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Friday February 22, 2019
Whether you’ve been selling natural health products for years or are new to the industry, educating yourself
on new products hitting the market will give you a competitive edge. You’ll be better able to serve your
customers, setting your store apart from other retail outlets in your area.
Product Education Sessions are presented or sanctioned by CHFA Member companies. The views expressed are the
responsibility of the presenting company and have not been reviewed by CHFA. CHFA is not responsible for any
information or material provided by a member company. Topics and speakers subject to change.
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Raising Resilient Children
Joy McCarthy, CNP
Presented by: Genuine Health
Join holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy as she shares the best natural health strategies for raising resilient
children. Joy will discuss the importance of a solid foundation of nutrition, natural health supplements and
healthy lifestyle habits in children. Resilient children will have a better ability to fight the common cold
and flu, a more positive attitude and good energy to stay focused and pay attention in school.
is a holistic nutritionist and founder of JoyousHealth.com, an award-winning blog
focused on healthy living. She is a two-time bestselling author of Joyous
Health and Joyous Detox, a World Gourmand Cookbook Award recipient. Her third
book, The Joyous Cookbook, comes out in 2019. A trusted nutrition expert, Joy
has been featured in hundreds of publications both online such as CNN and CBC and in
print; and is a regular health expert on television including Cityline and CTV’s
Your Morning. Joy lives in Toronto with her husband Walker and their daughter Vienna.
Joy loves social media and shares her passion for food, family and fun as a way to
channel positive energy into the lives of others. You can find her @joyoushealth on
Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and on facebook.
Achieving a Personalized Approach to Optimal Health Through Genetic Testing
Robyn Murphy, ND
Presented by: Advanced Orthomolecular Research
We are all tired of the trial and error approach to diet and nutrition, which wastes time and money. There is no one-size fits all. In the recent years, advances in genetic testing provides useful information on individual response to dietary interventions, risk for nutrient deficiencies and biochemical nuances that dictate the appropriate dose and form of certain products. Knowing this information is essential when addressing the root cause of health concerns and developing your personalized roadmap towards optional health. Join Dr. Robyn Murphy to learn how to unlock your genetic potential, looking at the most up-to-date evidence on the role of genetics in personalizing diet and nutrition strategies; disease risk and prevention, follow up testing to see the impact of your genes on your health and understanding what specific forms of vitamins are best suited for you.
Dr. Robyn Murphy
is a practicing Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto, public speaker, and researcher in the
field of functional genomics, with a passion for educating both healthcare
professionals and the public in advances of integrative medicine. She has a number of
publications in medical journals and is currently the Clinical Research Advisor for
AOR, the Medical Advisor for The IBS Academy and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board
for DNA Labs Canada. Dr. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of
Alberta and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from CCNM, with advanced training and
certifications in functional gastroenterology, hormone therapy (BHRT), biological
medicine and advanced medical herbalism.
Probiotics as Tools to Enhance Your Natural Microbial Ecosystem
Presented by: Renew Life
Did you know that there are around 40 trillion microbes in and on your body, living with you in harmony? The new science of the "microbiome" has shown the many ways these naturally-occurring microbes influence our health. Dr. Lewis, who has studied these microbes for a decade, will discuss this new field and how Renew Life is building their products to take advantage of this cutting-edge information.
Zac Lewis is an R&D Scientist for the Renew Life brand. He has a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of California, Davis and has been awarded a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation postdoctoral fellowship. Zac is a specialist in development of probiotic and prebiotic products, and the point person for Renew Life’s clinical trials program. He has extensive expertise in Bifidobacterial genetics and physiology, as well as training on measuring bacterial abundances using state-of-the-art DNA sequencing techniques. Dr. Lewis has studied the effects of specialized prebiotic sugars in breast milk on the developing gut microbiome of infants.
Sleeping? Get to the Root of the Problem
Kathy Smart, RHN
Presented by: St. Francis Herb Farm
Stress and lack of sleep are major contributors to the health epidemic in our overworked and overtired
society. Adaptogens are primary herbal allies for dealing with stress. St. Francis Herb Farm’s
award-winning adaptogen formula, Strest®, was developed to help balance your body’s response to
stress so that you can live your life to the fullest. Nervine herbs found in ValeriCalm® promote
restorative sleep, which is a powerful remedy for stress and its effects. Join holistic nutritionist Kathy
Smart to learn about plants and herbs that can improve sleep by 67 percent and the adaptogen that increases
work capacity by 222 percent.
is a best-selling author, TV show host, chef, nutritionist, North America's gluten-free
expert, and CEO of Live The Smart Way™. Kathy is Canada’s leading
nutrition expert and go-to media source for health and wellness. She has been a guest
on the Dr. Oz Show, Global News and Canada AM.
