LINUS PAULING INSTITUTE SPRING/SUMMER 2005 RESEARCH REPORT

Scott Palmer

Developments

Scott Palmer, LPI Director of Development

I’ve always known that Linus Pauling was a great man. As a child growing up in Oregon, it was hard not to learn something about the most accomplished and recognized scientist to come from our state. But it wasn’t until I started working with the Linus Pauling Institute a few months ago that I realized the true breadth and depth of his genius. The more I learn, the more I am amazed and impressed by his intellect and legacy.

My amazement with Pauling as an individual carries over to the Institute he founded. Like Pauling’s work, the breadth and depth of research being conducted here is very impressive. I can also tell you that this is a great place to work!

I spent the last twenty years of my career working for hospitals and other health organizations whose primary focus was treating people with existing health problems. Coming to work where the focus is on preventing those same diseases has been a very positive change.

Hospitals are full of patients struggling with acute and chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. I saw them every day. For many of them the goal was how best to manage their disease. Modern healthcare is very good, but it can’t cure diabetes, grow a new lung, or reverse Alzheimer’s. We can’t treat our way to a healthier society. The obvious solution for improving the overall health of our nation is prevention.

The Institute’s basic premise is that an optimum diet is the key to optimum health, which will help people live healthier lives while preventing many healthcare problems. What a great concept: help people become healthier!

Talking to the scientists at the Institute has been an education for me. What I have learned so far has really helped motivate me to change both my diet and lifestyle. The changes weren’t difficult to make (like watching what I eat, taking a daily multivitamin along with other supplements, and exercising every day), and my results so far have been modest. But following the Institute’s “Rx for Health” is making a difference for me, as I am sure it has made for many of you.

As good as the research is (and it is excellent), the Institute’s public education is also outstanding. This Research Report is mailed free of charge to about 15,000 people. Last year the Web-based Micronutrient Information Center recorded more than one million hits, which is quite an accomplishment for a resource that is only three-years-old.

I have been very pleased with the strong support the Institute receives from its donors—people who value LPI’s research and the legacy of Linus Pauling. LPI is healthy and well respected, and we have been able to attract some of the best scientists in the country. But none of this would have happened without your support.

To us, every gift is important and, regardless of size, is deeply appreciated. To be included in someone’s will or estate plan says much about the esteem in which that person holds us. That is a special trust that we value and respect. During this past year LPI has received a number of remarkable bequests that have significantly enhanced the Institute’s activities.

As successful as the Institute has been, the future promises to be even better. Over the next several months we will schedule LPI Luncheon Meetings for our donors and supporters in Boston, Miami, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and Scottsdale. If you would like more information about these luncheons, on including LPI in your will or estate plans, or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

LPI is grateful for the bequests we have received from the following friends in 2004:
Constance E. Amsden
David B. Holtzman
Freddy Engelman
Carmel Kussman
William and Hazel Gilman Trust
John H. Palmer
Irene Beatrice Forrest
Ada V. Pennington
Elsa Heidere
Viola H. L. Schmidt
John F. Holterhoff
Houston Zebraitis

 

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Email: Scott.Palmer@oregonstate.edu

Last updated May, 2005


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