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For Immediate Release

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu.

The University of Bridgeport and New York Times-bestselling author Dr. Peter D'Adamo announce the new Center for Excellence in Generative Medicine

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

Peter J. D'Adamo, ND

Today represents a turning point in the evolution of integrative medicine.

Current medical investigation is governed by what Thomas Kuhn called 'normal science.' By this he meant that the horizon line of most scientific investigation is determined by the prevailing culture within which it functions.

But new discoveries and advances in technology often result in a need to readjust our point of reference, to do what Kuhn called 'a paradigm shift.' This can result in a period of time during which multiple paradigms exist together in a seemingly archaic environment. To compound matters, competing paradigms are frequently incommensurable; that is, their accounts of reality cannot be coherently reconciled.

We currently exist in an archaic medical landscape. Aside from its cultural, environmental and economic consequences, the current dominant medical model increasing appears to be employing a paradigm that is rapidly outliving its usefulness. This paradigm, called ‘reductionism,’ maintains that a complex system is nothing but the sum of its parts, and that a full account of it can be reduced to an inventory of it individual constituents.

Without question, the reductionist paradigm has been of tremendous benefit to humankind. The explosive growth of knowledge in the sciences seen in the last century has largely been the result of reductionist methods of inquiry.

But we now live in a time of explosive data generation, and the reductionist model appears unable to keep up with the complex nature of the information and behavior produced by living systems. The current molecular biology literature is increasingly sprinkled with words like 'holism' -a concept not unknown to integrative physicians.

The cybernetician Norbert Wiener wrote that ' the price of a metaphor is eternal vigilance.' Where the reductionist paradigm sought as its metaphor the machine, the generative paradigm sees the network and its web-like actions as its metaphor. The future of medicine clearly lies in the understanding of complex and network-like behaviors. It promises great predictive and preventive power, cost effectiveness and safety.

Naturopathic medicine has always embraced these concepts. The Vis Medicatrix Naturae, the 'healing power of nature', harkens back at least to Hippocrates and describes the basic emergent properties inherent in all living systems. When Hippocrates wrote that "the physician treats but nature heals" he showed a deep understanding of the rich web-like realtionships of life, a complexity not easily addressed by the today's medical methodologies.

From our first discussions about the possibility of a Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine, almost three years ago, our goal was to investigate the use of new technologies, algorithms and philosophies as applied to a new type of patient care; one that is personalized and crafted according to these generative principles.

I believe that today we embark on a project that holds great promise for humankind and I am especially proud that this initiative has found a partner in the University of Bridgeport, a recognized educational world leader in the field of integrative medical education.

Now I'd like to take a moment and thank a few individuals who have done so much to make this dream a possibility:

Here at UB I'd like to thank a few key individuals:

President Neil Salonen, who has been unstinting in his support for this project

Provost Hans Van der Giessen who so effectively guided this project through the UB approval process

Vice President George Estrada, who has been such an asset with regard to the ongoing renovation of our new building

Special thanks must be given to Vice Provost Dr. David Brady. Dr. Brady has been absolutely essential to the creation of the COE. His dedication and commitment to the project has been critical to the resolution of a myriad of contingencies. David 'got it' from the beginning. His early support is not only a testimony to his skills as an academic, but also to his aptitude as a physician and scientist

Dr. Elizabeth Pimentel, Dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine, was the true midwife to the COE. To Beth I own the knowledge and awareness that there are indeed things in this world called 'Centers of Excellence', which just about says it all. Her vision for what this could become is why we are all in this room right now

Last, my thanks to all the students at College of Naturopathic Medicine who have served on my Personalized Medicine Shift and have attended my lectures in Biochemical Individuality and Generative Medicine. They have been my greatest inspiration

In my own world:

I'd like to acknowledge and thank all the people from the various D'Adamo entities, including North American Pharmacal, The Institute for Human Individuality, and the Center for Personalized Medicine who have helped make this day possible in so many ways.

One individual must be singled out in particular. That is Carol Agostino, a stalwart friend, hard-nosed realist, and a trusted advisor throughout this entire process.

Finally I'd like to thank Martha D'Adamo, whose faith in naturopathic medicine in general, and this naturopathic physician in particular, has been the great touchstone in my life. It is to Martha that we own the great spirit and energy that seems to endlessly surround this project.

Thank You.

Click here to read the press release

Click here to learn more about the UB College of Naturopathic Medicine

Click here for more about D'Adamo's work at UB

For more information about the COE, go to generativemedicine.org