Kerry Harling, MEd.
She is a globally recognized leader in the field of integrative medicine and the ancient science of health known as Ayurveda. She is passionate about raising awareness for the need for a change in contemporary medicine that focuses on patient empowerment and a health-based (rather than disease-based) medical system. Kerry practices at The University of Pittsburgh Center for Integrative Medicine and remains a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine where she has developed a personalized system to manage chronic disorders by incorporating fundamental changes in diet, behavior, and stress while focusing on genetics. This individualized program is so successful that many of her clients have achieved maximum healing and vitality after years of chronic problems. Kerry is a published author and a Ted Talk presenter and author of the book the 25-Day Ayurveda Cleanse
Topic: Your Blueprint for Life with Ayurveda
Abstract: Ayurveda means the science of life and is the most ancient health care system in the world that is a complete system for managing all aspects of health as well as spirituality, including methods for increasing longevity, healing disease, cleansing the body, maintaining a healthy weight and spiritual development. So, what are we to make of it today? Don’t be fooled into thinking there’s no scientific basis for Ayurveda. On the contrary, what the ancient sages knew has been slowly proven through the ages. For decades, scientists have known the basic structure of our DNA. Although nearly every cell in the body has the same set of genes, why is it that different types of cells look and behave so differently. The answer is epigenetics, a rapidly growing science that focuses on gene specialization. But did you know that what you eat, where you live, who you interact with, when you sleep, how you exercise, even aging can change which genes can be turned on and off. Ayurveda has always known this. So, if we can reverse a genes state by diet and lifestyle, then we could theoretically cure cancer, slow aging, stop obesity and so much more. Curious to know how different foods and lifestyles can epigenetically influence health? Then let’s look at Ayurveda as science continues to catch up to this complete and life-transforming system of health maintenance, disease prevention, and cure.