SAN CLEMENTE, CA—October 8, 2003 --Metagenics, Inc., announced its support of the recently passed Naturopathic Doctors Act, SB 907. Introduced by Senator John Burton and sponsored by the California Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CANP), the bill to license naturopathic doctors in California passed the State’s Assembly on August 28, 2003, by a definitive 62 to 9 vote. Following suit, the California State Senate approved the Assembly’s amendments to SB 907 on September 2, 2003, with a vote of 26 to 12 (two did not vote). Marking the successful end of the bill’s legislative journey, Governor Davis signed SB 907 into law on September 22, 2003. The Naturopathic Doctors Act will take effect on January 1, 2004, with the first naturopathic doctors to be licensed late next year. California is the first state to fully license naturopathic doctors since New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont enacted similar laws close to a decade ago. The nation’s largest state joins the 12 states that have already implemented licensure laws for naturopathic doctors.
As one of the world’s leading providers of premium-quality nutritional supplements and medical foods sold to licensed healthcare practitioners worldwide, Metagenics showed unprecedented support for this landmark bill by donating more than $100,000 in 2003 alone to the CANP. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) recently honored Metagenics by naming it “Corporation of the Year” for helping to advance the shared goals of both the AANP and the CANP, which is to help increase the visibility and understanding of naturopathic medicine and assist in its integration into the conventional healthcare system. “Metagenics’ support has been instrumental to the passage of this landmark legislation,” offered Sally LaMont, ND, LAc, and CANP Executive Director. “The natural partnership forged between CANP and Metagenics will allow the naturopathic profession the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with public health and other healthcare professionals to empower Californians with the knowledge of cost-effective, health-promoting strategies. Among the most effective of these strategies is the prudent use of Metagenics’ high quality nutritional supplements.”
“We at Metagenics hold naturopathic doctors and the beneficial healthcare services they provide in the highest regard,” stated Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland, President and Chief Science Officer of Metagenics. Dr. Bland is also one of the four original founders of Bastyr University in Washington State—one of the only federally accredited universities in the United States offering a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in complementary and alternative medicine, including a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. “On behalf of all the patients in California who will be successfully treated by competent, licensed naturopathic physicians, I would like to thank the CANP for steadfastly representing the naturopathic profession and for their diligent efforts to make certain the Naturopathic Doctors Act was ratified.”
The Naturopathic Doctors Act provides licensure to naturopathic doctors who have successfully completed a full-time, doctoral-level, accredited naturopathic medical program and passed approved exams. Dedicated to health promotion and disease prevention, licensed naturopathic doctors will be able to practice the full scope of their training, including diagnosis and treatment modalities that utilize natural substances, herbs, nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, physical medicine, and minor office procedures in patient care. Furthermore, SB 907 provides patients assurance that their naturopathic doctor is accountable for their care and subject to the same standards of regulation and oversight as other licensed healthcare professionals. Prior to this legislation, naturopathic doctors in California were limited to practicing as health consultants.
Metagenics, a privately held company, was founded in 1983 with the mission to improve health by helping people achieve their genetic potential through nutrition. The company is headquartered in San Clemente, CA, with its world-class Functional Medicine Research Center (FMRC) and manufacturing facility located in Gig Harbor, WA. MetaProteomics™, Metagenics’ vanguard research center in Ithaca, NY, is dedicated to researching and evaluating the effects of natural ingredients on genetic expression and protein activity. With a talent base of over 350 employees worldwide, including a team of nearly 40 highly trained scientists and clinicians, Metagenics is helping to shape the future of the nutraceutical industry. The company is GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified by the NNFA, holds multiple proprietary formula patents, and produces over 400 all-natural, research-based products to optimize health. Committed to innovative product development, research, and continuing practitioner education, Metagenics is the premier formulator and manufacturer of premium-quality nutritional supplements and medical foods sold to healthcare practitioners worldwide. For more information about Metagenics, please visit the company’s Web site at www.metagenics.com.