NCNM’s Food as Medicine Institute Symposium Slated for March 28-29

Separate Tracks for General Public and Healthcare Professionals

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 11, 2015)— The Food as Medicine Institute at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) will host its second annual Food As Medicine Symposium, which will offer continuing education lectures for healthcare providers and classes for the public. The symposium will also be a focal point and gathering for local businesses and organizations dedicated to improving access to natural and healthy foods for everyone. The FAMI Symposium will offer two tracks of information. One will provide information designed to appeal to the public, “Healing with Food at Home,” to be held March 28, and a professional continuing education event for physicians and health care providers, “Nourishing Prescriptions/Clinical applications of Therapeutic Diets,” held at NCNM on March 28–29.

The public event will offer workshops on topics that include:

  • The benefits of a low-carb diet
  • Healing food and dietary strategies for people with cancer
  • East meets West in the kitchen: using Chinese dietary therapies for weight

The professional event will feature such topics as:

  • Mechanism of food immune reactivity and autoimmunity
  • The role of the ketogenic diet in Parkinson’s disease
  • Addressing common clinical challenges in prescribing SIBO diets: a panel discussion
  • The genetic advantage to weight management: utilizing genetics in therapeutic diet plans

The Food as Medicine Institute was launched in 2014 to meet the demand for community education concerning nutrition and preparing healthy, delicious meals by offering a series of 12-week workshops in NCNM‘s state-of-the-art Charlee’s Kitchen. The Institute also offers a variety of lectures, workshops and conferences for healthcare professionals who want to expand their understanding of the relationship between nutrition and health as a means of preventing and reducing chronic disease.

To learn more or to register for either event, please visit


Founded in Portland in 1956, NCNM is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in North America and an educational leader in classical Chinese medicine and CAM research. NCNM offers four-year graduate medical degrees in naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine; four Master of Science degrees in Integrative Medicine Research, Nutrition, Global Health and Mental Health. NCNM also provides community education through the NCNM Institutes: Women in Balance, Traditional Roots and Food as Medicine. NCNM‘s teaching clinics, including NCNM Clinic, the Beaverton Clinic, and the college’s many community clinics, provide low-cost medical care throughout the Portland metropolitan area. NCNM practitioners, residents and student interns treat approximately 40,000 patient visits per year.