Food As Medicine


Come join the National University of Natural Medicine as they preview their new documentary, Food As Medicine at OMSI and chat with some of the contributors to the film.


About the film:

The Center for Disease Control reports that nearly half the population in the United States lives with at least one chronic disease. These diseases are the leading cause of death and disability and are the most costly and most preventable of all health conditions in the country.

Food As Medicine is a documentary that follows the growing movement of using food to heal chronic disease. The film follows the lives of three people just beginning to embark on healing. We see the dramatic positive impact these dietary changes have, but also the great challenges they face as they try to eat healthily in today’s food culture. As we all know, it’s not easy.


About the contributors:

Dr. Julie Briley is a naturopathic physician, educator, and mother. She is the co-founder of the Food As Medicine Institute at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and a faculty member in the Master of Science in Nutrition program.  At her private practice at Asula Wellness Center in downtown Portland, Dr. Briley focuses on identifying food sensitivities, optimizing digestive health, balancing hormones, and the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. She is a popular speaker in Portland’s thriving health and food culture. Dr. Briley’s longstanding interest in community health and education was sparked through her research and teaching experience in the U.S and Latin America, including her service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. Dr. Briley received her doctorate degree at National College of Natural Medicine and her Bachelors of Science in Biology from University of Wisconsin at Madison.


Dr. Courtney Jackson is a naturopathic physician who passionately promotes the healing power of whole foods to her patients and the public. She is the creator of the ECO Project at the National College of Natural Medicine and co-founder of the Food as Medicine Institute. Prior to pursuing her medical career, Dr. Jackson earned her Bachelor of Science in Resource Ecology Management from the University of Michigan. Her interest in medicine stemmed from growing up in a conventional medical family in the Midwest. Her ND degree beautifully rounds out the medical family tree and adds a dynamic flavor to family conversations. Dr. Jackson maintains a private practice at Grain Integrative Health in southeast Portland where she offers comprehensive, patient-centered evaluations focusing on hormone, digestive, and cardiovascular health. She loves spending time indoors and outdoors with her husband and two kids and celebrating a good meal with them.