The goal of the Real Health Symposium is to educate, raise awareness, create community and provide support and resources for those living with Chronic Illness and their caregivers and loved ones.

WILMINGTON, NC, October 18, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Cecile Gough is very pleased to announce that the 2017 Real Health Symposium will be held at the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Ontario on October 28, 2017, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The mission of this event is to educate, raise awareness, create community and provide support and resources for those living with chronic illness as well as their caregivers and loved ones. This event will feature a number of speakers including: Dr. Rick Sponaugle; Dr. Robert Banner, Katina Makris, homeopath; and Cecile Gough, patient advocate.

“I have created the conference I would most like to go to as a patient,” said Cecile Gough, a former oncology nurse who has become a patient advocate for those who are experiencing similar heath challenges. For more than a decade she slipped through the cracks of the health care system in Canada until she was finally diagnosed with Late Stage Chronic Lyme Disease in 2014. Unable to receive the appropriate care at home in Canada, Gough travelled to the Sponaugle Wellness Centre in Tampa Bay, Florida, for treatment in 2016. When asked about the care she received in Florida, you will often hear her say “Doc [Dr. Sponaugle] gave me my life back.”

While struggling to find her way through the Canadian medical system she became determined to aid others who have suffered and who are suffering like her. “While trying to get the care I realized I needed to do more to help others who were facing the same up-hill battle to get real health,” said Gough. The result of that desire is the Real Health Symposium.

The day-long event will provide support and resources for those who suffer from autoimmune issues, Lyme Disease, mental illness, mold or industrial toxicity, all while raising funds for respected non-profit organizations in the community. Working with world-class experts whose lives have been touched by chronic illness, Gough believes in offering a holistic perspective of health through the Real Health Symposium.

To that end, she is bringing together the following keynote speakers:

Rick Sponaugle, M.D., is an Integrative Medicine physician who specializes in environmental medicine, tick-borne infections, and treating brain disorders. Having personally lived with mold toxicity and helping his daughter recover from Lyme disease, these experiences created the practice he has today in Florida;

Robert Banner, M.D., President of the Ontario Society of Physicians for Complementary Medicine, began his medical career as a Flight Surgeon and Diving Medical Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Professional and personal reasons led Dr. Banner to a more holistic view to the practice of Functional Medicine. An Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Banner currently sees patients in his clinic in London, Ontario;

A graduate of Duke University and the Stillpoint School of Integrative Life Healing, Katina Makris is a seasoned Classical Homeopath and Certified Intuitive Healer. She is an award-winning author of two books that share her ten-year triumphant journey of healing from Advanced Chronic Lyme disease. Writing a popular health column for a decade, along with hosting the breakthrough “Lyme Light Radio Show,” Makris has a loyal and dedicated following across North America and Europe; and

For Cecile Gough, the journey towards healing has been long and challenging, yet she remains determined to take all that she has learned to help others. A popular and dynamic speaker and writer, she has been featured in national and international media to discuss the crisis of Lyme disease in Canada. Working with politicians to improve health at all levels of government, Gough has presented twice before members of the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa. As the creator and producer of the Real Health Symposium, it is her life passion to help people get the answers and care that they need, while guiding them to become their own advocates in their journey back to health.

The Real Health Symposium proudly supports the Canadian Celiac Association and the G. Magnotta Foundation.

The Real Health Symposium has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Sponaugle Wellness Institute; Health Harmonies; IgeneX Inc.; The Big Carrot; and Terry Natural Canada.

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The Real Health Symposium was created to educate, raise awareness, create community and provide support and resources for those living with Chronic Illness and their caregivers and loved ones.

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