John Parks Trowbridge M. D., FACAM
Dr. John Parks Trowbridge earned the rank of Eagle Scout before he attended Stanford University as a National Merit Scholar and California State Scholar, graduating in 1970 with an A. B. degree in Biological Sciences. While an undergraduate, he worked half-time-plus in the departments of immunology and medical microbiology for 3 years. His first book, a training manual on blood coagulation testing procedures, was privately published in 1971. After training in medical laboratory technology and serving as night director at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Redwood City, California, he attended the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), finishing in 1976 with an M. D. degree. Serving as the first National Trustee for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), he was privileged to address the House of Delegates of the American Podiatry Association (APA) in 1975, where he received their Special Commendation for sponsoring closer inter-professional relationships, complementing a similar award that year from the American Podiatry Students Association (APSA). As a student associate in the Division of Research in Medical Education, he completed a series of 12 color-videotapes on congenital heart disease, still used in teaching medical students around the world.
After a general surgery internship at Mt. Zion Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco, he briefly studied urological surgery at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. In 1978, he started a general medical practice in Humble, a Houston suburb. Always curious, he expanded into industrial medicine, serving the needs of over 50 light- and heavy-manufacturing companies, with concerns ranging from pre-employment determinations to on-the-job injuries to toxic chemical exposures. In 1980 - 82, Dr. Trowbridge was the chief medical consultant for Texas International Airlines, which bought and merged into Continental Airlines. From 1980 through 1996, he served as an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) for the Federal Aviation Administration. The last 12 years of FAA service were as a Senior AME, working closely with commercial airline pilots. By 1981, Dr. Trowbridge was turning to the intensive study of how nutritional changes – with supplements and diet – could improve the condition of patients with chronic degenerative diseases ..... the ones for which operations provide little relief, the ones for which more and more medications are needed for years, the ones that finally kill people after long suffering without effective answers or treatments in traditional medical practices.
In 1985, he was awarded a Diplomate in Preventive Medicine by the Medical Research Institute of the Florida Institute of Technology for masters-level graduate studies in nutrition. Dr. Trowbridge became certified as a specialist in the removal of toxic heavy metals by the American Board of Chelation Therapy (now the ABCMT) in 1985 and as a specialist in treating arthritis/sports injuries by the (now defunct) American Board of Biologic Reconstructive Therapy (arthritis and pain medicine) in 1993; he served as an examiner for both boards. In 2006, he was named a director and then secretary of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology (ABCMT). The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM) elected Dr. Trowbridge a director in 2007; he became the first physician president in 2009. He served as director and officer of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM, 1984 - 91) and was awarded highest recognition as a Fellow of the College (FACAM) in 1991.
Dr. Trowbridge also served as chairman of the board of governors of the National Health Federation (NHF) in 1989 and as president of the Great Lakes College of Clinical Medicine (GLCCM, now ICIM) in 1995 - 96. From 1996 through 1998, Dr. Trowbridge was program chair for the advanced chelation training seminars in “Heavy Metal Toxicology: Diagnosis and Treatment”; he has lectured at the advanced training as a founding faculty member since 1993. In 2000, he was re-elected to the board of directors of GLCCM and appointed editor of their newsletter; in 2001, the society changed its name to the International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM) and he was named as board secretary, a post he held through 2008. From 1992 through 1998, he served as a charter member of the board of directors of the American Preventive Medical Association (now the American Association for Health Freedom, AAHF). Since 1995, he has served on the Medical Advisory Board of the Arthritis Trust, having become skilled in using this specialized treatment program in his practice since 1983. He served as president of the NCR Doctors Association, a group promoting a safe and effective treatment for migraine and other headaches and painful neck, back, and posture problems, from 2002 to 2003; in 2003, the group reformed as the NCR Research Institute, and he served since as its president through 2011.