Announcement: Cost Effectiveness and Safety of Dietary Supplements Symposium

By James J. Gormley

You know that the misinformation regarding supplements in the mass media and on Capitol Hill really angers me, and as you know I have been known to take to the airwaves, videowaves and lecture halls to try to combat it.

Especially now with what has been going with the food “safety” bills in D.C. right now, there is no better time for a scientific symposium that focuses on the safety of nutritional supplements while also discussing the cost-effectiveness data, something particularly relevant in today’s troubled, slowly recovering economy.

With that in mind, I wanted to remind all of you about a very exciting conference that’s coming up in the second half of November, on Thursday, November 18th, entitled the:

Natural Health Research Institute (NHRI) 5th Annual Scientific Symposium, “Natural Products – Cost-Effectiveness & Safety of Dietary Supplements”

Session 1: Cost Effectiveness of Natural Products will be chaired by Ron Watson, PhD. Chairman of NHRI, Dr. Watson has edited 60 biomedical books, particularly in nutrition and food sciences. He has directed several NIH funded biomedical grants relating to immune function and cardiovascular effects. He is an internationally recognized CAM researcher, nutritionist and immunologist. Professor Watson is a distinguished member of several national and international nutrition, immunology, and cancer societies, having published 450 research papers and reviews.

Session 1 will also feature Dr. Paul Coates, director of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements and Michael Morton, the cofounder of Nourish America (formerly called Vitamin Relief USA).

Session 2: Safety of Dietary Supplements will be chaired by Russell M. Jaffe, Ph.D., M.D. Dr. Jaffe is President of PERQUE LLC, a firm producing items for practitioners. Formerly he was an official at the National Institutes of Health and Clinical Center in Bethesda, the US Public Health Service, and on the editorial board of The New Physician. For the past four years he has been selected as one of America’s Top Physicians, and selected as International Scientist of the Year in 2003 at Oxford. His published research includes over 400 papers in the areas of clinical and nutritional immunology, toxic minerals, hormones, and chemical disruptors, and autoimmune disease.

Session 2 will also feature: Dr. Bruce Ames, Dr. Rick Kingston and Dr. John Hathcock.

The symposium, to be held at the Hilton at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Illinois will be attended by scientists, medical researchers, practitioners and other interested professionals. Additional information will be announced in the coming weeks.

As a board member of the NHRI, I am especially excited about this powerful symposium. We will be making additional information, including audio recordings, available in the near future for those reporters and industry science and safety executives who cannot physically be there.

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