Food is Medicine with Phyllis Light

Saturday & Sunday // April 28 & 29, 2018 // 9am - 5pm

​What foods do you love? Distaste? Crave? Eat every day? There are many reasons we eat the foods that we eat from genetics, to methylation, to what our mothers ate during pregnancy. We also eat the foods that we do because of our desire, our choice, to be as healthy as possible and to  acknowledge that food is the foundation of our health. And sometimes, we just want to indulge in a bit of comfort food.

We’ll discuss how various nutrients interact with different body systems or specific body tissues.

You’ll find this information useful whether to help create healthy meals for yourself or your family or whether you are a practitioner helping a client. You’ll become more familiar with the nutrients that are needed to make reproductive hormones, to make stress hormones, or to detoxify the body. You’ll learn which nutrients are needed for the Krebs Cycle and the production of energy. We’ll discuss the effect of chronic illness on nutritional status and visa versa. In essence, we'll look at ways nutrients can make deliberate improvements in health by addressing chronic diseases or conditions and  we'll identify the food sources of these nutrients.

Join Phyllis on a journey to discover how food affects our health based on its nutritional capacity. We’ll discuss the functions of the major vitamins and minerals and their food sources.​

Schedule: Saturday & Sunday // April 28 & 29 // 9am - 5pm

Early Bird Price (until March 28): $225
After March 28: $245

Location: Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine
606 New Leicester Highway, Suite F
Asheville, NC 28806

About the Instructor: Phyllis D. Light, MA

​A fourth generation Herbalist and Healer, Phyllis D. Light has studied and worked with herbs, foods and other healing techniques for over 30 years. Her studies in Traditional Southern Appalachian Folk Medicine began in the deep woods of North Alabama with lessons from her grandmother, whose herbal and healing knowledge had its roots in her Creek/Cherokee heritage. Phyllis’ studies continued as an apprentice with the late Tommie Bass, a nationally renowned folk herbalist from Sand Rock, Alabama, as well as other herbal Elders throughout the Appalachians and the Deep South.

Her well-established reputation and knowledgeable expertise has allowed Phyllis to travel far afield of her Southern Appalachian home, lecturing and teaching about herbs, integrative and complementary healthcare and traditional folk healing techniques. Consequently, she has taught and lectured at herb schools, universities, medical schools, hospitals and health conferences.
As a Practitioner, she has experience in both clinical and private settings including working in an integrative medical clinic. As a Consultant, Phyllis manages her own herbal consulting business advising businesses, schools, physicians and manufacturers.
In addition to Traditional Folk studies, Phyllis has studied Traditional Western Herbalism, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Body Work and Energy Medicine. She continues to maintain an active herbal practice.

Phyllis has a master’s degree from the University of Alabama in Health Studies (education and promotion) and has taught CEU classes for allied healthcare workers including nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapits and social workers. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and currently sits as secretary of the organization. In addition, she is on the board of directors of the American Naturopathic Certification Board.