John Weeks September 2012 Integrator Round-up on People

Integrative health philanthropist Ruth Westreich joins Bastyr University and Samueli Institute boards

San Diego-based artist and philanthropist Ruth Westreich has been elected to the boards of both the Virginia-based Samueli Institute and Kenmore, Washington-based Bastyr University. Westreich is among the only members of the Bravewell Collaborative of philanthropists to also see the value in investing her time and energy significantly in integrative health projects that are not directed by medical doctors or nurses. She is a leader in promoting integrative palliative care, particularly through San Diego Hospice. Westreich also serves on  the Council of Advisers of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care. Bastyr, notably, is opening a San Diego campus on September 14, 2012. She was the subject of an Integrator article entitled What We Want Will Take a Huge Effort: Interview with Integrative Med Philanthropist Ruth Westreich.


AANP 2012 Awards Announced: Rodriguez Malave, Stargrove, Breed, Morstein, Pure Encapsulations,  Weeks

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians announced its annual awards at the banquet of its 2012 annual conference and exhibition. Efrain Rodriquez Malave, ND was honored as Physician of the Year for his leadership of the profession in Puerto Rico; Mitchell Bebel-Stargrove, ND, LAc, the visionary author or lead on numerous breakthrough data bases and texts, including Herb, Drug and Nutrient Interactions, with the Vis Award that honors one whose work captures the Vis Medicatrix Naturae at the heart of naturopathic philosophy; Healthpoint community health clinician Cindy Breed, ND and colleague David Harrison with the research award for her work in a community clinic on naturopathic medicine for depression and anxiety; Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine faulty member Mona Morstein, ND, with the President’s Award (from Michael Cronin, ND), for her work as moderator of the profession’s robust discussion forum, Nat Chat; Pure Encapsulations was given the Corporation of the Year award, and Integrator publisher-editor, John Weeks, was honored as a Champion of Naturopathic Medicine. 

Comment: I was pleased to see Rodriguez Malave win the profession’s top award, though I think he would agree that sharing the award with his partner in ND politics in Puerto Rico, Marvey Bernacet, would have been appropriate. Stargrove, Breed and Morstein have each had exceptional careers in the field. It was a pleasure, personally, to be honored. After the awards, the dancing began, perhaps the best of (re)wards for participation with that profession.