Announcing A Free Functional Medicine-Based Detox Summit And Detox Challenge For Body, Mind, Spirit Health This August

Port Orchard, WA (PressExposure) July 10, 2014 -- Today, Functional Medicine nutritionist and author, Deanna Minich, PhD, in collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), is pleased to announce the international, a FREE online Detox Summit featuring 30 experts on toxicity and wellness in August of 2014 followed by a 21-day Detox Challenge that everyone can participate in during the month of September. The Detox Summit is an online event for those who sign up.

During the week of August 4-10, 2014, people who have registered for the event will have free access to audio recordings of cutting-edge interviews with 30 experts in the area of toxicity, everything from environmental toxins in food, air, and water, to internally-generated toxins such as thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Listeners will not only be informed of the perils of these poisons, but, more importantly, focus on breakthrough solutions to reduce and transform them for healthier living. More information on The Detox Challenge will be released this summer.

The word, "detox," is a catch-all and means many things to people, everything from drug and alcohol detoxification to nutritional detoxification, or cleanses using food, smoothies, and juices. Within this informational event during the first week in August, 2014, 30 experts will be featured discussing all aspects of detoxification, ranging from physicians, health professionals, and researchers providing the latest clinical approaches to identify and encourage the elimination of environmental toxins. In addition to bodily toxin burden, the Detox Summit will address emotional-mental toxins accumulated through the course of relationships, stressful interactions, and life experiences, with the assistance of experts in self-help discussing their tried-and-true techniques for transformation. The compilation of experts in various areas of medicine, nutrition, and personal growth are what make this Summit unique, offering a well-rounded, credible approach to a much-debated issue. Summit spokesperson, Deanna Minich, PhD, states, "'Detox' is a buzz word, and it brings with it much confusion and misinterpretation, which is why I conceived The Detox Summit - to investigate the science and self-help behind this movement of health. The Detox Summit with 30 experts such as functional medicine physician and best-selling author, Mark Hyman, MD, nutrigenomics pioneer and founder of Functional Medicine, Jeffrey Bland, PhD, and neurologist and best-selling author, David Perlmutter, MD, and many more, help guide and inform the public on topics like endocrine disruptors and fertility, dental amalgams, laboratory tests for determining whether we are toxic, why we should watch out for gluten and genetically modified foods."

Participants will be able to follow the Detox Summit with the Detox Challenge - with the support and tools from IFM Faculty and IFM Certified Practitioners to put their knowledge and enthusiasm for detoxification into practice in their own lives.

Laurie Hofmann, CEO of IFM states, "The Institute for Functional Medicine is pleased to collaborate with Deanna Minich, PhD, on the upcoming Detox Summit and Detox Challenge planned for August - September, 2014. Deanna has served as a passionate, creative, and deeply knowledgeable member of our Functional Nutrition development team and faculty. We are thrilled to collaborate with Deanna on the Detox Summit and Detox Challenge and look forward to the opportunity of unveiling some of IFM's personalized nutrition and food plan suites as part of these two very important and exciting online events. We hope that clinicians and patients alike will seize this unique opportunity to participate in both the education-oriented Summit and the experiential/interactive Challenge."

The Institute for Functional Medicine Medical Director, Patrick Hanaway, MD, comments, "Using food and nutrition to assist the body in detoxification may seem new to some, but evidence in mainstream medical journals indicate the detrimental aspects of toxicity on health. For example, newer research indicates that chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity are all associated with environmental toxins in the body. We need to start looking at the root of chronic diseases rather than simply providing a "pill for an ill". Identifying the root cause of disease and treating with a personalized approach is what we embrace in Functional Medicine. Detoxification is one way to get at the root cause of multifactorial diseases."

Join The Detox Summit movement now to become informed from the world's brightest minds on toxicity and what you can do to become healthy!

About Food & Spirit and Deanna Minich, PhD: Food & Spirit was developed by health expert, Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS, as a way to cultivate eating as a path to personal empowerment. It addresses a path to the full spectrum nourishment of the seven aspects of the self as recognized in ancient healing traditions.

About The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM): The Institute for Functional Medicine believes that good health and vitality are essential to the human spirit. The mission of IFM is to serve the highest expression of individual health through widespread adoption of functional medicine as the standard of care.

Functional medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. The primary drivers of the chronic disease epidemic are the daily interactions among an individual's genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Functional medicine addresses these underlying causes of disease and equips healthcare practitioners to help their patients manage this complex, interconnected web.

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