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Dr. Jeffrey Bland receives Linus Pauling Award


June 16, 2011
By Maria DiDanieli

June
14, San Clemente, CA – Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, and
Chief Science Officer of Metagenics Inc., was honored
with the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award at The
Institute for Functional Medicine’s 2011 International Symposium.

The symposium was held from April
28–30 in Bellevue, Washington. Metagenics, Inc. is a nutrigenomics and
lifestyle medicine company dedicated to reducing chronic illness and improving
health.

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According to New England Journal of Medicine, the chronic health conditions
such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and heart
disease that are
reducing our life expectancy can be prevented, managed, and perhaps even
reversed. Bland has devoted his life to helping people realize optimal health
by addressing the causes of impaired metabolism and physiology, and then
applying individualized responses. He has inspired many with his groundbreaking
work in the fields of nutrition and nutrigenomics—the study of the
effects of foods and food constituents on gene expression—and his leadership in
the growing specialty of lifestyle medicine, helping people make lifestyle
change to promote lifelong health and avoid chronic illness.

Considered the “Father of
Functional Medicine,” Bland’s vision, brilliance, and leadership have inspired
a worldwide community of clinicians, scientists, and educators to transform
clinical practice and educational curricula. With a Ph.D. in biochemistry,
Bland became a prominent educator for the natural foods Industry, served as
President of the Northwest Academy of Preventive Medicine, and helped establish
Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences in the Northwest. In 1981 he was
invited by two-time Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling to become the Director of
Nutritional Supplement Analysis at the Linus Pauling Institute in Palo Alto, California.
In 1984 he introduced the concept of using foods to create biochemical change,
and started HealthComm, Inc. to educate physicians and other licensed
healthcare providers. Jeffrey and his wife Susan established The Institute for
Functional Medicine in 1991 to educate clinicians about functional
medicine.  In 1993, he established the Natural Products Quality Assurance
Alliance to develop the quality assurance document for the industry.

As Chief Science Officer at
Metagenics, Dr. Bland developed the Scientific Advisory Board, a team of
scientists, clinicians and researchers who are at the forefront of research in
phytochemicals and the role of nutrition in genetic expression. His
publications include four books on nutrition and health for the general public and
six books for health professionals, including The Medical Applications of Clinical Nutrition. He is the principal
author of more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers on nutritional
biochemistry.

 


 


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