Eclectic Institute Celebrates 30 Years in Dietary Supplement Industry

October 10, 2012, marks Eclectic Institute’s 30th Anniversary. From its inspired beginning in Portland’s National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM), Eclectic has evolved into a fully integrated herbal and nutritional company, maintaining its roots and expertise in naturopathic medicine.

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Eclectic's goal is to provide products that promote good health over the life span.

Sandy, Oregon (PRWEB) October 10, 2012

October 10, 2012, marks Eclectic Institute’s 30th Anniversary. From its inspired beginning in Portland’s National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM), Eclectic has evolved into a fully integrated herbal and nutritional company, maintaining its roots and expertise in naturopathic medicine.

Dr. Ed Alstat, founder and owner of Eclectic, began his career as a pharmacist and continued his education and training in naturopathic medicine. While attending NCNM, Alstat delved into the history of the Eclectic Medical Schools, a dominant force in the evolution of American medicine from the 1830s to 1930. Alstat researched and studied herbal therapies utilized by the Eclectic Physicians, especially those formulated by John Uri Lloyd, a preeminent Eclectic pharmacist, professor, and inventor, who won numerous awards including the Ebert Prize and the Remington Medal in pharmacy.

Recognizing the lack of high quality herbal products necessary to replicate Lloyd’s protocols, as well as to provide effective naturopathic treatments, Alstat founded Eclectic Institute, operating out of NCNM’s dispensary. Eclectic’s first product offering was its ever-popular, physician-formulated prenatal, still available today. Originally available only to physicians, Eclectic’s products are now available in retail outlets throughout the world.

Eclectic has pioneered many firsts in the dietary supplement industry because of Alstat’s tireless pursuit of improving the quality of herbal supplements. Extracting with Lloyd’s own cold still technology, the original of which is on display in the Smithsonian, Eclectic’s herbal extracts are created without heat degradation, yielding a potent and effective extract. For added purity, Eclectic was the first to use organic alcohol in its extraction process.

Eclectic was the first to utilize freeze-drying for the preservation of herbal supplements, taking herbal supplements to a level not attainable during Lloyd’s time. Freeze-dry technology was developed commercially during World War II to preserve plasma for blood transfusions on the battlefield. Because freeze-drying maintains the vitality of the pre-freeze-dried product – rendering the reconstituted product fresh – Alstat recognized it as the ideal preservation mechanism for vital, whole herb supplements. Eclectic remains the only company that produces a full line of fresh freeze-dried, whole herb and nutrition products.

Eclectic’s educational arm, Eclectic Medical Publications (EMP) has published numerous historically important medical texts over the years, as well as modern herbal books. Most recently, EMP released the fourth, expanded edition of Dr. Francis Brinker’s Herbal Contraindications & Drug Interactions plus Herbal Adjuncts with Medicines.

“It’s been a great 30 years,” Alstat reflects, “and the recent tidal wave of research is confirming the importance of healthy nutrition, as well as the superiority of whole foods.” When asked what’s next for Eclectic, Alstat says prenatal nutrition is again a focus because epigenetic research suggests disease prevention may begin in the womb, “creating a nutritionally rich environment in utero seems to be more important than we’ve ever known, and Eclectic’s goal is to provide products that promote good health over the life span.”

About Eclectic Institute: Dr. Ed Alstat founded the Eclectic Institute in 1982 and established Eclectic as an innovator when he utilized freeze-drying technology for herbal supplements. Eclectic has a 90-acre certified organic farm in Sandy, OR, and it maintains its own freeze-drying facility for processing its fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables upon harvest. Eclectic Institute offers a full line of fresh, freeze-dried herbs and formulas, food powders, liquid extracts, botanical creams, children’s herbs, and vitamins, as well as a physician’s line of supplements. Eclectic’s full line of retail products can be found in health food stores or on the internet. Find Eclectic on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/EclecticHerb


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