This talk will introduce the concept of the exposome (the sum of lifetime exposures to nongenetic drivers of health and illness from conception to death and how those exposures relate to health) and the role of chronic inflammation and metabolic dysregulation in symptom development (what we call disease). The focus will be on our chronic exposure to a toxic food system and how that exposure leads to the chronic diseases of Western society. We will explore how our current food system perturbs the bodies underlying homeostatic mechanism of metabolic regulation and immunity leading to out-of-control inflammation, immune dysfunction and metabolic dysregulation, all rampant in today’s society. Not to fear, we will also explore ways to reverse the ravages of our toxic food system.

Come join the discussion as we navigate how to avoid the toxic foods bombarding our society and learn how to assess whether something is “healthy” or not. You don’t want to miss Dr. Nish’s sugar demonstration.
Dr Andy Nish will be speaking about protecting your health and immunity during these stressful times, an integrative approach. He will include information on vaccines, and COVID.

Dr. Nish graduated from Carleton College in 1981 and then perused his medical degree at the Chicago Medical School. Following graduation from medical school he completed a 4-year residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Following residency, he completed a 1 year fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Interventional Radiology.

Following his fellowship, he moved to Des Moines and began a 27-year career as an Interventional Radiologist at Iowa Methodist Hospital. During that time, he introduced many new procedures to the medical center including peripheral arterial stents, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts, chemo and radioembolization of liver tumors and microwave ablation of tumors in many locations. Despite his successful career he became restless and began to question the care model of traditional western style medicine. A retrospective analysis of his 27-year career revealed the fact that patient health was not getting better and that the traditional care model was failing patients and their families. With this new insight he began to study nutrition, stress, exercise and sleep as it related to health and wellness. He went on to enroll in a 2-year fellowship at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, completing his studies in October of 2018.

Currently Dr. Nish is the medical director of the John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines. His passion is to educate the public and health care workers about true health and well-being and how this can be achieved through lifestyle changes including: food and nutrition, stress management, sleep, exercise, purpose in life and social relationships. He is especially fascinated with the mind-body connection and how our thoughts and beliefs directly influence our physical and mental health.

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You will learn

  • Increase energy
  • Better nutrition
  • Health supporting tips
  • Decrease stress
  • Detoxify your body
  • Strengthen your immune system
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