The Art of Elixir Crafting
Presented by: Harmonic Arts
We all know that herbs, superfoods and mushrooms have healing powers that can greatly enhance our lives and
restore harmony when our health is out of balance. In this mini-intensive, we will share insight into some of
the world’s top medicinally active health ingredients and show you how the Harmonic Arts hot elixir
drinks are the perfect way to make the most of them. This revolutionary drinkable format goes beyond a smoothie
and butter coffee, combining the best of what both these formats have to offer in a delicious and
As a second-generation herbalist, Yarrow Willard
has spent his lifetime immersed in the world of plant medicine, continually delivering
powerful content and products that blend the best of science and old-world knowledge.
Herbal Medicines for Anxiety and Sleep
Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Presented by: Terry Naturally® Canada
According to Canadian Mental Health Association, anxiety disorders affect up to five percent of Canadian
households. In addition, as many as 40 percent of Canadians are not getting enough sleep, and the effects of both
on job performance and productivity are profound! Please join Dr. Holly Lucille, an acclaimed expert in the field
of integrative medicine, as she explores powerful blends and botanicals in herbal medicine that can help reduce
symptoms of anxiety, provide restful nighttime sleep and even reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. As an
attendee, you will find your CALM and receive several take-home items too!
Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN,
is a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic doctor, educator, natural
products consultant, and television and radio host. She is also the author of
several books, including Creating and Maintaining Balance: A
Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health and The Healing Power of
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break Sponsored by:
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Stress Less with Bach Flower Essences
Presented by: Natural/Specialty Sales – Bach Remedies
In this enlightening presentation, Denise Eaton will introduce Bach’s line of products for acute
stress: Rescue Remedy, Rescue Kids and Rescue Pet. She will talk about how to identify the causes of stress
and which flower can help neutralize its effects. Who can take flower essences? How do you take flower
essences? Get answers to these and other frequently asked questions. Each attendee will receive a gift bag
of products and will make their personal Bach Flower blend.
is a registered practitioner through the Bach Foundation International Registry.
She has been employed with Nelson Bach USA, Ltd. for the past 18 years, holding the
positions of Education and Regulatory Manager.
A Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms: How They Supercharge the Immune System, Heal the Body and
Help Save the Planet
Dr. John Holliday
Presented by: Purica
Medicinal mushrooms have an established history of use in traditional oriental therapies. Contemporary
research has validated and documented much of the ancient knowledge. Over the last three decades, the
interdisciplinary field of medicinal mushrooms studies has developed – and continues to reveal
– unique and potent properties of compounds extracted from a wide range of medicinal mushroom
species. Currently the field is growing into a very fruitful area of science. Modern clinical practice in
Japan, China, Korea and other countries relies on mushroom-derived preparations.
Dr. John Holliday,
the founder and current president of Aloha Medicinals Inc., has been elected the
Vice President of the International Society for Medicinal Mushrooms, an
international society for the advancement of research in the field of medicinal
mycology. Dr. Holliday joins the world’s most preeminent scientists in this
Acid Reflux: What Goes Up Should Come Down
Thalia Charney, MA, ND
Presented by: Puresource
A whopping 24 percent of Canadians experiences heartburn on a daily basis. Mainstream medicine typically
does little more than stick a band aid on the problem with various types of acid blockers, even though
there is little evidence to suggest that excess acid is at the root of the problem. Furthermore, studies
showing health risks associated with drugs such as proton pump inhibitors are piling up. In this seminar,
Dr. Thalia Charney explores causes such as low stomach acid, controversies surrounding a related problem
called H. Pylori, as well as a plethora of new potential and traditional natural treatments.
Dr. Thalia Charney is
a naturopathic doctor, public speaker and the author of the recently published
book, The Confident Food Shopper: The Guide to Food Labels and Fables.
As the Nutrition and Health Education Manager at Puresource (NOW Health Group
Canada), she illustrates how natural health products can support optimal health and
Strong Brain. Strong Body
Presented by: Peak Performance Products - Brain Armor
It’s time to pay attention to our brains! In this session, Alan will discuss the results of having a
broken brain as well as the seven pillars of optimal brain health: diet and supplements; exercise; sleep;
mental stimulation; social interaction; mental fitness and “what's your O3I?” Why wait until
the brain is broken? Attend this presentation to find out what your customers can do now.
