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Food as Medicine: Gut Microbiome and Immune Health / Online Program

January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Art of Using Foods to Heal

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik
Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Physician

This program was recorded on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Please click on the link below to watch the video.



This series discusses the mechanism of action of food on the body and its healing abilities. In this lecture the focus is on the importance of the gut microbiome to the immune system. The microbiome of our gut is critical to immune health. So much so that the gut is often called “the second brain” because it breaks down nutrients so that the body can absorb and use them for energy, growth, cell repair, and ultimately immunity. For all of this to function optimally, the microbiome must have the correct proportion of microorganisms present and interacting at their peak. Ayurveda recognizes that a dysfunction in this process is the root cause of ill health. Ayurveda’s mantra is “you are what you eat” – diet is key to disease prevention and good health.


Come and discover:

  • Foods to keep the gut microbiome functioning optimally
  • Tips to optimize foods ability to absorb, assimilate, transform nutrients
  • Why your favorite foods may impair your gut and natural immunity
  • Connection of gut health and food to emotions and mental clarity
  • Herbs to strengthen the gut microbiome and immunity
  • How to obtain prebiotics and probiotics through food
  • The best times of the day to eat and when not to eat


About our presenter: Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik is the owner and chief medical practitioner of Dr. Kaushick’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River, NY. With over 35 years’ experience as an Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Kaushik’s medical training is extensive. He is one of the most experienced Ayurvedic physicians in North America and is the recipient of the Dhanwantri Award, his profession’s highest honor. Dr. Kaushik recently founded the Institute for the Advancement of Ayurvedic Sciences, a research and teaching institution.

After completing the 6 ½ years of schooling for his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Kurukshetra University, India, in 1983, Dr. Kaushik worked as an Ayurvedic Medical Officer for two years.

Upon moving to the United States in 1985, Dr. Kaushik received his Masters of Public Health (MPH) and Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Alabama in 1988. He then worked as an Epidemiologist and Director of HIV/AIDS Sero-surveillance Program with the Alabama Department of Public Health in Birmingham while maintaining an Ayurvedic practice.

In 1999 he moved to Connecticut and received his Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) from the University of Bridgeport, CT in 2003. He taught Ayurvedic Medicine and Public Health at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Bridgeport, as well as serving as the Director of Admissions there. He has been a faculty member with the University of Bridgeport, Division of Health Sciences since 2001. Dr. Kaushik co-founded the Institute for Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Therapies in Fairfield, CT in 2006.

Dr. Kaushik lectures on Ayurvedic Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR, as well as at various national and international symposiums and events. He also offers courses, workshops, lectures, and training in Ayurvedic medicine locally. Dr. Kaushik is an approved continuing education provider for Yoga teachers through the YACEP (Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education Providers) and has achieved the highest Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher certificate having completed 500 hours of training (E-RYT 500). He includes therapeutic Yoga in his practice.

Each year, Dr. Kaushik and his family travel to India to set up camps offering free medical care for underserved populations. He’d like to expand this service to other countries as well.

Dr. Kaushik brings his unique background as an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic practitioner with experience in public health and health education to this locality. He welcomes you into his wellness community.



January 16
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Pawling Library
11 Broad St
Pawling, NY 12564 United States
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