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Learning How To Work With Food as Medicine

Posted Apr 12 2011 8:57pm

Anyone who’s been reading my blog for more than a month or two knows how much I think of John Gallagher and what he’s doing with Learningherbs.com . What I like most about John’s work is his focus on keeping things accessible to a wide audience of those interested in herbalism. Whether it’s teaching kids about common plant medicines through his game Wildcraft or the incredible network of interviews, courses, forums and more at Herbmentor, he approaches his work from the ground up. And that’s exactly why I was so happy to do the Herb Energetics course with him last year.

John is continually searching for the best ways to help people understand herbalism from new angles and on different levels. In that vein, he’s recently produced a NEW online course called Culinary Herbalism that is focused on using food as medicine. As most of you know, this is a subject I consider to be of great importance, especially considering the current nutritional state of the average American. I spend a great deal of time counseling people about nutrition and dietary choices in my practice and can’t emphasize how important it is to make appropriate food choices to maintain wellness and in the treatment of dis-ease. This course specifically covers how to incorporate culinary herbs and spices into food in a way that both tastes good and utilizes the medicinal benefits of these common kitchen items. It also looks at the overall therapeutic benefits of whole foods.

This course is taught by a clinician named K.P. Khalsa from the Pacific Northwest. While I am not personally familiar with his work outside of his reputation in the herbal world, the material from the course that I’ve had advance access to seems solid and very useful, as well as accessible to a wide variety of learning levels. I encourage my readers to check it out and consider pursuing it if it seems like a good match for you.

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