American Botanical Council and American Herbal Products Association announce awardees  The American Botanical Council and the American Herbal Products Association each announced their annual awards at the major industry gathering at EXPO West in Anaheim in March. This release from

American Botanical Council and American Herbal Products Association announce awardees 

The American Botanical Council and the American Herbal Products Association each announced their annual awards at the major industry gathering at EXPO West in Anaheim in March. This release from ABC offers more details on the following 3 awards:

  • ABC James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award was presented to Aviva Romm, MD, for her new book Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health.
  • The ABC Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award was presented to Professor A. Douglas Kinghorn, PhD, of Ohio State University. 
  • The ABC Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award was presented to New Chapter Inc., a producer of a unique line of dietary supplements.

In this AHPA release, the honoring of the following individuals was announced:

  • The AHPA Herbal Hero Award, which recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to AHPA committees or initiatives, was awarded to Edward J. Fletcher, chief operating officer of Strategic Sourcing, Inc.
  • The AHPA Herbal Industry Leader Award, which recognizes companies that set an example of outstanding business practices or organizations that work to move the industry forward above and beyond normal business practices, was awarded to NOW Foods, based in Bloomingdale, Ill. 
  • The AHPA Herbal Insight Award, which recognizes individuals or non-commercial organizations that have a significant impact on furthering knowledge and understanding of botanicals and their uses, was presented to the members of the Expert Advisory Council for the revision to AHPA’s Botanical Safety Handbook.
  • Special Award: The 2011 AHPA Visionary Award, which recognized unwavering, persistent dedication in the advancement of all-natural stevia, goes to James A. May, CEO of Wisdom Natural Brands of Gilbert, Ariz.

In addition, the Natural Products Association gave one of its 4 Herbal Champion Awards to Frank Lampe, director of communications for AHPA. Lampe, a long-time writer and communications executive, is a founder of the LOHAS concept.

Bastyr’s University community services to the underserved honored by business magazine  

Seattle Business Magazine has named Bastyr University’s Naturopathic External Site Program as a runner-up in the 2011 Leaders in HealthCare competition. Bastyr’s recognition was in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Community Outreach. The magazine’s brief on the Bastyr program follows:

“The largest university for natural health arts and sciences in the country, Bastyr University offers free or low-cost naturopathic care to underserved populations in King County through its 15-year-old external site program. Students in advanced naturopathic medicine and acupuncture and Oriental medicine treat patients at 12 locations, including a downtown homeless shelter, a rural community center in Carnation and the Country Doctor Clinic for low-income patients on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. The program reached 3,567 patients in 2009. 

In a note to the community, Bastyr’s dean of naturopathic medicine, Jane Guiltinan, ND particularly honored Melissa McCarty, ND, program director and Gary Garcia, MD, MHA, the university’s director of graduate and community medicine.

Comment: A useful data point would be the total number of underserved people who are annually served via schools and programs to clinically educate licensed “CAM” practitioners. A survey with which I was involved via the National Education Dialogue (2005-never published) found a very high percentage of schools had such programs. Bastyr’s was in good company as a runner-up: the other operation similarly noted is the internationally-recognized Airlift Northwest.


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