(Updated 8:30 a.m., Jan. 13)
crowd attends biggest, best Health and Wellness Expo yet
By Fred Sherwin
Dr. William Davis talks to one of his admirers
while autographing copies of his book 'Wheat
Belly' at the Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo
on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
do you get when you combine over 200 exhibitors, a long
lineup of amazing guest speakers headlined by the author
of one of the best selling books in Canada, and a movie
screening featuring a ground-breaking documentary on the
health care industry? The biggest and best Ottawa Health
and Wellness Expo yet, that's what.
Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp and Rob Dale managed to outdo themselves
this year as close to 2,000 people flocked to the Shenkman
Arts Centre on Saturday to learn about the latest trends
in health and wellness and connect with local businesses
offering products and services to help make their lives
healthier and more fulfilling.
the star attraction was American cariodlogist Dr. William
Davis, author of the best selling book "Wheat Belly",
who gave a key note presentation to a capacity crowd in
the 500-seat Harold Shenkman Hall and then autographed
copies of his book for 90 minutes afterwards.
Davis message is a simple one -- lose the wheat, lose
the weight. In the book he makes the case that the world's
most popular grain is also the world's most destructive
Beauchamp credits Dr. Davis' appearance and willingness
to help promote the Expo on local radio and television
for its overwhelming success.
spectacular. We did three or four TV shows together and
radio. He's been going non-stop," said Dr. Beauchamp.
Davis says his message of regaining one's health through
the elimination of gluten-rich grains such as wheat from
their diet is resonating strongly especially among Canadians.
message has caught on fire. It's the success of the message
that is really resonating with people. About 40 people
approached me today telling me that they lost 70 lbs,
they're no longer diabetic, their joint pain and acid
reflux is completely gone, their astma is gone, their
depression has lifted. It's the incredible turnaound in
their health that are driving the message," says
Davis' appearance was made possible thanks to the generous
support of Paul Rushforth Real Estate. Other key sponsors
who helped make this year's Expo posible include the Orléans
Kardish Health Food Centre, The Goodlife Fitness Centre
and Keller Williams Ottawa Realty.
one appreciated the turnout more than the exhibitors and
vendors. Financial planner Janet Gray has been coming
to the Expo for the past four years. She said the attendance
at this year's event was the best so far.
been great. It's been very steady. I've seen a lot of
new faces nice and a lot of familiar faces as well,"
said Gray who is with Investors Group Financial Services.
Smith from the Massage and Treatment Clinic in Orléans
was also thrilled with the turnout.
is our second year and it's been fantastic. Definitely
more people than last year. Kudos to Nathalie Beauchamp
for putting on an event like this. It's definitely the
busiest in Ottawa," said Smith.
the seven-hour Expo neared it's conclusion, Family Physiotherapy
Centre's Jason Bellefleur was on the verge of losing his
voice from having talked to so many people.
be honest I'm tired, but it's been an amazing day. A lot
more people than last year," said Bellefleur. "Nathalie
and Rob have done just a tremendous job and everyone seems
to be really happy with the whole experience. We're definitely
coming back next year."
of next year, Dr. Beauchamp is already thinking about
how she and her partner can top this year's event.
a good question but I'm already thinking about it,"
said Dr. Beauchamp before getting back to the task at
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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