For the past decade, the Natural Medicine Journal has enjoyed the deft expertise and intense commitment of Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO, as Abstract & Commentary (A&C) Editor. Effective August 1st, he will be retiring and leaving his post that he has nurtured carefully over the years.
"It has been very rewarding for me to be a part of the extensive growth that Natural Medicine Journal has experienced over the past 10 years," says Schor. "It has gone from being a small naturopathic journal in 2009 to a respected peer-review publication with an extensive readership that includes holistic medical doctors, chiropractors, nurses, nutritionists, and many other integrative medical professionals. We have been able to showcase the talent of the naturopathic community to a very broad audience and I am proud to have been a part of that mission."
Every month, the Natural Medicine Journal site has more than 160,000 unique visitors with nearly 900,000 total impressions. In addition to being the official journal of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Natural Medicine Journal is sent to 31 different nonprofit trade organizations and universities. Schor has been instrumental in that growth.
Schor received his naturopathic doctorate from National College of Naturopathic Medicine and opened his practice in Denver, CO, in 1992 with his wife Rena Bloom, ND, who is also a naturopathic physician. Both retired from clinical practice last year. Schor also has advanced training in oncology as a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.
Schor’s commitment to the naturopathic community has been extensive and includes a past presidency of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) and a past board seat with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). He is also a recipient of the AANP’s Vis Award, which acknowledges doctors who represent the healing power of nature in their work, personal life, and community.
“Dr. Schor has been key in shaping content at Natural Medicine Journal,” says Editor-in-Chief Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO. “His breadth and depth of knowledge, stemming from more than 3 decades as a clinician, is unparalleled.”
Dr. Tina Kaczor on a hike with Dr. Jacob Schor
“While the Natural Medicine Journal will continue to deliver valuable, clinically-relevant content, Dr. Schor’s ability to put context to research findings will certainly be a tough act to follow but we feel we have an outstanding replacement that even Dr. Schor will approve of,” says Kaczor.
Natural Medicine Journal is proud to announce that Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, long-time editorial board member and contributor to the journal, will take over the role of Abstracts & Commentary editor.
“Dr. Alschuler brings much expertise and we are thrilled she will be joining our team,” says Publisher Karolyn Gazella. “In addition to her clinical knowledge and keen understanding of the scientific literature, her close working relationship with myself, Dr. Kaczor, and Dr. Schor will help ensure that Dr. Schor’s legacy of A&C excellence will be carried on.”
“Dr. Schor is a curator of ideas, especially in his editorial work for the Natural Medicine Journal. He has artfully, generously, and insightfully shaped what we pay attention to through what he shares with us,” says Alschuler. “His impact on integrative and naturopathic medicine practitioners is tremendous. I am deeply grateful for his contributions and I am inspired by his fine example as I begin my new editorial role at the Natural Medicine Journal.”
“While we all understand that Dr. Schor’s retirement is much deserved, he has become a close friend and we will miss our weekly interactions with him,” says Karolyn.
Karolyn and Dr. Schor
“I had a patient once say to me that work is only considered work if you’d rather be doing something else. With that sentiment in mind, I realize that I’ve never really worked with Dr. Jacob Schor,” says Kaczor.
Schor’s retirement will be filled with what he loves most: time spent with family, in nature skiing or kayaking, and mastering his basket weaving craft.