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44th Scientific Meeting
Update on Health, TMD and Sleep from a Global Perspective
May 7-10, 2020 • Orlando
Pre-Conference Workshop I: Nutrition and Health
Paul Durham, PhD
Thursday, May 7, 2020 — 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
SYNOPSIS: Our overall health and well-being are directly related to our dietary choices. Poor choices equal poor health while good choices promote and maintain health of all our physiological systems and minimize inflammation. This includes not only what foods we eat but also what beverages we consume daily since both contribute key nutrients and molecules to minimize inflammation, boost cellular function and protect our proteins, DNA, and lipids from damage. Yet, we are experiencing a global epidemic of obesity and diabetes. Equally alarming is the report that 30% of Americans are living with some form of severe or chronic pain, which means that more people are living in chronic pain than with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. Hence, despite almost year-round access to foods from all over the world, our overall health is declining, and more people are living in chronic pain. These pathological conditions are mediated by changes at the cellular and molecular levels and are greatly influenced by our diet. Dr. Paul Durham will review the importance and benefit of consuming nutritional foods enriched in polyphenols and natural fiber and beverages with high antioxidant capacity to promote the health of our cells as well as commensal oral and intestinal bacteria. In addition, he will provide information on the essential role of minerals, vitamins, and micronutrients, for maintaining basic cellular functions. Examples will be provided regarding how dietary supplements can significantly alter and even reverse disease progression and help to manage chronic pain and inflammation. Current findings will be shared on dietary supplements reported to improve oral health and function to directly modulate the activity of trigeminal neurons and glial cells.