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Nutrition in Primary Care: Evidence and Controversies – Vancouver, BC

April 7, 2018

Course Description:

This Continuing Medical Education Program is designed to enhance primary car providers’ knowledge of applied nutritional biochemistry and the associated research literature pertaining to several conditions commonly encountered in clinical practice. Various levels of evidence will be presented for evaluation and discussion, in order to facilitate improved communication with patients about health promotion, disease prevention and preferences for treatment.

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 5.5 Mainpro+ credits.


Program Topics:

Food and Fatigue – Blood sugar and glycemic load; Neurotransmitter synthesis and stress; Micronutrient intake, metabolism, and reference ranges

Gluten-Free Diets: Benefits and Controversies – Health benefits and claims; Celiac disease, Non-celiac gluten sensitivity; Wheat allergy; Microbiome and celiac disease

Better Sleep: Nutritional Considerations in Primary Insomnia – Consequences of sleep deprivation; Neurotransmitters and sleep; Insomnia, pain sensitivity and weight gain; Medications that may contribute to insomnia

Menopause and Nutrition – Diet and menopause; Phytoestrogens and menopause; Magnesium deficiency and menopausal symptoms


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate current evidence for nutritional support in several conditions commonly encountered in primary care, including: generalized fatigue, sleep disturbances and menopause.
  • Communicate more knowledgeably with patients about their preferences for treatment, including the use of specific diets and nutritional supplements
  • Evaluate claims for potential health benefits or adverse effects resulting from popular diets and nutritional supplement use.
  • Identify specific drug-induced nutrient depletions, which may impact medication compliance and apply nutritional support strategies for their correction



Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD, is an immunologist, cell biologist and orthomolecular nutritionist with a deep interest in the scientific evidence for nutrition and health. She regularly gives seminars for both professional and lay audiences, and has become known for her ability to take complex nutritional research and translate it into concise, evidence-based guidelines for the safe, effective use of nutritional supplements. She is formerly Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Director of a cancer research laboratory at The Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Burford-Mason is the author of the best-selling book Eat Well, Age Better. Her new book The Healthy Brain will be published by HarperCollins Canada in the Fall of 2017.


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April 7, 2018
Event Category:


Canadian Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (CSOM)


SFU Harbour Centre
515 W Hastings Street
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