ZRT Laboratory Partners with NCNM to
Promote Hormone Testing and Balancing
Naturopathic Medical School Co-Sponsors
ZRT Cup at Annual AANP Conference
BEAVERTON, Ore. (September 2, 2008) — ZRT Laboratory today announced the winners of the inaugural ZRT Cup, a college bowl competition sponsored and funded by ZRT and held at the recent American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) Conference in Phoenix. The academic competition for students of accredited naturopathic medical colleges was held in partnership with National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) of Portland, Ore., to promote education for naturopathic physicians who are advancing testing and natural therapies in the treatment of hormonal imbalances in men and women.
Naturopathic medicine is a natural approach to health that promotes and maintains health and wellness by the use of natural means and without toxic therapies that compromise health. ZRT president and founder David T. Zava, Ph.D., said, “In sponsoring the ZRT Cup, we have committed our financial support for natural medicine and the naturopathic doctors who are on the forefront of change.”
Dr. Zava said, “The ranks of naturopathic physicians are growing throughout the country in direct response to the crying need for more natural solutions to health conditions, like those linked to hormonal imbalances,” Dr. Zava said. “ZRT wants to foster support for the quiet revolution taking place in the halls of academia where the naturopathic doctors of tomorrow are being rigorously educated and trained.”
Thirty-six medical students from NCNM, Bastyr University, Southwest College of Natural Medicine, Boucher Institute of Natural Medicine, National University of Health Sciences and the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine participated in the all-expense paid competition at AANP, naturopathic medicine’s largest annual conference for the profession. The academic contest offered $10,000 and $3,000 first- and second-place awards, won respectively by NCNM and Bastyr University of Seattle. The competition criteria specify that the awards must be spent to further the profession; students on the winning teams and Naturopathic Medical Students Association (NMSA), the competition organizer, will decide how the award money will be used.
The competition featured health questions covering all aspects of naturopathic medicine. The Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine, a network of scholars from among the profession’s schools, associations and agencies, judged the ZRT Cup competition.
NCNM President David Schleich, Ph.D., expressed his gratitude to ZRT for its support of the naturopathic health profession. “Our corporate partners provide the ballast that helps NCNM navigate our economic realities and to flourish and grow.” Dr. Schleich thanked the participating colleges and students, adding, “In a few more years, I’d like to see the ZRT Cup grow into a competition between naturopathic and Western medical doctors.”
ABOUT ZRT: ZRT Laboratory is the nation’s leading certified hormone testing and monitoring facility. Using cutting-edge technology, ZRT Laboratory products help to identify preventable hormone imbalances. ZRT Laboratory’s comprehensive test report provides information to help monitor hormone usage and restore hormonal balance. ZRT Laboratory provides hormone testing services worldwide via partnerships with more than 9,000 health care providers. ZRT’s emphasis on research and technological innovation supports its commitment to wellness through preventative health care and balance. With strong foundations in clinically relevant hormone testing, ZRT Laboratory stays ahead of developments in medical research and now offers reliable, non-invasive or minimally invasive tests covering a range of current health care issues.
ABOUT NCNM: Founded in 1956, NCNM is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in North America. A non-profit college of natural medicine, NCNM offers four-year degree programs in Naturopathic Medicine and Classical Chinese Medicine. Its teaching clinics offer free and low-cost medical care throughout the Portland metropolitan area and treat more than 17,000 patients per year. NCNM’s Helfgott Research Institute is a non-profit research institute that conducts rigorous independent research to advance the science of natural medicine in order to improve clinical practice. Until July 2006, NCNM was known as the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.