Welcome to the Food as Medicine Institute!

The Food as Medicine Institute at National University of Natural Medicine provides nutrition education for individuals, families, and communities to help nourish healthy relationships with whole foods and to enhance healthcare professionals’ understanding of food as medicine.

Sept 24-25, 2002, National University of Natural Medicine will host the Food as Medicine Symposium. "Exploring the Gut Microbiome" is the theme.

We envision communities that are free of chronic disease and nourished through healthy, whole foods.


A woman holds a bowl of salad that she prepared in Charlee's Kitchen as part of the Food as Medicine Everyday series of nutrition-focused cooking classes presented by National University of Natural Medicine's Food as Medicine Institute.

The Food as Medicine Everyday series is a series of weekly workshops that demonstrate simple techniques for selecting and cooking tasty, nutritious whole foods and teach how these foods can improve health and wellness.

FAME at Charlee’s Kitchen is a 3-month series, which includes 90 minutes of nutrition education and hands-on cooking. Each week our naturopathic physicians or nutritionists share their in-depth knowledge around chronic disease, wellness, and nutrition. Learn more.

FAME Online is also a 3-month cooking series exploring the nutritional science behind our “Food as Medicine” philosophy, but takes place in the home kitchens of cooks and allows them to follow along at their own pace! Learn more.


Food as Medicine Everyday Educator Training Program is a special opportunity for nutritionists and physicians. The Food as Medicine Everyday Educator Training Program prepares healthcare professionals and nutritionists to implement a 12-week community-based nutrition program in their community. Learn More.


“Food as medicine” has been a powerful approach to health and healing, intimately woven into naturopathic medical education for over a century. The book, Food as Medicine Everyday: Reclaim Your Health with Whole Foods, is highly accessible, exquisitely researched and beautifully written and illustrated. Dr. Jackson and Dr. Briley remind us that poor dietary choices are a major element in the expanding issues related to chronic disease. They also remind us that food is medicine, and a big part of the solution. A rapidly growing number of people determined to improve their health can take heart—medicine never tasted better!

Purchase the Food as Medicine Everyday book here.