John Weeks July 2012 Round-up on People, covering updates on:  Mimi Guarneri, MD receives Lifetime Achievement from the Institute of Functional Medicine; Michael Murray, ND receives Presidents’ Award from Natural Products Association

Mimi Guarneri, MD receives Lifetime Achievement from the Institute of Functional Medicine

Mimi Guarneri, MD, the founder of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, received the 2012 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual conference of the Institute for Functional Medicine. The award, established by the institute in 1996, was created to recognize a clinician or researcher who has made a significant contribution to the development of functional medicine. Guarneri, the author of “The Heart Speaks,” is president of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She was awarded a $100,000 prize last fall by the Bravewell Collaborative for her leadership in integrative medicine. The Scripps release is here.  

Comment: Guarneri, who is also leading the effort noted this Round-up to create a more formal specialty in integrative medicine, is an outspoken supporter of the new Bastyr University naturopathic medical program in her San Diego back yard. I like the co-existence of those two advocacy roles in Guarneri.

 

Michael Murray, ND receives Presidents’ Award from Natural Products Association

Michael Murray, ND, has been awarded the President’s Award from the Natural Products Association. A media release on Murray’s contributions notes that he “has been instrumental in introducing many natural products to North America including Ginko Biloba extract, Glucosaine Sulfate, Quercetin, Curcumin, Saw Palmetto extract, St. John’s Wart extract, Pharma GABA and PGX.” Murray, a prolific author who is now a principal with Natural Factors, played a huge role in disseminating information about standardized extracts in the U.S. market.