At this month's Buffalo Chamber Luncheon Wednesday, the topics were mental health and substance addiction and the stigmas attached to them; and holistic health and the hidden toxins in food and other consumer products.
Laura DeMatteis, who owns the new Buffalo Food Depot, a holistic health food store, gave the presentation on the toxins we are exposed to through what we ingest and use everyday.
DeMatteis said degenerative diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and other problems like ADHD and ADD have been on the rise in this country since certain chemicals and modified foods have been introduced into our food supply in this country.
High fructose corn syrup, MSG, hydrogenated oils and artificial sweeteners are the main culprits, she said.
DeMatteis explains the connection.
More information on how to recognize these compounds and how to live free of them are available through her website www.poisoninthepantry.com
Also at the luncheon, Haley Drake, with Northern Wyoming Mental Health, gave a presentation on mental health and substance addiction and the stigma associated with them.
Drake said it is important for everyone to realize these are diseases, not choices, and that we, as a community, should help those with these diseases to overcome them with dignity.
Mental health disorders are diseases of the brain, Drake said, and addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease and they require treatment to overcome them.
For more information, or to find out how you can help those afflicted, contact Northern Wyoming Mental Health at 674-5534 in Sheridan or 684-5531 in Buffalo.