Professional Training Program

Using Whole Foods as Medicine

January 17, 2018

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine presents a free Mind, Mood & Food webinar presented by noted physician Tanmeet Sethi, MD. Hosted by CMBM’s Food As Medicine Education Director, Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, this webinar will explore the role Whole Foods play in fighting inflammation in the body. This webinar was presented on January 17, 2018.

About the Webinar

To understand how food is the most potent medicine, it is critical to first understand that the majority of chronic illness today has inflammation as the major component. In this webinar, Tanmeet will review the basis of inflammation as a source of chronic illness and why thinking about fighting inflammation should be our first step to healthy living. In turn, she will show how we can combat chronic inflammation for optimal brain health and optimal mood. She will explore specific phytonutrients in our food and why these need to be our primary weapon against chronic illness.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participant will understand the biochemical basis of inflammation in our body and how it is a source of chronic illness.
  2. Participant will be able to identify key phytonutrients in our food that can be used to fight chronic inflammation.
  3. Participant will be able to identify a Whole Foods approach for the health of their mind and mood based on the components needed to fight inflammation.

About the Presenter, Tanmeet Sethi, MD

Tanmeet Sethi, MD is a noted integrative family physician practicing in Seattle, WA. There she is a faculty attending and Integrative Medicine Fellowship founder and director at Swedish Hospital Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency. She is a graduate of Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship in Tucson, AZ and certified in Functional Medicine. She has a background in Ayurvedic Medicine and is also senior faculty at the Center for Mind Body Medicine.

She is a past TEDx speaker, has published chapters in Integrative Medicine textbooks and speaks regularly on the topics of nutrition and mind-body medicine. She writes a gratitude blog on her website, tanmeetsethimd,com. Most importantly, she is a mother of three amazing children and a human being who cares about food justice, the environment and has a passion for caring for the most vulnerable communities.

About the Host, Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN

Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ  is the co-founder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy,, a comprehensive, online, educational program for dietitians interested in functional medicine.

CMBM Food As Medicine faculty and director Kathie Madonna SwiftShe received her Master of Science  in Nutrition from Arizona State University and has held diverse positions throughout her career. Kathie pioneered innovative nutrition programs at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Dr. Mark Hyman’s UltraWellness Center and continues to consult at all three organizations today.

Notable in her dietetic career, Kathie has served as the Education Director for the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s highly acclaimed “Food As Medicine” professional training program for almost two decades. She is a contributing author for medical textbooks including  Integrative Gastroenterology  and  Integrative Women’s Health published by Oxford University Press and the clinical nutrition textbook  Krause’s Food & Nutrition Care Process.  She  serves on the Advisory Board for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal and the Integrative Healthcare Symposium. Kathie is a scientific reviewer for  Military Medicine  and was a founding member of the Nutrition Advisory Board for the Institute for Functional Medicine.

For her many years of service and dedication to advancing the field of integrative and functional medicine, Kathie received the first Visionary Leadership Award and more recently, the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group.

Kathie is the co-author of  The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Health with Dr. Gerard Mullin. Her most recent book,  The Swift Diet: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight, and Get Rid of the Bloat, with co-author Joseph Hooper features the latest science on the microbiome. Connect with Kathie at