Written by Tammy Alvarado, MS Bucket (msbucket.com)
US San Diego Health and Health Care Journey hosted an engaging, informative and interactive event for the MS community. The Expo took place on March 18, 2017 at the South Coast Winery and Spa in Temecula, CA that provided a welcoming atmosphere for organizations, exhibitors and attendees.
The Expo began at 9:00 am. All attendees were cordially greeted on the patio. Interactive exhibits and a lovely breakfast were provided and made available prior to and after Dr. Kinkel's comprehensive presentation on "Customizing and Integrating Your Approach to MS: One Size Does Not Fit All."
Dr. Kinkel addressed the importance of an accurate diagnosis (over 20% are misdiagnosed with MS). He then touched on how the Gut-Microbiota-Brain Axis affects the central and the enteric nervous system by means of neural, endocrine, immune, and humoral links. He also highlighted the importance of incorporating adaptive equipment to maintain mobility and independence. Dr. Kinkel discussed education and lifestyle adjustments must be done early and maintained:
Following the first presentation we had a brief break where breakfast and snacks were awaiting along with interactive exhibits that showcased the latest innovative products and services with complimentary gifts.
Next, Tad Campbell MCN, RDN, LD gave a presentation titled: An Important Talk About Food and MS. “Diet alone will not control MS, but following a diet that focuses on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, hydration, and reducing inflammation can help improve energy levels and battle fatigue and reduce symptoms like constipation.” CLICK HERE to Read the full summary!
Following Mr. Campbell’s presentation, we exited to the patio with beautiful weather. Attendees were able to roam the winery grounds, enjoy a flavorful buffet luncheon, and mingle with presenters, exhibitors and attendees. After lunch, attendees gathered for the final presentation with Livia Walsh.
Livia Walsh gave a presentation titled: A Mindful Approach to Living with MS - Managing Symptoms and Stress. Many attendees enjoyed the interactive presentation which demonstrated the use of a breathing technique that promotes stress reduction through mindfulness. The talk concluded with a raffle and several lucky attendees won health related products. Before leaving, attendees were offered dessert and a last chance to visit the interactive exhibits.
The Expo was a success with over 150 attendees, 3 speakers and 21 interactive exhibits! The program facilitated a space for attendees to engage and acquire a wealth of useful information in comprehensive western and holistic care. The presentations provided attendee participation and beneficial strategies with clear and realistic information for overall health. The attendees valued the accessibility of the venue, presenters, the culmination of interactive exhibits and the engaging conversation with the MS community.
For those of you who missed this event, there will be an upcoming Expo Fall 2017 where more will be offered to the MS community. “If you would like to sign up for a future expo, please do so below and we will contact you when dates have been confirmed” http://www.healthcarejourney.com/expo.html
Sponsored By: Premiere Sponsor (Sanofi Genzyme), Partnership Sponsors (Biogen and Novartis), Major Sponsors (Acorda Therapeutics, EMD Serono, and Genentech)
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