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About Mark


My Background as a Nutrition Guide & Health Coach

For nearly three decades, I’ve been working as a health coach with an emphasis on sound nutrition as the foundation for optimal health. I received my undergraduate training in biology (BA) and science education (BSc) from Reed College and East Carolina University, respectively, and my Master of Science (MSc) degree in nutrition from the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health and Medicine.  Reed’s biology program and UNC’s nutrition program were both ranked number one nationally during the periods of my enrollment.

In 1983, I received a certificate from the Kushi Institute before spearheading a pilot study of diabetes and macrobiotic diet at Oregon Health Sciences University.  During the mid 1980s, I taught health & nutrition classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and subsequently wrote evidence-based summaries of nutritional and herbal therapies for the Office of Alternative Medicine, as well as an in-depth report on mind-body connections to cancer for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

My most recent professional affiliations include the Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine and the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment. I have lectured at the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine, Duke Integrative Medicine, Elon University, and the National College of Natural Medicine.  In addition to being a long-time practitioner of Tai Chi and meditation, I worked for a number of years as a health writer and contributing editor to Natural Health magazine.

Through my work as a health coach and nutrition educator, I’ve come to recognize the life-giving importance of obtaining nourishment on multiple levels—physical, emotional and spiritual—for optimum health.  Much of what we call disease may stem from a fundamental disconnect from these diverse sources of nourishment.  My primary focus is to help people reclaim their health, heal more effectively, and live more fully.

If you would like to experience my personal nutrition/health coaching work, please email me today at:

selfhealingoptions@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you.

Mark Nathaniel Mead, MSc