/R E P E A T -- Marijuana, pollution, trans fats and music among topics at unique health education event/

    The Healthy Brain: From Conception through Aging September 27 and 28,

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - What do cannabis, environmental toxins,
hydrogenated oils and music have in common? Each has the potential to affect
our brain health and overall well-being. And each is a topic being explored at
The Healthy Brain, an innovative two-day educational event taking place
September 27 and 28 at the Ontario Science Centre.
    Designed for both a general audience and health professionals, The
Healthy Brain delves deep inside the most complex and metabolically active
organ in our body. Participants will hear from an impressive roster of leading
physicians, researchers, naturopathic doctors and other health practitioners
as they explore science-based natural approaches and strategies for optimizing
brain function and mental health at any age.
    "The architecture of the brain depends on a continuous supply of the
right nutrients and stimuli to build and maintain it," explains Dr. Aileen
Burford-Mason, an immunologist, orthomolecular nutritionist and Board
President of the Holistic Health Research Foundation of Canada, which is
presenting the event. "Maintaining and optimizing its function is essential to
all of us throughout our lives, affecting everything from our overall physical
and emotional health, our responses to stress, our memory, focus, and so much
more. The primary goal of this event is to increase awareness and
understanding of how we can support and optimize our brain health naturally."

    Highlights of the event include:

    Saturday, September 27 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

    Marijuana: evil weed or healing herb? - Mark Ware, MD, the only
researcher to receive a CIHR/Health Canada grant to study cannabis and chronic
pain, explores the latest understanding of cannabis, as well as the role our
brains' own cannabis compounds play in brain function.

    Managing ADHD in children naturally - Bonnie Kaplan, PhD, one of Canada's
leading cognitive development researchers, discusses the science behind the
use of dietary restriction and nutrient supplementation to manage this complex
condition in children.

    The executive brain - Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD, an immunologist and
orthomolecular nutritionist, highlights the key nutrients required to maintain
productivity, focus and memory at any age.

    Good and bad fats - Bruce Holub, PhD discusses the positive impact of
omega 3 fatty acids and the negative impact of trans fats on the brain,
focusing on the evidence in young children and the elderly.

    Antidote to stress: The Relaxation Response - Eli Bay, the country's
best-known relaxation expert, leads participants through an experiential
workshop in relaxation.

    Sunday, September 28 (9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

    Environmental pollution and brain health - Warren Bell, MD, Past Founding
President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment,
examines the damaging effects of environmental toxins on brain function.

    Sound health: music and the mind - Lee Bartel, PhD, Director of the
Canadian Music Education Research Centre, looks at how music in each of its
dimensions can affect brain health through the life span.

    Other topics include an owner's guide to the brain, the evidence for
gingko and St. John's Wort, managing depression naturally, Brain Gym exercise
and more.
    Tickets can be purchased for one or both days (ticket prices $49 to
$189). For further information and ticket information, visit
www.HolisticHealthResearch.ca or call 416-778-4443.
    The Healthy Brain is presented in association with the Ontario Society of
Physicians for Complementary Medicine and the International Society for
Orthomolecular Medicine.

    Launched in late 2004, the Holistic Health Research Foundation of Canada
is a national charitable organization dedicated to advancing the scientific
understanding of complementary and alternative medicine, by funding research,
and public and health professional education. Its long term vision is to
improve Canadians' health and quality of life; minimize the incidence of
chronic disease; and transform health care to emphasize prevention, holism and

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Keren Brown, Founding Executive
Director, (416) 778-4443, (cell - event day only: (416) 558-5311)

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