Big Sur, CA
Esalen Institute
May 19 - 24, 2019

About the Training

This program offers everything you need to know about using food to promote health and prevent and treat illness. Physician James S. Gordon and integrative nutritionist Kathie Madonna Swift team up with leaders in the worldwide movement for women’s health to present the most powerful, up-to-date nutrition science, focusing on:

  • Food-based solutions for chronic disease prevention and management (cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s etc.)
  • The food-mood connection: using nutrition to successfully address anxiety, depression insomnia and chronic stress
  • Understanding hormones for health, happiness, and a vital life pre- and post-menopause
  • Energy: The adrenal and thyroid connection
  • Digestive healing, including microbiome-centric strategies for  IBS, SIBO, food intolerances and more
  • Autoimmune conditions and a science-based immune recovery plan
  • Healthy weight management and blood sugar strategies
  • How nutrition helps chronic pain and fibromyalgia
  • Vitamins, minerals and herbal guidelines
  • Preconception and prenatal health
  • Mindful eating, meditation, movement, nature-based practices, and the art of self-care

Food As Medicine Introduction Video

Enjoy cutting edge presentations, kitchen wisdom, lively cooking demonstrations, and nourishing spiritual practices that make healthy eating and vibrant living a reality for women of all ages.

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine will be presenting this training at the world-renowned Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

One of the ingredients for health is purpose and meaning, and life doesn’t make sense without it.

Mark Hyman, MD

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Kathie Madonna Swift on Food As Medicine

Course director, Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND shares why she is excited to introduce you to Food As Medicine for Women’s Health.

Kathy Swift discusses the Food As Medicine training program

Course Directors

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  • CMBM Course Director Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN

    Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN

  • CMBM Course Director James S. Gordon, MD

    James S. Gordon, MD

  • CMBM Course Director Amy Shinal, MSW, LCSW

    Amy Shinal, MSW, LCSW

Confirmed Course Faculty

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  • CMBM Faculty Member Catherine McConkie, Executive Chef

    Catherine McConkie, Executive Chef

  • CMBM Faculty Member Cindy Geyer, MD

    Cindy Geyer, MD

  • CMBM Faculty Member Aviva Romm, MD

    Aviva Romm, MD

Other course faculty may be added.

What You Will Learn

  • Food-based solutions for chronic disease prevention and management
  • Understanding hormones for health, happiness, and a vital life
  • Energy: The adrenal and thyroid connection
  • Digestive distress, including microbiome-centric strategies for bloating, IBS, reflux, and more
  • Autoimmune conditions and a science-based immune recovery plan
  • Healthy weight management and blood sugar strategies
  • Anxiety, depression, panic, and stress solutions
  • How nutrition helps chronic pain and fibromyalgia Integrated cancer care
  • Vitamins, minerals and herbal guidelines
  • Mindful eating, meditation, movement and the art of self-care

Learning Objectives

  • Outline and critically evaluate current models of nutritional therapy.
  • Use a scientifically-based approach to nutrition in treating patients.
  • Recognize options for integrating nutritional therapies into a comprehensive clinical practice.
  • Assess the nutritional status of patients; to prescribe individualized diets; and identify and support the psychological needs of patients changing their diets.
  • Answer their patients’ questions about nutrition.
  • Discuss how environmental issues impact food safety and public health.
  • Identify ways to effectively disseminate nutrition information to your community
  • Explain to patients the practical information about food and cooking required to design, prepare, and eat a healthy diet.

Who Should Attend?

  • MDs, DOs, NDs & DCs
  • RD’s, Nutritionists & CHHC’s
  • Medical, Nursing & Nutrition School Faculty
  • Medical, Health & Public Health Students
  • Clinical Faculty in Residency Programs
  • Nurses & Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Community Health Practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Acupuncturists
  • Other Health Professionals

Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN

CMBM faculty member Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, is a leading educator, innovator and practitioner in the field of integrative medical nutrition.

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James S. Gordon, MD

James S. Gordon, MD, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine; founding Dean of the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University; Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Family Medicine; Georgetown University School of Medicine; former Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy; author, Manifesto for a New Medicine, Comprehensive Cancer Care, and Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey out of Depression.

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Amy Shinal, MSW, LCSW

Amy Shinal, MSW, LCSW, is an Integrative Psychotherapist in private practice, and Clinical Director at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC.

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Catherine McConkie, Executive Chef

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Cindy Geyer, MD

CMBM Food As Medicine faculty member Cynthia Geyer, MD is the medical director at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA.

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Aviva Romm, MD

CMBM Food As Medicine faculty member Aviva Romm helps women not only heal their bodies and minds, but transform their lives and their families’ health.

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  • As a physician, this conference was one of the best I've ever attended! The information provided can be immediately used in clinical practice and will have a profound impact on patients.

    Sasha S., DO, PhD, Onalaska, WI

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