Key Microbial Families – Difference makers and dietary factors

November 20, 2019

The webinar recording is now available. Click here to view. To download the presentation materials click here.

During the webinar, Dr Bagnulo referenced two papers. The links to the papers are below:

The Western Diet–Microbiome-Host Interaction and Its Role in Metabolic Disease

The Effects of Vegetarian and Vegan Diets on Gut Microbiota

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine presents a free Mind, Mood & Food webinar presented by Food As Medicine Faculty Member, John Bagnulo, MPH, PhD. Hosted by CMBM’s Food As Medicine Education Director, Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, this webinar will cover the intersection of the body’s microbiome and the overall health and wellbeing of the body. This webinar will be presented on November 20, 2019 at 12 PM EST.

About the Webinar

Gut biomeThe microbiome may represent the single most important aspect of human physiology in determining an individual’s resiliency or response to traumatic events. There are many characteristics of this ecosystem that have become increasingly associated with improved outcomes. Microbial diversity has a significant body of clinical research supporting its value as a reflection of microbiome health. This diversity can vary significantly with respect to specific families of microbes. Not all families of bacteria are beneficial. Many species are pathogenic when present in larger populations and others species have uniquely beneficial to the immune system, inflammatory cascade, and the body’s effort to provide detoxification.

Dietary constituents such as the types of fiber, fatty acids, and phytonutrients appear to play a prominent role in shaping these populations. This lecture highlights those microbial families and/or species with established clinical track records as difference makers and the dietary patterns or components that have become associated with increasing or decreasing their numbers.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should acquire the necessary information to:

  • Identify those species of bacteria within the microbiome that have significant influence on human health and specific organ systems
  • List those dietary and lifestyle characteristics that are associated with greater populations of specific microbes.
  • Describe the methods of dietary or nutritional intervention that can modulate/modify both beneficial and pathogenic microbe populations within the microbiome.

About the Presenter, John Bagnulo, MPH, PhD

John Bagnulo, MPH, PhD is a naturalist and nutritionist, a farmer and forager, and an assistant professor. He teaches courses at universities and leads programs at wellness centers throughout the US.

CMBM faculty member John BagnuloJohn Bagnulo has worked as a nutritionist for the past 22 years. He has also worked as an assistant professor and faculty member at universities and several non-profit organizations. He has led courses and given countless lectures on human metabolism, food and ecology, food and culture, nutrition and disease, and nutrition and cooking, among others. John has helped hundreds of patients reverse chronic diseases through a diet of whole foods.

John holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina and a Doctorate from the University of Maine.

One of the foremost experts on food and health, John’s lectures and discussions place food at the center of a web that stretches from human physiology to our fields and from our ancestors to our kitchens. His talks and or lectures are sure to enlighten and entertain even the most well read and informed on the topic of nutrition and health.

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, www.IFNAcademy.com, 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 www.kathieswift.com.