Obesity is a major health issue reaching epidemic proportions in our community and across Canada: 62% of Canadian adults and 31% of Canadian children & teens are overweight or obese. Many Canadians are aware that diet, physical activity, and other lifestyle risk factors can heavily influence this disease. However, diet and exercise are not enough to help you maintain a healthy body composition, as hidden toxins can make you gain weight. Obesogens, a relatively new class of chemicals found in our food supply as well as beauty and cleaning products, can not only disrupt the signals that control your appetite and tell you when you are full, but shockingly also cause your body’s fat cells to grow and multiply.

Obesogens lurk in our cosmetics, skincare products, soaps, shampoos, deodorant, food, water, air, household cleaners, plastic food storage containers, furniture, mattresses, and carpets. Latest reports indicate that the average newborn today has 287 chemicals in his or her umbilical cord blood. Early life and continued exposure to obesogens even in parts per trillion amounts increases the risk of obesity, type 2-diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, infertility, asthma, and behavioral changes including attention-deficit disorder. According to the latest medical research, obesogens are an emerging threat to public health.

At the 8th annual KW Cleanse this year, our keynote speaker, Dr. Millie Lytle ND, will tell you all about obesogens, and offer simple and practical advice on how to avoid those obesogens you can, and how to maximize your body’s ability to eliminate those you cannot. This process does not involve gimmicks or the latest diet trend, but instead can be achieved by consuming specific foods and key nutrients.

Dr. Millienia Lytle is a Naturopathic Doctor, a published researcher and author. Following her four-year doctorate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2002), she interned in community health centers in Toronto and was mentored by Psychiatrist Dr. Martin Katzman MD at the S.T.A.R.T. Clinic for Mood and Anxiety Disorders. In 2008, Dr. Millie received a scholarship from the Robert Bosch Foundation to study Complementary and Alternative Research Methodologies at the International Summer School, Charite Medical University Berlin, Germany. There she studied with esteemed CAM researchers Prof. Drs Claudia Witt, MD and Klaus Linde, MD. In 2010, she earned an International Masters in Public Health in Hamburg with a focus on nutrition and health promotion policies for alternative medicine under guidance of Prof. Doctor Karl-Heinz Wehkamp.

At the KW Cleanse, attendees will be provided a clean eating package that includes a meal plan, shopping list, and recipes, allowing them an opportunity to participate in a week long, healthy, toxin free eating challenge starting May 1st to 7th. The diet information we provide is safe, balanced, and based on current medical research. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with KW’s top health focused businesses, enjoy their exclusive offers and expand their resources for healthy living in the KW community. Products Healthy food will be available for purchase.

Tickets can be purchased at www.kwcleanse.com. This is a not for profit event. Any proceeds from ticket sales go to a local charity.