Gemoscan Canada, Inc.: 'Weighing' In On The Obesity Epidemic In Canada Following The American Medical Association's Designation Of Obesity As An Official 'Disease'

TORONTO, June 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gemoscan Canada, Inc. (TSX-V:GES) (MUN:1GE) ("Gemoscan" or the "Company") agrees that Obesity continues to be a 'hot topic' and applauds the recent designation by the American Medical Association (AMA) to classify obesity as an official disease ensuring this heavily debated discussion isn't going away anytime soon. Over 25 per cent of Canadian adults are overweight and rates among children are at an all time high according to a recent study conducted by the University of British Columbia, signaling the need for continued action and new approaches to manage this escalating problem - which may include one that is often overlooked, the role of food intolerances.

Canadians are bombarded with a repetitive list of steps to manage an expanding waistline, these include the standard measures - regular exercise, eating healthier foods and in some cases even surgery, but there is research to suggest that understanding an individuals food interactions can be an important factor that facilitates weight loss.

A 2012 study conducted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, concluded "eliminating foods that are reactive, while replacing them with similar, non-reactive foods to ensure that nutrient deficiencies do not occur, is a novel strategy for addressing the epidemic of obesity."

"Yesterday's announcement by the AMA finally legitimizes the extent of the obesity problem which is responsible for so many co-morbidities and deaths in Canada and the US," says Dr. Mubina Jiwa, ND, Assistant Professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and Chief Naturopathic Doctor - Gemoscan Canada, Inc. "This is a problem that needs to be looked at as a 'whole' and a variety of approaches need to be considered. I work with many patients who are battling obesity and one effective tool I employ is a proven method for food intolerance management."

Canada's leading food intolerance management solution, the HEMOCODE™ Food Intolerance System is a pioneer in the emerging science of managing potentially reactive foods as well as providing personal dietary guidelines that include replacement foods, recipes to compliment acceptable foods, a list of daily recommended vitamins and supplements based on test results and consultations with an accredited doctor of naturopathic medicine to help during each stage of the weight management process.

"Food intolerances can be a very common cause of weight gain and identifying those foods that cause the body to have a negative reaction can be instrumental when trying to lose weight – it is not always about calorie counting and exercise," says Dr. Jiwa.

The HEMOCODE™ Food Intolerance System may be covered by many extended insurance plans. If individuals have extended health benefits that include naturopathy, they may be covered.

ABOUT THE HEMOCODE™ FOOD INTOLERANCE SYSTEM

The HEMOCODE™ Food Intolerance System is a personalized medically supervised nutritional program that promotes dietary well being. It uses patented technology and services to provide consultation and recommendations to simplify the management of food sensitivities. The HEMOCODE™ Food Intolerance System is one of a growing number of wellness services and products offered by pharmacies and paramedical clinics as complementary medical choices. Complementary medicine is an adjunct to conventional medical practice, incorporating alternative modalities and therapies with a focus on lifestyle and wellness. A statistically significant base of practitioners and those using HEMOCODE™ report improved dietary wellness and satisfaction.

ABOUT GEMOSCAN CANADA, INC.

Gemoscan is an industry leader in food intolerance management and maintains a first-to-market position with Canada wide distribution through select retail partners. Founded in 2003, using its proprietary patented technology; Gemoscan develops, owns and markets comprehensive food sensitivity and dietary management solutions for consumers, including the HEMOCODE™ Food Intolerance System, a personalized medically supervised nutritional program that promotes well being. Gemoscan is the first and only provider to commercialize a food intolerance management solution directly to consumers in partnership with retailers, and today offers the most comprehensive services available.

Gemoscan Canada, Inc. trades its shares on the Toronto Venture Exchange (TSX-V) under the symbol GES and is quoted on the Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart Stock Exchanges under the symbol 1GE.

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