PAFII Episode 5: Dr. Nicole Farmer, Physician

Happy New Year!

This month’s episode comes at the perfect time to help those of you with a new year’s resolution to get your health back on track!

This episode features Nicole Farmer, MD, a board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Integrative Medicine. She has completed fellowship training in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Farmer was a Fellow in the Duke University Integrative Medicine Leadership Program.

Dr. Farmer received her Bachelors of Science in Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Maryland at College Park. As a former research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, she worked on clinical research concerning the health burdens of diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Farmer is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine where she was a recipient of a prestigious research scholarship from NovoNordisk. After graduation, she returned to her native Philadelphia for residency training in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Farmer previously held a coveted faculty position in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She is a Diplomate and Member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.

She has authored and contributed to several scientific articles and is a certified holistic health coach having completed training in nutrition and health coaching through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Through this training, she developed and refined her love for cooking and giving cooking demonstrations. Dr. Farmer has since undergone culinary training through conferences at the Culinary Institute of America and is an ongoing student of the acclaimed vegan chef and PBS television personality, Christina Perillo. She is a student of the Rouxbe Cooking School Professional Cook Certification Program.

Dr. Farmer’s practice is dedicated to a patient focused clinical approach and to the therapeutic use of whole foods and nutrition for wellness and disease prevention.

When not at work, she enjoys cooking for family and friends, yoga, reading and spending time with her loving husband and two children.

We had a great conversation ranging from some basic biology to practical and tangible steps to getting things on track. In the episode we discuss:

  • Using food as fuel for our cells
  • Basics of nutrition and how it relates to digestion and fat/energy use
  • Prevalence of over-eating and emotional eating
  • Lack of nutrition training for doctors in medical school
  • Diabetes – the basics
  • Sugar, high fructose corn syrup and the effects on the body
  • Macronutrients and some examples
  • Ways to incorporate and take steps to healthier eating habits
  • The importance of community and a support system while working on your health
  • Some resources to help get started

 

Resources:

Dr. Weil – website and newsletter

Livestrong

Dr Axe – website and newsletter

Casey Health Institute

 

 

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