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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks Street

à la carte: Science, History and Health at the Table with Stephen Le and Maya Shetreat

à la carte: Science, History and Health at the Table with Stephen Le and Maya Shetreat

Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks Street
Dr. Maya Shetreat
Stephen Le

Donations to the Parkdale Food Centre gratefully accepted at this event. Canned salmon, sardines, oats, canned tomatoes and pasta especially needed.

In  One Hundred Million Years of Food Stephen Le takes readers on a historic and geographic tour of how different cuisines have evolved in tandem with our particular environments, as our ancestors took advantage of the resources and food available to them. Like his mentor Jared Diamond, Le uses history and science to present a fascinating and wide-ranging tour of human history as viewed through what and how we eat. Travelling the world to places as far-flung as Vietnam, Kenya, Nova Scotia and Iowa, Le visits people producing food using traditional methods as well as modern techniques, and looks at how our relationship to food has strayed from centuries of tradition to mass-produced assembly lines dependent on chemicals that bring with them a host of problems. 

Pioneering integrative pediatric neurologist Maya Shetreat, MD, reveals the shocking contents of children’s food, how it’s seriously harming their bodies and brains, and what we can do about it. Her book,  The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil presents the first nutritional plan for getting and keeping children healthy—a plan that any family can follow. New alarming studies show the dramatic rise of chronic disease in children—from allergies and ADHD to mental illnesses and obesity. A traditionally trained pediatric neurologist and a parent herself, Dr. Maya encountered the limits of conventional medicine when her son suffered a severe episode of asthma on his first birthday and began a backward slide in his development. Treatments failed to reverse his condition, so Dr. Maya embarked on a scientific investigation, discovering that food was at the root of her son’s illness, affecting his digestive system, immune system, and brain. The solution was shockingly simple: Heal the food, heal the gut, heal the brain...and heal the child. Revealing the profound connections between food, nature, and children’s health, Dr. Maya explains how food is constantly changing kids’ bodies, brains, and even genes—for better or for worse. She also shares success stories from her practice and tips as a working mother of three on stocking healing foods (from veggies to chocolate!), reading labels, and getting even picky eaters into the new menu. This paradigm-shifting book empowers you to transform your child’s health through food and ensure the long-term wellbeing of your kids and the entire family. 

The Festival Café, onsite in Christ Church Cathedral, will be open and featuring great local food from Dash Mobile Cookery!
à la carte: Free food literacy events presented in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library with support from the government of Ontario.

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