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Nutritionist Kathie Swift Joins American Meditation Institute Faculty for Physicians’ CME Conference on Meditation and Yoga as Mind/Body Medicine

Leading educator and practitioner in the field of integrative nutrition Kathie Swift MS, RDN, LDN will join the faculty of The American Meditation Institute (AMI) for a 30 credit hour mind/body medicine CME conference on meditation, yoga and breathing for physicians and other health care professionals, November 5-9, 2014 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “American Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive physician training is accredited through the Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Averill Park, NY (PRWEB) May 28, 2014

Leading educator and practitioner in the field of integrative nutrition Kathie Swift MS, RDN, LDN will join the faculty of The American Meditation Institute (AMI) for a 30 credit hour mind/body medicine CME conference on meditation, yoga and breathing for physicians and other health care professionals, November 5-9, 2014 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “American Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive physician training is accredited through the Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Now in its sixth year of providing physicians continuing medical education credits, the American Meditation Institute’s comprehensive training in holistic mind/body medicine course will present an in-depth study of the historical, philosophical and scientific nature of Yoga Science as taught in both the East and West. Practical skills will be taught to physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals that can positively enhance the making of health-affirming lifestyle choices.

Kathie Swift, an innovator who served as a Nutrition Director in pioneering a functional medicine program at Canyon Ranch, is a Licensed Registered Dietitian and a founding member of the Institute for Functional Medicine Nutrition Advisory Board. She is the co-author of “The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health” and serves as chief nutrition advisor for myfoodhealth.com.

Inspired by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, Kathie Swift will present a lecture entitled, “Food as Medicine” at AMI’s four-day mind/body medicine conference. Her presentation will address whether the standard American diet is “the safest and most powerful form of medicine,” or is it "the slowest form of poison? With 30 years of clinical experience working with clients in many different settings including military bases, yoga centers and elite medical spas, Kathie will discuss therapeutic power of food, mindful yogic eating and nutritional medicine for transformational healing. According to Ms. Swift, “Eating with one-pointed attention, as taught through Yoga Science, can help digestion, enhance nutrient assimilation and facilitate elimination.” Two simple suggests to be offered in her November lecture include following the Native American custom of thanking the food for its bounty and taking three relaxing breaths before eating a meal.

As part of AMI’s “Yoga of Medicine” program, this 30 CME conference is dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive and evidence-based education to physicians and other health care providers. This CME course will offer a broad curriculum of Yoga Science as mind/body medicine. Topics will include meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, mantra science, Yoga and chakra psychology, mind function optimization, nutrition, functional medicine, epigenomics, ayurveda, easy-gentle yoga and lymph system detoxification.

The devotion, enthusiasm, and teaching methodology of the entire AMI faculty will combine to create a dynamic and interactive course for their students. Each faculty member is committed to the advancement and training of Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine. In addition to Kathie Swift, presenters will include faculty director Leonard Perlmutter, AMI founder, meditational therapist and award-winning author; Mark Pettus MD, board-certified internist and nephrologist; Susan Lord MD, lecturer and holistic health consultant for Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health; Beth Netter MD MT, Chief of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY; Rosy Mann BAMS, senior faculty member of Kripalu School of Ayurveda with experience of clinical Ayurveda for over 15 years; and world-renowned artist Jenness Cortez Perlmutter, co-founder and faculty member of The American Meditation Institute.

The National Institutes of Health report that approximately 38% of adults in the United States aged 18 and over, and nearly 12% of U.S. children 17 years and under use some form of complementary and alternative medicine. Significant among these therapies are deep breathing exercises, meditation and yoga––all of which are offered in “The Heart and Science of Yoga” CME course. “We are grateful to the Albany Medical College for their continued dedication to the teaching of mind/body medicine for physicians,” Perlmutter said. “The content of this program will provide many benefits for the health and well being of physicians and their patients.” According to recent graduate, Joel M. Kremer, MD, who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology in Albany, New York, “This teaching has been an enormous benefit in my personal and professional life. I have less stress, more focus, and am able to serve my patients with greater clarity. It becomes surprisingly easy now to recognize the many clinical situations in which patients with somatic manifestations of 'dis-ease' could greatly benefit from Yoga Science.”

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About the American Meditation Institute
The American Meditation Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization devoted to the teaching and practice of Yoga Science, meditation and its allied disciplines as mind/body medicine. In its holistic approach to wellness, AMI combines the healing arts of the East with the practicality of modern Western science. The American Meditation Institute offers a wide variety of classes, retreats, and teacher training programs. AMI also publishes “Transformation,” a bi-monthly journal of meditation as holistic mind/body medicine. Call 800.234.5115 for a mail or email subscription.

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