Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation. A time of change and new things. It makes sense that spring marks the start of the complementary health trade show circuit, with virtually every weekend promising another venue in which people can explore and learn. Some shows are a bit too “wacky” for some, but a few manage to tread close enough to the mainstream to attract a broad audience. These shows have exhibitors and lecturers which many people can relate to, and address topics and concerns which are worth paying attention to. If you are interested in improving your health naturally, and care about your access to natural products and therapies, this weekend is one that you don’t want to miss.
Starting today and running until Sunday, the Consumer Health Organization of Canada holds its 30th annual Total Health show at the Metro Convention Centre. This year, raw foodists will surely be excited about appearances by Victoria Boutenko, one of the pioneers of the raw food movement who will be discussing green smoothies, and raw food star David Wolfe who will talk about superfoods and raw chocolate (cacao). As well, Ontario’s own biodynamic farmer Michael Schmidt, who has been hassled for selling shares in his cows to foodies who want raw, unpasteurized milk will be on a panel which also includes celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy to discuss the importance of supporting organic farming.
Another panel which many people should care about discusses the global threat to our health freedom due to possible restrictions on the availability of natural health products, and what therapies we are able to choose. Several bodies including the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the FDA have proposals for regulations in the works, and the members of this panel are front-line experts who can clarify the issues at stake, and suggest the best course of action you can take as a concerned member of the public. Additionally, there are various lectures on a range of interesting topics presented by many well-known allopathic and naturopathic doctors, including Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., author of many popular natural health books; Carolyn DeMarco, M.D., women’s health advocate and natural child-birth pioneer; and Brian Clement, N.M.D, Ph.D., director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida.
As total health is achieved by addressing body, mind and soul, there will be plenty of exhibitor booths where you can learn about products and therapies that resonate with you. One interesting product to check out is the stainless steel sports bottle from Life Without Plastic, a small Quebec company dedicated to health and the environment, making its third trade show appearance. With the current debate going on about bisphenol-A and its potential negative effects on the human body, it may be time to try an alternative to the hard plastic water bottle. Perhaps we can start a new trend—everyone at the gym will be jealous of our shiny new steel beauty, and soon those nalgene bottles will be so passé.
For the price of a lunch, you can gain a wealth of knowledge and feel prepared to make new positive changes in your health. As well, you will feel part of a thriving, powerful community which is committed to making positive changes in the world.
Photo by T’iM from Flickr.