Paul Demeda, CNP

Speaker, 48th Annual International Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference


Paul Demeda was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1960. He graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in 2006, and then began clinical practice at D’Avignon Digestive Health Centre and Wellness Institute in Toronto.

Paul is passionate about empowering people to consciously and holistically manage their health. He is dedicated to investigating, clarifying, and explaining important nutrition issues and concepts, and is passionate about critical thinking in the context of health, nutrition, and published research.

Paul teaches nutrition courses at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, and taught nutrition courses for several years at Centennial College. He also lectures on a range of health topics including mental health, detoxification, and critical thinking.

Presentation Abstract

Complete Nutrition from Food: A Systematic Examination of Fact vs. Fiction

It is widely assumed by conventional medicine that people can get all the required nutrients, in sufficient amounts, from the food they eat. The Orthomolecular perspective is that food alone is not enough, and nutrient supplementation is often, if not always, required. This lecture will critically assess the validity of this hypothesis, by examining the composition of various diets, the nutrient amounts in foods, and other factors that influence nutrient levels in the body. Key areas of exploration will include the nutrient compositions of common healthy diets, various national food guides, institutional recommendations, and ancestral diets.  These be diets will be assessed against accepted metrics including RDAs and RDIs, as well as baseline nutrient levels used in orthomolecular medicine. This lecture will also examine how issues with digestion, absorption and utilization of food nutrients, and other factors impact the likelihood of acquiring the required amounts of nutrients from food.