After graduating with a degree in Kinesiology in 1991, Alan Jones
went on to earn his Masters of Science Degree in Human Nutrition with a specialty
in Nutritional Biochemistry. His desire to have a deep understanding of individual
nutrients and their potential benefits to the human body have led to the
development of more than 2,000 formulas during his 25-year career as a product
formulator and manufacturer. His formulas combined have generated revenues of more
than $10 billion USD for his customers. Jones’ products have been sold in
major retailers such as Costco, Walmart, CVS Drug, 7-Eleven, GNC,
Albertson’s, Kroger, Walgreens and many others.
Bust Stress and Balance Hormones with Nutritionist Julie Daniluk
Julie Daniluk, RHN
Presented by: Nature's Way of Canada
Recent scientific discoveries have confirmed that there are powerful foods and herbs that can help us attain
hormonal harmony. Learn how to reduce the stress response to improve sleep and increase joy. Explore sound
strategies to reduce adrenal exhaustion, PMS and support healthy thyroid function. Leave refreshed and
engaged with an easy-to-follow plan for weight, energy and mood balance.
Nutritionist Julie Daniluk is the author of
the bestselling books Hot Detox, Meals that Heal Inflammation,
and Slimming Meals That Heal. She is the nutritionist and co-host of
reality cooking show Healthy Gourmet (Oprah Winfrey Network) and in-house nutrition
expert on the Marilyn Denis Show (CTV). Connect with Julie @JulieDaniluk on social
media and at JulieDaniluk.com.
Skin Relief from Head to Toe
Cyril Meyre, ND
Presented by: Herbasante
Get to the root of the problem. Put your skin at ease! Your skin is your first line of defense, and it deserves
special care. When a skin condition is present, the skin barrier is weakened. A healthy skin barrier is key to
healthy, balanced skin. It prevents allergens, bacteria and irritants from penetrating into the body.
In Canada, between two and five million people have eczema, and an estimated 15 to 25 percent of children
are affected by it. Eighty-five percent of these children will have eczema before the age of 5 years and 40
percent of them will continue to have eczema into adulthood.
Simple solutions will be shared in this comprehensive presentation.
is a naturopath with 15 years’ practice. In his consultations, he uses
various holistic tests including live blood analysis and iridology. Hypnosis allows
him to complete holistic treatments to target causes other than physical. Cyril
also works as a research and development consultant for Herbasante. In addition, he
is a speaker and trainer, with a clientele of various healthcare practitioners
across Canada. Last but not least, Cyril teaches at the Naturopathic School in
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Breaking New Research on the Effects of Symbiotic-Fermented Soy and
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Presented by: Living Alchemy
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions in Canada today, with over
10,000 people newly diagnosed every year. At present there is no known cure.
Unfermented soy contains a unique composition of nutrients that can cause inflammation of the intestinal
lining. Paradoxically, when soy is fermented using traditional and symbiotic methods, the nutrients act
quite differently on the digestive tract.
Learn how our symbiotic-fermented soy affects the key markers associated with IBD. We’ll also share our
“hot off the press” research showing the physical change on the intestinal lining after six months
of consuming these products.
is the founder and formulator of Living Alchemy, a new Canadian company producing
innovative kefir-kombucha fermented formulas. He has 12 years of experience as a
nutritional therapist, lecturer and researcher.
Iron Deficiency: Discover the Power of Absorption
Dr. Mary Nagai, MD Ph.D.
Presented by: Platinum Naturals
One in five Canadian women deal with the debilitating effects of iron deficiency. Low energy, fatigue and
trouble concentrating are symptoms that can have serious effects on how you feel and approach life every
Join Dr. Mary Nagai to discuss the challenges of low iron, and choosing the right supplement for optimal
absorption and blood-building results. Additionally, uncover the latest findings that are linked to iron
deficiency, and help your customers find solutions while reducing the unwanted *ahem* side effects.
All attendees will receive a complimentary gift.
Dr. Mary Nagai, MD Ph.D.
is the director of Medical and Scientific Affairs at Platinum Naturals and holds an
MD, Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. A scientist at both the University Health
Institute and the U of T Faculty of Medicine, with over 16 years of experience as a
clinician-scientist and advocate for natural integrative medicine.
