Eileen Mackusick
Adjunct Instructor
Hass Division Office
Online only
About Your Instructor
NUTR 20 and 22

Welcome to Nutrition 20, an introduction to Nutrition at Cabrillo. Whether you are a nutrition major, taking prerequisites for a nursing, other programs, or just interested in improving your knowledge and health, this class has valuable information for your education and personal health. Spring 2021 will be my 8th year teaching at Cabrillo, but I have been teaching for over 24 years at San Jose State and for 4 years at The College of San Mateo, in addition to being a registered dietitian (RD). I obtained my RD in 1995 and worked in a Western Medicine environment from 1995 through 2013 as a hospital dietitian. Eleven years ago I started studying integrative or functional medicine/ nutrition and this class reflects much of that information as opposed to the more traditional information found in your text book. You will have an opportunity to evaluate both sides from a science based perspective and make decisions for yourself. Studies indicate there is a 10 to 17 year gap of new science officially being incorporated into medical practice and/or guidelines or recommendations in a more traditional medical setting, so I try and provide you with the most up to date information.

In 26 years of both clinical practice and teaching, I have watched both the science and the world evolve in a somewhat concerning fashion with regards to chronic disease. I feel we are at a critically important time in the world and many people feel a lack of empowerment in their health and in the health of this planet. Currently in the U.S.:

  • One out of every 2 men and 1 out of every 3 women will develop cancer in their lifetime

  • As of 2025, one out of every 2 people will develop type 2 diabetes

  • If current trends on autism continue, 1 out of every 2 children will fall on the spectrum by 2050

Researchers estimated that 4.7 million Americans aged 65 and older had Alzheimer's in 2010, or about one new case every 68 seconds. The number will triple to around 13.8 million by 2050

My courses include aspects of my experience listed above as I integrate both Western traditional medicine along with a more holistic, integrative approach in my courses. Hypocrites was one of the first people to speak on the importance of nutrition "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" and I still believe this to be the truth.

If you are interested in learning more about me, please visit my website Soulutions For Food (Links to an external site.) or you can join me at Instagram or Facebook (Links to an external site.) under the same name.


  • Monday 8 to 9 am (I am available most of the day Monday and Tuesday in general and frequently check email Tue through Thur very frequently), 3 to 4 pm and 6 to 7 pm (I am available most of the day Tuesday in general and frequently check email Tue through Thur)

  • Wed 1 to 2 pm or by appointment only. Office hours are generally messaging/ email but I will let you know in advance when they will be zoom via announcements. Please use the announcement's tab on the left hand menu bar.

OR BY APPOINTMENT: I do not have a physial office at Cabrillo and only work from home so I am happy to speak with you via zoom or by phone. I work longer hours Monday through Thurs so if the office hours do not work for you, please suggest another time via messenger or email.