22, 2008–Port Townsend, WA
The Townsend Letter, a medical magazine
focusing on alternative medicine, was awarded the Legacy Media Award
by the American College for the Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) on
October 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award was presented to Dr.
Jonathan Collin, MD, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Townsend
Letter, for outstanding work examining complementary and
alternative medicine (CAM) over the past 25 years. ACAM also awarded
the Legacy Individual Award at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas
to Suzanne Somers for her writing and education of the public about
The Townsend Letter was established
in Port Townsend, WA in 1983 by Collin as a newsletter to publish
articles by doctors involved in alternative and naturopathic medicine.
The newsletter, then named the Townsend
Letter for Doctors, provided the first national forum for
CAM doctors to report clinical results using unconventional alternative
therapies and diagnostics. It served as a “bulletin board”
and forum for a diverse medical community of medical doctors, naturopathic
physicians, chiropractors, dentists, and other health professionals
to discuss medical alternatives.
In 2008 the Townsend
Letter published its 300th issue as a monthly magazine with
regular columns on nutrition, herbal medicine, Chinese traditional
medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, vitamin and mineral therapy,
women’s health, cancer therapies and unconventional therapies.
ACAM honored Collin for his editorial achievement of connecting
health professionals who work in different disciplines in alternative
and naturopathic medicine.
Collin practices adult medicine with emphasis on nutrition and alternative
therapies in Port Townsend and Kirkland, Washington. He trained
in medicine at the Albany Medical College and in the U.S. Public
Health Service. Collin studied alternative medical therapies with
practitioner members of ACAM before establishing private practice.
His editorial work led to participation in the U.S. Congress Office
of Technology Assessment Study of Unconventional Cancer Therapies
from 1987-1990. The final report of this study led to Congressional
authorization and funding of the N.I.H. Office of Alternative Medicine,
preceding the establishment of the Center for Complementary and
Alternative Medicine in 1993. During the 1990s, other publications
were founded to review and report on CAM and naturopathy. The Townsend
Letter remained as a primary forum for practitioners of alternative
medicine to report their work. In cooperation with Gale® articles
published in the Townsend Letter
are now published on the Web at FindArticle.com
and can be accessed through most search engines.
For more information and to arrange an interview of Dr. Jonathan
Collin, contact Barbara at the Townsend
Letter, 911 Tyler St., Port Townsend, WA 98368. (360) 385-6021
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.