Dr. Jennifer Purdy, MD

Dr. Jennifer Purdy, CD, MD, CCFP, DipABLM, is a family medicine physician practising Lifestyle Medicine in Ottawa. She attended the Royal Military College of Canada, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1998. She obtained her Medical Degree from University of Ottawa in 2008, and completed her residency in Family Medicine at University of Ottawa in 2010. In February 2018, she retired from the Canadian Armed Forces, having served over 23 years. Her clinic, Ottawa Lifestyle Medicine, is the only clinic in Ottawa which offers evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine, and it is covered by OHIP.

Dr. Purdy first heard about the link between food and health at a chronic pain conference in Ottawa in early 2011. Later that year she was posted to Petawawa, Ontario, and began seeing many soldiers with chronic pain. Looking for resources about diet, she stumbled on Dr. Neal Barnard’s book “Foods That Fight Pain,” and then “Forks Over Knives,” and that was the moment that she knew she had to change how she practised medicine. Dr. Purdy has the Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell, is board-certified in Lifestyle Medicine, and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Any questions, please contact Dr. Purdy at drjpurdy@ottawalifestylemedicine.ca.

The Link Between Pain and Diet

Whether it is pain due to arthritis, migraines, back injuries, neuropathic pain due to diabetes, or other causes of pain, diet plays a significant role. This evidence-based presentation will focus on how different foods may influence pain, and recommend a dietary trial that should decrease pain.

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