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Local Gastroenterologists Discuss Liver Disease/Food Allergies at Summer Health Conference

Gastroenterologists Lee Klepper, MD, and Jerrold Canakis, MD, will join eleven other breakout speakers to educate visitors at the 8th Annual Visions for Total Health Conference on Saturday, August 26, 2006.

Don’t Forget the Liver

It is easy to overlook the liver and its importance to our health in the face of the overwhelming toll that heart disease and lung cancer are taking on this country. Yet, 25 million Americans, that’s one in every ten, are or have been affected by liver diseases or related disorders.

Dr. Klepper, of Atlantic Gastroenterology, will give a presentation, titled “Your Liver, Your Life,” that discusses this complex organ and its various roles in the body as well as how to keep the liver healthy.

What Are You Eating?

Food sensitivities and allergies can result in health effects that range from minor to debilitating or even fatal. However, they are not one and the same. Dr. Canakis, who has an extensive background in nutrition as well as digestive disorders such as Celiac and Crohn’s diseases, will discuss different allergies and sensitivities to common foods during his presentation, titled “What’s on Your Plate?”

Conference-goers will have to opportunity to hear Dr. Klepper and Dr. Canakis and pose questions during the morning’s breakout sessions. For a complete schedule of events, please visit and click on Visions for Total Health.


The Visions for Total Health Conference, scheduled for Saturday, August 26 at the Ocean City Convention Center, is a day-long event of presentations, exhibits and demonstrations centered around three themes of environmental health, traditional medicine, and alternative and complementary healthcare.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event is internationally-known physician, journalist and author, Bob Arnot, MD. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Arnot at the book sale and signing, provided by Barnes & Noble Booksellers of Salisbury, after the keynote address.

The conference, held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, is sponsored by Maryland Coastal Bays, 21st Century Oncology, the Worcester County Health Department, Atlantic General Hospital JAG, the Worcester County Volunteer Center, ABC Printers, ClearChannel Outdoor, Apple Discount Drugs, the Salisbury Daily Times/Worcester County Times, Eastern Shore AHEC, and Parties Your Way.

Admission is $5.00. To pre-register, call 410-641-9479.