May 2012 John Weeks Round-up on People

Charlie DuBois, Standard Process’ president, granted honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

New York Chiropractic College granted Standard Process’ president Charles DuBois a Doctor of Humane Letters at its April 2012 graduation ceremony. It was only the second such degree granted by NYCC in its 90-year history. The release from the school noted that the American Chiropractic Association earlier named DuBois Humanitarian of the Year. In an address to students, DuBois urged then to “treat employees as you would your family, and treat your patients as you would your parents.”

Comment: Cynics may note that Standard Process is a huge donor to the chiropractic field, including NYCC. Insider cynics will raise an eyebrow with the knowledge that my own professional work, including the Integrator itself, have benefited from Standard Process’ donations. Yet I report this because the quote from DuBois is not empty. His firm has more than once been honored as a top place to work in Wisconsin. The employee health promotion program has likewise been honored. The firm has also been recognized as an contributor to its community of Palmyra. And for whatever self-interested reasons, the dollars that Standard Process has given to NYCC and other institutions and initiatives in the field of chiropractic have created tremendous opportunities to enhance practices for thousands of chiropractors and the treatment received by tens of thousands of patients. Few executives make such commitments to any field. This honorary degree was earned. Congratulations, Dr. DuBois.


Robert Downey, Jr received award from YoSan University for advocacy of acupuncture

In a March 2012 ceremony in Malibu, California, actor Robert Downey Jr was honored for his advocacy of traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts by Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s founders Daoshing Ni and Mao Shing Ni. Yo San granted Downey the Robert Graham Visionary Award in an event that included a live auction to benefit programs at the university. An short article in Acupuncture Today quotes Dr. Mao Shing Ni explaining the award: “What he has done as a spokesperson for Chinese medicine and from the perspective of where he was health wise to where he is today, it has been very positive for him and that is why he is here to support our event.”

E-Letter in response to a past articles

Tai Sophia Institute vice president Judy Broida, PhD on the institution’s move toward university status

In the April 2012 Integrator Round-up I reported steps take at Tai Sophia Institute toward becoming a university then wondered about whether the Institute could keep its distinctive focus on wellness. Tai Sophia vice president Judy Broida, PhD, vice president, responded:

“After reading your blog comment about Tai Sophia’s proposed move to a university, I wanted to respond. Having worked at many universities, private and public, small and large, highly prestigious and some not so, I can assure you that as long as I and the new leadership are here, Tai Sophia will not ‘regress to the mean’ of universities and will always retain its roots.  It is what makes us special and all of us here commit to a future for Tai Sophia that is based on its values-driven foundation, its self-care, and transformational philosophy. 

“We are all deeply passionate about birthing and growing a health care model that uses the best of the allopathic approaches integrated with the ‘alternative’ or ‘complementary,’ both ancient and contemporary approaches for the benefit of delivering a personalized, natural, and optimal approach for the patient. We believe that it is possible to unite our ‘healing presence’ approach with both innovative approaches to higher education, research, scholarship, and service to create a unique university that is poised to develop future leaders who will be at the forefront of reforming the delivery of health care.”

Comment: It is challenging, in the words of my colleague Pamela Snider, ND, to “operationalize the vis” (the vis medicatrix naturae or the healing poswer of nature). Keeping a wellness focus is as much a challenge. Constant reminders, affirmations, may be useful. Are we on track? Good to have Broida speaking this commitment publicly for the Tai Sophia