GNLD teaches tomorrow’s doctors about disease prevention through nutrition!

     STANFORD UNIVERSITY – GNLD, one of the oldest, most respected nutritional companies in the world, has formed a relationship with The Health Library at Stanford to teach tomorrow’s doctors about the critical role of nutrition in disease prevention. More than 800 of the nation’s leading doctors, researchers, medical students, scientists, and health professionals attended GNLD’s first annual Arthur Furst Lecture Series on Nutrition and Disease Prevention at Stanford to learn how good nutrition can literally add years to one’s life. It’s rare for a private health and nutrition company to be embraced with a unique university partnership such as this. A company must first be recognized as an authority in its industry, and accepted as a responsible, scientifically sound, and ethically strong organization. This is another example of the GNLD Difference when it comes to reputation in the scientific, business and academic communities.


Left to Right: GNLD International, Founder Jerry Brassfield, Director of Community & Patient Services at Stanford, Jeanne Kennedy, Founding Member Emeritus, GNLD Scientific Advisory Board, Arthur Furst, Ph.D., Sc.D., D.A.T.S., Director of the Stanford Health Library, Barbara Ralston, White House Commission Member on Complementary & Alternative Medicine Policy, Dr. Dean Ornish, GNLD International Vice President of Science, Technology & Marketing & SAB Member, John Miller.

“The advances in the study of human nutrition have given us much to be optimistic about for the prevention of disease, and we’re proud to partner with a top-notch company, GNLD International, to present this extraordinary academic education program,” said Barbara Ralston, director of the Health Library at Stanford. “GNLD researches the science of, and produces, food supplements, and has done so with the highest degree of scientific and ethical integrity for 43 years. We’re confident that in a constantly-changing and sometimes overwhelming scientific arena, GNLD’s nutritional expertise and commitment to leading-edge science offers a rare and welcome combination of credibility that we can trust now and in the years ahead.”

     “GNLD is proud and appreciative of this opportunity,” says John Miller, International Vice President of Science, Technology and Marketing for GNLD. “GNLD is very pleased with its association with Stanford University and the Stanford Health Library. We look forward to our relationship continuing far into the future. GNLD has a deep and abiding respect for this institution and its mission in the world,” said Miller. “We’re proud that Stanford has chosen to partner with GNLD in creating and presenting a lecture series on such an important topic: disease prevention through nutrition.”

Dr. Arthur Furst discusses disease prevention
through nutrition with Dr. Dean Ornish.
     The important lecture series was established in honor of Arthur Furst, Ph.D., Sc.D., Founding Member, Emeritus, of the GNLD Scientific Advisory Board, eminent research chemist, toxicologist, teacher, international lecturer, and recipient of numerous distinguished honors and awards. The goal of the lecture series is to present current scientific knowledge about the composition of food, the physiology and biochemistry of the body, and the interactions between the two.      “Our purpose in creating this lecture series was to honor Dr. Furst,” said Miller. “Anyone who knows Dr. Furst realizes that one of his greatest passions is to help people live longer and healthier lives. Through the Arthur Furst Lecture Series on Nutrition and Disease Prevention, we have created a way that we will be able to honor him and continue his pursuit of that passion for generations to come.”

     Author of five best-selling books, Dean Ornish, M.D., was the featured speaker at the first meeting, entitled, “The Power of Nutrition.” For the past 23 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery.

     Dr. Ornish addressed an overflowing auditorium regarding the cumulative effect of diet and lifestyle choices on health and longevity. He related that one can actually live longer and enjoy optimal health simply by making appropriate daily choices. Dr. Ornish discussed aspects of disease prevention, including new findings about the association between controlling one’s glycemic response and reducing the risk for diseases of obesity, including diabetes and heart disease. He also outlined the importance of relying on whole foods for long-term optimal health.

     “We are grateful to Dr. Dean Ornish for his support and participation,” continues Miller. “Dr. Ornish is recognized as one of the predominant minds in modern medicine.” In addition to being a best-selling author and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, his current position on the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy made him the ideal candidate for the inaugural lecture presentation.

     In attendance at the initial lecture was Dr. Arthur Furst, Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus, at the University of San Francisco. Among his accomplishments, while a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine, he established the Cancer Chemotherapy Laboratories. Currently retired, and with more than 300 publications to his credit, Dr. Furst continues to be a guest lecturer and consultant in toxicology and chemistry. Consequentially, with his development of the first antioxidant many years ago, his interest continues in disease prevention.

     According to John Miller, this lecture series will help change the face of health care. “One of the most compelling, and interesting, aspects of this relationship is the ‘vindication’ it represents for GNLD,” says Miller. “Years ago, the entire nutritional supplement industry was regarded by the medical and health care community as purveyors of unsubstantiated hype that delivered, at best, nothing more than “expensive urine.”

     “As a leader in our industry for over 40 years, GNLD has fought many battles against that kind of backward thinking. We have stood our ground and held firm to our belief that nutrition was not only fundamental to health, but that a nutritional supplement program, abundant with the nutrient diversity and rich with the nutrient density that only nature can provide, was a hugely important key to not just health protection, but disease prevention and longer life. As we all know, over the years, science has proven us right over and over again!” explains Miller.

     “Today nutritional supplementation is an increasingly well accepted, prudent dietary practice. And GNLD has become such a well-recognized leader in that field of expertise that we are now participating in forums, such as this one with Stanford, that will help teach the next generation of medical and healthcare professionals about the importance of nutrition to health,” says Miller. “Through perseverance, dedication and unwavering belief in the cause of better health, we will, in a small but significant way, make a positive difference in lives of everyone alive today, and in the future. For these reasons and more, GNLD Distributors the world over should be proud of this rare and special company!”

     The significant lecture series was the largest event of its kind in the history of Stanford Medical Center, and impacts generations of medical doctors. Intended to assist both clinician and patient in making informed health choices, the April 10 event marks 12 years for the Health Library. Among the Library’s goals is to reinforce the need for and importance of reliable consumer health information to help separate the facts from fiction in an ever-growing, and often confusing, information age.

     In future years, the Health Library will host other high-caliber speakers who will focus on a variety of scientific topics of interest to the medical community, students, varied professionals, and the general public.

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