On Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 2:30 p.m., the City of Coronado’s John D. Spreckels Center will be streaming a lecture on, “Food as Medicine: Transforming Healthcare” in partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Most of us know that diet and nutrition can impact the risk of developing a number of important health conditions but far fewer realize that healthy food and lifestyle can be used to treat disease by arresting or even reversing its progression. Throughout history food has been humanity’s primary means of both maintaining health and treating disease. While modern biomedicine has developed miraculous treatments, particularly for acute problems, infectious diseases, and emergencies, it has been less effective in addressing many of the common, chronic conditions rooted in unhealthy diet and sedentary, stressful lifestyle. Food as medicine can sometimes produce its own miraculous results, at relatively low cost, and the “side effects” often include health improvements beyond the disease being targeted. This lecture will describe a new initiative at UC San Diego researching the effects of food and natural therapeutics on health problems across a range of subspecialties, a parallel educational program that is training health care providers in the use of food as medicine, and several new clinical programs that may arise as a result. It will also explore how the food as medicine movement can help lead to scalable solutions to the crisis in healthcare.

This informative lecture will feature Gordon Saxe, the Director of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Nutrition and the Chair of Research for the Krupp Endowed Fund. Dr. Saxe is a Board certified Preventive Medicine physician, a nutritional epidemiologist, and is also broadly trained in non-Western nutrition and various holistic healing arts. He received his MD from Michigan State University, his PhD from the University of Michigan, and his MPH from Tulane School of Public Health.

To sign up or receive additional information, stop by the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh Street, call 619-522-7343, or visit us online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.

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