THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 12, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOSEPH E. PIZZORNO, JR. TO THE WHITE HOUSE
COMMISSION ON COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE POLICY
President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint Joseph E.
Pizzorno, Jr. to the White House Commission on Complementary and
Alternative Medicine Policy.
Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., N.D., of Seattle is one of the world?s
leading authorities on science-based natural medicine. A physician,
educator, researcher, and expert spokesperson, Dr. Pizzorno is co-founder
and founding president of Bastyr University, the first fully accreditated,
multidisciplinary university of natural medicine in the United States. Dr.
Pizzorno is the author of Total Wellness and co-author of the Textbook of
Natural Medicine and the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. In 1996, he was
appointed to the Seattle/King County Board of Health, the first natural
medicine practitioner in the country to receive such appointment. In 1999,
Dr. Pizzorno was elected Chair of the American Public Health Association
Special Primary Interest Group on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
He has been licensed as a naturopathic physician in Washington State since
In June 2000, Dr. Pizzorno retired as President of Bastyr University.
He since has been granted the title of President Emeritus, and serves as
the Senior Advisor to the President of Bastyr University. In September
2000, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America recognized Dr. Pizzorno as
Humanitarian of the Year. He currently travels worldwide, lecturing and
promoting science-based natural medicine and integrative healthcare. He
also co-founded a company to bring natural medicine concepts to corporate
health promotion programs.
The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
shall provide a report, through the Secretary of Health and Human Services,
to the President on legislative and administrative recommendations for
assuring that public policy maximizes the benefits to Americans of
complementary and alternative medicine.