7th Conf Jun, 2013 – Vancouver, Canada

AAPNA’s 7th International Ayurveda Conference 2013
Ayurveda & Metabolic Disorders
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Venue: Asian Study Center, University of  British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Sat & Sun, June 8 & 9, 2013

Conference – Ayurveda & Metabolic Disorders

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Ayurveda Conference Greeting- Dr. Khalsa, President, Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Canada

Ayurveda & Metabolic Disorders

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According to ayurveda, metabolic disorders are due to Agni Vaishamya (improper digestion, metabolism and absorption). Agni Vaishamya occurs due to the disturbance of agni, the digestive fire.  Causes that contribute to the vitiation of agni include improper diet and unhealthy daily routine and lifestyle.  Vitiation of agni leads to the production of ama (toxic, morbid substance in the body), doshic imbalances, disturbance in the tissue metabolism, and depletion of ojas, tejas and/or prana.  As conditions progress further, blockages in the individual channels of circulation (srotas) occur, leading to the development of various metabolic disorders such as obesity, diabetes, thyroid disturbances.

Ayurvedic texts recommend enhancing the digestive fire through a correct diet, proper physical exercise, internal herbal formulations, panchakarma (detoxification) and rasayana (rejuvenation) therapies.

AAPNA’s 7th Conference, Ayurveda & Metabolic Disorders, will focus on the ayurvedic approach to various metabolic disorders.

Accommodations for the conference have been arranged at a group discounted rate at the Walter Gage Residence Towers at the University of British Columbia.

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Travelling from YVR Airport  to UBC Housing by airport Taxi ranges from $ 35 – $ 40 depending on traffic conditions.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located on Sea Island in Richmond, about 12 km (7.5 mi) from Downtown Vancouver.  YVR is the second busiest airport in Canada, welcoming 17.5 million passengers to Vancouver in 2007.

Whether you’re connecting to a downtown hotel, BC Ferries or an awaiting Cruise Ship, it’s easy to travel between YVR and major destinations in Metro Vancouver using public transit.  Bus fare is $ 5.00 if you buy the ticket from the airport terminal and $ 2.50 if you travel from the city to the airport.

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TransLink’s newest rapid transit line links the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) directly with downtown Vancouver and Richmond.  The train runs every 6-8 minutes from the airport.

From Airport: There is no direct bus service from the Airport; take the Canada Line Skytrain train to Waterfront
Transfer onto a westbound UBC bus at any of the following stations:

Oakridge Station, 41st Station (bus #41, or #43), Broadway City Hall Station (bus #99 B-line), or the Olympic Village Station (bus #84).

Each of these buses terminates at the UBC Loop across from the West Coast Suites.

Guests of Honor
Scott Sawler
Mr. Scott Sawler
Mr. Scott Sawler has been appointed to the position of Director General of the Natural Health Products Directorate in December 2010.

Prior, Mr. Sawler has been the Senior Manager of the Ethics and Regulatory Office for the NCIC Clinical Trials Group, a cooperative oncology group at Queen’s University.

Mr. Sawler has worked for many years in industry and health care associations. He has gained extensive experience in regulatory framework development, consultations and stakeholder relations, and business management, to name a few. Mr. Sawler spent twelve years in regulatory affairs at Schering-Plough, the Non-prescription Drug Manufacturers Association of Canada, Medis Health, and other industry associations.

Along with his wide range of expertise, he also holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemistry from the University of New Brunswick, a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Laval University, a Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in Health Law from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) from the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Dave Scotten
Dr. Scotten graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 1992, and entered private clinical practice in general medicine until closing his doors in 2001 to devote his full attention to education. As a clinician he believed and delivered core naturopathic principles (including doctor as teacher), teaching his patients to achieve maximum benefit from their individual genetic blueprint and accumulated impairments.

Dr. Scotten has spent the bulk of his adult life teaching. He has taught music in private and group settings since 1975. Since 1989 he taught physiology, biochemistry and pathology with Dominion Herbal College, Wild Rose College (later Coastal Mountain), and Bastyr University of Health Sciences in Seattle Washington. In 1999 he was invited to develop and deliver the academic medical program as the Dean of Education at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC. In 2012 he completed his Masters in Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University.

Dr. Arun Garg
Dr. Arun Kumar Garg is a Clinical Professor of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan, Doctor of Medicine from the University of British Columbia, Fellowship in Medical Biochemistry from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Hon Doctorate of Technology from BC Institute of Technology. For the last several years he is working on awareness amongst South Asian community of high prevalence of chronic diseases. Founded Canada India Network Society in 2010 and is actively working with several partners and organizations in India and Canada to promote better health. He is Program Medical Director of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and medical lead for South Asian Health Institute in Fraser Health.

Dr. Garg will share his work of the last several years about the prevalence of chronic diseases amongst South Asians, efforts to build a healthy society and his search for the role of Ancient Indian Medicine, its scientific basis and role in modern society.

Keynote Speakers

      • Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSc, BAMS – Washington, USA – Comprehensive Ayurvedic approach to metabolic syndrome
      • Professor. J.N.Mishra, BAMS, PhD-Ayu, Lucknow, India – Evaluation of Ayurvedic Management for Obesity

Featured Presenters & Presentation Topics

      • Shekhar Annambhotla, BAMS, MD (Ayu), LMT, ERYT – Pennsylvania, USA – Welcome Speech
      • Tom Yarema, MD – California, USA – Natural Agni Enhancement Quickly Reduces Stubborn Mid-Section Fat and Cellulite at 3-7 inches per Week, WITHOUT Rebound!
      • Sivakumar Varma, Traditional Ayurveda Practitioner, Vancouver,  Canada – Micro-organisms and your Digestive Health according to Ayurveda
      • Miria Lovlin, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada – Ayurvedic Yoga Session
      • Denise Tarasuk, ND, RN, MA-Ayu, RAC – California, USA – Autism Linked To Metabolic Disorders
      • Suhas Nayak, BAMS, MD (Ayu), PhD (Ayu) – Vancouver, Canada – The concept of Ayurveda & Metabolic disorders
      • Hemant Gupta, BAMS, MD (Ayu) – Ottawa, Canada – The Concept of Agni & its importance in Metabolic Disorders
      • Nitin Shah, BAMS, MD (Ayu) – Toronto, Canada – Concept of Agni Vitiation in Metabolic Disorders
      • Todd Caldecott,Dip. Cl H, RH (AHG) – Vancouver, Canada – Ayurveda and the natural history of metabolic syndrome: implications for clinical success
      • Ranvir Pahwa, PhD, RAC – Saskatchewan, Canada – Sex Hormone-Testosterone, Metabolic Syndrome, Herbs and Ayurveda
      • Harish Vasudevan, PhD – Vancouver, Canada – Synergy and Composition: Traditional Medicine in 21st century Science
      • Steven S. Sadleir  – Meditation – California, USA – The Science of the Siddha’s: The Endocrine System, Chakras and Shakti
      • Nirmala Raniga, Vancouver, Canada – Addiction and addictive behaviors causes severe metabolic disorders. How Ayurvedic approach helps!
      • Sri Venu a.k.a Stéphane Boisjoly, Vancouver, Canada – Synthesis of Yoga for a Healthy & Stress Free Life
      • Yogacharini Maitreyi, Vancouver, Canada – Naada Yoga & Jyothi Kriya
      • Shaughn Jenson, RAC.,CYT.,Salt Springs Island, British Columbia, Canada – Ayurveda for symptomatic relief of common metabolic disorders
      • Neelam Toprani, Vancouver, Canada – Closing Remarks

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