Podcast: Food as Medicine – An Interview with Dr. Julie Briley

Interview with Dr. Julie Briley of the Food as Medicine Institute at the National College of Natural Medicine


We know that food has an impact on our health. We know American eating habits, on the whole, have not been the most health promoting over the past few decades. We know what has happened: One in three children born after the year 2000 may develop Type 2 Diabetes or heart related disease including high blood pressure or high cholesterol in their lifetime, many of them before adulthood. We know something has to change. Programs that advocate healthier eating habits, changes in the USDA food recommendations, efforts of organizations to improve school lunches and institute farm to school programs are beginning to make a difference.

In Portland, Oregon the National College of Natural Medicine’s (NCNM), Food as Medicine Institute (FAMI) has taken on connecting people to healthy good food through their hands on community cooking programs. Starting at the individual and family level the Food as Medicine Everyday cooking classes teach people the fundamentals – from label reading, to choosing healthy foods, to learning to cook delicious plant based recipes.  Dr. Julie Briley, co-founder joins Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac.  on Healthwatch, KBOO in Portland to bring these options for changing and improving the way we eat and ultimately our health to you.

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Ellen Goldsmith

Ellen Goldsmith

Ellen Goldsmith is a licensed and nationally board certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She has been in the field of Asian medicine for the past 30 years, teaching, speaking and working with thousands of people to give them the resources, skills and tools they seek to improve the quality of their health and lives. Ellen is the author of the well respected book, Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health. She is on faculty at the National University of Natural Medicine’s College of Classical Chinese Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

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