World renowned Speakers confirmed for Irelands 3rd Annual Lifestyle and Functional Medicine Conference.

This event will focus on The Root Cause Approach to Immune Health and Brain Function.

Epigenetics has been one of the biggest breakthroughs in medicine. This suggests that our behaviour can influence which of our genes are turned on or off. Is your lifestyle setting you up for health or dis-ease. It is your lifestyle not your genes that determines your health. What you eat, how you move, rest, sleep your thoughts, and, all regulate your genes. You can turn on genes that create health or disease.

Global leaders in Lifestyle and Functional Medicine education, are coming the Galmont Hotel on November 3rd and 4th 2018.

Irish based Nutritional Therapist Maev Creaven is owner and organiser of the conference. Her aim is to empower and inspire Irish leaders in our communities and in Healthcare to significantly improve everyone’s health and our national health statistics. Over the last three years Maev successfully organised two similar conference and a masterclass with a full attendance and won the confidence of the USA based `The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM to partner with her company in 2017.

The Institute for Functional Medicine have been an immerse support over the last two years, they clearly are the global leaders in clinical education in terms of lifestyle and root cause medicine. Something needs to shift as we are getting sicker” – Maev Creaven

Attendees travelled to Ireland from 12 different countries for the 2017 conference.

The FMC’s mission is to educate healthcare students and practitioners in the evidence based science of Functional and Lifestyle Medicine principles for preventative measures of chronic diseases.  “Functional Medicine looks to how one can improve the ‘function’ of the body, while addressing the root cause of why this person is not feeling. We health through the lens of nutrition, stress, sleep, relationships and lifestyle choices. Our fast paced lifestyle has led us to search for that instant treatment, a quick fix solution and a “pill for every ill” mentality, but we are not doing ourselves any favours”, Maev Creaven states.

The conference also provides many trading opportunities for businesses supplying to this sector and through sponsorship which aids the organisation costs. As the conference will take place in Galway this year, local shops, restaurants and business can expect a significant increase in trade over the conference period.

The 1st Annual Functional Medicine Conference was held in Dublin with some 246 delegates with three keynote speakers. A Masterclass organised by FMC with the main speaker, Director of Medical Education, IFM Kristi Hughes, ND was fully booked with 105 delegates. In 2018, last year FMC hosted 342 delegates.  Sponsors were all very impressed and commented that: “All conferences were extremely well attended by Europe’s leading healthcare professionals. The energy and excitement at the events was infectious. The speakers were well respected leaders and run with the utmost professionalism.”

This year’s conference promises to be bigger and better as world renowned medical educators from the UK, USA, Egypt and Ireland will feature at the conference including Dr Datis Kharrazian, Dr Michael Stone, Dr David Haase, Kristi Hughes, ND, Dr Wafa Abdel-Hadi, Dr Aseem Malhotra and Ireland’s own, Senator Catherine Noone, Dr Eva Orsmond, and vascular surgeon Prof. Sherif Sultan. There are over 300 attendees expected on the Saturday November 3rd which is open to members of the public and offers two tracks of education, for the public and the other for the practitioner and clinician.

“This year I wished to bring the public into the educational process by offering a full day training, now each person can walk away with a new set of tools. This event is for everyone with an interest in health!” – Maev Creaven

This year the public can attend the ‘Mini Nutrition School’ and learn how to create a healthy Food Plan based on their health goals and requirements. In the afternoon both tracks come together to dispel any myths around gluten, food sensitivities, heart health and current health recommendations, a panel discussion with world class experts will close the first day.

Circa 220 practitioners and students are estimated to attend the second day, to include nutrition, healthcare and medical professionals. The conference offers clinical training in Ireland for registered nutritional and medical professionals focusing on lifestyle and functional medicine principles.

Over 15% of attendees will include medically trained professionals, GP’s, nurses, dentists and pharmacists and 75% will be nutritional professionals and qualified nutritional therapists, the remainder are from fields such as Personal Training, Physical Therapy, Acupuncture, Osteopathy and others

The Functional Medicine Conference offers a multi-disciplinary faculty of expert clinicians and thought leaders. The 2018 conference will explore the functional medicine approach to common Autoimmune disease (Celiac, thyroid disease, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), arthritis), brain function, cognitive decline, cholesterol, heart disease brain function, and much more.

Functional Medicine is a personalised, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the root causes of disease. Functional medicine does not replace medical training but enhances it.

The primary drivers of the chronic disease epidemic are the daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Good nutrition can emphasise the importance of high quality foods and phytonutrient diversity to address clinical imbalances and move individuals toward the highest expression of health.

After attending the previous FMC conference the majority of overseas attendees stated that they would come back to the conference in Ireland: ‘It was highly relevant to my practice’ and that ‘Every speaker was of excellent quality, brilliant presentations and delivered with humour’.

With 25 sponsors confirmed, Galway is the most popular small city conference destination in Ireland and prides itself on culture and history. “We are delighted to have Xymogen USA backing us as our Lead Sponsor, and have gained the support from Boston Scientific, Pharma Nord, Nutri Advanced and Pure Encapsulations. The conference is also expected to drive business at off peak times every year as it will create a profile for the Galway area and will encourage visitors to return to this charming city of culture.

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