Supercharge Your Endocannabinoid System
Presented by: New Chapter
Scientific research on the endocannabinoid system in our bodies has exploded in recent years. This system
of lipids, enzymes and cannabinoid receptors has been shown to play key regulatory roles in our memory,
stress response, metabolism and sleep. But what can you do to boost the effectiveness of your
endocannabinoid system? Come learn how common foods, herbs and supplements can supercharge this system for
both you and your customers.
is the Director of Sales Education and Training at New Chapter, Inc. Charlotte
began her career teaching at a medical college in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Recognizing that Western medicine may be enhanced by natural traditions established
in Eastern medicine, Charlotte studied herbs and mushrooms in Japan and China for
three years. A consummate student, Charlotte has been studying natural alternatives
for health for the past 15 years under some of America's most notable herbalists
and naturopaths. A passionate advocate and spokesperson for natural healing
techniques and remedies, Charlotte is currently working to help further educate on
the repercussions of GMOs in the United States and offers alternative health
solution seminars on women’s health.
Power Your Sales with Iron - A Category Set to Double by 2025
Cheryl Grant, CEO & Owner
Presented by: Vitality Products Inc.
Despite a large selection of iron supplements available to consumers, anemia remains one of the most
severe nutritional deficiencies in Canada. Worldwide, sales of iron products reached over $3 billion in
2015 and are expected to double to $6 billion by 2025, with almost 40 percent of sales occurring in North
America. Join us to learn about iron deficiency and how VITALITY® Power Iron
+ Organic Spirulina™ is increasing customer’s iron levels with its
unique formulation. It’s time to offer your customers an iron solution to change their health.
VITALITY® Power Iron + Organic Spirulina™ is the recipient
of a Clean Choice Award and an alive Award for Favourite Women’s Product.
Receive a free VITALITY® Power Iron + Organic Spirulina™
and an exclusive discount for store orders.
After growing up with VITALITY at an early age, Cheryl Grant has always been a natural health advocate. Now, as the CEO and owner of the company, she educates and shares her passion for wellness to inspire others to live healthier, happier lives.
Learn to Love Your Liver with Dr. Terry Willard!
Terry Willard, Cl.H.,Ph.D
Presented by: Garden of Life - Wild Rose
Do you want to know more about Phase 1 and Phase 2 Liver D-tox? Should you start with the Wild Rose D-tox for
whole body or the New Liver D-tox from Wild Rose? Dr. Terry Willard is your herbalist with over 40 years of
directing conscious consumers about how to D-tox to achieve optimal results. Come join us for a lesson on the
to detox with Wild Rose Herbals.
For over forty years, Terry Willard, Cl.H.,Ph.D., has studied the medicinal
of plants. He is recognized as one of North America’s leading Clinical Herbalists. He
regularly in the print and electronic media as an exponent of responsible herbal use. He is
past-president of the Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioners, a professional member
of the American
Herbalist Guild and in the Canadian Health Food Association’s Hall of Fame.
Thyroid Disease: the Silent Epidemic of Our Time
Presented by: Life Choice Ltd.
Come and discover Thyrodine® thyroid gland, nothing short of an NPN miracle product
license. The importance of the thyroid gland cannot be overestimated. Learn what the #1 prescription drug
in America is, and why women are five to eight times more likely than men to be affected. Low thyroid function
affects 20 to 25 percent of the female population, and one in eight women will develop a thyroid condition in
their lifetime. This training will delve into the sudden global rise in thyroid disease and recommend what
can be done.
Eldon Dahl, doctorate of Natural
Medicine, founder and CEO of Life Choice Ltd., has three decades of experience in the
field of naturopathic medicine and the natural health industry. Eldon specializes in
anti-aging research and chronic disease treatments. As the company formulator, he
personally sources all the raw materials used, thus ensuring therapeutic results.
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
It's About Time! The First Aluminum-Free Natural Antiperspirants!
Presented by: The Green Beaver Company
After many years of formulation and clinical research, The Green Beaver Company is proud to introduce the first
aluminum-free natural antiperspirants to Canadians. Up until now all antiperspirants worked by blocking the
sweat ducts with chemically treated poly-aluminum complexes such as aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum
zirconium. A few studies in recent years have theorized that aluminum-based antiperspirants may increase the
risk for breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. This may explain in part why a
recent survey showed that two-thirds of Canadians expressed interest in switching their usual antiperspirant
product for a natural alternative.
Please join us to learn more about Green Beaver’s new aluminum free natural antiperspirants.
microbiologist, co-founded The Green Beaver Company with biochemist Karen Clark. They
were both appalled by the amount of chemicals found in kid’s shampoos, bubble
baths and other products. With their new family in mind, they decided to do something
about it. They left the pharmaceutical and pesticide industry behind to create
healthier natural products. Alain regularly gives seminars on the potential health
risks and environmental hazards associated with the chemicals found in everyday
personal care products.
