown on Tuesday evenings at the Westport Library throughout the month of February and March through the generosity of The Westport Green Village Initiative. These screenings will pave the way for a better understanding of the need to grow our own fresh food for a healthier lifestyle and encourage community involvement the new Westport town farm.
On March 21 The Westport Weston Interfaith Council will host a presentation at St. Luke’s Church in Westport featuring Dr. David L. Katz , world renowned authority on nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease, and an internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine and patient-centered care will address the topic: Life and death knowledge and power: why knowing what matters isn’t what’s the matter.
His presentation will emphasize the power of lifestyle over health, and the importance of a holistic, mind/body/spirit approach. Following his presentation a community wellness panel will share their personal experiences of spirituality, prayer, meditation and faith in action and how these practices have helped them survive cancer and other life crises.
For further information the films contact the Westport Green Villiage Initiative
For further information about Dr. Katz's presentation contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about functional medicine see The Institute for Functional Medicine