Food Sensitivities and Health - Dr. Joan Ifland, MBA (May 2019)





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Published on Jun 18, 2019

”Food Sensitivities and Health” is the presentation shared by Joan Ifland, PhD, MBA at the May 16 , 2019 meeting of the Silicon Valley Health Institute in Palo Alto, CA.

Research shows that weight-loss programs fail at an alarmingly high rate. Epidemics of the consequences of overeating are spreading globally. Old beliefs about how to lose weight and control the metabolic syndrome are fading from favor. ‘A calorie is a calorie’ is no longer supported by research.

The general failure of weight-loss regimes has opened the door to a new theory that overeating is a kind of addiction to processed foods. Processed food addiction has been written about for several decades but largely ignored. As other approaches are discarded, the addiction theory has taken on new importance.

Dr. Ifland will review the evidence for processed food addiction as an explanation for the obesity epidemic. The presentation covers the entry of the tobacco industry into processed foods, the ensuing rise in consumption of processed foods, and the addictive impact on the brain. Solutions suggested by the evidence are discussed.

Joan Ifland PhD is a researcher and educator in the field of food addiction and allergies. She is a doctoral candidate in addictive nutrition at Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio and holds an MBA from Stanford University. She was the founder in 1996 of The Sugars and Flours Project of Houston which provides education about food reactions. In 2007, she founded the Refined Food Addiction (ReFA) Research Foundation which is dedicated to facilitating the flow of information between clinicians and researchers. She is the lead author of the first academically-published description of food addiction in humans. She is a co-founder of the Society of Food Addiction Professionals. Her most popular book is “Sugars and Flours: How They Make Us Crazy, Sick, and Fat”. She writes a weekly column for United Press International,” Joan on Food”. Her patent for research methods, treatment methods, and treatment products is pending.

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Smart Life Forum, Inc. (SLF) is a California nonprofit corporation organized under state law for educational and scientific purposes as a public benefit corporation. Our primary mission is to provide credible health education to the public with an emphasis on optimal wellness, anti-aging medicine, and longevity.



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