Wake Up to Better Sleep
Nicola Anderson, RHN
Presented by: Vega
Join educator and holistic nutritionist Nicola Anderson as she wakes you up to a better night’s sleep. Learn what’s keeping you up at night and how you can improve your own sleep routine.
Sleep is an essential part of well-being and Nicola will share how plant-based nutrition & simple lifestyle changes can get you waking up on the right side of the bed.
|Nicola Anderson is a Holistic Nutritionist and an Orthomolecular Practitioner who works at Vega as an Educator. She spent most of her life on stage and in the Film/TV industry both in Canada and the US. Her segway into nutrition grew after having dealt with her own health challenges. As a cancer survivor she understands the impact nutrition has on the body which fuels her desire to empower people take control of their own health. As a nutrition coach and health educator, Nicola can be found cooling off on her road bike or getting her sweat on in the hot yoga room. Nicola’s approach to nutrition is through empathy and humor and she believes that even the smallest of changes can have huge impacts.
The Safety and Efficacy of Using Silver in the Modern Age
Dr. Keith Moeller
Presented by: iLevel Management Inc. - Silver Biotics
New science is available on the safety and effectiveness of nano silver for health and wellness. Millions of
dollars have been invested in hard science to bring the use of silver to new levels of understanding. Come see
and hear the latest on the science of using silver as a first line of defense for the health and wellness of
your family. It’s time to bring an end to the myths of silver and replace them with real information,
because in the end only real science matters!
Dr. Keith Moeller
is CEO of American Biotech Labs and has nearly 30 years of experience working in
the silver industry. Keith holds a B.S. in Business Management, Finance and
International Business from Brigham Young University. He’s also a Certified
Natural Health Practitioner and holds a Doctorate in Naturopathy. He has
co-authored many papers on silver, several of which are peer-reviewed and
Keeping It Clean and Green. An Exploration of the Natural and
Organic Cosmetics Market
Presented by: Inika Organic
In this session, Tony will present the natural and organic cosmetics market along with global market growth and
trends. What makes an organic and natural beauty product special? How are organic beauty products made? What
are the challenges of creating natural and organic beauty products? Can natural beauty really perform? What is
the difference between organic and certified organic? How green is green beauty? Tony will answer all these
questions and help you decipher marketing claims for consumers while showing what makes INIKA Organic different
from other beauty brands.
After identifying a gap in the market, Tony Rechtman launched
Total Beauty Network (TBN) to challenge the notion that affordable and natural
cosmetics could not achieve the same quality standards as other high-end brands. 10
years on, TBN now has 4 successful and unique brands, selling in excess of 2
million products globally each year.
Vitamin K2 – A Missing Link in Our Diet
Presented by: Purica - Kappa Bioscience AS
To live a long and healthy life, strong bones and a strong heart are essential. With our aging population, osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases are increasingly becoming issues. The latest science shows that
vitamin K2 MK-7 is the missing link in our diet which can help our body to fight osteoporosis and
osteoarthritis at the same time. Vitamin K2 MK-7 helps to deposit calcium in the right places (bones and teeth)
and helps to increase the flexibility of the arteries by reversing calcifications (osteoarthritis) in our body.
Unfortunately, a large part of the population has a lack of this superhero vitamin. With the vegan formula
Iconicbone, Purica is delivering three key nutrients for strong bones: a plant based calcium, vegan vitamin D3 and
vitamin K2 as MK-7.
|Thies Ripcke is a Hamburg, Germany based Senior Sales
Manager for Kappa Bioscience. He brings a broad base of expertise from the food and dietary
supplements industries, including over six years' specialization in minerals, food and
pharmaceutical salt, and vitamins D3 and K2 MK7. Working globally, his sales role also spans
formulation, product development, galenic, analysis and consulting on successful K2 products.
Are Plant-Based Approaches to the Microbiome and Gut Health More Effective Than
Presented by: Peak Performance Products – The Himalaya Drug Co.
In recent years, outcomes with studies focusing on probiotics have been met with major disappointments as
their limitations have been continually illuminated in large scale studies. However, these limitations have
brought back to mind the famous edict “let your food be thy medicine.” Following this tenet we
set out to see if a traditional Ayurvedic formula could impact the biome not simply in terms of
strains but with entire families and phyla.
is a botanical researcher, clinical herbalist, educator and author with over 20
years of experience in his field. He combines traditional Western herbalism,
Tibetan Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine in seeking to treat the whole
person. Omar has authored several text books and has been invited as lecturer and
teacher to many medical universities. He’s also been a guest speaker at
numerous symposia domestically and abroad.