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Forum Explores Mental Body and Gut Link

Francesca Vitale

The Mental Gut Health Forum, a lecture, panel discussion and Q&A led by Brian R. Clement, PhD, will take place May 6 from 1 to 6pm at the Westport Inn. Francesca Vitale, founder and director of the Westchester, New York-based The Healing Force, organized this event to educate and bring awareness to mental illness, and the correlation between the mind and the gut.

The author of Food Is Medicine, Clement is a licensed nutritionist and the director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. “He’s had five decades on the front lines of natural health care, which gives him the tools to explain in great detail, and in terms that are easy to understand, how we can fix this universal problem,” Vitale says. “How many people who are suppressing their minds with medicine and often residing in institutions just need to change their gut health?” 

After Clement’s lecture, psychotherapists, analysts and others in the field of alternative medicine will join a panel discussion based on this narrative, Vitale says. Panelists include Robert Inesta, a chiropractor, licensed acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner; Elaine Zietler, a colon hydrotherapist; and Jane K. Gelsi, PhD, a licensed clinical social worker and the director of the Austin Group for Counseling.

To register, visit or call Francesca Vitale at 914-837-6830. Location: Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd East, Westport.

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