While the pharmaceutical industry is sometimes thought to be at odds with the natural products industry, a nationally recognized pharmacist continues to buck that stereotype and build bridges between the two.
Named one of the "50 Most Influential Pharmacists" by American Druggist magazine, Jim LaValle has now been named 2011 Clinician of the Year by the Natural Products Association.
"Ninety five percent of all physicians and nurses take nutritional supplements," said LaValle, who has been integrating natural therapies for 27 years. "I want to see natural medicine take its rightful place in helping improve and maintain the health and well being of people everywhere."
LifeTime Fitness, a health and fitness chain, partnered with LaValle to implement a weight management approach as part of their programs. LaValle also founded LaValle Metabolic Institute, an interdisciplinary medicine facility in Cincinnati where he has served thousands of patients using his metabolic model for health.
"In considering (LaVille) for this award, we considered the breadth of (his) work in the field of integrative health care," said John Gray, executive director and CEO of the Natural Products Association, a group that represents more than 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products including foods, dietary supplements, and health and beauty aids. "Congratulations on this honor."