Rising health care costs and solutions to curb them continue to be in the national spotlight.

The old adage an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is truer than ever – study after study has proven that prevention of chronic diseases is much more cost-effective than treatment of them.  That’s where the field of integrative medicine is gaining traction: it uses scientifically proven methods from both conventional medicine and complementary/alternative therapies to focus on the whole person in order to treat root causes, not just symptoms of an illness or disease, in order to prevent them upfront.

To help the general public learn more about this exciting, growing field, Mandala Integrative Medicine will host The Integrative Lifestyle Forum from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the Rhythm City Hotel and Conference Center in Davenport, Iowa. It is one of the first events in the country open to the general public to be able to learn from nationally recognized integrative medicine experts about methods they can use to optimize or gain control of their overall health, which ultimately can help drive their health care costs down. The live, interactive forum includes demonstrations, breakout sessions, a healthy lunch, and even a healthy cooking competition featuring some of the area’s best chefs.

This extraordinary event will feature nationally recognized keynote speakers like Dr. Sayed A. Shah of Davenport, a leading gut health expert and medical doctor with world-class expertise in functional medicine. Dr. Shah says, “There is a different way to approach your health. It's known by several different terms, but basically means the same thing - integrative medicine, functional medicine, alternative medicine, holistic medicine, and preventative medicine.  It addresses the whole person, the root cause of a disease or symptoms.”

Dr. Robert Scott Bell, a nationally recognized Homeopathic Expert and media personality, is also a speaker: "Learn to take control of your health and healing. I will be talking about healing the seat of your immune system - your gut.”

Ali Smith, Mindfulness Expert and Co-founder/Executive Director of Holistic Life Foundation Inc. will talk about his work in Baltimore’s underserved communities. Smith recommends mindfulness to everyone as a component to physical and mental health, “By slowing down and concentrating on basic things, you'll clear your mind of everything that worries you. Really concentrate on sensations and experiences…and learn to really focus on simple tasks while doing them, whether it's flowering plants or ironing your clothes.” 

The Integrative Lifestyle Forum is also excited to have Alexandra Jamieson, Educator, Lifestyle Expert, Co-mastermind of Supersize Me! and author on board. She specifically addresses issues women face, “I’m done with the body-shaming, nutrition-crazy, upside-down world of health. I’m done with how our body’s cravings are labeled as bad. I have a passion for real food, real experiences that make us come alive, and the ways we can start loving our bodies, loving food, ending the war with both, and creating a life that feels awesome.” Women and the men who support them will be sure to learn from her session.

This will be an introduction to Integrative medicine for many attendees and a chance to learn more in-depth information for those with some general knowledge on the subject. The forum will be a high-energy, supportive environment for all.  Participants will come away with some insight and a renewed sense that they can continue their quest for good health or they can begin that quest for the first time.

General admission is $25 per person or $100 for a VIP Pass, which includes includes a coveted role as a judge in the cooking competition, access to the exclusive Healthy Happy Hour AND an on-site health assessment with a Mandala Lifestyle Coach. Forum attendees also can receive a discounted room rate on a block of rooms at the conference center’s hotel on a first-come first-served basis. Registration for the event is required.  Reservations may be made at This event is made possible by the following sponsors: District Drugs, Elite Health and Mandala Integrative Medicine.

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