JERRY McLAUGHLIN, Ph.D. received his Degree in
Pharmacognosy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. For the next
34 years he served as a Professor of Pharmacognosy at University of
Michigan, University of Washington, Seattle and Purdue University, Lafayette,
Indiana. In 1999, Dr. McLaughlin became the Vice President of Research
and Development/Quality Assurance and Chief Scientific Officer of Nature’s
Sunshine Products located in Spanish Fork, Utah. He can be contacted
by phone 801-798-4161 and fax 801-798-4108.
Dr. McLaughlin has made over 300 scientific presentations and his work
is chronicled in over 330 refereed publications, supported by nearly
80 different grants and contracts.
He is best known for his research with natural medicinal products. He
describes his type or work as “grind and find” research
in which he grinds up a plant and tries to find its bioactive components.
The methods of his brine shrimp lethality bioassay, first published
in 1982, have now been cited over 1,000 times in the scientific literature.
Dr. McLaughlin’s most important work lies in his contributions
to our knowledge concerning the Annonaceous acetogenins. Following his
observations in 1982 that the North American paw paw tree was potently
bioactive, his group identified some 50 acetogenins in its seeds and
bark with antitumor and pesticidal properties. The acetogenins not only
selectively inhibit cancer cells, but they also thwart multiple drug
resistant tumor cells.
Paw paw is now in capsule form as a supplement and over the past 1½
years some of the 100 cancer patients who have been taking the product
have experienced lowered tumor antigen count, shrinkage of tumors and
Dr. McLaughlin will speak on Paw Paw & Cancer.