Common Micronutrient Deficiencies

December 13, 2017 7:30-8:30 PM EDT

Is it  true that eating a balanced diet assures you are getting the nutrients you need for optimal biologic function and health? In this webinar Mark will review the micronutrients that many Americans are at risk for being deficient in. He will explore the reasons many foods in our modern diet have less nutrient density, how some diets create unique risks for deficient states; how commonly prescribed drugs often interfere with the bioavailability of key nutrients. In addition, Mark will briefly examine nutrigenomics and how common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) effect functional nutrient needs that can be targeted in a more personalized way.

This webinar presented by noted physician Mark Pettus, MD, FACP, is the third in a series of four Mind, Mood & Food webinars presented by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and hosted by leading nutrition author, speaker and integrative nutritionist Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will understand the root causes of essential micronutrient deficiencies in our modern diets.
  2. Participants will understand the connections between 5 common micronutrient deficiencies i.e., magnesium, zinc, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin D, and B vitamins and common mind-mood clinical conditions.
  3. Participants will, using the example of the MTHFR genotype, understand how unique micronutrient needs can impact mind and mood.
  4. Participants will understand how thoughtful supplementation can serve as an adjunct to a whole foods diet for improving brain health.

Mark Pettus, MD, FACP

Dr. Mark Pettus is a triple-board certified Internist, Nephrologist, and Integrative Medicine physician practicing for over 25 years. He received his A.B. from Boston University and his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His postdoctoral training was at Harvard Medical School. He completed his renal fellowship at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Pettus is also an alumnus of The Advanced Program for Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, and Mediation at The Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Pettus currently serves as the Director of Medical Education, Wellness and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems in western Massachusetts. In addition he serves as The Associate Dean of Medical Education at The University of Massachusetts Medical School. He also serves as The Medical Director for Functional Formularies. He is former Chief of Medicine at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is the former the Medical Director of The Kripalu Institute for Integrated Healing. He is the author of two books, The Savvy Patient: The Ultimate Advocate For Quality Health Care and It’s All in Your Head: Change Your Mind, Change Your Health. He serves on the teaching faculty at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in D.C. and The Meditation Institute in Averill Park NY.

Dr. Pettus has appeared on numerous TV and Radio venues nationally including the 700 Club, Good Morning America, NPR and PBS. His podcast, The Health Edge is heard by people all over the world.

Mark Pettus, MD, FACP

Mark Pettus, MD, FACP

About Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ

Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

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.

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.

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

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