One of the most prominent vitamin and supplement companies plans on moving its headquarters. Thorne Research, since 1984, has been dedicated to providing well researched, quality products. Its headquarters has been located in Idaho, but plans are being developed to move the company to Summerville, South Carolina. The company expects to bring in 300 new research, manufacturing, and distribution and support jobs to Berkely County, South Carolina. This new 270,000 square-foot facility, will provide state-of-the-art research and development, production, laboratory, distribution and business operations. Thorne currently develops over 300 protein powders, vitamins and other health products. Their mission for over 30 years, has been dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of people worldwide by providing innovative, high-quality, research-based nutritional supplements, health diagnostics technology platforms, and the latest in medical education.
Node Smith, associate editor for NDNR, is a fifth year naturopathic medical student at NUNM, where he has been instrumental in maintaining a firm connection to the philosophy and heritage of naturopathic medicine amongst the next generation of docs. He helped found the first multi-generational experiential retreat, which brings elders, alumni, and students together for a weekend campout where naturopathic medicine and medical philosophy are experienced in nature. Three years ago he helped found the non-profit, Association for Naturopathic ReVitalization (ANR), for which he serves as the board chairman. ANR has a mission to inspire health practitioners to embody the naturopathic principles through experiential education. Node also has a firm belief that the next era of naturopathic medicine will see a resurgence of in-patient facilities which use fasting, earthing, hydrotherapy and homeopathy to bring people back from chronic diseases of modern living; he is involved in numerous conversations and projects to bring about this vision.