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Welcome! Standard Process Chooses Integrator Sponsorship PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

ImageWelcome! Standard Process Chooses Integrator Sponsorship

The Integrator Blog News and Reports is pleased to announce that Palmyra, Wisconsin-based natural products firm Standard Process has chosen to sponsor IBN&R. The firm is supporting our active mission of promoting inter-disciplinary, and cross-stakeholder understanding and action. 

Charlie DuBois, Owner and Chief Executive Officer
The 75-year-old Standard Process, led by owner-CEO Charlie DuBois, is a good partner for IBN&R's work for a number of reasons.

  • Research   The firm has recently advanced its "commitment to cutting edge research that incorporates both bench and clinical research," states DuBois. This included bringing in former UW Madison researcher David Barnes, PhD, as director for research and development. 

  • Integrative Medicine Education  Standard Process is developing multi-faceted relationships with medical schools and integrative medicine programs. Two in-state institutions with which it is involved are the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Among Standrad Process' projects was funding of IM training for a UW medical doctor, through the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

  • Cross-disciplinary education and organizing in nutrition  Barnes and Standard Process are working with their medical school colleagues and with CAM schools on a unique nutrition education program. Among those in the dialogue is Clyde Jensen, PhD-Pharm, who has held president or executive-level positions in schools of medicine, osteopathy, and naturopathic medicine. Says Barnes: "We are exploring the need, across disciplines, for better understanding of the value of nutrition in medical practices."

  • Employee Wellness  The firm practices the health promotion that it preaches through a significant investment in its employee health program. The Standard Process' program, which has featured an unusual inclusion of CAM practitioners, will be the subject of a future IBN&R article.

  • Organic Farming   While organics are not a regular IBN&R theme, awareness of the cleanliness of products and of the health of our environment and our soils can never be too far from any whole person/whole system practitoner
    David Barnes, PhD, Director of Research and Development
    . Standard Process organically grows the whole foods from which it develops its whole foods-based natural products. The firm is also actively involved in the national organic farming movement.

  • Concerted Action   Barnes is clear that Standard Process sees the need for concerted action among like-visioned organizations and corporations to move the agenda for integrated health care.

Says CEO-owner DuBois: "Providing support for (IBN&R), a promoter of health care integration, is consistent with our company's vision."

Perspective on Integrative Medicine from Standard Process' CEO DuBois

Standard Process has carved a unique place in the natural products arena through the combination if its philosophy of making supplements from whole foods, and through actually organically growing most of the raw foods on its own farmland. I asked Standard Process's CEO DuBois for a statement for this article and he responded:
"Standard Process Inc. has been committed to a whole food philosophy since 1929. A whole foods diet including whole food supplements and a holistic lifestyle are key features of the integrative medicine paradigm. We will continue to produce high quality whole food-based supplements for health care professionals. We feel that these products fit the integrative approach to healing. We believe that our commitment to producing high quality products, to education and to research, complements the vision of integrative medicine."

Adds Barnes: "Standard Process is committed to a healthcare future in which conventional and CAM approaches, health professionals and disciplines are all better integrated in the service of health. Our core work as a company is to develop quality, well-researched natural products. At the same time, we see that there are a lot of moving pieces involved. The Integrator Blog is a unique in presenting and communicating the views of all the stakeholders. We are looking forward to participating in this work."

Comment:  All I can say is thanks, and more thanks, to Standard Process and to NCMIC and Triad who earlier made this sponsorship commitment. While the IBN&R has received some contributions from a few of you - thank you each! - it is the financial commitment of IBN&R sponsors that allow this information and organizing service. The commitment is not a standard advertising buy; rather, it reflects a mission-based commitment. 

Clyde Jensen, PhD - a note of thanks
I want to add a special note of thanks to Clyde Jensen, PhD-Pharm, a colleague for a dozen years. Clyde has personally donated to my work here, and he introduced me to Standard Process' leadership in March. Clyde consults with the firm
on education and research initiatives through his consultancy, Continuum Biomedical Consultants. As noted, Clyde's resume is distinct in that he has served in executive or president-level positions for allopathic, osteopathic and naturopathic medical schools. From Jensen I took a refrain which has driven my organizing work in CAM-IM education. Says Jensen: "Those who are educated together, practice together." Notably, Standard Process is presently pursuing some educational models which help bring together the disciplines.

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