24 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS JULY 2016 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events Medical practitioners dietitians, and general audience all enjoying the diet and the gut scientific conference. Attendees were invented to taste local gluten free and organic food. plays on general health were reported. Special attention was made to the role of intestinal microbiota in celiac disease. The opening lecture titled “Diet and microbes” was delivered by Dr. Wojciech Marlicz (Department of Gastroenterology, Pomeranian Medi-cal University) who gave a nice intro-duction and overview on the effect of diet on gut microbiome and their impact on health and disease. Professor Ewa Stachowska (Depart-ment of Biochemistry and Human Nutrition, PUM) gave a nice intro-duction to dietary and non-dietary interventions to treat celiac disease and other non-gluten related food allergies. Dr. Jakub Pobłocki (Department of Department of Endocrinology, Meta-bolic Disorders and Internal Diseases, PUM) informed us how diet may influence a woman’s health and add to the progression of metabolic disorders. Dr. Poblocki paid special attention to the diseases of the thyroid gland and highlighted the links between dietary habits and success of therapy. Mrs. Jolanta Meller (Polish Associa-tion of People on Gluten Free Diet and with Celiac Disease) addressed important topics concerning the structure of diet and quality of life of people on gluten-free diets in Poland. Mrs. Meller gave also a nice overview about the ongoing activities and future plans of Polish Association of People on Gluten Free Diet and with Celiac Disease. This conference could not be organized without also hearing from our leading immunologist, Dr. Maciej Halasa (Department of Biochemistry and Human Nutrition, PUM). In a crisp and clear way immunological mechanisms linking gluten and other dietary exposures with enteropathies and systemic diseases were presented. Dr. Halasa introduced the audience to the topic of gastrointestinal bar-riers and their roles in maintaining human health. Of note are many environmental factors responsible for breaking the immune and microbial GI barriers could be maintained by dietary interventions. Gut bar-rier integrity and function could be improved further by exercise, with prebiotics and probiotics as important adjuncts for patients with chronic diseases. Dr. Zyzniewska-Banaszak (Depart-ment of Physiotherapy and Wellbeing, PUM) convinced the audience that it was possible to avoid metabolic health problems by adhering to sport and physical activity. She supported her views with her own clinical life case scenarios. Mgr Paulina Brzuskiewicz delivered more evidence that healthy dietary habits could be further sup-ported by motivation dialogue. After the final lecture, various dietary interventions were discussed. The World Digestive Health Day 2016 was offered free of charge to the general population as well as to medical practitioners. We made all efforts to distribute leaflets, posters, and messages through the internet, as well as social and public media. We also used our personal communica-tion skills to convince the lay public where we live to attend this impor-tant WDHD event. Participants of the conference were invited to taste gluten free and ecologic food offered by local manufacturers. At the time of the conference several photographs were taken. We are looking forward to collaborating further with the World Gastroenterology Organisation for the purpose of bringing benefit to all our present and future patients.
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