October Food Awareness Month Speaker Series

Monday, October 5, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Mondays, 5-6:30 p.m.

This speaking series will explore concerns about our modern food supply and dietary habits with a variety of food experts. Each week we will also offer cooking demos and recipes -- specific to the topic. Join us to explore a healthier relationship to food and dietary options.

Zoom Link

Password: 859733

Holistic Health interns assist Food Awareness Month presentations and projects. For info or Food Awareness Month readings, contact: kburrows@sfsu.edu.

These sessions will be recorded and made available on the Holistic Health Studies YouTube channel.


Oct. 5

Health Risks of Industrial Agriculture & The Evolution of Organic Farming

Peter Andersen, ND, third generation farmer, turned naturopathic physician
Jeffrey Smith, leading GMO activist

Oct. 12

Foods, Supplements & Herbal Medicine for Modern Epidemics: COVID-19 & Beyond

Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, physician-researcher, specializing in immune support and virus protection
David Crow, L.Ac, herbal and aromatherapy expert and founder of Florecopia 

Oct. 19

The Gut-Biome & Digestive Health (fermented foods, digestive aids, etc.)

Piper Dobner, ND, MS, co-founder and clinical director of Flora Medicine (for the micro-biome)
Food Demo: making your own pro-biotics (healthy fermented foods)

Oct. 26

Diets, Culture & Health—A Critical Look at Popular & Traditional Diets



Naturopathic doctor, Marisa Soski, ND, will join Holistic Health faculty member and Food Awareness Month organizer Kenn Burrows as co-host of the series. Dr. Soski was once a Holistic Health intern and student leader at SF State. She will lead weekly Food Awareness Month recipes and cooking tutorials. 

Marisa Soski headshotMarisa Soski is a Naturopathic Doctor currently practicing at Valley Natural Medicine in Los Angeles and Sage Cancer Care in Portland, Oregon. Her passion for natural medicine began during her time as an undergraduate student at San Francisco State University when she took Holistic Health classes and learned about the importance of nutrition and heard multiple testimonials of patients who felt there was something lacking from conventional medicine. She thus decided to pursue a career as a Naturopathic Physician so that she could help provide additional medical options to people who were seeking answers that conventional medicine could not provide. She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Nutrition. Dr. Soski’s passion lies in supporting patients dealing with cancer and chronic disease.


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